We are officially at the home stretch of the regular season in fantasy leagues. You have 3-4 more weeks to qualify for the playoffs, which means the waiver wire is more crucial than ever. Compounding that effect is the fact that almost all league trade deadlines have come and gone, so free agency is your only shot left of improving your team. As always, we had some injury news this weekend that immediately vaults some names into must add status. The biggest name on that list is Julian Edelman, who has a Jones fracture in his foot, and underwent surgery yesterday. Since Tom Brady loves his quick slot receivers, Danny Amendola is your top waiver add this week. And speaking of receivers, what is a catch? I mean, seriously. It UUSSEEEDDD to be control of the ball and two feet down, but I guess we needed technology and replays to erase the definition of a "catch" from the NFL rulebook. Oh well, allow me to digress. On to the pickups!
Danny Amendola, WR, NE
Amendola had some massive plays against us on Sunday, the long punt return and the fourth-and-10 conversion being the biggest. Like Edelman, he's small, quick, and fearless. The Patriots can be tough to trust in fantasy, but I think there's no doubt Amendola puts up every week WR3 numbers in standard, and high end WR2 stats in PPR leagues.
Denard Robinson, RB, JAX
T.J. Yeldon injured his foot on Sunday against Baltimore, and is in a walking boot. Since the Jags play on Thursday night this week, he has a very real chance of missing the game. Toby Gerhart has been awful this year, and should only see time in 3rd and long pass protect situations, leaving Robinson the potential for 15-20 touches against the Titans defense. That's RB2 volume, especially with bye weeks and the RB carnage atop everyone's draftboards from August.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
I've never liked Cutler. With that being said, he's playing really good football right now. I brought my boys to the Bears Chargers MNF game last week, and seeing Cutler spin it in person is really impressive. The difference between his ball compared to Philip Rivers' is night and day. Now that he's proved he can put up numbers against a great defense (St. Louis Rams), he can be trusted moving forward. He's insanely only owned in 40% of Yahoo! leagues, and could easily be an every week QB1 moving forward. I still don't like him.
Kamar Aiken, WR, BAL
The defacto WR1 for the Ravens, and WR guaranteed 7-10 targets/week needs to be owned, and sometimes flexed against bad secondaries.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL
Gross. He's finally back this week and will play. Seeing the Cowboys lose in Tampa Bay was our only saving grace after that miserable loss to the Patriots, and let's hope that losing streak stays alive. I do see Romo having some fantasy relevance moving forward, so he's worth an add.