We’re now one week away from the playoffs starting for many fantasy football leagues.
Even this late in the season, we’re seeing impact players come off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) and Injured Reserve (IR) lists. We’re also seeing rookies rise up and take on bigger roles in their respective offenses, making them viable fantasy players heading into the postseason.
Here’s a look at who you need to add and drop heading into Week 13.
The Bills finally got wide receiver Sammy Watkins back vs the Jaguars in Week 12. Watkins was dropped in nearly every fantasy league when he went on I.R. back on September 30, so he had more time to rest and recover from offseason foot surgery that was aggravated early on in the season.
He just became eligible to come off IR for the receiver-needy Bills this week and went on to not only start vs Jacksonville, but caught three passes for 80 yards in the 28-21 win.
With Robert Woods injured (more on him later), Watkins is the hands-down top pass-catcher in the Bills’ offense now, making him a solid fantasy receiver heading into the playoffs. Not to mention, the Bills’ playoff hopes are still alive, and they’re fighting hard to make it the postseason.
Just like Watkins, Marquess Wilson is finally returning from an injury that had him sidelined for much of the past two months. He opened the season on PUP before finally making his debut in Week 11.
In Week 12, Wilson caught eight passes for 125 yards and a touchdown against the Titans. It helped that the Bears were being blown out for most of the game, which resulted in a team-high 11 targets as Chicago abandoned the run.
That’s going to be the game script in most, if not every remaining game for the Bears during their final five games, which includes Alshon Jeffery suspended for two more of them.
Wilson looks like the clear-cut No. 1 receiver in this offense now, so look to grab him if you need receiver help.
The Ravens finally appear to be leaning more toward Kenneth Dixon as their top running back. For the second straight week, Dixon got essentially a 50-50 split with the incumbent Terrance West, and Dixon again out-shined the veteran.
Against the Bengals, Dixon rushed for 49 yards on 13 carries to go with four catches for 31 yards. He’ll be the top back in the Ravens’ offense soon, so look to add him if you need more backfield depth.
The Cardinals continue to be a mess, especially when it comes to a passing game that’s taken a major step back from where it was last year. That’s led to John Brown becoming a ghost in far too many games this year, the latest being a one-catch, 19-yard performance against the Falcons.
That came one week after Brown didn’t catch a pass vs the Vikings, despite getting four targets. He can be safely dropped in all leagues now.
The Giants’ offense continues to do as little as it needs to do for New York to keep winning games. That and more emphasis on the ground game has led to less work for Victor Cruz, who has caught just two passes for 85 yards and no scores over the last two weeks.
The salsa dancing star is no longer worth even a bench spot on your fantasy team.
James White continues to be effective with the touches he is getting. The problem is, they’re few and far between with Dion Lewis now back.
In the last two games, White has 10 catches for 85 yards and no touchdowns while getting zero rushes. His snap count should only drop further as Lewis gets more acclimated into the offense, so drop White now.