By MV December 7th 2015
Every year the teams around the league that become mathematically eliminated from playoff contention begin preparing for the future. Sometimes that means to rest their stars to minimize injury risk. Sometimes it means to try and showcase their talents for an offseason trade. Sometimes it is an opportunity for coaches to see what they have in their bench players and rookies.
The other guarantee is that less-than-known-name (better than no-name) running backs and wide receivers will have outstanding fantasy performances out of nowhere. Knowing the team situations allow you to have a good opportunity finding the diamond in the rough. Better for Daily Fantasy Sports than season-long leagues, but if you somehow made it to the playoffs and you need a spot start a good place to start your search is the eliminated teams.
Teams eliminated from the playoffs
It’s a good idea to take a look at your leagues rules for playoffs if you are in the hunt. Most leagues do not allow pickups during the playoffs and you don’t want to get caught with an injury at the kicker, QB, or tight end position. It is a good idea to enter with some good backups. Also makes sense to look at the defensive matchups for week 14-16. The Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs have some really soft matchups for the fantasy playoffs.
Russell Wilson SEA – This guy is going to put this team on his shoulders and make a Super Bowl run. Inside of that he will put up solid fantasy numbers for the remainder of the year and make everyone think he is worthy of a top 6-8 QB draft slot next year. He’s not fooling us. Take advantage of what he has to offer this year and have a short term memory next year. So what changed? I just think he is one of those guys that is more confident and comfortable as the season goes on. The O-Line has played better over the last few weeks too.
Matthew Stafford DET – Simply put we trust Stafford to play well and compete down the stretch. They have some favorable matchups the next five weeks (GB, @STL, @NO, SF, @CHI). I would count on 12 TD’s over that span.
Jay Ajayi MIA – Jay has looked good with his chances thus far and he will definitely see his workload increase when the Dolphins become officially eliminated.
Bilal Powell NYJ – He has had 6 carries in each of the last 2 games, but that’s not why he’s on here. He is a PPR running back and he will continue to perform as Chris Ivory is wearing down a bit.
Kenjon Barner PHI – This is one to watch. Kenjon has been getting looks with Ryan Mathews out and Demarco Murray doing the biggest healthy disappearing act of the season (or Lacy). Barner could be the guy that Chip wants to showcase down the stretch to see what he has. On second thought, Chip might not really care any longer.
James White NE – Hit or miss in this offense, but he still has an opportunity to put up some decent numbers from week to week in PPR formats.
Ameer Abdullah DET – Ameer’s workload increased last week. He is so talented that as long as he gets carries and holds onto the football he will break a couple and make some highlights. He has been dropped in a ton of leagues, but now may be the time to pick him up.
DeVante Parker MIA – Parker had another good performance for the second straight week catching 3 of his 5 targets for 63 yards and a TD.
Markus Wheaton PIT – This is such a great offense and all they do is sling it around, so depending on the matchup (CB – WR) Markus could be in store for another big game or two. Defenses are going to work so hard at covering Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown that this could be a great playoff WR.
Anquan Boldin SF – Anquan again leads the SF in targets with 13. He only caught 5 of them, but he will be a fine WR#3 in PPR for the remainder of the season.
Brian Hartline CLE – Travis Benjamin is likely to play this weekend against the 49ers, still we like Brian to be a decent WR3-4 in PPR leagues.
Brandon Coleman NO – We had high hopes for this physical freak in the preseason, but he never really got going and was buried on the depth chart. With Snead sidelined it opens the door for Brandon to show that he is a starter in this league. I like him to get some more play time over the next 4 weeks.
Scott Chandler NE – Chandler’s volume was decent in his first start as TE #1. He was picked up in most leagues, but he will perform well if he’s still around in your leagues.
Will Tye NYG – Well Tye managed to have his fewest targets in 4 weeks (4 targets), but still had a respectable outing catching 3 for 70 yards. He is Eli’s safety valve and is a fine tight end for your playoff run if you were a Gronk or Jimmy owner.
Richard Rodgers GB – I have seen him available in a couple of my leagues. This poor WR corp. I was right about James Jones, he burned out, but I was not aware of DaVante Adams inability to run a route and catch the ball. He is just not that good. Richard Rodgers will probably see the biggest amount of targets over the next 4 weeks.