If you didn’t start your playoffs last week, you should be starting them this week. Meanwhile, injuries continue to crush teams. I have Andy Dalton (as my backup to Romo), Tyler Eifert, and T.J. Yeldon all on one roster. Ouch! This is the time of year where the injuries end your season and the patching matters the most.
Played together, “Grinders and Gambles” can help patch holes in a team or be the extra push you need to get those wins. Don’t sit obvious plays for these guys; they are for when there are no obvious plays or you have question marks all over your bench. These are the guys for leagues where you need to go deeper.
GRINDERS – The guys who will get you points in a pinch
Alex Smith – He is playing the Ravens this week. If you are short at QB and are scrambling, he should get you a solid 15-20 points at the position.
Blaine Gabbert – Even in a terrible week against the Browns, he didn’t hurt you too much. He is a low-end, desperation grinder against the Bengals.
Theo Riddick – If you need to lean on him, this week is when you do it. They play the Saints. Grinder floor with a ton of upside.
Shaun Draughn – Even in a week where he was weak, he still got you some points.
Marvin Jones – Should still see the ball and grind for you.
Brandon LaFell – He is definitely in grinder territory now.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – He may have been dropped in redraft leagues after last week. If you need a quick fix, he should be your guy. At the very least, he can be a low-end grinder for a needy team.
Travis Kelce – He is only here in case someone is questioning starting him. No, the production hasn’t been there the last few weeks, but you drafted him early and you start him this week unless you have Gronk. He should produce for you.