The waiver wire is more important than ever this late in the season, with owners looking to round out their roster for a playoff push.
Through Sunday's action, Week 12 was yet another example of under-the-radar players who are set to have big games the rest of the way.
Whether it's a rookie finally adapting to the NFL, an injury making way for someone else or some other factor, there are several waiver-wire targets who are surely available in most leagues.
Here are four guys who had big days in Week 12 and are worth an add in all formats. Enjoy.
Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5.3 percent)
It's time to give Mike Glennon his due. The rookie has made the most of a shoddy situation in Tampa Bay, and fantasy owners will benefit the most as a result.
Glennon has been a model of consistency in his past seven games, where he has scored at least 15 fantasy points in six:
|Week 6 vs. PHI||26||43||273||60.5||2||1||18|
|Week 7 @ ATL||26||44||256||59.1||2||0||17|
|Week 8 vs. CAR||30||51||275||58.8||1||0||15|
|Week 9 @ SEA||17||23||168||73.9||2||0||15|
|Week 10 vs. MIA||11||21||139||52.4||1||0||7|
|Week 11 vs. ATL||20||23||231||87.0||2||0||17|
|Week 12 @ DET||14||21||247||66.7||2||0||17|
The North Carolina State product is flirting with becoming a matchup-proof option. For all that is wrong in Tampa Bay, Glennon is extremely fantasy relevant and should be owned in all leagues as a backup at minimum.
Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams (0.7 percent)
Rookie Zac Stacy has been an absolute monster for fantasy owners since taking over the starting job in St. Louis.
That said, Stacy's fantasy relevancy was predicated on his ability to remain healthy. In Week 12 against the Chicago Bears, he left the game with an injury, per ESPN's Jeff Dickerson:
#Rams RB Zac Stacy is out for the rest of the game.— Jeff Dickerson (@ESPNChiBears) November 24, 2013
Regardless of Stacy's status for the team's next game, a new fantasy stud emerged—rookie Benny Cunningham. Cunningham scored in the top 10 at his position by the time Sunday's action was over thanks to his 13 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown—giving him a cool 16 points.
Now would be the time to grab Cunningham, especially considering he has a chance to be the starting back at a position where touches equal production.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans (0.6 percent)
Justin Hunter is another rookie slowly beginning to make a name for himself.
Hunter is in a bad situation with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and other weapons such as Kendall Wright to soak up targets.
Alas, Hunter made the most of the situation in Week 12 with six receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown—which easily placed him among the top 10 at his position with only Monday's contest to go.
The performance is the first time Hunter has scored more than 10 points all season. That said, Week 12 was weak in the receiver sleeper category, and his emergence is hard to ignore. He's worth a look as a solid depth option.
Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers (0.3 percent)
Ladarius Green is a freakish athlete at 6'6" and 240 pounds, so it was only a matter of time before he took over for the aging Antonio Gates.
Apparently that is happening a little earlier than most anticipated.
Green continues to emerge as a reliable option. He posted eight fantasy points in Week 11, but was especially impressive in Week 12. The Louisiana-Lafayette product caught three passes for 80 yards and a score, firmly planting him as a top-five producer at his position through Sunday.
Rotoworld's Adam Levitan put it best:
Ladarius Green runs like a gazelle at 6'6/238. Complete freak. Next big thing at tight end in fantasy.— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) November 24, 2013
With the Chargers clearly finding ways to get Green involved, he is less of a boom-or-bust commodity and one that should be owned in all leagues as quality depth.
Note: All scoring info based on ESPN standard leagues.