You checked your lineup before the Thursday game and the roster looked pristine. Matt Ryan sits comfortably in your QB slot and remains untouched. Ditto for Marshawn Lynch at the RB position.
You scroll down nonchalantly, about to exit the window, until you see a gaping hole.
Frank Gore, he has a bye week? Michael Crabtree too? You liked the Niners in your draft this season, but now you have no worthy backups on the roster.
For those in that dilemma, you came to the right place. Because it just so happens, that’s what went down with my fantasy team. Yes, it happens to the experts, too.
I’ve examined the waiver wire so you don’t have to. Check out my free agent pickups of the week.
Carson Palmer (OAK)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been a saving grace for many fantasy quarterbacks this season. Their bottom-feeding pass defense has to travel across the country to face Palmer and his group of explosive receivers.
Sure, the Raiders’ offense has not played up to fans’ expectations thus far, but their recent dismantling of Kansas City looks to be a step forward.
In addition, Palmer threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. He’ll have similar numbers at home in a must-win game for Oakland.
Need a quarterback to plug and play for one week only? Palmer is an available option.
Isaac Redman (PIT)
Recent news on the Pittsburgh running back situation has led me to Redman’s inclusion (h/t to NFL Around the League):
With Jonathan Dwyer and Rashard Mendenhall doubtful, Isaac Redman will get start at RB for Steelers on Sunday. nfl.com/news/story/0ap…— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) November 2, 2012
Redman runs the ball a lot like Jason Bourne. Not a flashy rusher, but he’s a powerful load to handle. Not to mention he can make plays in the passing game; he’s the only Steelers running back to have a 100-yard receiving day this season.
In this Steeler offense, the running back will get close to 20 carries and several red zone opportunities to score. The G-Men will have their hands full with Ben Roethlisberger. That should open up some opportunity for Redman to make an impact out of the backfield.
You can feel comfortable to Isaac Redman starting in your lineup if you need an RB.
Titus Young and Ryan Broyles (DET)
Calvin Johnson’s knee injury would open up countless targets for these two Lions’ receivers, as Matthew Berry retweets the Detroit Free Press:
Oh boy. RT @freeplions Lions' Calvin Johnson misses third straight practice with knee injury— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) November 2, 2012
Titus Young has already become a well-known commodity in NFL fantasy land, but only owned in 63 percent of Yahoo! Leagues. If you’re in one of those caveman leagues, get to your waiver wire and pick up the Lions receiver who caught two touchdowns last weekend.
If you haven’t read any of my other columns the past two weeks, I’m a huge fan of Ryan Broyles as a sleeper pick to emerge as a WR3 or Flex play. Matthew Stafford and the Lions love to throw the ball early and often, and the sure-handed receiver out of Oklahoma knows how to find seams in between defenders. He did it at Oklahoma for years, and he’s finally gotten on the field in Nate Burleson’s absence. Pick him up while he’s available.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. He loves giving fantasy advice and Ryan Broyles. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealShiek