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This is it y’all! For most of you this is the last week to try and make your fantasy playoffs. If you’ve got any questions drop them down below and I’ll get back to you to help you sneak into your playoffs.

 

Quarterbacks

Aaron Rodgers, GB, 39.7%: I think we see Aaron Rodgers in week 15 when he’s available to return. He’s already throwing and all of Green Bay is freaking out. The Packers should win their next two games against the Buccaneers and Browns which would set them up to compete for a possible playoff spot. Not even Olivia Munn crawling back could keep Rodgers off the field if that’s the case. I don’t need to tell you who Rodgers is or why you should pick him up. If you are struggling after losing a QB like Deshaun Watson, Carson Palmer or… Aaron Rodgers and have a good-enough QB who could help you win your first round week 14 playoff match — then take this shot.

Case Keenum, MIN, 36.9% owned: One of the most recent ESPN videos asks “Is Case Keenum a top-12 QB?” If this question was asked before 2017 the questioner would’ve been laughed right out of his league. But — over the last 4 weeks a fire has been lit under Keenum’s keister. He is averaging 21.25 fantasy points per game and has made a star out of Adam Thielen. (Seriously — who had Thielen as the second-best WR in fantasy this year?) The Vikings don’t have the easiest scheduling coming up — but Keenum just faced three solid defenses in a row and has performed at a high level.

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF, 6.6% owned: You don’t trade for Jimmy Garoppolo to bench him behind CJ Beathard when you’re headed for a top-3 draft pick. You run Garoppolo out there and see if he’s your QB of the future and if you can use that top-3 pick to trade back for even more future pieces. Be wary, however, Garoppolo faces a mixed bag of defenses in the next four weeks: Bears: 22nd in QB fantasy points allowed, Texans: 6th, Titans: 16th, Jaguars: 32nd.

 

Running Backs

Rex Burkhead, NE, 43.7%: Way, way back in early September in the first Waiver Wired article of 2017 I told you to grab Burkhead. Now, a few injuries and a half-dozen New England RBs later, Burkhead finds his way back on this list. Here is what I said about Burkhead then: “Short, speedy, white dude with good hands playing for Bill Belichick? Check please! With Julian Edelman out for the season someone is going to step up to fill that Tom Brady safety net role and why can’t it be Burkhead?” Here is what I’ll say about Burkhead now: “Same.”

Devontae Booker, DEN, 25.2%: I’ve been talking up Booker for weeks now as the future at RB for the Broncos and I’m going to say it again. No one had a good game for Denver in week 12, but week 13 sees Booker & co. facing off against the Dolphins who have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to RBs this season. CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles are useless at this point and Booker is should reap all the rewards.

Austin Ekeler, LAC, 24.5%: I’ve been trying to avoid recommending Ekeler since his flukish 26 outburst in week 10, but he put up 13 points in week 11 and 9 points in week 12 so he has some value here. He is nowhere close to taking snaps away from Melvin Gordon, but Ekeler is carving out a niche for himself in the Chargers passing game. If you need a bench option and/or Gordon handcuff — grab Ekeler.

Peyton Barber, TB, 0.2%: Someone’s gotta run in Tampa Bay and why not Barber? It sure isn’t Doug Martin — he’s averaging 5 fantasy points over his last 6 games including a goose egg in week 9 and 3 fantasy points in week 12. Barber snagged 2 rushing TDs in 5 attempts in week 12 and screw it, maybe he can make an impact.

 

Wide Receivers

Jermaine Kearse, NYJ, 35.5%: Another first article throwback, like Burkhead, Kearse is back on the fantasy radar after a 23 point game in week 12 after putting up 24 total in the previous 4 weeks. Week 13 sees Kearse matching up against the Chiefs who are who we thought they were and we let ‘em off the hook. They’ve allowed the third-most fantasy points to WRs this season and Kearse and Robbie Anderson could feast.  

