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 14 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: Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Kerwynn Williams was pretty much an unknown heading into a matchup with the Chiefs last week. With Andre Ellington out for the season, many expect the Cardinals to turn to either Stepfan Taylor or Marion Grice but it was Williams who rushed the ball 19 times for 100 yards against a solid Kansas City defense. There’s no guarantee that Williams will get that many touches again, but rushing for 100 yards won’t go unnoticed by Bruce Arians. Ellington was not able to accomplish that feat all season and Williams clearly brings a level of explosiveness that neither of the other two running backs he’s competing with can. The Rams are next up on the schedule of Arizona and Arians will need to feed his quickest rusher plenty in this game. Pick up Williams (who is owned in just 3% of fantasy leagues) for some much-needed running back depth in the fantasy playoffs.
Must-Add No.2: Marquess Wilson, WR, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall suffered a brutal injury in the Bears’ loss to the Cowboys last Thursday and is now out for the season. With Marshall out, Marquess Wilson (who is owned in just 2% of fantasy leagues) is expected to slot in as the #2 receiver in Chicago. Wilson has some serious talent and is a huge body at 6’4″. His downfield speed is stellar and I can definitely see him being a great compliment to Alshon Jeffery over the final three weeks of the regular season. Kerwynn Williams was my “Add of the Week” because of how highly I value running back depth in the fantasy playoffs, but if you’re looking for somebody to start at your Flex position or WR3 then you should go with Wilson. He should be able to step right in and contribute some big numbers Monday night against a Saints defense that made some awful quarterback look like Cam Newton last week.
Must-Add No.3: Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
I’m putting this guy at number three only because he is the least likely to be available in your leagues. Donte Moncrief (who is owned in just 28% of fantasy leagues) has officially emerged as the Colts’ WR3 after significantly outsnapping Hakeem Nicks on Sunday. Two weeks ago, Moncrief caught three passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns and he followed it up with three catches for 33 yards against the Browns. Moncrief has seen four targets a game over the last three weeks and will continue to earn the trust of Andrew Luck as the season goes on. He is a big-time talent and the Colts’ coaching staff knows exactly what they have in him. Moncrief should be in for a big game against a Texans team that has never beaten the Colts in Indianapolis. He’d also be a solid play in Week 16 against the Cowboys for what should be the fantasy football championship week.
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: Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans
Zach Mettenberger separated his AC joint in his shoulder last week and is now expected to miss the final three games of the regular season. With Mettenberger out, Jake Locker will get another chance to quarterback this struggling offense. Locker threw for 81 yards with zero touchdowns and one pick in relief of Mettenberger last game against the Giants, but that was also after not taking first-team reps all week. Locker should be more than ready to go against the Jets this week and that should mean a solid fantasy outing as long as he’s able to stay on the field. It’s unlikely you’ll need a quarterback at this point in the season, but if you’re in a 2QB league and somebody is injured then there’s really nothing you can do. There’s a lot worse out there than Locker in a plus matchup with the Jets on Sunday.
Julio Jones Owners (and others too): Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones left the game Monday night with an injured hip after catching 11 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. The Falcons run a pass-heavy offense and if Jones is unable to go then Roddy White and Harry Douglas will be called upon as the primary options for Matt Ryan. Douglas is owned in just 7% of fantasy leagues and would be a good handcuff to have heading into the playoffs. Douglas would be a good option for anybody if Jones doesn’t play, but he definitely holds more value with the superstar’s owners.
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