Week 13 Waiver Wire: Must-Have Additions for Final Playoff Push
It's time to make those final fantasy football adjustments for a shot at the postseason.
And to do so, picking up some key players from the waiver wire is the best solution, mainly because trades are also tough to come by.
That said, a running back such as Michael Bush of the Chicago Bears is a reliable addition.
On Sunday, Bush collected 60 rushing yards and two touchdowns which helped the Windy City defeat the Minnesota Vikings. Ahead, let's check out Bush and his potential impact for Chicago, as well as some other worthy fantasy football pickups.
Michael Bush: RB, Bears
Forte suffered a sprained ankle in Week 2 against the Packers and missed one game. The Bears signed Michael Bush in the offseason for insurance and Bush proved his worth Sunday with two rushing touchdowns.
"I've been in the league long enough that when that happens, I'm always ready,'' Bush said.
And Bush has been ready before. Last season he filled in nicely for Darren McFadden while part of the Oakland Raiders.
To close out 2011, Bush accounted for 1,395 total yards and scored eight times. Even better, regarding Chicago, is that the Bears field an impressive defense to give the offense additional possessions.
No matter what happens with Matt Forte looking briefly ahead, Bush remains a solid option because of his size to plunge forward in short-yard situations. As evidence of Sunday, the Bears have a distinct competitive advantage with Bush inside the red zone.
Colin Kaepernick: QB, 49ers
Whether your starting quarterback is inconsistent or straight up unreliable, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers is quite the opposite.
Taking his first start for Jim Harbaugh against the Bears, Kaepernick diced Chicago's stellar defense for 243 yards, two scores and a 69.6 completion percentage. Again at the helm on the road last week, Kaepernick had another solid game with 231 passing yards and a 64.0 completion percentage vs. the New Orleans Saints.
In addition, Kaepernick totaled two scores despite throwing an interception.
Now 2-0 with the second-year gunslinger under center, and San Francisco's offense has become a bit more explosive. With a rather favorable schedule remaining—New England Patriots still suspect against the pass—Kaepernick is a viable fantasy quarterback.
The 49ers simply offer too much overall talent for him to not remain consistent, on top of his quick development.
Chris Givens: WR, Rams
Currently, Chris Givens is second on the St. Louis Rams in receiving yards (467), receiving touchdowns (three) and yards after the catch (134).
And over his previous five games played, excluding the New York Jets, Givens has performed consistently well. He caught three passes for 85 yards against the Miami Dolphins, three for 73 against the Green Bay Packers and three for 63 with a touchdown overseas vs. the New England Patriots.
Last week Givens snagged five balls—a season high—for 115 yards and one touchdown one the road vs. the Arizona Cardinals. It's clear that Sam Bradford wants to keep Givens involved, and his impact will be required for St. Louis to upset San Francisco this week.
Thereafter, the Rams take on the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers: three vulnerable pass defenses.
Cecil Shorts: WR, Jaguars
Courtesy of the recent surge led by veteran quarterback Chad Henne, the Jacksonville Jaguars present a respectable passing game.
In the midst of Henne taking charge is receiver Cecil Shorts.
He was already producing decently well with Blaine Gabbert; however, Shorts won't be Jacksonville's only receiving target a defense needs to worry about. Because Henne can spread the field better than expected, Shorts will constantly face favorable coverage mismatches.
His acceleration and top speed alone make for an advantage to Jacksonville.
With 186 receiving yards on seven catches and two scores over the past two games, expect this impact to continue. Factor in the Jags schedule of the Bills, Jets and Dolphins over the next three weeks and Jacksonville could run off three straight wins as well.
Cleveland Browns Defense
Yes, believe it, the Cleveland Browns.
For one, Cleveland ranks No. 11 with 28 sacks and has forced a total of 25 turnovers which is the second-most in the AFC (New England No. 1 with 28).
Now yes, eight of those turnovers occurred in Week 12 against the banged up Pittsburgh Steelers. Nonetheless, the Browns defense has allowed only 22.5 points per game: tied for the No. 15 ranking with Cincinnati.
Include Cleveland's next two games coming against the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs and more forced turnovers are to be expected. Whether your league starts two defenses or the one hasn't been dependable, the Browns are quite appealing for the next couple weeks.
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