We’re in the fantasy home stretch now. Three more weeks until the playoffs start. In most leagues, the trading deadline has past and, if you’re like us, you’ve burned through a good portion (if not all) of your free agency bucks. Thus, the only way to make your team better is through the waiver wire. And that’s why you’re here. And that’s why we love you.
If you followed our sage quarterback advice last week, you likely won your league, as Kirk Cousins threw for a career high 4 tds, en route to a thrashing of the Saints. Who’s going to propel you to victory this week? Read on.
Mark Sanchez, QB Philadelphia (5% owned in Yahoo! leagues)
Wait, I have to play? I just signed to be the pretty backup.
Yes, this week marks the return of a former starter that will lead his NFC East team to the playoffs. But it’s not Tony Romo. It’s Mark Sanchez. Sure, he’ll always be remembered for the Butt Fumble, but we think he actually has some value this week. Hear us out.
Never gets old.
Don’t let Tampa’s 6th rated total defense fool you…they rank 26th in points allowed, giving up over 26 points per game. Philly scores nearly 24 points a game, and we actually think that Sanchez is better suited for Chip Kelly’s gimmicky, revolutionary, keep-it-in college offense. Sanchez should easily be able to dink and dunk his way to 250 plus a score.
Keshawn Martin, WR Patriots (11%)
We have no idea who Keshawn Martin is (generally, our knowledge of the Patriots is limited to Spygate, Deflategate, and all other cheating scandals) but we do know this: he plays offense for the Patriots. This means he is a typical, Bill Belichick plug and play offensive player (see Jonas Gray, James White, Aaron Dobson). Julien Edelman’s out? No problem, as the Pats can just throw Martin in, who’s essentially built like an Edelman clone. Plus, the Patriots play the Bills this week, which means that Brady will throw for about 600 yards, and we’ll get to see some awesome tailgating from self-respecting, alcoholic, passionate Buffalo Bills fans.
Martin’s got a tight hammy, so keep an eye on him. But if he plays, we like him to be the next in a (very long) list of Patriots players that have torched the Bills.
Matt Jones, RB Washington (58%)
Good player + horrible team = decent fantasy results.
Jones saw has ownership skyrocket overnight, and he’s now owned in 58% of leagues. That’s still pretty low for someone who’s established themselves as the #1 running back. Good news is that Jones is the best offensive player on the team. Bad news is he’s on the Redskins, so that’s not really hard to achieve. Jones should see a heavy workload against the Panthers. It’s not a great matchup, but Washington really has no other options. Jones should see double digit carries, plus 5-7 catches, which increases his value in PPR leagues.
Also, the Redskins have a decent schedule down the stretch, which means Jones is in line for some quality starts.