If you’re a Nelson fantasy owner, you’re going to need a last-minute backup plan just in case the star wideout can’t play. Packer backups James Jones and Randall Cobb are set to reap the benefits, but they are known fantasy commodities and likely won't be on waivers.
Better late than never. Let me help you find some last-minute gold on the waiver wire.
Robert Meachem (at Cleveland)—Available in 61% of Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues
Cleveland has given up the third-most points to receivers this season, a favorable matchup for one of Philip River’s favorite targets. The Chargers love big plays and Meachem is their biggest downfield threat.
While he’s been a bit inconsistent early on, he is still getting his timing down with Rivers in his first year in San Diego. Expect a game similar to his outing at New Orleans a couple weeks ago, in which he had 130 total yards and a touchdown.
Chris Givens (vs. New England)—Available in 89% of Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues
Coinciding with Danny Amendola’s injury several weeks ago, Givens has broken out as St. Louis’ big play threat. He has recorded a reception over 50 yards in his last three contests.
The Rams head to New England, a team that has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to receivers.
The Patriots will likely be ahead in this contest, so a ton of garbage yards and potential touchdowns is in store for the Rams’ passing game. No doubt their deep threat will get in on the action.
Deep Sleeper: Ryan Broyles—Available in 94% of Yahoo! Leagues
Broyles burst on the fantasy scene in relief of Nate Burleson last Monday night, catching three balls for 54 yards and a touchdown. Being able to go into the game cold and make a huge impact should be assuring to fantasy owners that need a makeshift replacement for Nelson.
With Burleson now out for the season, Broyles will be called upon for more targets and an alternative to Calvin Johnson.
The Lions go up against a feisty Seattle defense, but the Seahawks will be focusing their sights on Johnson. They will need to pass to save their season, and Broyles figures to be a huge part of that.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Get fantasy advice from him on Twitter @TheRealShiek