TSN.ca NFL Editor Justin Boone runs down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and the rest of the season.
Colin Kaepernick (at Rams)
This is more of a reminder, since we featured Kaepernick in this space last week. While the 49ers played coy about who their starter would be, Kaepernick was the one under centre on Sunday, throwing for 231 yards and a touchdown, while adding 27 yards on the ground and a rushing score. Kaepernick has helped give the 49ers a whole new dimension on offence and it would be a mistake for them to go back to the game manager Alex Smith. Kaepernick is a borderline QB1 the rest of the way.
Jake Locker (vs. Texans)
Locker had a nice game last week, posting 261 passing yards, 21 rushing yards, and throwing for two touchdowns against the Jaguars. Much like Kaepernick, Locker's value is increased due to his ability to make plays with his legs. Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer was shown the door on Monday, so the team may be willing to open up the offence a little more down the stretch. Locker is a QB2, with QB1 upside as he faces a Texans' defence that has suffered a variety of injuries and is now vulnerable to the pass.
Knowshon Moreno, Denver (vs. Buccaneers)
Eagles rookie Bryce Brown should have been picked up last week. If he wasn't, then he should be the top choice among running backs this week after a big game on Monday Night Football. After Brown, Moreno earns top honours as he became a surprise starter on Sunday morning. Not only did Moreno start, but he dominated carries in the Broncos' backfield, rendering rookie Ronnie Hillman useless. Moreno has a tough matchup this week and is a health risk, but Denver's schedule down the stretch is appealing and he could make an impact as part of a high-powered Broncos' attack.
Michael Bush (vs. Seahawks)
It's been a relatively quiet season for Bush, but with Matt Forte likely to miss this week with an ankle injury, Bush becomes the lead back for the Bears. The Seahawks are one of the league's best defences, but they have begun to give up yards on the ground in recent weeks. Bush will always be a threat for goal line carries, but now he should add enough yardage to make him a solid RB2 this week.
DeAngelo Williams (at Chiefs)
Another backup that could be thrust into the starting lineup due to injury, Williams took over for Jonathan Stewart late in the game Monday night. Stewart has re-injured his ankle and his status for Sunday is in doubt. Williams had just 11 carries for 21 yards against the Eagles, but a matchup with the Chiefs where he doesn't have to share the load is enticing.
Rashad Jennings (at Bills)
When Maurice Jones-Drew was sidelined, Jennings was unable to take advantage of his new starting role. The team benched him in favour of Jalen Parmele, but now Parmele is injured as well. With a second chance to showcase his talents before becoming a free agent in the off-season, Jennings will likely start versus the Bills, who have given up the most fantasy points to running backs this season.
WR Ryan Broyles (vs. Colts)
There are several interesting options at wide receiver this week, who could step right into the WR3 slot on your roster. Broyles made the most of his opportunity on Thanksgiving, as the 5'10, 188-pound pass catcher hauled in six catches on 12 targets for 126 yards. Broyles looked crisp running his routes and appeared to be on the same page with quarterback Matthew Stafford, something that can't be said for Titus Young, who he replaced. Broyles is expected to continue to start across from Calvin Johnson and will have a great matchup this week against the Colts' secondary.
T.Y. Hilton (at Lions)
The third rounder has become a playmaker for Indianapolis, both on offence and special teams. Hilton has to fight with Donnie Avery for playing time, but he has excelled when on the field and is a threat to score at any given moment. The Lions aren't shy about giving up big yardage in the passing game and Andrew Luck will look to capitalize by hitting his receivers deep.
Davone Bess (vs. Patriots)
Early in the season, all the excitement in the Dolphins' receiving corps was focused on Brian Hartline. However, in the last few weeks Bess has become the team's leading receiver. Bess has had no fewer than six targets in any game this season and is on pace for over 1,000 receiving yards on the year. With two double-digit fantasy point games in a row, Bess will now square off with the Patriots, who have given up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing receivers.
Marcedes Lewis (at Bills)
Count Lewis among the Jaguars' pass catchers who are benefitting from Chad Henne being at the helm. Lewis is a solid red zone threat and has two scores since Henne has taken over. With tight end being a very tough position to find quality replacements, Lewis has as good a shot as any to find the end zone against the Bills.