We have reached the end of our fantasy regular season! I hope everyone has done well to this point, and I hope you have made it into the playoffs. My goal this week, as is every week, is to find you the best players available on the waiver wire. I know every league is different, but I'm hoping these guys are available for you to plug and play. Now, let's get your guys into the playoffs!
There's not a lot of decent options available this late in the season at quarterback, but you may want to try and catch lightning with Mitchell Trubisky on Thanksgiving against Detroit. The Lions are 25th in the league in allowing QB points, and Mitchell seemed to turn himself around last week against the Giants. With rushing and passing touchdowns to his credit, he scored almost 23 fantasy points. That's serviceable enough most weeks, and I'm hoping he can keep this mini resurgence going against the Lions.
Playing for a 10-1 team normally means people know about you. But Raheem Mostert has been relatively quiet in the fantasy scope. San Francisco runs a backfield by committee in the recent weeks, but the one guy who has been standing out in the passing game is Mostert. In PPR leagues, he is a guy you want to take a flier on if you have guys injured going into this week. Mostert had 13.7 points last week, and they will be relying on the him coming out of the backfield against a staunch Ravens rushing defense.
With the return of Devlin "Duck"Hodges under center in Pittsburgh, it seems like he has a favorite target to throw to. James Washington stepped up big last game with his huge touchdown catch and run. With the absence of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Washington will be a key piece in the Steelers offense against the Browns.
The bittersweet part about the later parts of the season are injuries. You have big name players go down hurt, and they are usually the fantasy studs. On the other hand, you have guys that step up and make a name for themselves. Mo Allie-Cox has done this in the past, but with Eric Ebron done for the year, I think Allie-Cox will break out down the stretch. Now, he isn't the main tight end replacement. Jack Doyle holds that role. Allie-Cox is a more athletic option at tight end, and he will see more targets deeper down field, and in the red zone.
For defense, there's not many solid options. The one that may sneak up on people is the New York Jets Defense. Last week against the Raiders, the defense scored 20 fantasy points. This week, they're going up against the Bengals. Even though the Bengals are starting Andy Dalton again, I don't see how the team will do better. A part of me thinks this is the game where the Bengals win, but then another part of me says the Jets are putting it all together right now, and the defense is going to continue to roll.
This late in the season, I always look for kickers that are going to be kicking in domes. This week, the guy who catches my eye is Jason Myers from the Seahawks. It helps that he plays for Seattle, because they are solid at moving the ball down the field. It's even better knowing he is kicking in a more climate controlled environment this week.
My homer pick of the week this week is Dawson Knox. He is still available in 2 of the leagues I'm in, and I think he will be a focal point this Thursday for the Bills. It's a short week, so the game plan will be simple. I think this plays into the hands of the rookie, and he can find himself in some open space with the ball in his hands. We all know how much we love seeing that.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Enjoy your day of eating and watching football! I will be working until the second half of the Bills game, so hopefully I will be turning on something worth watching. Go Bills!