It’s the semifinal round in most leagues and it’s time to make that late pickup that can put you over the top. Arizona running back Kerwynn Williams leads the list this week. Williams took advantage of the opportunity he was given, and ran the ball 19 times for 100 yards in Arizona’s win over Kansas City. It’s a bit of a suprise seeing how Stepfan Taylor and Marion Grice were projected to get more of the carries. Instead, Williams had 19 and everyone else combined for 12. He’s got a nice burst to him and is not afraid to run between the tackles to pick up tough yardage. Let’s find those late-season gems that can help you get the most-important two-game winning streak of the season…

Andre Ellington is done for the season with a sports hernia, and the Cardinals have a short week with a road game at St. Louis Thursday night. Pick up Williams and get a leg up on the competition in the semifinals. Williams makes a good FLEX play this week.

Harry Douglas of the Falcons can also get you over the hump after last night’s situation on Monday Night Football. Julio Jones was just being himself and posted another obscene line of 11-259-1 against Green Bay before he hurt his hip. Jones appeared to be in a good amount of pain and is questionable for Week 16. See what happens with Julio this week, but Douglas is going to be the next man up if Julio can’t go. Atlanta hosts Pittsburgh this week in what could be a wide-open game.

Latavius Murray of the Raiders is still unowned in 82 percent of leagues, which is shocking. Last week he got 25 touches in the Raiders win over San Francisco. This week, he gets another chance at the Chiefs defense that he was destroying before suffering a concussion. It’s worth a shot to see if he’s out there because he could repeat his performance against the Chiefs in the rematch.

If you want an odd option, try Johnathan Stewart of the Panthers. DeAngelo Williams is out with a broken hand, and the backfield is Stewart’s for the taking. He tore off 155 yards and a touchdown last week as the Panthers looked like, well, a football team. Williams also has a pair of plush matchups with Tampa and Cleveland in the next two weeks, so the opportunity is there for Stewart to excel and steal a win.

Now, for three players you shouldn’t add…

Don’t pick up Johnny Manziel of the Browns. The Cleveland offense sputtered against the Colts in a 25-24 loss as the defense scored twice. He looked okay in his limited action, but it’s not encouraging to see Cleveland potentially change to him this week. The Browns are in the thick of the AFC playoff race and going to a new quarterback with three games left is a bad move in real-life and it’s even worse in fantasy. Cleveland takes on Cincinnati this week.

Martavis Bryant of the Steelers is too risky as a boom-or-bust option. Last week, Bryant had 109 yards and a touchdown for Pittsburgh for 16.9 points in standard leagues. Of those points, 15.4 of them came on one play. It was his first touchdown since the game against the Jets when he went 8-143-1 with an 80-yard touchdown catch. The two games in between were clunkers; 2-11 against the Titans and 1-23 against the Saints. His value isn’t really there in PPR leagues either as he has failed to catch more than five passes in any game this season.

Charles Johnson of Minnesota is the third player to avoid. Yes, he put up 103 yards and a touchdown last week but his upcoming matchup with Detroit can be tough. The Lions gave up three touchdown passes last week but look for them to bounce back and shut down the Vikings aerial attack with the playoffs on the line in real life.

Quick Thoughts…

Jared Cook of the Rams is a good option if you need help at tight end. The last time Cook took on the Cardinals in St. Louis he went 7-141-2 on them. It’s a short week for Arizona and the Cardinals secondary gave up 110 yards to Travis Kelce of the Chiefs.

Two defenses to go after: St. Louis and Baltimore. The Rams have posted back to back shutouts and should tee off on Arizona’s wobbly offensive line. The Ravens take on Jacksonville in our Pick-On-Blake-Bortles special.

Marquess Wilson of Chicago is the Bears new compliment to Alshon Jeffrey with Brandon Marshall out for the season. The Bears-Saints game could be a high-scroing affair with both teams having leaky defenses.

  1. Timmy says:

    Who would you play this week at flex

    Smith sr
    Kerwynn williams
    Marquese Wilson

    And tight end


  2. Scott says:

    Kerwynn Williams vs. Dan Herron for FLEX?

    Kenny Stills or Marquess Wilson for WR2?

    D-Rob instead for FLEX or WR2?

    • Scott says:

      Let me add Dante Moncrief to the WR2 conversation.

    • Scott says:

      @Scott: Ha. After all that, picked up LeGarrette Blount to be my Flex. Probably stay with Stills for WR2, though no NO WR could be considered safe.

  3. Nick says:

    So on to the playoffs I go with the #1 seed! My roster for week 15 looks like this with some questions within;

    (2)RB-D Murray & Ingram
    (3)WR-Cobb, Beckham, M Bryant (or other options for WR3 on my bench [you dont like Bryant I see])
    (1)Flex- R Jennings or A Williams (based on injury reports, my flex comes down to one of these guys, right?)
    (1)TE-Witten or Reed? Which one for week 15?
    (1)D-STL (Detroit on bench)
    Bench-R Mathews, K Allen, L Murray, Reed/Witten, R Jennings/A Williams, Detroit

    So the questions come down to;
    1) WR3? M Bryant or K Allen (Nervous to use Allen, he could get shut down again, but by Denver)
    Waiver options include Woods, Decker, Sanu (I dropped him), M Lee, Hurns, Bailey, Cooper, Douglas,Britt…

    2) TE? Witten? He has been killing me as of late but I know the moment I swap Reed, he will have a good day…

    3) Roll with STL on defense right? I just grabbed Detroit off waivers, if nothing, to block other teams…

    Lastly, I thought it was funny my opponent for week 1 playoffs grabbed that Chicago WR (Marquess Wilson) but he also has Cam Newton & Eddie Lacy (Cam was in a non-injury car crash & Lacy says hes not 100%) so who knows, he may need him I suppose (Wilson seems like a stretch but I see you mentioned him in your post)

    • Nick says:

      @Nick: D. Adams is also on the waivers but since I have Rodgers & Cobb that would be overkill plugging him at WR3…but let me know what you think regarding him & the other waiver options I noted above as well…

  4. Filkarri says:

    Cam Newton reportedly has a back injury after that car accident, so I’m not counting on being able to play him this week. My backup is Ryan Tannehill, who I’m not particularly thrilled about rolling out against the Patriots. However, the waiver wire is pretty grim here, with my only options looking like Mark Sanchez, Josh McCown, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Think I should just stick with Tannehill if Cam is out?

  5. Nick says:

    Also Andrew, would you grab Starks as a block since my opponent has Lacy (& he is already playing Bush at flex in a 10team-hes light at RB & if Lacy doesnt play he will be scrambling)? I have STL defense and Detroit (grabbed Detroit off waivers as a block now that STL cant be benched)….the 3 other teams in the playoffs have the following defenses (in case a drop of Detroit may play against me)

    my oppponent this week: Philly
    2 other teams going head to head: NE/Colts vs. NYG/Carolina

    IF dropping Detroit is not advised, I have both Witten & Reed so Could drop one since its a 1TE league. Other bench warmers are R mathews, L Murray, A Williams, M Bryant (Keenan Allen swaps with Bryant sometimes at WR3)

    • Nick says:

      @Nick: F*CK never mind, Starks was snagged by him

    • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:

      You will never have a girlfriend, Nick.

  6. Beats by Ray says:

    Good read Andrew,
    Best D/ST play this weeken? Lions vs. Vikings, Rams vs. Cards or vice versa Cards @ Rams

  7. Frank White says:

    Sup Andrew… Do you think I should start Fitzpatrick or Manziel with a healthy Cameron n Gordon?? Its playoffs and Cam is out. Thanks!!

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