Injuries are wreaking havoc big time now in the NFL and in fantasy football. Not exactly what fantasy owners need as they march toward the playoffs. Between bye weeks and injuries, hit the waiver wire hard this week. There’s talent to be found.
Colin Kaepernick, SF – Alex Smith is one of four NFL starting QBs who got knocked out of the game with an injury (concussion). Kaepernick entered and put up very average passing stats (although the sample of 17 passes is not a fair assessment). Kaepernick did run for 66 yards and a TD so he has value this week, although the matchup against the Bears is not a good one.
Nick Foles, PHI – Last week I told everyone to grab him before Michael Vick was injured or benched. Well, Vick is now out with a concussion and the Nick Foles era begins. He will be the top-sought free agent this week, so do what you need to do to get him.
Chris Ivory, NO – In Darren Sproles’ absence, the Saints backfield has been a revolving door. And this past week it was Ivory who excelled. He ran with emphasis and found the end zone against Atlanta. Ivory will be a hot waiver wire commodity, but I’m not sold on him as much.
Mark Ingram, NO – Ingram is the New Orleans RB I feel more confident in over Ivory. Ingram is a goal line back who looks healthier than he’s looked all year. He’s starting to establish a role in the Saints playbook for himself too.
Danario Alexander, SD – Alexander replaced the sub-par Robert Meachem in the starting role for the Chargers. And what a debut he had. 160 yards receiving and a TD for a finally-explosive San Diego offense. I’m still not sold on Alexander, but he’s worth a grab.
Chris Givens, STL – Givens is a big-play type of receiver who can make your week with just one play. Of course he has to play in order to make that happen, which he did not do last week as head coach Jeff Fisher punished him for a curfew violation. Givens has the Jets this week and makes for a sneaky play this week, with another big play up his sleeve.
Dennis Pitta, BAL – It’s a tale of two Pittas. This first half of the season, Pitta was a viable, scoring option at tight end, and then he became PITTAful. Last week, Pitta reemerged as a scoring threat and makes for a nice little pickup this week if you need a tight end replacement.
Tony Moeaki, KC – It’s hard to type these words as Kansas City is so bad. But Moeaki caught 3 passes for 68 yards against a tough Steeler defense. This week he gets the Bengals who regularly get torched by tight ends. Again, Moeaki is not a strong recommendation, but could be a nice one-week fill-in.
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