It is that time of year, that strange fantasy moment when several previously irrelevant names pop up out of nowhere that you would be foolish to completely overlook. Even then, many of these players are best left off of your starting rosters. With the playoffs pending, it is beneficial to at least familiarize yourself with some of these out of the blue options in case one of them chameleon into fantasy gold in the blink of an eye.
Jason Avant, Eagles- Avant waivers in an out of the fringes of fantasy radar yearly, so if the pattern holds true to form he has simply pieced together two solid weeks of work. From a real life GM perspective, I would be interested in making a play for Avant who has shown the ability to be in the least a very serviceable No.3 wideout, if not higher. In the fantasy world, I’ll just keep my eye on him to see if he breaks through, but don’t count on it.
Malcolm Floyd/Legedu Naanee, Chargers- Ever since Chris Chambers was released fantasy nation has been keeping a close eye on these guys. In those three games so far, Floyd has 9 catches for 112 yards, while Naanee has 7 for 64 but 2 TDs. I wouldn’t recommend either until one of them distinguishes himself with more touches, unless you are thin at the position.
Brandon Gibson/Danny Amendola, Rams- Gibson has looked strong the past two weeks, but that was with Marc Bulger at QB and now he is out 3-6 weeks if not the rest of the season. It is a gamble to count on this youngster because it is hard to say how much chemistry he will have with Kyle Boller. That said, it is not a bad gamble since he did receive a boggling 17 targets last game! Ditto Amendola, although if you are in a league that rewards points for return yardage you can expect him to reward you there at least, and he is quite good at it by the way, averaging 24 yards per with a long of 58.
Michael Jenkins, Falcons- Had a nice game with 6 for 76, but has only 33 catches and 0 TDs this season so don’t get too excited.
Chansi Stuckey, Browns- The former Jet acquired in the Braylon Edwards trade had a solid day against the Lions in the Anomaly of the Year for both teams, with 5 for 76 and a TD. I would count on very little out of any Brown, but keep an eye on him just in case.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers- Considering Crabtree didn’t even take an NFL snap until Week 7, the numbers although not staggering are nonetheless pretty impressive—4.5 catches and 58 yards per game and now his first TD. It is surely too late to pick him up for free, but he may be primed for a late season push with increased production. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to try and trade for him for the homestretch before your league’s trade deadline. No guarantees, but lots of upside.