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 12 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: Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
Murray suffered a concussion in the Raiders’ Week 12 victory over the Chiefs, but he was dominant in his time on the field in that game. Murray carried the ball just four times, but it was all he would need to be productive. He took those carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns, including one 90-yard touchdown run. The Raiders can no longer afford to keep Murray on the sidelines, as he has the explosiveness and speed that Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew certainly do not. As long as Murray can be cleared by Sunday, he should be playing a significant role in the Raiders’ matchup with the Rams on Sunday. St. Louis just allowed Ryan Mathews to rush for 105 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries, so Murray should be capable of putting up some solid numbers in this game. Pickup Murray, who is available in 74% of fantasy leagues, for some much-needed RB depth heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Must-Add No. 2: LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
Jonas Gray was late to a practice last week and blew a huge opportunity to be the Patriots’ primary ball carrier. Gray’s carelessness allowed the newly acquired LeGarrette Blount to see some carries against a strong rushing defense and Blount certainly delivered against Detroit. On just 12 carries, Blount was able to rush for 78 yards with two touchdowns in the victory. Late last season, the Patriots turned to Blount as their workhorse and he was able to find success pounding away at opposing defenses. Gray is likely to see some carries going forward as long as he can stay out of trouble, but Blount has definitely earned himself a large role in this backfield. Bill Belichick is a big fan of the powerful running back and he should definitely be added in all fantasy leagues. Blount is still owned in just 32% of fantasy leagues and could really help improve your bench heading into the fantasy playoffs. If you miss out on Murray, he’s a good consolation prize in this week’s waiver wire.
Must-Add No. 3: Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
This was really one of the biggest surprises of Week 12, as Charles Johnson proved to not be a one-week wonder after a six-catch and 87-yard performance against the Bears in Week 11. Johnson had just six catches until playing the Bears in Week 11 and many thought it was just a flash in a pan type of performance, but Johnson played on 67-of-69 offensive snaps for the Vikings in Week 12 and caught three of his 12 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. Johnson runs a 4.38 and is quickly emerging as Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target. This is the type of late season pickup that could win you a fantasy championship. Picking up a player that can potentially be a WR3 at this point in the season is pretty much theft, and he must be added. Johnson is owned in a whopping 1% of all fantasy leagues, so he can definitely be had.
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)
If You’re Desperate: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Houston Texans
Ryan Mallett is out for the season and the Texans are going to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter until they are officially eliminated from the playoff race. Houston is two games out in the AFC South, so they still have something to play for at the moment. If you’re in a 2QB league then picking up Ryan Fitzpatrick may not be the worst idea in the world. While he isn’t capable of winning you a game, you could do a lot worse than Fitzpatrick if you ever are put in a position where you need a spot starter due to an injury. He has a very limited ceiling but he also will rarely get you anything less than 10 points, which is something that both Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton would have done as starters on your teams last week.
If You’re Lucky: John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
John Brown should really be owned in every fantasy league, but he is still available in 68% of leagues. If you’re one of the lucky owners who has a chance of grabbing him, you should really do so. Brown had three catches for 61 yards against a tough Seahawks defense last week and has now had over 60 yards receiving in three straight games and four of the last five. Brown has gotten at least five targets in every game this season outside of Week 2 and has flashed some nice chemistry with Drew Stanton. As long as Larry Fitzgerald is out, Brown is going to be a startable player and not just a roster-able one.
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