The bye weeks are over and there is just one more week before most leagues begin their postseasons. Now is the time to make your final playoff push and/or solidify your seeding.
For my waiver-wire posts, I have a self-imposed rule of only including players with Yahoo! ownership of 50 percent or less. The goal is to give you suggestions of players that (1) can help your fantasy squad and (2) are widely available in leagues.
With that said, here are some players to consider adding to your fantasy roster(s) (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
Mettenberger has thrown for 263-plus yards and multiple touchdowns in three of his four career NFL starts including his debut as a starter against the Texans in Week 8. Only the Falcons have allowed more passing yards this season than the Texans, who is this week's opponent. After that, Mettenberger gets favorable matchups against the Giants, Jets and Jaguars during the fantasy playoffs.
Far from the most exciting option at quarterback, Smith has yet to have a top-eight performance this season, but he has finished inside the top-15 in six of 11 games including this week. Averaging just 201.3 passing yards per game with five games of sub-200 yards, he threw a season-high 42 pass attempts for 255 yards against the Broncos in Week 2 and faces them again this week. After this week's re-match against the Broncos, Smith has favorable matchups against the Cardinals, Raiders and Steelers through Week 16. In other words, it's possible that he has a couple of top-12 performances down the stretch.
After throwing no touchdowns in his first three games and exactly one touchdown in the next four, Bridgewater threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers in Week 12 and rushed for a career-high 32 yards. Bridgewater has favorable matchups against the Panthers and Jets, respectively, over the next two weeks.
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It's unfortunate that a concussion knocked Murray out of the game after only four carries last week, but he did a full game's worth of damage on those carries with 112 yards and two touchdowns. The good news about the concussion is that he sustained the injury on a Thursday instead of a Sunday, which increases his chances of being ready to go for Week 13. Despite his size (225 pounds), Murray is a freak athlete that ran a sub-4.4 forty at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2013.
It was Herron, not Trent Richardson, that got the "start" against the Jaguars in Week 12. Although T-Rich got the touchdown and had one more carry than Herron, Herron had more touches (17 to 13) and more yards from scrimmage (96 to 42) than Richardson. Regardless of who gets the "start" in Week 13 or going forward, it wouldn't be a surprise if Boom Herron is the most productive Colts running back the rest of the way.
One week after rushing for 201 yards and four touchdowns, Jonas Gray and I were tied with zero rushing yards as Blount carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. It's unclear how much Gray oversleeping on Friday and being sent home from practice weighed into his Week 12 goose egg. At least for owners that are a glutton for punishment, Blount is worth an add, but it's always anybody's guess on how Belichick will allocate touches among the team's backs.
Sims had fewer touches last week than Doug Martin, but I still wouldn't be surprised if Sims had more productive games down the stretch than Martin. Then again, Martin, who is averaging just 2.80 yards per carry this season, has set the bar fairly low.
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Ex-LSU teammate and fellow rookie Odell Beckham, Jr. is getting plenty of attention for making one of the greatest catches you'll ever see, but Landry's more highly-touted former college teammate isn't the only one having a productive rookie campaign. Despite having only one game this season with more than 53 yards, Landry has scored four touchdowns in his past four games and has double-digit targets in two of his past three outings. In addition, Landry and the Dolphins receivers have a couple of favorable matchups coming up against the Jets and Ravens in Weeks 13 and 14, respectively.
With Brandin Cooks now out for the season, Stills had eight catches on nine targets for 98 yards on Monday Night Football. Stills has at least 50 yards in four of his past six games and he has a favorable schedule down the stretch. After the Steelers in Week 13, the Saints face the Panthers, Bears, Falcons and Bucs -- all four teams rank in the bottom 10 in passing yards allowed.
Even with the return of Josh Gordon from suspension, Hawkins had another productive week. Hawkins now has 88-plus yards in four of his past five games. That said, Hawkins had only five targets last week, which was his second-lowest total this season.
One of my favorite "sleeper" receivers in dynasty leagues, Johnson possesses a nice blend of size (6-2, 215) and speed (sub-4.4 forty). Finally getting the opportunity for significant snaps, Johnson had three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in Week 12. Over the past two weeks, he has a total of nine catches on 18 targets. As noted above with Bridgewater, the team has a couple of favorable matchups against the poor pass defenses of the Panthers and Jets.
One of the league's fastest wide receivers, Brown had three catches for 61 yards on Sunday and now has more than 60 yards in three consecutive games and in four of his past five. With Larry Fitzgerald (MCL) possibly set to miss a second game in a row, Brown could have an even better outing against the Falcons than he had last week against the Seahawks.
One week after racking up 128 yards and a touchdown, Britt had a more modest 2/37 line on six targets in Week 12. That said, Britt should lead the team's receivers in fantasy production down the stretch and the Rams have a few nice matchups with Oakland, Washington, Arizona and NY Giants through Week 16.
Hunter has not had the breakout season that I (or many analysts) had expected. Few players have his combination of height (6-foot-4) and athleticism (4.4 forty and 40-inch vertical), but Hunter has just 27 catches for 480 yards and three touchdowns on 64 targets. If there is a promising sign, he had 10 targets on Sunday and he also had 10 targets in Week 8 against the Texans, this week's opponent. It's possible that he could see double-digit targets again on Sunday and while he may convert less than half of them into receptions, he has plenty of big-play potential.
Graham has mostly been irrelevant this season, but he had a season-high seven targets on Sunday that he converted into four receptions for 41 yards, which ties a season high. If his involvement in the offense continues to expand, he has some TE-friendly matchups against the Titans, Jaguars and Colts over the next three weeks.
The bad news is that Wright has two yards (or less) in six games this season. The good news is that Wright has caught touchdowns in five games this season including two of those games with two yards or less.
More fantasy football resources:
- Week 13 Fantasy Football Rankings (to post Wed. AM)
- Rest-of-Season (ROS) Fantasy Football Rankings (to post Tues. AM)
- Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule