Bold moves? That was for last week. What does the waiver wire have in store for us this week? We have another heavy bye week so it is critical that we find some replacements - however - temper your expectations. We've got a few conservative moves, a few home runs and a few repeats on this week's waiver wire.
Charles Sims (25% owned on Yahoo!) and Bobby Rainey (46%) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I touted Charles Sims in this space last week and I still think he is the RB to own in Tampa but Bobby Rainey made a case for ownership against Cleveland with a 19-87-0 line. I don't know if that will be good enough to keep Sims on the bench but he did turn in a reliable performance. As mentioned last week, Sims is the one Lovie and company invested in so he will most likely get the bulk of opportunities down the stretch of the season.
Terrance West (24%) - Cleveland Browns
Speaking of the Cleveland Browns, Terrance West has climbed to the top of the RBBC over an ineffective Ben Tate and perennial doghouse resident Isaiah Crowell. West did not run very effectively (15-48-0) but he did catch a TD pass on the goal line and out touched Ben Tate 16-14. West's pass blocking should earn him the bulk of carries going forward in the Cleveland attack. Beware - however - this is not the same offensive line since losing C Alex Mack in October.
Alfred Blue (12%) - Houston Texans
Nothing much to write about here but when I see a player slam his helmet into the turf as Arian Foster did when he came out of the Eagles game with a groin injury, I look to his backup. The issue is that if Foster misses time, Blue will get opportunity but in the past he hasn't done much with it. In his only start of the year when Foster was injured he put up a 13-78-0 against the New York Giants. Not enough to excite me - even though he might get the chance. You'll see why I had to add him to this column a little bit later.
Martavius Bryant (43%) - Pittsburgh Steelers
We loved Bryant last week so we will love him some more this week. He only had 3 catches for 44 yards last week against Baltimore but he did haul in two TDs making it five TDs in the last three weeks. As we all know, TD scorers are at a premium and this 6'4" WR is scoring them in bunches. How is he not more than 50% owned?
Kenny Britt (9%) - St. Louis Rams
I wrote a ton about Britt being a deep sleeper at the beginning of the season. He is an absolute beast when healthy and was reuniting with ex head coach Jeff Fisher from Tennessee where he had his best success. The emergence of Brian Quick and the lack of a Rams offense put an end to Britt's comeback. Now that Quick is out for the season, Britt played 93% of the snaps. Although he only was targeted four times, he caught two - one for a TD. I can think of worse flyers to take this week on the waiver wire. Quick put up some pretty decent PPR numbers before he was hurt.
Mark Sanchez (6%) - Philadelphia Eagles
I can't believe I actually just typed that! Mark Sanchez is your top add for QBs off the waiver wire. Let's be real: I warned you about Nick Foles pre season. He is largely a product of a great system and his numbers were heavily skewed toward a couple of big games much like we discussed with Doug Martin last week. Foles got hurt last week and Sanchez came in and flipped a long downfield pass to Jeremy Maclin and was off and running to a 15/20-202-2-2 line. He has talent. He won big games for the Jets in the past. This offense will make him a viable fantasy option. If you owned Foles, grab Sanchez. If you didn't - grab him anyway.
Kyle Rudolph (28%) - Minnesota Vikings
Vikings are on a bye this week so Rudy won't pay immediate dividends but if you are a Jordan Cameron owner or you own any of the other TE disappointments, Rudolph is an absolute monster when healthy. He has 13 TDs in his last 26 games and his replacement, Chase Ford, put up a 5-66-1 last week against the Redskins. Rudolph will give Teddy Bridgewater a great check down option and Norv will use him in the slot as well. If you have the room to pick him up through a bye week, this is a great addition.
So there you have it. Something old (Sanchez), something new (Sims), something borrowed (Britt - ok it's a stretch) and something blue (Alfred). This week on the waiver wire use your FAAB money judiciously. I hope you win your matchups this week and crush your leagues! As always, hit me on Twitter (@iambradstrong) or comment below.