Each week, we will run down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season.
Carson Palmer (vs Colts)
Last week: 30/42, 419 yards, 2 TDs
Winners of their last three and now tied for the final wild card spot in the NFC, the Cardinals are worth keeping an eye on. And a big reason for their recent success is Carson Palmer. During the team's modest three-game winning streak the veteran QB has thrown for 832 yards, six touchdowns and only two interceptions for an average of nearly 20 points per effort. Interceptions – long Palmer's Achilles Heel – aren't nearly as costly in fantasy football as they are in real football. Grab him and ride the hot streak.
Mike Glennon (at Lions)
Last week: 20/23, 231 yards, 2 TDs
Speaking of quarterbacks leading surprising win streaks... Glennon is getting some recognition now the Bucs are playing a little closer to their preseason expectations, but the rookie has put up decent numbers all season. Since taking over for Josh Freeman earlier this season, Glennon has averaged more than 200 yards and has thrown at least one TD in every start. Desperate fantasy owners could do worse.
Matt McGloin (vs Titans)
Last week: 18/32, 197 yards, 3 TDs
Very few owners cashed in on McGloin's historic debut for the Raiders in Week 11. He's found a way to win with the odds against him at every level and while the odds of him throwing another three touchdowns against the Titans in Week 12 are small, Raiders coaches like him and think they can win with him. You'll hear all week that Terrelle Pryor could regain the starter's role in Oakland; don't believe it, McGloin will be behind centre come Sunday.
Bobby Rainey (at Lions)
Last week: 30 carries, 163 yards, 2 TDs
Nearly 10 percent more owners chose Brian Leonard over Bobby Rainey after Mike James was lost for the season in the Bucs backfield. Rainey had 26 more carries, nearly 150 more rushing yards, and two more touchdowns. Whoops! Rainey appears Tampa Bay's clear choice to replace James who was of course replacing Doug Martin. With the Bucs playing better the past two weeks, Rainey is definitely worth the pickup.
Chris Ogbonnaya (vs Steelers)
Last week: 8 carries, 69 yards, 6 catches, 30 yards
Although Ogbonnaya received the most handoffs for the Browns in Week 11, Cleveland's rushing situation is still an ineffective timeshare. But if you factor in Ogbonnaya's use in the passing game, the former seventh-rounder has 34 catches for 237 yards on the year, he at least nears useless fantasy back status.
Brandon LaFell (at Dolphins)
Last week: 7 catches, 59 yards, 1 TD
LaFell has been regularly featured in this column this year in the ‘Others' section, but a big performance in the Monday Night spotlight is more than enough to earn his own paragraph. With Cam Newton and the Panthers playing as good as any team in the NFC these days, LaFell' is worth a shot. His 59 yards in Week 11 is about his average on the year, but he's a certainly a candidate for more touchdowns the final six games of the year.
Jarrett Boykin (vs Vikings)
Last week: 6 catches, 91 yards
Boykin could be a great waiver wire pick once Aaron Rodgers returns from injury, but he's proved the last two weeks he's a pretty good pickup regardless of who is throwing him the ball. In Scott Tolzien's two starts in Green Bay, Boykin has averaged 100 yards receiving. He looks like Tolzien's go-to target and should continue to rack up the yards; when Rodgers returns he'll have a chance to rack up touchdowns as well.
Rod Streater (vs Titans)
Last week: 6 catches, 84 yards, 1 TD
For Streater to pay off Matt McGloin will have to continue to impress behind centre in Oakland. Streater wasn't worth a spot with Terrelle Pryor starting but he was McGloin's favourite target in Week 11, scoring just his second touchdown of the season. If McGloin is even half as good as he looked in his starting debut, Streater could be worth a flyer by connection.
Garrett Graham (vs Jaguars)
Last week: 7 catches, 136 yards, 1 TD
Graham was hot pickup once starter Owen Daniels was lost for the season to injury but never really cashed in on his potential until last week against the Raiders. And by then many owners that picked him up had given up on him. The Texans are a mess but Graham could be worth a flyer if you're desperate at tight end. With Andre Johnson appearing unhappy in Houston, some of his targets could potentially find their way to Graham.