There's a good chance that if your team made the playoffs, you did so because you had a deep roster that hasn't been decimated by injuries or underachievers this year.
But as is the case anywhere, if you aren't getting better you're only getting worse. In other words, just because you've made the playoffs doesn't mean you should suddenly ignore the waiver wire.
You never know when injuries could strike.
If they already have weakened your team, fret not, dearest fantasy owners, for I have uncovered several waiver-wire gems to keep the points rolling in. These guys may still be a bit under the radar, but they have the potential to help your team in a big way moving forward.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
Yes, I know that Shonn Green has double-digit fantasy points for owners in the past two weeks. However, I also know that Powell has 46 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues over the past four weeks, an average of 11.5 points per week.
I can virtually guarantee you that Powell is available in your league (he's owned in just three percent of ESPN leagues and nine percent of Yahoo! leagues). I feel safe projecting his quality output will continue.
After all, would you throw the ball often if you were starting Mark Sanchez and a slew of mediocre wide receivers?
I didn't think so. If you are hurting at running back, Powell is a savvy addition.
Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Sure, Montell Owens started the season as the 1,475th running back on Jacksonville's depth chart (I can't back that up). Yes, it's been terribly frightening to rely on an offensive player not named Maurice Jones-Drew early in the year or Cecil Shorts as of late.
Which running back are you more likely to target?
But Owens did rush 14 times for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Jets this past weekend, along with one catch for 11 yards. Those are pretty solid numbers from the 1,475th running back on the depth chart.
He only has value if Rashad Jennings and Jones-Drew are out for another week—and he'll likely be a popular addition on the waiver wire, so get your claim in now—but Owens is certainly a fine flex option if your playoff roster is wearing thin.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers
Unbelievably, Alexander is owned in just 27.2 percent of ESPN leagues and 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues. It boggles my mind how that could possibly be the case.
Consider that Alexander has scored 89 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues over the past six games, averaging 14.8 points per contest. Four of those games have been worth double-digit fantasy points. He's clearly become Philip Rivers' most-trusted target.
If he's available in your league, snatch him up immediately. You'll essentially be given a WR2 for free. Sometimes, the best things in life are the ones that fall right on your lap.
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