The fantasy football playoffs are upon us, hopefully, you’re team has hung in and you’re on your way to a championship.
This is that time of year where you might have to take some risks to keep your championship hopes alive. The playoffs aren’t the time to chuck out middle-of-the-road starters with low ceilings.
A.J. McCarron: With Andy Dalton likely out for the year, McCarron filled in admirably against a pretty bad secondary. He completed 68 percent of his passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. If you need a quarterback, McCarron should have plenty of weapons at his disposal to be successful, even if Tyler Eifert misses next week with a concussion.
Doug Baldwin: Baldwin’s ownership is just over 60 percent in NFL.com leagues and this is the last warning to nab him before someone else does. He has nine touchdowns in his past five games and a cupcake matchup against the Browns next week.
Tim Hightower: Against the Buccaneers, Hightower touched the ball 29 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. There was some lingering suspicion that C.J. Spiller would be a bit more involved, but it’s clear the Saints have no faith in Spiller.
At times, the Saints have gone away from running the ball, but Hightower should essentially be unchallenged for touches in the backfield. He has two easy matchups coming up against the Lions and Jaguars.
Melvin Gordon: Gordon is owned in most leagues, but a lot of owners have given up on him. Yes, he’s been terrible, but the Chargers are still keeping him involved in the offense. Against the Chiefs, he touched the ball 18 times for 63 yards. Bleh. Still, the Chargers are using him and he does have the Dolphins and Raiders coming up. Maybe the Chargers force him the ball just to see what they have considering they are out of the playoffs.
Denard Robinson: T.J. Yeldon has some sort of knee injury, not much is known right now, but Robinson looked great filling in for him against the Colts. He ran for one touchdown on 75 yards and caught a pass. If Robinson does start at all during the next two weeks, he has two amazing matchups against the Falcons and Saints.
DuJuan Harris: After Thomas Rawls went down, Harris came in and rushed for 42 yards on 18 carries. Harris hasn’t done much in his three years, but there could be some big running lanes there for him if Russell Wilson keeps up his hot streak.
Fred Jackson: Fantasy owners were hit pretty hard with injuries this week and Thomas Rawls was one of those casualties. He likely isn’t going to do much, but the opportunity is there for some work in the passing game.
Bilal Powell: Unfortunately, Chris Ivory has sputtered a bit down the stretch giving way for Powell to be a big factor in the passing game. In three of his past five games, Powell has caught at least five catches for no less than 46 yards. The Jets offense has been on fire the past three weeks, and Powell has carved out a big role.
Ted Ginn: Ginn drops way too many passes, but he is a big part of the Panthers offense because there simply isn’t anyone better. In his past three games, he’s caught five touchdowns and has gone over 80 yards twice. Again, he’ll leave a lot of opportunities on the table, but the targets are there.
Tyler Lockett: The Seahawks are on absolute fire right now and since the week nine bye-week Lockett has gotten more opportunities. In his past four games, he has four touchdowns and two games with at least 90 yards. Grab Baldwin first if he’s somehow still available, but Lockett is a decent consolation prize if you need a receiver.
Richard Rodgers: After a huge week 13, Rodgers quieted down quite a bit, but he still caught a touchdown. The silver lining for Rodgers is that in week 15 he takes on the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are one of the worst teams in the NFL against tight ends. As a matter of fact, this past week, Vernon Davis and Owen Daniels went for a combined 10 catches for 117 yards against them.
If you need a possible replacement for Tyler Eifert in week 15, Rodgers could be an option.