Well were are now in the thick of the fantasy playoff hunt. No more bye weeks left and hopefully your team is slated for a postseason berth. Yet, even with the postseason right around the corner your team can always use more depth and there’s a few guys lurking on the waiver wire poised to have a few breakout performances when your team needs them the most.
**All owning percentages are based on standard ESPN fantasy formats**
Brian Hoyer – Houston Texans – Owned in 11% of leagues
Short and sweet analysis here; Hoyer’s healthy and he’s going against the Saints defense – enough said.
Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – Owned in 28.3% of leagues
Cousins is a roller-coaster of a fantasy quarterback, capable of producing stellar games and always capable of producing dreadful games like this past weekend’s game against Carolina. The plus side is he typically follows up a terrible week with a quality fantasy-point producing outing. This week he’s up against a soft New York Giants secondary, expect Cousins to bounce back this week with big numbers.
Thomas Rawls – Seattle Seahawks – Owned in 38% of leagues
Rawls is still a handcuff back, but he’s a handcuff you want on your roster. After his eye-opening two touchdown, 209-yard performance this past weekend Rawls should have a spot on your roster going into December. If Marshawn Lynch is still out this week expect another heavy workload from Rawls against the Steelers this weekend.
Javorius Allen – Baltimore Ravens – Owned in 6.2% of leagues
He’s now the lead back on an AFC North team. Injuries to both Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro land him as the starter and sole control over Baltimore’s backfield. With Joe Flacco’s ACL/MCL tear, it will be interesting to see how the Ravens already lackluster offense evolves, but Allen has a chance to be a fantasy goldmine in the closing weeks of the season.
Jonathan Grimes – Houston Texans – Owned in 8% of leagues
It is only a matter of time until Grimes replaces Alfred Blue as the lead back in Houston. He produced his best game of the season last week producing 65-yards from scrimmage with less than a half dozen touches. Blue is still the bell cow for now, but a matchup against the league’s worst defense in New Orleans, might just produce that breakout game for Grimes.
Spencer Ware – Kansas City Chiefs – Owned in .5% of leagues
With Charcandrick West’s hamstring injury Ware should be in line for a much larger role in the Chiefs offense. KC’s whole team is on fire right now and Ware just produced a two score, 90-yard game on just eleven carries this past weekend.
Dontrelle Inman – San Diego Chargers – Owned in 7.7% of leagues
The Chargers have a depleted wide receiving core, but are still a pass-first offense. Inman is coming off a three catch, 51-yard game and has a very intriguing matchup against the Jaguars defense that surrenders a ton of yards through the air.
Cecil Shorts III – Houston Texans – Owned in 6.7% of leagues
Same logic here as the Hoyer pick-up – he’s playing against the New Orleans defense.
Devin Funchess – Carolina Panthers – Owned in 11% of leagues
Funchess is finally seeing a larger role in the Panther’s offense and with Ted Ginn Jr.’s injury, expect things to continue for the rookie. He’s peaking at the right time and could be a December stud.
Brian Hartline – Cleveland Browns – Owned in .6% of leagues
Gary Barnidge and Travis Benjamin are the only other receiving threats on the Browns offense. He’s got a great matchup against a beatable Ravens secondary Monday night and could warrant a spot-start in deeper leagues.
Crockett Gillmore – Baltimore Ravens – Owned in 17% of leagues
He was on my list last week and even with Flacco’s injury he’s staying on it. He had a 5-catch 101-yard game last week against the Rams and even with Matt Schuab under center this week, expect Gillmore to continue to produce. After all, he’s one of the only consistent (and healthy) receiving threats on their offense.
Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – Owned in 34% of leagues
Had a decent game this past weekend, but also was second in the team in targets. As long as Matt Hasselbeck is under center for the Colts, Fleener is a legit TE1 option.