Well folks the fantasy season is well in to the playoffs, and hopefully, you’re making a deep run. I’ll go over a few of my favorite deep waiver adds and desperation plays below. These are guys that are owned in less than 33% of Yahoo leagues.
TJ Yates VS Indianapolis Colts
Yates seems destined to play all the Texans playoff games, and the Texans begin their playoff run against the Colts this week. Houston has to win if they want to sneak in to first in the AFC South, and they have a shot with Yates. DeAndre Hopkins has had a rough couple of weeks, but I think that all turns around this week when the Texans travel to Indy. Yates will throw it to the #1 receiver regardless of the coverage, and Hopkins has the skill to pay that off. Hopefully you have a better option, but if not, Yates should be your play.
AJ McCarron VS San Francisco
The Bengals can’t buy a break, looking great (by Cincinnati standards) until they lost quarterback Andy Dalton to a broken hand. McCarron, like Yates, plays a fearless brand of football. Playing McCarron is more showing confidence in the weapons surrounding him rather than loving AJ’s arm. With the Bengals traveling west to play a San Francisco team that actually looks alright when playing at home, McCarron will have an uphill battle on his hands, but he has some big potential with AJ Green at receiver.
Isaiah Crowell VS Seattle Seahawks
I recommended Crowell last week, and he went off. This week’s matchup against Seattle is the polar opposite of the Browns opponent last week, the 49ers. I still think that the Browns are going to lean on the running game against Seattle, trying to save Johnny Manziel from himself. The positive for Crowell lining up next to Manziel is the threat of the QB run, a threat Seattle will have to gameplan for. The only way the Browns can keep this one close is to control the ball and run. Crowell could be a big beneficiary of that possible game script.
Joique Bell VS New Orleans Saints
I don’t believe the Saints defense figured it out despite shutting down the Bucs last week. In this Monday Night matchup, I think we’ll see the Saints return to their generous ways on defense, allowing the Lions big time scoring opportunity. If you’re playing Bell, you’re praying for a short touchdown, and I think he’ll get one for you this week.
Markus Wheaton VS Denver Broncos
Wheaton had his biggest game this season against the best defense the Steelers faced so far this year in the Seattle Seahawks. I think we’ll see a similar situation this Sunday when the Steelers host the vaunted Denver defense. With Wheaton is the 5th option for Pittsburgh, but that is the kind of player you want to start against the Broncos. I wouldn’t expect another 200 yard effort from Wheaton, but I do expect him to play a big role if the Steelers offense can get rolling against Denver.
Malcolm Floyd VS Miami Dolphins
This play is half Narrative Street, half situation, with San Diego perhaps playing in the last game at Qualcomm Stadium. Floyd and Rivers go back a long way, and I can see them giving the few Chargers fans that show up one last good game. Miami is in shambles, likely already looking forward to their vacations. If Phillip Rivers is anything, he’s a stubborn man. With so few options left in San Diego, we could see one last big game out of Floyd here.
Will Tye VS Carolina Panthers
Tye has been featured in this column for a couple of weeks now, and he is delivering solid performances as the Giants limp to the finish line. The G-men face perfect Carolina Panthers this week, and the Giants always seem to play their best when facing the best opponents. I don’t expect an explosive performance out of Tye, but I do believe he’ll continue to give you seven or eight points, and every point is crucial in the fantasy playoffs.
Eric Ebron VS New Orleans Saints
Sticking with the ‘Saints are still terrible on D’ storyline, Ebron is this dart throw of the week. Ebron has underwhelmed so far this year, but the touchdown potential is great against the Saints in prime time. I’d much rather take my chances with Will Tye, but if that is not an option, Ebron gives you a punchers chance this week.
San Francisco VS Cincinnati Bengals
Thoroughly talking out of both side of my mouth here, the Niners defense will be facing AJ McCarron this week. San Fran has looked good on defense at home this year, and the 49ers season has long since been over, but they are not packing it in. If you don’t believe McCarron will be buoyed by the talent around him, the turnover and sack potential for San Francisco is excellent this week.
The odds of this game making the over are slim, with both coaches more than content to try and win by running the ball and playing defense. It’s hard to bet on any defense to stymie Adrian Peterson, but if the Bears can pull it off, the Vikings will be dead in the water.