Week 12 is in the books and it's time to check the waiver wire list for possible bye week and injury replacements. Here is the top 5 five list of possible waiver wire studs for Week 11.
RB Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams (5% owned)
I know it was against an awful Chicago Bears run defense, but former Middle Tennessee State running back Benny Cunningham ran wild last Sunday after Zac Stacy was knocked out with a head injury. Cunningham carried the ball 13 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. That's after carrying the ball 7 times for 72 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. That's a whopping 9.05 yards per carry in his last 2 games. Cunningham has earned more playing time going forward regardless of Stacy's status.
WR Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions (25% owned)
In his first game back since his tussle with a pizza led to a broken forearm, Nate Burleson picked up where he left off, catching 7 of 10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. This on a day where Matt Stafford was especially sharp and threw 4 interceptions. It's amazing that Burleson isn't owned in more leagues.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (19% owned)
The Vikings have finally gotten rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson involved in their offense and you would think his presence would continue to grow. In the past 3 games, Patterson has been targeted 24 times and has caught 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. In that 3 game stretch, Greg Jennings got 7 looks though he did miss the Seattle Seahawks game. Patterson is headed toward that #1 WR position in Minnesota.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans (9% owned)
It's been an amazing comeback story for Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. His first stint filing in for the injured Jake Locker Fitzpatrick really struggled, but in his last 3 games leading the Titans offense, he has been spectacular. In that 3 game span, Fitzpatrick has gone 74 of 103 for 806 yards, 5 touchdowns and no interceptions. He is rapidly morphing into a solid start.
TE LeDarius Green, San Diego Chargers (1% owned)
Chargers tight end LeDarius Green has the unfortunate task of battling Antonio Gates for playing time and targets. In the past 2 games, Green has been targeted 10 times and has 7 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown. Gates has 14 targets and 7 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. You do the math and see why Green has earned more targets going forward.