As the season inches closer to ending, pilfering the waiver wire gets tougher and tougher. By this point in the season, most players have carved out a role for themselves on the field and in fantasy, or they’ve been cast aside to make room for someone who can. That being said, there are still some guys lingering around out there who are worth picking up.
Amazingly, Jennings is still available in more than half of ESPN fantasy leagues. With Darren McFadden hobbled in recent weeks, Jennings has received the lion’s share of the touches. The former Jaguar has taken well to an increased workload.
Jennings has posted 340 rushing yards and two scores in his past three outings, highlighted by an 80-yard scoring jaunt against the Texans. While McFadden’s health bares watching going forward, it appears that head coach Dennis Allen thinks Jennings has earned himself a permanent role in the Raiders offense.
Rainey’s owned in just under three percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, but that number is sure to rise drastically over the next few days. Rainey ran well for the Bucs against Miami, but he really asserted himself in this past weekend’s game against the Falcons.
The Georgia native was given 32 total touches and responded with 167 total yards and three scores (two rushing, one receiving). With both Doug Martin and Mike James out for the season, Rainey's virtually guaranteed to get the bulk of the carries moving forward.
Much like with Percy Harvin, some savvier owners opted to stash Crabtree away on their bench in hopes of a triumphant return in time for the fantasy playoffs. Nonetheless, Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target remains available in around 90 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues and has recently returned to practice.
Crabtree posted 595 receiving yards and five touchdowns in Kaepernick’s seven starts last year and, provided there’s no lingering rust, could prove to be a valuable fantasy commodity down the stretch.
One of the more surprising developments of the 2013 season is Cotchery’s rise to fantasy relevance. The 31-year-old is suddenly a top 20 option at his position, and yet he’s not even owned in 20 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.
It was excusable to question Cotchery’s reliability after a three-touchdown game against the Patriots, but with two more scores in as many weeks and seven on the season, it’s clear who Ben Roethlisberger’s looking for near the goal line.