9:59 pm, November 27th, 2012
The Fantasy playoffs are nearly here in many leagues, and will actually start this week in some unique formats. So unless you are faced with a major injury or a significant hole, lots of late-season waiver pickups won’t be immediately added to your starting lineup. Still, there you are guys you should add and stash or file on your roster for important depth if possible. At the tight end position, though, any addition can make an impact in a given week, since so many are unreliable.
1.1. Add Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals
Andy Dalton is starting to spread the ball around more effectively and is connecting with Sanu for scores when he can’t get it to A.J. Green. The rookie is enjoying a breakthrough stretch, with four TDs in his past three games.
2.2. Add Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers
Steve Smith is no longer the go-to guy for TDs when Cam Newton is looking to make a scoring strike. LaFell frustrated Fantasy owners earlier in the season, but now he has appeared on the radar again and he is a regular yardage and scoring threat.
3.3. Add Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens
He teased us early in the year, then faded away, and now he is back again. Pitta has re-emerged as a key target in the Baltimore passing game recently, and he’ll get a lot of important red zone looks in the final weeks of the schedule.
4.4. Cut James Jones, WR, Packers
He was shut out last week, and his role has been progressively decreasing in the passing game. With Jordy Nelson back and Greg Jennings returning, he is about to be rendered nearly useless in Fantasy leagues, likely for the remainder of the year.
5.5. Add Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos
He was a surprise starter in Week 12, and asserted himself well with good all-around numbers. Any time there is a starting RB on free agency, he is an obvious must-add. Moreno is no sure thing, but has the potential to continue to play respectably as he tries to salvage a sagging career.
6.6. Add David Wilson, RB, Giants
This one is more obvious, but we’re including it here to emphasize that you have to make acquiring Wilson a priority if he is available. We all know how brittle Ahmad Bradshaw is, and with Andre Brown out for the season, Wilson could be thrust into the starting lineup at any time.
7.7. Add Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
He is already stealing some goal-line carries from Shonn Greene, and remains a free agent in some leagues. If Shonn Greene were to go down with an injury, he could actually inject some more life into the Jets offense. He has more pep in his step than Greene.
8.8. Cut Brandon Lloyd, WR, Patriots
He has been one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012 Fantasy season and there is no way he should crack your lineup again. Lloyd has been an invisible element on a high-powered offense, and that’s no easy task to accomplish in New England.
9.9. Add Damaris Johnson, WR, Eagles
With DeSean Jackson done for the year, there is an opportunity for Johnson, who showed some promise early in the year, will have some chances to make plays again. As the Eagles look to the future, he could become a short-term spark like Andrew Hawkins was earlier in the season.
10.10. Add Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jaguars
He has been reborn with Chad Henne at QB. He scored twice in Week 11 and was a key contributor for the Jags last week. Any TE with the potential to contribute consistently is a great add, so prioritize getting Lewis on your team this week.
11.11. Add Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos
Of course, we have seen Knowshon Moreno fizzle before. Hillman will get cut by many owners who added him last week in anticipation of a starting gig, only to see him pushed behind Moreno on gameday. But if Moreno falters again, and that is very possible, Hillman could still get a real crack at a starting job soon.
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