Fantasy Sports Fix: Fantasy playoffs advice and pickups
December 8, 2015
It’s that time of year again, when all the people who eagerly pilfered the stats to build the best team this year will once again be rewarded with a spot in the fantasy football playoffs. In most leagues, there are only four spots in the fantasy playoffs, so that means you have to finish in the top four of the league to even qualify.
Even though all that hard work has paid off for some who made it to the playoffs, there is much work to do now, because you only get one shot in the fantasy playoffs. Just remember, it’s one week at a time and all you have to do is win this week, that’s it. Don’t worry about if you will get to the final round, just focus on one week at a time and let the standings take care of themselves.
It’s always good to have at least two backup running backs, a few backup wide receivers and even a backup defense just to shore up the lineup before the playoffs. The reason for multiple backups is because that’s where the bulk of the production is going to come from in your playoff run.
Here are several players worth picking up for your fantasy playoff run. These guys have been putting up numbers for weeks or have the opportunity to and should help most people’s teams if they are in need.
Doug Baldwin, wide receiver, Seattle — Many people were concerned when Jimmy Graham got injured, but fret not, Doug Baldwin is here. He’s caught two touchdown passes in the last two weeks and is clearly a favorite target of quarterback Russell Wilson.
Dorial Green-Beckham, wide receiver, Tennessee — It took a while for him to become integrated into the Tennessee offense, but if Week 13 (five catches, 119 yards, one touchdown) is any indication of what he’s capable of, owners might want to jump on the bandwagon now.
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Davonte Parker, wide receiver, Miami — He’s only owned in 21 percent of leagues right now, but could offer a nice payoff come playoff time. He’s averaging 13 fantasy points over his last two games and is trending upward while receiving more targets each game.
Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, San Francisco — After winning the starting job over Colin Kaepernick in Week 9, Gabbert has put up decent numbers (five touchdowns in four games) and could be considered a nice backup quarterback heading into the fantasy playoffs.
David Johnson, running back, Arizona — He has been just as effective through the air (four receiving touchdowns) as he has been on the ground (four rushing touchdowns) and provides owners with points from both categories, which is a plus. With Chris Johnson suffering a season-ending injury recently, he opened the door for David Johnson to take over the lead back role and he has done a great job with two touchdowns in his last two games.