The fantasy football playoffs are quickly approaching, and your season is coming down the wire—the waiver wire, that is.
Here are six potential running back and wide receiver pickups that you need in order to pave your path to the fantasy championship. Whether you are fighting to get that last spot into the playoffs or simply playing spoiler, it is crunch time, so step up to the plate, fantasy owner.
With new starting quarterback Caleb Hanie at the helm, Johnny Knox posted a monster game. On his way to a 20+ point fantasy week, Knox had four catches for 145 yards and one touchdown.
Roy Williams only had three catches for 37 yards, while Earl Bennett only had one catch for five yards. Pick up Knox with solid hopes that this type of production can continue.
Has Shanahan finally found his starting running back? After week in and week out disappointing rushing games by Ryan Torain, Shanahan finally gave the rock to Helu, and it paid off.
Helu posted a monster week that consisted of over 100 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, and seven catches for over 50 yards. Grab him off the waiver wire and hope Shanahan doesn't change his mind before the upcoming fantasy playoffs.
With Vince Young at the helm, Avant managed to post his best game of the season with eight catches for 110 yards and a score. While the touchdown came in fourth quarter garbage time and Jeremy Maclin missed the game due to injury, Avant is still worth a look in all 12-team leagues.
After a couple good games in a row, it is finally time to consider Donald Brown for your fantasy team. The main reason is that Joseph Addai played this week, and Brown still had a solid game.
Brown posted 80 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and added one catch for 17 yards. Brown may have supplanted Addai as the Colts starting running back even when they are both healthy, and he is certainly worth picking up in most fantasy leagues.
Kevin Smith now has a high ankle sprain, and Jahvid Best hasn't played in weeks due to lingering concussion symptoms. Enter Maurice Morris.
After a couple solid weeks filling in for Best, it seemed as if Smith supplanted Morris in the backfield after his two-touchdown game against Carolina. Then Smith sprained his ankle on one of his first carries on Thursday afternoon, leaving the door open for Morris.
Morris answered the call nicely, with 40 rushing yards and nine catches for 81 yards. Pick him up and hope that Smith and Best miss extended time, leaving Morris as the back to own in a solid Detroit Lions offense.
While C.J. Spiller did not post huge numbers against a stingy Jets run defense on Sunday, it was the usage that intrigues prospective fantasy owners. Spiller was the running back of choice for the Bills on all but four offensive plays.
The Bills clearly have confidence in Spiller to take over Fred Jackson's starting role and are willing to give him 17+ carries a game while targeting him multiple times in the passing game as well. Pick him up and pray that this Clemson product steps up big for your fantasy team in the playoffs.