Given the room is spinning and I haven’t been drinking, I’ll go out on a limb and assume I have some sort of bug that is coming down on me quite hard. So I will hop in my protective bubble and get to some players who just might be available in your league off the free agent wire. We are hitting the home stretch of the fantasy season and this is were roster maintenance can really make or break your season.
Should I collapse during typing, my apologies. No worries, I am typing this sideways so worse case I’ll just doze off from the gallon of cold medication I’ve been ingesting.
Wow, this could be a fun article… Ooooo… It’s getting trippy in here. Cool…….
Josh McCown, Chicago Bears – With the Bears learning the hard way that they should have shelved QB Jay Cutler for a few more weeks, McCown is again pressed into duty for a week or two. He has decent ability as well as a compliment of solid weapons that make him a viable fantasy options if you are in a pinch.
Case Keenum, Houston Texans – Yes campers, he’s been mentioned here before. The QB Matt Schaub era in Houston is officially over and the reins have been handed to Keenum. He’ll have his growing pains, but there is no mistaking his presence has revived WR Andre Johnson in a big way and that lends itself to fantasy viability without a doubt.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans – He’s not the sexiest pick of the lot, but with QB Jake Locker done for the year, Fitzpatrick has the gig for the foreseeable future for the Titans. He is fairly reliable, can get you points with both his arm and his scrambling ability, so he is worth a look –see.
Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts – It’s not hard to see that the running back in Indianapolis that has done the most with his opportunities is not the guy they traded for a few months ago.. While RB Trent Richardson has been averaging about as many yards per carry as me, Brown has done the most with his limited opportunities and has been a superior fantasy option over the last 2-3 weeks. He is averaging almost six yards per carry and 10 yards per reception. And Richardson?
Brian Leonard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Look, this move is not going to win you your league. However, with RB Mike James gone for the season, Leonard will likely get the lion’s share of carries in the Bucs offense. Keep an eye on RB Bobby Rainey as well, but he could be utilized in more of a change of pace role. That said, both players are worth monitoring.
Dennis Johnson, Houston Texans – With RB Arian Foster done for the season and RB Ben Tate finding blinking painful due to his busted ribcage, the Texans might find themselves leaning on Johnson more as the season progresses. With the season slipping away, the Texans could very well assess what they have and Johnson could play a big part in the evaluation process.
Ronnie Brown, San Diego Chargers – I mention Brown here for a few reasons. Firstly, RB Shane Mathews while decent flat out lacks the ability to stay healthy. RB Danny Woodhead has been an ace, but he is a change of pace-type back that can’t go it alone in the backfield. If you have room on the depths of your bench, Brown is worth a stash. He could prove to have some value should Mathews succumb to injury – which is only a strong sneeze away.
Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks – If you waited this long, he is likely gone. That said, he’s been activated by the Seahawks from the PUP list and is slated to dress this coming week against the Atlanta Falcons. He might be on a strict snap count, so temper expectations, but he could provide quite a fantasy spark down the stretch.
Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers – Another recovering player recently activated, Manningham could provide San Francisco with the field-stretching talent they have sorely missed this season. It will take him a game or so to get himself acclimated, but the added dimension he instantly provides the offense makes him worthy of roster consideration.
Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins – With WR Brandon Gibson done for the season, the Dolphins were waiting for someone to step up and produce. They may very well have gotten a glimpse of that in Matthews, who exploded last night for 120 yards and two touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With CB Darrelle Revis shadowing WR Mike Wallace, Matthews stepped up and delivered. He is worth keeping a close eye on to see if this trend continues.
Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals – You’ll want to keep tabs on the status of WR Michael Floyd, but if he is limited or misses any time, Roberts is a solid contributor who is historically streaky. Could be worth an add if you are in need at the position.
Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions – Another player who was mentioned in this piece over the past few weeks, Burleson is set to return to the lineup this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Lions have weathered the storm without their #2 wide out, but have been hard-pressed to duplicate his production in the offense. If you need a wide receiver, grabbing the capable player who runs opposite WR Calvin Johnson is probably not a bad idea.
John Carlson, Minnesota Vikings – Did you go out on a limb and grab him last week in a feat of plug and play wizardry? While my fellow pundits were quick to shoot down Carlson’s role, I thought he would bring more to the table in relief of injured fellow Irish Alum TE Kyle Rudolph. Was it my Fighting Irish blind loyalty? Not really, just the fact that he’s only 29, had 137 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns in three seasons as a Seattle Seahawk. The guy can play.
Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers – Granted there is not a history of work for me to go on with McDonald. That said, when TE Vernon Davis left the game with a concussion, his involvement on the field dramatically increased. If Davis misses any time, keep a close eye on the rookie.
Brandon Bostick, Green Bay Packers – Would it be TE Andrew Quarless? TE Ryan Taylor? Nope, coming to the forefront in the absence of TE Jermichael Finley was Bostick. With all of the receiving options in Green Bay, running with Bostick is a risky proposition, but with the youngster QB Scott Tolzien at the helm this week, the rookie TE out of Newberry might be a solid safe option down field.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans – While in San Francisco, aside from being the second option to TE Vernon Davis, Walker was accused of having cinder blocks for hands. Leaving town for the Tennessee Titans and a fresh start, his numbers have been pedestrian at best. However, a change at quarterback from QB Jake Locker to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick seems to have a positive effect on Walker. Keep a close eye.
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