Fantasy Football Playoffs: 11th-Hour Pickups That Just Might Win You Your League

Jeremy AlpertSenior Analyst IIDecember 21, 2010

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Rex Grossman

The guy threw for how many TDs last weekend?!?!  Four?!  Now we all know that Rex "Screw it, I'm Going Deep" Grossman may be one of the most up-and-down quarterbacks to play in the NFL, but if you catch him on one of those "up" days, he can be a complete fantasy gem.  He’ll be working at home in Week 16 against a Jacksonville defense that has allowed 26 passing TDs on the year (27th in the NFL) and 256 passing yards a game (also 27th), so if you’re in a fix, Rex could do you well.


Tim Tebow

The truth is, Tebow really didn't look all that good in his debut, but he did have a rushing TD and a passing TD, which is all you can realistically expect from a rookie with his skill-set.  He has a nice fantasy match-up this weekend as the Broncos take on the team with the worst pass D in the league, the Houston Texans, so take a chance in two-QB leagues or especially in leagues that count double for rushing TDs/yardage.


Running Backs

Donald Brown

Without any assurance that either Joseph Addai or Mike Hart will be back, you have to consider Donald Brown an option here if he was dropped in your league at any point.  I know he hasn’t done a hell of a lot so far this year (or in his career for that matter), but Brown put up the best numbers of his life last weekend against a porous Jaguars defense and honestly looked pretty darn good in doing so.  Indy plays the Raiders this coming weekend, and though they may have a slightly better rush D than the Jags, it’s only by an infinitesimal amount.


Wide Receivers

Andre Caldwell

With Terrell Owens going down for the year, Caldwell will immediately step in as a starter next to Chad Ochoschizo.  Last weekend after T.O. came up lame, Caldwell went off for 89 yards on four catches while also receiving six targets on the day from Palmer.  All these numbers ended up leading the Bengals despite not playing a full game.  Andre is a former third-round pick so you know he has the skills.  Those who were counting on Owens at this point might want to take a chance here.


Brian Robiskie

Robiskie isn’t the best option in the world, especially with a rookie QB throwing to him, but he DID have a TD last weekend against the Bengals along with the most targets and catches for a receiver in the game.  Brian was drafted 36th overall (second round) by the Browns in 2009, so maybe, as it is with most receivers, he’s finally starting to get what it takes to be a player in the NFL.


Sam Hurd

With Dez Bryant, Roy Williams and Kevin Ogletree all injured, you could do worse than the WR2 on a team playing against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend.  Hurd had four catches for 35 yards on six targets last week, so Kitna seems to have at least a little faith in him.  He’s a bit of a long-shot, but aren’t most guys on the waiver wire at this point?


Kevin Walter

Houston is passing the ball a ton right now as Matt Schaub has 116 pass attempts in the last two weeks combined.  Besides that, the Texans happen to face the Broncos next week, which might be the worst all-around defensive squad in the league.  Champ Bailey will likely be shadowing Andre Johnson all day, and if he does, look for Walter to get another 10 targets or so like he has in each of the last two games.  He could be a real nice sleeper here.


David Nelson

Nelson caught himself yet another TD from Fitzpatrick last weekend.  That’s three weeks in a row now folks, an accomplishment which pretty much puts David out of the “fluke” range.  If you didn’t act on my mention of him last week, go check your waiver wire to see if everyone else ignored me as well and jump on this kid.  With the Bills looking to pass all day against a Patriots team who will be up 14-0 within the first eight minutes of the game, Nelson could be in for a big one.


Emmanuel Sanders

Sanders actually led the Steelers in targets last Sunday (13) as he went for 7 catches and 78 yards on the day.  This third-round draft pick out of SMU is electric as hell, and with Pittsburgh facing off against the Carolina Panthers this week, you might see him get a whole lot of playing time once again.


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