The fantasy playoffs are fast approaching and maybe your trade deadline has come and gone? Well, it’s time to dig through the rubble and filter through your waiver wire to add some depth for a playoff push. Below are some impactful players (and maybe a few you can toss to the side) to help you stay competitive.
Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (ESPN – 31.3%)
Despite averaging just 3.5 targets per game over the past month, Williams has been a touchdown machine, hauling in a team-leading four scores in his last four games. He also leads the Chargers in air yards since Week 5 (20.2 per target). This week he has a pretty tasty matchup against the lowly Oakland Raiders, a team he lit up for 22 yards per catch in their previous matchup. The Raiders can’t stop a nosebleed defensively and with Williams’ ability to stretch the field, he should provide tremendous value to your lineup.
DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers (ESPN – 46.7%)
You might have been disappointed with Moore’s line last week against a struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense — one catch for 16 yards and one carry for 32 yards — but, I still believe in the rookie. Last week’s matchup got out of hand early as the Panthers jumped out to a 35-7 lead at halftime, which resulted in a run-heavy game script. Norv Turner is looking for ways to get Moore more involved in the offense and he leads all receivers with 117 rushing yards on the season. Thursday night’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers could be an explosive one and look for Moore to get his chances.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (ESPN – 17.3%)
Here’s the thing, I’m not a fan of the Redskins offense this year and I think Sunday’s blowout loss at home to the Atlanta Falcons may have flashed their true colors. However, with Paul Richardson done for the season and Jamison Crowder still working his way back from an injury, Doctson’s fantasy value has climbed. He’s now the only true deep threat lining up on the outside and found the end zone for the first time this season in Week 9. Alex Smith isn’t a gunslinger, but look for Doctson to gain more of the team’s target share and build off his three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown from last week.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN – 23.6%)
The future in Tampa Bay (at least for now) doesn’t look bright for Winston. He was benched last week in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick and although ‘Fitzmagic’ started slow, he rallied the troops for a near comeback in Carolina. It’s clear that Dirk Koetter has grown tired of Winston’s constant mistakes, leading to turnovers, and the team could be exploring other options at the position in the NFL Draft. Unless an injury happens to the bearded wonder, then don’t expect Winston to get an opportunity to prove the haters wrong and improve on his stat line: 1,181 passing yards, 6 TD and 10 INT.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN – 57.1%)
Perhaps no player’s fantasy value took a bigger hit during last week’s trade deadline than Agholor’s after the Eagles went out and acquired Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions. Yes, Agholor has always been labeled as more of a deep threat, but prior to Tate’s arrival his target share was all over the map (no more than seven targets in any of the past four games). There could just simply be too many mouths to feed now in this offense as Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz will get their share of targets too. Agholor might be the odd man out and faces a tough Dallas Cowboys secondary this Sunday night.
By Jamie Zadow – @jamiezadow