We’re only a few weeks away from the exciting world that is ‘The Fantasy Playoffs’.
All you have to do is get in. Then it’s a whole new season. Win and move on or lose and go home. Some leagues will play the two week playoff matchups. For most, however, it’s a do-or-die situation. In fact, the playoff mentality is already running deep inside some of us who are vying for a playoff spot.
If you’re .500 or hovering around it, this is the home stretch, and I’m right here to make sure your team is stacked with the right talent. Whether your schedule is set like the Lions; and you have some of the weaker teams remaining, or if it’s set up like the Saints, you’ll be having a hard time winning out. Make sure to keep your team as current as possible.
Make sure to check out last week’s article and the week’s before that right here.
Last Week’s Top Adds
#1 – Rex Burkhead – RB – NE: After fumbling the ball everyone was wondering if Burkhead was going to see any playing time again. If it wasn’t for a blowout, I’m not sure if we would have. Albeit, Burkhead came back in for a couple catches but was held out of the endzone.
#2 – Corey Davis – WR – TEN: Not the performance we were hoping for against Pittsburgh. However, Davis, is a standout receiver and there is a reason the Titans drafted him so high. They will get him more opportunities moving forward.
#3 – Russell Shepard – WR – CAR: Carolina had a bye week last week, so there’s no stats to backup my decision to pick him up. But, this week will prove to be the week that shows why we should be adding Russell Shepard.
#4 – Kenny Golladay – WR – DET: The deep threat that is, Kenny Golladay, stayed a thought in Stafford’s mind last week. 2 catches for 52 yards made Golladay owners excited for the future.
#5 – Austin Ekeler – RB – LAC: Ekeler has a certain burst about him that makes me happy he’s on my team. The Chargers put on a clinic and that gave Ekeler a couple more touches than he regularly would have.
This Week’s Top Adds
#1 – Samaje Perine – RB – WAS: Perine was supposed to be right up in the mix as starter for the Redskins. Yet, he underperformed and found himself on the ‘Drop List’ early in the season. Even with Rob Kelley injured, there was no reason to add Perine, as Chris Thompson was their best player. Now that Thompson is injured and Kelley is still banged up, Perine is the top candidate out of that backfield to get at least 20 touches. I’d be trying to get him if you are desperate for a running back, or like to play defense against opposing teams who may need a running back.
#2 – Corey Coleman – WR – CLE: Coleman is back and he looked good. All of a sudden, the Browns are back with Gordon and Coleman and defenses are going to have some headaches trying to cover both. I’m not positive that Gordon will be fantasy relevant, that’s why he is not on my ‘Add List’, yet defenses will have to pay attention to him after word got out that he returned at 4.3 speed. That will draw safeties away from Coleman, who is making a name for himself quick, now that he’s finally healthy on the field.
#3 – Kenny Stills – WR – MIA: Stills blew up last week. In addition to the weeks previous, Stills has been on a hot streak. He’s finished with 65 or more yards in 4 of the last 5 games. He is possibly the third best receiver on his team, but his fantasy production is hard to argue against. I’m attempting to get Stills in many of my leagues, it’s just once you get him, be prepared to do some research or flip a coin when it comes to starting him. However, he’s a player I’d rather have on my team than anyone else’s.
#4 – Dontrelle Inman – WR – CHI: Inman was on my honorable mention list last week, and he didn’t have a lights out day against a tough Lions pass defense. Albeit, he led the Bears in receiving yards, for the second consecutive week. Trubisky is gaining more and more confidence. Coming along with that confidence is more trust from his coaches. They’re taking the reigns off and letting Trubisky throw as he chooses. That has opened the door for Inman as a FLEX in fantasy leagues.
#5 – Bruce Ellington – WR – HOU: With the Fuller injury, Savage has been getting the ball to Ellington, especially targeting him in the red zone. Ellington finished last week with seven targets, catching six of those balls. He had a streak of two consecutive weeks with eight targets, but hasn’t topped four catches. Ellington is showing the chemistry he created with Savage throughout the year on the second string. If Fuller continues to sit out, Ellington is a viable FLEX option in .5 and full point PPR leagues.
Last Week’s Top Drops
#1 – Tarik Cohen – RB – CHI: Finding the endzone last week bumped a very miserable day to a fair game. Cohen won’t be playing the Lions weak run defense every week and should not be on your team.
#2 – Jordy Nelson – WR – GB: 2 catches for 24 yards. That is the exact line I assumed Nelson would have last week and will have the rest of the season. Not worth owning anymore, as crazy as that might be.
#3 – Darren McFadden – RB – DAL: Dallas seems to hate McFadden as he finished Week 11 with zero rushes. This means this was a good drop.
#4 – Martellus Bennett – TE – NE: Down in Mexico, Bennett finished with 3 catches for 15 yards. Not worth a roster spot now that he is back with New England.
#5 – Aaron Jones – RB – GB: Injured for the foreseeable future, there’s no reason to have him on your team if the top adds are still available.
This Week’s Top Drops
#1 – John Brown – WR – ARI: Blaine Gabbert didn’t look horrible in his first start for the Cardinals. Drew Stanton may be starting this week. Either way, Palmer will remain out all season and that means John Brown, Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson are all worthless on our fantasy teams.
#2 – Javorius Allen – RB – BAL: If you’ve been holding onto Buck hoping that by him splitting carries with Alex Collins, he’d somehow regain the starting role, that seems to be a lost cause as Collins has taken a stranglehold grip on the starting spot.
#3 – Jeremy Maclin – WR – BAL: Sticking with the Ravens for the number three spot on the ‘Drop List’. Flacco and the offense, outside of Collins and sometimes Wallace, is struggling and if you’ve been hoping Maclin was going to finally hit his stride in Week 11 and beyond, I’m sorry to tell you this, but it’s not happening.
#4 – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – BUF: He doesn’t want to play here and will probably find a way out of every game. I don’t blame him. Buffalo is not a playoff team, no matter how bad the AFC is.
#5 – Cameron Brate – TE – TB: I’m having a strong feeling that says Brate and Fitzpatrick, just aren’t the best combo. Now, I understand that on paper, they should be the only people who touch the ball in Tampa because of their Harvard connection. Yet, Fitzpatrick doesn’t see it that way and I bet it’s Howard who leads the tight ends moving forward.