Take'em or Leave'em
Depending on your league format, this upcoming week might be the start of your playoffs. Congratulations if you made it, but the work isn’t done. Waivers are still extremely important during the playoffs. I have won my main league championship the last two years and in each of those years, I picked up players the week before the championship and started them. In both cases, I wouldn’t have won without them. Therefore, always be looking for ways to improve your team week to week. With this year being a bit different than most, also make sure to monitor injuries and COVID situations.
Keke Coutee – Wide Receiver, Houston Texans
Coutee was mentioned as a potential breakout candidate here last week, and he did indeed breakout. With a depleted Wide Receiver group in Houston, Coutee blew up for 8 catches on 9 targets and 141 yards.
Verdict – Take’em, Houston plays a Chicago team whose defense has appeared to quit the last two weeks. He is a risky start, but could pay off big.
Ty Johnson – Running Back, New York Jets
When Gore left the game in the 1st Quarter vs Las Vegas, Johnson was the one who filled in and he looked good in that role. He ran for 104 yards on 22 carries and added 2 receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown.
Verdict – Take’em, if Gore is out and you need a starter, Johnson should get enough work to be a playable asset.
Tim Patrick – Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos
I’ve mentioned Patrick in this article 3 or 4 times this year already, yet he is still only owned in 18% of leagues. Is no one paying attention? Patrick has been as consistent as they come this year. If you take away the Hinton game, Patrick has had double-digit fantasy points in 7 of his last 8 games and has averaged 14.75 points per game over that stretch.
Verdict – Take’em, he has been consistent over a large sample size and can be considered a High End WR3 for the rest of the season.
Other Pickup Options
George Kittle – It’s very possible if your league doesn’t have an IR spot that Kittle was dropped. It isn’t a guarantee that he returns this season, but if you have room on your bench, he is worth stashing.
T.Y. Hilton – He has now put up solid numbers two weeks in a row. He would be a scary start, but it could pay off if he can find the endzone for a 3rd straight week.