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2016 Fantasy Football Players You Should Not Give Up On

By Brian McGuire

The fantasy football playoffs are rapidly approaching, so the next few weeks are vitally important. Knowing what players to keep on your roster at the end of the season is one of the hardest parts of playing fantasy football. You may be tempted to make a drastic move hoping it will propel your team to the playoffs, but it could also easily backfire and cost you a win. These are the five struggling football players that you should not give up on yet.

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb is only two weeks removed from a game where he got 95 yards and a touchdown, so his recent struggles are most likely caused by his neck injury. The best reason to keep Randall Cobb on your fantasy team is the Green Bay Packers offense. The team is struggling to run the ball, which means Aaron Rodgers is going to throw the ball at least 40 times every game the rest of the season. Cobb is bound to catch a lot of passes even if he is playing behind Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams.

James White

Many fantasy owners feared that Dion Lewis would steal James White’s job when he got healthy, but it looks like that will not happen. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady clearly love the way White is playing this season, which is why Dion Lewis was not active last week. His presence in one of the best offenses in the league warrants owning James White until he starts to lose playing time.

Jerick McKinnon

Jerick McKinnon has only recorded more than 50 yards once since Adrian Peterson’s injury, but he is far too talented to give up on right now. Most of McKinnon’s struggles can be attributed to the horrible offensive line of the Minnesota Vikings. Running back is a hard position to fill on a weekly basis, so the fact that McKinnon is still starting for the Vikings makes him worth keeping on your fantasy team.

Gary Barnidge

Unless you have one of the top tier players, the tight end position has been a mess the entire fantasy football season. Since there are not many great options at the position, you have to stick with someone that has produced on a consistent basis. Before his last two games, Gary Barnidge was one of the most reliable tight ends despite never finding the end zone. Hold on to Barnidge until Cleveland’s Week 13 bye. If he does not produce in the next two weeks, then feel free to cut him loose.

Quincy Enunwa

While Quincy Enunwa never exploded after Eric Decker’s shoulder injury, he has been a great source for consistent scoring at the wide receiver position. The struggling quarterbacks of the Jets has caused Enunwa to deliver two straight disappointing games. The bye week is coming at a perfect time for the Jets. New quarterback Bryce Petty will get two weeks of practice with his receivers before the next game. Keeping Quincy Enunwa on your roster for a few more weeks may pay off big in the fantasy playoffs if he develops a solid connection with the new quarterback.

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