The Thursday Nighter presented a trio of viable options moving forwards, a couple runningbacks started running away with the starting job and several receivers showed that they’re real options in the passing game. Here’s who to target in your race to the waiver wire; week eleven edition.
Get em while you can:
Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders: 59% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Darren McFadden continues to miss games, and Jennings continues to perform.
- Sunday he ran the ball 22 times for 150 yards and a score, and plays the Titans next week. Pick him up and start him.
Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 26% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- 167 total yards and three total touchdowns, Rainey proved to be a total stud.
- He was playing a lousy Falcons defense, but plays the Lions next week, where he is sure to get the start again with Mike James gone for the season.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 26% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- After two touchdowns Thursday, Brown is expected to move ahead of the disappointing Trent Richardson on the depth chart.
- Playing time was the only thing limiting Brown’s value, now he should be good to go with starting running back output.
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: 62% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- With 193 yards and a score, Floyd showed his ‘boom’ potential instead of his bust.
- Carson Palmer‘s receivers will always be hit or miss, but Floyd certainly has big game potential.
Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts: 59% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Fleener finally came through with that big career game we’ve been expecting since Reggie Wayne went down with injury.
- If the Darrius Heyward-Bey injury proves to be serious he could see an even more increased role, where he will almost surely produce.
Next best thing:
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: 20% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- The return of Percy Harvin was expected to erase any fantasy value Baldwin had earned so far this year.
- Once again he showed big play ability, catching two balls for 63 yards and a touchdown.
- Two catches is clearly a small role in the Seahawks offense, and he was opposed by the Vikings’ secondary, but he at least showed that he doesn’t need a major role to produce.
Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Pittsburgh Stealers: 21% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- For the third week in a row Cotchery found himself holding the ball in the endzone.
- He did nothing in the first half, but with Emmanuel Sanders out in the second, he began to produce.
- If Sanders is gone for any amount of time, Cotchery is a decent play. If you’re desperate look at Marcus Wheaton as well – he caught three passes with Sanders out.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: 59% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Even in a blowout loss to the Bills, Ivory produced with a touchdown and 98 yards.
- There’s no doubt he’s the number one back on the Jets and with Geno Smith struggling, could be the number one offensive option moving forward.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins: 66% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Clay took a five yard pass for a 39 yard score as part of a 90 yard day.
- He’s looking good as he continues to get a bigger role as part of the Dolphins offense.
- Unfortunately he plays the Panthers next week, but against a good defense, a tight end could be the best play.
Worth a shot:
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: 21% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- While he’s likely to be suspended for the Titans’ next game, Walker has shown over the last couple weeks he’s a big piece of that offense.
- Pick him up in hope that he picks up right where he left off.
Garrett Graham, TE, Houston Texans: 25% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Who knows what the Houston quarterback carousel is going to bring around next week, but whoever it is should pay attention to Graham.
- He’s been getting increasingly more involved every week, earning the trust of whichever QB is under center.
Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders: 8% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- He’s primarily a big play threat, but in that Oakland offense, it’s a role that is used as often as possible.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Buffalo Bills: 2% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Like the Jets and Raiders, the Bills offense is very difficult to predict.
- Goodwin has established himself as the top talent however, and deserves as much work as he can get.
LaVon Brazill, WR, Indianapolis Colts: 0% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Unowned essentially across the board, Brazill is likely to receive an increased load as early as next week.
- Darrius Heyward-Bey has been under-performing, and left the last game with an injury. Look for Brazill to see an increased work load, and bring some production out of that WR2 spot in Indy.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns: 9% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Since the trade of Trent Richardson, the Browns have been without a de facto number one runningback.
- Ogbonnaya is certainly the more explosive option when compared to Willis McGahee and is worth at least one flex start.
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers: 28% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- He didn’t return as expected Sunday, week 12 is the deadline for his activation.
- It was once again obvious that the 49ers need him back, so once he does return, he’s a must start.
Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions: 11% owned in Yahoo! leagues
- Burleson is expected back for week 12, and it’s against the Bucs.