We have made it through 15 weeks of the NFL season and 1 week of the fantasy football playoffs. Congratulations to those of you who were able to advance into the next round. However, in order to give yourself the best possible chance to win your matchup next week, you need to make your starting lineup as strong as it can be. Even if that means scouring the waiver wire to do so.
Last Week Recap
Last week there were two players who I advised everyone to consider adding to their fantasy roster. The first player was Amon-Ra St. Brown. I said that St. Brown saw a ton of volume in his past few games and is extremely valuable in PPR leagues. This week, St. Brown notched 8 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Lions’ shocking win against the Cardinals. This was another huge performance and could have been an extremely important factor in many fantasy matchups. St. Brown goes up against the Falcons next week and is an absolute must start for almost all fantasy teams. He could turn out to be a league winner.
The other player I advised everyone to buy into was Rashaad Penny. I was very high on Penny after his outstanding performance in Week 14 against Houston. Unfortunately, he was not able to replicate that performance in Week 15. The Rams were able to contain the run pretty well throughout the game, and on top of that DJ Dallas stole a touchdown from Penny. It seems as if Penny does not have a ton of fantasy value going forwards and is definitely droppable.
Buy Into The Hype
Ronald Jones II
Ronald Jones II has failed to put up a memorable fantasy performance all season. It seems like a terrible decision to pick him up and start him in one of the most important games of the fantasy season. However, Jones actually has a ton of fantasy value going into Week 16. Leonard Fournette has been ruled out, which means the only available running backs for Tampa Bay are Jones, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, and Le’Veon Bell (whom they recently acquired). Of these players, Jones is the most dependable within the Bucs offensive system and will definitely see the most volume. While Jones has been living in Fournette’s shadow for the entire season, this will be his time to shine. Running behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, Jones is absolutely worth picking up off waivers.
Don’t get me wrong, starting a Jets player in a must-win fantasy game goes against everything I believe in. However, Jamison Crowder is in too good a situation to ignore. In Week 16, the Jets go up against one of the only teams in the league who are worse than they are–the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars could not stop the Davis Mills led Texans from scoring 30 points last week. They are an absolute trainwreck with or without Urban Meyer. That being said, Crowder is the WR1 on the Jets with Elijah Moore out. While starting Crowder may be an extremely risky decision in such a crucial game, he is definitely worth considering. He is a talented receiver who has seen plenty of red zone targets. If Wilson is able to do to the Jags defense what Mills did last week, Crowder could be in for a huge game.
Don’t Buy Into The Hype
Going into this year’s draft I was extremely high on Chase Edmonds. I thought the Cardinals were going to have an extremely efficient offense and that Edmonds was going to be their main back. I went 1 for 2 on that take. While the Cardinals have had the franchise’s best offensive season in recent memory, James Conner has been the clear RB1 in Arizona. Edmonds has been injured for part of the season, but even when he wasn’t Conner managed to score all the touchdowns. Even though Edmonds may seem appealing because he gets a decent amount of touches on a very explosive offense, he is just not worth it. He has just been a letdown week after week. If he screwed up your team in the regular season, don’t let him do the same in the playoffs. There are definitely players on the waiver wire who are a better start than Edmonds.
After 15 weeks of the NFL season, all fantasy owners are forced to take things week by week. Nothing is given, especially for this season. Make sure you do everything you possibly can to set your team up for success. There are only a couple of weeks left and how you manage your team now can make or break your entire fantasy season. Good luck!