There's no time to spare when chasing the NFL's hottest fantasy pickups.
Owners are lucky enough as it is if these players remain available, so they should snatch them now if they can or put in a waiver claim or bid. The options thin out as the season progresses, amplifying the pressure to walk away with the week's top prize.
Bolstering your roster could make the difference between gliding into the fantasy playoffs and falling just short. Look at these players to help make your fantasy title aspirations come true.
RB Andre Brown, New York Giants
Many savvy owners made sure to snatch Andre Brown off the waiver wire before the others could witness him back in action.
Smart move. After amassing 30 carries for 115 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders, Brown should be universally owned before Week 11 kicks off.
The latest running back to take his turn on the Giants' carousel, Brown should now stop the ride completely. Despite missing the first half of the season with a broken leg, Brown immediately became the focal point of New York's game plan and received more carries than any other NFL running back on Sunday.
Had he not gotten hurt during the preseason, Brown would have played a pivotal role in New York's offense from the get-go. Once David Wilson fumbled in Week 1, Brown would have morphed into the team's No. 1 back.
Better late than never for Brown, who should be treated as a sturdy No. 2 running back going forward.
WR Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
There's that massive big-play ability we drooled over during the preseason.
Tavon Austin entered the season as a fantasy darling who became so beloved that his value soared out of control. The rookie failed to deliver on the hype, catching 31 passes for 207 receiving yards and two touchdowns before Week 10.
Oh how one breakout game can change everything. Either unowned or benched in nearly all leagues, Austin exploded for three deep touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. He started the fun with a 98-yard punt return to the house, with video below courtesy of NFL.com's Twitter account.
The day was hardly over. He caught two passes on the afternoon, but that's all he needed to post 138 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Guys who need to score in one swoop are usually unreliable in fantasy leagues, and Austin's sluggish start confirms that theory. However, St. Louis' most dynamic wideout is far too talented to rot away on the waiver wire.
Maybe he fades back into obscurity, but Austin also has starter potential if Kellen Clemens can keep hitting him deep. If an impatient owner dropped Austin earlier in the season, grab him now.
WR Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles
Are you sold yet?
Entering Week 10, Riley Cooper was owned in just 29.5 percent of ESPN leagues despite collecting 139 receiving yards and three touchdowns in Week 9 against the Oakland Raiders. After his strong follow-up performance against the Green Bay Packers, that rate should climb to 100 percent.
Cooper caught three passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers, giving him 555 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. He has connected with Nick Foles for six of those scores.
Foles is running Chip Kelly's offense with resounding success, and Cooper is the main benefactor who should thrive against an assortment of shaky defenses awaiting Philadelphia to finish the season.
On the strength of three huge games, Cooper has shattered all previous career highs with six more games to go. Through the past five weeks, he has received more looks with 29 targets.
Fantasy managers with the opportunity would be remiss not to hang with Mr. Cooper.
|QB Josh McCown||Chicago Bears||McCown has played well in Jay Cutler's absence, so grab him if Cutler is scheduled to miss any more time with his ankle injury.|
|RB Donald Brown||Indianapolis Colts||Even with minus-one rushing yard, Brown turned in a nice fantasy outing with 64 receiving yards and a score.|
|RB Rashad Jennings||Oakland Raiders||Do you trust Darren McFadden to return and remain healthy? Exactly.|
|WR DeAndre Hopkins||Houston Texans||Hopkins received 11 targets on Sunday in an offense that is opening up the passing attack without Arian Foster.|
|TE John Carlson||Minnesota Vikings||He made a big impact (7 catches, 98 yards and 1 TD) in Minnesota's first game without Kyle Rudolph.|