With Week 16 approaching, it’s likely championship or bust time in your league’s fantasy playoffs.
With just one or two games left in your league, you hopefully won’t need to snag anyone off waivers to start, but if you’re one of the unlucky owners of guys like Julio Jones, Melvin Gordon, Theo Riddick, or A.J. Green, here’s a look at some fill-in guys you can snag off of the waiver wire this week.
Thanks a to a concussion to James Starks, Ty Montgomery is once again the featured running back in Green Bay. Against the Bears in Week 15, Montgomery likely locked down that job with the best game we’ve seen in quite some time by a Packers running back.
The second-year receiver-converted running back rushed for 162 yards and two scores vs Chicago. Even when Starks returns, look for the Packers to keep relying on Montgomery to help carry them into the playoffs.
A Bears Receiver
After being hit with a four-game suspension for PED use, it looked like Alshon Jeffery’s fantasy season was over. Between the suspension, Chicago having young receivers to play and Jay Cutler being done for the year, it looked like the Pro Bowl receiver would fade into the abyss down the stretch.
Not so, as Jeffery returned to burn the Packers for 89 yards and a touchdown on six catches (9 targets). He’s a risky starter, especially in your fantasy playoffs, but he’s easily one of, if not the best receiver on the waiver wire if he’s available in your league.
But if you’re still sour on Alshon, the good news is the Bears are bad and will be playing from behind a lot, which means other receivers like Deonte Thompson and Cameron Meredith are also viable options. Thompson caught eight passes for 110 yards vs the Packers, while Meredith chipped in nine grabs for 106 yards.
Prioritize Jeffery, then Meredith, then Thompson if any of them are on your league’s waiver wire.
The Cardinals no longer have Michael Floyd to worry about, which has allowed J.J. Nelson to take on a bigger role in the Arizona offense. The second-year receiver has caught a touchdown in three straight games now, including Sunday’s loss to the Saints, a game that saw him catch five passes on 11 targets for 38 yards and a score.
The Bengals found a good receiver in Tyler Boyd, but they’ve done a poor job at giving him chances to shine this season. When A.J. Green went down, Boyd suddenly looked like a viable fantasy receiver, but he’s simply not getting enough targets to do any real damage.
Boyd has been targeted just 15 times over his last three games, which he’s converted into 12 grabs for 128 yards. That should drop further with Green set to return, so get rid of Boyd now.
The Lions’ offense has been relying on Eric Ebron less as the season has wore on, making him an easy cut this week. On Sunday, Ebron caught just four passes for 36 yards in a loss to the Giants. He now has just 12 grabs for 106 yards and no scores over his last four games. Get rid of him ASAP.