We are coming down the end of this article for the season. Next week will be it. But before it ends, let’s look at some players who could help or hurt you come playoff time for fantasy.
At this point of the season, there are few real chances to sell high or buy low. But there are still players to look at for trades. Whether it be someone to acquire, or someone you have been holding who needs to go. We will now take a look at some of those players here.
The Texans are on a bye this week. It could make it even easier to get Hyde from his owner because of this. We saw Duke Johnson get a lot of work in London. But Hyde has been the main man in Houston for most of the season. He had a 100-yard game against the Chiefs and has averaged over 16 rushes a game for the season while averaging over 4.5 yards per rush.
With an offensive line in shambles and only getting worse, this is a solid baseline to use going forward. Especially as they try to wrangle the division from the Indianapolis Colts coming down the stretch.
While not a sexy name, Carlos Hyde is a name you will hear on a good amount of fantasy playoff teams. Hopefully your team is one of them.
Dwayne Haskins stinks. The Redskins stink. This is why Jay Gruden was fired and Bill Callahan took over the team. One thing we know about Callahan is that he wants to run. With Derrius Guice still injured and Chris Thompson spending his obligatory time out as well, it falls to Adrian Peterson to fill in. And fill in he has, including 108 rush yards this week against the Bills in Buffalo. Yes, he has lost a step, but who amongst us hasn’t? He is still the best player on the team and a player his teammates respect. He is not going to give up and the team around will support him in this endeavor.
If there is any light at the end of the tunnel in the nation’s capital, it begins and ends with Mr. Peterson. He will be the go-to man the rest of the season. And the bell cow work he will get, makes him a wonderful add. If he is on waivers? Scoop him up. If someone already has him though, throw out a small offer and see if you get a bite. You might be surprised.
Philadelphia Eagles D/ST-
The Eagles have a bye this week followed by the Patriots and Seahawks, this isn’t great. But the playoff schedule is juicy. With games against the Dolphins, Redskins and Giants you will want to start this defense if you can. That is all. I mean, as I said, it is defense.
Bye, Bye Birdie:
We have been talking about getting rid of him for a while. Now it is imperative you separate from McLaurin.
Sure, he is likely the offensive rookie of the season. Well, maybe not anymore. But the second half of his season is turning out to be as bad as the first half was good. This is due in no small part to the change in coach. The new coach, as we have seen wants to run the ball a lot. This limits the chances McLaurin gets in the pass game. Even in the game Sunday in which the team was losing bad, he only caught four passes for 39 yards. With Dwayne Haskins behind center, this will only go down. Haskins doesn’t know the playbook. Doesn’t care to learn the book. And feels entitled to anything he wants. Jamarcus Russell much?
Hopefully he gets his crap together for next season. But as for 2019, it is a lost cause. Both for Washington and as a byproduct, McLaurin. The times were fun while they lasted but it has run its course. If you can flip him for a WR two or three, make the move. Don’t wait until it is too late, and you have to end up dropping him anyway. The Nationals may have won the World Series but everything else in Washington is a mess. And it starts with the Redskins.
Le’Veon Bell| RB| New York Jets-
Sure he had 121 yards against the Dolphins. But it took him 25 touches to do this. And to be honest, everyone has this type of game, or better against the Dolphins. Miami has the 31st ranked defense against the run in the NFL and the Jets could still barely get anything going. Even Bell only had 66 of those yards on the ground on 17 carries.
Coming out of the game, he also had a knee injury. While likely not serious, it was severe enough for the team to go sign Josh Adams from the free agent wire. This means even if Bell is healthy, they may want to limit him a bit more going forward, so he holds up for the long haul.
Whereas we are all excited to see the upcoming schedule for Le’Veon Bell a few weeks ago, that elation has turned to utter indifference as we see he is not the same after a year off. And behind an offensive line which cannot hold up while he tries to juke and jive in the back field before going anywhere. This type of running worked in Pittsburgh because they had a great offensive line. The Jets? Well, they do not. And it has shown all season as Bell has struggled on a weekly basis to perform. A few weeks ago, everyone, including me, had him as a buy. I was wrong, they were wrong. Try to get something for him before the trade deadline. Don’t get garbage for him, but if you can flip him for an RB2, make the deal.