by Will Overton
It’s nice to see the six team bye weeks be done and gone for the year. We still have four teams off this week, but on the bright side two of them are the Jets and the Jaguars and so your team shouldn’t be impacted too horribly and if it is, you probably have bigger problems.
Still there are plenty of injuries around the league keeping guys sidelined and general overall ineffectiveness making you look another way. You need to be putting your best possible team on the fantasy field this Sunday with the season winding down and working the waiver wire is part of that process for many teams.
We’ll be looking at who could make a big pickup for this weekend’s games based on production and matchup:
Robert Griffin III – QB, Washington Redskins: The much talked about Robert Griffin III is surprisingly owned in only 30% of fantasy leagues right now. I’m not saying that’s wrong or bad, but it is surprising given his name value. This would be a good week to change that though and grab him for your fantasy squad if you have Tony Romo on bye or even have a tough matchup like Russell Wilson against Kansas City.
Griffin was on bye yesterday and had just come back from injury the week before, so he’s still a pretty big wild card. The Skins are taking on the Bucs and their lowly secondary which is a prime matchup for Griffin to have a breakout game. Griffin looked a little rusty last week, but overall it wasn’t a bad first game back and now with a bye week of full strength practice he should be ready to go and ready to rack up some big points.
Anthony Dixon – RB, Buffalo Bills: With C.J. Spiller out and with Fred Jackson playing a limited role because of injury, Anthony Dixon took on a larger role yesterday. Dixon struggled two weeks ago with a big role against the Jets, but he looked much better yesterday rushing nine times for 62 yards. You do wonder if a full strength Fred Jackson makes Dixon irrelevant, but I believe the Bills are committed to the running back group rather than featured back. I also think it works in Dixon’s favor that the Bills play on Thursday this week and thus Jackson only has a few days of recovery time. I could see Dixon racking up 70 yards and a TD this week and he could make a nice flex play.
C.J. Anderson – RB, Denver Broncos: I would rather have Dixon this week, but if you’re in a pinch Anderson looked really good yesterday. In a surprisingly big role, Anderson ran the ball 13 times for 90 yards and caught four balls for 73 and a TD score. Anderson is a young guy with some real upside, but when Montee Ball went down it was Ronnie Hillman who took the job and ran with it until he struggled yesterday.
Anderson has likely forced his way into a bigger role, but you have to be cautious because there is Hillman in the picture and Montee Ball is expected back this week potentially. I do love the matchup with St. Louis though and Anderson could make a nice flex play in deeper leagues and some standard leagues if you are desperate.
Preston Parker – WR, New York Giants: I’ve talked about Odell Beckham Jr before and he’s the guy to own in New York for sure, but he shouldn’t even be available in your league at this point. Meanwhile Parker is available in almost all leagues and that should be changing soon too. For one reason or another Eli Mannign and Reuben Randle just can’t get on the same page and that has opened the door for Parker. Yesterday Parker caught all seven passes thrown his way for 79 yards and a score. The Giants are pass happy right now and while I don’t like the matchup with San Francisco, I do think Parker has value based on his emerging role.
Kyle Rudolph – TE, Minnesota Vikings: Here’s one where I am willing to take a stab at a guy coming off of an injury. Rudolph started practicing this past week with the Vikings on a bye, and he’s hopeful to be playing this week. Because he has been hurt Rudolph has not yet worked with Teddy Bridgewater so there may be growing pains, but on the other hand Bridgewater looked much improved in his last game and a big part of the game was the tight end.
There was a lot of hype behind Rudolph in the preseason and while it is delayed he has a chance to make good on that hype for the last few weeks of the season. I really like the matchup with Chicago and this could be a nice welcome back game.