Your fantasy league isn’t only won on draft day, it’s won on those crucial days when you pick up that great waiver wire free agent before anyone else thinks of nabbing him. That’s why we here at Raiders Tribune will be helping you out and giving you the scoop on the best guys to pick up to turn your fantasy team into a championship contender.
Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans
The Matt Schaub era is over in Houston and the team has moved firmly behind second year quarterback Case Keenum. With Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins out wide, and a running back tandem of Arian Foster and Ben Tate, Keenum has the weapons around him to succeed. Even though he has failed to produce a win in his two starts, it is through no fault of her own.
In two starts, Keenum has thrown for 621 yards and four TDs with no interceptions. He is fully capable as a QB and the team has full confidence in him as they are not having him hide behind the run game. Keenum is airing the ball out and your fantasy team can be the beneficiary.
While his matchup against the Cardinals isn’t ideal, he did leave Kansas City without committing a turnover, and he has home matchups against the Raiders and Jaguars after that. Keenum will continue to put up impressive numbers this season.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders
SURPRISE SURPRISE!!! Darren McFadden is injured again. McFadden re-aggravated his hamstring injury and his status for next week is up in the air. In his absence, Rashad Jennings stepped up against the Philadelphia Eagles to the tune of 102 yards and a touchdown.
Even if McFadden is able to go, he will not be 100 percent and Jennings has proven that he can handle an increased workload if needed. The Raiders head to New York to play the Giants who, while their defense isn’t terrible, are prone to turning the ball over which can lead to some great scoring opportunities for the Raiders, and Jennings in particular.
With the health of the starting running back always a question mark, Jennings is a great person to have on the bench and can be plugged in immediately. At worst, he’s a solid RB2 if McFadden is unable to go this week and any other week McFadden’s health fails him.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers
Very quietly the Carolina Panthers have rattled four consecutive wins as Cam Newton has really begun directing a much improved Panther offense. Steve Smith, Greg Olsen, and the resurgent DeAngelo Williams get most of the attention, but Brandon LaFell has been arguably the most consistent player and tends to go largely unnoticed.
His 45 targets are third on the team and his 13 yards per reception are second on the team. With Steve Smith and Ted Ginn stretching the field, LaFell is able to go to work in the middle of the field and he takes advantage. His ceiling isn’t as high as some others, but as a one or two week stopgap with guys like Dwayne Bowe, Kembrell Thompkins, Josh Gordon, and Dez Bryant on a bye the next two weeks, he is good for consistent production.