Colin Kaepernick, QB 49ers
Kaepernick has been about as good as anyone could have hoped for since he usurped the starting job from Blaine Gabbert. It may not be pretty to watch, but all Kaepernick does is put up points with his legs and arm. He’s not going to slow down anytime soon with great matchups against the Bears, Jets, and Falcons.
Matt Barkley, QB, Bears
Barkley is strictly a deep-league option, but wow, he looked pretty good on Sunday while getting absolutely zero help from his receivers. While he doesn’t have many weapons at his disposal, but Marquess Wilson and Jordan Howard aren’t too bad. With a matchup against the 49ers, Barkley could be a decent play.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs
Hill deserved waiver wire consideration ever since Jeremy Maclin went down, but now he’s a must-add. Against the Broncos, Hill touched the ball 10 times for 55 yards with three touchdowns. Hill is probably one of the five faster receivers in the NFL, and needs to be owned if he’s going to be getting 8 to 10 targets per game.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Falcons
Like Hill, Gabriel is one of the faster players in the NFL and has turned in four touchdowns in his past four games. My only concern with Gabriel is that he is more touchdown dependent than Hill. Gabriel hasn’t seen more than five targets in a game this year, and needs to score to have a useful fantasy day.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Bears
The Bears have a very fantasy-friendly schedule to end the year, and Wilson could be very useful over the next two games while Alshon Jeffery is still suspended. Wilson, never short on talent, registered eight catches for 125 yards and one touchdown. Unlike Hill and Gabriel, Wilson is a physical specimen with red zone ability. As long as Matt Barkley keeps up his pace, Wilson could have big games against San Francisco and Detroit.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Patriots
Mitchell was a hot sleeper to start the year, and has finally turned it up a notch with three touchdowns in his past two games. While Mitchell is in a much better offense, I don’t really like his outlook with the Patriots about to take on Los Angeles, Baltimore and Denver.
Justin Hunter, WR, Bills
If you’re in a really deep league or things just aren’t going your way, Hunter is one of the better Hail Mary plays this week. He doesn’t do much other than score touchdowns, but the Bills take on a horrendous Oakland defense this week.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Ravens
Kenneth Dixon and Terrance West have been equaling each other out, but after week 12 it looks like Dixon’s outlook is back on the rise. Against the Bengals, Dixon didn’t really do much but he did touch the ball 17 times, and that’s enough to put him back on fantasy radars.
Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
You already know, Henry would probably help you win your league if Murray gets hurt, but Murray is still trudging along. It’s been brought up that Henry could begin to get more work as the end of the season nears, he could become a decent RB3/Flex if that happens.