(RADIO.COM Sports) After the Jets' 10th loss in as many games Sunday, running back Frank Gore shared a comment that a number of fantasy football league managers might have been thinking if a crushing loss left their season hanging in the balance.
And you don't have to go out like that. Because with these six names listed below — which coincidentally includes Gore — we're proving that late-season waiver wire additions can still be season-altering moves that can pick your team up right when you think all hope is lost.
As always, these players are all owned in fewer than 50% of leagues in at least one format (Yahoo or ESPN), and I'm going to avoid using too many repeats from past weeks (below), though a couple are worth resurfacing.
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
Yahoo: 43% | ESPN: 84%
Why the massive discrepancy in ownership percentages? It's simple: On ESPN, you can play starting quarterback Taysom Hill in your tight end slot.
But this doesn't mean you shouldn't pick him up if you need a quarterback on Yahoo — which is a possibility, given the injuries to many starters throughout the NFL to this point in the season — as his 24.4 points against the Falcons on Sunday were enough for a top-five finish among all quarterbacks this week. His do-it-all, dual-threat play style bodes well for fantasy success, especially considering the next three defenses he faces — Denver, Atlanta (again) and Philadelphia — are all susceptible foes.
Frank Gore, New York Jets
Yahoo: 10% | ESPN: 9%
"I can't go out like that."
In that comment, Gore wasn't talking about his individual statistics, as he finished with 71 total yards and a touchdown on 17 touches following the injury of La'Mical Perine. A high-ankle sprain is the verdict, and it's likely to keep Perine out of action for a number of weeks, meaning that Gore will assume the bulk of the work going forward. Even for a terrible Jets team, a running back with a heavy workload is a useful commodity at the position that's worth picking up if you need help.
Wayne Gallman, New York Giants
Yahoo: 54% | ESPN: 34%
Devonta Freeman isn't eligible to come back for the Giants until Week 13 at the earliest, and Gallman has been the clear leader in snaps among the Giants running backs over the past few weeks. He has a 59% share compared to Alfred Morris' 21% and Dion Lewis' 20% shares. Gallman also led the team with four red-zone looks, converting two of them into touchdowns against the Eagles. The schedule isn't great going forward, but there's at least one more good matchup ahead, as a matchup with the Bengals allowed Washington running back Antonio Gibson to have a productive day on the ground Sunday.
James White, New England Patriots
Yahoo: 40% | ESPN: 36%
It seemed as though Rex Burkhead had superseded White in the pecking order of that famous Patriots role of the pass-catching running back, but after he suffered a likely torn ACL, his season is probably over. Cam Newton called it a devastating injury, which makes sense, as Burkhead was a dependable target for Newton who converted three touchdowns in the two weeks prior to his injury against the Texans. But James White stepped in and got nine targets, converting six of them for 64 yards. As usual, White's value is higher in a PPR or half-PPR format, but seeing as Damien Harris and Sony Michel have five catches combined on the season, his role may make his yardage total significant enough for a roster spot even in standard formats if you're hurting for running back help.
Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts
Yahoo: 44% | ESPN: 24%
I tried my best to keep Pittman off the list this week, as I've listed him several times before dating back to the start of the season. But look at those ownership numbers! Something obviously is getting lost in translation.
Here's my best attempt: Pick him up.
What more evidence do you need? He now has 188 total yards and two touchdowns in his last two weeks, is leading the Colts in targets over the past three weeks and is breaking big plays all over the field, be it for a long touchdown or a clutch conversion.
Great matchups lie ahead on the schedule too, with the Titans, the Texans twice and the Raiders coming up.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons
Yahoo: 7% | ESPN: 10%
Gage was a popular waiver wire pickup for a time earlier in the season when Julio Jones was dealing with some nagging injuries. Now, those same nagging injuries may have caught up to Jones once again, and he's questionable to suit up in Week 12.
Gage drew 12 targets Sunday and admittedly didn't do much with them, but he showed that he could do some serious damage with a similar workload earlier in the year (12 targets for nine receptions and 114 yards in Week 1). Two good matchups (vs. Raiders, vs. Saints) are coming up the next two weeks that Gage could find a lot of success and volume in.