If youāre observant one thing youāll notice is that past the āWaiversā section I almost completely ignore receivers. Earlier on in the season you can make the argument for stashing wideouts because legitimate studs emerge from the embers on a regular basis. As the Fantasy season unwinds, however, the game changes.
Heading in to the Playoffs we want big producers- CEOās, not Middle Management. The reality of the NFL is that as a receiver if you havenāt emerged by now as a focal point of your teams offense the odds are stacked against you doing so down the stretch. There will always be a few standouts worth grabbing but by and large Iām going for backup running backs.
The collective workload of a season takes its toll on all players but probably none more so than running backs. Injuries start to pile up like crazy and non-contending teams, though they wonāt admit it, often err on the side of caution and sit their questionable starters in order to avoid long term injuries. Every season we see studs come out of the woodwork this time of year; players weāve never even heard of. If youāre going to unearth a big time producer in Fantasy from here on out itās almost certainly going to be a running back.
My first column here at Razzball was entitled āDitch the Snuggie.ā I rant and rave constantly about the idiocy of stashing marginal receivers, backup tight ends, and quarterbacks youāre not going to play. Iām telling you right now you need to take a look at your roster and purge it of these types of players. In a vacuum I know it might seem stupid to drop players that are well known for no-name backup running backs but cagey moves like that win you leagues.
Worth a Waiver Claim
Fred Jackson ā As I said last week he shouldnāt be on Waivers but you never knowā¦. Marshawn Lynch is looking more and more irrelevant under Perry Fewell.
Jason Avant ā I canāt see DeSean Jackson playing next week. I canāt believe Iām saying this but Jeremy Maclin might be the best Eagles receiver in 2010. Avant has been getting his looks as it is but with Jackson out the targets should increase even more, particularly on the deep balls.
Antonio Bryant ā Heās still floating around out there on Waivers in a lot of leagues. At this point you have to grab him Heās still floating around out there on Waivers in a lot of leagues. At this point you have to grab him if you can.
Jerious Norwood ā Yesā¦ā¦finally heās relevant. Looks completely healthy right now, played great on Sunday (including a touchdown), and Michael Turner got hurt. To top it all off Matt Ryan looks like heāll be out next Sunday which means Chris Redman will be dumping it off a lot- even better for this scatback/PPR monster.
Lex Hilliard ā I know he didnāt bust out but I donāt care. In deeper leagues especially you have to jump all over the opportunity to grab him. He will be relevant down the stretch as his touches increase. Plus Ricky Williams isnāt 100% healthy himself.
Chris Brown ā I hate to even put him on this list but heās getting goal line carries on an explosive offense. He could become a viable flex starter if this continues as crazy as that sounds. But knowing Gary Kubiak I have no clue how this might play out; Ryan Moatsā days in Houston may not be numberedā¦
Worth Grabbing in Free Agency (after Waivers clears)
Sammy Morris ā Got a lot of touches against New Orleans. Unfortunately Maroney looks like heās going to retain the goal line touches going forward but if he coughs the football up you never knowā¦ the job was Morrisās earlier in the season.
Willie Parker ā He got some touches against the Ravens. I donāt see him being that productive unless Mendenhall goes down but he was a starter before so you canāt totally write him off- especially not now that heās getting fully healthy.
Maurice Morris ā Kevin Smith had a good game but Morris is still worth stashing because heās talented and Smithās been injured this season.
Chris Jennings ā I still think heās going to take over for Jamal Lewis by the end of the season.
Darren MacFadden ā He is looking pretty healthy coming off injury. Downside is the backfield is crowded in Oakland and thereās not much to go around in the first place. But if anyoneās going to emerge as the feature guy itās him. Heās just a superior athlete.
Deep Sleepers/Stashes (Drop your Snuggies to pick them up)
Quinton Ganther ā Who theā¦ā¦.? Heās the backup to Rock Cartwright. I even considered putting him on my list of Free Agents to snag and I would have if Portis wasnāt coming back potentially down the road.
Kenneth Darby ā Steven Jackson was his usual dominant self on Sunday. But with the Rams completely out of contention you have to question whether theyāll roll Jackson out there should he aggravate his back or accrue another injury. In PPR especially this could be a good stash.
Kahlil Bell ā Matt Forteās just not that good. Sorry Bears fans, I know how angry you are after finding out Cutlerās not good either. Donāt be surprised if the Bears start to feed this young stud the rock at some point.
Eldra Buckley ā Iām not just putting him in here because he scored a touchdown. The touches havenāt been there for him but if McCoy continues to be the only back his odds of getting fatigued increase exponentially. As an Eagles fan clearly I donāt want him to get injured or anything but you never knowā¦.
Tyrell Sutton ā Should DeAngelo Williams or Jonathon Stewart get hurt youāre going to love this guy youāve never heard of- tons of speed/playmaking ability.
Ryan Moats ā Itās evident now that Slatonās won his starting job back. Moats has once again become a stash. The good part is he showed that he can be productive when given an opportunity.
Brandon Jackson ā Betting against Ryan Grant staying healthyā¦ Iāll let you do the Math.
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