It’s fantasy playoff time! With the NFL’s injury bug at an all-time high, you may be in a terrible position going into the playoffs. Well lucky for you no matter what position you need help in, I have the player that you need to pick up to get you that edge back!
*All percentages refer to percentage that player is owned on NFL.com*
A.J. McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals, 0.1%
The Bengals offense just has too many playmakers in it for McCarron to be unsuccessful in fantasy. While McCarron’s two interceptions were ugly ones, McCarron did make a lot of really nice throws yesterday. This upcoming week McCarron will get to prepare as a starter, and consequently will be a lot more prepared for the matchup against the 49’ers next week. McCarron obviously isn’t the ideal starter for your fantasy team, but if you are streaming the position he is definitely one of my top choices to target.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets, 22.9%
Fitzpatrick is an obvious choice, and is the most owned player on this list. It seems unlikely that Fitzpatrick would be on the waiver wire if you are in a proficient fantasy league, but if he is, and you are having any kind of quarterback issues, than he is a must grab! The Jets are for real, and their offense is just too potent for opposing defenses to defend. Fitzpatrick’s stat line over the last three games has been in the top five of the position, and I’d expect Fitzpatrick to continue playing at that level for the foreseeable future.
Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots, 2.6%
Bolden ran the ball effectively in relief for a hurt LeGarette Blount. And that was against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL in the Houston Texans. If Blount is out for next week than Bolden is in line to dominate the backfield in terms of touches. Next week the Patriots take on the Titans, a team who has been terrible defending the run over the last three weeks. If you are suffering at the running back position like a lot of people are right now, Bolden could be an excellent one week solution.
Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars, 0.6%
T.J. Yeldon’s status for next week is still uncertain, but I would speculate that he will miss at least one game, putting Robinson in line to take over the backfield. The Jaguars are playing against the Falcons next week, which gives up the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Jaguars offense is obviously budding right now as well, scoring 90 points over the last two weeks. So I expect a high scoring affair next week, with Robinson getting a lot of opportunities to make plays. If Yeldon does indeed miss next week’s game than Robinson is a legit RB2.
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks, 9.1%
Tyler Lockett is coming off of back to back productive fantasy performances, and the Seattle Seahawks appear to have the hottest offense in the NFL right now. Lockett is obviously Russell Wilson’s second favorite target on their offense, and it showed yesterday as Lockett had the most yardage out of all Seahawks receivers. Next week the Seahawks take on the extremely lowly Cleveland Browns, Lockett is an ideal flex play.
Seth Roberts, Oakland Raiders, 0.7%
Seth Roberts is much more of a speculative Hail Mary type of flex play. The guy has proven to be an excellent red-zone weapon for the Raiders, but he has had a hard time finding fantasy production outside of touchdown catches. Meanwhile the Raiders are taking on the Packers who have been pretty good at keeping opposing receivers out of the end zone. Still, Roberts has a metaphorical punchers chance for being productive next week.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears, 3.8%
Miller has scored more receiving touchdowns than any other Bears player. Miller has been a little hot and cold lately, but this past week he was hot! If you are streaming at the position Miller can be a hugely productive for you next week, and could be the guy to get you into the fantasy finals!
Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans, 0.4%
Griffin did only have one catch yesterday, but he had a number of very close drops yesterday which is important to note. Hoyer looked to Griffin seven times, and Griffin was an inch away from pulling a lot of those in. I think going forward Griffin is going to continue seeing a lot of targets, and will be a borderline top 10 tight end for the rest of the season.
Who are you looking at picking up this week? Let us know in the comments!