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 playoffs and if you are still working the wire, you are either fighting for a spot or preparing for the end of season.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay – Winston is back in the saddle and should remain so for the rest of the season. The Tampa defense leaves much to be desired, unless you are the offensive coordinator for the other team. Winston’s next two games should require him to throw a ton. If he can keep it away from the other team’s corners he should give fantasy GMs a decent floor, even if it is garbage time production.
Case Keenum, Denver – Keenum has been a low-end grinder for most of the season. He faces a very nice match up this week. With Dalton out, there is always the risk that the game is put away before Keenum has a chance to unload on a suspect Bengals defense. He should give you a 15-20 point floor this week.
Doug Martin, Oakland – Martin has quietly been grinding away on a team that is plagued by issues. He may have been dropped last week. If so, he is worth the grab.
Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers – The absolutely unquestionable pick of the week and worth all your free agent money or your top waiver pick. He is also probably already on a team which he is so far down on this list. On the off chance someone in your league dropped him during the bye weeks, go get him.
Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta – Sanu has been quietly putting up solid PPR games for weeks. The Falcons face some tougher match ups as we wrap up the season but the coverage may end up benefiting Sanu.
Josh Doctson, Washington – Doctson has been way too quiet since entering the league. He has finally made a little noise over the last four games and is consistently putting up grinder points, it is hard to bet on a Washington player with Colt McCoy at the helm but Doctson could fill in for you nicely against Philly this week.
Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay – Humphries was grinding before the Jackson injury and should continue to provide a high floor and fantastic ceiling for owners.
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati – I am putting him back here for three reasons 1) Tight end just got thinner 2) He is still available in a majority of leagues and 3) Denver. It’s Denver guys.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee – With Tennessee finding its footing and Mariota putting in some work, Smith has found fantasy relevance. With injuries striking tight ends throughout the league, it is hard to pass up a tight end that should already be in the game script.