Well everyone, we survived Byeweekapalooza. That one week out of the year when you have to frantically add random players onto your team because literally half your team is on a bye. Once I made all my maneuvers, my entire bench was all on a bye. Which was kind of nice because I didn’t have a bench to compare scores with. I couldn’t be like “Ah man, I should have started Gronk instead of Evan Engram” because guess what, Gronk didn’t get me any points. It was nice.
The bye weeks aren’t over yes as we’ve got the Ravens, Chiefs, Raiders and Eagles missing this week. However, the only people we’ll really miss this week are Carson Wentz, Kareem Hunt, the Eagles offense, and the Chiefs defense as they’ve been making every quarterback and receiver they face look amazing. I wish they could play every week.
Anyways, the mad dash to the playoffs is upon us, unless you’re like me, then it’s a mad dash not to lose the entire league. But either way, you’ve got to make last minute additions to bolster your team.
Here are the guys you should be instantly trying to add to your fantasy team (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
QB Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (75 percent owned)
Yes he’s well past my normal 50% owned cut-off point but Taylor has been only improving over the past three weeks and is about to get a 6 foot 5 receiver to throw touchdowns to. WHO SAYS NO!? I’m actually amazed he’s owned in so few leagues. As someone who lost Deshaun Watson and currently am starting a very disappointing Marcus Mariota, I’m making moves to try and get me Tyrod Taylor. If he’s available in your league, snag him.
RB Kenyan Drake/Damien Williams, Miami Dolphins (53/33 percent owned)
If you thought this weekend would help give us some clarity between who Miami likes in their brand new backfield, think again. Kenyan Drake had nine carries for a nice 69 yards (sadly a fumble lost) plus six catches on six targets 35 yards. Damien WIlliams meanwhile had seven carries for 14 yards (majorly less productive) but six receptions on six targets for 47 yards and a touchdown. Drake’s fumble isn’t something to take lightly especially as the coaching staff try and figure out how to best deploy their backfield.
RB Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (12 percent owned)
The “Eddie Lacy is our feature back” experiment was looking alright against Washington, until he left with a groin injury. Can anyone stay healthy this season? Now it’s basically Thomas Rawls and Russell Wilson left in this backfield. I include Wilson in the backfield as he in fact led the Seahawks in both rushing attempts and yards this game, so counting him as a running back now. Rawls flashed some something something in the starting role, finishing with 4.3 yards per carry, first time that’s happened since Week 4. On a short week, I’d expect Rawls to be the back in Seattle against the Cardinals.
RB Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (1 percent owned)
The Eagles are on a bye this week so I’ll keep this short. Yes the Eagles just traded for Jay Ajayi who will likely be the back in Philly but I think that cuts more into LeGarrette Blount’s production than Clement’s. Besides, Clement has easily been the Eagles best running back the last few weeks. If you have space, stash him for the playoffs. He could continue to be a focal point of this offense.
WR Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (33 percent owned)
Wanna hear a story? In one of my leagues, thanks to Byeweekapalooza, I had to add a wide receiver. I thought to myself, “Wow, Robert Woods is available and he’s had some good games before, I’ll add him” but then I also thought “Eh, probably shouldn’t start him”. Who knows why. But I did. Welp, I missed out on a two touchdown performance and his best game of the season. Learn from me, add Woods and then start him. He leads the high flying Rams offense—yea, I said it—in targets, receptions and receiving yards. He’s the guy in an offense that’s been making plays all season. Oh and would you look at that, the Rams face the Texans this week. Go get Woods.
WR Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills (9 percent owned)
Finally, the production matches the opportunity. Jones’ issue has never been targets—he’s second on the team in targets behind LeSean McCoy—it’s been translating those targets into results. He finally did that this week turning seven targets into six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. We’ll see how the offense looks with Kelvin Benjamin fully involved but I think having another threat to take some of the defense’s focus will actually help Jones produce on a more consistent level.
WR Tavarres King, New York Giants (0 percent owned)
This is for you people in real reeeeaaal deep leagues. We all know the Giants have what I fondly like to call “a desolate wasteland” at the receiver position. Since Odell Beckham went down, the passing game has basically operated around Sterling Shepard (when he’s healthy) and rookie tight end Evan Engram. Sunday we saw the first emergence of receiver Tavarres King who was third on the team in targets, particularly on deep passes towards the end zone. He caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. Next week the Giants face the 49ers defense which is a desolate wasteland.
D/ST New Orleans Saints (43 percent owned)
Yup, I’m telling ya’ll to add a defense as crazy as that might sound. The Saints defense has been lights out in recent weeks and more than that, have been actively scoring points. I believe in playing the hot hand especially when it comes to D/ST and there is no hand hotter than the Saints.