So you’ve made it into the second round of your fantasy league playoffs… or you’re a spiteful little thing and want to know what kind of guys you can block your league mates from getting.  The bar for getting added to a playoff team is pretty high, so I am being choosy with who get listed, but it’s possible you have some holes to fill. 

I group the adds by position and then within the position, rank them in order of preference. With the playoffs upon us, I have removed percentages of the FAAB. If you need any of these guys to start for your team, then spend what you need to spend. The sherpa will only advise players who are rostered in less than 50% of ESPN leagues.

Single QB –  Rushing QBs remain a cheat code

Jalen Hurts –  The Konami Code is alive and well with this one. He rushed for a cool 106 yards in his debut and can easily be a high floor QB1 next week against Arizona. If you’ve been streaming all season he’s one you can add now and probably ride him through week 16 against the Cowboys

Still true –  Philip RiversKirk Cousins and Derek Carr are streaming options down the home stretch with good matchups. 

Superflex / 2QB – if you’re desperate

Chase Daniel and Dwayne Haskins I find it hard to believe you’re still alive if you need to start either of these quarterbacks next week. However, doing my due diligence I must report that Matthew Stafford and Alex Smith are unlikely to play in week 15. Stafford will see the Titans and Haskins gets a date with Seattle, each of which which could be worth a prayer if you’re desperate.  

Ryan Finley – He might start if Brandon Allen is out. If rather try a WR or RB or even TE in the superflex spot than play Ryan Finley.

RB – 

Tony PollardEzekiel Elliott was limited all week and suited up for Dallas but was woefully ineffective. The league’s second highest paid running back has hit 100 yards once this season and is now averaging a career low 3.9 yards per carry. Pollard looks more dynamic and is being worked in but the real jackpot would be if they decide to rest Zeke with the season slowly slipping away. 

Lynn Bowden Jr. – Listed as a RB on many platforms, this proverbial “Swiss army knife” would be an ideal fit as an RB2 in PPR. He’s being used in the slot receiver role for Miami who is searching for literally anyone with a pulse that can make a play when Tua Tagovailoa gets them the ball. He has very enticing athletic ability but is still raw as a receiver. But there could be something here in deep leagues.  

Sony Michel – The pleasant surprise that is Damien Harris had to exit week 14 with a back injury, leaving Sony Michel as the main early down back. In a matchup against Miami, he’d be worth rolling out as a second flex especially in standard formats. Cam Newton still takes the majority of work near the goal but Michel could see Harris-type production.

DeAndre Washington – The de facto lead RB for the Dolphins has seen 15 touches in each of his last 2 games. If your league has a lot of flex spots he’s at least the main back for an NFL team. He did see some use near the goal line against Kansas City, although did not convert for points.

WR –  

Nelson Agholor – I understand the disdain for Agholor, as I do not have him on any rosters but the facts are he is seeing targets worthy of a fantast starter. The matchup in week 15 is pretty soft against the Chargers and he’s basically the second option in Vegas.  

Gabriel Davis – He’s now scored in 4 of his last 5 games and with John Brown on IR is seeing over 90% of the snaps for Buffalo. As long as Brown stays on the shelf, Davis a FLEX option against Denver in week 15.

Lynn Bowden Jr. – Also listed as a WR in many platforms. 

TE –  

Logan Thomas – Seeing an uptick in targets of late, Thomas is once again a fine back end TE1. A nice matchup awaits in week 15 against Seattle, although his quarterback is in question.

Cole KmetAn athletic marvel, Kmet’s rookie season has been slow to progress but now he’s seen 7 targets in each of his last 2 games. He’s totaled a 9-81-1 in that time, and that will play in most leagues. Minnesota and Jacksonville are both matchups worth exploring over the next 2 weeks. 

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  1. William Hung says:

    For Team Defenses, do you know which ones under 50% owned have the best matchups ROS? My playoffs goes all the way to W17

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:

      BUF gets DEN (Lock a turnover machine) and NE (toothless) and MIA (probably neutral)

      AZ gets PHI (maybe concerning?) and SF (Mullins turnover machine or Bethard or JG… not scary) then Rams (not ideal)

      NYG is a quality D but matchups arent cake they get CLE, BAL, DAL

      You could take AZ or BUF for next 2 weeks and stash NE for their date with the Jets in week 17

      • William Hung says:

        What do you think of Miami D? They are surprisingly available. They get NE, LV, and BUF

        • al_FF_red

          al_FF_red says:

          They’d be a fine choice

  2. miles proudfoot says:


    In terms of Defenses for the upcoming two weeks, here are my options:

    Bills D (Den/NE)
    GB (Car/Tenn)
    CLE (Giants/Jets)
    TB (Atl/Det)
    SF (Dal/Arizona)

    I’m thinking Bills or GB week 15 and either CLE or TB for week 16?

    What do you think about that? Thank you!

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:

      CLE seems pretty tasty. Danny Dimes is a turnover machine look what Arizona just did to him! Then Jets? Easy

  3. Wide Right says:

    Bowden, J. Wilson , R. Higgins, M. Brown (wr) any of them worth claiming as possible flex..
    In ppr league, how would you prioritize.

    My flex options on my bench right now are Boyd, Chark, even considering Logan Thomas at this point.


    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:

      Have to admit I’m not clear on the SF RB room at the moment… did I miss a Mostert injury? If so go Wilson

      Higgins or Brown isn’t bad tho. Maybe Higgins is the play but ugly matchup vs NYG. Boyd gets PIT, yikes. I guess Hollywood vs Jax is the best matchup but always a risk for 2 targets.

      I’m stumped. Bowden feels too risky. I think Higgins after all that. Hah.

      • Mobin Can't Hack It says:

        mostert exited game with concussion check and later (mon) is getting an MRI on ankle that’s already been hurt twice this year (or maybe that’s a mix of both ankles). seems less likely d.harris i’d think. i’d put wilson possibly first/second in your RB group from this, plus he gets usage anyway.

  4. lindorphins says:

    Would you drop Curtis Samuel for Bowden? Thanks!

    • al_FF_red

      al_FF_red says:

      No I would not. Samuel is a similar upside with safer floor

  5. Hamtime says:

    made it to the semis and big decisions coming up. 14m deep league:

    1. With julio likely out, are you going with john broow, hansen, lazard, or mike williams (this dude burned me last few weeks)

    2. dobbins or david johnson

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