Audie Cole (LB, Vikings)
Despite having a good season in terms of production, Erin Henderson is in the dog house in Minnesota after a DUI. Henderson has been benched, and Cole has stepped in and produced very well in the last two weeks. Coach Leslie Frazier is making it seem like Cole is in the driver’s seat to keep the position for the rest of the season. He’s had 22 tackles and 1 sack over the last two games.
Jason Worilds (LB, Steelers)
Worilds is making a repeat appearance on the list. With Woodley struggling with injury in Pittsburgh, Worilds has been given the opportunity to emerge. He is now leading the team in sacks and he’s had decent tackle numbers over the last three weeks. It’s worth monitoring Woodley’s injury status, but Worilds could remain in the spot even if Woodley is healthy to return.
Week 14 is here and that means so are the fantasy playoffs in most leagues. It’s win or go home time, folks! With that in mind, here’s a look at some players that may be available on the waiver wire that could help take you to the fantasy football promised land. Good luck in Week 14!
Carson Palmer (QB, Cardinals)
Over the last four weeks Palmer has put up 1,276 passing yards and 9 touchdowns. He has been on fire. He’s available in 88% of ESPN leagues, and he’s probably the best option out there if you need a QB for the playoffs. He’s currently averaging 18.5 fantasy points over the last four weeks, and he’s had 20+ twice in that stretch.
Josh McCown (QB, Bears)
Jay who? It seems Chicago can feel very comfortable with letting Cutler ease his way back from injury because McCown has been just fine in relief. He’s now put up two straight 20+ point weeks in which he’s amassed 707 yards and 4 TDs. Not too shabby. It’s worth checking Cutler’s injury status, but if he’s out again in Week 14 then McCown is a great play against the Cowboys defense that is giving up the most fantasy points in the league to opposing QBs.
EJ Manuel (QB, Bills)
Manuel is back from injury and he’s been looking decent. He hasn’t stolen the show, but he’s put up back to back 15+ point performances. That may not be elite numbers, but it could be what you need if you’re looking for quarterback help in the fantasy playoffs. He has favorable matchups versus the Bucs and Jags in the next two weeks and he’s getting his top receivers back from injury.
Shane Vereen (RB, Patriots)
Vereen is back from injury for the Patriots and he’s proving to be a key piece in the offensive puzzle just when the team’s offense is getting hot. With Stevan Ridley seeing less carries as a result of fumbling woes, Vereen has been more involved in the run game. Most importantly, he’s a key piece in the passing game for Tom Brady. In Week 13 he saw more time on the field than any other New England running back, and he saw 6 targets in the passing game (5 catches and a TD). Vereen might still be available in your league, but he won’t be for long. You have to grab him if he’s out there.
Yours truly was the #1 expert IDP ranker on FantasyPros for Week 12. This week is likely the last week of your regular season in most fantasy leagues, so it’s time to nail it. Here’s a look at player rankings for your standard, PPR, and IDP fantasy football leagues for Week 13. Good luck!