We’re moving into the final bye week of the NFL season, so unless you have injuries; this is the last week you have to roll without your regular starters. However, waiver acquisitions are more than just warm bodies; the right ones can help propel you to victory. Here are some players that look good this week.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles – With Michael Vick (concussion) likely ruled out this week, Foles will draw the start for the Eagles. I personally was impressed with Foles in the preseason. He looked really good, especially for a rookie and last week stepped in for Vick to throw for 219 yards and a touchdown throw. Foles will go against a horrible Washington defense that has given up more than 2700 yards and 20 passing touchdowns on the year. Foles is owned in 0.5% of ESPN and 4% of Yahoo leagues.
Oakland Raiders QB Carson Palmer – Palmer threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens in Week 10. Now he gets to join the group of quarterbacks who have passed all over the Saints for lots of fantasy points. Expect good things to come this week. Palmer is owned in 66% of ESPN and 57% of Yahoo leagues. Even though the Raiders could do better, Palmer has been a very good fantasy option this year and should be owned in every league.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill – Nothing really went well for Tannehill and the Dolphins last week against Tennessee, but now it’s a new week. It’s also a week against the porous Buffalo Bills. Expect Tannehill to rebound and be a high QB2. He is owned in 20% of ESPN and 13% of Yahoo leagues.
Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – Good things happened for Fitzpatrick in Week 10, as they usually do when he plays the Patriots. Fitzpatrick threw for 337 yards and two scores. Look for him to keep rolling this week against Miami, a team that gives up the 10th most points to fantasy quarterbacks. Fitzpatrick is owned in 55% of ESPN and 48% of Yahoo leagues.
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram – All the talks regarding the Saints running backs are about Chris Ivory, however it’s Ingram that led the team in carries with 16 to Ivory’s seven. If that trend continues, Ingram is in for a solid showing against the Oakland Raiders and their fifth worst fantasy running back defense. I see Ingram as a flex play this week. He is owned in 58% of ESPN and 26% of Yahoo leagues.
Saint Louis Rams WR Danny Amendola – Amendola tore up the 49ers for 102 yards on 11 catches, and though he didn’t score, Amendola is the Rams’ top receiving option. He’ll face the reeling Jets at home this week. It’s not an ideal matchup, but Amendola will see his share of passes. If you’re in an ESPN league, you have a decent chance of scoring Amendola as he is owned in 49% of those leagues. He’s owned in 69% of Yahoo leagues.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Laurent Robinson – Two weeks in a row Robinson has led the Jaguars in targets and he looks like quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s favorite target. And although his matchup this week against the Texans doesn’t look good, keep in mind that the Jags will probably be playing from behind the whole game and will have to rely on the pass. If Robinson sees 15 targets again, he’ll be a decent Flex/WR3 play. Teammate Cecil Shorts is also worth a look against lesser defenses, due to his big play ability. Robinson is owned in 26% of ESPN and 10% of Yahoo leagues.
Detroit Lions WR Titus Young – Titus Young has three touchdowns in his last three games, and now has a matchup against the Green Bay Packers and their banged up secondary. I expect the Lions to throw often this week, and Young should benefit, as most of the Packers’ attention will be focused on Calvin Johnson. Young is owned in 60% of fantasy leagues.
Oakland Raiders TE Brandon Myers – Brandon Myers is a very consistent tight end, and one that sees a lot of targets. He does play the New Orleans Saints, and if there is one thing the Saints do well, it’s defend the tight end. I do believe Myers will buck that trend a little this week, as he averages 4.9 catches per game. He’ll see his targets and will get you a few points if you need them at tight end. Myers is owned in 18% of ESPN and 40% of Yahoo leagues. The only concern is that he did suffer a concussion last week, so you will need to monitor whether or not he is able to play this week. If he does not play, David Ausberry would be the starter.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen – Olsen is coming off a dominant week where he caught 9 passes for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns. I don’t expect a repeat, but I do expect a solid game from Olsen against the 9th worst fantasy TE defense (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) in Week 11. Olsen is owned in 45% of ESPN and 58% of Yahoo leagues.
Dallas Cowboys Defense – The defense really showed up against the Eagles in Week 10. You can’t expect another three touchdowns from this group, but the matchup at home against the Browns and a rookie quarterback is enticing. Dallas is owned in 43% of ESPN and 36% of Yahoo leagues.
Saint Louis Rams Defense – The Rams are an up and coming NFL defense and I like what’s coming up this week as a fantasy defense. The Rams will host the struggling Jets who score less than 20 points per game and average less than 200 yards through the air. St Louis is also sixth in the NFL in sacks with 26 on the year. The Rams are owned in 12% of ESPN and 10% of Yahoo leagues.
Indianapolis Colts K Adam Vinatieri – He’s still a solid kicker and the Colts should be able to move the ball into scoring position against his old team. Vinatieri is owned in 26% of ESPN and 19% of Yahoo leagues.
Houston Texans K Shayne Graham – Ample scoring chances await as his team plays the Jaguars (give up 27.3 points per game) at home. Graham is owned in 28% of ESPN and 34% of Yahoo leagues.