Grinders and Gambles is duct tape for teams in need of help. This list is for deeper leagues or for those in shallower leagues who are picking up players in free agency after waivers have run.
- Grinders are the guys that will get you some points. They may not have an upside but they will grind out 5-15 depending on your scoring.
- Gambles can get you a goose egg but also have tremendous upside.
Most of those left standing are either in their Super Bowl or fighting for third place. A few of you are starting up playoffs this week and wrapping them up Week 17. Either way, some of you are struggling to fill holes or get you an edge so look no further than here for players that could help get you into the promised land.
Josh Allen, Buffalo – Allen has been rewarding fantasy owners with a steady line week after week and the Patriots are the next team on the schedule. Allen has a nice grinder floor.
Derek Carr, Oakland – I know, I know…why is he still here when he only put up low-end grinder numbers in a crushing defeat last week? Carr has been grinding along while other quarterbacks have been providing single-digit points. This should be a solid game if he hits Cook early and often.
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia – Sproles has been a low-end PPR grinder the last few weeks and if you are desperate for help, Sproles should be on many wires.
Robert Foster, Buffalo – Foster is getting love and the Bills are headed to New England this week. Foster could be the help Boyd owners need to make it through this week.
Robby Anderson, New York Jets – Anderson is legit and he is back and healthy. He was dropped in way too many leagues and should be a hot pick-up this week.
Breshad Perriman, Cleveland – Perriman should have a grinder floor with some serious upside this week as Cleveland takes on Cincy.
Cody Kessler, Jacksonville – I whiffed hard on Kessler last week and it is almost hubris on my part to list him again but Jacksonville plays my Dolphins. That’s it…my whole reasoning, Dolphins. I wish it wasn’t a legit thought process but sadly it is. The Dolphin fan in me hopes the Dolphins rally to kick the already deflated and frequently defeated Jags in the teeth but I also accept the Dolphins ability to rip my heart out and stomp on it.
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland – Wires may be thin right now and there is less movement as teams get knocked out of playoffs but someone probably dropped Mayfield. The Browns vs the Bengals features more than just a fantastic back story, it also presents the opportunity for some fantastic fantasy days.
Sam Darnold, New York Jets – Darnold looked good last week but he has a tougher match up this week. If you are looking for help you may want to take a look at Darnold.
Kalen Ballage, Miami – It’s not just my heart that the Dolphins want to crush, your fantasy playoff chances are fair game as well. Keep in mind that his yardage significantly decreases once you take that 75 yard touchdown run away. Additionally, the Dolphins play the Jags this week so temper expectations.
Jamaal Williams, Green Bay – Jones got banged up on Sunday and Green Bay has no reason to aggravate an injury which means Williams might be getting the rock. The Jets could provide Williams the opportunities to put some more points on the board this week. Keep in mind, with the Packers struggling, Williams is a gamble.
James Washington, Pittsburgh – Washington has seen a smattering of targets last week and the Steeler have the Saints coming up next week and finish up the season against the Bengals week 17.
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams – Everett has been a low end grinder the last two weeks and the Rams should tear up the Cardinals this week. If you need a gamble in a pinch, Everett should still be there.