We're in the thick of it now with your fantasy playoff picture starting to take shape. If you're in need of a late waiver add, or a desperation play, I'll go through a few of my favorites for this week below.
Jameis Winston is no stranger to this recommendation list, and that continues this week. Winston's play has improved, and with that, the Buccaneers are slowly moving toward that coveted not-the-worst-team-in-the-league water-mark. Winston has put up 18 and 17 points respectively over the past two weeks, and this week the Bucs host a New York Giants team that surrendered 7 TD passes and over 500 yards through the air last week. Winston will not match Brees' performance, but Tampa Bay does have enough talent to exploit the Giants soft pass defense. If you're streaming because of the byes, or just need to add a little pep to your QB spot, Jameis is the play this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the only other QB owned in less than 30% of leagues that I'd feel comfortable starting this week. He'll be limited with the ligament injury to his left hand, but I'm hoping he can give desperate owners enough against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags defense is improving, but the Jets skill players should still be able to take advantage.
Tevin Coleman is first up this week. After the slaughter at running back last week, we should all be cognizant of the value of locking up that backup running back a week early, opposed to hoping you get lucky/still have the FAAB budget to swoop in after injury. Aside from Coleman's tremendous value should Devonta Freeman go down, Coleman could see a good bit of work this week if the Falcons get out in front of the San Francisco 49ers this week. The Falcons' o-line is opening up great running lanes, and Coleman is certainly talented enough to take advantage.
Dexter McCluster in your starting lineup is always a scary thing. But, this week, Mariota returns, and I expect the Saints will force Tennessee to pass and put up points. The Titans' backfield situation is a mess, but Dexter probably has at least one more big game in him this year. If Mariota returns to his early season form, McCluster has an outside shot of giving you a fair day as a flex or desperation RB play this week.
Robert Woods seems like a fairly safe play this week. The Bills are expecting Tyrod Taylor back. It looks like Sammy Watkins will be able to go on Sunday, but Woods has already shown a decent rapport with Taylor. I think the Dolphins and Bills will both put up points against some questionable opposing defenses, and with a player like Woods, you're hoping he'll get deep for that long TD that makes you look like a genius GM.
Dwayne Harris is surprisingly under-owned at only 13% according to Yahoo. While I don't expect another 2 TD outing, Harris benefits from playing with a good quarterback, and alongside Odell Beckham Jr. Tampa Bay is giving up plenty of points to opposing wide receivers, and with the attention teams have to give to Beckham, there should be plenty of real-estate for the Giants' 3rd option (or 2nd if Ruben Randle can't go) to get loose.
Marquess Wilson is a name we've discussed before. This week, he's expected to be Chicago's number 2 receiver opposite Alshon Jeffery. The Bears will have to get some production from it's ‘bit players' with Matt Forte sidelined, and Wilson will get the opportunity to put up numbers this week.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is me cheating a little bit. He's owned in 36% of Yahoo leagues, but if he's out there, you need to pick him up and plug him in this week. The Giants surrendered a career day to Benjamin Watson last week, and before being injured in week 2, Seferian-Jenkins posted 110 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions in week 1 against Tennessee. The Buccaneers are playing better as the season rolls on, and another big target could help Winston take another step forward in his rookie campaign. Signs are pointing to Austin being a full go this week, hopefully he's still out there and you can plug him in.
Jacob Tamme had a huge game last week, so this may just be me chasing points, but as the Falcons' third receiving option, Tamme could have a nice, plug and play week for you at tight end. Defenses have to account for Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, leaving Tamme to roam and potentially have another big impact on offense. It's a desperation play, but we've seen the upside.
Graham Gano has been on this list most weeks, and he's put up some decent numbers for us. The Packers defense gives up a lot of yards, but get's stingy when opponents near the end-zone. With Carolina's offense moving the ball fairly well, Gano may get a few shots to knock in some 3 pointers.
New Orleans Saints' defense hasn't been anything to write home about this year, but the Saints face the Tennessee Titans this week. Even with Mariota coming back, the Titans offense could struggle mightily, get behind early, and be forced in to some bad situations. Even though I do like Mariota's long-term prospects, I think you can still take advantage of the weak Titan's O and the rookie Marcus.
That does it for this week folks. Good luck out there!