Most of you probably aren’t involved in the fantasy football hunt anymore but if you weren’t granted a seat at the party you, probably aren’t even paying attention to the piece.
So, welcome to the skilled (and lucky) fantasy owners! I am here to guide you through the mess that is the end of the year.
A lot of players are getting put on ice with their teams being ousted from playoff contention and this is causing a large headache for fantasy teams that seemed promising during the first 14 football weeks of 2019.
Fret not, there is time to save yourself – it just takes a little waiver wire savvy and I’m here to help.
% owned is based on Yahoo Fantasy Football
Shallow and Intermediate Leagues
Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington – 40% owned
Derrius Guice is out for the season (again) with an MCL sprain – this leaves a massive workload behind for Adrian Peterson. Sure, Chris Thompson is back, but Washington wants to run the ball till it’s out of air. This is proven by the fact Peterson received 20 carries on Sunday, against the Green Bay Packers. He won’t put up efficient stats but who cares? Washington doesn’t seem to and neither should we – he’s got the volume and that’s all we need.
A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans – 27% owned
Ryan Tannehill is on fire since taking over as the starting quarterback for the Titans and that means at least one of his receivers have to be creating a name for themselves, right? Right. The recipient of that award is A.J. Brown. In week 12, Brown finished with 5 targets, 4 catches, 135 yards and a touchdown and in week 14 he posted 7 targets, 5 catches, 153 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown is a low-floor, high-ceiling player that is worth an add and start in most situations.
Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants – 27% owned
Slayton is a similar prospect to Brown – someone that could give you nothing or take you to the promise land. With a matchup against the Dolphins coming, Slayton is seriously worth consideration. He put up 154 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns with 5 catches on 8 targets against the lowly Philadelphia Eagles secondary. He could continue that production against Miami.
Deandre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders – 8% owned
Washington should probably be owned in all formats moving forward. Josh Jacobs suffered a fracture that he’s been playing through. While he’s shown the resilience to suit up on Sundays, despite the pain, the Raiders’ playoffs hopes were significantly crushed with a loss against the Titans and the silver and black might decide to place Jacobs on the shelf due to, what seems to be, a lost season. Washington got the start this past week and put up 53 rush yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts to go along with 7 targets, 6 catches and 43 receiving yards. Basically, he could be a legitimate championship caliber pickup if you’re able to snag him.
Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers – 1% owned
Tyler Higbee is a name that I didn’t mention here because he’s been put on almost every waiver wire list out there and isn’t as widely available as Ian Thomas. Thomas has gotten a chance to shine in the absence of Greg Olsen and with that opportunity against the Atlanta Falcons, Thomas posted 10 targets for 5 catches, 57 yards and a touchdown. If Olsen is to miss another game, Thomas would be a sexy add at a suffering position.
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