The main event last week was the Le’Veon Bell show. As if scoring a trio of touchdowns was not enough, he accounts for just a smidge under three-hundred yards (300!!). Of other note last week, the cold wintry weather is invading many parts of the country, which is greatly diminishing the passing game. Only three of the top 20 fantasy producers last week were wide receivers, and not a single quarterback finished within the top ten. The cold weather is also giving the advantage to defenses near the goal line, as a result, we saw three kickers finish in the top ten individual scorers.
We continue to talk waiver wonders, even this late in the season as many leagues still allow for the opportunity to pickup players. This week features a short list, and we’ll list them all in a single category of “players to consider.” The top of the list features some obvious choices, and towards the bottom we dig into the depths for those in deeper leagues. On to this week’s wonders!
RB Bilal Powell, New York Jets
Matt Forte left last week’s game and did not return, opening the door for Bilal Powell to be the every down back. He rushed the ball 29 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns. He all added five catches for 34 more yards of offense. Forte has had knee trouble in the past, so the possibility of him missing upcoming games is very real. The Jets have few other options at running back, so Powell would be an every-down back going forward.
RB Kenneth Farrow, San Diego
Early reports are that Melvin Gordon has avoided serious injury, but his status for next week’s game will certainly be in question. Farrow filled in admirably against the Panthers, rushing 16 times for 55 yards. He was also active in the passing game, converting six catches into 23 more yards of offense. Though Ronnie Hillman is also in the mix, Farrow would be the lead back in Gordon’s absence next week and beyond.
WR Dontrelle Inman, San Diego
We stay with the Chargers, once again mentioning what has become a very consistent wide receiver. He found the end zone again this week, the third game in a row he has hit pay dirt. For the game, he caught six passes for a total of 71 yards. He has averaged five catches over the last five weeks, translating into an average of 67 yards per game. Solid numbers for a player that is likely still available on waivers.