By Greg Larnerd
The playoffs continue and for those of you who survived, congratulations, you’re onto the next round and the journey towards fantasy football glory continues another week. For those of you whose playoff lives are on the line starting this weekend, welcome to the fun, and I hope you’re ready to do battle.
In Week 14 we saw a couple of injuries that probably dampened your day if you deployed Matt Forte or one Melvin Gordon. And why wouldn’t you have? Forte was facing the hapless SF 49er’s and Gordon’s having such a stellar season you’re starting him on a weekly basis. Both suffered early injuries and left you a big fat zero in one of your extremely valuable RB slots.
Injuries are unfortunate, however, they’re unavoidable and you have to hope the rest of your team can pick up the slack.
Speaking of picking up the slack, let’s look at five players who could potential help do just that from the ever important waiver wire this week.
Matt Moore (Miami Dolphins, 0% Owned):
I know what you may be thinking: ‘how can I rely on a backup QB in the playoffs!?’ Hear me out! There are a couple of matchups I’m looking at this weekend that I’m not a fan of QB wise. Example A: Marcus Mariota going to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs a week after he completed just six pass for 88 yards vs. the Denver Broncos. Another example where you could unplug a QB is Trevor Siemian at home against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Matt Moore has the New York Jets this weekend and the Jets have struggled to generate a pass rush and have scuffled in the secondary. I expect more of a defensive game than an offensive explosion with lots of Jay Ajayi mixed in, but don’t be surprised if Adam Gase lets Moore take a couple shots against this leaky defense.
Bilal Powell (New York Jets, 54% Owned):
With starting RB Matt Forte sustaining a knee injury early in Week 14’s contest against the 49ers, Bilal Powell stepped in very admirably, just like he always seems to do whenever called upon. Powell rushed 29 times, gashing the paper thin 49ers defense to the tune of 145 yards while finding the end zone twice in the process. Needless to say, it was a monster game for the career backup and if Matt Forte’s knee doesn’t cooperate this week it’ll be on Powell once again. One note of caution for Powell, however — he won’t be facing the 49ers defense — he’ll be taking on a seemingly inspired Miami Dolphins front seven. We need to wait to see where Forte is, but I’d definitely add Powell as insurance and RB depth heading into this week.
Kenneth Farrow (San Diego Chargers, 3% Owned):
Melvin Gordon was another victim of injury in Week 14, sustaining a hip strain and a left knee sprain. The hope is that he’ll be able to return this season as he’s just three yards shy of 1,000 and he’s listed as questionable on this week’s injury report, so there’s a chance he plays. However, his backup Kenneth Farrow entered the fold and automatically saw 85 percent of the snaps for the Chargers and that equated to 22 touches with more to come if Gordon misses game action. Add Farrow if you employ Gordon on your team or if you don’t, simply add him as RB depth moving forward as he’ll face the Oakland Raiders this week.
Dontrelle Inman (San Diego Chargers, 33% Owned):
I feel as though I’ve preached about Dontrelle Inman on multiple occasions this season and now is just as good a time as ever for me to mention him once again. He’s nabbed a TD from QB Philip Rivers in three straight weeks, Rivers hasn’t targeted him less than five times in a game since Week 6, and as I stated when talking about Kenneth Farrow, the Chargers are taking on an Oakland Raiders team that has had some coverage problems this season. If I were you, fantasy football world, I’d start to take notice regarding Dontrelle Inman. Those who have, have reaped the benefits.
Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills, 16% Owned):
The Buffalo Bills haven’t been the most prolific offense in the league this season, to say the least, but they may just have an opportunity to look like it this week as they take on the — you guessed it — Cleveland Browns. The Browns have allowed 11 TDs to opposing tight ends this year and that’s basically all you need to know as to why you need to add Charles Clay this week if you’re streaming tight ends.
Greg Larnerd is a fantasy football writer/contributor for CBS Sports Radio and is a fantasy football nut. You can find him on Twitter: @glarn34 or on YouTube: Greg Larnerd for all of his latest fantasy football videos.