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.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
These are the prime weeks that you begin to see who has a chance to make the fantasy playoffs. These are also the prime weeks for your best players to go on a bye leaving you scrambling for the best backup to hold down the fort for one week. At the QB position, there are very few who are hotter right now than Andy Dalton.
Over the last three weeks, Dalton has thrown for 1,034 yards with 11 TDs and only two interceptions. His five TD performance last week against a New York Jet defense that has given numerous teams trouble really showed how much Dalton has improved.
With Peyton and Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, and Colin Kaepernick all on bye this week, and Tom Brady next week, it would be very wise to take advantage of this Dalton hot streak to another win this season.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts
One of the toughest injuries to see was the torn ACL suffered by Reggie Wayne. Wayne was the one veteran on the Colts offense and constantly operated as Andrew Luck’s security blanket for the last year and a half. Wayne led the league in targets, catches, yards, and 20-yard plays.
With him on the shelf Luck will have to spread all of those looks elsewhere and one of the biggest recipients will undoubtedly be Heyward-Bey who is slowly becoming more than just a deep threat.
Luck has already lost TE Dwayne Allen for the season and now with Wayne out he is running out of weapons. Heyward-Bey, along with T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener will all see an uptick in targets and you would be wise to jump on Heyward-Bey before your rival does.
Mike Tolbert, RB, Carolina Panthers
Tolbert has long been the bane of many fantasy owners’ existence as he has been known for stealing goal line touchdowns for years. While that hasn’t been the case the last couple of years, Tolbert can still be useful for those struggling for production from their second running back, or in dire need of a bye week replacement.
With DeAngelo Williams having something of a bounce back year, Tolbert’s role has been reduced but he is still good for 8-10 carries per game as well as a few receptions.
Tolbert is a change of pace back, and while you shouldn’t expect amazing production, he has been consistently producing the last couple of weeks and is usually good for a TD whether it be running or receiving.