With week 12 upon us and the fantasy playoffs staring directly in our faces decision making could not be more critical at this point. 1 or 2 losses over the next few weeks could send you tumbling out of the playoff picture and wondering what could have been, but the opposite could propel you to fantasy glory and an eventual championship run through the postseason. Trade deadlines are being met and free agency is just about ready to close so get your depth, make your trades, and right your ship because the time is now.
Bobby Rainey, Running Back Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had quite a year in their backfield. After sustaining losses to both their number 1 and number 2 running backs they were left with Brian Leonard and Bobby Rainey to finish out the season. Leonard took the reins initially and played fairly well in week 10 but Rainey came in during the 4th quarter and the job has been his ever since. He has shown quick feet and decisive running during his last 5 quarters of play, but I don’t think that we have a feature back in the making. With some tougher schedule ahead I see Rainey as a solid Flex or running back #3 with upside. Don’t hesitate to go and spend your high waiver on him just don’t expect him to be the next Adrian Peterson. BOOM
Delanie Walker, Tight End Tennessee Titans – Delanie Walker has made been making a solid case to be included in the top 10 fantasy tight end ranking over the last 4 weeks and I feel that his production can be sustained moving forward. With 218 yards and 3 touchdowns in his last 4 games (one being a 2 reception 13 yard performance while another being a 10 reception 91 yard performance with a TD) his outlook is positive moving forward. The Titans don’t face another tough pass defense until week 17 against the Houston Texans and that could lead to some quality numbers for Walker. He is available on many waiver wires and should be picked up as a depth at the very least. With Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm I expect him to see 6 to 8 targets a week and produce 60 to 70 yards on average. Pepper in a few touchdowns and you have yourself a dependable TE from here on out. BOOM
Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver – Week 11 marked Percy Harvin’s first action in a Seahawks uniform and it was quite uneventful but I don’t expect that to continue for much longer. While it may take a game or two for Harvin to get back into game shape he should end up being a valuable asset for the fantasy playoffs. He is an upgrade to both the passing and running game and could start putting up big numbers very soon. While I doubt he is sitting on any waiver wires I would suggest trying to make a trade for him this week while the Seahawks are on a bye. Any team that is on the edge of a playoff berth may look to dump him for a piece that could help them win this week. So go out and try to steal a potential fantasy playoff MVP while you still can. BOOM
The Atlanta Falcons Offense – My suggestion is to stay away from anyone here. The Steven Jackson experiment went poorly. The number 1 wide receiver is done and the number 2 wide receiver is clearly hobbled. And Tony Gonzalez is saying “Why did I come back for another year? And why was it again that I didn’t show interest to spend the last days of my career with Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs?” There may be a few sparks here and there, but for the most part I would avoid the dirty birds entirely. BUSTED
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