The Fantasy Playoffs are now here for all of us. In all leagues, byes should have happened and you are down to the final 4. If not, you are in a weird league. With such a crucial time of the year, the wire isn’t sterling, but there is enough talent that can make the difference. This is the time of the year where making the right choice is the difference between 1 step from glory, or playing for 3rd place or worse. Whilst we don’t hold the crystal ball, we do have our top selections this week per position. However the advice we would give is this: A lot of good players were dropped to waivers last week as people needed the roster space for positional needs on their roster and handcuffs. As a result, check your wires as you might find an upgrade on the below, and, more importantly, an upgrade for what is on your bench currently.
Josh Allen (BUF): 14% owned
Allen led the Bills in rushing again, totaling over 100 yards for the second time in his last three games. He’s averaging 112yds on the ground and despite his 5-4 TD/INT ratio in those games, he’s a highly startable option because of the rushing yards he accumulates. He should be added. Notable alternative is Lamar Jackson of the Ravens, but he came out of the game Sunday. Check the injury report before making a decision. Jackson has a very favourable match-up against the Buccaneers.
Next two weeks: DET, @NE
Damien Williams (KC): 17% owned
Williams had a fairly poor week in Week 14, totaling only 30 yards on 12 touches but he did get 2 touchdowns. He has significantly less yardage (129 to 30) compared to Spencer Ware. The Chief’s face the Chargers on Thursday Night Football in Week 15 and Williams is certainly worth a pickup as he will see more carries if Ware’s injury keeps him out.
Next two weeks: LAC, @SEA
Dante Pettis (20% owned)
It’s surprising to see that Pettis wasn’t added in more leagues after the last two games. He now has a three-game scoring streak and 255 yards in that span. The return of Marquise Goodwin didn’t hurt Pettis in the least as Pettis saw seven targets to Goodwin’s two. The Mullens-Pettis connection is real and has a chance to repeat its Week 13 magic against the Seahawks. He is also Available in 4 of our 5 Dynasty leagues (or should we say was). So check your wire guys.
Ian Thomas (16% owned)
The Panthers’ tight end of the future, Thomas’ 11 targets, nine receptions for 77 yards were more than Greg Olsen has produced in a game this season. Newton is hurt and he is not throwing the ball downfield, which means Thomas will continue to get those targets. Thomas has a tough matchup at home against the Saints last week but Cameron Brate just hit them for two scores on Sunday and the tight end position is thinner than wafer thin deli ham at the moment, so we doubt you can find anyone better.
Next two weeks: NO, ATL
New York Giants (29% owned)
Suddenly a pick-six machine, the Giants defense has been coming on strong at the right time of year (even if it doesn’t matter for their non-existent playoff hopes). They don’t get the luxury of facing Mark Sanchez in Week 15, but Marcus Mariota has nearly as many turnovers (10) and touchdown passes (11) on the season. If the giants get OBJ back and get get ahead early and use Saquon Barkley to grind the clock then the titans will have to throw more. As we all know picks mean prizes. Among the defenses owned under 50% at this point, they are easily the best choice based on upcoming matchups.
These are our top picks, but if these players have gone, then download and subscribe to the 5 Yard Rush Podcast, available on all good podcast outlets for more Waiver Wire/ Free Agency picks every week as well as other useful content to help you win your league. You can also fire off any questions to us on twitter @5yardrush.
Good luck this week and keep rushing!
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