As trade season is approaching it’s end in fantasy leagues, so too is this post in it’s current iteration. For the next two weeks, I am going to focus on players to buy in preparation for the playoffs. Now is the time to get your rosters set. Looking at who you will want to have moving forward is a big key to success in the playoffs. Let’s take a look at a few of those players who could help you reach the final goal. The goal of winning that cash or bragging rights.

Austin Ekeler| RB| Los Angeles Chargers

With Melvin Gordon returning to the lineup, everyone was worried about the effect this would have on Austin Ekeler. So far, we have seen that it has had quite an effect, But not one we may have projected.

Melvin Gordon is getting most of the rushing work. In fact, Ekeler only had three rushes for three yards on Sunday. But whereas Gordon was being used in the pass game in recent years, this has become the domain of Ekeler.

This week notwithstanding, Ekeler is on an almost historic pace for receptions by a running back. He only had two receptions for 19 yards and one touchdown against the Bears. But just last week, he had nine receptions for over 100 receiving yards. Even if Gordon continues to be used as the main back, Anthony Lynn is not going to take the pass work away from Ekeler. Especially playing as well as he is. This means he is still a startable asset for your team. Whether it be as a RB2 or a flex, he will continue to get you double-digit points each and every week. Especially with matchups against the secondaries of the Chiefs and Raiders still ahead this season.

 

Darrell Henderson| RB| Los Angeles Rams

Darrell Henderson out-rushed Todd Gurley on Sunday 11 to 10. This obviously means he is going to take over the entire backfield before long.

Ok, not really. But with Malcolm Brown injured, it has given the backup role to Henderson. A role which, in previous seasons would not mean much. But with the Rams monitoring and limiting the work given to Gurley, it becomes extremely valuable late in the season. The Rams are 5-3 and in the thick of the playoff hunt in the NFC. They will likely not catch the red-hot 49ers, but they will be fighting it out with the Vikings or Packers and the Eagles or Cowboys for wild card berths. To do this, they will need to have Gurley healthy. Last season, the Rams brought in C.J. Anderson to give him some rest. This season, they are content to use the roster they already have in place. Darrell Henderson then becomes an extremely valuable handcuff and possible weekly flex play.

If you have an owner in your league who is mad, they spent a sixth-round pick on him, offer something. It may not cost a lot, and he could be one of those late season league winners. Especially if the expected injury to Gurley who no one expects happens.

D.K. Metcalf| WR| Seattle Seahawks

Well, after his explosion against Atlanta this week, it might be harder to get him for a good price. But, if you can convince the owner of the Seahawks propensity to run first, you might still be able to do it. Other than this week, Metcalf has not been a big numbers guy this season. He has some long touchdown catches, but he does his damage on relatively low reception numbers overall. This makes his floor extremely low. He could easily be taken out of games. Especially if the team is ahead. Which they could be with games left against Arizona and Tampa Bay.

If this is the case, Metcalf could have a bust week. But with games also left against the actually good 49ers and the Rams in division, there will be plenty of chances for him to prove his worth for your team. If you can acquire the rookie for cheap, grab him and start him. If the owner wants too much, back off and go after the next man listed instead.

Allen Robinson| WR| Chicago Bears– One word comes to mind when talking about Robinson this season: consistency. Allen Robinson has had at least six targets in each game this season. This is on a bad offense with a worse quarterback.

This Bears team wants to run the ball, any idiot knows that. Robinson is the only reliable weapon in the pass game. Trey Burton has been a bust since signing with Chicago last season and Taylor Gabriel is a boom play at best. And that boom was one week. Against the Redskins. So, yeah.

Robinson is going to continue to get fed as the Bears try to make a playoff push in the toughest division in the NFL. The Packers and Vikings are going to be there all season and the Lions are a pesky, if not good team. David Montgomery and company have left a lot to be desired in the run game. So, as scary as it is for everyone, including Bears fans, it will fall to Trubisky to get things done. The only person this can be good for is Allen Robinson. And knowing he is on such a bad team; he might be cheaper than you think to nab him.

  1. Wacha Wacha says:
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    I need to drop 2 RBs in a 12 team redraft non ppr. Who would you drop? Walton, Ronald Jones, Singleterry, Duke, and C Edmonds.

