With distractions such as holidays, family and finals filling up people’s schedules around this time of year, it can be all too easy to ignore fantasy football. Luckily, there are a few players on the waiver wire who would be smart last-minute pickups for those whose negligence has led to a roster crisis.
If one of your wide receivers has unexpectedly been ruled out due to injury, or you are getting cold feet about playing New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley against the San Francisco 49ers’ talented defense, there are still options on the free-agent list.
Whether you are playing for a title or simply for bragging rights at this point, there are still roster moves to be made.
Here are the players who should be targeted for late additions.
Note: fantasy statistics courtesy of ESPN
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
Even though Joique Bell has been taken off of many waiver wires, he is still owned in just 29.2 percent of ESPN leagues, and he would be an excellent flex play this week.
While the Lions and the Arizona Cardinals may have the same record at 4-9, no team in the NFL is playing as badly as Arizona. Ken Whisenhunt’s team has lost nine consecutive games and is coming off a 58-0 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cardinals are sinking rapidly, and the Lions have an excellent opportunity to earn a victory on the road. They will look to get the ball in the hands of their playmakers, and Bell is a player who has proven that he can make a difference.
With an average of 9.7 yards per catch this season, he will be a part of both the ground game and the passing attack, and he will be an excellent addition for desperate fantasy owners this week.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
Bilal Powell has received double-digit caries in the past four weeks, including a season-high 19 carries this past week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has scored touchdowns in three of these contests, but is owned in just 6.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
The Jaguars have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game this year to running backs, and the Tennessee Titans—the Jets’ next opponent—have allowed the fifth-most. The margin separating the two teams’ averages is just 0.8 points.
With another soft matchup, both Powell and Shonn Greene will get plenty of touches and an adequate amount of fantasy points.
While the Jets offense is certainly not a gold mine for fantasy talent, Powell will have another productive outing this week.
Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders are another team that has not produced many quality fantasy performances this season, but Rod Streater is in position to for another productive day.
The rookie wideout has seven catches for 196 yards and a touchdown in the past two games, and he faces a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs this week.
Carson Palmer looked Streater’s way more than any other receiver last week. With the Raiders running game still failing to show up, Oakland will take to the air often, and that will benefit fantasy owners who take a chance on the speedy receiver.
If your lineup is lacking a wide receiver, Streater—who is owned in just 1.4 percent of ESPN leagues—is the best available option for this week.