It’s Waiver Wire Tuesday and Fantasy Football Radio is here to give you some of the guys you can’t afford to miss out on!
There were some major injuries and big performances in Week 10 and that means Tuesday is a crucial day for fantasy owners. Let’s get started with the guys you’re going to need to take a look at:
Add of the Week: Drew Stanton, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer is done for the year, so the Cardinals will now turn to Drew Stanton at the quarterback position. Stanton isn’t a guy you’ll want to throw out there in a 1QB league, but if you’re in a 2QB league then he absolutely must be picked up. Stanton has seen plenty of action this season as Palmer was down with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder earlier in the year. He was very good in his time on the field, throwing for 614 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. His passer rating on the season is 81.6. The Cardinals have some tough matchups coming up with the Lions, Seahawks and Chiefs all on the schedule but it is important to remember that Stanton threw for 244 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions in a win over the 49ers early this year. He’s a game managing quarterback that will do everything he can to limit his mistakes and run the same Arizona offense formidably without Palmer in the lineup. Do not miss out on the opportunity to add a starting quarterback this late in the season in 2QB leagues.
Must-Add No. 2: Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
The very few amount of people that follow me on Twitter know that I was high on Jordan Matthews earlier in the season. I told followers and many people close to me that by Week 8 Matthews could be a consistent fantasy WR2/3. While it’s taken a little longer than I expected, Matthews is now really coming on for Philadelphia. Two weeks ago in Houston, the wideout caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown and followed it up with seven catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns in a home victory over the Carolina Panthers. What do these recent scores have in common? Mark Sanchez! There’s been somewhat of a theme this season with fringe first-team players improving their games when the backup quarterback takes over the offense and it’s continued in Philly. Matthews and Sanchez have flashed some serious chemistry and it’s extremely possible that Sanchez prefers the size of Matthews over the speed of Jeremy Maclin. Pickup Matthews (who is only owned in 27% of fantasy leagues) and unleash him as your weekly WR3/Flex at least.
Must-Add No. 3: Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints
This isn’t much of a shocking reveal, but the majority of fantasy owners seem to have dropped Thomas a bit too early. The Saints’ top pass-catching running back is only owned in 39% of fantasy leagues after injuring his shoulder and ribs in Week 7, but he should be back for a Week 11 matchup against the Bengals. Thomas has rushed for two touchdowns this season, but it’s the 26 receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown he had in just six games that makes him valuable. He should instantly get the job back that Travaris Cadet has been filling in for and it wouldn’t surprise anybody if he cuts into Mark Ingram’s workload by getting a few extra carries. Thomas should have been stashed by his fantasy owners, but their mistake can be your gain. Pickup the Saints’ pass-catcher for some much-needed depth heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Situational Additions (These are the guys you should be adding if you own somebody who is injured and need a backup, or if you’re at the top of your league and could afford to stash somebody)
Don’t Sleep On: Shaun Hill, QB, St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams were extremely high on Austin Davis early in the year and it was for good reason. From Weeks 3-7, Davis threw for 273.3 yards per game with a total of nine touchdowns and just three interceptions. The last three weeks, however, have been a disaster for the Rams’ signal caller. In that span, Davis has topped 200 yards passing once and he’s thrown for just three touchdowns with five interceptions. Those interceptions combined with four lost fumbles on the season are showing the Rams that they may not be able to rely on the undrafted quarterback much longer. Shaun Hill is the team’s backup and if it wasn’t for an injury early in the year, he might still be the guy in St. Louis. The veteran is not somebody that anybody should add in a 1QB league, but he’s definitely worth a spot on your roster if you’re depleted at the quarterback position in a 2QB league. (Somebody who wrote this column may or may not have had Nick Foles and Carson Palmer on his roster)
If Your Competitors Don’t Keep Up with the News: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings AND Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
These studs could both be gone but Peterson is only owned in 87% of fantasy leagues and Gordon in 70%. Gordon is the one who you really can’t afford to miss out on if you’re in one of those leagues that has completely forgotten him. He is a top three wide receiver in the NFL and will be back in Week 12 for a team that is still very much alive in the AFC playoff race. Peterson’s situation is much cloudier, but apparently the running back’s fate will be decided by November 22nd. If you’re in one of those leagues where Peterson is not owned, go out and grab him. He might not play a game the rest of the season, but if he can get on the field at all then he was a great pickup. We’re talking about two guys that were or would have been selected in the top two rounds of your drafts if they were playing the whole season. You can now simply grab them with a waiver claim!
Zachary Cohen is an Associate Producer for Fantasy Football Radio and Assistant Editor of Fantasy Football Draft Guide. Follow him on Twitter @FantasySharp.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
[display-posts category=”sports” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”4″]