I hope your fantasy playoffs started out strong! I luckily had a bye week, my team suffered some injuries. So, I'm here to go over who I would grab off of the waiver wire to catapult your team to the next round.
At quarterback, we saw the return of Eli Manning this week! What an exciting game that was. He looked like the Eli of old in the first 3 quarters. It was actually nice to see him performing on that level. He seems like the obvious choice to pick this week, as he's going up against the Dolphins. I actually have a different guy in mind. David Blough and the Lions are welcoming the Tampa Bay Bucs into Detroit for the game on Sunday. Tampa has one of the worst defenses against the pass this year, and seeing how Blough has the potential for explosive plays bodes well for the Lions signal caller. Kenny Golladay is going to feast on the Tampa secondary. Let's just hope Blough can put the ball on the money.
As I peruse the waiver wire, how has nobody picked up Raheem Mostert? This dude has exploded that past two weeks, and going up against a Falcons defense that has been very hit or miss defending the run. Mostert has been the hot hand of the 49ers backfield, and I'm sure they will continue to hand him the ball. He is a weapon not only running the ball, but catching it out of the backfield. He will be vital in the coming weeks as the 49ers are battling for playoff position.
Digging deep into the receivers that are available, there's a couple names that stand out to me. Believe it or not, they are Eagles receivers. The one name that keeps jumping out at me is Greg Ward Jr. He is one of two healthy receivers entering week 15 for the Eagles, alongside the two tight ends they have. The Eagles are trying desperately to gain ground in the division against the Cowboys, and I'm sure Ward will see a ton of targets against Washington, especially if he is consistently catching that ball. I'm sure Washington will try to take Ertz out of the play, which will leave Ward alone one the outside, single covered.
For tight end, my pick is all dependent on the health of the guys in front of him. Hayden Hurst had himself a day against the Bills. He picked apart the soft spots in the zone to perfection as he hauled in his 61 yard TD catch and run. Now, if Mark Andrews is hurt headed into the Thursday game against the Jets, you will see Hurst on the field a lot more, and he will be seeing those targets that would be going to Andrews. Hurst is a huge boom or bust this week, so pick him at your own risk. My thought is, on a short week, Baltimore wouldn't want to risk further injury to their catch leader and they should let him rest.
For Defense this week, I'm rolling with the Giants Defense. I see the Fitzmagic coming to an end soon, and I feel like it's going to be this week with the Giants welcoming the Dolphins to New Jersey. The Giants defense held their own for three quarters against a decent offensive squad. Well, with a weaker Dolphins run game coming to town, the weather will be a big difference maker in this game. If the Dolphins are forced to run the ball more, the Giants defense will stop them, and force to pass in questionable conditions. The only thing I'm afraid of is the Dolphins receiving corps. They are a much better and more talented group than the Eagles corps right now.
As always with kickers, I like to look for the guy that's playing for a decent offensive team, and they play in a weather controlled stadium. This week, that guy for me is Chase McLaughlin. He's now kicking for the Indianapolis Colts, and the Colts are looking for some life in the AFC South race. Now, the Colts are playing against the Saints, so points will be hard to come by. I do believe though that the points the Colts will get will be from the leg of Chase.
My homer pick of the week will have to shine bright. It's the first Sunday Night game for the Bills in a few years, and they will need somebody to step up big against the Steelers. With Dawson Knox becoming Dawson Drops, I can see the Bills throwing the ball more to Tyler Kroft. He has been nonexistent all season for the Bills since he has returned. I believe with Kroft's knowledge of playing against the Steelers from his time in Cincy, he may have an edge to know what's coming from the defense.