We made it! It’s time for the fantasy football playoffs. For those of you who made it, congratulations! All your hard work throughout the season has finally paid off. For those of you who didn’t make it, better luck next year! As we look into this week for the playoffs, we have some possible playmakers that can help you win the week. With that being said, let’s get straight to it!
RB Jaylen Samuels (Pittsburgh Steelers)
As of today, it is official that James Conner has been ruled out for the Week 14 matchup against the Oakland Raiders because he suffered a lower leg contusion this past Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers. While Conner sits, Samuels is a great pickup for this sneaky reason. Since he played TE in college, Samuel is one of those rare players that have RB and TE eligibility as far as roster construction. With the TE depth depleted this year outside of Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz, how sneaky would it be to start Samuels in your TE spot this week and he gets 15-20 touches as an RB? sounds like a cheat code if you ask me! With James Conner out, Samuels is one of my favorite FA waiver wire pickups of the year with the sneaky TE eligibility on Yahoo.
ALSO CONSIDER: Jeff Wilson Jr. (San Fransico 49ers)
RB Justin Jackson (Los Angeles Chargers)
With Melvin Gordon dealing with a knee injury, everyone instantly jumps on the Austin Ekelar bandwagon, expect 20 touches and a huge game, and they have been let down both times. Ekelar had 43 total yards in his Week 13 start against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and 68 total yards in his other start back in week 7 against the Tennessee Titans. So with Ekelar not working out, someone has to step up right? enter Justin Jackson, the rookie from Northwestern. He comes onto the scene this past Sunday Night, rushed 8 times for 63 rushing yards and a TD. He also tacked on 1 catch for 19 yards. So while he averaged 7.9 yards per rush, his teammate Ekelar averaged 1.6 yards per rush. With Gordon expected to sit this week, Look for Jackson to get more involved in a solid matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
WR Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
It goes without saying but when veteran WR Desean Jackson misses, Chris Godwin becomes one of the focal points of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. Godwin proved just that, recording 5 catches, for 101 yards and a TD against the Carolina Panthers this past Sunday. Djax didn’t practice at all last week so he wasn’t even close to playing so you would think he takes a seat this weekend as well. This weeks matchup could play into Godwin’s favor as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New Orleans Saints in what should be a shootout with a projected 56 total. Marshon Lattimore is expected to shadow Mike Evans so Godwin could be the red zone guy. Also, If he for some reason isn’t owned by now, go get Adam Humphries. He now has 9 straight games with 7+ fantasy points and has been one of the sneakiest fantasy WR’s this season.
UPDATE: Bucs expected to keep out Desean Jackson (thumb) for the rest of the season.