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Top 15 Unexpected NFL Fantasy Players That Saved Your Season

Who has been your savior this football fantasy season? There have been no shortage of injuries to key players throughout the year, as top draft picks like Jamaal Charles have been lost for the season with a torn ACL, while other premier players such as Eddie Lacy, who while remaining healthy (relatively speaking), is not producing at the level that anybody expected of him when they drafted him.

The football season is brutal and your fantasy teams outlook can change drastically week to weekand you need to have the depth or the knowledge to prepare for when disaster strikes. For every key injury, opens up the spot for a new player, sometimes an unknown, to come in and make an impact that can end up saving your fantasy season.

With the NFL fantasy season nearly over, it is also intriguing to get insight on some of the second year players and see their growth through the NFL. Quarterbacks like Blake Bortles and Derek Carr, who were sometimes serviceable as fantasy options last year, are now players that have helped save many smart fantasy owners seasons.

Everyone knows who the top players are in the NFL. That is not always how you are going to win at fantasy football. It's about looking at the matchups and trying to predict who had a flukey week and who had production that you feel is sustainable throughout the season.

No matter what position of your team got decimated from injury this year (because they all got hit), there were players on the waiver wire that would have helped change your season if you had been able to get to them quicker.

Always keep your eyes peeled to the injury reports and the depth charts from around the league and you may just find the next stud who is going to help save your fantasy season.

15 Gary Barnidge 

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14 Stefon Diggs 

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13 Jeremy Langford 

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12 Todd Gurley 

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11 Allen Robinson 

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10 DeAndre Hopkins 

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9 Derek Carr 

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8 Blake Bortles 

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7 Michael Crabtree 

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6 Eric Decker 

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5 Karlos Williams 

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4 Travis Benjamin 

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3 DeAngelo Williams 

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2 Tom Brady 

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1 Devonta Freeman 

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Devonta Freeman was not a high draft pick this year, ranked as the 37th best running back by FantasyPros. As the backup/kind of starter with Tevin Coleman, it didn't seem like either RB would be a great value pick. Not to mention that few thought Atlanta was going to start out as hot as they did. Yet when Coleman went down, Freeman stepped up to help out fantasy owners everywhere. Freeman's top game came in week 3 when he ripped apart the Cowboys for 141 yards on the ground, 52 yards through the air and 3 TDs. Freeman has been able to sustain a great level of production and is the top rated running back according to Yahoo!.

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