We’re well into the second round of divisional play with two weeks remaining in most head-to-head, standard fantasy formats. Teams are starting to clinch divisions, if they haven’t already, while other teams are jockeying for wild card or playoff seed positioning. It’s an exciting time of the season if you’re still a contender, and there are still plenty of solid guys out there who could give you those crucial extra points to push your team over the top, turning a narrow loss into a potential close victory.
Good luck in Week 13, and hopefully it is unlucky for your opponent!
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit: Bell picked up 47 rushing yards and a score on Thanksgiving against the Houston Texans, but is really more of a speculative pick-up. He has made fantasy owners smile in PPR (points-per-receptions) leagues with his 31 catches, although he has just one catch over the past two games. However, it is likely his role continues to expand down the stretch, as RB Mikel Leshoure hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire, and Bell has made the most out of any opportunity he has been presented. Don’t get crazy and cut a player who is producing, but if you have an injured guy and simply cannot wait any longer to replace him, Bell might be worth a chance.
Rashad Jennings, RB, Jacksonville: Jennings will once again get a chance to handle every-down duties with RB Jalen Parmele landing on the season-ending Injured Reserve list. Jennings is at least worth a look as a low-end RB2 or ‘flex’ fantasy option against the Buffalo Bills. If the Jaguars are smart, Jennings might be used frequently to catch out of the backfield, especially against an awful Bills pass defense. Now that QB Chad Henne is at the helm, there is a threat of the pass that didn’t really exist with second-year QB Blaine Gabbert.
Jets DST, N.Y. Jets: The Jets defense will be the team to target this week if you are looking to play the matchups. They’ll get a crack at Arizona Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley, who tossed a pair of pick-sixes last week in his debut against the St. Louis Rams. The Jets haven’t exactly been lighting the world afire defensively or offensively, but they’re worth a one-time chance in a favorable matchup.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina: The Panthers offense looked NFL-caliber again, and LaFell might be the biggest beneficiary. Suddenly, he has scored touchdowns in back-to-back games, and he has piled up eight grabs and 167 receiving yards during the two-game span. At that rate, he is certainly worth a look if you have a need for a WR3/4 or ‘flex’ player. Remember, though, he faced a terrible Tampa Bay pass defense, and then an equally awful Philadelphia D, scoring perhaps the easiest touchdown ever on MNF. This week, he’ll get a crack at Kansas City, so the good times should roll on.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta: The man they call ‘Quizz’ tied a season-high with 10 carries in Week 12 at Tampa Bay, and he picked up a respectable 49 rushing yards. Normally, he is known for his ability to catch out of the backfield. He managed just two receptions last Sunday, but he went for 30 yards. In the previous four games, he had four or more catches. Rodgers is certainly worth a look in PPR formats if he is still available, though he is likely not. If so, his role might be ready to expand, and he should be pounced upon immediately.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati: The Cincinnati Bengals have rattled off three consecutive victories, and they have averaged 31.0 points per game on offense. One of the biggest keys, outside of playing marginal defenses and establishing a running game, has been the emergence of Sanu as a viable No. 2 receiver to complement WR A.J. Green. Sanu has two or more receptions in five straight games, and he has found the end zone four times in the past three games.
Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona: Wells (toe) made his return from the new Injured Reserve/Designated to Return list, and he immediately made his presence felt. He posted a pair of rushing touchdowns from 1-yard, and 12 yards out. Really, he is likely to see more of a role in a short-yardage and goal-line situations, but eventually if he can stay healthy, he should easily supplant LaRod Stephens-Howling for a majority of the touches. Wells is worth a look as an RB3 or ‘flex’ player now, with the potential to see more value going forward, again, if he can avoid the injury bug.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina: Fantasy owners have a sour taste in their mouth when talking about Williams, who has had several chances in the past, but failed miserably. However, RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain Monday in Philadelphia, and is unlikely to play in a favorable matchup in Kansas City in Week 13. That’s great news for Williams and Fantasy owners if you’re searching for a ‘flex’ option. Williams would see 15-20 carries with 60-80 rushing yards and a potential touchdown. He isn’t a receiver out of the backfield, however, so PPR owners will want to steer clear. If Williams struggles early, however, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Mike Tolbert handle a majority of the touches against a team he is very familiar from his days in San Diego. Tolbert is the better option for PPR owners looking to make a late-season score.
David Wilson, RB, N.Y. Giants: Wilson moves into the backup role to Ahmad Bradshaw by default after Andre Brown snapped his fibula Sunday night against the Packers. Wilson has game-changing speed and ability, but his penchant for fumbling has held him back. However, Wilson might be solid change-of-pace back in a matchup at Washington, a team which hasn’t been very good against the pass. If Wilson is thrown to out of the backfield, he could pile up some serious yardage totals. Don’t use him as anything more than a ‘flex’ play in leagues of 12 or more teams in standard formats, but he could be the next big thing if he doesn’t subvert his chances by putting the ball on the ground.