Waiver Wire Pickups -
1. RB Andre Williams, NYG:
Andre Williams stepped up when the Giants needed him most when lead halfback Rashad Jennings went down with an injury against the Falcons. Williams rushed 20 times for 65 yards and a score while adding a pair of catches for 18 yards. Though he only rushed for 3.3 yards per carry, Williams has an easy looking schedule coming up during the next couple of games.
With Rashad Jennings' MCL sprain likely sidelining him for at least 2 weeks, Williams should have a field day facing the run defenses of the Eagles (24th in the league - allowing 132 rushing yards per game) and the Cowboys (ranked 20th in allowing 122 rushing yards per game). Expect him to come close to high RB2 to low RB1 numbers during these next two contests, making him a great choice out of the fantasy pickups.
2. RB Ronnie Hillman, DEN:
Ronnie Hillman has been put in a position to succeed, as lead back Montee Ball will be missing some time after sustaining a groin injury. Hillman is not as dynamic as Ball, but he can be implemented into their offense as another player who will benefit from having Peyton Manning run the offense. With Peyton causing defenses to prepare for the pass on almost every play, Hillman should be able find some open running lanes. The 23-year-old out of San Diego State managed 64 yards on 15 carries this past Sunday, and will look to keep the ball rolling. He can be added as a short-term bye week replacement/low-end flex until Ball returns.
3. TE Dwayne Allen, IND:
Dwayne Allen is a very solid TE at this point, as he has caught 4 touchdowns in 5 games thus far. His 3 game scoring streak is quite impressive, as he has become one of Luck's favorite red-zone targets. However, he has no value outside of touchdowns. Allen has received a total of 20 targets, only averaging 4 per game. Without getting too many looks his way, it is still difficult to expect that Dwayne Allen can produce on a consistent basis. He can currently be added as a low-end TE1 until he starts receiving more targets.
4. RB Branden Oliver, SD:
Oliver stole the show in San Diego's complete dismantling of the New York Jets on Sunday. Starting tailback Donald Brown left in the first half due to a concussion, and undrafted free agent Branden Oliver exploded. He lit up the Jets for 182 total yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 touches (19 rushes and 4 receptions). The 23-year-old unexpected rising star out of Buffalo should be added in all fantasy formats, as he is likely to continue to succeed in their offense. Even if Donald Brown is cleared to play next week, it can be expected that Oliver will receive most of the carries. Oliver can be used as a low RB2 with major upside for the next few weeks.