With Alshon Jeffery‘s suspension now over, the Bears will get a much-needed boost with his return, just in time for a home game against their arch-rival Packers.
Before his suspension, Jeffery was only averaging 70 yards receiving per game, but looking at Chicago’s offense as a whole, that’s pretty good. Additionally, Matt Barkley has filled in admirably for Jay Cutler. The former USC Trojan has thrown for 720 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in his last three games (of full-time action).
As of Monday morning, Green Bay’s pass defense was ranked 19th in the NFL. After this week, Chicago hosts Washington (24th in pass defense) and travels to Minnesota (3rd in pass defense).
That Week 17 game against the Vikings may not matter for you, as most leagues only play through Week 16. If that’s the case, you may want to fire up Jeffery (and Cameron Meredith) for your playoff roster. There are worse options out there, and Chicago figures to be throwing a lot in every game they have left. Jeffery and Meredith are big receivers that can be effective all over the field, and especially in the red zone.
“On in relief of an injured Melvin Gordon (hip), Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow rushed 16 times for 55 yards in the Bolts’ Week 14 loss to the Panthers, adding six receptions for 23 additional yards.” — rotoworld.com
If you follow fantasy football at all, you know Melvin Gordon is an elite talent. He injured his hip on Sunday, but a source said “he’s OK.” That being said, Kenneth Farrow will surely be one of the most sought-after pickups this week.
Even if Gordon’s MRI comes back affirming what the source said, Farrow must still be added if possible. He gained 78 total yards on 22 touches, which immediately proved his durability and productivity.
San Diego’s offense uses the running back often and in multiple ways. Considering the possibility he could even start this week at home versus Oakland, Farrow should be your No. 1 waiver claim this week.
By now, you know who your starters are, and aren’t messing with success. However, you might be trying to decide between your defense and a defense on the waiver wire with a good match-up. What should you do?
Thanks to Scout Fantasy, we’re able to see the points allowed by each of the remaining teams that a defense has yet to face.
Here are the top five options:
Week 15 vs. LAR (allows 7.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 16 vs. ARI (allows 6.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 17 at SF (allows 5.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 15 at SD (allows 7.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 16 vs. IND (allows 5.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 17 at DEN (allows 5.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 15 vs. NO (allows 5.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 16 at SEA (allows 4.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 17 at LAR (allows 7.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 15 vs. SF (allows 5.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 16 at CAR (allows 6.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 17 vs. NO (allows 5.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 15 vs. CLE (allows 6.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 16 vs. MIA (allows 4.0 points per game to DEFs)
Week 17 at NYJ (allows 6.0 points per game to DEFs)
Atlanta might be your best bet from that list. They’re the best option that’s most likely to be available, get an early lead, and that plays turnover-prone offenses.
QB: Joe Flacco (1,909, 6th overall)
WR: Alshon Jeffery (3,120, 4th overall)
RB: Kenneth Farrow (7,709, 1st overall)
TE: Dennis Pitta (1,544, 10th overall)
K: Kai Forbath (1,279, 14th overall)
D/ST: Buffalo (3,235, 3rd overall)