It’s that time of year: the turkey is roasting, as are chestnuts on an open fire. Family is surrounding you, food is plentiful (like it isn’t anyways in America) and you’re being distracted from all the love and joy because you can’t decide who to start to keep your potential championship season alive. The biggest headache fantasy football can cause relates to injury — the most inconvenient and season crushing event that can happen.
In the last few weeks we’ve had a rash of injuries to top tier players that you may have been relying on to carry you or help carry you to that coveted Shiva Bowl or whatever trophy you may worship and lust for. So don’t fret, grab some turkey and take a quick look at some fantasy football playoff quick fixes that could keep your lineup together.
If you have Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, DeMarco Murray or LeSean McCoy:
- Shane Vereen (owned in 54.7 percent of leagues)
- Beanie Wells (owned in 47.9 percent of leagues)
- Danny Woodhead (34.5 percent of leagues)
Running backs are usually what makes or breaks your fantasy lineup. If you have great backs and capable fillers, you more often then not are set when it comes to fantasy. But when those backs go down, you’re in a pretty significant conundrum, but all is not lost.
Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead are not starters in New England but if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the course of the Belichick/Brady era is taht doesn’t matter. Stevan Ridley is a solid start from week to week but the guys playing behind him see a fair share of the workload as well. Belichick loves to use his speed back which means Woodhead and Vereen will get work, but it’s always hit or miss.
Woodhead has 17 points over the last two weeks, but all those points came in week 10 against the Bills. Vereen has 12 points over the last two weeks but 11 of those points came against the Colts last week and only one against the Bills. But as risky as they are to start, you have a 50-50 shot of them hitting a homerun and really that’s better than most options.
The guy you’ll want to scour your league’s waiver wire for is Cardinals running back Beanie Wells who is set to return from IR this week and take over a running back slot in Arizona that will be all his. After injuries to Ryan Williams and other running backs, the Cardinals are desperate for some real consistency and Wells is primed to give them that. If nothing else, something called Ryan Lindley is the quarterback so there’s a hunch that Arizona will lean heavily on the ground game and on Wells.