It is the home stretch, the stakes are high and everybody wants a piece of that playoff action in their fantasy league. There is still two weeks left to play and they will most likely determine who gets into the big dance and who doesn’t. If you are already down and out, at least you can sit back and relax while everyone else goes crazy deciding who they will sit and start.
My main advice would be trust your weekly starters, but build protection for them by picking up handcuff players that will see tons of production in the event a big name player does get injured. As we saw in the Bengals vs. Steelers game, injuries are everywhere this time of year and you want some insurance on your investments.
Another big factor is situational awareness, and putting more diligence into match ups so you can tweak your starting lineup based on which players are facing big challenges or give me games. See if they are on a team getting hot and battling for the playoffs or a perennial loser that just wants to get to summer vacation. See if they are facing a down and out team which has lost key players or a defense finding its own and playing hard nose football going into the playoffs.
These factors and many more come into play and could decide a fantasy championship or bust in the coming weeks. Now I will go over my Week 14 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire and Best/Worst.
Doug Martin went down with a concussion during the Buccaneers game against the Falcons in Week 12, which opened up their backfield to a number of running backs. Barber replaced Martin in that game to garner the goal line touches for the Bucs with rush five times for seven yards and two touchdowns. Although some expected Jacquizz Rodgers to take the lead role in Week 13, Barber performed once again and took the spot with 23 rushes for 102 yards and four receptions for 41 yards. He may not be the next Tiki, but I think he’s a good addition that could pay dividends at the end of the season.
As I said last week, the Seahawks are finding their rhythm and fighting for a playoff spot. Davis showed in the Hawks win against the Eagles that he could at least temporarily plug the hole left when Marshawn Lynch left (he’s in a better place now). I know the game could be a fluke, but I think Seattle and Russell Wilson are still hungry to compete and the running game will only get better as we head into the end of the season.
Check out your main players, your boo thangs, the guys you have faith will get the majority of the carries in a high powered offense and will have brought you to where you are now. Pray nothing happens to them, but make sure to pick up the guys which have been second in line all season and can step in if you need them. Austin Ekeler for the Chargers, Chris Ivory for the Jags, James Connor for the Steelers, they all are worth the roster spot in the unfortunate event the engine of your squad gets hurt late in the season. #2 and #3 receivers are always worth attention if they are behind guys like Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, or Julio Jones.
Lee has become a valuable cog in the Jaguars offense. He had consecutive games in Weeks 9 and 10 before falling off against Arizona in Week 12, but he showed another impressive performance against the Colts with seven receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars are heading into an important part of the year with performances against the Seahawks, Texans, and 49ers; all of these games have shootout potential and I think Lee has enough importance to make him a serious flex consideration.
This guy is just about the only weapon on the Giants at this point, and I think he is going to have a great day with Eli coming back from his idiotic benching. I know he is going to ball out and show a good F you to McAdoo and Engram is the best option to bet on connecting with most of those passes. Although his team isn’t likely to do anything that impressive with the season winding down, he is a decent plug if you find yourself screwed on tight end. He has good potential against an imploding Dallas, could even do things at home against Philly (a team they almost beat during their horrendous winless start), and presents a favorable matchup against the Cardinals because of the blanket Patrick Peterson creates on wide receivers.
FOUR RECEPTIONS ELEVEN TARGETS 85 YARDS!!! ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN CHOO CHOO!!! (Not seriously)
The only wide receiver with more than 85 receiving yards against the Chargers this year was Odell Beckham. Josh Gordon hit that today after not playing football for three years.
— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) December 4, 2017
Matthew Stafford left his Lions previous game with an injury to his throwing hand. While it isn’t broken and he is expected to start, Jim Caldwell admitted he wasn’t sure how much it would affect his accuracy and performance. Stafford injured his throwing hand last season and threw five picks in four games. Either way, Tate has been slowing down and I doubt the duo will put up meaningful numbers as the season ends.
People might be looking Anderson after he put up his most points since Week 4, but do not trust him at any cost. He only has 322 yards since then, averaging just 40 yards per game with a single touchdown. That doesn’t include his receiving, but that isn’t anything to sneeze at either with only five receptions for 44 yards. The Broncos are one of saddest stories this season and have completely given up on the season. Avoid their players as the season winds down, there isn’t anything valuable there.