This week, even more major injuries. New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman will miss some time thanks to a potentially serious foot injury. Cuts are also happening; the Cowboys have released running back Christine Michael and quarterback Brandon Weeden. Peyton Manning's career might actually be coming to an end after a rough showing in week 10. It's been a long season already, but there are still weeks to go before your fantasy playoffs begin. At this point in the year, now is the time to make that last push into the playoffs. That starts with strong waivers claims and good strategy. Who do I like this week? Here are a few names.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Denver Broncos. Is it Osweiler time in Denver? Osweiler is starting in place of the injured Peyton Manning this week, and with a Denver offense with lots of weapons, this is a big moment for him. Now is the time for Brock Osweiler to prove that he has what it takes to be the future face of the Denver Broncos. He has a limited amount of experience, but if Osweiler comes in and performs well, he could take over for good in Denver, much like what happened with Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe. Osweiler is a huge gamble this week, but if he hits the ground running, he could help your team if you're in dire need of a quarterback.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys. If you want a more palatable answer at quarterback moving forward and prefer to bet on "sure things," Romo could be coming back from injury this week. Check your waiver wires and add him immediately if he's there if you need help at quarterback.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins. Ajayi was one of my favorite running backs in this year's draft class. He still is, even after missing the early portion of the season thanks to injuries. Ajayi is finally carving out a role in Miami, and the Dolphins might want to give him a longer look to see whether he has the talent to replace starter Lamar Miller next season. Expect Ajayi's role to continue to grow moving forward, and he could break out for a big game any week.
Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears. I know, I know. Matt Forte is "the guy" in Chicago at running back. However, Forte's contract ends following the season, and Chicago needs to know whether Langford is the answer moving forward. He looked like it last week. Expect Chicago to continue to give him the ball moving forward, even if Forte remains the #1. While he won't put up big points every week, Langford could make a nice flex play moving forward.
Matt Jones, RB, Washington Redskins. Out-touched and outperformed Alfred Morris in week 10. Jones will have good and bad weeks, but he had another good one last week. He's worth a look if you need quick RB help.
Steve Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers. With Keenan Allen out for the year, Philip Rivers still needs to throw to somebody. Wide receiver Steve Johnson is probably his best bet. Especially in PPR leagues, Johnson deserves to be on your roster if you have space (or a need at WR).
Brandon Lafell and Danny Amendola, WRs, New England Patriots. With Edelman injured, Lafell and Amendola figure to get lots of looks in the Patriots offense. Lafell is owned in a lot of leagues, but if you can get him, grab him. Amendola is a bit more accessible thanks to his own inconsistent history, but he could have some nice games for the Patriots down the stretch. If you're looking for a WR, why not grab a guy catching balls from one of the best quarterbacks in the game?
Brian Hartline, WR, Cleveland Browns. Hartline has put together a couple of nice weeks catching passes from Johnny Manziel. This could continue in the future, and Hartline could be worth holding onto especially in PPR leagues. As has been the case throughout his career, his value is higher in PPR leagues than in standard scoring formats.
Dwayne Harris, WR, New York Giants. Harris has had a solid couple of weeks and looks like he may have passed Rueben Randle in the pecking order in the New York Giants offense. He's worth an add especially in deeper leagues.
Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos. Latimer finally emerged as an offensive weapon for Denver. All it took was for Peyton to not be on the field. Was this game a fluke or will Latimer continue to develop a rapport with Osweiler? This will be an interesting pairing to watch, and Latimer could become fantasy relevant as the year goes on.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins. Reed is under-owned in a lot of leagues right now. He has the potential for a big game every week, even if he doesn't produce huge numbers on a weekly basis. If you need a bye week or injury replacement, Reed is worth a look this week (and down the stretch). If you need TE help, Reed could be big for your team.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions. This could be a huge week for Ebron. The Lions face the Raiders, and the Raiders give up lots of big games to tight ends. If Ebron is there, grab him and start him this week in all your leagues.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons. Tamme is quietly putting together a decent season. Compare his numbers in your particular scoring system to other TE options. He could be a nice surprise, especially in deeper PPR leagues.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens passing offense is riddled with injuries, and Gillmore looks to remain a key cog in what remains. Gillmore is a good bet to put up numbers every week just due to the extreme lack of options in Baltimore. Worth a shot if needed this week.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST. The Chiefs defense is returning to form as a fantasy relevant unit. Facing a San Diego Chargers team that has struggled so far, this could be a nice unit to stream this week. They're available in many leagues, and have the potential to help your team both this week and in future weeks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST. The Eagles are likely to start Mark Sanchez at quarterback this week. If Sanchez struggles, this defense could feast. Well worth a look if you need a spot start.
Hop this helps, and happy streaming!
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