Welcome back for another exiting week of fantasy football. If you listened to us in our RB heavy waiver wire last week…well, you’re welcome, as all three of our picks had banner weeks. Thomas Rawls propelled us to victory last week, and all because we recommended him. How about our boy Gary Barnidge? A no name last week, owned in fewer than half of all leagues, we give him one shout out, now he’s owned in 76% of leagues, is a legitimate Top 10 TE, and is second only to Drew Carrey in popularity in Cleveland. Like you needed more proof of The Machine’s bedroom fantasy prowess. So let’s get right to the action.
This week, the waiver wire prize was Charcandrick West, as Jamaal Charles is out for the season. Unless you had a ton of waiver wire bucks, you likely lost out on picking him up. So let’s look at some people who may still be available.
Reuben Randle, WR Giants (47%)
Reuben has gotten over his early season yips and is starting to put together some consistent output. Over the past 3 weeks, he’s caught 2 tds and has averaged 5 catches for 63 yards. With Odell Beckham’s status uncertain for Monday Night, Reuben stands to see increased targets. Even if ODB plays, he’s going to be limited. Reuben’s had some monster games against Philly, including a 6 catch, 158 yard performance last December, and that was with a healthy Odell Beckham. Look for (dreamboat) Eli Manning to find Reuben early and often. He is a high upside WR2.
Richard Rodgers, TE Green Bay (48%)
Rodgers has seen his targets increase each game, with a season high 8 last week which he converted into 6 catches for 45 yards. Again, what you’re looking for is someone who won’t be a complete dud and can weather the storm while your other players are out on bye or injury. Ideally, you want someone to get you double digit points, and Rodgers has done exactly that, scoring double digit points in 3 of the last 4 weeks. With Jordy Nelson out for the year, Rodgers has become the second option behind Randall Cobb. Green Bay also has a great matchup at home against San Diego. If you’re a Jason Witten owner and looking for a bye week replacement, Rodgers makes a ton of sense. We like him as a Top 12 TE this week.
Colin Kaepernick, QB San Francisco (51%)
It wasn’t that long ago that Roid Rage and I were debating the Kaepernick v Alex Smith duel. Kaep won that battle, but he lost the war because he’s still on the Niners, which has turned into a complete shit show. But Kaep offers some value this week for those in pinch for a quarterback. Colin had a bounce back week last week against the Giants, going 262/2/0. He also ran for 23 yards. We like his chances again this week against Baltimore. The Ravens are turning mediocre qbs into heroes. Christ, Josh McCown threw for 457 yards and two touchdowns against them last week. We think that streak continues. I’m not going to go on a limb and say he’ll run for a touchdown…but he will.
Duke Johnson, Jr., RB Cleveland (51%)
Duke is quietly making some noise as Cleveland, as he’s worked his way up to the first team. If you’re in a PPR league (let’s be honest, all the cool kids are) he makes a great play this week. He’s averaged 7 catches over the past three weeks. Look for that to continue against the Broncos this week.