Guys to Add
Note: Since this is the last week of fantasy football (for most of you), there’s no point in recommending blind bidding percentages for each player. At this point, spend everything you’ve got left. Within each position, I’ve put the players in the order I’d take them.
Kirk Cousins – Kirk Cousins has been fantastic over the past few games, and this week’s opponent will ensure he stays hot. The Eagles are giving up the second-most passing yards, and the fourth-most passing touchdowns.
Teddy Bridgewater – With back-to-back strong performances, Teddy Bridgewater has turned into a viable fantasy starter for the first time in his career. If he were facing an elite team, I’d show caution, but he’s at home against the burnable Giants defense. In two quarterback leagues, he’s a plausible second starter this week, and maybe even next week in Green Bay.
Matt Hasselbeck – I know Matt Hasselbeck has been a train wreck the past few weeks, but no quarterback has an easier remaining schedule. He faces Miami and Tennessee in the final two weeks, and should find his way to fantasy points in those games.
Donald Brown – After Melvin Gordon got knocked out of last Sunday’s game, Donald Brown got a lot of work, and looked pretty good. Brown will be the Chargers starter against a middle-of-the-pack Oakland run defense.
Christine Michael – Last week, the Seahawks tried out three different backup runners, and Christine Michael came away as the winner. I’m not sure he’s the team’s best runner, and head coach Pete Carroll has promised that it’ll still be a committee approach. But for the moment, Michael presumed starter on a team that runs the ball copiously. He’ll face the Rams this week.
Bilal Powell – Bilal Powell continues to be highly involved in the Jets passing game, and has turned into a reliable PPR producer, who chips in some bonus rushes too. He has a tricky matchup with the Patriots this week.
Steven Jackson – I can’t believe I’m typing Steven Jackson’s name again. I’m skeptical about how much use he’ll get, and I’m skeptical about whether he’s got anything left in the tank. But it’s Bill Belichick, so anything is possibly, including a 20-carry game against a very tough Jets defense.
Mike Gillislee –LeSean McCoy is going to miss the rest of the season, so that means that Mike Gillislee will be in the mix for carries along with Karlos Williams. He’s scored in back to back games, and could be a desperation flier against a good Dallas run defense.
Joey Iosefa – I swear, some percentage of Bill Belichick’s unpredictable decision are done just to see our reaction. Joey Iosefa? Seriously? He’s Belichick’s leading rusher last week? Who? He’s a rookie from Hawaii who entered the game with zero career carries. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Bucs, but got cut. I wasn’t wowed by his performance last week. He’s slow, has little footwork, and isn’t much help anywhere besides between the tackles. At his size, he should probably be playing fullback, not halfback. But he does have the size to be a goal line threat, and with enough carries in a powerful Patriots offense, he could, maybe, find his way to fantasy relevancy.
Rueben Randle – Randle has scored in four times of the past six games, and with the suspension for Odell Beckham, he may end up as Eli Manning’s go-to receiver against Minnesota this week.
Hakeem Nicks – Hakeem Nicks is the likely starter with Beckham out. Minnesota is an above average defense, and Nicks is a below average receiver.
Jermaine Kearse – Of late, everyone around Russell Wilson is getting paid, and that includes the underused Kearse. Normally he’s good for two catches and 30 yards. But everyone around Russell Wilson is surging, including Kearse.
Will Tye – The Giants rookie continues to be a focal point of the Giants offense, and will see a few extra passes with Odell Beckham out.
Kyle Rudolph – Kyle Rudolph faces New York, one of the two worst tight end defenses in the league. The Giants rank 31st in tight end yards allowed, 32nd in tight end receptions allowed, and 28th in tight end touchdowns allowed.
Adam Vinatieri – The Colts have two easy, warm weather games left, at Miami and hosting Tennessee. Let’s hope Matt Hasselbeck can start (and finish) both games.
Guys to Drop
You can drop anyone you’re not starting in this week’s championship game, especially if you can drop a player with a tough matchup that your opponent might be fooled into adding and starting.
You may want to grab some extra handcuffs in case of a surprise mid-week injury.