DENVER (CBS4) – As NFL teams scratch and claw their way towards the playoffs, the postseason is here for many fantasy football leagues. While there may not be a breakout player like Broncos RB C.J. Anderson to add to your roster this week, there are a number of solid fantasy finds ready for the taking.
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB HOU – Fitzpatrick was the highest scoring QB in Week 13, putting up monster numbers — 358 yards and 6 TDs! The Texans are headed in the right direction and travel to Jacksonville to face the 2-10 Jaguars this week.
Johnny Manziel QB CLE – ‘Johnny Football” is the biggest “boom or bust” proposition of the week. He’s also the most added player in many leagues and hasn’t even been named the starter for Cleveland, yet (the decision will be made public on Wednesday). If Manziel plays, he could put up big numbers in a high-scoring affair against the Colts. If you need to throw a “Hail Mary,” Manziel is your man.
Tre Mason RB STL – After a 117 yard, 2 TD game against the Raiders, Mason has now strung together three solid performances in a row. In Week 14, Mason faces the soft Redskins defense and is still available in 30 percent of leagues.
Dan Herron RB IND – If Herron can hold on to the ball, he should hold off Trent Richardson as the lead back for the Colts high-powered offense. He showed the same breakaway speed that made him a star at Ohio State with a 49 yard TD run in Week 13.
Kenny Stills WR NO – Despite having a down year, the Saints are still atop the AFC South and their offense is finally clicking. With blanket coverage of TE Jimmy Graham and the injury to WR Brandin Cooks, Stills is becoming a top option for Drew Brees. In week 13, he caught 5 passes for 162 yards and a TD.
Donte Moncrief WR IND – There’s been no stopping QB Andrew Luck and the Colts offense this season. In Week 13, it was Moncrief’s turn to put up big numbers, with 134 yards and 2 TDs. Expect the opportunity for another big game at Cleveland, with Joe Haden shadowing WR T.Y. Hilton and WR Reggie Wayne’s production trailing off.
Coby Fleener TE IND – As defenses press to stop Hilton and Wayne, Fleener has put up big numbers in three out of the past four games.
Jordan Reed TE WAS – With RG3 on the pine, QB Colt McCoy has a new favorite weapon. Reed has been targeted 18 times in McCoy’s two starts.
Minnesota – The Vikings Defense/Special Teams scored 2 TDs last week and get the hapless Jets in Week 14.
San Francisco – The Rams destroyed the Raiders last week. The task doesn’t get any easier for “Silver and Gray” with a Week 14 matchup against the 49ers.
St. Louis – The Rams defense has scored in double digits four out of the last five weeks and have another favorable matchup against the Redskins.
Connor Barth K DEN – The Broncos signed Barth off the street … literally. He was practicing by kicking a football at light poles. Maybe more kickers should use the technique — in Week 13 he was a sure shot, nailing 5 field goals. He’s a great pick up with the Broncos high-powered offense.
Ray Rice RB – Rice saw a spike in pick-ups after a judge ruled he could play immediately. The problem, no team wants to touch him, for obvious reasons. He’s been rumored as potential fits for the Cardinals and Colts. Rice is now going on the talk show circuit to plead his case. Standby, but don’t expect him to make a meaningful contribution this season, on the off chance he finds employment.
Adrian Peterson RB – Peterson is also hoping to be reinstated during a Tuesday afternoon hearing. He would actually be worth adding, in the highly unlikely chance he is permitted to play.
Week 15 in Advance
While NFL coaches and players swear by taking it “week by week,” looking ahead is the way to win a fantasy football championship.
You might consider picking up a defense now to play in week 15.
Ravens Defense – They have Miami this week, but a favorable matchup against Jacksonville in Week 15.
Arizona Defense – Arizona plays the Chiefs this week, and will be fighting for playoff position in Week 15 against the Rams.
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– By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Producer