The postseason has arrived! If you are lucky enough to be in the postseason, then your hard work has paid off. If you’re on the outside looking in, better luck next year. A smattering of injuries to high profile players may have you scrambling for a solution as you go into the playoffs. Fear not, as we are here to help you out and lead you to that fantasy championship. Look to make wise waiver wire adds along the way and perhaps an opportune trade or two to ensure that you are the one holding the trophy at seasons end.
Finders Sleepers week 14
By: Dan Turner
QB Josh Allen- Buffalo
For all the talk about Lamar Jackson as a running quarterback, let’s not look past Josh Allen, who has quietly put together a top 3 finish at QB in the last 2 weeks. Allen had 135 rushing yards in Week 13 after 99 yards in Week 12. Buffalo has been really bad this year, but Allen has injected some life into the offense. The best part is, even if Buffalo is getting blown out, garbage points count just the same. Pick up Allen if you need a QB.
RB Justin Jackson- Chargers
When Melvin Gordon got hurt, everyone assumed that Austin Ekeler would receive most of the work in the backfield, and he did. What we did not predict was how talented Jackson is and how good he would be in a limited opportunity. He found the end zone and picked up 82 yards on nine total touches. Austin Ekeler is certainly the more featured back, but Jackson should get his opportunities and may even get a larger share of the carries, at least until Gordon returns.
RB Jeff Wilson Jr.- 49ers
Like father, like son. It feels like Kyle Shanahan can find a running back anywhere, just like his dad used to do in his time with the Broncos. Wilson has burst on the scene after the decimating injuries to the RB corps of San Francisco. The undrafted rookie out of North Texas had 15 rushes for 61 yards and eight catches for 73 yards in a Week 13 loss to Seattle, which is spectacular numbers, especially in PPR. Wilson should get the nod to carry the load again in week 14, and if he does who should start him as a RB2.
RB Jaylen Samuels- Steelers
Samuels, a versatile rookie out of North Carolina State, appears to be the next man up in the wake of the injury to star rookie James Conner. Samuels was being used as a change of pace back the last few weeks but is now being tabbed for a much larger role. Jaylen is a good runner and a good receiver out of the backfield. Jaylen should be picked up just on potential workload alone, as he is in line to see major work for the next week or two.
WR Dante Pettis- 49ers
The injuries to Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon caused them to miss Week 13, which meant that the 49ers were once again thin at wideout, opening the door for Pettis to have a sizable role. He took advantage of it, finding the end zone for the second straight week, and having a huge game to the tune of 129 yards on 5 catches, bringing his two-week total to nine catches and three scores. He has shown enough where he should be getting an everyday role, even when the other wideouts come back from injury.
WR Curtis Samuel- Panthers
Samuel was seen as an afterthought for most of this season, as he had just 25 targets coming into Week 13. That all changed this past week, as he picked up 11 during the game which he translated to six catches for 88 yards. Half of his catches and two of his four touchdowns this season have come during the past three games. The injury to Greg Olsen has opened the door for him to receive more work down the stretch, so pick him up where available.