As the playoff race heats up, we enter make it or break it territory. If you are more than 2 games back it’s time to throw the kitchen sink on the trade block and hope for the best. That’s right, cut ties with your bench…if you have extra receivers producing, flip them for a fringe RB. If you’ve got 2 QBs putting up good numbers but weak flex option sell the better one and stream one of the great options like Tannehill, Goff or Fitzmagic when necessary. I’ve found myself in between a rock and a hard place in the DraftiD Flagship Fantasy League as my team entered the week at 1-4, averaging around 150 points allowed. I’ve got a plethora of WRs, but no depth at RB. I also have found myself with 3 QBs and only a few suitors. Sometimes you’ve got a great team, but just are in need of that edge to get a few wins. The first step is to put together a package that still gives you a salvageable starting lineup. If you can trade your best WR or QB and get an equal value RB in return, pull the trigger. There are MANY WR/QBs who can get you points, but we face an extremely slim RB situation. Look to make that blockbuster trade. Hang in there, it is just a game of luck anyways…your day will come. Have fun with it and blow up your team if you need some excitement.
Key Waiver Pickups
Keelan Cole Sr. – WR, JAX (14.3% Rostered)
Cole has done nothing but outperform his projections this season and has cemented his role as the #2 WR in Jacksonville. It is rare to find a WR averaging 13.6 PPG, with a floor of 8 points, this late in the season. If you need WR depth, go all in on acquiring Cole as he will likely be the last decent option to add this year.
Anthony Firsker – TE, TENN (.1% Rostered)
Titans stud TE went down with an ankle injury this week and Firsker filled in perfectly. He is most likely not a long term add, but a great streaming option as it has become clear that the Titans will be utilizing tight ends. Firsker is also a great option if you have Smith as your lone TE.
Jared Goff – QB, LAR (50% Rostered)
No need to explain who Jared Goff is, but if you need a bye week filler Goff is available in half of the leagues. He now has 3 20+ point performances and ranks inside the top 12.
D’Andre Swift – RB, DET (74% Rostered)
This one is a longshot, but if you are in the 26% of leagues where Swift is available do what you can to acquire Swift. Swift now seems to be emerging as the feature back in Detroit and could possibly even transform into a keeper worthy prospect.
Fax or Fiction
Justin Jefferson is the real deal.
Fax. Jefferson is becoming one of the clear favorites for steal of the NFL draft as he is outperforming fellow first round picks tremendously. Jefferson has taken his 36 receptions for 537 yards and 3 TDs while averaging 17 ppg.
Myles Gaskin is a great dynasty option worth trading for.
Fiction. Gaskin has outperformed his potential this year, and despite decent production the Dolphins were already involved in the Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes, signaling they want to improve their committee. Flores and the Dolphins seem to value Gaskins as committee RB, who soon could transition into a purely receiving back. Wait a bit before trying to acquire him in dynasty.
AJ Green will bounce back this season.
This is tough, but fiction. As much as I want Green to bounce back, he has lost a step and is not getting close to the volume he once had. Green will finish as the third or forth option for the Bengals.
Matt Ryan vs DET
Justin Herbert vs JAX
Joe Burrow vs CLE
Ronald Jones @ LV
Kareem Hunt @ CIN
D’Andre Swift @ ATL
Terry McLarin vs DAL
Cole Beasley @ NYJ
Brandin Cooks vs GB
Cam Newton vs SF
Jared Goff vs CHI
Carson Wentz vs NYG
Boston Scott vs NYG
Le’Veon Bell @ DEN
James White vs SF
Juju Smith-Schuster @ TENN
Adam Humphries vs PIT
Julian Edelman vs SF