Fantasy owners love the words "underrated" and "stud." They love them even more when they are in the same sentence, because that usually means the player who falls into that category is available on the waiver wire.
The waiver wire becomes even more critical to the success or failure of your team right now, as we are in the middle of playoff season. In fact, most leagues are playing their conference championships this weekend, so the pressure is mounting.
As you scour the waiver wire for those last-second additions to put you over the top, be sure to keep these names in mind.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
Owned in 53.8 percent of ESPN leagues
Wilson had one of the best breakout games this season against New Orleans last week. He racked up 327 all-purpose yards, including 100 rushing and one touchdown. His role in the offense has been expanding the last few weeks, and Wilson is making the most of it.
With Ahmad Bradshaw suffering from a sprained knee, Wilson figures to be an even more prominent part of what the Giants want to do.
The good news keeps coming for Wilson and fantasy owners trying to get their hands on him, as he has a favorable matchup with Atlanta in the friendly confines of the Georgia Dome. The Falcons rank 23rd in run defense and just gave up 195 yards on the ground to Carolina.
The Giants invested a first-round pick in Wilson for a reason. Don't be surprised to see him take more of Bradshaw's carries away, even when he returns to full strength.
Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers
Owned in 38.3 percent of ESPN leagues
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The Chargers have struggled as a whole this season, but Alexander is giving the fans a reason to celebrate. He has caught at least five passes in five straight games and has at least 88 receiving yards in four of the last five games.
Even though the Panthers do have a strong pass defense (12th in the NFL), Alexander burned Pittsburgh's top-ranked pass defense last weekend for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
The only reason to have hesitation in starting Alexander is due to Philip Rivers. San Diego's quarterback has thrown 15 interceptions this season, so if he gets the turnover bug once again, there won't be as many opportunities available for Alexander to make plays.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Owned in 23.2 percent of ESPN leagues
If you haven't bought into Russell Wilson yet, what are you waiting for? His numbers passing are comparable to that of Robert Griffin III, and he has racked up over 300 rushing yards. Even though he had a slight setback against Arizona—he was the only one—he should be fine against Buffalo.
Wilson is not a perfect quarterback. He has just an 8-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio on the road (compared to 12-1 at home). He has also yet to break the 300-yard mark in a game, though he has hit 293 yards, twice.
But if you can look beyond some of those strange, random numbers, Wilson is probably the most valuable fantasy quarterback you can find right now. He is going up against a Bills defense that ranks 14th in passing yards and is tied for 20th in touchdown passes (22).