It is that time of year, that strange fantasy moment when several previously irrelevant names pop up out of nowhere; names that you would be foolish to completely overlook. Even so, many of these players are best left off of your starting rosters.
With the fantasy playoffs pending, it is beneficial to at least familiarize yourself with some of these out of the blue options in case one of them chameleons into fantasy gold in the blink of an eye.
Jason Avant, Eagles —Avant waivers in and out of the fringes of fantasy radar yearly, so if the pattern holds true to form he has simply pieced together two solid weeks of work. From a real life GM perspective, I would be interested in making a play for Avant who has shown the ability to be at least a very serviceable No.3 wideout, if not higher.
In the fantasy world, I'll just keep my eye on him to see if he breaks through.
But don't count on it.
Malcolm Floyd/Legedu Naanee, Chargers —Ever since Chris Chambers was released, fantasy nation has been keeping a close eye on these guys. So far in those three games, Floyd has nine catches for 112 yards, while Naanee has seven catches for 64 but two TDs.
I wouldn't recommend either until one of them distinguishes himself with more touches, unless you are thin at the position.
Brandon Gibson/Danny Amendola, Rams —Gibson has looked strong the past two weeks, but that was with Marc Bulger at QB; now he is out three to six weeks if not the rest of the season. It is a gamble to count on this youngster because it is hard to say how much chemistry he will have with Kyle Boller.
That said, it is not a bad gamble since he did receive a boggling 17 targets last game!
Ditto Amendola , although if you are in a league that rewards points for return yardage, you can expect him to reward you there at least. He is quite good at it, by the way, averaging 24 yards per with a long of 58.
Michael Jenkins, Falcons —Had a nice game with six catches for 76 yards, but has only 33 catches and zero TDs this season. So don't get too excited.
Chansi Stuckey, Browns —The former Jet acquired in the Braylon Edwards trade had a solid day against the Lions in the Anomaly of the Year for both teams, with five catches for 76 yards and a TD.
I would count on very little out of any Brown, but keep an eye on him just in case.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers —Considering Crabtree didn't even take an NFL snap until Week Seven, the numbers, though not staggering, are nonetheless pretty impressive—4.5 catches and 58 yards per game and now his first TD.
It is surely too late to pick him up for free, but he may be primed for a late season push with increased production. It wouldn't be a bad idea to try and trade for him for the homestretch before your league's trade deadline. No guarantees, but lots of upside.
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