Fantasy Football: Last-Minute Waiver Wire Pickups That Could Save Your Season
If you're reading this article, there's a strong likelihood you're still alive in your fantasy football playoffs.
There's also a good chance you're not 100 percent satisfied with your current roster. Or the injury bug has taken a bite out of your starting lineup.
Whatever it is that brings you to reading this article, I hope it helps.
Here are six last-minute waiver wire pickups that could save your season.
Felix Jones, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
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Jones should be available in most leagues, and he has a good opportunity to have an impact this fantasy postseason.
Jones replaced DeMarco Murray as the Cowboys featured back on Sunday night after Murray went down with an ankle injury. Murray had been the starter in Dallas since Week 7.
Jones finished with 16 carries for 106 yards in a loss to the New York Giants. He also added six catches for 31 yards.
The word is Murray has a fractured ankle and will likely miss the rest of the year. Jones is a great option for a team in need of a running back.
Demaryius Thomas, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
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Two weeks ago, most people would have laughed if I had suggested that Tim Tebow has a "favorite wide receiver." But after Week 14, it's clear Tebow has found a go-to guy in Demaryius Thomas.
Thomas has put together back-to-back solid games and has emerged as the Broncos' top receiver.
In his last two games, Thomas has 20 targets, 11 catches, 222 yards and three touchdowns. Thomas could have had an even bigger game had he hauled in a 55-yard catch that would have been a touchdown.
Thomas and the Broncos have a favorable matchup next week when they travel to New England to face the Patriots. The Pats rank near the bottom of the league in pass defense.
Jabar Gaffney, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins
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A week after getting shut out against the New York Jets, Gaffney bounced back in Week 14 with six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots.
With the exception of that Jets game, Gaffney has been the Redskins most consistent wide receiver.
In the last four games, Gaffney has been targeted 28 times. He has 18 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns.
Gaffney and the Redskins have two very favorable matchups in Week 15 and 16 against the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings, respectively.
Rex Grossman, Quarterback, Washington Redskins
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If you're desperate for the quarterback, Grossman may be your best option.
In his last four games, Grossman has thrown for 1,076 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran for a score in Week 11.
He's coming off a Week 14 performance against the New England Patriots where he threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns.
Grossman's next two opponents, the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings, both rank near the bottom of the league in pass defense.
James Jones, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers
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Early speculation is that Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings may miss a couple of weeks with a knee injury. That could open the door for Jones.
Jones has quietly put together a respectable season for Green Bay, with nearly 500 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
Jones is the most logical player to replace Jennings, but with the way Aaron Rodgers spreads the ball around, that may not translate to fantasy success.
Still, any receiver that has a chance to catch more passes from Rodgers should be added in all leagues.
New Orleans Saints D/ST
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This endorsement is more about the ineptitude of the Saints' Week 15 opponent than the Saints' defense itself.
New Orleans travels to Minnesota on Sunday to face a Vikings team that turned the ball over six times in a Week 14 loss to the Detroit Lions.
The Vikings also allowed two defensive touchdowns to the Lions and surrendered four sacks.
The Saints' defense has been hit-or-miss this season, but a matchup with the Vikings should be a hit.