By Lance Zierlein
November 14, 2012
1. Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals - Wells is a stash pickup right now, but he's likely to get his fair share of the carries when he makes it all the way back. Wells is injury prone, no doubt, but he could also be a very shrewd addition to a team looking for some late season help as the playoffs approach.
2. Ben Tate, RB, Texans - Tate will be available in more leagues than you think and he's worth adding simply because of the workload that Arian Foster continues to accrue. If the Texans get the division and homefield advantage wrapped up early, it will be Tate, rather than Foster who could be getting a majority of the carries for the Texans when the fantasy playoffs are underway.
3. Andre Brown, RB, Giants - Brown is similar to Wells in that he's a stash pickup being on a bye this week. But looking forward, with Bradshaw once again nursing injuries and with David Wilson failing to inspire the Giants coaches with confidence, this could be a great time for Brown to jump in and get substantially more carries from this point forward. Brown scored yet again last weekend and the Giants may have to start leaning more heavily on the running game with Eli Manning stinking up the joint right now.
4. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars - Shorts has made this list before and I'm guessing that many of you continue to doubt him. Oh, but Lance - Laurent Robinson is coming back! He'll take away all of Shorts' shine! No. He won't. Last week, Shorts dropped 105 and a TD on the Colts and he continues to prove that he's one of the most underrated big play threats in the game.
5. Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens - Thanks to Pitta's slump, many owners dumped him during his BYE week, but their loss could be your gain. Pitta had 5 catches for 67 yards and a TD and Flacco looked very confident in searching him out throughout the first half of their blowout win over Oakland.
6. St. Louis Rams Defense - If you have been reduced to the vagabond defense strategy as I have been in one of my leagues, this week's choice is the Rams. St. Louis is a legitimate NFL defense and they get their hands on the Jets this week. Lock in on the Rams as you should be able to use them for the rest of the year.
7. Danario Alexander, WR, Chargers - Alexander has had the hot hand lately and his ability to get vertical makes a ton of sense in the Chargers offense. Whlie he's not a WR2 option, he is woth a flier as a feast or famine player.
8. Sam Bradford, QB, Rams - Bradford has 6 TD passes over his last 5 games and while he's not lighting the fantasy world on fire, he has thrown for 255 or more in 3 of his last 4 games. As the Rams continue to show more confidence in their passing game, Bradford's numbers will continue to grow. He is an average QB2 right now.
9. Nick Foles, QB, Eagles - The sensible man might expect Andy Reid and the Eagles to protect their rookie QB with the running game and some safe, play-action passing game. Andy's offensive gameplans aren't always sensible. Look for Foles to have a few solid games if you are desperate for QB help right now. He has the weapons, but will he find them for TDs?