For many fantasy football leagues, there are only two more weeks until the playoffs begin! Now is the time to make that push and with the trade deadline most likely passing, the waiver wire is the last hope. This week, we turn to the enemy to find reinforcements.
Wendell Smallwood (4 percent owned — Yahoo)
For fantasy football, there shall be no stone unturned even if we have to look at our hated divisional rivals. The Philadelphia Eagles have lost their top two running backs to injury in Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Smallwood, the hyped rookie running back, will get an increased timeshare in an Eagles offense that is finding it harder and harder to pass the ball.
Tyler Boyd (1 percent owned)
Another rookie who had to step up for injury loss is none other than Tyler Boyd out of Pitt. With A.J. Green likely missing time, Boyd becomes the top receiving option for the Cincinnati Bengals. What’s more is that Giovani Bernard is hurt, too, and despite him being a running back, he ate up a lot of targets as a receiver. Boyd will get his fair share of work with Andy Dalton for sure.
Chris Ivory (48 percent owned)
Ivory isn’t the sexiest fantasy football player, but more than likely you are having running back concerns. Nearly every team has them. With T.J. Yeldon also hurt, Ivory becomes the workhorse back of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
New York Giants defense
Defense wins championships ... if only fantasy worked that way. The Giants defense has been on a tear of late. If your league has them available, they are a top play against the anemic Cleveland Browns.
Jeffery was hit with a PED suspension for four games. Assuming your season is still alive by that time, then you found a way to replace him. No point in stashing if you manage to go far in the playoffs as the Chicago Bears offense is a trainwreck right now.
The Seattle Seahawks have found a habit of cutting Christine Michael. Despite being the starting running back for many weeks, it appeared that he was not good enough for Pete Carroll. While he was quickly snatched up by the Green Bay Packers, his volume will likely go down with James Starks as the lead back.