We are coming down the stretch, where it is desperation time for some fantasy teams. In other words, it is now or never to string together some wins and get into the playoffs. After all the trades that took place last week, nothing really ended up coming up roses for any individuals though there is still time for those players to respond and make a fantasy impact. Sometimes fantasy can just be cruel, for instance the Amari Cooper owner, on bye week with Oakland, then traded to Dallas on a bye week so he missed two weeks in a row. Depth is so important.
A handful of recommendations this week. Just a single list that we’ll call “on the radar.” Not a lot of spunk available right now, but do keep poking around and using that last roster spot for something that just might spring in the future.
On The Radar
RB Elijah McGuire, New York Jets
Active for the first time all season, McGuire got 10 touches against Miami, with three of those coming in the air. He assumes the role as the backup to Isaiah Crowell, which at minimum carries fantasy value as a player worth owning in all formats. Crowell has not exactly lit the world on fire, and prior to losing Bilal Powell the Jets were a team that split things between two backs. McGuire’s role is likely to increase next week and into the future.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, New England
New England is extremely thin at the running back position, so much so that the team has turned to Patterson to compliment scat-back James White. Against Buffalo two weeks ago Patterson carried the ball 10 times, and when James White left the Sunday night game against Green Bay, Patterson stepped onto the field and he was the offense for an entire series that culminated in him rushing for a touchdown. With Rob Gronkowski sidelined, New England has had to get creative on offense, and the success of Patterson the last two weeks is a sign of more good things ahead for his fantasy value.
TE Ben Watson, New Orleans
After disappearing against Minnesota two weeks ago, Watson was back and once again in the end zone against the Los Angeles Rams this week. Sandwiched around the Minnesota goose egg, he has caught three passes for 62 yards and six catches for 43 yards with touchdowns in both those surrounding games. He has a good matchup coming up against Cincinnati, so look for him to register another good fantasy byline.
WR Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay
Coming off a week where he caught seven passes for 76 yards against Cincinnati, Humphries got loose for eight catches and 82 yards against Carolina. More importantly, two of those catches went for scores. Tampa Bay has many options, and the floor could drop at any time, but for now Humphries is worth a look for those in need at the position.
RB Theo Riddick, Detroit
Back from missing several games, Riddick was active and involved in this week’s game against Minnesota. He did not register a carry, but instead made his mark in the passing game where he caught seven balls for 36 yards. The departure of Golden Tate has created a void and if last week was any indication, Riddick is going to be the player to pick up those short passes over the middle.