For many of you the regular season is drawing to a close this week. Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is here to help you finish strong.
Like Dave said, lots of fantasy leagues are in the final week of the regular season.
Playoffs start next week and some owners will need help making that
final push for a playoff spot. Adding a player or two could make the
difference. But which players are for real and which are just a flash in
the pan or one week wonder? Read on for answers.
New England D/ST- While playing the matchups may sometimes get fantasy
owners into trouble, in some cases it can help. This week New England
faces Houston who last week versus a poor Jacksonville team only managed
169 yards and an interception. The Patriots defense held Peyton to his
lowest fantasy total so far this season. The New England D has a
penchant for creating turnovers and Case Keenum has a knack for throwing
interceptions as of late.
Michael Floyd- In shallow leagues, Michael Floyd may be available on the
waiver wire. He is a must add right now as he's coming off of a seven
catch for 104 yards game. He's recorded back to back 100 yards receiving
games and is seeing a healthy dose of targets in that span with 18.
Arizona faces Philadelphia this week.
Cordarrelle Patterson- Patterson finally looks to be the weapon the
Vikings envisioned him to be when they drafted him in April. He's become
a fixture in the starting lineup the last couple of weeks and had 11
targets tossed his way in week 12. The previous week Patterson saw nine
targets come his way. He could be a huge help to fantasy owners the last
week of the regular season and into the playoffs.
Benny Cunningham- Cunningham made the most of his opportunity when
replacing Zac Stacy in week 12. He rushed to the tune of 109 yards on
only 13 carries (8.3 yards per carry). Fantasy owners are still awaiting
word on Zac Stacy's status for week 13 and Cunningham did have a huge
game versus the Bears who are the worst when it comes to run defense.
Week 13 has St. Louis facing San Francisco so if Cunningham does play,
he'll have a much bigger test this time.
Michael Crabtree- Crabtree is worth a pickup if you are in need of
receiving help this late in the season. He is reported to make his
season debut in week 13 but how much of an impact he will actually have
is still to be determined. Last season, Crabtree was the favorite target
of Colin Kaepernick and Kaepernick has struggled most of this season so
Crabtree just may help the 49ers and fantasy owners when it matters
Lamar Miller- While Miller hasn't done much of anything with the touches
he's had so far, he should see more touches going forward now that
Daniel Thomas is done for the season. That's the good news for Lamar
Miller. The bad news is he faces the Jets defense this week. He's worth
an add if you're looking for running back help but don't expect too much
going forward. On the season, Miller has 475 yards rushing and two
rushing touchdowns. He's added 21 catches for 140 yards as well.
Julian Edelman- Edelman had a huge game versus Denver in week 12 but
that was his first noteworthy game since week four. Edelman finished
week 12 with nine catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Besides
Gronk and Shane Vereen, the Patriots offense is just too unpredictable
to rely on every week and Edelman could very well go back to obscurity
in week 13.