Week 12 Waiver Wire: Under-the-Radar Options Sure to Produce

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2013

Nov 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) reacts after he ran the ball in for a touchdown during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The coming weeks will separate the best fantasy owners from the rest.

There is a big difference between an owner who can pick up a guy coming off a hot performance and an owner who can predict the hot performance—that, or know which players will continue strong showings and which will not.

This information can be obtained through a variety of outlets. Below we'll look at four players fresh off big performances who are great grabs on the wire.

Not only are these guys hardly owned in the fantasy landscape, but they are also sure to keep the ball rolling in Week 12.


Matthew McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders (0.2 percent)

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matthew McGloin (14) attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Matt McGloin has arrived as a viable fantasy option.

With Terrelle Pryor sidelined last week, McGloin exploded for 197 yards and three touchdowns—against a Houston Texans defense that was ranked No. 1 against the pass at that time.

It's important to note that head coach Dennis Allen will not commit to Pryor or McGloin at this time, per ESPN's Paul Gutierrez:

Of course he won't. It creates confusion for Oakland's Week 12 opponent, the Tennessee Titans. But does Allen think his team's best chance of winning comes in the form of a quarterback who has not thrown for a touchdown in his last three games?

Probably not. Oakland must find out in a hurry if McGloin is the quarterback of the future. He was a top-10 scoring option in Week 11, and that won't change this weekend.


Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2.2 percent)

Say hello to the No. 1 fantasy scoring back in Week 11. Better than LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch—we could go on for quite some time.

It was impossible to see this coming. Mike James broke his ankle in Week 10, so Rainey put together a quality outing with eight carries for 45 yards and a score.

Fine. Conventional wisdom said he would still split the load with Brian Leonard in Week 11.

Apparently not.

Rainey took 30 carries and turned it into an outstanding 163 yards and two scores. He also caught two passes and scored once. The grand total? Thirty-four points.

The Buccaneers have a matchup with the Detroit Lions and a sound run defense, but production equals value at running back regardless of the matchup. Consistent running backs are difficult to find, so jump on Rainey in a hurry.


Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders (5.8 percent)

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater (80) catches a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rod Streater is a No. 2 wideout in Oakland.

That's not a bad thing anymore.

Streater was the main beneficiary of the quarterback change in Week 11. McGloin targeted Streater eight times—the Temple product brought in six receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown.

No receiver has been relevant in Oakland for quite some time. While an elite Tennessee pass defense is discouraging in Week 12, Streater will still find success.

Elite corner Alterraun Verner will be busy with Denarius Moore, as was Jonathan Joseph last week. Streater will see weaker opposition and be productive.


Garrett Graham, TE, Houston Texans (19.5 percent)

HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 17: Garrett Graham #88 of the Houston Texans catches a touchdown pass while Charles Woodson #24 of the Oakland Raiders covers on November 17, 2013 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

The tight end position continues to be impossible to predict.

Last week, it was Garrett Graham's turn to lead all scorers before Monday Night Football with his 17 points. The top 10 was littered with other familiar names such as Charles Clay, Danny Noble and Mychal Rivera.

See how random the position is?

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15:  Garrett Graham #88 of the Houston Texans scores a touchdown in the first half against the Tennessee Titans  at Reliant Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Graham brought in seven receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown with two different quarterbacks under center. Owen Daniels is still on injured reserve, so Graham will continue to produce.

Week 12 sees Houston take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Does that really need an explanation at this point?

Both Case Keenum and Matt Schaub struggled last week. A big-bodied tight end is the perfect safety valve. Grab Graham and get him in those lineups.


Note: All scoring info based on ESPN standard leagues. The Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks have a bye.


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