Waiver Wire Wonders
1. Mike Williams (Seahawks – 60.5% owned)
We at Illegal Shift told you to pick up the ex-Trojan last week after he hauled in 10 passes for over 120 yards right after Seattle’s bye. Well, Hasselback locked onto him again this week, hooking up with his favorite new target 11 times for 87 yards and a touchdown. I started him in my PPR league and he was worth 25 glorious points. Pick him up ASAP!!
2. Steve Johnson (Bills – 14.1% owned)
Don’t look now, but Ryan Fitzpatrick has busted out of the confines of sporadic sleeper-special and is beginning to look like a real live NFL quarterback. He threw for 4 touchdowns and over 400 yards against the Ravens on Sunday, and Johnson was the beneficiary of one of the scores and 158 of the yards. Lee Evans did the most scoring damage for the Bills, but Johnson received just as many targets (10) and led the team in yardage. Johnson has been Buffalo’s most consistent receiver all year with at least 3 receptions every weekend, and also has a team high 5 receiving touchdowns in 6 games. It’s time to stop overlooking him and put him on your team.
3. Davone Bess (Dolphins – 19.1% owned)
I was borderline shocked to see how few leagues Bess is owned in. He’s been extremely solid all year as Chad Henne’s possession target opposite Brandon Marshall, recording at least 5 catches in every game but one. He’s posted a touchdown in each of Miami’s last three games, and should honestly be owned in every league with 12 or more teams.
4. LeGarrette Blount (Buccaneers – 1.3% owned)
Blount – seemingly out of nowhere – received the lion’s share of the carries for Tampa Bay in their game against the Rams on Sunday. Sure, it was still only 11 carries, but the fact that the next closest ball-carrier was quarterback Josh Freeman (5) says a lot. Blount looks like he is emerging as – at the very least – the lead ball-carrier in a timeshare in Tampa, and that is always something worth owning no matter what team you are talking about.
5. Todd Heap (Ravens – 29.1% owned)
For all of those out there mourning the loss of Jermichael Finley or Dallas Clark, Heap has had at least 50 yards and a touchdown in each the past two weeks.
Five Others of Interest
1. Dexter McCluster (Chiefs – 12.4%)
Dexter caught 5 passes on five targets for 42 yards and gained 28 yards on 4 carries against the Jags on Sunday. This increase in use may just be because the Chiefs had the game in hand, or Todd Haley may be trying to get the rookie more involved going forward. He’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.
2. Willis McGahee (Ravens – 60.5%)
Starting to inch closer in the timeshare with Ray Rice. Got 11 carries to Rice’s 16 on Sunday against the Bills.
3. Mike Hart (Colts – 1.7%)
Joseph Addai looks like he’ll be out for at least 3-4 weeks and Donald Brown has been made of glass in his 1.5 seasons in the NFL. Expect Hart to get the majority of the snaps at running back while Addai is out, making him a flex-worthy play during that time.
4. Blair White (Colts – 0.0%)
White will likely have less time to make an impact than his teammate Hart, but Austin Collie is almost certainly not going to play against Houston on MNF this upcoming week. And after Anthony Gonzalez tweaked a high-ankle sprain, White will be the beneficiary of Collie’s absence. If you’re looking for a good bye-week fill in, you could strike gold here with White.
5. Aaron Hernandez (Patriots – 73.3%)
I only put him down here because he’s less likely to be available in your league, but if yours is one of the 27% in which he is, you NEED to grab him. No matter who your tight end is. Grab him, then use your stud tight end as trade bait to upgrade somewhere else. He’s led the Patriots in targets since Moss was dealt and he looks to be a big part of their plans. You can trust him going forward.
– Warzecha –