by Will Overton
Yesterday was a big day for a couple of much hyped players who have had a few problems maintaining regular fantasy value. Mark Ingram and Tavon Austin both put up really big games to quiet some of the doubters that have crept up from their struggles. Now the questions is whether or not they’ll maintain it.
We’ll discuss those things and more as we look at six waiver wire pickups to grab this week:
Mike Glennon – QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I reserve the right to change my mind about this one if tonight’s game doesn’t go well, but I think Mike Glennon holds a fair amount of upside ahead. Glennon is averaging a respectable 233 yards per game , going over 270 twice in his last four games. He also has 7 TD’s and just 1 INT in his last four games. The Bucs seem to be content throwing the ball a lot with Glennon as quarterback and that trend should continue.
Not counting tonight’s nice game with Miami, he has several nice matchups ahead. His next two games after tonight are against the Falcons and Lions, both very nice matchups. He then gets a tough one with Carolina, before a showdown with Buffalo. In two quarterbacks leagues, or deep one quarterback leagues Glennon holds a fair amount of value going forward.
Andre Brown – RB, New York Giants: This one feels like a no-brainer for the list, but any time a guy runs over 100 yards and is owned in less than 25% of leagues, it’s an obligatory mention. Brown broke his leg late in the preseason and just came back for his first action this Sunday. He was supposed to serve as a backup to Peyton Hillis and see limited snaps. Instead he carried the ball 30 times for 115 yards and scored a TD. The Giants have been looking for a running game all year and they may have finally found it. Even if Brandon Jacobs were healthy I think Brown is now the featured back and should see 20+ touches every week. He needs to be owned in all leagues immediately.
Mark Ingram – RB, New Orleans Saints: It’s been an underwhelming season and career for Mark Ingram thus far, but he just had a career game yesterday. Ingram played in just his fourth game of the season yesterday and had 14 carries and 145 yards with a TD. This is the first time in his career that Ingram has run for over 100 yards in a game. It was really nice to see Ingram go off like this and it certainly has to have him back on the fantasy radar. However, keep in mind he still had fewer carries then Pierre Thomas, and Thomas had 2 TD’s from the one yard line, a situation you’d like to see the bigger Ingram get the call in. Also, the Saints were destroying the Cowboys with anything and everything they wanted in this game.
I’m not trying to burst the Ingram bubble, there is some value here to watch for and he’s worth grabbing if you have someone like Arian Foster or Doug Martin hanging out on your bench ready to be cut. Still, don’t get too over the moon for this one game, Ingram has potential, but you need to see a little bit more from him.
Tavon Austin – WR, St. Louis Rams: Chance are if you drafted Tavon Austin in a standard league you’ve either cut him by now, have a crazy deep bench, or are not paying any attention which means you’re probably not reading this right now. Yesterday was the first time since week two that Austin has had any significant fantasy value. Yesterday Tavon had a spectacular punt return for a TD as well as two big play TD’s as a receiver, his only two catches of the game. It was a game where Tavon’s big play ability was on full display for all to see.
Yet back in week two he had two TD’s and hasn’t done anything since then. He might be worth grabbing just in case he is breaking out, but I would probably be leaving him on my bench for a week to see what he does for an encore.
Kendall Wright – WR, Tennessee Titans: Right now Wright is owned in the majority of CBS Sports leagues, but on Yahoo and ESPN he is available in a lot of leagues. Wright isn’t a redzone threat which has hurt his fantasy value, but he is turning into an incredibly consistent pass catcher and the best receiver the Titans have right now. Wright caught seven passes yesterday for 78 yards. He now has seven games with at least five catches in his last eight games played. Wright has more value in PPR leagues than standard ones, but with the Colts coming up twice, as well as the Raiders and Broncos in the next four games he’s got a lot of value off the wire.
John Carlson – TE, Minnesota Vikings: It’s hard to get into the mix in the tight end free agent group as it’s getting pretty crowded with mid tier options. Carlson’s name is officially on the list now though, at least for the short term. Carlson came on as the starting tight end this week with Kyle Rudolph out for the next month of the season. Against the Redskins Carlson had 7 catches for 98 yards and a TD. Part of that is the Redskins defense, but we’ve seen how much Christian Ponder likes using his tight end bases on the resurgence Kyle Rudolph had before his injury. A matchup with Seattle this week isn’t great, but Carlson does have some value for the next few weeks.