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Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire Targets For The Push To The Playoffs

With the fantasy football season well underway and the playoffs quickly approaching, which players are some waiver wire targets?

At this point, most fantasy owners have either clinched the playoffs, are fighting for final seeds or coming to the unfortunate conclusion that their team won’t cut it this year. Regardless of where your team is in the standings, you should still be keeping an eye on the waiver wire and monitoring guys in case you need a quick substitute. In this article, we’ll be discussing four players who are mostly on waivers and have some serious potential to launch your team to the playoffs and maybe even the finals.

This week’s Thursday night football matchup was projected to be a low-scoring, non-exciting game. However, Nyheim Hines (owned in only 41.3% of ESPN leagues) had other ideas. He went off for 70 rushing yards on 12 carries and had 5 catches for 45 yards. He also got into the end-zone twice giving him 26 fantasy points on the night. Hines was very efficient averaging almost 6 yards per carry, but the question remains: Is he the No.1 back in Indianapolis?

Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Wilkins, and Hines rotate throughout each game making it nearly impossible to guess which stud is going to have a breakout week. So far, Coach Frank Reich has made it clear that Taylor is going to continue losing carries, restricting his value, and clearing up more room for Wilkins and Hines. However, Wilkins didn’t show up at all Thursday night, perhaps opening the door for Hines, who, along with the Colts, have fantastic matchups to close the season. If you need a high-upside flex look no further than Hines.

Another guy who is quickly making a name for himself is Jakobi Myers of the New England Patriots. Last week, on national T.V on MNF, Myers put the league on notice catching 12 passes for 169 yards. He had 23 fantasy points without a TD, a truly fantastic showing, and strong fantasy indicator. Myers is clearly Cam Newton’s favorite wideout as he’s had 24 targets in just the last 2 games. The only downside to Myers is that for the rest of the year the Pats have some rough matchups including the Ravens, Chargers, Rams, and Dolphins. Ultimately, Myers is a bit of a risky play but he is only owned in 20.7% of leagues and has serious potential to become a low-end WR2 and contributor to a playoff-winning roster.

Unfortunately, injuries are a part of football, however, in terms of fantasy, injuries open up doors for unknown players to shine. In Seattle, the Seahawks have been plagued with injuries to the running back position, losing Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde for an extended time. As a result, DeeJay Dallas has emerged as the RB1 and all he’s done is shine. Against a tough San Francisco defense, Dallas had 18 carries for 41 yards to go along with 5 catches for 17 yards. He also got into the end-zone twice, giving him 20.3 points on the week. In week 9, Dallas took on a tough run defense in playing Buffalo. Still, Dallas had 7 carries for 31 yards (4.4 YPC) and a TD. Start him this week if Carson remains sidelined, but don’t be afraid to stash him just in case RB’s in Seattle continue to go down.

The last player that I think you should pick up is the Panthers’, Curtis Samuel. Samuel, in the last three weeks, is averaging around 18.6 points and has emerged as a serious fantasy threat. Against a truly ruthless Kansas City passing defense, Samuel had 22.3 fantasy points on 9 receptions for 105 yards and a TD. He caught every single one of his targets, making it clear that he’s the real deal this season. Samuel is a higher-owned than everyone else mentioned in this article at 62.8%, but that still means that he is available in around 40% of leagues so if you can pick him up you should. In addition to being higher owned than the other players I referenced, Samuel is probably the safest too. He’s playing some weak defense to close the year, meaning that he has real potential to end the season as a top 25 receiver.

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