by Will Overton
When you’re walking into the fantasy playoffs you don’t want to have to rely on the waiver wire, but sometimes it just happens to you. Maybe you lost one of your guys to injury yesterday that you now have to replace as you go into a must win playoff game.
Even if you don’t have a hole to fill in the starting lineup on your team, solidifying your bench is extremely important. You never know when what you think is a non-in jury worsens throughout the week, like Julio Jones this week, and at the last second you’re needing to rely on someone off the bench.
Here are some of the guys on a lot of waiver wires who made an impression in week 14. I’m looking at guys under 30% owned on ESPN, so while Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery are must adds to me, we aren’t discussing that here. So let’s look at guys more widely available:
Justin Forsett – RB, Denver Broncos
Things didn’t get off to a great start when Justin Forsett fumbled his first carry as a Denver Bronco, but Forsett still ended up with nine touches compared to Devontae Booker’s five touches. Forsett didn’t do anything with the opportunity, but again, Booker has had the chance for several weeks and done nothing as well. Kubiak likes Forsett from his time in both Houston and Baltimore and Forsett is familiar with the offense. Forsett should get a chance to make an impact, but he hasn’t been able to find his footing all year so I’m not holding my breath here. Grab him to be safe, but hope you don’t have to play him just yet.
Verdict: Grab Him, But Wait And See Before Using Him
Kenny Stills – WR, Miami Dolphins
Somehow, Kenny Stills has become a TD threat for the Miami Dolphins, catching his sixth TD of the year yesterday. Stills has scored every other week for the last seven games and he’s become more consistent with his targets with 27 in the last four games. While things are trending upwards, there are still questions. Stills is part of a three-headed monster at WR in Miami with Jarvis Landry and DaVante Parker. There’s also the fact that Matt Moore is going to be taking over at QB and we have no idea with who he’ll have a connection.
Verdict: Worth A Flier, But There Are Safer Options
Kenneth Farrow – RB, San Diego Chargers
The hits keep coming for the San Diego Chargers and Melvin Gordon left the game yesterday with a hip injury in the first quarter. When Gordon went out in came Kenneth Farrow who ran the ball 16 times for 55 yards and caught six passes for 23 yards. Those numbers aren’t eye popping, but the fact that he got 22 touches is certainly significant. The Chargers are optimistic that Gordon’s injury isn’t serious and we should know more today. Still, if Gordon is out Farrow is a must own just based on his likely volume.
Verdict: Must Add If Melvin Gordon Is Out
Marquise Lee – WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars suddenly have a new go to receiver it seems in Marquise Lee. Yesterday Lee caught five passes for 113 yards on eight targets against the Vikings and there above average secondary. Lee has had six targets or more in all but two games this season and has 45 targets in his last six games. Lee is a slot receiver and not necessarily a TD threat, but the more comfortable Blake Bortles is getting with him the more looks he’ll get in big spots around the end zone, provided the Jaguars get there. Lee is definitely must own in PPR, but he’s becoming safer in standard formats as well.
Verdict: Must Add In PPR, Worth A Spot In Standard Too
Robby Anderson – WR, New York Jets
This was completely out of nowhere, but in the last two weeks Robby Anderson has 23 targets for the New York Jets. Anderson has 10 catches for 160 yards in these two games and a TD. Anderson also got two carries yesterday for 12 yards. It seems like the Jets are intrigued to see what they have in Anderson here. It also helps that Bryce Petty has taken over at QB and he is used to working with Anderson from the practice field. There’s risk here because you don’t know when the bottom may fall out, but there is a lot of upside here too.
Verdict: Grab Him For The Upside
Dwayne Washington – RB, Detroit Lions
With Theo Riddick out of the game yesterday Dwayne Washington took on a bigger role and looked pretty good in the opportunity. Washington ran the ball 16 times for 64 yards for the Lions. Washington has had a little bit of a bigger role, but in the last four games before yesterday he has had 35 carries for 72 yards. I’ve seen a lot of Washington this season and I am not convinced that yesterday was anything more than a poor effort from the Bears defense. I can’t imagine a spot where you’d want to start Dwayne Washington in the playoffs.
Verdict: Leave Him On The Wire
Trey Burton – TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Two weeks running Trey Burton has taken on a bigger role in the Eagles offense. Burton had a couple nice games early this season, but that was when Zach Ertz was out. These last two games have come with Ertz active and not only active, but playing extremely well. Burton caught seven passes yesterday on 10 targets, giving him 12 catches on 19 targets. The Eagles receiving corp is in shambles outside of Jordan Matthews, and the response the last two weeks has been more two tight end sets. It’s hard to guess if this will continue, especially if Dorial Green-Beckham comes back healthy, but with tight end being a bit of a crap shoot after the top handful of guys, you have to at least pay attention to Burton.
Verdict: Worth A Flier If You Need A Tight End