By MV December 15th 2015
At this stage you are looking to pick up players because you limped into the playoffs and need a spot starter or your opponent did and you want to prevent them from picking up the playoff darling we spoke of last week. Or maybe you just want to add depth? These are all reason why you should still be active on the waiver wire even if you have your starting lineup locked in.
A decent place to look at a spot starter is the younger players that may get a chance to show there stuff on eliminated teams. Here they are to date:
Teams eliminated from the playoffs
San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers
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.
If you are still reading this that means that you did well this year. Good job! Good luck in the playoffs!
If you are streaming Quarterback’s at this point of the season our weekly projections are exactly what you need. They are an excellent tool for playing matchups especially at the stream QB,Defense, and Kicker positions.
Branden Bolden NE – Legarrette Blount is done for the season as the most recent RB to go out with season ending injury. Bolden will see the majority of the rushing snaps for the Patriots from here out with James White mixing in as the change of pace and pass catching back. Bolden has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well.
Denard Robinson JAX – TJ Yeldon looks to be out for at least one full week. Denard is a speedy running back that has a good chance to have a break out game in this offense. There are a few pick up options this week at the running back position, but this has to be my favorite simply because of schedule, opportunity and Denard’s talent to have a big game.
Bryce Brown SEA – It looks like Bryce is dialed in as the starting RB for the Seahawks for Week 15 and possibly 16 too. Great landing spot for a fill in fantasy running back. If you limped into the playoffs and are struggling at the RB position Bryce could prove to be a fine fill in.
Tim Hightower NO – Like a zombie Tim has come back from the dead and led the NFL with 28 carries after being away from the NFL for multiple years. He looked good to. Some leagues he might still be available after being heavily picked up last week, but he can be added in all formats as the Saints have 2 great home matchups over the next couple of weeks (Detroit and Jacksonville).
There is not much in the way for pickups this week at the Wide Receiver position. It is safe to say that we are at the stage of the year where your starting lineups are probably dialed in, but here are a few of the names that have been popping up on the waiver wire and are ranked higher than some that are owned:
Reuben Randle NYG – He does the biggest disappearing act on this team, but as teams key on ODB it opens the door for a healthy Reuben to have a big game. It could happen over the next couple of weeks as the Giants are desperately trying to squeeze their way into the playoffs.
Tyler Lockett SEA – The pace that Russell Wilson has been on for the last 4 weeks is ridiculous. We wrote about Doug Baldwin as an undervalued fantasy asset in the preseason, but he is not even the best talent on this team and Lockett has looked great this year especially over the last few weeks.
Malcolm Floyd SD – The Chargers have nothing to play for which is a perfect time to light up the Dolphins at home this weekend or the Raiders in Oakland next weekend. I am sure Rivers wants to say goodbye to his old friend in fashion by giving him a ton of targets.
Zach Miller CHI – Zach is now the lone-wolf in a pass happy offense with Martellus Bennett out for the rest of the year. He has played well since coming back from a two year hiatus and his talent was never in question. He will finish the season strong as a borderline TE #1.