Injuries, injuries, injuries… They are a killer for owners in fantasy leagues, especially those fighting for a playoff berth in their league this late in the season. Arian Foster, Ronnie Hillman, Brandon Cooks, and Giovani Bernard are just a few with significant enough injuries that will make this week’s waiver wire picks even more enticing.
Jonas Gray-RB-Patriots- Clearly Gray will be the top add in most leagues this week. By now all owners know all too well what kind of insane week the running back had with his 38 carries, 199 yards and four, count ’em, four touchdowns! Now the only thing left is to pray that your waiver pick is a low one in your league to still have a chance at grabbing him.
Kenny Stills-WR-Saints- Since the aforementioned Brandin Cooks will be out for several weeks, Stills becomes the instant add as he will probably end up being a WR 2 and possible starter for the high octane Saints. Tall, talented, and great hands are some of Cooks’ attributes that make him a solid pickup this week.
Josh McCown-QB-Buccaneers- Coming off a great Week 11 connecting with Mike Evans (for his career best day in the NFL), McCown becomes a nice add for Week 12 given that he will face one of the leagues most defensively challenged teams in the Bears-one that has given up an average of 21.8 points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Dan Herron-RB-Colts- For those in deeper leagues and with the ankle injury to RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Herron makes for a decent pickup at running back with only Trent Richardson standing in his way. Herron will now see more snaps with the loss of Bradshaw and the ineffective and inconsistent play of Richardson.
Possible ‘Drop’ candidates:
Martellus Bennett-TE-Bears- Bennett’s value has been taking a hit over the past two months as the ex-Giant has only scored one touchdown since week 3. Cut him lose if you can find a better substitute on the waiver wire.
Pierre Garcon-WR-Redskins- Hard to drop someone with a name as ‘sexy’ as Pierre Garcon but at least consider beching the veteran receiver until he convinces you he’s returned to form and has re-established some chemistry with RGIII. With only 21 receiving yards over his last two games he isn’t worth starting.