It is almost the time of year where we are all jockeying for position or realizing we are going to play spoiler in our leagues. No matter your position, you should be as active as possible and be ready for upcoming match-ups. I will also outline ownership percentages based off of ESPN leagues. I will not mention players who have an ownership percentage of over 50%. This article will not include recommendations based off of the Monday night game.
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Jacoby Brissett (15.9%) – Ben Roethlisberger, after having a slow start to the season, put up his best game of the season (299 yards and 4 touchdowns) in Week 11. In Week 12 Brissett draws the leaky Titans secondary. Also, over the past three weeks, the Titans have allowed at least 15 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Brissett should be an easy plug and play.
Tyrod Taylor (48.4%) – After being benched for Nathan Peterman, the Bills have reinstated Tyrod to QB1 status just in time for an amazing stretch of games (KC, NE, and IND). If Tyrod was dropped in your league, he should be at the top of QB streaming teams list and a key asset down the stretch.
Don’t worry if you lost your highly drafted QB (Rodgers, Luck, and Winston). Streaming quarterback is effective and an important thing to remember is when you find a solid quarterback, you don’t always have to throw them back. For example, if you picked up Case Keenum, I would stick with him. He has two quality wide receivers and has put up 17 or more fantasy points in his last three games. Other quarterbacks to consider streaming are Ryan Fitzpatrick, Eli Manning, and Andy Dalton.
Devontae Booker (9.2%) – C.J. Anderson fumbled away the job in Week 11 and Devontae Booker ran with the job. In 2016, before being injured, Booker had flashes of a three-down running back and could easily lead the Broncos in running back touches moving forward. Booker provides a solid PPR floor and has the size to still contribute at the goal-line.
Byron Marshall (0.0%) – For those of you who haven’t followed Marshall’s career, he was a running back and wide receiver at Oregon. In 2013, Marshall had over 1,000 yards rushing. In 2014, Marshall had over 1,000 yards receiving. He is a multi-purpose weapon who can be deployed all over the field. I would expect him to take the place of Chris Thompson.
Corey Clement (5.3%) – Even the most avid Clement supporters did not see this coming. In this three-headed backfield, we are seeing Clement flourish in his limited touches and if something were to happen to either running back ahead of him (Ajayi or Blount) we should expect a significant uptick in usage.
Charles Sims(4%) – Doug Martin isn’t getting the job done and is proving to be a liability in both the receiving and the pass-protect game. Sims has already seen 30% or more of snaps in every game this season and I would expect to see that number climb.
The players given above are simply recommendations off the Waiver Wire. You should be checking for emergency drops from other teams that could be a boost to your team. Some players I have seen dropped are Danny Woodhead, Theo Riddick, and Derrick Henry.
Corey Coleman (20.4%) – Week 11 was really weird. Coleman produced against one of the toughest secondaries in the NFL and despite having one of the worst quarterback situations in the NFL. Coleman’s performance should not be overlooked and could be a great acquisition for teams who are thin at wide receiver.
Bruce Ellington (4.6%) – This is only a floor play and should only be looked at in PPR leagues and while Will Fuller is out. Ellington has stepped in and played 100% of the Texans’ snaps in Week 11 while also receiving 16 targets in the last two games. If Fuller continues to miss time, Ellington should be a great add and a nice floor play.
Dontrelle Inman (6.9%) – Suddenly Inman looks like Trubisky’s favorite wide receiver and has seen 13 targets in the last two games. Similar to Ellington, Inman does not offer much of a PPR ceiling, but does off a solid floor.
Dart throws, in my opinion, are the hardest from the wide receiver position. If you are going to take a chance on a wide receiver you should make sure they are seeing plenty of snaps and have a strong opportunity for volume.
Greg Olsen (60.7%) – I am only mentioning this because he is out there in almost 40% of ESPN leagues. If Greg Olsen is available, he should be a high priority pick-up for everyone.
O.J. Howard (11.2%) – Howard has three games this season with double digit fantasy points and has been out snapping Brate most of the season. If the Bucs finally are starting to unlock Howard’s receiving potential we could have another quality tight-end option.
Adam Shaheen (.3%) – One of my favorite tight ends in the draft was Adam Shaheen. The Ashland product has enviable size, movement ability, and hands. Since the Bears lost Zach Miller for the season Shaheen’s snaps have continued to go up. I would argue Shaheen is the best pass-catcher on the Bears roster, behind only Cohen.
Good luck during the home stretch of the fantasy football season. As always, if you have any questions please make sure to reach out to me on Twitter (@TimNFL).
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