This week and every week going forward we’ll bring you several recommendations for players you should look to add to your fantasy squad. We’ll mainly be targeting lower-owned guys who should be available in all but the deepest leagues and new for this year. With the fantasy playoffs starting this week in most leagues we’ll look for players you can plug and play for your playoff roster. Because we’re primarily a dynasty site, we’ll also suggest some stash options for the 2018 season for owners who didn’t make the playoffs.
Good luck on your waiver claims and good luck the rest of the season. Hopefully, some of these players can not only lead you to a win this week but a championship and the end of the season! Be sure to check out all of our in-season content right here.
Stephen Anderson, TE, Houston Texans (0% Ownership in Yahoo leagues)
C.J. Fiedorowicz sustained another concussion Sunday, his second of the 2017 season. Seeing how the first concussion landed him on the I.R. for eight weeks, it’s likely we’ve seen the last of Fiedorowicz for 2017, if not longer. In Fiedorowicz place, Stephen Anderson contributed 5 receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. A move TE with excellent athleticism and receiving skills Anderson could slide right into your starting TE role and provide TE1 numbers for the fantasy playoffs. He’s also worth keeping on your roster beyond this season as a hedge against Fiedorowicz’s recovery.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0% Ownership)
Fun story. After Barber’s two touchdown performance against the Falcons, I picked him up in one of my leagues. I had him all fired up in my starting lineup this week against Green Bay but switched him for D.J. Foster on Sunday morning. Barber went for 102 rushing yards and 4 for 4 on targets for an additional 41 yards receiving. I’m going to lose this week in that league by about 10 points and miss the playoffs. Good times. Don’t be me, pick Barber up and start him next week.
Andre Ellington, RB, Houston Texans
The Texans lost C.J. Fiedorowicz, Braxton Miller, and Bruce Ellington on Sunday to various injuries. Andre Ellington has always been a more prolific pass catcher than rusher during his career. In the offseason, Ellington was even moved to the WR position before working his way back to the RB position with the Cardinals. With the decimated receiving corp. in Houston expect Ellington to pick up a good bit of the passing targets and be a viable PPR flex play. Sunday, his first game with the Texans saw Ellington snag 5 receptions for 56 yards.
Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks (8% Ownership)
Seattle forewarned us that Davis would be back this week and could step back into the starting role. We were NOT expecting this workload or performance vs. the Eagles. Davis played on 45/62 total snaps (73%) and ran 16 times for 64 yards and added in 4 catches for 37 yards, totaling 101 yards. We all know how fluid the Seahawks run game is but Davis has been by far the best RB in town since Chris Carson went down. He is my #2 RB pickup this week only behind P. Barber.
Tion Green, RB, Detroit Lions (0% Ownership)
It only took an Abdullah injury to open things up in the Lions backfield. Tion Green (an undrafted rookie out from Cincinnati), took the reins by taking his first carry for a 33-yard run. Green carried the ball 11 times for 51 yards and a touchdown in week 13. Depending on the extent of AA’s neck injury, Green could become the main running back in what has been a struggling run game in Detroit. At the very least he may have earned the goal line work. Worth an add in 14+ team leagues.
Note: Green is not in ESPN leagues as of yet, however, he is available in Yahoo leagues.
Dwayne Allen, TE, New England Patriots (1% Ownership)
Are you a Gronk owner or potentially playing the Gronk owner in the 1st round of the playoffs? If so, Allen is a sneaky pickup and potential TE/FLEX start in week 14. In week 13, Gronk made a bonehead mistake by hitting a defenseless player late. This is pure speculation, however, beyond a hefty fine, I expect Gronk to get a 1 game suspension (and he deserves it). (Editors note Gronk has been hit with a 1 game suspension) With Martellus Bennett on IR, Allen is next in line and could see quite a few targets vs. the lowly Dolphins.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (16% Ownership)
Garoppolo had a fairly daunting debut matchup vs. the Bears #12 pass defense. Although he didn’t pass for a touchdown, he impressed by completing 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards and 1 interception (on a tipped ball). Garoppolo not only has 2 receiving backs but has found a groove with Marquise Goodwin and will look to continue that vs. the Texans and their #23 ranked pass defense. If you are in need for week 14, you could do a lot worse than Jimmy G.
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Nathan Peterman, QB, Buffalo Bills (Yahoo Ownership 1%)
I know, I know. Just hear me out. Trust me. I haven’t forgotten the five interceptions in one half either. Here’s why things are different now: This time, Tyrod Taylor isn’t getting benched for political or bureaucratic reasons. He’s legitimately hurt! The Bills say Taylor is “day-to-day” with a patellar tendon contusion, but don’t plan on seeing him in uniform this week. This time, the Bills are at home, and they aren’t playing the relentless Chargers. Rather than facing constant pressure from the league’s best pass rush and blanket coverage from one of the league’s best defensive secondaries, Peterman faces the Indianapolis Colts.
That means a nice, clean, comfortable pocket, and Buffalo receivers running free among the cardboard cutouts the Colts are passing off as their secondary. In a week where Russell Wilson (at the Jaguars), Carson Wentz (at the Rams), Jared Goff (vs. the Eagles) Kirk Cousins (at the Chargers), Ben Roethlisberger (vs the Ravens), Case Keenum (at the Panthers) and Cam Newton (vs the Vikings) are all dealing with difficult matchups, Peterman could be a sneaky streaming option in superflex/2QB leagues.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns (5%)
A rising tide lifts all boats, and the tide in Cleveland is rising fast with the return of wide receivers Corey Coleman (injury) and Josh Gordon (suspension). Njoku jumped from his typical one target per game to four targets in week 12 (he caught all four), and then to six in week 13. He caught four of the six for 74 yards and the Browns’ only touchdown as the tough Chargers defense focused its attention on to Coleman and Gordon. Cleveland hosts a banged-up Green Bay pass defense in Week 14, in a season when any tight end with a pulse and a target share is in play. Njoku has, even more going for him than that as the Browns shift their focus to 2018 and the development of their young stars.
Russell Shepard, WR, Carolina Panthers (1%)
This recommendation is for weeks 15 and 16, as the Panthers host the stingy Minnesota Vikings in week 14, and all expectations of the Carolina offense should be lowered. But the Panthers’ final two games of the fantasy season are home against Green Bay (giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to receivers) and Tampa Bay (giving up the most fantasy points to receivers). Devin Funchess is the primary weapon, and Christian McCaffery gets plenty of attention in the passing game as well, but Shepard had quietly become one of Cam Newton’s favorite weapons, with at least five targets in two of the last three games; only Funchess and McCaffery have seen more targets. Here’s a chance to snag a deep threat with volume, on an explosive offense that will throw a lot in the fantasy playoffs.