The fantasy football playoffs are finally here. In the interest of the rest of season rankings being as useful as possible I’ve thrown a whole pile of players in the 70-80 range that could potentially be a one week plug and plays for your team. I encourage all readers to map out their lineups throughout the playoffs to find expendable players. Ensure you have the optimal lineup for this week if you are in a playoff matchup, after that move on to week 15 and week 16. If there are players on your roster who will not make your projected lineup in any of those weeks those players become droppable (sans handcuffs). Prior to dropping any players, the last key question to ask yourself is will throwing this player to the waiver wire improve any potential competitor’s lineup substantially? If that isn’t the case find the highest upside players possible and get them on your roster. For a personal example, I have a first-round bye secured in a league. In the league I dropped Bo Scarbrough for David Njoku for the outside chance he returns against Arizona in week 15. Scarborough will never make my lineup. He is a usefully player, but the upside of Njoku against Arizona is worth the risk of one of my opponents snagging Scarborough.

Here are four teams with great rest of season offensive schedules with a mix of players in the ROS 80 and a few fringe players you can possibly still grab:

Jacksonville Jaguars (Opponents: LAC, @Oak, @Atl): The Chargers defense is trending slightly upward with the return of Derwin James and Adrian Phillips, but this schedule puts Dede Westbrook (#76) back into roster worthy territory. He is under 70% owned on Yahoo! Westbrook has 8.5 targets per game over the past two weeks and while they have been trailing in a majority of those this defense looks like a shell of its former self. Leonard Fournette (#6) maintains his elite ranking, and DJ Chark (#40) gets a slight bump.

Philadelphia Eagles (Opponents: NYG, @WAS, DAL): Jordan Howard has been dropped in several spots. If he is on the wire, he could be worthy of a speculative add for weeks 15 and 16 in the event his pinched nerve subsides. The Eagles remain only a game back of Dallas. Additionally, Alshon Jeffrey (#74) makes a return to the ROS 80 after a 16-target week. Although he had a poor week 13 Zach Ertz (#29) is a premium tight end play after a mediocre first half of the season. He scored double digit points the 3-weeks prior. Finally, as much of a scapegoat he has been Nelson Agholor has targets of 8/9/6 in his last 3 games played and is on the field for 90% of snaps per game. If you are desperate for a WR3 there are worse options.

Cleveland Browns (Opponents: CIN, @ ARI, BAL): I mentioned David Njoku as a sneaky add for the tight end needy. Baker Mayfield is 75% owned and can propel QB streaming playoff teams to the finals. Nick Chubb (#5) is now splitting snaps but remains a great play with the expected positive game scripts. Kareem Hunt (#61) is getting a bevy of snaps (~60% the last two week) and pass game work (over 6 targets per game since returning), which is proven to be more valuable than run game work. I’ve been hammering OBJ (#22) all season long. He has been a disappointment, but he is set to thrive in a few of the biggest weeks of the year. Here’s to hoping.

Miami Dolphins (Opponents: @NYJ, @NYG, CIN): Now we are talking! The waiver wire needy have somewhere to go. The Dolphins only have one player on the ROS 80: Davante Parker (#45). Parker could easily perform as a WR1 the rest of the way. Mike Gesicki is only 23% owned and has received 6 targets or more for the past 5 weeks. We know Ryan Fitzpatrick wants to push the ball downfield (yes, he is streamable in a pinch). If you think you can predict what happens between a Patrick Laird and Miles Gaskin backfield either could be worthy flex plays against this atrocious lineup of defenses. Bear in mind, the Jets are sneaky great against the run.

