A season can be won or lost more so from the waiver wire than from the draft because injuries and depth chart moves are important factors that can drastically change the complexion of both NFL teams, as well as fantasy football teams. On the other hand, finding the new guy in your league, or the guy who is trying to build himself a football card collection on NFL.com, can also be a great tool when trading.
The waiver wire is picked clean at this point and the only guys available are new starters like Bobby Rainey, or guys who are on the waiver wire for a reason. That brings me to my next point, trades. For most leagues, today is actually the trading deadline. The problem with trading is that most people will only do a trade if they are clearly winning. With 16 years of fantasy sports experience and playing Football, Basketball and Baseball, I’ve seen thousands of trade offers and a fair deal is about as rare as an honest thief.
It is almost impossible to tell you who to trade or what to trade for since every trade is simple economics. It is a question of what you have to offer, what the other team has that you want, and can you meet somewhere in the middle and find common ground. I’ll be happy to answer all your trade questions via email, Facebook, and/or Twitter. As for the waiver wire, let’s get right to it!
Bobby Rainey – RB Buccaneers: Rainey burst onto the scene with 30 carries for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns last weekend. He clearly established himself as the starting RB going forward for the Bucs, and will be the #1 guy taken this week off the waiver wire. While I would recommend grabbing him, you need to understand that you already missed his best game of the season, and his stats will be downhill from here. The reality is that he was already cut by both the Ravens and Browns this season, and I think he just found lightning in a bottle in week 11. I wouldn’t put him as anything more than a flex option until he shows me this again. Remember, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then!
Case Keenum – QB Texans: Keenum is owned in just 25.3 percent of NFL.com leagues right now thanks to Coach Gary Kubiak yanking him from last week’s game. The good news is that the Texans lost to the Raiders and hopefully Coach Kubiak learned his lesson from putting Matt Schaub back into the mix. The Texans take on the Jaguars this week, and I swear I would pick up myself if I were playing against the Jaguars in the NFL. Keenum is a sneaky top 10 fantasy QB this week.
Rishard Matthews – WR Dolphins: Matthews is a little like Rainey in that his best game of the season has likely already passed (11/120/2 in week 10). But, he was able to sustain his PPR value last weekend when he hauled in 4 passes for 52 yards in week 11. Ok, truth time. The Dolphins O-Line is a concern and that means the quick routes to the slot receiver will be a first or second read for Ryan Tannehill on a good majority of his plays. Matthews has proven his worth and should be owned in most PPR leagues with flex spots. Those in standard 3 WR and no flex spot leagues will have to think before picking up Matthews since your WR spots are probably full.
Miles Austin – WR Cowboys: Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com believes Austin is “your guy” as the No. 2 receiver when he returns this week. Terrence Williams has been struggling in his role as of late, and Austin should hit the field at 100 percent after his 7-game absence due to a hamstring injury. Austin is owned in just 54.9 percent of NFL.com leagues as owners got tired of waiting for him to come back and cut him loose. I’d go grab him right now for a fantasy playoff run!
Garrett Graham & Coby Fleener – TE Texans & Colts: With TEs like Jordan Reed and Jordan Cameron struggling lately, owners are turning to both Graham and Coby Fleener for relief. Fleener is owned in 27.0 percent of NFL.com leagues, while Graham is owned in just 8.6 percent of them. Fleener is someone that you can keep until the season is over, whereas Graham only holds value until Owen Daniels gets back in week 14. But, with the Texans playing the Jaguars this week, Graham is a sneaky TE1 for those in need of immediate help.
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