If you are reading this right now, you fall into one of two categories.
You either advanced to the second round of your fantasy playoffs, in which case, I congratulate you. Or, you just enjoy my articles, in which case, I thank you. And if you didn’t win your playoff matchup…
Blame the snow.
I need to rebound from a crazy (and annoying) Week 14. So, for those who are still fighting for fantasy gold, here are some viable players to target on the waiver wire, assuming your league still allows you to add players.
Note: Ownership percentages are based off Yahoo! leagues
Toby Gerhart, Minnesota Vikings (5%): Uh-oh. The only reason Gerhart should ever be on fantasy radars is if Adrian Peterson were to go down. Crap. It’s true, Peterson exited the game with a foot injury and was later diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain. He’ll have an MRI on Monday and in a lost season, it wouldn’t surprise me if Minnesota shut the All-Pro back down. Meanwhile, Gerhart filled in admirably, rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries against arguably the best run defense in the Ravens. Obviously, Gerhart will have all the opportunity in the world if Peterson isn’t in the lineup. In games where Gerhart has seen over six carries, he’s averaging a healthy nine yards per clip. He’s an absolute must-add if you are a Peterson owner, though, you should have probably had him handcuffed in the first place.
Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs (2%): Purely a speculation add, but with the Chiefs closing in on a playoff berth, perhaps Kansas City rests their star running back, Jamaal Charles. Heck, I sure would. Davis is only owned in two percent of Yahoo! leagues, so essentially zero Charles’ owners have him handcuffed with Davis. That needs to change in a hurry. Davis is a very talented player, and in a blowout victory on Sunday, Davis saw 11 carries, totaling 47 total yards and a score. He also returns kicks for the Chiefs, which could present added value, depending on your league. Kansas City gets Oakland next week, which could be another game where Davis gets a handful of work.
Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (61%): An often overlooked fantasy commodity, Hartline is starting to heat up in fantasy land lately. Over the last two games, Hartline has been targeted a healthy 20 times, catching 12 balls for 164 yards and two scores. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is clearly looking for him, and Hartline has been very productive in PPR formats, catching at least three passes in every single games this season. Looking ahead towards weeks 15 and 16, Hartline faces the Patriots defense that can be beat through the air, and then Buffalo’s secondary that is surrendering the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. He is performing, and is certainly worth a look.
Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks (16%): Miller is becoming a bigger part of the Seattle offense as of late, hauling in 1o passes for 168 yards and a touchdown over his last three games. Russell Wilson is playing out of his mind right now, and Miller has some strong matchups to end the season. First, he faces the Giants defense who are allowing 11.87 fantasy points per game to the position, which is the ninth-most in football. Then, it doesn’t get any sweeter, as he gets the Cardinals. This unit has allowed 14 touchdowns to tight ends this season, and are currently coughing up five more fantasy points per game to the position than any other team in football. If you need to replace Rob Gronkowski or Jordan Reed, Miller is your guy.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (9%): He’s baaaack. After making a miracle return to action this season, Pitta made his debut in Week 14. Fantasy owners who drafted him during the preseason were expecting a monster year with Anquan Boldin out of the picture, but a scary hip injury delayed his campaign. However, during his first action of the season, Pitta looked exactly like what many were hoping to see out of him. Though expected to be on a snap count, Pitta finished the game with 11 targets, which was tied for the most on Baltimore. He caught six of those targets for 48 yards and a touchdown. Pitta finished 2012 with 13 red zone targets, which was among the most among tight ends. He’ll continue to serve as Joe Flacco’s safety valve, especially when you consider how poor that Baltimore offensive line is. Pitta is a must-add.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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