Unbelievably, week 13 is upon us. For the majority of fantasy football leagues in the country this is the final week of the regular season and for many teams it is win, and you're in. Lose, and you cruise. As simple as that. Except the team you're playing is the same situation and you need to block his pickups as well as leave room on your roster for players you need. Should you get a back? Does he need a back? How many wideouts do I have? Well if I have three WR, and two TE I should have enough room to get his backs handcuff, just in case-
This is the week where fantasy owners confuse themselves so bad they literally over think their team right out of the playoffs.
The truth is unless you suffered a major injury last week, you probably don't need any player for this week off the waiver wire. So use this time to handcuff your backs and stack up on wideouts because injuries are so prevalent in today's NFL. Find a fill in D just in case something begins to go awry down the stretch with your original defense. Most of all, don't worry, you're a waiver wire warrior!
I'm willing to bet your starter and your backup quarterback is pretty much set in stone at this point in the year. If you happen to have an extra roster spot I suggest you take a look at Matt Cassell. With Romo going out for the year and the Cowboys still "mathematically" alive in their division, expect Cassell to sling the rock. He has already built chemistry with Dez Bryant and he faces some pretty soft passing defense's to close out the year. Of course your not starting him but he is your "in case of emergency, break glass" quarterback.
Like I said, time to handcuff those running backs, here's a few:
Adrian Peterson = Matt Astasia
Yes they love Jerrick McKinnon in Minnesota but if something ever happened to AP, Astasia would get the goal line carries. Minnesota runs more red zone plays than 2/3 of the rest of the league. You figure it out.
Chris Ivory = Bilal Powell
I've been screaming about Powell all year. Even if you don't own Ivory, Powell is well worth the roster spot. He sees a lot of passing play downs and is even featured in the slot on some plays for the Jets. Powell is a PPR machine.
Lamar Miller = Damien Williams
Miller is so special when he gets the ball he's an absolute treat to watch. Williams has quietly caught 30 balls this year and has three touchdowns as well. If Miller gets banged up down the stretch, Williams will have even more time to showcase his running abilities, certainly worth the stash if you own Miller.
After a career high 201 receiving yards last week against a tough Seattle defense, Markus Wheaton made it clear that Pittsburgh can make three wideouts fantasy relevant. Wheaton has great speed with some fantastic hands and Rothelisberger is not scared to throw him the ball even when he covered. With defense's having no choice but to give him the attention of their number 3 cornerback, he should eat well every week with a steady number of targets.
Even though the Detroit Lions offense hasn't been amazing this year, Eric Ebron has been making the best of the middle of the field. With games against New Orleans, San Francisco and Chicago approaching the matchup tree doesn't look better for any other tight end on your waiver wire.
The hottest defense as of late are the Kansas City Chiefs. Scoring double digits in four of their last five games and a soft schedule to close the season out, they are a great choice. Not just to stash but even start this week. Playoffs are on the line for them so the defense will stay hot.