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.

  1. STL says:
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    In the semifinals coming off of a Bye. I dropped my Defense for a couple handcuffs that paid off big. Now I want to pick up a defense for this week but I have absolutely no idea who to drop.

    QB: Cam Newton
    RB: Charcandrick West, Denard Robinson, Jonathan Stewart, Shaun Draughn, Tim Hightower
    WR: Allen Robinson, Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown, Alshon Jeffery
    TE: Jordan Reed, Delanie Walker, Julius Thomas
    K: Hauschka

    • Joshua Mackin says:
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      @STL: I cant believe I’m saying this…but I’m about to drop Dez…

    • MikeY says:
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      @STL: Dez. Dallas plays the Jets & Bills the next 2 weeks. Matt Cassel has murdered all of his value. I finally gave up after this past week.

  2. Pound Sand says:
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    Any faith in Rivers vs MIA this week? Or should i go with Tyrod Taylor?
    thanks!

    • MikeY says:
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      @Pound Sand: I’m in a similar situation…I have Rivers & Fitzpatrick. I can’t decide, but I’m probably going with Fitz.

      Buffalo gets Washington this week, so I’d probably go Tyrod…especially since he seemy healthy again & Watkins finally seems in sync with him.

    • Doug

      Doug says:
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      @Pound Sand: Go Tyrod.

  3. Nightmare says:
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    Sup Dougy Fresh. Having issues picking my second RB this week.

    Shady McCoy is a lock

    Now I have to choose 1 from:

    J Stew @NYG
    Forte @ Minn
    Hightower vs DET
    Denard Robinson vs ATL

    Assuming J stew is hurt and misses the game, who do I choose!?!?!!?!?

    • MikeY says:
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      @Nightmare: Assuming Stewart is hurt, probably Denard Robinson (assuming Yeldon is out, also). If Yeldon plays, I’d go Hightower.

      Minnesota’s run D is crazy good. That, combined with Forte evenly splitting carries with Langford, I’d stay away from him.

    • Doug

      Doug says:
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      @Nightmare: I’d say Robinson if Yeldon out. If Yeldon plays, I’d say Hightower.

  4. rapgod says:
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    Dmc or bryce brown this week?

    • MikeY says:
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      @rapgod: This week?…Brown. You or I could run for 100 yards on Cleveland.

      Dallas plays the Jets. The Jets run D is gooood and the Cowboys kind of aren’t.

    • Doug

      Doug says:
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      @rapgod: Brown considering the matchup.

  5. Zach

    Zach says:
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    Which player do you believe benefits the most from an injury? James White?

    • MikeY says:
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      @Zach: Bryce Brown.

    • Doug

      Doug says:
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      @Zach: This week? Robinson. ROS, I’d say Hightower.

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Top 2 wk 16 DST streams: MIA v Ind, BUF v Dal, OAK v SD

  7. cubjet says:
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    I lost Stewart and Yeldon this week. Hightower and Denard Robinson are both available. Who do you like better this week?

    • Doug

      Doug says:
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      @cubjet: I like Robinson better this week.

  8. Mike says:
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    Carr and Eli have gotten me to where I am in the past few weeks, time to bench both for Bortles? he still scares me but my league has NO negative deductions for INT/FL

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Mike: Absolutely, go Bortles

    • Doug

      Doug says:
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      @Mike: I would go with Bortles, yes.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Mike: surprising you played those others over bortles in last few weeks. got lucky to still be here on that. they “got you through” the way you still got to work on time with a dislocated toe when compared to bortles.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: assuming you walk when you go to work on that toe = eli or carr over bortles.

  9. Project Merkin says:
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    @Doug @Jay, @MikeY (you seem to be answering a lot and I like what you have to say)….need your help!

    I feel like my team has a lot going for it, but I’m also super nervous about my RB/FLEX.

    I’ll take tomorrow’s rankings into consideration, obvi, but need to get the ball rolling.

    PPR league

    QB: Brady
    WR: Antonio Brown, AJ Green

    Looking solid there. Now the fun part:

    RB/Flex Options (need to choose 3 of these guys for 2 RB slots and FLEX):
    Latavius Murray
    Darren McFadden
    David Johnson
    Denard Robinson
    DeSean Jackson
    Bryce Brown

    Whaddyuh think??

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Project Merkin: Johnson, Robinson (assuming Yeldon’s out) and Murray. If Yeldon plays, I’d go Brown instead of Robinson. I may actually go Brown over Latavius regardless.

    • Doug

      Doug says:
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      @Project Merkin:

      Johnson, Murray, Robinson.

  10. Jack says:
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    1. Is McCarron over Eli (vs. Carolina) this week overthinking it?
    2. Which D this week – Steelers or Bengals
    3. Flex – Jordan Reed or Bryce Brown
    4. Need 1 RB and 1 flex out of these – Denard Robinson, Bryce Brown, Antonio Gates

    Many thanks.

    • Doug

      Doug says:
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      @Jack:

      1. I may do that actually.
      2. CIN
      3. Reed
      4. Robinson & Gates

  11. William says:
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    Need some help setting my line up. I appreciate the help.

    QB-Rodgers
    RB1-Gurley
    RB2- Martin
    WR1-Fitzgerald
    WR2-John Brown? Michael Floyd?
    TE- Eifert or Julius Thomas?
    F- Lacy? or Michael Floyd?
    D- AZ? NYJ?
    K- Crosby

    Bench: Spiller, B. Powell, R. Mathews, Eifert

    • Doug

      Doug says:
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      @William: Brown, Eifert, Lacy, AZ.

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