In a week where so many contenders with so much to gain went down in defeat, we once again look for fantasy players that can be of help to the fantasy owner that is still battling at this late stage in the season. Those in keeper or partial keeper leagues should also be on the lookout. While most owners out of the playoffs have packed it in, take a look at what is out there and see if you can grab a nugget or two, something that will bear fruit next season.
We’ve got a dozen players to talk about this week. As usual, a heavy dose of wide receivers with some running backs and tight ends sprinkled in. A single quarterback also gets a mention this week, there’s something for everyone!
RB Jordan Todman, Jacksonville
Playing in place of the injured Maurice Jones-Drew, Todman excelled in carrying the entire running load for the Jaguars. He rang up more than 150 yards in total offense, coming on 25 rushes and four catches out of the backfield. Denard Robinson was not even an afterthought, it was the Todman show all day against Buffalo. Jacksonville welcomes the Tennessee Titans and their porous rushing defense, meaning Todman is primed to have another big day if Jones-Drew sits out this game. Even if he’s back, Todman figures to have carved out at least a 50-50 split of the rushing load. Our friends at fleaflicker.com have Todman as the top add this week, act quickly to get him on your squad.
TE Zach Ertz, Philadelphia
We had Ertz listed in our deepest category last week, but after another eye-opening fantasy performance, he makes his way into this week’s top category. Though the spike in his stats was because the Eagles abandoned the running game this week, he is getting more action than Brent Celek. Six catches for 57 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota is enough for us to give him a recommended pickup.
TE Andrew Quarless, Green Bay
With back-to-back good fantasy weeks in the books, Quarless is shaping up to be a viable fantasy option these last few weeks of the season. Repeating the numbers he had the prior week against Atlanta, Quarless put up an identical line of six catches for 66 yards and a score against Dallas. Brandon Bostick was carted off the field with a foot injury, which will solidify the opportunity that Quarless has to excel.
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WR Robert Woods, Buffalo
Looking as healthy as he has all season, Woods and E.J. Manuel are clicking once again. Against Jacksonville, Woods caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. He has seen a steady growth in his numbers the past three games. We are confident that numbers on par with this past week are going to be the norm for the rest of the season.
QB Matt Cassel, Minnesota
The Vikings have finally found a quarterback that can run the offense. Apparently, the third time getting a chance to run the team is a charm for Cassel. Against Philadelphia, Cassel tossed two touchdowns on his way to a 382-yard day. This completes a three-game stretch that has seen him throw for 890 yards and five touchdowns. He will get another start this week. Though it’s against a tougher foe in Cincinnati, we expect Cassel to continue to excel.
RB Knile Davis, Kansas City
What a day for Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs offense as they gouged Oakland. All the running, catching and scoring for Charles wore him out, allowing Davis to get some significant touches in the fourth quarter. He scored for the second game in a row as he touched the ball 10 times. With the Chiefs on the verge of locking themselves into playoff position, Davis will be on the ready to give Charles a well-deserved rest.