Can you smell that? The fantasy playoffs are just around the corner. So, I joined 10 fantasy football leagues this season so I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. Atleast out of the 10 leagues I’m in 9 of my squads are playoff bound. This is embarrassing to admit but the one that didn’t make it I’m the commissioner of. Sad face emoji.
Let’s help your fantasy squads make the big dance and if you have already let’s help you win it all.
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Garoppolo isn’t even guaranteed to start this week, as C.J. Beathard (knee, hip) might get the nod despite being banged up. It seems like the 49ers don’t want to put Garoppolo out there — possibly because of injury concerns, possible because of draft pick concerns — but whatever the case, if he does start, it’s possible he has fantasy value. Enough to burn a waiver claim on and eventually start him in the fantasy playoffs? That seems unlikely, but with matchups against the Bears, Texans, and Titans over the next three weeks, he could have some value.
Burkhead lost a bit of value after Week 11’s spotty use, but he bounced back in a big way in Week 12, totaling 15 touches for 53 yards and two short scores — one rushing, one receiving. Dion Lewis still had two more carries (15) and 62 more rushing yards (112), but Burkhead is going to remain a factor most weeks, especially next week in a favorable matchup against the Bills.
Booker didn’t accrue a ton of yards, but he played a ton of snaps. He nearly scored a touchdown after falling just short on a catch and had multiple attempts to rush it in. He didn’t end up scoring, but he continues to be a heavy part of the Broncos offense, both rushing and receiving, making him worth a pickup in fantasy leagues, especially with a favorable matchup against the Dolphins on tap.
Jacquizz Rodgers/ Peyton Barber
Rodgers took over as the primary tailback after Doug Martin left Week 12’s game because of a concussion. He finished with eight carries for 31 yards and added another six yards on one catch (two targets). Peyton Barber might look like the better pickup here because of his two TDs, but his five carries for seven yards speaks volumes. It’s unclear if Martin will miss next week, but with a favorable matchup against the Packers on deck, Rodgers is worth an add.
With Darren McFadden gone and Smith tying Alfred Morris for the team lead in carries last week (9) — including a one-yard TD — Smith is moving up the the fantasy ranks quickly. It’s too early to say he’s taken over for Morris, but he’s at least part of a timeshare, which could lead to more.
Chris Ivory/ TJ Yeldon
There’s still a chance that Fournette’s ankle may linger. Although, Ivory did not show up against Arizona, getting one carry for -6 yards. His value hinges on Leonard Fournette’s status, but against the Colts, he’s should be in line for more carries than one. He’s still a handcuff worth stashing on the bench, but if Fournette’s ankle issue persists, it would be nice to have Ivory on your squad before a waiver-wire battles ensue.Yeldon did equally as bad as Ivory, rushing once for six yards, but he was used more in the passing game, catching four of five targets for 26 yards. Yeldon broke out for 122 yards during one of Fournette’s missed game, so he can put up numbers if given a chance, especially in PPR leagues.
The moment has finally arrived. Finally cleared to return to the field after numerous off-field and substance-abuse issues, Gordon has potential value. He’s only 26, and the last time he played a full season (2013), he posted 1,646 yards and nine TDs in 14 games. It’s unclear how much he’s lost after the long layoff, but even on the Browns splitting targets with Corey Coleman, he’s worth a flier.
In the closing minutes, Patterson had a big 54-yard catch, giving him the most yards (72) and targets (4) among Oakland WRs. Michael Crabtree might face a possible suspension for instigating a brawl, and Amari Cooper might miss a game or two with a nasty looking head/neck injury. Patterson could be a possible starter next week against the Giants.
With Crabtree suspended after a brawl, Roberts will likely be the beneficiary. He didn’t do much while both were gone, finishing the day with two catches for 26 yards, but that could change with a solid matchup against the Giants.
Among WRs, Goodwin was clearly the favorite target of both C.J. Beathard and Jimmy Garoppollo. He led the way in targets (6), catches (4) and yards (78). It’ll be a tough test against the Bears next week, but Goodwin is the best of the many options the 49ers have when it comes to receivers.
It was anybody’s guess between Jones, Deonte Thompson and Jordan Matthews to lead the Bills receiving corps, and Jones took the reins in Week 12. He lead the team in targets (10), doubling anyone else on the team, and caught three for 33 yards and a touchdown. Jones has consistently gotten targets all year long, and it may finally be time he starts converting those targets into fantasy points.
Talking about coming out of nowhere. I can’t stand Jermaine Gresham so this is great news. Seals-Jones caught his third TD in the past two weeks against the Jaguars, leading the team in receiving yards in the process (72). His targets went up from six to five, and clearly Seals-Jones and Blaine Gabbert have some sort of chemistry. Next week’s matchup against the Rams will be tough, but matchups in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Redskins and Giants, two of the very worst teams against fantasy TEs, could make Seals-Jones a difference-maker in the fantasy playoffs.
Howard finished with a respectable three catches for 52 yards, but it was more glaring that Cameron Brate had one catch for six yards on two targets It’s the fourth straight game Brate has had only one catch, and it appears the Bucs are letting Howard take over No. 1 TE duties. He faces a tough matchup vs. the Packers next week, but he has some stash value if there’s enough room.
The Chargers are among the hottest fantasy defenses in the game, and this week they face the Browns. There’s no reason for them not to be started in 90-plus percent of leagues in Week 13.
The Bears have shined at moments this year, regularly getting a good amount of sacks to go with spotty turnover numbers. The 49ers have been fantasy gold for D/STs as long as C.J. Beathard has been starting, so we like Chicago in this home December matchup if Beathard is out there. If it’s Jimmy Garoppolo, this pickup won’t look so hot.
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