It is win-or go-home for some of you frustrated fantasy football players as we are just weeks away from the playoffs. The waiver wire isn’t nearly as juicy as it was last week but there are still a few gambles and subs that are worth a look.
Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals – Ellington has flown under the radar for several reasons, most notably being the team he plays for. Savvy players either picked him up weeks ago or even drafted him with a late pick. Ellington had a big game against the Falcons on Sunday and should continue with big production in the weeks ahead. Ellington is on a bye week so you won’t see any immediate dividends.
Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns – Get him while he is still playing. The over/under on Campbell getting hurt is probably about 2 games so I would be careful who you drop to get him. Campbell got hot in Oakland a few times before injuries sent him to the bench. He had great numbers against the best defense in football over the weekend. If you own Brady or Eli Manning or another under-producing QB you are probably best served to give Campbell a shot at this point.
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings – Okay I know, Ponder sucks but he may not suck so bad in fantasy football this weekend. If you have a QB on bye or someone like Bradford that got hurt, Ponder could be a decent one-week option. Ponder has a great matchup against those Dallas Cowboys who are ranked dead last against fantasy QBs in standard scoring leagues. You look back at the Cleveland game and know he can put up the numbers. Now would I start him? No, but if I was desperate and needed a QB for this week only I may actually give it a shot.
Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints – I am at the point where I am going to put in a claim for Stills and drop Marques Colston. Stills has some nice numbers but his lack of targets do scare me a bit. The upside here is that Stills should get opportunities every week in this high-powered offense. I certainly don’t expect the kind of numbers he put up against the Bills but I think he can be a nice sub if you have a WR 2 or WR 3 on a bye week. The inconsistency prevents me from recommending him for anything more.
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals – I am a little dubious of any WRs that rely on Andy Dalton to throw them ball weekly and that includes AJ Green. Yet Jones had an outstanding game against the Jets catching 4 TDs…yes 4! I would be amazed to see that again this season but Jones could be a sneaky play as defenses double Green and leave Jones with single coverage. He has a TD in each of his last three games so something is definitely brewing here and it’s more than just a fluke.
Oakland Raiders, Defense – I hate when the fantasy experts tell you not to pay attention to defenses. Do you like being the guy who loses by a few points to a guy who had a D that scored double digits? I don’t. The Raiders are getting hot and are becoming a consistent fantasy defense option. The matchup against the Eagles alone is worth a roll of the dice here. The Eagles are 27th against defenses in standard scoring leagues.