The Colts saw all 50 shades of Jonas Gray Sunday night. The undrafted rookie, and former standup comic, put up the best fantasy game of the 2014 season, carrying the ball 38 times for 199 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win. Starting a Belichick running back can be a dicy proposition, but if you strike gold on a night where that’s their game plan it can win the week for you. At this stage in the season Gray must be owned in all formats, though his low floor puts him more in the RB2/flex discussion until we start to see some consistency.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups
C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos- Week 11 Stats: 9 car, 29 rush yds, 8 rec, 86 rec yds
This seemed almost unthinkable just two weeks ago, but C.J. Anderson is without question the Broncos starting running back for the foreseeable future. With Ronnie Hillman out 2-6 weeks with a foot injury, and Montee Ball sidelined indefinitely with a groin injury, the job is his to lose. Anderson was effective in the Denver’s shocking 22-7 loss to the Rams, catching eight balls for 86 yards out of the backfield, but sub 3 YPC rushing leaves lots of room for improvement. Aside from the aforementioned shelved running backs, the Broncos are banged up in the passing game too with Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders going down on Sunday, so look for Anderson to continue to play a prominent role in their week 12 showdown versus the Dolphins. C.J. is a sure fire RB2 with RB1 upside until his competition heals.
Coby Fleener, TE, Colts- Week 11 Stats: 7 rec, 144 rec yds
Fleener had what was by far his most productive game of the season in Sunday’s 42-20 loss to the Patriots. The third year man out of Stanford served as Luck’s de facto check down option after running back Ahmad Bradshaw fractured his fibula and fellow tight end Dwayne Allen left the game with an ankle injury. Both Fleener and Allen are in the midst of respectable fantasy campaigns, and if one should miss any time (in this case Allen) the other should immediately sky rocket to TE1 production levels.
Jonas Gray, RB, Patriots- Week 11 Stats: 38 car, 199 rush yds, 4 TD
Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders- Week 11 Stats: 4 car, 47 rush yds, 3 rec, 16 rec yds
This move is purely speculative, but one would think that it would behoove the 0-10 Raiders to see what they’ve got in Latavius Murray, the second year back out of Central Florida. Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Dew have both been hot messes this season, leaving Oakland with nothing to lose by looking to the future. Murray averaged more than 10 YPC in the Raiders 13-6 loss to the Chargers. They’ve got a brutal schedule coming up from a rushing perspective (K.C. twice, San Fran, St. Louis and Buffalo for the remainder of the fantasy season) but he is someone to keep an eye on in the event he catches lighting in a bottle as their pitiful year trots to a close.
Daniel Herron, RB, Colts- Week 11 Stats: Did Not Record Any Offensive Stats
It's not going to be easy to replicate Ahmad Bradshaw's stellar production as a hybrid receiving-back in the Colts high octane offense, but Daniel Herron should at least get a crack at it to see if he is capable. If he can achieve 75% of Bradshaw's stats it would make him a serviceable start in PPR formats. Indy has a much needed cake matchup against the Jags in week 12, look for them to throw Herron the keys and see if he is up for the drive.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins- Week 11 Stats: 5 rec, 46 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Landry has long been owned in all leagues that reward points for return yards (he leads the NFL with 798), but he's been slowly climbing his way up the Fins wide receiver depth chart. In recent weeks Jarvis has solidified himself as a top 3 option on the passing game- hauling in five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in their week 11 win over the Bills. There's no denying his boom or bust potential, but if you're feeling froggy, this is the guy to take a leap on.