Fantasy Football Week 13: 10 Waiver Wire Pickups to Lock Up Playoff Spot
Fantasy football owners know this is crunch time.
With the playoffs looming, one or two pickups could be difference-makers. They may be even more critical if some starters are injury-prone. In this case, handcuffing could be a wise move.
Thus, grabbing Minnesota rookie Toby Gerhart may be a smart pickup, just in case Adrian Peterson goes down with a more serious injury.
Gerhart is just one of the players who could be available that you want to pounce on.
I've been in your shoes, so fire away any questions. I may be able to help. As a fantasy player for 14 years, I've found sleepers and had late-season winning streaks to reach the postseason. So take heart. There is still hope.
Let's look at 10 players worth grabbing for Week 13.
10. TE Jimmy Graham
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Jeremy Shockey has been hobbled and was held out of the Thanksgiving Day game against Dallas. Graham had three catches for 23 yards and dropped two easy passes.
Look for quarterback Drew Brees to target him this week when they face the dreadful Bengals.
9. TE Joel Dreessen
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Owen Daniels missed last week's game with a hamstring injury, and Houston is hoping to get him back for Thursday night's game at Philadelphia.
Go ahead and grab Dreessen, who had three catches for 15 yards and a touchdown against the Titans.
8. RB Maurice Morris
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Jahvid Best was out last week against the Patriots, and Morris filled in just fine for the Detroit Lions, finishing with nine carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns.
Detroit's ground game is one of the NFL's worst, but remember, what you want is touchdowns.
7. QB Kerry Collins
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Collins (calf) was listed as Rusty Smith's backup last week for the Tennessee Titans.
Now comes a key divisional game against Jacksonville, which could also be without David Garrard because of an injury.
6. RB Toby Gerhart
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Adrian Peterson's injury last week wasn't serious, and Gerhart kept playing because the team was winning.
He did sustain a shoulder stinger, but sometimes it's good to get some insurance if your stars go down.
5. WR Ben Obomanu
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The Seattle receiver had five catches for 159 yards and a touchdown against Kansas City. Now Seattle faces Carolina this Sunday.
Always take a shot when you can face off against an NFL bottom-feeder.
4. WR Danario Alexander
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St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford had a career day against Denver, and Alexander was his favorite target, finishing with four catches for 95 yards.
Now the Rams travel to Arizona for another very winnable game.
3. RB Ahmad Bradshaw
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Brandon Jacobs regained the starting role for the Giants last week due to Bradshaw's problems with fumbling.
Bradshaw finished with no turnovers and should still be a big option since he's used often in goal-line situations.
2. QB Chad Henne
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The Miami Dolphins quarterback threw for 307 yards last week against Oakland and now faces a Cleveland defense that surrendered 227 yards against Carolina.
Henne has put up the numbers, and he does have the weapons to throw to.
1. RB Jonathan Stewart
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He was out two games with a concussion but returned Sunday and ran for 98 yards on 12 carries. The healthier he gets, the more carries will follow. DeAngelo Williams is out for the season, and Michael Goodson is his replacement.
But look for Stewart to be the featured back.