Adding Depth for the 2016 Fantasy Football Playoffs

If you have a spot in your 2016 Fantasy Football Playoffs locked up, it’s hard not to tinker with your team.

You outplayed most of the Fantasy players in your league already, and now you are trying to see if there’s any last minute moves to make. But if you just made it into your playoffs, you’re still probably looking at final moves to make.

In preparation for one of my leagues, I looked at players who are still on waivers who are worth keeping an eye on.

If you have a powerhouse on your bench, you won’t need these players. But if there is a player who is just wasting space, these are some quarterbacks, running backs, and a wide receiver to consider.

I based the availability of the players I mentioned from my 2016 Online Championship league.

Quarterbacks For the 2016 Fantasy Football Playoffs

In Week 9, I told Fantasy players that I added Colin Kaepernick to my team. I was looking ahead to the 2016 Fantasy Football playoffs, and I saw that Kaepernick has one of best schedules for Weeks 15 to 16.

I told players if they were in a competitive league to look at adding Kaepernick sooner than later.

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I started him in Week 12, and he netted me a 37.1 Fantasy points.

Now, he’s probably going to be scooped off of waivers. If he’s still there, spend your waiver wire money to get him.

The only other quarterback I see available now on most waiver wires is Jared Goff. You have to be desperate or a gambler if you want to start Goff in the Fantasy playoffs. He does have the second-easiest schedule for quarterbacks in the 2016 Fantasy Football playoffs.

Here are his opponents from Weeks 14-16.

Week 14: Atlanta Falcons (most Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks per game)

Week 15: Seattle Seahawks (fifth-fewest Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks per game)

Week 16: San Francisco 49ers (third most Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks per game)

If you do take a shot on him, you’re obviously benching him against the Seahawks. But the matchup against Atlanta is juicy. And, he has one of the best matchups you could ask for in the Fantasy playoffs in Week 16.

Again, you aren’t going to sit the starter who has got you to the playoffs for Goff. The rookie quarterback is more appealing to start in DFS because there isn’t as much on the line.

At this point, I would just keep an eye on Goff. He isn’t on most Fantasy player’s radars. But if he keeps scoring 21 points or more before Week 14, he would be an intriguing option.

Running Backs For the 2016 Fantasy Football Playoffs

Two of the backs I picked up in preparation of the playoffs as few weeks ago were Damien Williams on the Miami Dolphins and DuJuan Harris of the 49ers.

Williams scored four touchdowns from Weeks 6-10, so he may be on a roster. But if players dropped him, I would scoop him up. If anything happens to Jay Ajayi, Williams could quickly become Fantasy relevant.

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Harris isn’t relevant with Carlos Hyde back in the lineup. But if something were to happen to Hyde and Shaun Draughn, Harris could have a huge role because of his dual-threat abilities.

The only other back I see on waivers worth targeting is Shane Vereen. The 27-year old back practiced on Nov. 30, and he could play in Week 14. Vereen usually finds his production from catching the ball, but the New York Giants are only averaging 79.5 rushing yards per game.

So if he returns and is effective rushing the ball, he could earn extra playing time.

Wide Receivers For the 2016 Fantasy Football Playoffs

The only player I see here to consider is Torrey Smith.

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Remember how I said Kaepernick has one of the easiest schedules for the Fantasy playoffs?  Well, the receivers on the 49ers have the seventh-easiest schedule for wide receivers.

I’ll have more on Smith posted later, so check back.

For the tight end position, I didn’t see anyone worth targeting. It’s such a prized position for Fantasy players that you probably don’t have anyone like Lance Kendricks hanging out on waivers.

Those are some of the ways to add depth to your team before the start of the 2016 Fantasy Football playoffs. If any other players look appealing, I’ll add them to this list.

If you have any questions about your Fantasy Football team, feel free to him me up on Twitter. For a more detailed response, send me an email here. If you have any DFS specific questions, feel free to him me up or lead writer Jon Kelly.

 

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