Congratulations everyone – if you’re reading this article, I’m assuming you made the playoffs in your fantasy football league. If you’re reading this and didn’t make the playoffs, why are you here? This space is for contenders only. If you drafted Todd Gurley because you believed Jeff Fisher when he said he wasn’t going 7-9 again this season? SORRY! If you drafted Deandre Hopkins because the only Brock Osweiler game you watched last year was the New England game and you thought he possessed skills akin to an NFL quarterback? SORRY! And worst of all, if you traded David Johnson in your dynasty league because you thought teams would stack the box against a regressing Carson Palmer and shut down the now MVP-worthy running back… OK, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who did that last one. Oops. Let’s get to the waiver wire suggestions.
Joe Flacco, Bal QB
Flacco finally woke up this season against the Dolphins, passing for 381 yards and four touchdowns. He would have eclipsed 400 yards if it wasn’t a blowout, and Flacco has never been afraid of the Patriots, averaging over 275 yards and almost 3 touchdowns a game in Foxboro. If you made the playoffs with a below-average QB, Flacco could be an interesting option this week, and he warrants being the first QB mentioned in this column since Week 8.
Justin Forsett, Den RB
With Kapri Bibbs being sent to IR and Devontae Booker looking like a fourth round pick, Forsett has the opportunity to get some meaningful touches in the Denver backfield. The one year Forsett played in Kubiak’s system in Baltimore he put up a career-high 1,266 yards. Sure, being cut twice by two different teams in one season feels bad, but Denver’s quarterbacks aren’t named Romo yet, so the opportunity will be there.
Ladarius Green, Pit TE
Better late than never right? After disappointing supporters all year, Green finally broke out against the Giants with six catches, 110 yards, and one touchdown. If you roster(ed) Gronk, Reed, or Olsen as your tight ends, Green might be an upgrade for your playoff run. He was targeted 11 times against the Giants and is Pittsburgh’s best weapon not named Bell or Brown.
Dennis Pitta, Bal TE
Were you one of the eight people in your league who streamed Pitta this season only to be disappointed in him not scoring for you (or anyone else) all year, only to be disgusted when another owner picked him up for his double-dip against the Dolphins? Well, chances are he’s been dropped again. But repeat potential is there against the Patriots, who are ranked 29th in defending tight ends.
Kenneth Dixon, Bal RB
Despite Terrance West’s big day last week, Dixon has been consistently outplaying him and is a strong target in PPR leagues. Dixon has averaged over a yard per carry more than West in the last five games and has led the Ravens in rushing in the last two. Give him a look in all formats and don’t be surprised if he gets a couple 20-carry games before the end of this season.
Anquan Boldin, SF WR
This guy has been under the radar all year. I bet you’ll be surprised to hear that he has at least four catches in 8 of 12 games this year. The Lions will be trying to win every game as they make their playoff push, and Boldin should have plenty of chances to find the endzone in Stafford’s pass-heavy offense.
Christine Michael, GB RB
There were people holding out hope that Michael would still be able to produce on the Packers, but 9 carries for 19 yards is the sad result of his first start. He’ll have to share touches with Starks and Montgomery, and at the end of the day there is a reason he was cut so many times.
John Brown, Ari WR
Having an illness is never something to joke about, so we’ll just tell owners to steer clear of both Brown and the rest of the Cardinals receivers that have to play with Carson Palmer’s chalk outline for the rest of the year.