For some, this past week was the start of the fantasy playoffs. For others, it’s this week. Either way, the most important fantasy football is ahead and now is the time to play your absolute best. Or, in a much truer sense, now is the time to click the buttons the best and hope the real players who do all the work play well. Cheers to that!
At this point, you probably have a pretty steady lineup of guys you play regularly but here are a few who could be excellent last second adds, able to give you big games in the matchups that matter most. Here are 10 players you should be instantly trying to add to your fantasy team (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
RB Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (68 percent owned)
I understand there’s a real chance Burkhead is owned in your league but if he isn’t, he should be your top priority. He’s scored five touchdowns in the last four games, four of those coming in the last two games. He and Dion Lewis are perfectly coexisting, though for fantasy purposes he’s the better own since the Patriots seem to favor him around the goal line. Drop what you’re doing and add Sexy Rexy right now.
RB Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (35 percent owned)
Don’t worry Jamaal Williams owners, he still looks to be the main back in Green Bay. However, he’s owned in 71% of Yahoo! leagues so it’s far more likely Jones is available in your league. Plus, he came back from MCL injury this week to rattle off a 20-yard, game winning touchdown in overtime on his only carry. If he’s back fully healthy, he’ll certainly have a role in the Packers’ newfound run game.
RB Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks (8 percent owned)
Welp, another day, another running back in Seattle that seems to be the answer. Will Davis be the permanent answer for Seattle? Who knows. All I know is that he put together strong game against the Eagles Sunday night, rushing for 64 yards on 16 carries and catching four balls for 37 yards. If Davis can stay healthy, he offers the Seahawks a lot on both the ground and through the air.
RB Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5 percent owned)
Remember everything I said about Jacquizz Rodgers and why you should add him? Clearly I meant to say Peyton Barber instead of Rodgers. Barber got the start with Doug Martin out and put together a strong performance, racking up 102 yards on 23 carries, plus four catches on four targets for 41 yards. Even if Martin returns, the Bucs would be stupid to take Barber completely out of the game plan as he was the first Bucs back to rush for 100-plus yards this year. Don’t be stupid Tampa.
WR Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (72 percent owned)
I’m a grown man and as such will admit when I’m wrong (though really, Clark is the one who’s wrong here, I just tagged along). I thought there was no way Gordon would do anything of fantasy note given that a) he hadn’t played football since 2014 and b) he plays for the Browns. Welp, he put together a four catch 84 yard performance this week and is a must add moving forward. Sorry. Fantasy football is impossible to predict.
WR Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (45 percent owned)
While Robby Anderson has been getting most of the love coming out of New York, all of which he completely deserves, Kearse has quietly been putting together an amazing stretch of games. After going over 100 yards against the Panthers, Kearse torched the Chiefs’ secondary for 157 yards on nine catches. The Jets have a favorable schedule for wide receivers moving forward and it seems Kearse is just as viable as Anderson in this surprisingly pass happy Jets’ offense.
WR Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers (32 percent owned)
Goodwin has rather quietly been having a strong fantasy season so far and that train kept rolling with the new man in San Fran: Mr. Suave Jimmy Garoppolo. Goodwin was targeted eight times against the Bears and caught every one for 99 yards. The schedule only gets easier for the new dynamic duo as the 49ers play the Texans’ vulnerable secondary next week and then the Titans week after. Let them eat!
WR Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (28 percent owned)
The rookie has continued to make strides in Jacksonville’s offense, this week catching six balls for 78 yards. The Jaguars have a very cushy schedule ahead of them, taking on the Texans, 49ers and Titans in the final three weeks of the season. If things continue to progress for Westbrook, he could have a few big games in the fantasy games that matter most.
TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (28 percent owned)
Just another plug for the Madden generated rookie who has quickly become Blaine Gabbert’s go-to guy, catching two balls for 44 yards Sunday. Sadly no touchdown but he still has plenty of value moving forward.
TE David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (5 percent owned)
I know, another Brown on the list but with Josh Gordon getting plenty of the Chargers’ attention, Njoku put together the best game of his rookie season, catching four balls for 74 yards and a touchdown. If you’ve been streaming at the tight end position or need someone with some upside, Njoku could be that guy down the stretch.
Also Josh Doctson is still under 50% owned....