Average Joes: The Fantasy Football Bargain Bin for Week 12
Dorian “The Trashman” Colbert, Rosterwatch.com
Sometimes, as a fantasy owner you just need a guy who you know will get you at least that handful of points to serve as a base for those “boom or bust” studs you have on your roster. Here, I’ve found a group of guys who will do just that and perhaps more. And what’s even better is that they’re probably available on your waiver wire right now.
Daniel Thomas RB, 15% owned: The other half of the Dolphins running game, Thomas is about as unappealing as they come. He’s a plodding and unspectacular back, but somehow he stays relevant in the Miami backfield. Over the past 4 weeks, he’s averaged 6.78 points which is satisfactory on the whole. He won’t win you any fantasy weeks, but he won’t serve you up a goose egg either.
LaGarrette Blount RB, 7% owned: Blount was supposed to disappear whenever Stevan Ridley returned to game form, but he has quietly held some value. Averaging 6.73 points in the last 4 weeks, and with a matchup versus Denver up next in which the Pats will try to slow the game down to keep the ball out of Manning’s hands, Blount is a reach, but you could do much worse in a pinch.
Rod Streater WR, 11% owned: Streater has cruised along with an average of over 6 points on the season and 7.5 over the last 4. He seems to have also benefitted from having Matt McGloin under center with over 15 points in standard leagues last week. He nothing more than a safe play, but that’s exactly what some folks need right now.
Brandon LaFell WR, 30% owned: I guess the Panthers were right to assume they had their second receiver in LaFell as he’s played admirably over the past few games. He’s actually averaged more fantasy points than his counterpart Steve Smith on the season with 7.87 points to Smith’s 6.92. He seems to offer more upside to Smith too, but Smith is the guy who is owned in 92% of leagues to his 30%.
Marquise Goodwin WR, 3% owned: Goodwin isn’t playing this week, but he’s a nice pickup for owners who already have a playoff spot on lock. Averaging almost 9 points a game over the last 4 games, Goodwin is a high upside player on a team that figures to be behind much of the time. Owned in less than 5% of leagues, he’s ready and willing to take your fantasy squad to pay dirt this postseason.
Delanie Walker TE, 38% owned: It boggles my mind that Walker isn’t owned in at least half of fantasy leagues right now. Over the last 4 games, he is averaging 9.6 points, which puts him behind only Graham, Gronkowski, and Thomas at his position. He also has one of the best upcoming schedules in all the league for tight ends.
Rob Housler TE, 14% owned: Housler is really starting to pick things up in Arizona at over 6 points a game over the last 4. Carson Palmer feels safe with him, and it’s showing. He’s got a tough schedule ahead, but he’s a tough player and will maintain low end TE1 status.
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB, 8% owned: Fitzpatrick has a weak arm, but that’s ok. He also has Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright, who he doesn’t need to throw far to reach. Fitzpatrick’s only played in two games since Jake Locker made his final exit, but he’s averaging almost 17 points in games he’s started all season. He’s got a cake schedule coming up too, so don’t be afraid to use him.
Mike Glennon QB, 16% owned: Glennon is having as solid a rookie campaign as one can hope to have on such a bad team as the Buc’s. He’s topped 20 points in 4 out of the 7 games he’s started this season, and he has the Lions up next. Yes, that’s the same Lions team that has been giving up the most fantasy points to QB’s over the last 5 games.