The Top 15 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups of the Week

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Tight Ends

Brandon Myers (TE – Oakland) – Available in 85.5% of ESPN Leagues
It hasn't been the most elegant performance, but Myers has been rather consistent in recent weeks. Myers has averaged 54.3 yards per game over the last six with no game less than 44 yards and no game more than 62 yards. That's as consistent as it comes. He's found the end zone in two of the last three games, with one game including two scores. He's likely the best available option for you on the waiver wire just because he's likely to not get shutout in any game. (FAAB spend: $10)

Kyle Rudolph (TE – Minnesota) – Available in 44.6% of ESPN Leagues
Speaking of getting shutout, Rudolph was shut out in two of his last four games. He bounced back for 64 yards on seven catches before his team's bye week, but that was with Percy Harvin missing from the lineup. Most of his value this year was due to touchdowns, which is worrisome long-term, but the quality of the tight end market is rather poor. (FAAB spend: $5)

Greg Olsen (TE – Carolina) – Available in 39.8% of ESPN Leagues
Cam Newton has had the tendency to lock onto Steve Smith and ignore his other receivers. He's tried to do a better job of this in recent weeks, which is what led to Olsen blowing up for nine catches, 102 yards, and two touchdowns in Week 10. He came back to Earth with 42 yards on two catches in Week 11, but the yards per catch is a plus. He's either the second or third option for the Panthers' passing attack, which is more than you can say for a lot of the other available TEs. The reason he's below Rudolph is that he faces three tough defenses for fantasy TEs in the next four weeks and that's not what you want to see when fighting for a playoff spot.(FAAB spend: $5)

Scott Chandler (TE – Buffalo) – Available in 40.5% of ESPN Leagues
Chandler's had a few decent games this year, but the consistency hasn't exactly been there. He started off the season hot, but has only managed one touchdown in the last six weeks. He's not exactly a deep threat at his size, so his value is staked in touchdowns. His next two opponents are tough against fantasy tight ends, but after that the going gets better. (FAAB spend: $4)

Dallas Clark (TE – Tampa Bay) – Available in 96.2% of ESPN Leagues
Maybe it's Clark's name recognition, but I have a feeling Clark has some gas left in the tank. Last week's performance was classic Clark as he went for 58 yards on seven catches, including a touchdown. Clark complained about his role in the offense following a game in which the Chiefs shut him out completely. Since then he's grabbed three touchdowns in five games and has become somewhat present in a high-powered offense. (FAAB spend: $3)

Dustin Keller (TE – N.Y. Jets) – Available in 69.0% of ESPN Leagues
Keller's the most tenured receiving option on the Jets' roster, but he's been a non-factor over the last two weeks after the bye despite having seven catches in each of the previous two games. The Jets are up against a weird scenario in which they face two favorable defenses against fantasy TEs over the next four weeks, but also face two unfavorable defenses in that same span. The potential is there for Keller, but the recent history doesn't give you that much confidence. (FAAB spend: $2)

Dwyayne Allen (TE – Indianapolis) – Available in 69.0% of ESPN Leagues
Allen's future performance is predicated on the health of teammate Coby Fleener. Allen was a factor over the last three weeks with Fleener hurt, but his return could minimize Allen's potential. He received 11 targets last week, so even half of that would make him somewhat relevant. (FAAB spend: $1)

Running Backs

Ronnie Hillman (RB – Denver) – Available in 99.1% of ESPN Leagues
The obvious replacement for McGahee's owners is Hillman. The problem is you might not have the auction dollars or waiver priority to grab him. Hillman isn't built big enough to carry a full workload and he wasn't that dynamic when the opportunity presented itself last week. The other options in Denver are rather minimal, however, so it's Hillman or bust for the time being. Lance Ball might be worth a roster stash, but my expectations for him despite the fact that he might end up with the goal line carries. (FAAB spend: $30)

Beanie Wells (RB – Arizona) – Available in 52.1% of ESPN Leagues
Wells claims he's in great shape after not having played since Week 3. He's set to return this week and should take hold of a majority of the work in Arizona's backfield. The biggest problem is that he plays for Arizona and the miserable offense is now being led by a rookie quarterback. Just don't keep your expectations that high because Arizona's schedule starting in Week 14 is pretty hard. (FAAB spend: $15)

Vick Ballard (RB – Indianapolis) – Available in 50.2% of ESPN Leagues
The RB situation is fluid and it appears Ballard is getting the benefit of the doubt right now. The rookie saw 46 snaps last week compared to 19 from Donald Brown. If the snaps continue, he'll be a viable flex play, but be prepared for a lineup switch at any moment. (FAAB spend: $10)

Jalen Parmele (RB – Jacksonville) – Available in 99.9% of ESPN Leagues
The Jaguars made no mention that Parmele would be taking over for Rashad Jennings before last week's game. Don't you just love fantasy football? Parmele has at least one week left as the starter in Jacksonville as Maurice Jones-Drew. It's against the Titans, who allow the fourth most points to fantasy running backs. You may get another week or two out of Parmele after that if the Jaguars decide not to rush MJD back. He's not the next Arian Foster, but starting running backs are always worth something. (FAAB spend: $8)

Bryce Brown (RB – Philadelphia) – Available in 99.7% of ESPN Leagues
Brown might have the most talent of any running back on this list, but his future is as cloudy as LeSean McCoy's head is right now. McCoy is dealing with a concussion, which will likely have him sit out this week against Carolina. That presents a great opportunity for Brown to shine on Monday night, but McCoy will return to the lineup as soon as he's cleared. Look at Brown as a one week flyer with some potential upside if McCoy doesn't recover. (FAAB spend: $7)

Bilal Powell (RB – N.Y. Jets) – Available in 98.8% of ESPN Leagues
The Jets announced today that they're copying the trend around the rest of the league. They're changing to a committee approach at running back between Powell and Shonn Greene. Those names aren't exactly Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, but the Jets are moving forward with that idea. Powell grabbed two touchdowns last week and should see a majority of the third down work, so he might have some flex value since the Jets have three really good match-ups in their next six games.(FAAB spend: $5)

Wide Receivers

Danario Alexander (WR- San Diego) – Available in 95.5% of ESPN Leagues
I'm surprised to see Alexander owned in only 4.5% of leagues considering his five catch, 134-yard performance against Tampa Bay before last week's seven catch, 96-yard performance against Denver. (I'm still not sure how the last touchdown on Sunday counted, but whatever.) He's a physical specimen, but he's constantly had knee problems and been out of the lineup. Unless the Chargers bring in the Phoenix Suns' doctors, I'm not sure he can stay healthy. He'll produce if he stays on the field because the Chargers have been looking for another receiver to compliment Malcom Floyd, although it's possible Alexander has usurped Floyd as the team's #1 option. (FAAB spend: $20)

T.Y. Hilton (WR – Indianapolis) – Available in 96.7% of ESPN Leagues
Hilton has flashed ability on multiple occasions this year, but the Colts keep returning to Donnie Avery as their second receiver. Avery is now injured again with a concussion and may nor return for this week. Hilton will produce if given the chance since the Colts are committed to throwing the ball, he just needs the opportunity.(FAAB spend: $5)

Julian Edelman (WR- New England) – Available in 99.3% of ESPN Leagues
The loss of Gronkowski might prompt Brady to look for Edelman as much as he did on Sunday, but the interesting piece of news is that Edelman actually played more snaps than Brandon Lloyd last week. He's worth a roster stash, but I'm not sure he'll be putting up numbers on a weekly basis. Welker and Hernandez will be the primary options til Gronk gets back. (FAAB spend: $5)

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