Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups -
1. RB C.J. Anderson, DEN:
Rookie C.J. Anderson's breakout game now makes the Broncos backfield situation much more difficult to predict. Anderson had a very impressive performance in Week 10 picking up 163 total yards and 1 receiving touchdown on 17 touches. With Ronnie Hillman listed as day-to-day, Anderson may only have to compete with Montee Ball for touches. Ball is still recovering from injury, so Anderson could end up being the lead back by default. If Anderson can string together another solid showing, he could potentially retain the starting job. The rookie tailback has an advantageous matchup ahead of him as he and the Broncos take on an up and down Rams defense, which is 25th in the league allowing 124.2 rushing yards per game. Anderson is one of the best fantasy pickups in all formats as a possible RB2 with high upside and value in keeper leagues.
2. TE Mychal Rivera, OAK:
After being virtually non-existent for the first 7 weeks of the season, second-year tight end Mychal Rivera has put together 3 straight solid performances (a combined total of 21 catches, 185 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns). A week ago, reports stated that the Raiders considered Rivera a key piece of their offense, as QB Derek Carr continued to get him involved against the Broncos in Week 10. Rivera has shown his ability to put up decent numbers, and to find his way into the end zone, but his production ceiling is limited by the lackluster Raiders offense. Rivera can be added as a touchdown-dependant low-end TE1 in standard fantasy formats.
3. QB Mark Sanchez, PHI:
Mark Sanchez showed Monday night that given the right opportunity, he can lead an offense to victory. In his first start in nearly 2 years, Sanchez and the Eagles destroyed the Panthers 45-21. The former New York Jets QB had 20 completions for 332 yards, adding 2 touchdowns and 0 turnovers in the one-sided affair. He and wide receiver Jordan Matthews connected for both scores, as they were already very comfortable, after building rapport in the second unit. Look for them to continue to play well together, and for Sanchez to begin to utilize the rest of his weapons (Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Brent Celek, etc.) as they get more time on the field in coming weeks. Sanchez should be added in all formats, as he is already a QB2 with QB1 potential.
4. RB Terrance West, CLE:
It looks as though Terrance West has regained control over the Browns backfield, and in turn could be worth a look in most fantasy leagues. To say that he carried the bulk of the workload is an understatement. He received 26 carries in Cleveland's Week 10 win over the Bengals. West turned those 26 carries into 94 rushing yards and a score, as Cincinnati had no answer for him. West and the Browns will take on an easy opponent in the Texans defense, that ranks 21st in allowing 117.3 rushing yards per contest. Terrance West is worth an add as he can be used as a high-end RB2 this week and a solid RB2 going forward.