Any fantasy owner can tell you that trying to comb the waiver wire at this point searching for value is a frightening situation.
You have to wade through waves of terrifying names for fantasy owners like Mark Sanchez, Brandon Weeden, Golden Tate and Jackie Battle. You have to face your team's inferiorities as you consider the prospect of—gasp—adding Danny Woodhead.
And you risk falling into the black hole that is Rotoworld or your league's free-agent list, searching and searching for tidbits of relevant information and potential in an effort to improve your team, stopping only to use the bathroom and acknowledge that annoying guy at work who keeps reminding you he's your boss.
It can be a dark time for a fantasy owner. But fear not, all ye seekers of great value, for I've identified five players this week who are likely available in your league and should be added immediately. From players who have excellent speculative value to those who should help you next week, targeting these five should spare you from the horrors of the waiver wire.
And from Danny Woodhead, too.
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Now, I'm not saying you should be starting Foles if Michael Vick is held out the rest of the way due to injury, or the Eagles decide they're ready to give Foles a look for the duration of this lost season. But he's definitely worth a speculative add.
Look at it this way—he still has Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson to throw to (though Maclin's Week 11 status is uncertain). It's possible he could become a late-season stud for a fantasy owner savvy enough to add him. And in keeper leagues, he has legitimate value.
He's worth a look, folks.
Donald Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills
And his coach is noticing his production as well, according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com:
“Donald is starting to emerge as another weapon for us,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “So you get Stevie and Donald and Scott (Chandler) and we’re starting to develop some diversity where they can’t just look at one thing and stop one thing which is where we need to be.”
If you're stuck in a deep league or you just really need wide receiver depth, Jones is a great add at this point.
Marcel Reece, RB, Oakland Raiders
Here's some good news for you if you either picked up Reece last week—like a dope, I went with Taiwan Jones—or you need running back help this week and you were eyeing him up.
CB Michael Huff has a calf injury, SS Tyvon Branch has a sore neck. RBs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson still in walking boots.— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) November 12, 2012
Reece has scored double-digit fantasy points the past two weeks, for one. Plus, the Raiders play the New Orleans Saints this week. By default, that makes Reese a solid flex if he gets the start.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons
This is another speculative add, but Rodgers has now had more fantasy points than starter Michael Turner in two of the Falcons' past three games. Frankly, he's simply looked better than Turner at times.
We may not see it until next season, but I think this pair of runners will continue to move closer to a 50/50 split in terms of touches and snaps as Turner continues to slow down and Rodgers proves he can make plays.
Don't be shocked if Rodgers makes himself a legitimate, back-end flex each week by the end of this season.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers
Robert Meachem signed a big deal this offseason to join the Chargers. Alexander was signed as a free agent during the season. But it appears Alexander is the new No. 2 wideout in San Diego behind Malcolm Floyd, not Meachem.
Of course, you don't have to take my word for it. Michael Gehlken from UTSanDiego.com has this, for example:
#Chargers WR snap counts vs. TB of a possible 66 plays: Danario Alexander (59), Malcom Floyd (58), Eddie Royal (24), Robert Meachem (8).— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) November 12, 2012
Oh, and Alexander also has eight receptions for 195 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' past two games. What has Meachem managed in that time?
One catch for eight yards. Add Alexander immediately.
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