Here are some players you might want to consider picking up in your fantasy football league if they’re on the waiver wire:
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Quarterback, Buffalo Bills: Fitzpatrick plays on one of the worst teams in the league, but that actually ends up benefiting him from a fantasy perspective in that he’s always playing from behind. Fitzpatrick has been a fantasy force since being named the starter in Buffalo – not just solid, but a force. He’s outscored some of the best quarterbacks in the league over the past four games and has to be considered a weekly starter until he falters. He’s fresh off torching the Baltimore defense in Baltimore.
Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Detroit Lions: Stafford returns this week and could be available if nobody jumped on him last week. We saw how well Shaun Hill produced from a fantasy perspective while Stafford was out and one would think Stafford could at least equal that. The young quarterback has a lot of weapons at his disposal and the offense could really take off with him under center.
Matt Cassel, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs: Cassel has been solid over the past two weeks and has another cushy matchup in Buffalo this week. He’s starting to develop a rapport with wideout Dwayne Bowe, which adds a vertical element to this passing attack. With Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles running the ball so well, Cassel should find a lot of open receivers.
Steve Johnson, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills: Johnson has become a legitimate red zone threat with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm and has to be owned in all leagues until he puts up a dud. He’s still technically the third receiver in Buffalo, but they’re looking at him often in the end zone.
Mike Hart, Running Back, Indianapolis Colts: Hart might not have the wow factor that sells a lot of NFL tickets, but he’s played very well in limited snaps this season. The statuses of both Joseph Addai and Donald Brown are in question this week, so Hart could be in line to start. He’s definitely worth a speculative pickup at the very least.
LeGarrette Blount, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Blount finally got a healthy dose of carries last week and he produced, ripping off 72 yards on 11 carries. Cadillac Williams just doesn’t have it as a runner anymore and Blount should receive more carries as the season progresses. He could be the starter by the time fantasy playoffs roll around.
Reggie Bush, Running Back, New Orleans Saints: Bush has been cleared to play against the Steelers, and while the matchup isn’t good, he is in line to be the starting running back for the foreseeable future. It’s unknown when Pierre Thomas will return, which could mean a healthy workload for the former Trojan. He’s valuable based on his ability as a receiver alone, so he could be a weekly play if he gets consistent opportunities on the ground.
Chester Taylor, Running Back, Chicago Bears: The Bears are going to use Taylor in goal line situations, and Matt Forte has not run the ball well in general this season, so he’s worth the pickup.
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