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.
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants
The New York Giants have been abysmal running the ball this season. From David Wilson, to Brandon Jacobs, to Peyton Hillis, the Giants have failed miserably on the ground. But the return of Andre Brown from a fractured ankle immediately paid dividends for one of the NFL’s worst rushing teams and you should expect that trend to continue.
Brown rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in his first game back and was a huge improvement over everyone the Giants have had rush the ball. With Eli Manning struggling with turnovers, the Giants would love to make it easier on him and Brown has that capability. If you’ve been stashing him for a few weeks than good for you. If not, get him on the roster immediately as he is a high-end RB2 at this point.
Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This year has been a rather tough one for the Buccaneers, and their running backs in particular. The Bucs started 0-8 before picking up their first win Monday night, but it came at a price. Running back Mike James suffered a broken ankle and will miss the remainder of the season, joining starter Doug Martin on the injured reserve list. Next up on the Bucs RB assembly line is Bobby Rainey.
Rainey will share carries with Brian Leonard, but he showed good burst and explosiveness in the Bucs victory over the Dolphins and if there is one Bucs RB to grab he is the one. The offensive line is a strength for the Bucs and they opened up some great running lanes against an excellent Dolphins D-Line. If you’re struggling at the RB position, Rainey could be an excellent grab to get your team in excellent playoff position.
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
We’ve waited all year for Tavon Austin to break out and it finally happened as he exploded in Week 10 for 314 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in the Rams 38-8 shellacking of the Indianapolis Colts. Austin’s big play ability can’t be denied as his TDs came on plays of 81, 57, and 98 yards.
It is unlikely that Austin will match this game again, but with the Rams basically out of the playoff picture, they are likely to try some different things and play their young players. The Rams are on a bye this week so this is more of a future add. As we get closer to playoff time, Austin could turn into a big time player for the Rams and you would be wise to jump on him early before someone else steals him away.