The last week of the regular season is upon us. Most of you still reading these updates are only looking for players to solidify your bench, but upside plays can help you pull off the big upset over the next few weeks.
Case Keenum, MIN QB
I kept holding off on Case Keenum because I just didn’t believe he could be this good. With 10 total touchdowns over his last four games and the league’s second best receiver (sorry Julio) in Adam Thielen, Case Keenum is looking like a must-start for the fantasy playoffs. This can obviously shift at any moment because we’re talking about Case Keenum, but if you have been starting Dak Prescott or another quarterback with a touch matchup during the fantasy playoffs it might make sense to pick Keenum up.
Josh Gordon, CLE WR
The highest upside play available on your league’s wire. Gordon is going to be activated in Week 13 after finishing his 17 year suspension. His quarterback is terrible and he looked pedestrian the last time he played, but if you have a droppable player then why not?
Rex Burkhead, NE RB
Burkhead has become a major part of New England’s offense the last four weeks. He had 15 touches and two touchdowns in Week 12 and is evolving into a great PPR threat. He’s only rostered in 44% of ESPN leagues but needs to be rostered across all formats.
Greg Olsen, CAR TE
After a slight scare in his first week back from breaking his foot, Olsen seems to be okay and will be a major factor for the fantasy playoffs. He might still have a limited role if he plays this week against New Orleans, but he’ll have plenty of opportunities on a Panther team that is starving for playmakers.
Evan Engram, NYG TE
The perfect candidate to bench for the aforementioned Olsen. The rookie was an unexpected gem earlier this season but it appears that opponents are figuring out that Eli has no other weapons to throw to. After scoring in four consecutive games and racking up an average of 4 receptions for 60-plus yards in those games, he was held to just 4 total receptions for 27 yards in his last two. The arrow is pointing down but he’s not a drop candidate yet. It would just be smart for his owners to pick someone else up.
David Johnson, ARI RB
Some owners who paid an insane amount for David Johnson (me) were holding out hope that he could return for the fantasy playoffs and have rostered him for the entire season. This notion was finally completely shut down by Bruce Arians and we are left standing with our blown bucks. Hopefully you guys picked up Adrian Peterson.