In my fantasy leagues, weeks 14, 15, and 16 are the postseason. All my projections are based on that, yet I will make references to week 17.
10. Montell Owens, RB, Jaguars: 15 @ MIA, 16 vs. NE. I’ve tried to avoid Jacksonville offensive players all season. If I were in a pinch for a running back, I would take this guy over Joique Bell because there is almost no one else there to siphon carries (MoJo and Rashad Jennings are both out).
9. Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins: 15 @ CLE. This is a one-week rental against a good defense. However, he may actually have good passing yardage numbers – even against CB Joe Haden and SS T.J. Ward – if the Redskins and their mediocre defense fall behind. With all the injuries for the Cowboys defense, I’d also look into some of the WRs for the Redskins if you have your championship week 17, though Washington utilizes four different WRs.
8. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars: 15 @ MIA, 16 vs. NE. There’s another one of those Jacksonville players. With Cecil Shorts out, he should get targets. He has great sleeper skills for next year if they switch offenses.
7. Jets D/ST: 15 @ TEN, 16 vs. SD. If you can’t get a defense that’s facing the Cardinals, this is a good one. The Titans have 15 giveaways in their last 5 contests. The Chargers are also mistake-prone – with a bad history against the Jets – with Rivers being taken down 37 times in 2012; And, the Bills coming up week 17 have a minimum of 2 giveaways in 7 of their last 10 games.
6. Brandon Myers, TE, Raiders: 15 vs. KC, 16 @ CAR. Giants TE Martellus Bennett is not a bad pick either, but Brandon gets targeted a lot.
5. Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens: 15 vs. DEN, 16 vs. NYG. While Jake Locker and Colin Kaepernick aren’t bad emergency starts, I actually think Flacco could be your starter week 16. If you have a deep bench, I’d pick him up and stash him, and start him against the Giants if he clears 15 or 16 points against the tougher Broncos defense. Jim Caldwell will have the protection schemes executed better, so don’t be afraid against the Giants defensive front.
4. Lions D/ST: 15 @ ARI, 16 vs. ATL. They pile up QB’s behind the line of scrimmage, and you can’t resist the Arizona match-up.
3. Bengals D/ST: 16 @ PIT. A safe bet with all the times they bring down the QB.
2. Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers: 15 @ NO, 16 vs. STL. If he’s available in your league, he’s due to break out of his slump. He has great weapons and a good coordinator, and at least one week of postseason hope for his team. His team’s defense is shaky, too, sometimes forcing them to keep throwing (and Martin sometimes makes play-action in the red zone smart).
1. David Wilson, RB, Giants: 15 @ ATL, 16 @ BAL. He’s a playmaker and I thought he was even better than Doug Martin coming out of college.
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