With three weeks remaining in the Fantasy Football season, your roster is all set, right? Think again. There is always room for improvement.
BYE Weeks: Atlanta, Denver, NY Jets, San Diego
The final three weeks of the Fantasy Football regular season are upon us. By now, you’re either tuning up for a championship run or making your sorry excuse for a team better to avoid a league punishment. If your league doesn’t employ a punishment for finishing in last place, get on that for next season. Winners from last week’s column include
Winners from last week’s column include Joe Flacco’s 21 fantasy points, the Ravens D/ST’s 16 fantasy points, and Eli Rogers‘ 10 fantasy points (all standard scoring). Check below for who might make the list next week.
Worthy Of Your First Waiver Claim:
It was just a few short weeks ago that I suggested you use a waiver claim on Chris Thompson. While that hasn’t exactly panned out as planned, Matt Jones is still in Jay Gruden’s doghouse. Jones was a healthy scratch on Sunday, making Robert Kelley the primary running back. Kelley answered with 97 yards rushing on 22 carries. These aren’t all-pro numbers by any stretch of the imagination, but he did protect the football. That seems to be the most important factor to be the starting running back on this high-powered Washington offense. Workhorse type running backs are hard to come by on the waiver wire at this point in the season, so pick up Kelley.
Over the past few weeks, the Seattle Seahawks offense has looked better than it did earlier in the season. That bodes well for all members of the offense, especially running backs. However, Christine Michael continued to struggle against the Patriots on Sunday night and Prosise capitalized. Prosise played four times as many snaps as Michael did against the Patriots. He took advantage to the tune of 153 total yards, including a team-leading seven receptions for 87 yards.
Worthy Of Your Second Waiver Claim:
Ladarius Green played on only 12 of 73 offensive snaps for the Steelers in Week 10 but made the most of them. Green hauled in three receptions for 30 yards and even received a target on a two-point conversion attempt. The Steelers signed the athletic tight end in the offseason for big money and they want to involve him heavily on offense as soon as possible. Green is worth picking up if you have the roster space and need a tight end.
If you need a wide receiver to play down the stretch and into the playoffs, take a look at Robert Woods. Sammy Watkins has been sidelined for nine weeks with a foot injury and is first eligible to play on November 27th. All indications are that Watkins won’t even practice this week, so a return on that date is not a guarantee. Woods has stepped in nicely in his absence, most recently turning in a 10 catch, 162-yard performance in Week 9 in Seattle. The Bills face an array of fairly soft secondaries in the final weeks of the season (Bengals, Jaguars, Raiders, Steelers, Browns, and Dolphins) that he could exploit.
Bye Week Fill-In QB:
The 49ers QB has put up starter-worthy numbers in back-to-back weeks now. Last week against the stingy Cardinals secondary, Kaepernick threw for over 200 yards and a touchdown and added 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground. His rushing numbers bolster his fantasy value going forward. In fact, since taking over as a starter, Kaepernick has averaged 57 rushing yards per game. Quarterbacks in Chip Kelly’s system tend to be fantasy relevant, and Kaepernick appears to be no different.
This unit is typically sub-par, but they have only allowed more than 30 points twice all season. In Week 11, they’ll draw the struggling Jaguars offense that surrendered two turnovers, two sacks, and a touchdown to the Texans in Week 10. The Lions defense has registered at least two sacks in eight of nine games this season. Expect more this Sunday against a woeful Jacksonville offensive line.