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

Jackie Battle (SD): With Ryan Mathews breaking another collarbone, someone is going to have to get touches out of the Chargers' backfield, and that someone is likely to be Jackie Battle. Battle's upside is limited because he really can't do anything besides run straight through a hole, but he's a reliable goal line option and should see a good handful of carries if the Chargers can keep the game close against the Jets this week.

Shane Vereen (NE): This is a super risky one, because no one besides Bill Belichick himself really knows whether or not Stevan Ridley is stuck in the doghouse. Ridley played only one snap after fumbling in the third quarter on Sunday - his second fumble in the past two games. However, Ridley is very rarely involved in passing situations, so his lack of playing time could have been due to the fact that the Patriots were in comeback mode. If Ridley does end up in the doghouse, Vereen would likely be the primary back against the Jaguars this week. Although Danny Woodhead got most of the work against the 49ers, that's because you can't run up the middle on the them - you can certainly run up the middle against the Jaguars.

Wide Receivers
Dec 16 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) returns a punt in the fourth quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Ravens 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jacoby Jones (BAL): 
Torrey Smith was diagnosed with a concussion on Sunday, so his status for this week's game against the Giants is up in the air. If he is sidelined, Jones will get the start opposite Anquan Boldin and fill the same deep threat role that Smith usually plays. The Giants are among the best teams to play against as far as fantasy receivers go, so Jones is certainly worth a pickup if you're thin at wide receiver.

Rod Streater (OAK): I'm thrilled that I get to have Streater on this list, as he plays for my favorite team and spent his college days at Temple with me. I promise you, however, that this is not a biased suggestion. The waiver wire is extremely thin in terms of wide receivers right now, and Streater is averaging four catches for 86 yards over his past three games. He's getting more and more looks as fellow receivers Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey continue to be inconsistent on the field. Streater has pretty solid potential for teams in deeper leagues.

Tight Ends

Dennis Pitta (BAL): 
I put Pitta on this list last week and said he'd be back to his early season ways thanks to the departure of Cam Cameron. He's still only owned in 32% of Yahoo leagues, so it doesn't seems many people listened to me, but they should have - he went off for 125 yards on seven catches with two touchdowns. You obviously shouldn't expect another performance that great, but Pitta looks to be back on the TE1 radar and should be picked up for any championship hopefuls in need of a tight end.

Defense

San Diego Chargers: 
The Chargers' defense has had good fantasy performances against good offensive teams in three of their past five games. They'll host the Jets this week, whose offense looked plain old disgraceful on Monday Night Football against a Titans' defense that gives up the third most points in the NFL. The Jets don't even know who their quarterback is going to be, so the Chargers look like a safe bet to put up some solid fantasy points this week.
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