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      I would say Duke and Edmonds. But if you’re hesitant about dropping Edmonds then Jones would be next on the list

  2. Charles Parton says:
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    Do you think i sbould consider starting Alexander mattison over marlon mack based on matchup? The vikings have a much radier matchup…

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      No I think you would be overthinking it. Yes the Vikings Chiefs should be high scoring but it’s also going to be close so they’re going to use Delvon cook as much as possible.

      • Charles Parton says:
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        Thanks. I like to double check my wild ideas lol

  3. Anthony P says:
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    Pleae help
    1 and 7 in 12 team ful ppr.
    1 QB-Dak
    2Rb-Saquaon/chubb/ekeler/Gordon/michel/james white
    2 WR OBJ/Lockett/Gallup

    1 flex from balance
    TE Henry
    D Rams
    K Tucker

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      almost certainly ekeler here, the rest are how you ordered them.

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      Yes I would choose Eckler as your flex here. And I currently have Gallup in my rankings ahead of Beckham for this week but it’s very close. So I don’t think you can go wrong with the receivers whichever ones you choose.

  4. gio says:
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    half ppr… 4-4 not close to highest points…

    trade away d-hop for thomas (bye) and jon brown?

    or

    trade away zeke for a jones and thielen?

    WR 2 is chark, RB 2 is gordon

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      That’s gonna be tough I really like the first trade and the second trade but if you do the second one I believe both of those players are going to be on by next week as well as DJ shark. So I would stay away from that trade but I would consider the first one

      • Gio says:
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        Chark -10 Jones- 11 and Thielen -12

  5. Gerald says:
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    Hey Dom.

    thoughts on crowder or dionte johnson on pittsburgh? who do u like more for this week? 0.5ppr

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      I would have to say Crowder

  6. toolshed says:
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    Would you use nyj def this week or just stick with pit. I know mia is appealing but the jets traded one of starting d lineman and mosely is hurt again who is their best lb. The game is in Miami too. Would you rather just cut them and pick up a player who can help at flex for the bye weeks. Hard to trust the jets. I got them in waivers as my 4th choice and dont know what to do with them.

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      Stick with pit

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      mosley has played zero entire games this year (he played most of week 1, parts of one game a few weeks ago, nothing else and isn’t likely to till probably like after fantasy regular season is done at earliest and could just need surgery), so whatever the NYJ D has been outside of week 1 it wasn’t him this year.

      • toolshed says:
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        They had a pretty good first game, but have not done anything. They have not been able to get to the qb or force any turnovers.

  7. Jay says:
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    I’m currently undefeated so likely will get a buy and have the playoffs in week 15 and 16. Are the Giants D a good stash considering they play the Dolphins and Redskins or are they too terrible?

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      No they are just not a good defense. If somehow Philadelphia is available I would look at them though

  8. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    anybody who spent a 6th round pick on 3rd string henderson would’ve long ago dropped him (maybe later to readd him when mal brown went out) in standard sized redraft leagues (12’ers with not super deep benches). also, those folks had to have some pretty early drafts back when they still were led down the rabbit hole of buying he was the 2nd string guy, this was known to be wrong by end of august/sept. drafts right before season he was far cheaper than a 6th rounder. you could still get actual starting RB’s at that point.

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      Very good. But not everybody waited until the end of August or the beginning of September to have their draft either. This is for everybody not just a certain person. Some people may still have them or have deeper benches.

  9. Kevin says:
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    Must win week as I’m at 4-4. Currently have Minshew as a streamer, but Winston is available. I’m projected to win the match by about 30 points. Would you stick with Minshew, or drop him for Winston who probably has a higher ceiling and a soft schedule the rest of the way?

    Also was going to stream Cleveland, but Philly and Carolina are available. Do you like them better than Cleveland this week? Thanks!

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      I would stick with the Jaguars quarterback. Also if you have enough room on your roster I would pick Philadelphia up now to hold them for the playoffs as they have a very easy schedule with the dolphins Giants and Redskins.

  10. Barker says:
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    10 team league — super flex

    I give keenan allen
    I get derrick henry

    My WR – Evans hilton kupp allen mclaurin aj green
    My RB – kamara mixon james white l murray ronald jones walton

    Fairly desperate for a RB the kid asked for evans for henry and i think i can get away with allen for henry. Question is is (stutterer) is it worth it to break apart these WR and do i have enough depth at the position ?

    • dominick

      Dom says:
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      Even Alan for Henry is a bit much. But I do think you have the depth to do it. If he insists on Evans I would not do it though.

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