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 11 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: Jonas Gray, RB, New England Patriots
People were curious as to who would start taking the handoffs with Stevan Ridley out for the year in New England and the answer is now clear. Although it took some time, it’s apparent that Jonas Gray is Bill Belichick’s new guy. Gray carried the ball 38 times against the Colts and delivered with 199 yards and four rushing touchdowns. The Patriots are going to need a consistent presence in the running game going forward and with Vereen designated as this team’s pass-catcher out of the backfield, Gray should handle the inside runs going forward. I don’t expect him to get anywhere near the 38 carries he got against the Colts going forward, but he should be seeing a consistent 15+ touches. The Patriots have been lacking somebody who can really pound away and wear defenses down, but this could be the guy they’ve been waiting for. He’s still only owned in 33% of fantasy leagues, so get him while he’s still available.
Must-Add No. 2: Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener is still only owned in 42% of fantasy leagues and that is something that should change drastically come Wednesday. Fleener has been on an absolute tear recently for the Indianapolis Colts. Last week, the tight end caught seven passes for 144 yards in a loss to the Patriots. It followed up a performance in which Fleener caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. Andrew Luck is targeting his former college teammate more and more in this offense and it’s seemingly something that is going to continue, as he’s constantly open over the middle of the field.
Indianapolis also happens to have an extremely favorable schedule in the next couple of weeks, as they’ll face Jacksonville, Washington, Cleveland, Houston and Dallas in their next five. Pick up Fleener and fire him up as your starting tight end, as long as you don’t have one of the few elite players at the position.
Must-Add No. 3: Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
Isaiah Crowell is only owned in 23% of fantasy leagues and that is yet another number that will increase on Wednesday. The Browns cut ties with Ben Tate on Tuesday morning and that means that Crowell will be their starting running back the rest of the season. Over the last two weeks, the rookie has run the ball 16 times for a total of 102 yards and a touchdown. With an increase in touches likely, he should be able to put up some really solid numbers for this team. The Browns will also be getting back Josh Gordon this week, so teams will not be able to solely plan against this Browns rushing game. Cleveland also has a very favorable schedule in terms of running the football, as they’ll take on the Falcons, Bills, Colts, Bengals and Panthers through Week 16. He’s a must-add and definitely has high-end RB2 potential going forward.
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)
For Bradshaw Owners Only: Dan Herron, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Ahmad Bradshaw was having an unbelievable season for the Colts this year, but he suffered a fractured fibula in the team’s loss to the Patriots last week. Trent Richardson is still Trent Richardson and that means that the Colts are going to try to get the ball into the hands of somebody else. Herron would be that “somebody else”. He’s rushed for 74 yards on 22 carries this season, but there’s really nobody else to rely on. This is a very specific waiver wire request and I wouldn’t suggest anybody else grabs Herron in their leagues.
Don’t Sleep On: Ben Tate, RB, Free Agent
Tate was cut from the Browns, but that likely had to do with some type of poor attitude or issues in the locker room. He was a highly touted free agent and somebody is going to give him a chance. I wouldn’t rule out the Colts taking a chance on him, as they’ll be relying on Trent Richardson and the previously mentioned Dan Herron in the running game. Tate would have to be an upgrade for Indianapolis and I also could see the Broncos giving him a shot with both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman out for the next couple of weeks. This would be a move that one can only make if they are sitting pretty with a playoff spot locked up or are in a league with plenty of roster spots on the bench.
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