This is crunch time fantasy football owners, it is week 14 which means the fantasy playoffs have arrived. Even if the whole year you have not not lost a game, one loss will eliminate you from the league. This means it is necessary to have the best lineup for the next three weeks that gives you the best chance to win and move on to the next round. Some of the best fantasy players in skill positions recently are Alvin Kamara, Leveon Bell, Adam Thielen, Antonio Brown, Tom Brady, and Carson Wentz. Even if you have any of these players it is not a guaranteed win, as shown by the ability of injury to ruin thousands of peoples hopes. This happened when Kamara went down with a concussion in the early part of the first quarter, only scoring five points for fantasy owners. It was heartbreaking to see him go down, especially because he scored five points on his first drive only, which indicates he would have probably gotten about 30 points in the game.
If you do not have any of these star players, your fantasy championship hopes are still alive with the many good players still available on the waiver wire. Some of these players are Kenyan Drake from the Dolphins and Rex Burkhead from the Patriots. Drake became prominent in fantasy when Jay Ajayi got traded to the Eagles, because it left him and Damian Williams being the only running backs left. It also helped that Damien Williams got injured, which cemented Drake’s role as the starting running back. Drake’s ability to catch the ball and his quickness make him a very good PPR play, but his ability to run between the tackles as shown in the Broncos game makes him a good every day fantasy play. Drake’s ability to post twenty fantasy points can be the difference between advancing in the playoffs or losing. Rex Burkhead from the Patriots became especially prominent in fantasy recently because of how often he scores touchdowns. Burkhead has not been popular all year because of how the Patriots have a three-headed monster at the running back position consisting of Burkhead, James White, and Dion Lewis. The misunderstanding owners have is that Dion Lewis gets most of the carries, but Burkhead gets the carries near the end zone, which makes him extremely valuable. Rex scoring three touchdowns can make the difference in winning and losing a fantasy matchup in the playoff, when most of the matchups are close.
Even if fantasy owners do not want to mess with the waiver wire pickup game, it is still a possibility to get a successful trade. Some of the players that would be good to trade away are Marshawn Lynch and Doug Baldwin. Marshawn Lynch has had a couple of good games lately, which has made his stats look much better, but for the year in total his fantasy stats have been not up to par. For Doug Baldwin his inconsistency is a problem, and his tough matchups he has during the fantasy playoffs are the issues. The players with value that fantasy owners can get back for trading these players are Julio Jones and Josh Gordon. Julio Jones has been poor for a lot of the season, but since the Falcons are fighting for a playoff spot he has turned he production up lately. The only problem owners will have with Julio is it will take a few more players to get him. Josh Gordon just came back from layoff from the NFL due to substance abuse issues, but looked great in his opening game against the Chargers. In this game Gordon was targeted fourteen times by quarterback Deshone Kizer, which shows his value in ppr leagues and demonstrates how much he gets the attention of his quarterback.