The playoffs are finally amongst us. I hope everyone has made it, but to those who haven’t who play in dynasty leagues or keeper leagues, make sure you continue to read this article and get the best players in preparation of 2018’s season. Your team may be out this year, but it’ll be in prime position for next year.
To those who backed their way into the playoffs, or maybe snuck in on a technicality, there are a lot of good running backs emerging on the surface as teams start giving younger players chances. As they scout their team’s respective future, we will reap the benefits of running backs who have the possibility of 20 rushes just popping up on our waiver wire like zits on a freshman’s face.
Finally, to all the teams who dominated their season, laughing as the defeated opponents week after week, there is always a reason to improve your team. Remember, if your team isn’t growing, then it’s dying. Continue to better yourself and your team as there are players who could have huge impacts this week and on.
Last Week’s Top Adds
#1 – Zay Jones – WR – BUF: 4.2 PPR points last week is very disappointing. However, if you got Jones, hold onto him for another week. New England’s defense has improved every week this season.
#2 – Ricky Seals-Jones – TE – ARI: Not the worst day from RSJ, with 44 yards, but only 2 catches. He’s very touchdown dependent, but Arians will have the Cardinals moving the ball, so redzone chances will be there.
#3 – Josh Gordon – WR – CLE: I hope you avoided all the doubters out there. Gordon looked like he never missed a game. The Chargers corners aren’t anything to scoff at either. So if you have Gordon, he is a viable starter moving forward.
#4 – Terrance Williams – WR – DAL: Another top add with a slow day. Consistency out of the guys who had slow days though all finishing with two receptions. Williams’ two receptions went for 21 yards and he was held out of the endzone.
#5 – Cody Latimer – WR – DEN: Maybe I was hitting the sauce a little too much last week. I just had a feeling, I guess that feeling was the sushi and sake mixing, not Latimer coming out of nowhere.
This Week’s Top Adds
#1 – Mike Davis – RB – SEA: On a lackluster rushing team, it’s scary to put any faith in Mike Davis. However, the addition of Duane Brown has helped the Seahawk offense immensely. With that improvement of the offensive line, allowing more time for Wilson, the defense can’t focus on stacking anyone in the box. Mike Davis has shown a burst that has me excited. We can’t avoid the obvious either, a running back who could now see 20 touches in a game, being available before the first round of the playoffs. That’s a must-sign if I’ve ever seen one.
#2 – Aaron Rodgers – QB – GB: If you’re in a dynasty league or keeper league, it’s assumed Rodgers will still be on a team. However, for anyone playing a redraft league, this may be a sneaky play. Rodgers is only on a team in 56% of ESPN leagues. In 2 of 6 leagues I’m in, Rodgers is available coming into this week’s waiver wire. There’s no certainty that Rodgers will even play again this season, so when picking him up, make sure you’re dropping someone who will probably never see the starting lineup. This could pay off in a couple weeks if the Packers are still in the playoff hunt and Rodgers is able to return for possible your fantasy champion.
#3 – Peyton Barber – RB – TB: Doug Martin is not good this year. About a month ago I guaranteed he would not succeed 499 rushing yards. Still holding true, as he remains at 376. Now, it looks like the Buccaneers have finally given up on the muscle hamster and it’s now Peyton Barber’s chance. Looking like a certified NFL starter last week, Barber now draws a very easy matchup this week. If you add Barber, I’d recommend an instant start, which could help you move on to the semifinals if you have bad RB or FLEX matchups.
#4 – Tion Green – RB – DET: With Abdullah not playing last week, Green got the call. Stepping up big time as he scored his first touchdown, after being surprised by his Mom, and finished the day with 51 rushing yards on 11 carries. I’m not sure if Green will be fantasy relevant when Abdullah returns, yet I am sure, Green is now the go to number two running back for the Lions. With Dwayne Washington a healthy scratch and Tion Green’s emergence in the backfield, he’s trending the right way. If Abdullah does sit out another game, you may have got yourself an easy spot start against a bad Tampa Bay defense and a banged up Matt Stafford.
#5 – Josh McCown – QB – NYJ: Possibly the most undervalued quarterback in fantasy. If this guy isn’t on any of the treams in your league, you might want to be the one to get him. Say you have a quarterback already and don’t need to waste a roster space on McCown. Be careful, because your opponent may get him and start him against you with a few bad matchups coming his way. McCown needs to be owned in every league and I would advise you being the owner that gets him.
Last Week’s Top Drops
#1 – Jonathan Stewart – RB – CAR: Having a decent outing against a good Saints defense makes me rethink this Drop.
#2 – James White – RB – NE: It’s all over for White’s fantasy season.
#3 – Jerick McKinnon – RB – MIN: It was still Murray with the major share of the rushes, but McKinnon was able to find the endzone on a reception.
#4 – Alex Smith – QB – KC: Maybe saying to drop Smith the week he played the Jets was a little premature, but I still don’t like him moving forward.
#5 – DeMarco Murray – RB – TEN: Derrick Henry is by far the better running back in Tennessee, they have to realize that, right?
This Week’s Top Drops
#1 – Devontae Booker – RB – DEN: After a few weeks of trending to be a starting running back. Booker has now backslid the last two weeks and is now a sure thing as just a backup to a mediocre C.J. Anderson. There’s no room for him on your roster anymore as he is no longer someone who may be able to help you in the playoffs.
#2 – Damien Williams – RB – MIA: After an injury to Williams, Drake has shown the explosiveness that the Dolphins saw in him. It no longer looks like Williams will be in a RBBC. He now will be the backup just like Booker and again there is no room for someone like that on your team.
#3 – DeVante Parker – WR – MIA: The Dolphins offense thrashed the Broncos defense last week and still Parker had only one catch for five yards. This was supposed to be Parker’s year as he entered his third season which is the season for receivers to find themselves. With the injury to Tannehill all hope looked lost, then Cutler expressed his love towards Parker and all hope was back. Now, he’s just a second thought and should no longer linger on your team.
#4 – Rod Smith – RB – DAL: If you were like me and saw big things coming for Smith, it’s time to throw in the white towel. I’d much rather have any of the players listed above then a backup running back on a team that is not very good. Morris has solidified his starting spot on that team so there’s no reason to keep Smith.
#5 – Jordan Reed – TE – WAS: Another injury plagued season. If you’ve been streaming tight ends with Reed on your bench, just stop wasting time. Dump Reed and at least get yourself a top running back like Davis or Barber. I’d rather stash a guy like Aaron Rodgers then Jordan Reed.