Working the Wire: Jeremy Langford Can Help Down the Stretch

Bears Jeremy Langford

The next couple will weeks are going to be key for fantasy teams as the playoffs will be here before we know it. Its time to Work the Wire again and find that missing piece that can help your team be a real contender. Jeremy Langford leads the way this week as a stash that could make a ton of sense down the stretch. There are other running backs and wide receivers that can help both in short and long term. Lets look at who you should be adding this week.

Bye Weeks: Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oakland

Jeremy Langford | RB | Chicago Bears
(27% owned on Yahoo)

Jeremy Langford has been very underwhelming this season and has dealt with injuries however he is actually healthy and spent time on the bye week getting back into the flow. Jordan Howard got back to work after two straight weeks of poor performances. If Howard falters John Fox won’t hesitate to give Langford the ball again. If Langford gets a shot and produces he could reclaim this role. If you have a bench spot where you can stash Langford, I highly recommend adding him and shooting for the upside.

Robert Kelley | RB | Washington Redskins
(28% owned on Yahoo)

Robert Kelley and the Washington Redskins had their bye this week and most owners probably forgot about him. In their last game Kelley had 87 yards and a score filling in for the injured Matt Jones.  If Kelley has been the more impressive back as of late and has a chance to be the feature guy over the next few weeks. Kelley is a guy worth adding that can help in the short and long term.

Chris Ivory | RB | Jacksonville Jaguars
(32% owned on Yahoo)

A new offensive coordinator helped the Jaguars get their running game on track this week and Chris Ivory was the big benefactor. He racked up 107 yards on 18 carries against a solid Chiefs defense. Ivory was the clear lead back for Jacksonville and can provide help at the much depleted running back position.

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Tim Hightower | RB | New Orleans Saints
(54% owned on Yahoo)

We saw the re-emergence of Mark Ingram on Sunday but it was Tim Hightower who received the early work and the majority of the carries. He had 87 yards on 23 carries including a touchdown. Ingram provided to be incredibly effective in the passing game and will absolutely be involved in the Saints offense going forward. The Saints will face the Broncos this week but with the game in New Orleans, the Saints offense should be able to produce fantasy points.

DuJuan Harris | RB | San Francisco 49ers
(33% owned on Yahoo)

Each week it seems like Carlos Hyde will be fine and should return and over the past few weeks it hasn’t been the case. Each of the past two weeks, DuJuan Harris has been the workhorse and a fantasy producer. This week Harris was a big part of the passing game as the 49ers tried to come back. He had 59 rushing yards, 83 receiving yards and found the endzone. As long as Hyde continues to miss time, Harris should continue to be apart of the offense. Pick him up if you need running back help in the short term.

Drop: Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, Rashad Jennings

Redskins DeSean Jackson

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DeSean Jackson | WR | Washington Redskins
(66% owned on Yahoo)

It seems many owners have become frustrated with DeSean Jackson and sent him to the waiver wire. This provides you a chance to jump on him and take advantage of their hasty judgement. Jackson has been getting the work thus far, including seven or more targets in each of the last four games. The big games haven’t been there but that kind of work should come with production. Kirk Cousins has been playing better and with the bye week coming this past week, they should find a way to help Jackson be more productive. He is a player that can almost single-handedly win you weeks. Take a shot on him if he is floating around on your wire.

Corey Coleman | WR | Cleveland Browns
(56% owned on Yahoo)

Corey Coleman returned this week after missing several weeks with injury. He only had three catches for 40 yards against the Cowboys. Coleman did have seven targets in his return showing the Browns dedication to get him re-involved. The Browns schedule sets up nicely for Coleman to be productive including at Baltimore on Thursday and home for Pittsburgh the following Sunday. Pick up Coleman if you need

Marqise Lee | WR | Jacksonville Jaguars
(4% owned on Yahoo)

Marqise Lee the target monster re-emerged on Sunday. It was the fourth time in his last five games that Lee saw six or more targets. He caught four passes for 84 yards despite starting the game slowly. Wide receiver Allen Hurns left with a concussion and could miss time this week against the Texans. If Hurns misses, Lee should see his role expand more this week and next week against the Lions.

Drop: DeVante Parker, Tavon Austin, Travis Benjamin

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