We’re going to do things a little different this week as it’s the final week of many fantasy football leagues, and only so many of you are playing for a championship.
5 Title Game Additions
You’re lineup is probably in pretty good shape entering Week 16, but in case you’ve managed to make it this far while crippled with injuries, here are some potential one-week adds. However, given where we’re at in the season, I’d temper expectations with any of these guys, as they aren’t the cream of the crop.
Justin Forsett — RB, Denver Broncos
Even though he was only playing in his second game with Denver, Forsett was heavily used because he’s familiar with head coach Gary Kubiak. He out-snapped, out-touched and out-gained Devontae Booker last week, taking charge in the Broncos’ backfield.
Dion Lewis — RB, New England Patriots
For the first time since tearing his ACL, Lewis was a major factor in New England’s offense. He earned 20 touches against Denver, totaling 104 yards. LeGarrette Blount scored the rushing touchdown, as expected, but what was surprising was Lewis out-carried Blount 18-17 and was far superior as a runner — gaining 64 more yards.
Derrick Henry — RB, Tennessee Titans
Henry is not just a thorn in your side if you’re a DeMarco Murray owner, he’s also becoming a strong fantasy value on his own. Over the past three games, Henry has carried the ball 29 times for 160 yards (5.2 YPC) and scored three touchdowns. Given his size, he’s really the perfect goal-line back, so Henry is always a threat to score.
Tyler Lockett — WR, Seattle Seahawks
In his last three games, Lockett has looked like the weapon he was expected to be entering the season. He’s caught 16-of-20 targets for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 90 yards and another touchdown on just three carries over that span. The Seahawks would be silly not to keep him involved leading up to the postseason.
Robby Anderson — WR, New York Jets
You’ve been warned a handful of times about Anderson, but he’s still available in a majority of fantasy leagues. Bryce Petty playing QB for the Jets makes Anderson the new Brandon Marshall (and Marshall basically irrelevant). Since Petty’s been at the helm, Anderson’s scored a minimum of 16.1 points on DK, and that number has gone up slightly each week.
Honorable Mention: San Diego Chargers D/ST
You’ve got to dig deep if you want to win a championship. It’s not all about QB/RB/WR production, so if you can gain an edge with a great defensive matchup (or kicker for that matter) do it. The Chargers have been one of the most underrated defenses in the NFL this season and face off with the winless Browns this week.
5 Keeper League Additions
Whether you’re playing in the championship or not, many of you probably play in keeper leagues. With that in mind, here are some players that could be sitting on waivers with a chance to help you not be observing the playoffs in 2017.
1. DeAndre Washington — RB, Oakland Raiders
Latavius Murray’s actually had a pretty nice season, but he’s also been injured. Due for a big contract, Oakland may choose to let him walk, which could open up the door for Washington to become the starter next season.
2. Corey Coleman — WR, Cleveland Browns
The Browns have to get better … right? Coleman had a couple impressive games prior to breaking his hand, and should get more into the flow once he’s been through a full offseason and training camp (which he was injured for this year).
3. C.J. Prosise — RB, Seattle Seahawks
Going off an extremely limited sample size, Prosise appeared to be the preferred option to Thomas Rawls. Next season Prosise will likely be in the RB2 conversation which means you’d have to pay up to get him on draft day.
4. Paul Perkins — RB, New York Giants
Same goes for Perkins, who I actually thought would win the NYG running back job this season. He’s still got a chance, as he actually split time evenly with Rashad Jennings last week (25 snaps each). But I’m pretty confident Perkins will be the starter next season.
5. Martavis Bryant — WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Unless he does does something to get suspended again, Bryant should come back from the fantasy dead to produce another big season in 2017. No reason to waste time with the argument he’ll be “fresh” or try and talk yourself into the suspension being a good thing for Bryant … he’s just really good to begin with.
Honorable Mention: IR Players
If your in a keeper league where your friends like to panic when someone goes on IR and cut him immediately (shout out to my college buddies), please take advantage. Everyone has different keeper rules, but guys like Gronk, Jamaal Charles, C.J. Anderson, Eddie Lacy, even potentially a guy like Ameer Abdullah should all play roles next season and are worth investing in at a discount price in my opinion.
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