Whether you’ve made the fantasy football playoffs or not, don’t be that guy that quits on the regular season. If I’m commissioner of a league where someone does that, I think they should be locked out for the rest of the year. We’re not done yet, so keep playing regardless of standings. Every win should count. One of the best ways to keep squeezing every point out of your team is to keep your eye on the waiver wire and keep streaming. Here’s this week’s crop of waiver wire players that are likely to outperform their ranking or average game.
Cam Newton, Falcons at Panthers: I don’t love Cam Newton as a player the way I used to. He’s not on any of my rosters, but if I’m desperate for a QB this week, he’s at the top of my streamer list. He’s a long way past his heyday, but in the right spots, he can put up some points. This week against the Falcons is one of those spots. He may run one in and throw for two more.
Theodore Bridgewater, Lions at Broncos: Although the Lions secured their first win of the season last week, that doesn’t mean that they are a good football team. The play calling is still questionable, and without De’Andre Swift in the lineup, the Lions will be hard-pressed to replicate last week’s results. The Lions are 21st in the NFL in interceptions and 31st in sacks. Touchdown Teddy will be very comfortable in the pocket this week.
Baker Mayfield, Ravens at Browns: Baker had a miserable game two weeks ago against these same Ravens. Although he’s been playing through multiple injuries for weeks, this week he’s at home and coming off a bye. He should be the healthiest that he’s been in weeks. In DFS he might be a nice, sneaky cheap QB play and in season long, if you’re desperate at QB this week, you could do worse.
Dustin Hopkins, LAC vs. New York Giants: The Giants are in no shape to be competitive with anybody except the rest of the NFC East. The Chargers will find themselves leading comfortably in the second half and they will settle for hitting field goals while they run out the clock. Hopkins will be most of their offense late in the game.
Chris Boswell, Steelers at Vikings: The Vikings seemingly do not care about defense. They like to score and dare the opponent to try to keep up. Big Ben can’t throw deep anymore, so some drives will come up short in Vikings territory and they’ll depend on points from Boswell to keep them close.
Matthew Wright, Jags at Titans: Two struggling offenses; this game has 15-12 written all over it.
Seahawks at Titans: They may not be the Legion of Boom anymore, but they can handle the likes of Tyrod Taylor or Davis Mills.
Bengals vs. 49ers: If the Bengals get a lead like I think they will, and Jimmy G has to air it out, the Bengals can get after the QB. They’re tied for fourth in the league with 32 sacks so far this season.
Panthers at Falcons: The Panthers may not pick off a lot of passes, but they do know how to get after an old, immobile QB like Matt Ryan. They average nearly three sacks per game.
Go into the playoffs string whether it’s the main event or a consolation bracket. A win is a win.
If you have any last-minute lineup questions this week feel free to hit me up on Twitter @ThePhilFactor