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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.

We are heading towards the playoffs and if you are still working the wire you are either fighting for a spot or preparing for the end of season.

Eli Manning, New York Giants – Manning is one of the most notoriously inconsistent quarterbacks in the NFL and there is always a risk of the dreaded “Manning face”, but he has been a relatively consistent grinder for the last few weeks and he should put up a decent stat line against Philly this week.

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati – Gio has been putting up a few points each week for PPR owners. He isn’t going to save Gurley and Hunt owners but he is worth a grab if you are stuck. Sometimes you have to just take whatever points you can get.

Willie Snead, Baltimore – Snead has been steadily putting up points all season. He is the consummate PPR Grinder, and can help anchor an injury ridden or high risk team by giving you a decent stat line each week.

Dontrelle Inman, Indianapolis – Inman has been seeing targets each week and got into the end zone this week. If you need a filler from a depleted wire, Inman could be a sneaky grab.

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati – Real football problems create fantasy solutions. The Bengals have some nice match ups over the next two weeks. The Denver matchup may be clutch for a team on the cusp of the playoffs and short a tight end.

Colt McCoy, WashingtonAlex Smith wasn’t exactly lights out prior to his injury and Colt McCoy was never even in the conversation as he is a back up for a reason. If you you are in a super-flex league, McCoy has nice matchups over the next two weeks and could put up enough points to help a team get in to the playoffs.

Marcus Mariota, Tennessee – He has been diagnosed with a stinger and should be hitting a waiver wire near you. He also has some good match ups weeks 15 and 16. He is worth a grab for teams streaming QB that have some bench space.

Gus Edwards, Baltimore – Edwards fate is potentially tied to Lamar Jackson. He hadn’t done much leading up to this week but took over the backfield with Jackson at QB. He will be the top pick up of the week in most formats.

Theo Riddick, Detroit – with Johnson going down and out for at least this week, Detroit needs to turn to their other backs. Riddick offers the higher reward for PPR players but Blount is always a gamble to vulture a touchdown. Blount has not been able to do much over the last few weeks and the savage Chicago defense may severely limit his usage. Riddick’s use in the passing game makes him the more favorable gamble.

Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans – Smith got all the love last week and faces the Falcons this week. Expect bigger weeks for Kamara and Ingram this week but Smith could put up a nice line if his foot is healed up enough to play.

Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams – Reynolds’ truthers everywhere rejoiced this weekend as Reynolds came in for an injured Kupp and tore up the Chiefs. He is on bye this week so he may still be around on wires.

Keke Coutee, Houston – He has been banged up, his game wasn’t mind blowing and he has a tough match up this week. That means he may come to you as a bargain. His Week 13 matchup could push a team on the edge into the playoffs.

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay – It has been hard to get a handled on the Bucs receiving situation with the current quarterback by “hot hand” situation. The unfortunate injury to O.J. Howard and the fact that Winston is back under center bodes well for Brate.

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I suffer from an undying obsession with fantasy football. Former Lee Evans owner, I am not proud. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, I would get to the second one but I have lineups to set. Follow me on Twitter @leedoglaw