Fantasy Owner: What the hell are we supposed to do, ya moron? We’re all expelled. There’s nothing to fight for anymore. Let it go. War’s over, man. Tom Brady dropped the big one.
Me: What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Exactly! I mean, you are here, right??
Look, maybe your league awards the league prize to the top finisher, completely side-stepping a playoff structure and the rash of injuries thrust a few fresh names into fantasy viability. Maybe you just like the excitement of adding yet another new element to your squad. If you are in the playoffs, it is either the second or third round, and if you lack the bench depth necessary to avoid a walk on the wire, shame on you. That said let’s see what we can do to help! Of course, we’re here to help with a few options, but also to remind you of the importance of strengthening your bench on draft day and all throughout the season, to avoid this late season free-agent scramble.
Of course I do 90% of my Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve, so I wonâ€™t preach too much.
So letâ€™s take a look and see who might be available for some late season fantasy heroics!
QB Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles â€“ A few weeks ago Â the Eagles announced that Foles was their starting quarterback for the rest of the season. As each week passes, you can see a the level of confidence rise in the young signal caller. I wouldnâ€™t rely on him as the guiding light to the fantasy promised land, but if you are playing for your leagueâ€™s top spot and need another strong arm, Foles should finish the season strong
RB DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers â€“ I was actually surprised when I caught wind of the percentage of leagues that Williams was still available in. Yes, QB Cam Newton is always a threat to run and there is RB Mike Tolbert to contend with, but as long as RB Jonathan Stewart is out of the lineup, Williams is still worth owning and starting in a RB2 or flex capacity.
RB David Wilson, New York Giants â€“ Well, alert the media, eh? Â Say hello to the running back du jour on every article you will read this week. However, temper your enthusiasm. Regardless of his incredible performance, his future contributions will rely on RB Ahmad Bradshaw. He is obviously someone to make a play for, especially if you own Bradshaw, but Wilson is no lock to be a top tier fantasy contributor again in Week 15.
RB Montell Owens, Jacksonville Jaguars â€“ It is safe to say that Owens earned himself another start after filling in for injured RB Rashad Jennings. The latter has yet to set the world on fire when giving the opportunity, and with all the uncertainty surrounding RB Maurice Jones-Drew (who incidentally I donâ€™t expect to see the field again this year) Owens is again a decent start even though the Miami Dolphins will pose quite a challenge.
WR Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders â€“ Cool name alert. Week after week the Raiders find themselves behind the eight-ball and forced into throwing the ball. In recent weeks, Streater has become more of a focal point in the offense. With Kansas City, Carolina and San Diego left on the schedule, the chances for the young receiver to close the season out big is entirely possible.
WR Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys â€“ Itâ€™s been stated numerous times here when you see Mr. Ogletreeâ€™s name referenced. In the event that one of the Cowboys top receivers missed any time due to injury or suspension, Ogletreeâ€™s value increases in fantasy circles dramatically. Well we are at the point now, with WR Dez Bryant out for an undetermined time due to a finger fracture. Now is a great time to make a play for Ogletree.
Armon Binns, WR Miami Dolphins â€“ I mention the former Cincinnati Bengal to the Dynasty League format folks. Look somewhere the wheels fell off a bit for Binns, who was the starter on paper in the pre-season opposite WR A.J. Green. This change of scenery may do him good, and he is worth a flier to see if he is able to put something together in the last few games of 2012.
TE Tony Scheffler, Detroit Lions â€“ With the Lions enduring the loss of WR Ryan Broyles. WR Titus Young and quite possibly fellow TE Brandon Pettigrew, look for Schefflerâ€™s role to be greatly expanded. He was targeted 10 times this past Sunday, and while his numbers werenâ€™t much to write home about, his role in the passing game might be as we head down the home stretch.
TE Clay Harbor, Philadelphia Eagles â€“ I get the opportunity to watch Harbor week in and week out and quite honestly I always liked what I saw. Of course, he was always in the shadow of starting TE Brent Celek, but with Celek already ruled out for Week 15 due to a concussion, Harbor will get the start and will be looking to build on a solid performance in relief this past week.
Iâ€™ll close out next week with a few waiver wire suggestions, but also the much anticipated 2012 FP911 Walking The Waiver Wire All-Stars!
Best of luck again this week, and as always, if I can help out drop me a Tweet @djleason
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