Dede Westbrook, JAX, 8.9%: With Allen Hurns out in week 12, Westbook was the leading target receiver for the Jaguars. If Hurns is to miss week 13 Westbrook could be the prime beneficiary again as the Jaguars will face off against the Colts who have allowed the 3rd most yards to WRs this season.

Dontrelle Inman, CHI, 5.5%: This is Inman’s second appearance in Waiver Wired after I hoped he would provide a valuable target to rookie QB Mitch Trubisky. Inman is averaging 65 receiving yards over his last 3 games and has double-digit scoring in 2 of those 3 games. Inman and the Bears will now get the 49ers who have allowed the 8th most receiving yards to WRs.

 

Tight Ends

Julius Thomas, MIA, 26.2%: Thomas hadn’t done much of anything until his 20 point week 9 explosion, but now seems to be getting himself involved more in the passing game. He has scored 8, 7 and 10 fantasy points in consecutive weeks and now will get the Broncos in week 13 who have allowed the second most fantasy points to TEs.

Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI, 1.5%: Allow me a moment to gloat as I recommended him last Tuesday as well. “RSJ’s primary competition, Jermaine Gresham, is averaging barely over 23 receiving yards per game so why shouldn’t the Cardinals look to tricky Ricky who grabbed 3 receptions (2 of them for TDs) while Gresham only grabbed 1 pass for 10 yards.” After scoring 20 fantasy points in week 11, RSJ notched 17 in week 12. He might struggle to get to double-digits in week 13 against the LA Rams who have held TEs to the 6th fewest fantasy points.

 

Defense/Special Teams

LA Chargers, vs CLE, 42.4%: Back to back double digit scoring games for this defense has them looking strong heading into their week 13 game against the lowly Browns who are scoring the fewest points per game.

 

Kickers

Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU, 10.4%: In week 13, Ka’imi gets one of two remaining teams that haven’t had a team miss a FG against them: the Titans. In week 4, Ka’imi destroyed the Titans for his biggest fantasy scoring day of the year with 18 points. Granted, that was with Deshaun Watson at the helm, but Ka’imi is still capable of a double-digit fantasy scoring game.

  1. Frank says:
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    I’m locked in for a playoff spot despite losing Rodgers. I retained him as it’s a keeper league. Last few weeks I’ve been carried by brown and thanks in part to quality qb play from Keemun. I fear the dilemma of whom to start in playoffs if…Keemun continues his strong play and Rodgers looks rusty.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Frank: I wouldn’t worry about that now.

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @Frank: rodgers back at earliest week 15 (i.e. semi finals in standard leagues) if you make the final 4 worry about that then. me guessing though rodgers over keenum if rodgers is playing. GB would very likely have no reason to rush him into play if he’s not healthy.

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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        @Sinkhole Demayo: scratch that note, i see GB somehow WILL be in playoff hunt by week 15 (hard to believe that one, would’ve been believable in the AFC i’d think though)

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Frank: You’re in a good spot with Keenum. I think you’d start Rodgers > Keenum in week 15 if all reports are good.

  2. Eric Yusko says:
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    Jamaal Williams worth using the #3 waiver on? Or should I hold out in case of an injury during the playoffs? I’m currently sitting in 2nd place, locked up a playoff spot, if I win next week I’ll guarantee a 1st round bye in the playoffs.

    12 team, 1 ppr, my other RBs are Devonta Freeman, Demarco Murray, Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick

    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @Eric Yusko: I definitely would use it.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Eric Yusko: Definitely grab him — Montgomery and Jones are banged up and Williams just showed that he should still get snaps even if they are back.

  3. Cram It says:
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    Seals-Jones or Hooper going forward?

    • nightpandas says:
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      @Cram It: Seal the deal

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @Cram It: RSJ say hey

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Cram It: go with Seals. Hooper has been inconsistent and has the tougher playoff matchups.

  4. friar says:
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    How much should I buy into the Keenum hype? I currently have Carr as my QB, and both the schedule and past years would suggest he’ll probably be my better option going forward, but Keenum’s available and has been putting up much better numbers. Who would you prefer ROS: Keenum or Carr?

