Fantasy Sports Fix: Looking forward to fantasy playoffs
November 17, 2015
If your record is such that you will be in the fantasy football playoffs, now is the time to start preparing. Now is a good time because there are still some difference-makers on the waiver wire that could make an impact in the playoffs, which start in a few weeks for most leagues.
I will admit, it is a tad early to start deciding on playoff lineups and whatnot, but it’s always good to be aware of your lineups strong points and weak points if you’re heading into the playoffs where match-ups can be two weeks long. It’s also good to assess what kind of value your players will have the rest of the way. Is there a wannabe stud taking up roster space that could be filled by a player who is actually performing?
Let’s take a look at some players who are still available on the waiver wire, yet are making big contributions in box score.
James Starks picked up the start in Week 10 against the Lions as Eddie Lacy was dealing with a groin injury. Lacy will be in a timeshare with James Starks for the time being, which means Starks should be worth owning in most leagues seeing as how he has been the more productive back. Not a glaringly brilliant game in Week 10, but he did rack up 96 yards total and gave owners a glimmer of hope that he could be the Packers most productive back down the home stretch of the season.
Jay Cutler has been consistently good since about Week 4 this year but you woldn’t know it by his ownership percentage. Owned in only 26 percent of leagues, he has thrown at least two touchdowns in four of his last six games. He had another great Week 10 where he managed to 258 yards and three end zone strikes. I imagine his ownership numbers might make a slight jump this week after Week 10’s superb performance. I think Jay Cutler is clearly in the discussion for first tier quarterback.
Lance Moore is more of a deep league points-per-reception addition, but he has value in that format. If you’re looking for a wide receiver who is usually targeted three to five times a game and has the potential to bust out a couple times a season, look no further than Moore.
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Karlos Williams has now scored seven touchdowns in only six games played this year. He is a highly efficient backup to Lesean McCoy, who could, if given the chance become a high upside running back of the second tier variety.
Tony Romo is coming back in Week 11 from a collarbone injury, and he is only owned in 47 percent of leagues. If you are in need of a quality quarterback at this point in the season, then give Romo a shot. In his first and one of his only games so far this year, he did throw for 356 yards and two touchdowns.