Either you’re right around the corner from the playoffs or just starting them in your fantasy league. But either way, it’s time to scour the waiver wire and/or make those pivotal decisions that will get you the next win. If you’re in a competitive 12-man league, good luck on the wire. With injuries stacking up and most of the up-and-coming fantasy options already common knowledge, there’s not a whole lot left. Some of these guys you may have on your roster, but have since forgotten about after a few down weeks.
Tennessee WR Rishard Matthews: To my surprise, he was available in one of my leagues, despite the fact that he’s been on fire. Matthews has four touchdowns and his last three games, and he’s become one of Marcus Mariota’s favorite targets. What’s even more important to keep an eye on is that Tennessee’s final six games on the schedule only feature two matchups with tough defenses. The Titans face the Broncos and Chiefs win weeks 14 and 15, but for the next two weeks have the Colts and Bears, and finish the season with the Jaguars and Texans. He’s almost an instant start.
New England TE Martellus Bennett: As soon as Rob Gronkowski left Sunday night’s game against the Seahawks, the targets for Martellus Bennett were plentiful. He finished with seven catches on seven targets for 102 yards. It’s the most receptions he’s had all season and most yards since week four. With Gronk reportedly missing practice on Wednesday and a question mark with a chest injury, Bennett is almost sure to have a huge fantasy day against the 49ers.
Washington QB Kirk Cousins: He hasn’t had a game without at least one touchdown since week one. He’s had at least two touchdowns in three of his last four. If you’re questioning your fantasy quarterback, don’t be afraid to throw Cousins in the starting lineup. Washington averages nearly 40 pass attempts per game, and they’re hosting a really bad Packers defense on Sunday. Green Bay’s 19 touchdowns given up through the air ranks them 26th in pass defense.
Kansas City TE Travis Kelce: He’s the tight end you want on your real life football team, but fantasy wise, he’s been lacking, especially with Alex Smith. A “dink and dunk” passing game doesn’t do Kelce owners any good. He saw his best numbers when Nick Foles was on the field. The Chiefs are on a five-game win streak, and often playing with the lead and content playing very conservative offense. Even against a defense like the Bucs, I’m not a fan. It may be a risk, but if you’re strong elsewhere and want some upside, look at Pittsburgh’s Jesse James. They’re facing the winless Browns, who have given up eight touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Cincinnati RB Giovani Bernard: There’s no tougher backfield to get a read on than the Bengals. But as of late, it’s been Jeremy Hill getting the bulk of the carries. Bernard’s best benefit was his use in the pass game, but that hasn’t been there for him either. He’s had just five receptions for 40 yards in the last three games combined. Until he proves himself again, or you’re completely desperate, I’d stay away.
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