It’s hard to believe, but the fantasy regular season is almost over. At this point the playoff picture in leagues is starting to take shape. The crazy thing is, there is a good chance that at one point or another a huge addition from waivers has helped out. Whether it was as a bye week fill in or as a lineup fixture, savvy moves can swing games and possibly seasons.
Jordan Matthews, WR Eagles: Matthews had some hype coming out of Vanderbilt and into training camp, but had been relatively quiet on the year. That changed when he went off for 138 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions. Matthews appeared to have a better rapport with Mark Sanchez than Jeremy Maclin which could pay off down the stretch. If you need a wideout, Matthews is worth picking up and could contribute to rosters immediately.
C.J. Anderson, RB Broncos: With Ronnie Hillman injured and Montee Ball coming back from injury, Anderson looks like the Broncos running back to have. This situation will end up being extremely messy long term, but Anderson seems like a safe play this week. Against the Raiders he showed that while lacking Hillman’s quickness, that he is able to contribute as a receiver and can make defenders miss. Chances are Anderson is available in your league, but that won’t be the case for long.
Josh Gordon, WR Browns: Savvy fantasy owners already knew this, but Gordon is eligible to return next week. It isn’t often that a number one receiver option falls out of the sky just before the fantasy playoffs. Gordon has still been able to be around the team so he should hit the ground running in terms of production. If you have a player you’re willing to cut, stashing Gordon is a great move in a little risk, extremely high reward scenario.