Only two weeks away from the fantasy postseason, it is important to evaluate your current squad and make the necessary positional adjustments. Now is the time to cut ties with struggling players and insert productive replacements in an attempt to make a competitive run at the league championship. It is nearly impossible to be crowned champion of your fantasy league without making any roster changes during the season.
Believe it or not there is still a bevy of talent available on the waiver-wire that can transform your team into instant contenders. From veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to the emerging young tight end Ladarius Green, there are quite a few quality free agents to choose from. The following players are the top ten waiver-wire must-haves for the remainder of this fantasy football season.
WR Julian Edelman, New England Patriots 38%
Edelman has been a bit inconsistent up to this point, however, he has managed to produce three games of 11.80 fantasy points or more so far this season. With a 23-point fantasy performance in Week 12, making nine receptions for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Edelman exhibited how dangerous of a threat he can truly be. Much like a Wes Welker type player, Edelman has eased into his current role and is now starting to breakout .If in need of a wide receiver Edelman is your best bet. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seems as if he is beginning to realize how dangerous the fifth-year receiver can be. Which only means he will be a very valuable fantasy player in the weeks to come. Get Julian Edelman while you still can.
TE Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers 1% owned
In only his second season in the NFL, Ladarius Green has recently unveiled his professional potential in recent weeks. After only four receptions for 56 yards in his rookie year, being targeted just four times, Green is getting comfortable in this Chargers offense. Green has elevated his game to the next level during the last two games, recording 8.10 fantasy points against the Miami Dolphins and 14 fantasy points against the Kansas City chiefs in Week 12. I am predicting that Green has one of the best second halves of this fantasy season among all tight ends. The skill is clearly there, quarterback Phillip Rivers simply needs to continue to feed the big fellow the football. If your currently having issues with your tight ends Ladarius Green is worth the risk.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans – 9%
Ryan Fitzpatrick has had an extremely shaky first half of the season however the past three weeks he has been a model of consistency. Producing an average of 20.91 fantasy points per game in his last three performances, Fitzpatrick has finally taken control of his offense throwing a total of five touchdowns with zero interceptions. Sure Fitzpatrick is going up against some tough competition in the upcoming weeks. But I believe he will thrive and rise to the occasion. Do not expect him to earn over 23 fantasy points every week like he has in two of the past three weeks. What you can expect is a solid 15 points per week with an occasional exceptional performance. There is definitely a lack of choices at the position, on the waiver-wire, but Ryan Fitzpatrick should be at the top of your list if in dire need of a quarterback.
K Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers – 12% owned
Shaun Suisham is the man to add at the kicker position. In five of his last seven performances Suisham has recorded at least 10 fantasy points. Playing intelligent football of late the Steelers have been more comfortable settling for field goals and it has shown currently on a three game winning streak. Suisham is one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL right now, from a fantasy perspective, and should continue to impress for the remainder of the season.
WR Santonio Holmes, New York Jets – 12% owned
Although you may not trust any Jets receiver, or their offense in general, Santonio Holmes will be productive for the rest of the 2013-14 season. After returning from a foot injury, which had him sidelined for five games, it is obvious that Holmes is still shaking off the rust from not playing competitively. The veteran wide receiver put up 7.1 fantasy points in his first week back and only 1.20 points in Week 12 against the Ravens, in a game the entire Jets team was struggling. Expect Santonio Holmes and the New York Jets to bounce back in Week 13 when they take on the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.
TE Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans – 49% owned
Delanie Walker has been a valuable fantasy asset of late, scoring at least 11.20 in three of his last five outings. With two touchdowns in the past three games, Delanie Walker has become a productive contributor to the Tennessee Titans. As well as fantasy owners whom have been lucky enough to reap the rewards of his recent success. Already owned by about half of all fantasy teams, Walker is a great add at the tight end position if still available in your league.
RB Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants – 9% owned
There is a severe lack of running backs available on the waiver-wire whom receive quality touches on a game-to-game basis. As of now, the best running back that is widely available across many fantasy leagues is Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs has failed to contribute this season on a weekly basis but to no fault of his own. The powerful back, now in his second stint with the New York Giants, has seen over 11 carries only once this season. In Week 6 against the Chicago Bears Jacobs received 22 rushing attempts and was quite dominant producing 106 yards and two touchdowns for 23.40 fantasy points. Jacobs is not the answer as a permanent starter at running back, but if you are currently experiencing injury problems or a serious lack of productivity with your current players than he is definitely worth the gamble. If given the proper opportunities, Brandon Jacobs has the potential to be a very dangerous fantasy player for the rest of the season.
DEF Pittsburgh Steelers – 35% owned
The Pittsburgh Steelers defense was pitiful early in the season, along with the team as a whole, losing their first four games. Recently the Steelers D has been much more dominant, averaging 13.3 fantasy points in the last three weeks while recording a total of 10 sacks, three interceptions, five fumble recoveries and one touchdown. As a whole Pittsburgh is more aggressive and their defense is finally returning to form. Based on recent performances, this Steelers defense is definitely the best positional choice currently available on the waiver-wire.
WR Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills – 3% owned
Marquise Goodwin is an emerging young and talented wide receiver who is going to shock many football fans during the remainder of this 2013-14 NFL season. Goodwin has put up some solid fantasy numbers against two of his last three opponents, scoring 12.40 points in Week 9 against the Kansas City Chiefs and 15.80 points in Week 11 versus the New York Jets. Coming off of a bye week Goodwin will be fresh and in dominant form. EJ Manuel realizes the talent in Marquise Goodwin and should continue to target the budding rookie receiver.
QB Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 21% owned
Rookie Mike Glennon has done a fantastic job of leading the Buccaneers out of an 0-8 hole with three consecutive wins by playing smart football. Glennon is another quarterback, somewhat similar to Ryan Fitzpatrick, that probably will not give you many 20-25 point games. However, Glennon has performed as well as you can ask a rookie quarterback to play under the circumstances. Averaging 15.83 fantasy points per game, over the last seven games, Glennon is a safe quarterback addition for fantasy owners that are sick of trusting inconsistency. Over those last seven games the progressing rookie has recorded a total of 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Not a flashy fantasy quarterback but Mike Glennon will get the job done if you no longer want to take risks with your current QB situation.Improve Your Playoffs Roster: 10 Fantasy Football Must-Haves by Chris Faig