Carl’s Top Add-Ons for Week 13
Three Thursday games, twelve Sunday games, and a Monday Nighter. Fantasy player’s dreams ladies and gentlemen.
Can you feel it folks? The playoffs are coming. Whether you start this week or next week, they’re near. If you’re like my buddies Jake & Deric, you’re probably getting desperate. Now, both teams in their cases are pretty stacked, and have had just rotten luck. However, if you’re in a 12-team league and on the fringes, you probably aren’t all that stacked right now. Here are my plays for the truly desperate this week.
1) Bilial Powell – RB New York Jets
Chris Ivory is the starter. That isn’t a question. Is Chris Ivory healthy? Now there’s a real head scratcher. He injured his ankle early on in last Sunday’s contest against Baltimore, and wasn’t able to finish. When asked if he had a high- or a low-ankle sprain, he responded with “Both”. That doesn’t bode well for Ivory. If you’re just at wit’s end at your running back position, I recommend Powell. He’s shown that he can be a respectable running back at the beginning of the year, and is going up against a porous Miami defense that gives up the seventh most points to running backs. With Geno Smith struggling to keep the ball in the Jets’ hands, expect to see a heavy dose of Jets running backs. Again, be sure to monitor Ivory’s status going into Sunday.
2.) Rueben Randle – WR New York Giants
Still only owned in 27% of NFL.com leagues, Randle is becoming a semi-solid option at wide receiver. However, he figures to be in line for a decent game come Sunday as he faces a Redskins defense that ranks 26th in the NFL against the pass. With Hakeem Nicks out, teams have been covering teammate Victor Cruz heavily, so Randle has been running free, especially in the red zone. He’s worth a play for the short-staffed receiving corps fantasy owner.
3.) Rashad Jennings – RB Oakland Raiders
I know, I know. He was in my article last week, but he’s still only owned in 45% of NFL.com leagues. That is ludicrous! Here’s his current player bio via NFL.com:
“Wed, Nov 27 at 1:36pm
Jennings is expected to start Thursday against the Cowboys, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Darren McFadden (hamstring) is set to return following a three-game absence, but it sounds like Jennings will be rewarded for his recent play with the start against Dallas. To say Jennings has been good would be a vast understatement, as the 28-year-old leads the NFL with 553 total yards from scrimmage, and sports a 5.65 YPC average, over the past four weeks. Even with reduced touches, Jennings will be a very enticing play against a Cowboys team giving up a league-high 22.3 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.”
He leads the league in total yards from scrimmage the past four weeks. He’s playing the Cowboys. A team that allows an average of 5.1 yards per carry and over 133 rushing yards per game. Play him. Just do it.
4.) Dennis Pitta – TE Baltimore Ravens
As a football enthusiast, I cannot condone Joe Flacco’s contract at all. If you think that HE is the reason that the Ravens won the Super Bowl last year, then you didn’t watch the games. However, he did have a nice rapport with tight end Dennis Pitta last season and figured to be a big part of the offense moving forward. Unfortunately, Pitta suffered a broken hip before the season and has been out ever since. Well all signs are pointing to Pitta returning in week 14. That is the fantasy playoffs, and a risky move. While I take a “wait ‘n see” approach, fortune favors the bold. So if you can withstand the possibility that your tight end might only get 10-20 snaps in a game and come away with one catch for 15-yards, then by all means play him in week 14. I predict he’ll have an impact, if that helps.
5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense
I put in one defense per week, so here it is. Tampa Bay came into the season with a lot of hope. Signed Dashon Goldson, Darrelle Revis, and brought back a lot of pieces from their #1 ranked run defense from a year ago. Unfortunately, things started off poorly and spiraled out of control quickly. However, they seem to be finding their groove as of late. In the past three weeks, they’ve been the model of consistency scoring at least eight fantasy points in each contest. They’ve also been the model of dominance in the past two weeks scoring 13 & 20 respectively. They don’t have the greatest match-up this week against a Carolina Panthers team that has seemingly found it’s groove offensively. Their playoff schedule, though, is something to be desired.
Week 14: vs. Buffalo (Buffalo allows an average of 8.5 points per game to defenses)
Week 15: vs. San Fransisco (San Fran has been known to struggle this season offensively, and I always have some trepidation about west coast teams playing at 1:00pm on Sundays)
Week 16: @ St. Louis (St. Louis isn’t exactly a scary offensive team right now.)
Well that’s it guys for now. Talk to you next week, and good luck to those who need it!