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Grinders and Gambles – Week 15

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

Quarterback

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.

Running Back

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.

Wide Receiver

Jerricho Cotchery – I know, I know, he was here last week and he went for 2/10/0 and Ted Ginn Jr. went for 2/120/2. He should get back to grinding this week.

Marvin Jones – Should still see the ball and grind for you.

Brandon LaFell – He is definitely in grinder territory now.

Tight End

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.

Will Tye – I am moving him here for redraft. Keep in mind, Larry Donnell is injured but also keep in mind tight ends are a position that takes longer to learn so this rookie could be a steal.

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.

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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