Chris Gingrich: Fantasy fix for Dec. 10
December 10, 2008
It’s playoff time in fantasy football, and all the work you put in during the season to manage and upgrade your team or teams is finally going to pay off. It’s time to put your team up against the best your league has to offer, and you want to be prepared so you can come out on top.
You must remember one thing during the playoffs: If a player is not performing, you must find someone who will get the job done. At this point in the season, you need reliable players and not just big names.
Here are some players who I think will be helpful during the first week of the playoffs.
Derrick Ward, running back, New York Giants – Ward’s value depends a lot on Brandon Jacobs. With Jacobs’ knee injury lingering, the Giants might decide to rest him in preparation for the playoffs. In the last game against Dallas, Ward had 12 carries for 63 yards and one touchdown.
Pierre Thomas, running back, New Orleans Saints – In his last game against the Bears, Thomas averaged 5.3 yards per carry and ended up with 105 yards. This time around, I think he will find the end zone at least once.
Matt Schaub, quarterback, Houston Texans – He should be a great play the rest of the way, especially with a game against Chicago in Week 16.
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Steve Breaston, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals – Breaston has been a consistent contributor this season with more than 800 yards receiving. In his past 4 games, he is averaging 59 yards receiving per game, and I think that trend will continue through weeks 15 and 16 against Minnesota and New England.
Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Chris Gingrich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.