Week 11 Waiver Wire: Daniel Thomas and Sleepers Worth a Claim
Fantasy football waiver wire sleepers are tough to find this late in the season.
That said, sifting through all the fantasy free agents are a select number of player who are certainly worth adding. Take running back Daniel Thomas of the Miami Dolphins for example.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin didn’t want to call the stapling of running back Reggie Bush to the sideline for the last 23:23 of Sunday’s first half a “benching.” But Bush did.
And Bush said he agreed with it.
“I didn’t deserve to be back in there,” Bush said. “I fumbled the ball and I’ve had two fumbles lost this year. I have to do a better job of protecting the ball.
So to go along with Thomas, let's check him out and other under-the-radar sleeper adds for this week.
Daniel Thomas: RB, Dolphins
Daniel Thomas is averaging only 3.4 yards per attempt, but the No. 2 back has scored three rushing touchdowns this season.
Considering how well Bush has developed into being an every down back, Thomas' contributions are going overlooked. In addition, the guy has accounted for 332 total yards and 13 first downs. By no means is Thomas worthy of a fantasy No. 1 or No. 2 running back spot.
Still, with regards to Sunday's action and Thomas's size advantage when Miami's inside the red zone, he's at least good for depth at flex position: Plus, no fumbles since Week 3.
Sam Bradford: QB, Rams
Over the past four weeks Sam Bradford is presenting a 67.1 completion percentage with four touchdowns to only two picks.
Even more impressive was Bradford's performance on the road versus the San Francisco 49ers. There he averaged 10.5 yards per completion in going 26-of-39 and tossed for 275 yards—his third-highest passing total of 2012.
Backed by a strong ground game and provided with an array of reliable receiving targets, Bradford can be a solid starter when your quarterback is on a bye or in a slump. After all, the St. Louis Rams are hosting the New York Jets this week and Gang Green is vulnerable across the board on defense.
Rex Ryan's defense may rank No. 6 against the pass, but thats because opponents spend a lot of time running versus New York. With Steven Jackson slamming, Bradford sets up nicely off play-action.
Brandon Stokley: WR, Broncos
Brandon Stokley may be 36 years old, but the synergy between he and Peyton Manning has pay extreme dividends for the Denver Broncos.
Through 10 games, Stokley has received the fourth-most targets and is tied for second on the team with four touchdowns. It's simply a matter of Manning utilizing his entire arsenal of weapons, and Stokley's reliability is straight up consistent.
Now, obviously since the Broncos have other standout targets in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker that limits Stokley's opportunities. There is, however, arguably no one better at the slot position at taking full advantage of every offered snap.
To that end, he's great for depth at the flex position and capable of filling the No. 3 receiver spot when someone else has a bye: That is, if your league also does three receivers in addition to a flex.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: QB, Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick may be turnover-prone at times, although the Buffalo Bills gunslinger is just that—inconsistent.
With 10 picks on the season, Fitzpatrick also has 17 touchdowns and a 62.5 completion percentage. Also, seven of Fitzpatrick's 10 picks occurred during the season's first four weeks.
Since, Buffalo's passing game has gained some consistency and the man torched Bill Belichick's pass defense for 687 yards this year. The Bills also present one of the NFL's best rushing attacks to help maintain balance and keep opponents honest.
That then allows Fitzpatrick to dial up downfield quite often, and the pass protection is stellar as well: Sacked just 15 times so far in 2012.
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