We have made it through all the chaos and now we are entering the fantasy football playoff weeks. The best thing to do to prepare for a run is to get your bench in order, especially as postponed games have become more frequent. While we haven’t lost a game yet, things were dangerously close this past week. Having options off your bench to replace at a moment’s notice is going to make things easier for you. I will dive into a few names that have strong playoff runs to at least be kept on the bench. Injuries have been somewhat quiet over the last few weeks but we know they can happen at any moment. Get these names and get ready for a playoff battle. Tune into our Week 15 fantasy football rankings & projections to help guide you throughout the week with any decisions.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
Average % Rostered: 48%, FAAB: 5%
Jared Goff wasn’t asked to do much against New England, throwing the ball just 25 times but he did have two touchdowns, one of them coming on the ground. Goff has a tremendous Week 15 and Week 16 matchup and if you are playing quarterback roulette, Goff is certainly in play. The Jets have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points per game while Seattle has allowed the 2nd most. Goff is still out there in over 50% of leagues and is a strong streaming option.
Duke Johnson – Houston Texans
Average % Rostered: 58%, FAAB: 3%
With David Johnson hitting the covid list, he is now a longshot to play again next week. Houston will face the Colts, which is an easier matchup than the Bears from this past week. The Texans offense is still filled with limited options but with Watson under center, they still remain a fantasy viable group. Duke Johnson will see a bulk of the workload from now on and has more value in PPR formats.
DeAndre Washington – Miami Dolphins
Average % Rostered: 13%, FAAB: 7%
Myles Gaskin went on the covid list right before the game against the Chiefs. DeAndre Washington didn’t have the greatest game but did have 15 touches. He had 15 two weeks ago against the Jets in a spot where Miami was limited. If he finds himself as the lead guy this upcoming week, it will be a good matchup against the Patriots. They rank 27th against the run this season.
Cam Akers – Los Angeles Rams
Average % Rostered: 55%, FAAB: 7%
Cam Akers now has 50 rushing attempts in the last two games and faces the Jets this week. Akers has really grabbed a hold of the backfield and is looking like a league winner. His ownership went up and this is now your last chance to grab him no matter the league size as he is an RB2 at the least in smaller leagues. New York and Seattle are strong matchups over the next two weeks.
Tim Patrick – Denver Broncos
Average % Rostered: 20%, FAAB: 10%
Tim Patrick continues to work his way up the wide receiver scoring with another touchdown against Carolina. He now has five double-digit scoring games since returning from injury. Patrick has been someone I have talked about all year long and continues to be out there among players who are 50-75 spots below him in scoring. Patrick continues to be a premium option in the offense and he faces the Bills and Chargers over the next two weeks. Buffalo has allowed the 11th most fantasy points over the last five weeks to wide receivers.
Keke Coutee – Houston Texans
Average % Rostered: 30%, FAAB: 7%
In now the two games Keke Coutee has played as a starter this season, he has posted an 11-165-1 line on 12 targets. He will face the Colts and Bengals over the next two games as both defenses struggle against the pass. Coutee has a chance to be a solid WR3 or FLEX option the rest of the way. He was noticed a bit on the waiver wire this past week but in combination with the playoffs and depth of the position, he wasn’t picked up heavily.
T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
Average % Rostered: 58%, FAAB: 5%
It was another big week for T.Y. Hilton as he posted two touchdowns and over 80 yards against the Raiders. As mentioned last week he is in the midst of a good string of matchups. He faces the Texans this week, who have allowed 38.7 PPR points per game. Hilton has a good track history against the Texans. I would expect Hilton to find plenty of lineups this week as a WR3 option and possibly WR2 given some of the injuries and matchups next week.
Cole Kmet – Chicago Bears
Average % Rostered: 2%, FAAB: 1%
Cole Kmet once again saw a bulk of the Bears snaps and had four catches for 41 yards against the Texans. He is a deep league add right now who is being used more than Jimmy Graham. Took them long enough to make this move. Chicago has a good string of matchups facing the Vikings and Jaguars in the next two weeks. Kmet has seen 14 targets over the last two weeks.
Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team
Average % Rostered: 42%, FAAB: 3%
Logan Thomas had another double-digit fantasy point game and has four in his last five games. He has 25 targets over the last four games and faces Seattle and Carolina over the next two weeks. Seattle and Carolina are two premium matchups for tight ends. Carolina has allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game this season to tight ends and the third most over the last five weeks. Seattle isn’t too far behind allowing the 8th most in the last five weeks.
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