Week 11 finally saw the last undefeated team of the season get their first loss as the Denver Broncos wrestled control of the AFC West from the Kansas City Chiefs. In Chicago, the rain delay lasted so long that Soldier Field closed their concession stands fearing they were selling too much beer to rabid fans packed in the concourses for nearly two hours. It was Rainey in Tampa too, as Bobby busted out a 167-yard, three TD day out of nowhere.
We don’t have to wonder who the number one waiver wire add will be this week. Texans’ fans welcomed back Matt Schaub after Keenum was benched and Andre Johnson was so happy to see him that he ended up leaving the Raiders’ loss early to order Schaub an Edible Arrangement.
With only a few weeks remaining in the fantasy regular season, let’s get right to this Week’s 10 Names You Should Know.
Bobby Rainey, RB TBB
And I wonder, still I wonder, who will stop the Rainey? When Doug Martin was lost, we turned to Mike James. When we lost Mike James, we ended up not really thinking too much about our options of Brian Leonard or Bobby Rainey. After thirty carries, 167 yards and three touchdowns, Rainey is who we thought he wasn’t. He ran with impressive balance and patience and most importantly, he had the explosion through the hole to get to the next level.
With the skills that Rainey put on display and the lack of healthy bodies in the Buc’s backfield, we may have found ourselves a late season RB1.
Delanie Walker, TE TEN
Walker hasn’t done much since signing with Tennessee in the off-season to replace Jared Cook, but Walker had his best game as a Titan last Thursday catching 10 balls for 91 yards and a TD. Walker’s usage has steadily increased over the past few weeks and he appears to be a favorite target of new starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. With the dearth of available tight ends on the waiver wire, Walker deserves consideration down the stretch.
Marquise Goodwin, WR BUF
With the Bills receivers dropping like flies the rookie from Texas has been trending upward. With Stevie Johnson ruled out and Robert Woods still out, it was Goodwin’s time to shine. E.J. Manuel hooked up with Goodwin for six catches, 81 yards and a TD against the Jets. Goodwin added a 17 yard end around to pad his stats and make a case for a higher usage moving forward. Goodwin’s upside is capped by the eventual return of the Bills healthy starters so keep an eye on the injury reports before you think about plugging him into your lineup.
Michael Floyd, WR ARI
There was a time earlier in the off-season where I wondered if Carson Palmer could maintain the fantasy value of two wide receivers this year in Bruce Arians’ offense. That answer has been a resounding “no.” Against the Jaguars porous defense however, the answer is “yes,” as Michael Floyd recorded more receiving yards (193) than his previous four games combined. Sadly, we won’t be seeing another day like this from Floyd any time in the near future as Palmer will easily regress.
Montee Ball, RB DEN
There’s no doubt that Montee has the talent to be a viable fantasy running back in the NFL, but his role and usage in the Denver offense is incredibly unpredictable. Yes, Ball scored twice, but he was only used for eight carries on the day. Whatever production or touchdowns that Ball vultures are more of a detriment to Knowshon Moreno owners than they are valuable to your fantasy team, because you never know when those opportunities will come. Ball is no more than a handcuff, or a headache depending on how you want to look at it.