The fantasy football playoffs have now begun in just about every league, and if you're lucky enough to be able to make moves still to your roster, there are still viable fantasy options emerging this late in the season.
Here's a look at this week's fantasy football waiver wire additions and subtractions.
Bengals QB AJ McCarron
The Cincinnati Bengals will likely be without Andy Dalton for the rest of the regular season, and that means a gaping hole could be left on your fantasy roster. With Dalton sidelined, AJ McCarron was left to take over for the Bengals against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and while it was a so-so performance overall, it was one in which McCarron put up a good amount of fantasy points.
He finished 22-of-32 passing with 280 yards and two touchdowns vs two interceptions. That's certainly not going to win a lot of real football games, but that stat line can be good in a fantasy game. McCarron is someone you definitely want to add in deep and two-quarterback leagues.
With so many weapons around him, even the inexperienced McCarron is now a viable fantasy option. It also helps that he'll have a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers this week and the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17. Be sure to have another QB handy for Week 16 against a stout Denver Broncos defense, but McCarron should be able to put up a good amount of points against San Francisco and Baltimore.
Browns RB Isaiah Crowell
The Browns' offense looked as good as it has all season during the team's Week 14 win over the 49ers. While Johnny Manziel starting was the big headliner, it was running back Isaiah Crowell who was money for Cleveland. Crowell finished the game with 145 rushing yards on 20 carries (7.3 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.
While Crowell has been the No. 1 back for much of the season, he's been splitting carries with promising rookie Duke Johnson. This was the first time Crowell has gotten 20-plus carries this season, and after seeing what he did with them, Crowell should be in a for a nice workload over the final three games.
Saints RB Tim Hightower
The Saints are having a season to forget, but the re-emergence of Tim Hightower is one of the feel-good stories of this NFL season. Originally a quality running back with the Arizona Cardinals, Hightower was traded in 2011 to Washington. After starting in his first five Redskins games, Hightower suffered a torn ACL that not only ended his season, but helped lead to him being cut the following season.
Hightower remained out of football in 2012 and 2013 before signing with the Blacktips of the Fall Experimental Football League in 2014. After four years away from the NFL, Hightower signed a futures contract with the New Orleans Saints this offseason, and though he was cut before the season, he re-signed with the team in November when Khiry Robinson was injured.
Now, Mark Ingram has been lost for the season due to a shoulder injury, and Hightower ended up starting in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished the game with 85 rushing yards on 25 carries to go with one catch for 10 yards. It wasn't a game-changing performance, but if you're looking for a starting running back on the waiver wire, there won't be many, if any better than Hightower.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton
Even if Andy Dalton's thumb injury only keeps him out this week, it's still enough to make dropping him a good option this week. If he somehow was able to come back in Week 16, he'd be going against a Broncos defense that has made just about every quarterback they've faced look mediocre.
Go ahead and drop Dalton in hopes of adding someone that will actually contribute to your team.
Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls
A promising rookie season is over for running back Thomas Rawls who suffered a broken ankle during the Seahawks' 35-6 win over the Ravens in Week 14. Rawls is done for the year and will be dead weight on your fantasy team going forward. Try and grab one of the above running backs when you cut Rawls this week.