Welcome to the fantasy football playoffs!
[queue Jurassic Park theme music]
[kids stare in wonder at the fifty foot dinosaurs while Jeff Goldblum quietly mutters to himself that this is all about to go up in smoke]
Now is when every move matters. No longer can you say “Oops, I just forgot to set my lineup”. No longer is “It was the bye’s fault” a valid excuse. Now is when you must be focus and shrewd and mercilessly destroy your friend’s hopes and dreams.
It’s time to ball until you fall.
Whether you’re attacking the waiver to help boost your depth or you’re desperately looking for someone to stream, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the players you should be instantly adding to your fantasy team (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
(Unrelated, I feel like “Ball Till You Fall” should be the new motto for the Big Baller Brand. Lavar, what do you think?)
RB Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (22% owned)
Hines has been more or less MIA since Week 5 but he might see an uptick in workload if Marlon Mack’s concussion keeps him out a couple of games. Don’t get too excited about Hines—looking at you Clark—as he was fine coming in for Mack in Week 12, recording 28 yards on nine carries and catching two balls for 22 yards. Still, Hines was his most fantasy potent with Mack on the bench to start the season and there might be another touch of late season magic left in him.
RB Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (15% owned)
Clement seemingly has settled nicely into the RB2 role in Philadelphia behind Josh Adams. Clement only had seven touches Sunday but made the most of them racking up 76 yards—45 on the ground and 31 in the air. Plus, he scored himself a two point conversion which is always just a small cherry on the cake. Clement doesn’t have a lot of stand alone value but he is the Eagles’ passing back (good for PPR) and if anything happens to Adams, it seems he’ll be in line for the starting role.
RB LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions (14% owned)
When you add LeGarrette Blount to your fantasy team, you know what you’re getting yourself into: touchdowns-or-bust. Luckily for those brave enough to start him Thanksgiving against the Bears, that’s exactly what he gave you in place of an injured Kerryon Johnson. Next Blount faces the Rams who’ve given up the second most rushing touchdowns the last four weeks. Just something to keep in mind.
RB Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams/Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (8% owned)
Welcome to the handcuffs. Yes it may seem foolish to burn a roster spot for two backs who likely won’t see any playing time but if either the Rams or Chiefs decide that they want to rest their two star running backs, you’re gonna be so happy you have their backup on your team.
WR Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (40% owned)
TOUCHDOWN MIKE IS BACK AND I AM LOVING IT! With Tyrell Williams missing Sunday’s game, Mike took full advantage scoring two touchdowns against the Cardinals. Now, he’s still very touchdown-or-bust, given that he only recorded 25 yards outside of those touchdowns, but you can’t ignore Philip Rivers’ propensity to look his way in the red zone. In related news, I am really close to having my “Keenan Allen has five or less touchdowns while Mike Williams scores double digits” beer bet come true. Allen has four while Williams now has seven. Keep me in your prayers.
WR Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30% owned)
Yes Tampa Bay is an utter and complete shitshow but somehow Humphries has recorded at least 50 yards in each of his last five games and has scored at least once in three out of his last four. Basically, he’s been a pretty solid flex the last five weeks and is still widely available in leagues. On deck, Humphries has a matchup against a struggling Panthers’ secondary who’ve given up the seventh most yards and third most touchdowns to wideouts the last four weeks.
WR David Moore, Seattle Seahawks (10% owned)
If you just snuck your way into the fantasy playoffs or you’re like me and trapped in the Sacko bowl and need to win out so you don’t lose your league, David Moore is your league winner. While he’s still a little touchdown dependent, his connection with Russell Wilson can not be overlooked and is coming off his best game of the season. It’s not just Moore’s production that has me excited, it’s his schedule as the Seahawks’ final five games are against the 49ers, Vikings, 49ers again, Chiefs and Cardinals. Loving that double 49ers.
WR Robert Foster, Buffalo Bills (0% owned)
My “Zay Jones is Matt Barkley’s favorite receiver” narrative died as quickly as Barkley’s hopes and dreams of being the starting QB in Buffalo. Now it’s “Robert Foster or bust” time! But actually, he’s played in two games this season and in each of those games he’s seen at least three targets and recorded at least 90 yards receiving. He’s a deep burner that will require game breaking playing but with Josh Allen slinging the rock and a poor group of secondaries on tap, I think Foster could be a sneaky good add.
TE Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams (9% owned)
It’s been two weeks since the Rams placed Cooper Kupp on IR and in that time, Everett has scored three touchdowns.
The yards and receptions won’t wow you, but it’s clear he’s starting to take some of those red zone targets that Kupp had a monopoly on. Among the lesser owned tight ends, Everett is the man to snag.