It's playoff time, which means it's time to get creative. If not, you're going to lose.
OK, that might not be true for those of you who use every opportunity possible to let the world know you drafted Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III.
We get it. You're going to slaughter all of us. Great.
But for those of us you (us) who had to stream your way to the No. 6 seed, the waiver wire will continue to be your friend. Or for those of you (us) who don't want to rely on Philip Rivers... in Pittsburgh... in December, the waiver wire will be your friend.
For those of you who are in ultra-deep leagues, these players from the waiver wire will help you out.
Note: ESPN percent ownership in parenthesis.
QB: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (3.7)
Nonetheless, Foles is coming off his best performance as a starter (251 yards, one touchdown, no turnovers at Dallas) and now gets to take on the helpless Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary.
Led by Ronde Barber (seriously), the Bucs' secondary is giving up 309 passing yards per game, which is worst in the NFL. From a yards per attempt perspective, it's a much more encouraging 30th in the NFL.
Nick Foles' stat line will be, wait for it, full of yards and touchdowns this week.
RB: Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars (2.9)
It's hard to rely on a funny-named player who has just seven—albeit a productive seven!—carries on the season, but Owens is likely the starter and he's probably available if you're in need of a running back.
And if that isn't a ringing endorsement, I don't know what it is.
Still though, he's looked explosive in limited action and the Jets are giving up 4.3 yards per carry (19th in the NFL) and 137.7 rushing yards per game (29th).
With Chad Henne taking the pass offense to unprecedented heights over the past three weeks, the running lanes will be open for Owens. You could do a lot worse in deep leagues.
WR: Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams (7.6)
Once again, Danny Amendola looks like he'll be doubtful for this weekend (via Buffalo Bills reporter Joe Buscaglia):
WR Danny Amendola, HB Steven Jackson and former #Bills LB Mario Haggan are the noticeable players that did not practice today for St. Louis.— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) December 5, 2012
When Amendola is away, Givens will play.
And play well.
With Amendola ailing, the rookie out of Wake Forest has quickly turned himself into Sam Bradford's favorite target. In the last two games, he's racked up 20 targets (compared to Steven Jackson, who has the second most with eight), 16 catches, 207 yards and one touchdown against two of the top three pass defenses in yards per game allowed.
Buffalo's pass defense is another good one, but Givens has proven to be a must-start against any team, especially in PPR leagues.
This is, after all, the Season of Giving.
Nailed it. Again.
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