Fantasy Football: 5 moves to make to propel your team to the playoffs

2T02M2C Oct 1, 2023; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Trey McBride (85) during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi?s Stadium. (Stan Szeto/Image of Sport/Sipa USA)

• Now is the time to bolster your roster: This is a critical time for bolstering your fantasy roster for a playoff push and potential championship.

• Focus on the upside: Take advantage of others scrambling during bye weeks to make forward-thinking moves and concentrate on building the highest upside roster.

• Good players available: There are a handful of strong options for adding players across the positional spectrum right now.

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LAST CHANCE TO ADD TREY MCBRIDE

Arizona Cardinals tight end Trey McBride is still only rostered in 59% of Yahoo leagues, but that number is likely to increase significantly after waivers this week because he's coming off the best game of his career where he racked up 131 yards on eight receptions and a 94.3 PFF receiving grade.

Over the past four weeks, he ranks second among tight ends with 34 targets and third in both receptions (24) and yards (277). In that same span, his 34 targets are 11 more than any other player on the Cardinals roster.


TARGET A POTENTIAL BOOM RB DOWN THE STRETCH

Devin Singletary is only rostered in 51% of Yahoo leagues and is coming off a game where he put up 150 yards in relief of the injured Dameon Pierce. Even when Pierce returns, Singletary can still expect to see roughly 10 carries per game if they split time, and there is the potential that his big game against the Cincinnati Bengals will cause a Texans team that had struggled to get the running game going to turn to him more down the stretch.

We’re two games removed from Keaton Mitchell’s breakout game for the Baltimore Ravens against the Seattle Seahawks where he saw nine carries for 134 yards and a touchdown. In his third game of the season last week against the Cleveland Browns, he scored on a 39-yard run, had a 32 yards reception, and dropped a would-be long touchdown catch. He’s rostered in 48% of Yahoo leagues currently, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Ravens look to take advantage of his big play ability late in the season.

Khalil Herbert should return at some point soon for the Chicago Bears. He is still rostered in 66% of Yahoo leagues, so might not be available for you, but received an average of 10 carries and three targets per game before going down injured. Given that he forced 20 missed tackles on only 61 touches through five games this year, he can provide points in the form of big plays late in the year.


JOSH DOBBS: LEAGUE WINNING QB?

Dobbs has now scored a rushing touchdown in four straight games on two separate teams no less, putting up 20 points or more in his past three. He has favorable matchups against the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears over the next two weeks and faces the Detroit Lions at home in Week 16. Assuming your championship game is in Week 17, he does have a tricky matchup against the Green Bay Packers though. He’s currently rostered in 53% of Yahoo leagues, has a solid floor due to his rushing upside and is potentially getting the best wide receiver in football in Justin Jefferson back to throw the ball to down the stretch.


TARGET ROOKIE RECEIVERS COMING AS YOUR WR3

Last season, five rookie receivers put up at least 200 yards and ranked in the top 27 in receiving yards. While those numbers aren’t going to win you your league outright, they can be solid WR3 numbers if you need them.

Josh Downs is currently rostered in 56% of Yahoo leagues and, while he’s coming off a quiet two-game stretch where injuries have limited him, he has shown himself to be capable of some solid numbers this year already, posting  23 receptions on 29 targets for 315 yards and two touchdown during a stretch from Weeks 5-8.

Rashee Rice is rostered in 64% of Yahoo leagues and is capable of becoming a key target for Patrick Mahomes late in the year. He’s seen five or more targets in over half his games this season.

New England Patriots wide receiver Demario Douglas has seen five or more targets in four straight games, including nine this past week against the Indianapolis Colts, while Jayden Reed of the Green Bay Packers is coming off a career day after putting up 84 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. 

While for the Arizona Cardinals, tight end Trey McBride might have gotten all the attention, rookie wide receiver Michael Wilson has seen four or more targets in seven games so far this season.


LOOK TO THE DETROIT LIONS DEFENSE

The late-season slate isn’t just great for the Lions' chances of a higher playoff seed, they are also fantastic for your shot at winning your league. They play the Chicago Bears twice in the next four weeks, which should give them a shot at putting up a decent number of points, and also have relatively favorable matchups against the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos. The only concern is that they play off the road against the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys in Weeks 16 and 17, so you may need to be prepared to pivot in the fantasy playoffs.

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