This is it. Most fantasy football leagues are coming into the home stretch of the regular season. Some of you may have locked up playoff spots and some of you might be fighting to get out of last place, but there are still games to win.
Buy or sell:
Matt Ryan can keep it up.
I am buying on this big time. “Matty Ice” is known to start out hot and then cool down later in the season, but this year is different. The Falcons remain in perfect healthy other than Tevin Coleman – and their offense is a fine-tuned machine.
He is still the No. 1 overall player in fantasy, and I do not see that changing anytime soon. With matchups against Kansas City, Los Angeles and San Francisco in the last three weeks of the fantasy season, not only will Matt Ryan get you to the playoffs, he will keep it going in the playoffs.
Emmanuel Sanders is still a viable starter.
I am going to have to sell on this a little bit. While Sanders does possess elite talent and still has a slight chance at having a huge game, the Broncos offense is simply too slow for him to still be starting.
Not only is the offense too slow, the defense is too good. The Broncos offense has no pressure to throw the ball or put up touchdowns because the defense consistently holds the other team to almost nothing. I would try to trade him.
Matt Forte is back on the horse, and he is staying there.
After looking at the remaining Jets schedule, I have to buy on this. With Indianapolis, San Francisco and Miami in his final three weeks, Forte is going to have an easy time putting up points in your fantasy championship. Barring any injury, he should be in your starting lineup from here on out.
Waiver Wire Pickups:
At this time in the season, viable waiver-wire pickups are tough to find and important to get. Tim Hightower is looking like he is going to be sharing the New Orleans backfield with Mark Ingram, and he is only owned in 40 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, making him a great addition to a team in need of a flex.
Also, in the Saints offense you never know who can work into the role of receiving back, which opens up a whole new opportunity for Hightower, especially in point per reception leagues.
Harris does not have the longevity that Hightower has, as Carlos Hyde will be the starter if healthy, but if Hyde sits, Harris is the man in San Fran.
After his touchdown and 142 total yards last week, Harris has proven that he can be a very good running back 2 or flex play as long as Hyde does not play, and he is only owned in 31 percent of ESPN leagues.
As the number one receiver in what has become a surprisingly good Titans passing offense, Matthews is definitely worth a pickup if you are in need of a receiver.
Although he has failed to top 20 points this season, he also has five touchdowns in the last five games, so he has a pretty consistent floor. You never know if Marcus Mariota is going to really step up at the end of the season, but if he does, Matthews’ floor could be even higher.