With as many injuries as we saw in Week 14, with Eifert, J-Stew, Olsen, Dalton, Yeldon, Rawls, V-Jax and Blount to name a few, the teams that made it through to their league’s semi-final round (the teams that actually followed my advice of course) are going to need some help. And of course, I’m here to wipe away the tears and tell you everything is going to be Okay. Even this late in the season, there is still plenty of players that could still help your team go all the way and win me… I mean, you money! So, let’s get to it!
Andy Dalton fractured the thumb on his throwing hand making a bad tackle (terrible form, Red Rocket) and is now “week-to-week”. He has already been ruled out for Week 15 and probably won’t be back before the playoffs at this point. He is safe to drop in redraft leagues. Instead, pick up a guy like Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has thrown for nine touchdowns over the past three games with no interceptions. He has a decent matchup coming in week 15 against Dallas, but has been doing really well with all of his playmakers healthy. He is a weekly mid-tier QB1 and could even be the guy who could save your fantasy season if you have/had Rivers, Dalton, Ryan, Stafford, or Tannehill for example as your quarterback up until now.
If you haven’t dropped Mark Ingram by now, it is say to do so obviously considering he is on the injured reserve for the rest of the season. Tim Hightower had 28 carries in his first game as the starter and didn’t do well considering the amount of touches he got (85 yards and a touchdown, which is 3.04 yards per carry). But, with the volume he is getting, it’s hard to not have him on your team and treated as a low-end RB2 as there is no other option in New Orleans for them to turn to (C.J. Spiller? HA!). He is a good player to snag now if you still can.
With Chris Thompson dealing with a torn labrum in his shoulder (droppable if he is somehow still on your roster), Matt Jones has stepped up and been the better half of a two-man committee with Alfred Morris. With consecutive 18 rushing attempt performances, Jones is the lead back in Washington. But, considering that offense and how inept it can be at times, Jones can’t be anything more than a high-end RB3 in all leagues. He does get a small boost in PPR leagues though with DeSean Jackson possibly not playing this week due to injury (another one you say?). He has a favorable matchup against Buffalo in Week 15 and could have a top 25 week in him potentially.
T.J. Yeldon hurt his knee on Sunday and as of right now, his status is unknown for Week 15. In his place, Denard Robinson went out and did great. He had 75 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries and if Yeldon were to miss any time, Robinson would take over as the lead back for the Jaguars, who are suddenly in the middle of a playoff race. He has a terrific matchup in week 15 against the Falcons and could be an instant high-end RB2 in that matchup if Yeldon were to sit. Don’t drop T.J. and don’t bank on Robinson being a factor for the remainder of the season, but he could prove useful in Week 15.
James White has 14 receptions over the past two games for the Patriots and has been doing well in his new role as the passing-down back for the team. LaGarrette Blount went down with a hip injury on Sunday night and his status for this weekend is unknown at this time. If Blount were forced to miss any time, White would form a two man committee with Brandon Bolden against a Titans squad on Sunday who just gave up 160 yards rushing to go with 54 yards receiving and a touchdown to the Jets. He should be owned in all PPR leagues as a high-end RB3 but could flirt with mid-tier RB2 upside if Blount missed this weekend.
Tyler Lockett, along with Doug Baldwin (he seriously better be owned by now, for real) have been terrific over the past few weeks. Lockett has two touchdowns almost 200 yards (194) on 13 receptions in the past two games and has four touchdowns over the past four games. With Jimmy Graham out for the season, Lockett has had an expanded role and with Thomas Rawls going down with an ankle injury on Sunday, their pass game could be even more featured in a juicy matchup against Cleveland in week 15. PS: The Seahawks are having a true competition between DaJuan Harris and Bryce Brown for the lead back, and for the time being, it appears to be a true battle. Neither are recommended to roster, right now at least.
Ted Ginn Jr. has been doing extremely well over the past two games with four touchdowns and 200 yards receiving on only seven receptions. He has been very inconsistent all season, but considering how well Carolina is playing as a whole and how Ginn has been doing so far, he needs to be owned in all leagues. He is one of the most boom-or-bust guys out there right now, but he is a weekly threat to score on a long reception and is a decent FLEX play most weeks. He is worthy of a roster spot right now.
Finally, we have Zach Miller (Yes, THAT Zach Miller) who has taken over the starting tight end role in Chicago with Martellus Bennett out for the rest of the season. He did really well on Sunday even with Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, Matt Forte, and Jeremy Langford all playing as he finished with 85 yards, a touchdown and five receptions. He is a primary red-zone target and chain mover who is trusted by Jay Cutler. Now that Bennett is out, Miller has the chance to keep putting up solid performances as he has scored five touchdowns over the past six games. He is a weekly low-end TE1 option and for teams that may need a Tyler Eifert (concussion) replacement, Miller very well could be your guy.
Now go out and make me proud! I believe in all of you… sort of.