By Trevor Smith
Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Brandon LaFell has been Andy Dalton’s clear No. 2 target behind AJ Green this season. LaFell has amassed 343 receiving yards; however, he has found the end zone only twice. His production, albeit small, has been necessary for the Bengals while they look for a solid receiver opposite of Green. Therefore, go and find LaFell on the waiver wire or for cheap as possibly the missing piece to your lineup.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots
The Patriots’ backfield had a field day against the Bills on Sunday with Rex Burkhead in the middle of it. Burkhead contributed 78 yards on 12 carries along with two touchdowns, helping the Patriots to a 23-3 victory against the Bills. His big day led to a second straight 19-plus point fantasy performance and his fourth consecutive five-plus carry game. Burkhead is a clear pickup in the last few weeks of the season; however, he won’t be on the waiver wire for long.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy has been the Bills lifeline this season, as he has accounted for 58.13 percent of the teams total rushing yards. However, McCoy’s production looks to diminish with the Bills losing starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor in their Week 13 loss to the Patriots. The loss of Taylor makes the Bills only threat McCoy, meaning his carries will be up, but his production won’t be his usual. Make the smart choice and trade away McCoy for a running back on a more balanced offense for your playoff run.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
Another week means another sub-par performance for Demaryius Thomas and the Denver Broncos. Thomas recorded his second consecutive under 10-point fantasy performance finishing with 27 yards on two receptions. He was targeted 10 times which was his highest since he saw 12 targets in Week 9 against the Eagles. However, his lack of production even with the targets is alarming to fantasy owners, therefore, sell Thomas high now if you want a real shot at the championship.