Brian Hoyer – Hoyer is owned in only 43% of fantasy leagues, despite a string of strong performances, and an easy schedule. He doesn’t have any stoppers remaining on the schedule. Hoyer has thrown multiple touchdowns in six straight full games, and he could keep that streak going through the rest of the year. Blind bidding recommendation: 20%.
Alex Smith – There’s very little upside with Alex Smith, a guy who has thrown 0-2 touchdowns in 23 of his past 24 games. But, he’s got some nice matchups the rest of the way, so you could roster him as a viable emergency quarterback in the playoffs. He’s got a tricky matchup this week with San Diego, but after that, he’s got three favorable ones: @BAL, CLE, OAK. Blind bidding recommendation: 2%.
Bilal Powell – He’s not a gifted runner, but Bilal Powell’s usage is enough that Chris Ivory owners should have him on roster as a handcuff. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
Chris Polk – I’ve been hammering Alfred Blue all year, noting his horrible performances, and discounting his middling fantasy value as entirely driven by volume. Last Sunday, Bill O’Brien seems to have found the light, and Chris Polk got 12 carries, with Blue getting only four. Polk averaged 5.1 yards per carry, something Blue hasn’t done even once all year. Polk isn’t particularly talented, but he’s a tangible upgrade to Blue. Note that his remaining schedule is difficult. I can’t recommend starting him this week against New England’s solid run defense. Blind bidding recommendation: 5%.
DeVante Parker – Oddly, Parker is still not owned in half of leagues, despite two straight strong games, and the ongoing injury issues for Rishard Matthews. Miami’s season is over, and getting Parker reps down the stretch is a priority. Blind bidding recommendation: 20%.
Dorial Green-Beckham – With Justin Hunter out for the year and Kendall Wright constantly hurt, Dorial Green-Beckham is getting plenty of reps, and he’s finally starting to make good on the opportunity. Last week he posted his first 100-yard game, and he scored. He’s got a very favorable matchup with the Jets’ slumping secondary (with or without Darrelle Revis) this week, and another decent opportunity the following week against the Patriots. Blind bidding recommendation: 10%.
Brian Hartline – Over the past five weeks, Browns receiver Brian Hartline has been targeted 10, 9, 12, and 11 times. As a result, he’s seen decent yardage output over that same span: 32, 77, 74, and 83. He’s put up those numbers with three different starting quarterbacks, so it probably doesn’t matter who’s under center on Sunday. He’s been particularly valuable with Andrew Hawkins hurt, so you can check Hawkins’ injury status to have a good idea about whether you want Hartline to start him this week. Blind bidding recommendation: 3%.
Robert Woods – No wide receiver has a more favorable remaining schedule than the Bills’ wideouts. Sammy Watkins is already owned, but Woods is available in almost all leagues, and three of his four remaining games are very favorable, including @PHI and @WAS the next two weeks. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington – Both Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington have a chance to perform well against a series of beatable secondaries: NE, @IND, @TEN, JAC. Both guys get targets in every game, but Washington is the mores stable fantasy producer. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
Richard Rodgers – Rodgers has emerged as the only reliable target for Aaron Rodgers. He’s scored four touchdowns in the Packers’ last five games. Inexplicably, he’s only owned in 45% of leagues. Blind bidding recommendation: 30%.
Will Tye – I mentioned the Giants tight end, Will Tye, last week, and he remains a viable streaming option. He put up 70 yards last Sunday, and he’s definitely startable this week against Miami’s slumping defense. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.
Matt Prater – The Lions offense is surging, and Matt Prater won’t kick in cold weather until Week 17. Blind bidding recommendation: 1%.