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 Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Don’t let last week’s performance fool you. It came on a short week, against one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks. But make no mistake, Ellington is an integral part of the Cardinals offense. He is easily their most explosive weapon out of the backfield and is a constant target of Carson Palmer, especially in the red zone.
He’s been targeted at least five times in each of the past five weeks, and before last week’s tough game, averaged seven yards per carry in the previous three meaning he is taking advantage of the carries he gets. Once head coach Bruce Arians realizes how completely ineffective Rashard Mendenhall has been, Ellington’s carries will increase. People are already beginning to catch on about the points Ellington has been putting up so grab him before its too late.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
As Robert Griffin III gets more comfortable on his surgically repaired knee, one of his favorite new targets is rookie TE Jordan Reed. Reed has overtaken Fred Davis on the Redskins depth chart and capped off his impressive rise with a nine catch, 134 yard performance this past week against the Chicago Bears.
The Redskins have very few consistent receiving threats with Pierre Garcon being the only serious threat. Griffin has tended to favor his tight ends throughout his short career as he had an excellent connection with Davis last year and is now establishing the same with Reed. He has gotten at least six targets in four of the five games he has played and his 26 receptions rank in the top 10 amongst tight ends. As a bye week replacement, you won’t get better than Reed and he can even be relied on as a solid flex play in some leagues.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titan offense has extremely average and inconsistent this season, but one bright spot has been the play of Wright, the Titans first round draft pick last year. Since Week 2, Wright has had at least five catches, six targets, and 54 yards in every game. He has been the only consistent offensive player on the Titan offense.
The only issue with Wright at this time is his inability to get in the end zone. But his consistent catches and yards make him a solid WR 3/4 in most PPR leagues even without the scores. If you are struggling at the WR position, Wright is one of the few players left on the waiver wire that you can count on.