This is it, it’s that one and only final push for those trying to get into the playoffs.
For those that are in, congratulations! For those who are trying to lock up the final spot, I am here to help you! For those who are locked in and looking for added depth, you’ve come to the right place!
Let’s stop messing around and get you ready for the playoffs.
All my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned in 60% or less of leagues.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins (37% owned)
Oh, oh, oh Fitzmagic….. you knoooowwwww. He may not have had the best game against the New York Jets, but 24 points is still very respectable for a game that they never trailed in (outside of 3-0 after the first drive), or really had to work hard in. He is a great streaming option this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Check to see if available: Kirk Cousins (71% owned), Colt McCoy (0% owned) for deep leagues who need a QB.
Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams (47% owned)
It’s the end of the fantasy football season and we have been waiting this whole time for the rookie running back to pop up onto the scene. Akers finished week 12 with 9 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown. Mind you one carry was for 61 yards, but it looked good. If Darrell Henderson (10 carries, 19 yards) and Malcolm Brown (19 total yards and a fumble) were to get hurt, Akers would be a must-start. For now he’s a playoff lottery ticket.
Frank Gore, RB, New York Jets (41% owned)
Like a fine wine, Frank Gore just keeps going. With the backfield to himself (losing 3 carries to Johnson/ Adams) Gore ran the ball 18 times for 74 yards. It’s 2020 and it’s hard to believe that Frank Gore is a viable running back going forward, but I would be willing to start him going forward as an RB2, especially this week against Las Vegas.
Devontae Booker, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (34% owned)
Josh Jacobs went down in week 12 with an ankle injury and never came back. Monday afternoon the news came out that he had a sprained ankle and it will be up to him if he plays. If he is out, Booker would be the top add here as he gets the New York Jets.
Brian Hill (54% owned)/ Ito Smith (3% owned)
Hearing the news Friday afternoon that Todd Gurley would be missing week 12 caused most of us scampering to the wire to grab Brian Hill. Of course nothing changed as Hill was good for 55 rushing yards as it was Ito Smith who was the better running back finishing with 65 yards and a touchdown. As long as Gurley is out, I would try to get one or both of these backs, but I would temper expectations as Atlanta get New Orleans again this week.
Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers (58% owned)
Deebo Samuel exploded coming back from IR getting targeted 13 times and catching 11 of them for 133 yards against the Los Angeles Rams. This could be a nice piece to have as you push for a championship, and we’ve all seen how Buffalo has been playing defense lately. Look for Samuel to continue the hot streak.
Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos (52% owned)
Don’t give up on Tim Patrick after he put up a goose egg. What were you expecting from Kendall Hinton? Maybe more than 13 yards on nine attempts, but admit it, you were looking up to see who Kendall Hinton even was the same way I was! Anyways, Patrick has been one of Denver’s top players, and with Drew Lock coming back, be sure to add him to your squad if he’s available; and if someone drops him, pick him up.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (43% owned)
Never did I ever think I would be putting T.Y. Hilton into a waiver wire article, let alone be one of those owners who dropped him weeks ago just to sit on the wire. Now, 12 weeks later, he’s finally shown up. He has three good matchups here as he gets HOU, LV, HOU over the next three weeks, making any pass catcher worth an add if available.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (37% owned)
The Raiders would like to forget last Sunday’s game in Atlanta as it was a total blowout and wasn’t anything great to watch unless you’re a Falcons fan. Outside of that, Renfrow led the team in targets and receiving yards with 73. Nothing better than a get-right game against the New York Jets and their basement pass defense.
Trey Burton, TE, Indianapolis Colts (38% owned)
Another week, another touchdown for Burton. He has been a mid-range TE1 this season, and we’ll take that type of production on the waiver wire considering how bad the tight end position has been. Just like I said about T.Y. Hilton, you want another pass catcher from this team. Tight ends suck this year and I want someone who at least has a favorite schedule if I need someone at the position.