    • Cram It says:
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      @friar: I don’t think it’s hype at this point. He has WR weapons and can run a little. Carr is now without Crabtree for 2 games. I’d look at their schedules vs. your schedule but Carr in a vaccuum.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @friar: Carr is better skillwise no doubt, but Amari suffered a concussion and an ankle injury and Crabtree is about to miss 1 game. If there is anyone irrelevant you can drop for this week to grab Keenum — I’d do it.

      • friar says:
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        @Kerry Klug: Thanks! The problem(?) is my team is pretty strong at every other position. I could drop Abdullah (who is my 4th RB, 5th when Elliott becomes un-suspended), but I was kinda thinking I should stash Aaron Rodgers with the Abdullah roster spot. One other relevant factor is that I’ve clinched the #1 seed, so my next meaningful game won’t be until Week 14.

        In light of all that, which two QBs out of Carr, Keenum, and Rodgers would you suggest I roster for Weeks 14-16 (assuming I drop Abdullah – or someone else – to clear out space)?

        Here’s my roster (10-team, 0.5 ppr, start QB, 2RB, 2WR. TE, RB/WR flex):
        QB: Carr
        RB: Ingram, Kamara, Jamaal Williams, Abdullah, Elliott (susp)
        WR: Allen, Adams, Marvin, JuJu, Shepard
        TE: Gronk, Engram

        I could also drop Engram, but going into the playoffs without a backup for Gronk feels like playing with fire.

  5. Cram It says:
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    Your Olivia Munn reference had me googling. I had no idea they split up. Rodgers was probably a d-bag.

  6. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    1. how to rank these TE’s in PPR ROS, i have ASJ and olsen (start 1 exactly). ASJ/olsen/RSJ (ARI)/witten. have room to hold 2 of them

    2. how to rank these QB for 2 QB and/or super flexes: g.smith/webb/yates (assume redraft)

    3. in a 2 QB dynasty hold lynch or attempt to grab one of the guys in #2. have zero FAAB left so guessing i have no shot at g.smith.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Sinkhole Demayo:
      1.) right now I’m going ASJ/Olsen/Witten/RSJ just because we don’t know what Olsen’s health is .
      2.) How dare you insult Eli like this! His body isn’t even cold yet! Smith/Yates/Webb is the order. Based on play time alone.
      3.) Ugh — yea I’d guess hold lynch but he’s going to miss at least 2 games. If Geno’s gone there is no guarantee we see either Yates or Webb. Yates is more likely — but still.

  7. Big League choo says:
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    I’m the 2nd place team but need qb help after I traded away a qb and Watson got hurt. Only have two moves left for season so steaming isn’t an option.

    Should I add qb in this order

    Keenum
    Brissett
    Hundley
    Garrappolo

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Big League choo:
      Keenum/Garoppolo/Brisset/Hundley

    • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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      @Big League choo: brissett’s ROS is completely awful, hundley actually looked good for once and has better schedule, esp the next 2 up

  8. Bobbo says:
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    12 team PPR league with 2 keepers
    Had a down season and didn’t make the playoffs but it is what it is.
    Keeping Mike Evans and Ezekiel Elliot so I’m good there.
    Question is a moral one.
    My first inclination is to always compete regardless.
    However, what’re people’s thoughts on tanking to get a better pick?
    Don’t see myself doing it but I was curious.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Bobbo:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5-iJUuPWis
      It is a bit unfair to the other people in the league when people tank. So it comes down to your own ethics. I have admittedly tanked in one fantasy baseball league, but I’m the villain in that league so I was sticking to my role.

      • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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        @Kerry Klug: how does one become “a villain” in a league?

    • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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      @Bobbo: i’d str up throw out tankers in my leagues. it’s legal of course to not go after the best players when you know you won’t win or do well, i myself do not do that though. also i put lotteries in place so the worst team in year X isn’t just guaranteed the top pick to also combat this.

  9. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job man!

    14 team PPR

    OJ Howard, Kroft or Watson at TE?

    Thanks

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