Fantasy Playoffs are here! Chances are you have been owning your league’s waiver wire and that’s why you’re in the playoffs. OR you drafted a mega-team and everyone else in your league hates you. Either way, it feels good, doesn’t it?
I have a couple of guys, and I’m sure you do too, that I’d like to see healthy in Week 14 to help garner my team a spot in the semi-finals. They are Percy Harvin and Darren McFadden. Guys like Mike Wallace and Larry Fitzgerald really need to bounce back, as well, in order to help owners. If you’re unsure of any of these guys and want some help, below I’ve got 10 possible suitors to help get you to the next round.
1. Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders– Owned in 22.1% of leagues (ESPN) Denarius Moore owners and Darrius Heyward-Bey owners alike HATE this guy. Absolutely hate him. He carried the Raiders pass attack during Week 13. He’s been a hefty contributor all year and this past Sunday was no exception. The Big No Name (patent pending) is a top 5 fantasy tight end this season and had 14 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. In fact, he’s had 53 catches for 493 yards and 4 touchdowns since the Raider bye week (Week 5.)
2. Dallas Clark, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Owned in 5.1% of leagues (ESPN) Much like old Colts stalwarts Peyton Manning and Brandon Stokley, Dallas Clark is also having somewhat of a rebirth year, albeit a bit quieter. In his last four games Clark has had 15 catches for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns. Stellar? No. Consistent heading into the fantasy playoff stretch? Yes.
3. Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts– Owned in 9.5% of league (ESPN) Inconsistent for some of the year, Avery and Luck are finally carving out a nice rapport. In fact, Luck seems to be loving ALL of his wide receivers lately. This hurts Reggie Wayne owners slightly but helps Avery and TY Hilton owners. In his last five outings, Avery has amassed 21 catches for 329 yards and 2 touchdowns. Solid production from a guy that you can get in 90% of leagues!
4. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks– Owned in 17.7% of leagues (ESPN) If the playoffs started today, there would be TWO rookie starting quarterbacks leading their teams into the Wild Card round…Andrew Luck (Duh!) and Russell Wilson. This kid has been money for much of the year, especially lately. He’s maturing fast at the NFL level and he says he lives for close games that go down to the wire. Just ask the Chicago Bears. In his last five games Wilson has thrown for 1,114 yards, 11 touchdowns and 1 interception. His next two contests are Arizona (at home) and Buffalo (in Toronto.) Two fairly good match-ups. Roll the dice!
5. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns– Owned in 24.3% of leagues (ESPN) I can’t believe this guy is only owned in ¼ of ESPN leagues! I own him in two of my leagues and he plays on a fairly consistent basis. He’s a “can’t miss” wide receiver when Brandon Weeden is out there throwing the ball. Since Cleveland’s bye in Week 10 Gordon has 15 catches for 229 yards and a score. Not to mention he was playing pretty well before the bye too.
6. Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams – Owned in 7.6% of leagues (ESPN) The routine winner of the “Oh-no-looks-like-Danny-Amendola-can’t-play-today” award, Chris Givens has been shredding defenses and Sam Bradford has definitely noticed and given him the ball, early and often. The past two games have seen Givens catch 16 balls for 207 yards and a touchdown. Yep, in only two games. The Rams visit the Bills whose defense has been suspect on more than one occasion this season.
7. Danario Alexander, WR, San Diego Chargers – Owned in 26.8% of leagues (ESPN) Okay this guy didn’t even play this season until Week 8 (and he scored a goose egg!) Since Week 9, Alexander has totaled 26 catches for 467 yards and 3 scores. That’s not bad for FIVE games! Robert Meachem has fallen off and Danario Alexander has picked up the ball and is running with it.
8. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts– Owned in 33.6% of leagues (ESPN) See Donnie Avery (above.) Andrew Luck is coming of age this year for the 8-4 Colts and Young Hilt is definitely flourishing as a result. Hilton has grabbed 21 passes for 335 yards and 4 touchdowns in four of his last five. He also returns kicks and he actually ran one back against the Bills two weeks ago. He will certainly be in the running (along with teammate Luck) for Offensive ROY.
9. James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers– Owned in 7.0% of leagues (ESPN) It would appear that Starks’ turf toe is behind him. He rushed 15 times for 66 yards and a score while catching 2 passes for 16 yards against the Vikings this past week. That was Green Bay’s first rushing TD since Week 3…10 weeks ago…Cedric Benson got it. Who? Exactly. Starks has a favorable matchup at home this week against the Detroit Lions in primetime. The Lions haven’t been able to stop anybody.
10. Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers – Owned in 45.7% of leagues (ESPN) I realize Kaepernick is owned in almost half of leagues but it’s the glass half empty/half full philosophy. He just may be out there for you! Since the 49ers bye in Week 9, Kaepernick has thrown for 799 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception and he’s rushed for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. He’s been pretty solid. I don’t think Smith necessarily warranted his benching BUT they did draft Kaepernick after all, he’s younger, and he wasn’t going to sit forever.