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Working Wire: Justin Forsett a Playoff Factor?
It is this time of the year where players that you don’t expect to be huge factors become just that. Last year leagues were won by owners who had Tim Hightower on their rosters. This year Justin Forsett could be that player in a reunion with Gary Kubiak.
The waiver wire has potential playoff contributors at all positions including a running back coming off the IR, a tight end that is starting to emerge and a couple of wide receivers who becoming reliable options. Let’s see who should be added this week.
Justin Forsett | RB | Denver Broncos
(6% owned on Yahoo)
The Denver Broncos have added Justin Forsett off of waivers to help mend a backfield in flux. Kapri Bibbs will be out for a while with an ankle injury. Devontae Booker has been underwhelming since grabbing the reigns from an injured CJ Anderson. Booker is averaging 3 YPC over the last 6 games topping 80 yards one time. He has been reunited with Gary Kubiak, whom he had a career year with during their time in Baltimore. Forsett is nothing more than a stash right now but he could emerge as a reliable weapon for the fantasy playoffs.
Charles Sims | RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(13% owned on Yahoo)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated Charles Sims off of the IR on Monday. Doug Martin was absent from the final three drives sunday against the Chargers after being “bent back” according to Martin. Sims should see plenty of work whether or not Martin is available this week. Oh and by the way, the Buccaneers play New Orleans this week.
Ladarius Green | TE | Pittsburgh Steelers
(21% owned on Yahoo)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been looking all season for a third option for Ben Roethlisberger to target after Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. It looks like Ladarius Green is ready to step up and take over that role. He had six catches for 110 yards and score on Sunday against the Giants. With the tight end position being a mess including the loss of Rob Gronkowski for the season. If you are a playoff team that needs a tight end for the stretch run throw the rest of your FAAB or use that top waiver wire priority to add him. He has the chance to be a real difference maker down the stretch.
Malcolm Mitchell | WR | New England Patriots
(29% owned on Yahoo)
The New England Patriots were dealt a major blow when the lost Rob Gronkowski for the season. However, the Malcolm Mitchell break out brings good news is here for both the Pats and fantasy owners. He provides a field stretcher for a team that desperately needs one. Mitchell is also building a rapport with Tom Brady, being targeted 22 times over the past three weeks. He has produced with the work getting 222 yards and 3 touchdowns over that span. He is a legit factor in this offense with a lack of Gronk. Pick him up and play him if you need WR help.
Adam Thielen | WR | Minnesota Vikings
(16% owned on Yahoo)
The Vikings pass attack has been dynamic by any means but Adam Thielen has been producing for fantasy owners including 86 yards on seven catches against the Cowboys. He has 29 targets over the past four weeks catching 23 of them and finding the endzone twice over that span. The Vikings play at the Jaguars and home for the Colts over the next two weeks. Thielen should have good opportunities to produce and help you advance in the fantasy playoffs.
Colin Kaepernick | QB | San Francisco 49ers
(49% owned on Yahoo)
I know, I know Colin Kaepernick looked like pure shit on Sunday. It got so bad that they eventually replaced him with Blaine Gabbert. However, coming into that game Kaepernick was quarterback that looked much improved. He was making better reads, showing a little more touch and utilizing his legs. This week the 49ers return home to face a Jets secondary that is absolutely putrid. Expect a much better effort this week and a legit shot at QB1 numbers.
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