 

Rank Name Previous Rank
1 Christian McCaffrey 1
2 Michael Thomas 3
3 Saquon Barkley 5
4 Ezekiel Elliott 4
5 Nick Chubb 7
6 Leonard Fournette 6
7 Davante Adams 9
8 DeAndre Hopkins 8
9 Dalvin Cook 2
10 Derrick Henry 10
11 Alvin Kamara 11
12 Mike Evans 13
13 Chris Godwin 14
14 Josh Jacobs 15
15 Tyreek Hill 12
16 Mark Ingram 17
17 Travis Kelce 18
18 Julio Jones 23
19 Aaron Jones 20
20 Amari Cooper 21
21 Julian Edelman 25
22 Odell Beckham Jr 22
23 Le’Veon Bell 24
24 Chris Carson 27
25 Todd Gurley 26
26 Cooper Kupp 16
27 Melvin Gordon 28
28 George Kittle 19
29 Zach Ertz 31
30 David Montgomery 32
31 Allen Robinson 34
32 Keenan Allen 29
33 DJ Moore 36
34 Devin Singletary 37
35 Sony Michel 35
36 Calvin Ridley 39
37 Joe Mixon 38
38 Tyler Lockett 30
39 Miles Sanders 46
40 DJ Chark Jr 43
41 Phillip Lindsay 41
42 Courtland Sutton 47
43 Kenyan Drake 40
44 Stefon Diggs 42
45 Davante Parker 60
46 Kenny Golladay 48
47 Robert Woods 52
48 Tyler Boyd 55
49 Darren Waller 44
50 Austin Ekeler 54
51 John Brown 51
52 Hunter Henry 49
53 Devonta Freeman 63
54 D.K. Metcalf 56
55 Tevin Coleman 33
56 Jarvis Landry 59
57 Golden Tate 57
58 Marlon Mack 67
59 Carlos Hyde 50
60 Mark Andrews 62
61 Kareem Hunt 66
62 Rashaad Penny 79
63 Marvin Jones 64
64 Christian Kirk 45
65 Marquise Brown 58
66 James White NR
67 Derrius Guice 72
68 Jamison Crowder 68
69 Bo Scarbrough 73
70 Robby Anderson 70
71 Will Fuller 61
72 James Washington 80
73 Alshon Jeffrey NR
74 Austin Hooper NR
75 Dede Westbrook NR
76 Sterling Shepherd NR
77 Alexander Mattison NR
78 Benny Snell NR
79 Deebo Samuel 77
80 Adam Thielen 53

  1. miles proudfoot says:
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    How would you rank Doyle, Gesicki and Njoku for weeks 15 and 16? Thanks!

    • Pat

      Pat says:
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      Just for 15/16 I would probably go Gesicki, Doyle, Njoku. I can’t in good faith tell u Njoku is a must play as he is only viable in week 15 and I would probably need to see him play week 14 first. Gesicki and Doyle are both good options. Just feel as the target count will be similar and Gesickis Adot will be deeper. Doyle has more red zone targets but those are fickle with non premium players.

  2. Wacha Wacha says:
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    I have a bye this week and can pickup an extra RB for upside. Which Cheifs RB would you reccomend? Damien not available but the rest are.

    • Pat

      Pat says:
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      My gut tells me that Andy Reid really really really wants McCoy to be the guy in the playoffs and might start ramping him up. I have absolutely zero to back that up. Whoever it is will have some tough sledding in weeks 15 and 16.

  3. Scooter G says:
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    I was offered Jimmy G and Julio for J Allen and Locket in 12 team superflex half ppr. We both have byes this week and wouldn’t play each other till the championship. I also have Watson and Winston who have better 15 and 16 matchups so I figure losing J Allen doesn’t matter that much. Is Julio a big enough upgrade over locket to do this trade in your opinion?

    • Pat

      Pat says:
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      He is definitely an upgrade at face value I just get concerned that they just signed him to a huge contract, they are playing for nothing and shut him down. That’s the only reason I can’t recommend it. Lockett has been an afterthought and might be hurt himself but they are fighting for HFA so he is playing and they have a pretty juicy schedule. Julio just scares the hell outta me.

  4. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    “usefully player” (or some other noun there) should be used more

    • Pat

      Pat says:
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      Mistakes were made…

  5. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Thank you for this list, it’s been a huge help all season. I am also hoping Obj gets going. Need him for weeks 15/16 bad.

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