I’m back. What did I miss?
It seems Derrick Henry was the greatest fantasy player in the history of the universe only to be outshined by Amari Cooper, JuJu Smith-Schuster > Antonio Brown, the Patriots suck, and Sean McVay has forgotten how to use Todd Gurley, all during the fantasy playoffs. What a time to be alive.
If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’ve made it to the second round of your playoffs which is huge accomplishment given how utterly insane Weeks 13 and 14 have been. Either you’ve made it, or you’re in the midst of trying to mount an epic comeback in the second week of your first round to keep the dream alive. (Or you’re like me and are needing to rapidly improve your team so you don’t lose your league.)
Regardless of why you’ve stumbled upon this page, here are the players you should be instantly adding to your fantasy team (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (59% owned)
Henry spits in the face of my “under 50% owned” rule and there is a .000000000000000001% chance he repeats his Week 14 performance but after a showing like that, you can’t risk not adding him to your team. I mean, do I really need to say more?
RB Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (17% owned)
If you missed out on the Spencer Ware sweepstakes, never fear, Damien Williams is here! Williams only mustered 30 yards on 12 touches—and was out-touched by Ware (Ware had 20)—but Williams did manage to find the end zone twice, two more than waiver wire must-add Ware. Will this trend continue? Who knows! Ware did leave the game with a shoulder injury and with the Chiefs on a short week, set to face the Chargers Thursday night, it might be worth stashing Williams in case Ware isn’t ready to go.
RB Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens (8% owned)
In his second game back, Dixon didn’t see the largest workload, only nine touches, but he managed to turn those touches into 80 yards and a touchdown. Don’t expect Dixon to supplant Gus Edwards anytime soon—though let’s be honest, no one saw Edwards even sniffing fantasy realevence this season—but he’s clearly the number two guy in Baltimore which is enough to warrant a spot on your roster. Added bonus, the Ravens face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15 which is always a nice fantasy matchup.
RB Elijah McGuire, New York Jets (7% owned)
Isaiah Crowell left Week 14 with a foot injury and we finally saw what McGuire could do with the bulk of the workload. He touched the ball 20 times for 83 yards and a touchdown, with 60 of those coming on the ground. It remains to be seen if Crowell will be ready to go vs the Texans this week but McGuire has shown himself to be the better of the two backs recently so hopefully the Jets will start giving him the rock a little bit more.
WR Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars (34% owned)
In Cody Kessler’s first game under center, Westbrook saw a team high 10 targets of which he caught seven for 88 yards and a touchdown. Granted all this work was in garbage time since the Jaguars suck and the Titans were winning this game 16-2 at the half but nevertheless, I like the trend. With Kessler likely the Jaguars’ starting quarterback for the rest of the season, Westbrook could be in for a heavy target-load moving forward. I wouldn’t put anything higher than low-end WR2 expectations on him, but he could be a guy to help you down the stretch.
WR Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (31% owned)
Kenny Stills loves himself some Ryan Tannehill. Since Tannehill’s return, Stills has come alive, posting 13 receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns over the past three weeks. He’s seen at least six targets the past two weeks with his biggest game coming last week against the Patriots where he caught eight balls for 135 yards and a touchdown. The matchup isn’t great for Stills this week as the Dolphins face the Vikings but if Tannehill continues to look Stills’ way, I think he’ll keep giving you FLEX value at his floor.
WR DaeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos (7% owned)
Emmanuel Sanders hit IR last week and now it’s rookie time in Denver. We already have seen Courtland Sutton show off but Week 14 saw the first time Hamilton made his presence felt. The rookie stepped right into Denver’s WR2 role and caught the ball seven times for 47 yards and a touchdown. With the Browns and the Raiders next on the schedule, Hamilton has to be a guy you target on waivers this week.
WR Robert Foster, Buffalo Bills (1% owned)
ALL THIS MAN DOES IS BALL. I know it’s not sexy to have Bills players on your fantasy team but Foster’s 1% ownership is perplexing to me. Since breaking out onto the stage back in Week 10, Foster has recored at least 90 receiving yards in three out of those four games, going over 100 twice (both against the Jets). He’s also coming off his biggest workload as he saw eight targets in Week 14 and caught seven of them. If you’re struggling to get production for the current group of receivers you have on your team (looking at myself right here) Foster is worth taking a flier on.