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Bobby Rainey – Running Back – Tampa Bay Bucs (21% owned)
There were more questions than answers at RB for the Bucs and fantasy owners heading into week 11, but after a dominant performance against the Falcons on Sunday, Bobby Rainey has laid claim to the lead back role in Tampa.
Michael Crabtree – Wide Receiver – San Francisco 49ers (28% owned)
Crabtree very nearly made a surprise appearance in week 11 before being ruled out on Sunday, which suggests that he is on target to start for the 49ers in week 12. This is a player that went for 1105 receiving yards and 9 TD’s a season ago, and while he is returning from a pretty serious injury, he is still a must add in all formats. Consider him no better than a desperation flex play in week 12, but he could be a fantasy stud during your fantasy playoffs.
Delanie Walker – Tight End – Tennessee Titans (20% owned)
Delanie Walker’s 10 receptions, 91 yards and a TD should have fantasy owners standing up and taking notice, especially managers who have been hanging on to the likes of Tim Wright or Brandon Pettigrew. Coming off a 4 reception, 62 yard, 1 TD performance against the Jaguars it is quickly becoming apparent that Walker is one of Fitzpatrick’s top options in the passing game, and with a solid schedule ahead (Weeks 12-16 – @OAK, @IND, @DEN, ARZ, @JAX) it is not outside the realm of possibility that Delanie is now in the low end TE1 conversation.
Donald Brown – Running Back – Indianapolis Colts (26% owned)
Hopefully you caught Donald Brown’s name in the must add section of my waiver wire article last week because he continues to get better while mid-season acquisition Trent Richardson continues to flounder. In week 11 it was Donald Brown lighting up the scoreboard to the tune of 80 yards on the ground (14 carries) and 2 touchdows, while the “starter” Richardson had just 8 carries for 22 yards (2.8 YPC). There is no indications that Brown has gained the lead back role yet, but he is clearly the better runner right now and should out-touch Trent again in week 12. While Brown isn’t anything more than a low-end flex play for now, he is a guy who is quickly carving out a role for himself in the NFL and fantasy cirlces.
Players to keep an eye on
Chris Ogbonnaya – Running Back – Cleveland Browns (9% owned)
Ogbonnaya led the Browns backfield in both snaps and touches in week 11, as he finished with 8 carries for 69 yards, with an additional 6 receptions for 30 yards. Willis McGahee clearly isn’t the answer in Cleveland, and while playing catch-up had a clear impact on Ogbonnaya’s role, he is slowly emerging as the starter in this RBBC. Deep league owners can make the move now, but Chris remains a low RB3 in most standard formats.
Montee Ball – Running Back – Denver Broncos (36% owned)
I’ve been warning our readers for a couple of weeks that Knowshon Moreno‘s workload would be scaled back, and it finally occurred in week 11 as Montee Ball vultured 2 TD’s from the Bronco’s lead back. Knowshon still saw 27 carries in the game (79 yards), but it was Montee getting the goal line looks, as the Broncos were looking to keep their starter fresh for the playoffs. Ball isn’t an advisable start yet, but he is a guy that should be rostered in most leagues, and started in deeper 14/16 team formats.
Bryce Brown – Running Back – Philadelphia Eagles (19% owned)
Depending on the depth of your league, Bryce Brown could be considered a must add. Lesean McCoy went down with a hamstring strain in the first half of the game Sunday against the Redskins, and while he was able to return a hamstring strain to the NFL’s leading rusher is something to take notice of. McCoy owners will want to make sure they handcuff their star back with Brown and continue to monitor Lesean’s injury status going forward.
Rishard Matthews – Wide Receiver – Miami Dolphins (22% owned)
The new slot receiver for the Dolphins burst onto the scene with a breakout performance in week 10 on Monday Night Football (11/120/2), and he looked to keep the momentum going in week 11 against the San Diego Chargers. Matthews was able to bring in 4 receptions for 52 yards, but he failed to find the end zone, giving owners just 5.2 points in standard scoring leagues. Expect Rshard’s ownership number to continue to rise this week, but value him as no more than a low WR4 going forward.
Cordarrelle Patterson – Wide Receiver – Minnesota Vikings (16% owned)
Looks like the Vikings might finally be ready to unleash their new toy, as Patterson has been relegated to mostly special teams duty before this past Sunday. Week 11 comes around, and with a banged up Greg Jennings and arrested Jerome Simpson it was Cordarrelle’s turn to show what he could do against one of the league’s top secondaries. Turns out.. he couldn’t do much, hauling in just 3 receptions for 28 yards. Patterson is still only a factor in leagues that use return yards, but the schedule softens up ahead, and Cordarrelle is a player to keep an eye on.
Garrett Graham – Tight End – Houston Texans (24% owned)
Graham finally had the game that owners were looking for weeks ago, as he totaled 7 receptions for 136 yards and a TD on Sunday against the Raiders. Try not to get overly excited, as a large part of his yardage total was thanks to the Texans playing from behind, but Graham has finally put himself on the high end TE2 radar. If you need help at tight end, Graham will be a boom or bust play week to week going forward.
Rod Streater – Wide Receiver – Oakland Raiders (8% owned)
With a new QB in town it is to be expected that new WR options will emerge. Rod Streater has been on my sleeper radar since the preseason, and he now has a QB in town capable of delivering the football. Streater went for 84 yards and a TD against the Texans, while leading the Raiders in receptions with 6 (Denarius Moore had just 2). Rod isn’t a must add in most leagues, but if you have room on your bench he is an intriguing stash going forward.
Nate Burleson – Wide Receiver – Detroit Lions (11% owned)
I’ve mentioned Burleson enough in past weeks you should be aware of his name by now. Target monster Calvin Johnson will continue to draw the majority of looks in this offense, but Burleson should slide back in as the WR2 going forward. In his only 3 weeks of action this season, Nate had 19 receptions for 239 yards, and in the pass happy Lions offense there should be room for WR3 production.
Injured reserve stashes
Randall Cobb – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers (36% owned)
Cobb isn’t eligible to return until week 15, but if you play in one of those leagues that goes through week 17, you may want to consider stashing him for the long haul…
Dennis Pitta – Tight End – Baltimore Ravens (2% owned)
Pitta could return to practice this week, and is a long shot to suit up for week 12. The Ravens could surely use his receiving ability, but it looks like week 13 is a more realistic timeline.