6:26 pm, November 20th, 2012
This is a special edition of our waiver column. Rob Gronkowski went down and will be very tough to replace, considering the overall sorry state of the position. Willis McGahee looks like he is done for the year, LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion and Darren McFadden and DeMarco Murray will likely not play in Week 12. So this edition of our waiver moves is strictly focused on tight ends to look for on free agency and the top available running backs. All adds, no drops this time. We list them in order of fantasy appeal and potential at both positions.
1.TE pickup No. 1 – Logan Paulsen, Redskins
He is still available in some leagues, and Robert Griffin III has quickly developed a nice on-field relationship with Paulsen. He does look for him on many key passing downs.
2.TE pickup No. 2 - Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
He started slowly this year, but Gresham has picked up the production recently. Andy Dalton does look for him frequently in the end zone.
3.TE pickup No. 3 – Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
Don’t assume he is not available, check your free agent list to be certain. Rudolph was frustrating the heck out of Fantasy owners recently and many cut him out of disgust. He still has considerable TD potential despite his QB situation.
4.TE pickup No. 4 - Jermichael Finley, Packers
Yeah, I know I said to steer clear of him this week already. But desperate times do call for desperate measures, as they often say. You might cut him again. But he still has the talent to build on his Week 11 outing.
5.TE pickup No. 5 – Garrett Graham, Texans
He scored twice in Week 11. Graham could solidify himself as a frequent goal-line area target in the near future as well.
6.TE pickup No. 6 – Joel Dreessen, Broncos
He does have regular potential to score every week. With McGahee out, he could see more targets in goal-line situations as the Broncos just lost their best short-yardage threat.
7.TE pickup No. 7 – Dallas Clark, Buccaneers
Reports of his demise came early this year, but he has re-emerged in a somewhat potent Tampa Bay attack. Clark is getting targeted when Josh Freeman needs to make some very important throws.
8.TE pickup No. 8 – Visanthe Shiancoe, Patriots
He does have a history of being a pretty good pass-catcher when his QB is a productive one. The Patriots do need another big target with Gronkowski out, and Shiancoe has an outside shot of contributing in the short term.
9.RB pickup No. 1 – Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos
Lance Ball has proven to be simply a pedestrian option when needed in the past, and Hillman has top-end speed and can catch passes out of the backfield. He’s pretty much an ideal fit in a Peyton Manning-led up-tempo offense even if he sits occasionally for Ball.
10.RB pickup No. 2 – Jalen Parmele, Jaguars
We still don’t know for sure when Maurice Jones-Drew is coming back. Rashad Jennings has been so disappointing that he fell behind Parmele on the depth chart. Parmele is nothing special, but will give you adequate totals if Chad Henne can continue to keep defenses honest.
11.RB pickup No. 3 – Bryce Brown, Eagles
LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion in Week 11, and the Eagles’ season is all but officially over, so they would be smart to not rush him back. Brown looked good in the preseason and in some extended action last week. He can be a good short-term filler if you need one.
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