Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Championship Week

Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Fantasy Championship Week

12/18/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

If you're looking forward to reading this right now, congratulations - you're probably in your fantasy league's championship. I'm sure it's been a long season of ups and downs, loaded with injury scares and stressful waiver wire decisions. It's particularly difficult for me to write this column this week, as I was just booted from my playoffs in the most heart wrenching fashion - I lost by 1.92 points as a result of Chris Johnson's 94-yard TD run on Monday night, and would have crushed any other team in my league. Anyway, I'll still take a look at the players available in most leagues and let you know who the top options are:

Quarterbacks
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Russell Wilson (SEA): 
I told you all to pick up Russell Wilson if you needed a quarterback last week, and I think anyone who listened to me owes me a gift basket or something. Wilson went off against the Bills and had one of his best games as a pro, racking up 205 passing yards, 92 rushing yards, and four total touchdowns. He's been a QB1 worthy quarterback in five of the past seven weeks, and will be a borderline QB1 option this week, despite facing the stingy 49ers defense.

Sam Bradford (STL): Bradford had what may have been his best game of the season as well last week, putting up 377 yards and three touchdowns against the Vikings. He'll be hard pressed to throw the ball 55 times (as he did on Sunday) on a regular basis, but if he's going to do it again, he'll have a great chance this week against the Buccaneers. The Bucs have a high powered offense, the top ranked run defense, and the bottom ranked pass defense - a perfect formula for Bradford to sling it all game. He'll be risky, but if you're really in need of a quarterback, he'll be a decent play.

Tim Tebow (NYJ): Most of the world is split regarding their opinions of Tim Tebow, but one thing you can not deny is that he puts up some nice fantasy numbers when he gets a chance to play. With reports coming from the Jets' beat writers that there's "no way (Sanchez) starts," Tebow has a good chance of getting the nod. With his ability to run the football and be effective in the red zone, Tebow will be a solid option for quarterback needy teams and those of you in two-quarterback leagues, assuming he starts for the Jets.

UPDATE: The Jets have named Greg McElroy the starting quarterback for Sunday's game. Tebow is no longer worth picking up.

Running Backs

DeAngelo Williams (CAR): 
There's a good chance he's already been picked up (or was never dropped) in your league, but he's still available in 41% of Yahoo leagues so I figured I'd throw him on the list. Williams had his best game of the year on Sunday against the Chargers' 7th ranked run defense, and will now host the Raiders, who have given up 4.5 yards per carry and 17 rushing touchdowns this season. Williams ran for 93 yards and caught two passes for 51 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. With Jonathan Stewart unlikely to return this week due to a high ankle sprain, Williams will be a solid fantasy option against the lousy Raiders.
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