Paul Charchian's Top Adds - Week 13

QBs to Add

Matt Hasselbeck – Matt Hasselbeck has the easiest quarterback schedule over the next two weeks, as he'll face Pittsburgh and Jacksonville.  Andrew Luck shouldn't be back for either of those games.  And, there's a (slim) chance that Hasselbeck will be the starter for an incredibly easy game in Week 16 against Miami. Hasselbeck has thrown multiple touchdowns in his last three starts.  Blind bidding recommendation: 10%

Brock Osweiler – On Sunday night, Brock Osweiler showed a ton of poise in a very tough matchup with the Patriots, ending their quest for a perfect season. Osweiler has some fantasy upside, too.  His running backs are both excellent pass-catchers. He has two quality wideouts (I'm bitterly overlooking Demaryius Thomas' embarrassing game on Sunday).  And he's got a rotation of capable tight ends.  Let's hope his best offensive lineman, Louis Vasquez, is able to return from the groin injury he suffered on Sunday. Osweiler doesn't have a cannon, but he's got a solid arm, and enough mobility to extend plays. He's going to get a starter's grade from me in each of the next three games: @SD, Oak, @Pit. Blind bidding recommendation: 10%

RBs to Add

David Johnson – Bruce Arians ran Chris Johnson into the ground. In addition to be very ineffective for the last month of games, Johnson is now hurt. He's got a fractured tibia, and will miss an extended period of time. Andre Ellington is also injured, with a turf toe. And that opens the door to super versatile rookie David Johnson. He's the better pass catching back, and he's a better goal line threat. Johnson could start this week and beyond.  Note that the Arizona schedule is pretty tough: @StL, Min, @Phi, GB, Sea. Blind bidding recommendation: 75%

Andre Ellington – Start by reading about Chris Johnson's situation in my David Johnson writeup. I prefer Johnson to Ellington because he's healthy and because he's a better goal line back. Ellington is dealing with a toe injury, which could be the dreaded turf toe. Still, his injury is probably less severe than Johnson's, and Ellington could see an uptick in carries starting this week. Blind bidding recommendation: 5%

Dan Herron – The Colts signed Dan Herron last week, which ended up being prescient because Ahmad Bradshaw's season ended on Sunday when he suffered a season-ending wrist injury. Herron was a surprising fantasy provider last year, as the starter. As it stands, Frank Gore will get an uptick in usage, and Herron could become a change of pace player. Blind bidding recommendation: 5%

Zurlon Tipton – With Ahmad Bradshaw's injury, the Colts activated something called Zurlon Tipton from the practice squad. I believe Dan Herron is more likely to get Bradshaw's usage, but in deep leagues, you could throw a flier on Tipton. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%

WRs to Add

Doug Baldwin – Baldwin blew up last week, but I hesitate to chase his box scores. We've got years of history that shows Baldwin to be a low-volume guy, meaning you're looking at a lot of three-catch games.  Still, the loss of Jimmy Graham should send a couple extra passes his way. This week, he'll face one of the league's better pass defenses, Minnesota.  Blind bidding recommendation: 10%

DeVante Parker – The Dolphins season is effectively over, and it looks like Dan Campbell has decided to finally give his first-round rookie an opportunity to play.  Last week DeVante Parker was targeted 10 times, and he scored his first NFL touchdown in garbage time. Miami's defense is a wreck, and it's mandating a pass-first orientation for the offense. That means more passes for all the Dolphins, including Parker. Blind bidding recommendation: 5%

Jermaine Kearse – Way more volatile than Doug Baldwin is Jermaine Kearse.  He gets even less consistent use, and has managed (just!) four catches in only three games all year. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%

TEs to Add

With injuries to Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, and Heath Miller lots of owners are going to hit the waiver wire looking for tight end help. Fortunately, there's a lot of options for you.

Scott Chandler – With Rob Gronkowski injured, it makes Scott Chandler a viable pickup for anyone looking for a short term solution, and a mandatory acquisition for Gronk owners.  In any game without Gronk, Chandler has top-five TE potential.  Blind bidding recommendation: 10%. For Gronk owners: 30%.

Julius Thomas – Julius Thomas has scored in back to back games, and he's been targeted at least eight times in three of thepast four weeks. With Allen Hurns nursing a severe concussion, his role shouldn't diminish. The Jaguars have one of the easiest remaining schedules vs the pass, including the Titans this week. Blind bidding recommendation: 15%

Jacob Tamme – Over the past five weeks, only six tight ends have more targets than Jacob Tamme.  With slot receiver Leonard Hankerson constantly injured, the middle of the field has turned into Tamme's turf.  Blind bidding recommendation: 5%

Kyle Rudolph – With 19 targets the past two weeks, Kyle Rudolph is increasingly vital to the Vikings offense. Minnesota plays two soft tight end defenses the next two weeks, Seattle and New York. Blind bidding recommendation: 2%

Vance McDonald – It's two straight big games from San Francisco tight end Vance McDonald. Blaine Gabbert clearly likes to utilize his tight ends, and with Garrett Celek suffering an ankle injury, an ongoing sizable role for McDonald is likely. Blind bidding recommendation: 2%

Cameron Brate – At this point, who the hell knows when Austin Seferian-Jenkins is coming back.  And maybe it doesn't matter. Brate has scored in back to back games, and is giving the Bucs the kind of production that they had hoped AS-J would provide. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%

Luke Willson – With Jimmy Graham done for the year, Luke Willson becomes the starter. He's not a special athlete, but he'll get some opportunities. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%

Will Tye – Giants rookie tight end Will Tye has been super active over the past two weeks with 15 targets. Larry Donnell doesn't look like he's returning any time soon, so Tye should continue to get looks. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%

Ryan Griffin – In the offseason, Texans tight end Ryan Griffin was viewed as an exciting long-term project the Texans, but he injured his knee in the opener, and got put on the IR-boomerang.  The fact that they didn't just put him on IR says plenty about how much they liked him. He's getting more targets, and could be an interesting wildcard for a team that can't run with any consistency. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%
 

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