The midway point of the NFL season has come and gone, which means fantasy football players are knocking on the door to the playoffs. Time flies when you’re having fun (unless you’re sitting at 2-8 and preparing for your 2015 draft). But for those of you jockeying for playoff position, the time to start thinking about your playoff roster is now. Looking ahead to the match-ups in weeks 14, 15 and 16 can go a long way in helping you make your personnel decisions. It’s never too late for a savvy pickup or a timely trade before your deadline so here are 15 players you should target in order to put your team a cut above the rest and get the boost your roster needs to win it all.
Not included in this list are the obvious choices like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, DeMarco Murray, Antonio Brown, Jimmy Graham, etc... This list is geared towards players under the radar that you may not have previously considered for your team to support your superstars and round out your roster. If you happen to own one or more of these players already, then sit back and relax as this could be the year your team makes a championship run. Because timing is everything in fantasy football, acquiring one or more of these players before everyone else is what championship owners will look back on as a key to their success.
15 Zach Ertz TE, Philadelphia Eagles
14 Cecil Shorts WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
13 Terrance West RB, Cleveland Browns
12 Washington D/ST
11 Delanie Walker TE, Tennessee Titans
10 Doug Baldwin WR, Seattle Seahawks
9 Cam Newton QB, Carolina Panthers
8 Tennessee D/ST
7 Eli Manning QB, NY Giants
6 DeAndre Hopkins WR, Houston Texans
5 Eddie Lacy RB, Green Bay Packers
4 Kelvin Benjamin WR, Carolina Panthers
3 Tony Romo QB, Dallas Cowboys
2 Mark Ingram RB, New Orleans Saints
1 Matthew Stafford QB, Detroit Lions
Currently below two other QB’s on this list (Romo and Manning) for points scored this season, but owned in almost every league is Mr. Stafford. Other quarterbacks with more points than him include Ryan Tannehill, Jay Cutler, and Philip Rivers, all of whom have horrible fantasy playoff schedules. Like Romo, if you own one of those QB’s, you should be offering them in a trade for Stafford right away. Along with the ninth best playoff schedule for a QB, the Lions have the eighth best schedule for RB’s, seventh for WR’s, and fifth for TE’s. One could argue that as a team, the Lions have the most fantasy friendly schedule for weeks 14-16. And it never hurts to be throwing to Calvin Johnson either.
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