It is late in the season so let’s cut right to the chase this week and get to the wonders. Several starters as key positions went down to injury, so we look to find players who are available to fill in for the stretch run to the fantasy playoffs. This week’s story is sorted by position. Good luck and happy waiver-ing!
QB Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco
With a couple of quarterbacks going down this week, we talk about the savior in San Francisco, Jimmy Garoppolo. Perhaps pressed into service sooner than the coaching staff would have liked, we see Garoppolo as a viable fantasy backup that is in line to be on the field for the rest of this season. Against Chicago this week, he was good for 293 yards of offense, with a single interception and no touchdowns thrown. He has favorable matchups down the stretch, including a date with Houston this upcoming week, with Tennessee to follow.
RB Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay
After getting a mention in last week’s story, Barber was impressive enough to get back-to-back mentions as he enters this week’s countdown as the top rusher to be grabbed off waivers. He had nearly 150 yards in total offense against Green Bay this week, and has surely earned some playing time for Tampa Bay even if (when?) Doug Martin returns. As impressive as his rushing numbers were (102 yards) it was his involvement in the passing game that has fantasy owners even more excited to pick him up.
RB Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati
Starter Joe Mixon left Monday night’s game with a concussion, leaving Bernard as the lone back to carry the load for Cincinnati. With favorable matchups against Chicago and Detroit in the next three weeks, the Cincinnati starting running back will be a valuable commodity.
RB Mike Davis, Seattle
After repeated tries at nailing down the back to own in Seattle, we take another stab at it this week, this time with Mike Davis. He was impressive against Philadelphia on Sunday night, racking up 64 yards on the ground while tallying 37 more in the air as he caught four passes. Though J.D. McKissic was the recipient of a touchdown throw, it was Davis who got the bulk of the playing time, and he looked good throughout the night. Looking ahead, Davis has the job for Seattle for now.
RB Andre Ellington, Houston
He has been pressed into service as a pass catcher for Houston, making him valuable in point per reception leagues. He caught five passes for 54 yards this past week against Tennessee, but this season he has two games where he caught nine passes. Houston is desperate for someone to catch the ball, so look for Ellington to continue to be involved in the passing game.