Week 13: Pickups of the Week
Henne delivered another solid line in his second start of the season this past weekend. Perhaps more importantly, he bought the Jaguars a small measure of self respect by helping to end a seven-game losing streak. Since taking over for Blaine Gabbert in Week 10, Henne has thrown for 736 yards while completing 57 per cent of his passes and matching seven touchdowns against two interceptions and zero fumbles. He has consistently been able to find his targets deep downfield and has helped ignite the play of Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts -- now two of the hottest receivers in football. Henne's matchup in Buffalo this week makes him a borderline top-10 play and there are some more soft opponents on the horizon including Miami, New England and a Week 17 rematch in Tennessee.MyFantasyLeague availability: 27%
I can't think of another time a division-leading team made a change at QB this late in the season AND while having a healthy starter who boasts a top-five passer rating. It is hard not to feel bad for Alex Smith. His Week 10 concussion gave Kaepernick all the opportunity he needed to step in and Pipp the seven-year veteran. Since taking over as starter, Kaepernick has racked up three passing and two rushing touchdowns against only a single turnover. His passing has been just as sharp as Smith's, while his mobility and ability to improvise have given the San Francisco offense an added dimension. It looks like he's here to stay. With his next four games coming against the Rams, Dolphins, Patriots and Seahawks (who look likely to lose their two starting corners to PED suspensions), the schedule couldn't be kinder for Kaepernick's fantasy playoff run. Make sure this potential top-ten QB doesn't languish on your league's waiver wire.MyFantasyLeague availability: 9%
It was Moreno, not Ronnie Hillman, who drew the surprise start in Willis McGahee's absence Sunday. And though we still consider Hillman to be the more explosive, higher upside player, Broncos coaches simply have more trust in Moreno right now. They gave him 20 of the team's 23 carries and he was the only RB targeted in the passing game, catching all four balls thrown his way. Moreno is still available in a majority of leagues. That will change quickly. This late in the season, it is a gift to be able to scoop a running back off the waiver wire that can give you 20+ carries a game.MyFantasyLeague availability: 24%
Rodgers matched a season high with ten carries in Tampa, where he also scored his first rushing touchdown of the season. He was actually on the field for more snaps than starter Michael Turner, largely due to game flow and the pass-heavy nature of the contest. That may prove to be a one-time thing, but it reinforces the undeniable fact that Turner is no longer the be all, end all of the Falcons backfield. Long resistant to the time share model, Atlanta has embraced the platoon this year and will mix in heavy doses of Jacquizz Rodgers where necessary. Expect Rodgers' number to be called early and often against a New Orleans defense that allowed him to rush for 9.7 yards per carry in their last meeting.MyFantasyLeague availability: 26%
Wells wasted no time making an impact in his return to the field, scoring two first-half TDs before the game began to swing in St. Louis' favor. No other Arizona back had reached the endzone more than once in a game this year. Some believed La'Rod Stevens-Howling -- who had played well and scored in three of the past four games -- would steal carries from the not-yet-100 per cent Wells, but that was not the case on Sunday. Stevens-Howling was limited by rib injuries and saw only one carry and one missed target in the passing game. Wells was able to monopolize the backfield duties and should continue to be the work horse next week as he gets himself back into football shape. A major note of caution for those considering making the add: the Cardinals face a nightmare stretch against four of the league's toughest defenses over the next five games.