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Staff Picks: Playoff Waiver Wire

Each week we will be posting a waiver wire article with picks from writers at each position to help you know who to add to your teams from the waiver wire! Players on this list need to be owned in less than 50% of Yahoo or ESPN leagues to qualify.

Quarterback – Kevin Atchley

If you’ve made it this far, then you’re looking for some QB’s to lead you to the Promised Land. Below are two QB’s owned in less than 50% of leagues that WILL league you fantasy glory (or at least the next round!) :

Gardner Minshew II (Currently owned in 8% of Yahoo Leagues)

Simply mentioning the name “Chargers” has to give fantasy owners reason to salivate. Los Angeles has to travel cross-country for a meaningless game against the Jaguars. Los Angeles just gave up 23 points to rookie Drew Lock in his first NFL start. The Chargers have a history of disappointing against teams they should beat, and this week should be no different. Minshew is a streaming QB with potential for significant upside against the Bolts.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Currently owned in 10% of Yahoo Leagues)

Fitz magic is back, baby! The Harvard grizzled, bearded vet has thrown for at least 2+ TD’s and 25+ fantasy points in back to back weeks. This week, Fitzpatrick gets to face a Jets defense that is helplessly limping toward the finish line. Plus, you just KNOW revenge games bring out the best in players, and this week will be no different. Add Fitzpatrick with confidence, and reap the rewards of advancing to the next round of your fantasy playoffs.

Running Back – Patrick Fisse

Bo Scarbrough (rostered in 46% of leagues)
Apparently people don’t know Bo as he is still only rostered in 46% of leagues. Scarbrough is a big back out of Alabama who came onto the scene 3 weeks ago as the Lions try replace Kerryon Johnson—the Ty Johnson experiment was an obvious failure. Since week 11 Scarbrough is AVERAGING 17 carries per game and has parlayed those carries into 9.2 (.5 ppr) points per game. While Scarbrough isn’t a world beater and a zero in the passing game (no catches in those 3 weeks), it is an absolute crime that he is not rostered in more leagues. Scarbrough is a solid flex going forward. While the Lions have a difficult schedule (Min TB and Den are their next 3 opponents) Bo has shown more than enough to be rostered in leagues. Run, don’t walk, to the wire and add Bo.
Alexander Mattison (rostered in 17% of leagues)
This is a pure lottery ticket add as Mattison is the distant number 2 in Minnesota behind stud Dalvin Cook. While Mattison gets some work (a little more than 7 carries per game) he offers very little stand alone value. However, he is arguably the most valuable handcuff in the game. It is no secret that Minnesota is built on the rushing attack and even more so this year. Even though Kirk Cousins has elevated his play of late, the Vikings still live and die by the run. Mattison would be an instant league winner should anything happen to workhorse Dalvin Cook (knock on wood) who has not been the most durable running back in his young career. If you have a free roster spot and miss out on higher priority free agents (like Scarbrough) give Mattison an add—ESPECIALLY if you have Dalvin Cook rostered.

Wide Receiver – Jorge Eckardt

Cole Beasley (32% Owned on Yahoo)

The Bills are flying high right now, and at 9-3 and in prime playoff positioning, it’s finally time to admit that Buffalo is legit. Sure, a lot of their success can be credited to their defense, which is one of the top in the league, but their offense is doing just fine in their own right. Beasley, while not flashy, has been very consistent this season, especially over the past couple of weeks. He’s had at least four receptions in eight of their 12 games, including each of the past four weeks. While the touchdowns didn’t come right away, he has one each of the last two games and five over his last seven. Sure, next week they play the Ravens, so it will be a tough test, but the target volume should still be there for him. After that, they get the Steelers, so Beasley should be a flex option in at least one if not both weeks of round one of the fantasy playoffs.

Auden Tate (10% Owned on Yahoo)

The Bengals got their first win last week! Now, with Andy Dalton back under center for Cincinnati, their passing attack could potentially get its groove back. Yes, he’s still going to be the No. 2 receiver behind Tyler Boyd, but with some of the matchups the Bengals have on the horizon that could be plenty. This week they’ve got a date with the Cleveland Browns, who after being touted as potential Super Bowl contenders at the beginning of the season have fallen flat on their face. They’re just not a very good football team, and yes, neither are the Bengals, but in a matchup between two bad teams, anything can happen. They get the Patriots Week 15, so that’s a no-go, but they close out the season with games vs. Dolphins and Browns again, so that’s three games where he could be a very solid option. Plus, they could be getting hot, which would mean only good things for Tate.

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