Well, for most of us, the end of the fantasy football season has already come, but for those of you still playing, congrats on a successful season (unless you’re a weirdo who plays in leagues that use week 17, in which case staaaaahp it already). There isn’t much out there this week and hopefully you don’t need much help seeing that you’re probably playing in a championship game this weekend. As usual I’, joined by DFF’s Shane Manila @DFF_Shane and we’ve come up with a few players who might be worth grabbing this week to help you on your journey for championship bragging rights (and hopefully some money too). For those readers in dynasty leagues, just because you’re out of the running for a ‘ship this season, don’t let that stop you from working the wire. Now is the time to grab guys that are out there that you might have high hopes for in 2017 before other people are onto them or their price goes up over the off season.
QB: Tom Savage, Houston Texans:
He’s 0% owned and isn’t really an option outside for 2 QB leagues, but he looked serviceable and more importantly was feeding DeAndre Hopkins the ball which is never a bad thing. You could do worse if you’ve been streaming a 2nd QB all season already. It won’t take much to be better than Brock Osweiler, and if he is, there’s a good chance he keeps the job going forward.
QB: Matt Barkley, Chicago Bears:
Similar to Savage, he’s only serviceable in 2 QB leagues. He’s averaged 13.9 fantasy points in his 4 starts thus far. More importantly, in dynasty leagues, he might be worth a stash for the off-season. The Bears are obviously a dumpster fire at this point, and according to reports Jay Cutler will be out of town next season, it’s less than ideal, but there is a small chance that Barkley is the Bears’ opening day starter in 2017. John Fox drafted him out of college while in Carolina, so there is a bit of history there, and he does have the pedigree, at one point being projected as the possible #1 pick in the NFL draft before he stayed in school for an extra year and the wheels fell off his projected career arc. Anyway, he’s unowned and cheap and, in 2 QB leagues especially, might be useable after this season.
RB: Ty Montgomery, Green bay Packers:
He’s already owned in 60% of ESPN leagues, but Montgomery might be the key for you to win a fantasy championship this season, so if he’s available, blow every last penny of your FAAB dollars on him unless you have a huge glaring need elsewhere. The Pack play the Vikings who aren’t stopping anybody lately and the Packers are clicking at the right time. Grab Montgomery and ride him to a victory.
RB: the rest:
Look, we didn’t see any significant injuries this past week and nobody is really emerging. Kenneth Farrow didn’t look good, Kenneth Dixon looked to fall behind Terrence West again, Derrick Henry did get some goal line work, but how sustainable is that? They are all options too if you’re super desperate, but at this point, you’re probably only 1 of 2 or 4 teams still playing, and my guess is that you didn’t get there plugging and playing TD dependent injury fill ins at RB.
WR: JJ Nelson, Arizona Cardinals:
JJ is only 10% owned and has scored a touchdown in 3 straight weeks. If you’re looking for upside, he has the big play ability that your lineup might be missing if you happen to be a Julio Jones owner if he misses another week. With Michael Floyd shipped out of town, Nelson is the new #2 in Arizona and has been producing in that role.
WR: Robby Anderson, New York Jets:
Don’t look now, but suddenly Anderson is 3rd in targets and touchdowns for the Jets. This really came out of nowhere. As long as Bryce Petty is in at QB, expect him to keep looking for Anderson who has emerged as one of his most trusted, reliable targets. The Jets play the Patriots this week, and they should lose by a lot, so expect them to throw the ball a ton. Anderson might be a sneaky play in all formats and a championship winner in week 16.
WR: Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers:
The Chargers have looked pretty bad lately but nothing gets you on the right track like playing the Cleveland Browns. With all of the injuries to San Diego skill position players this season, Inman has emerged as Philip River’s most consistent targets. The Browns are historically bad and expect the Chargers to get up early throwing the ball. There is a small chance that San Diego, an underperforming west coast team playing an early game in the eastern time zone, might lay an egg this week and Cleveland might be game to win one here to avoid the dreaded 0-for-the-season, in which case, they’re going to need to throw to play catch up. It’s all a win-win for Inman’s fantasy owners.
TE: Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers:
He’s only 29% owned and playing the terrible Browns who have been completely decimated by opposing tight ends this season. They made Charles Clay look like Tony Gonzalez last week. Henry is TD dependent, but luckily, the Browns give up lots of them.
TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys:
He’s almost owned everywhere at 79% but if you happen to be in a league where you can grab him, he might even be worth flex consideration. If the Browns weren’t so terrible against TEs, Detroit would be running away with the title of worst team versus opposing tight ends. Plus, if you’re a glutton for punishment and like to sweat out your victories, he plays Monday night so you can scream obscenities at your TV to close out the fantasy season up to the last possible moment.
TE: Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans:
This is only if CJ Fiedorowicz is still out of the lineup with an injury. With CJ out, (and Savage in) Griffin was a top 5 TE in PPR formats. He’s going to get the targets, and should produce with them too. Playing in any DFS GPPs this weekend? A super sneaky, under the radar, low-owned stack for you might be Savage-Griffin… very volatile, but the upside is there.
QB: Tom Savage, Houston Texans:
I don’t know a whole lot about Tom Savage. What I do know is this, he’s not freaking Brock Osweiler and he has enough good sense to pepper Nuk with targets. Good enough for me.
QB: Matt Moore: Miami Dolphins:
Do I expect him to throw for 4 TD’s ever again, like even in Madden? No but he has a lot of weapons on offense and with the continued backslide of Jay Ajayi he might be forced to throw more than the Dolphins would like. So fire him up in your 2 QB leagues.
WR: Aldrick Robinson, Atlanta Falcons:
Dropped over 100 yards on San Francisco Sunday, 111 yards to be precise. If Julio and/or Taylor Gabriel(but more so Julio) can’t go this week fire him up.
RB: Bryon Marshall, Philadelphia Eagles:
Just a speculative stash here. Ryan Mathews can be cut loose with only $1 million of dead money on the books after this season. Darren Sproles is old and not a primary back. Kenjon Barner nor Wendell Smallwood have really distinguished themselves this season. Marshall showed an excellent jump cut Sunday in very limited action. He was a high priority UDFA when signed by the Eagles. The Eagles have a whole lot of holes to fill next season at WR, OL, CB etc., where they’ll need to expend draft picks on as opposed to at the RB position. If Marshall can show anything in these final games he might be able to get himself a leg up on a roster spot for next season.
TE: Garrett Celek, San Francisco 49ers:
With Vance McDonald lost for the season due to injury Celek produced 10.20 fantasy points last week in PPR leagues. Admittedly most of those points derived from his touchdown reception, but points are points. He as targeted 6 times though so that does bode well for his involvement these final 2 weeks of the season.
With the fantasy football season drawing to a close, it’s kind of bittersweet. All the fun of fantasy is ending, but with it (at least for me) goes all the stress too. Not that it still isn’t fun, but winning is the goal of all this, and when you’re not winning, how much fun can it really be? That being said, a huge thank you to all of the readers. You have tons of options out there for your fantasy advice and thank you for choosing us. Hopefully we’ve been able to steer you in the right direction throughout the year and some of our recommendations helped you win a few games and maybe even a win this weekend too and all the accolades that come with it. Good luck in week 16 if you’re still playing and good luck going forward if you’re not, hopefully you’ve learned a few things this year that will better prepare you for 2017. Remember it’s never to early to look ahead.