As the season starts to draw to a close, many fantasy football owners are at the point of desperation. Fortunately, that is not always a bad thing as there are plenty of talented players worthy of a spot in your lineup.
After the whole world added guys like Andre Brown and Riley Cooper from the waiver wire, it leaves the current list of free agents bare in most leagues. The good news is you can still likely scrape the bottom of the barrel for some possible stars.
These players are available in at least 90 percent of ESPN leagues, but they should be able to come through with a big week if you need it.
Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1.7 percent owned)
While the rookie quarterback has made some mistakes, Mike Glennon has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all six of his career starts. Similarly, the Atlanta Falcons have given up a score through the air in every game this season, and only once have they allowed fewer than two.
When these two face each other, it could lead to a big day for Glennon.
The fact is that the young passer has been very consistent since getting his chance, posting at least 15 fantasy points in four of his last five games. With running back Mike James now out with an ankle injury, the Buccaneers will have to rely on the passing attack even more.
Glennon should be able to come through with a strong performance against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts (7.2 percent owned)
Neither Donald Brown nor Trent Richardson was able to move the ball much on the ground last game, especially after the Colts went down 28-0 by halftime. However, Brown has been the better player over the past few weeks when he touches the ball.
While Richardson is averaging 3.0 yards per carry, Brown has come through with an impressive 5.9 mark. He was also productive in the passing game with 64 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last game.
This has continued to earn Brown more touches as both a runner and receiver, and he is able to turn this into a solid amount of production.
Against a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed two rushing touchdowns in each of the last four games, this makes him worthy of a fantasy start.
Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers (3.6 percent owned)
This would certainly qualify as a risky start, but there is reason to expect a strong performance out of Mario Manningham.
While the receiver only managed three catches for 30 yards in his season debut this past week, that amazingly led the team as the Carolina Panthers shut down the 49ers offense. Still, Colin Kaepernick was looking for his new target all day as he finished with a team-high six targets.
Even against a tough defense like the New Orleans Saints, it is hard to imagine Kaepernick being this bad two games in a row. The coaching staff will likely make adjustments to get the ball out quicker to avoid pressure, which will only help get more throws to Manningham.
With Michael Crabtree still injured and Vernon Davis dealing with the effects of a concussion, Manningham becomes one of the team’s only targets. This should led to a solid game for the veteran player.
Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals (1.2 percent owned)
Over the past month, Rob Housler has been getting more and more involved in the offense for the Cardinals. This culminated in a strong game in Week 10, where he finished with 57 receiving yards and a touchdown.
With wide receiver Michael Floyd questionable with a sprained A/C joint, the team will need someone to step up as a No. 2 target. Obviously, Larry Fitzgerald remains the primary option, but there will still be targets to go around.
Those passes could end up going to Housler, especially against a team that has struggled to defend tight ends all year. The Jacksonville Jaguars have given up the second-most fantasy points in the NFL to the position, thanks mostly to eight touchdowns allowed in the last seven games.
Housler has the talent and opportunity to take advantage of this poor defense and have another strong showing in Week 11.
|Scott Tolzien||QB||Green Bay Packers||New York Giants|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||QB||Tennessee Titans||Indianapolis Colts|
|Chris Ogbonnaya||RB||Cleveland Browns||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Bobby Rainey||RB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons|
|Rishard Matthews||WR||Miami Dolphins||San Diego Chargers|
|Brandon LaFell||WR||Carolina Panthers||New England Patriots|
|John Carlson||TE||Minnesota Vikings||Seattle Seahawks|
|Scott Chandler||TE||Buffalo Bills||New York Jets|
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