With the season coming to a close, the waiver wire becomes even more essential. Injuries take their toll, which means new players have to step up. Depending on the situation, that could make the player a fantasy commodity. An example of this last week would be Texans running back Alfred Blue. Unless he was being stashed by Arian Foster owners, Blue wasn’t owned in many leagues. Once it became known Foster wouldn’t play Sunday, Blue rewarded those who picked him up with over 150 yards. Here are some players that are available on waivers that could help this week and the rest of the way.
Tre Mason, RB Rams: Mason has done well the past few weeks, but he cemented his status as the Rams starter this past Sunday. With 113 yards, Mason became the first back to run for over 100 yards on the Broncos this year. Since his last six games have come against a tough stretch of opponents, it is worth noting that Mason has two favorable matchups in a row starting this week. For some reason, Mason’s available in a good amount of leagues so pick him up if you have the chance.
Coby Fleener, TE Colts: Considering the expectations out of college, Fleener was a bit of a disappointment his first two years in the league. Recently, he has become a favorite of Andrew Luck and is starting to change that perception. When Dwayne Allen went down with an ankle injury Sunday, Fleener came up big. With the Patriots focused on stopping T.Y. Hilton on the outside, Fleener hauled in seven passes for 144 yards. This week he gets a vulnerable Jaguars pass defense that has struggles covering tight ends. If Allen can’t play, Fleener could be in for another nice performance.
Isaiah Crowell, RB Browns: Due to his talent and performance when given the chance, Crowell is someone I’ve mentioned frequently here. The only issue was how many carries he would get considering the Browns rotated three backs. For Crowell, good news came in that the team released Ben Tate this morning. That news means carries will now be split between Crowell and Terrance West. The Browns have said they will go with the “hot hand” approach, so both backs should be owned in all leagues. Crowell is the more talented of the two, and that usually wins out in the NFL. Don’t be surprised if he plays a big role for owners in the fantasy playoffs.
Jonas Gray, RB Patriots: Not even Gray could have predicted the kind of performance he would of had this past Sunday night. Having a little over 30 career carries entering the contest, Gray went off for 199 yards and four touchdowns on 38 touches. While this game is a historic performance from a fantasy perspective, chances are Gray wasn’t even owned in your league. While he’s not going to do that again, Gray is worth owning in every league at this point. Sure, there will be days where Shane Vereen is more of a focal point, but Gray appears to have a grasp on early down work.