NFL Fantasy Tips: Waiver targets for your playoff push

Devontae Booker Raiders
Devontae Booker is the number one waiver wire target

The fantasy playoffs are almost upon us and their are plenty of moves to be made. Dave Gray brings you some of the best pick ups of the week...

"Booker is a very good pass catcher and that gives him a good floor in fantasy. Without Jacobs that opens up a huge ceiling. Get him on your teams."

Week 12 isn't over yet

A day later than usual due to the uncertainty over when this week would end but what a week in the NFL. We had some incredible performances from the likes of Tyreek Hill, Derrick Henry and DK Metcalf and some less so from Carson Wentz, Broncos fill in Kendall Hinton and less surprisingly, the Jets.

One thing to keep an eye on this week is when waivers will process. Because of that Ravens and Steelers match being postponed a lot of sites have made changes. Depending on where you play, and what the league's commissioner has decided upon, a lot of leagues have pushed the processing date back from this morning to tomorrow or Friday. This could have a big effect on players available on Sunday and those of you that leave it late may have less players to pick from. Do it today and you will be sorted either way.

Waiver wire targets

Running back injuries are way too common but they are something you can take advantage of on your fantasy team. The first thing is if you have deep benches, it is always worth having one or two of these players that are on injury away from 20 carries and 6 targets a game. It is much more valuable than the fourth wide receiver on whatever team they may be on. Those last couple of spots on a bench should be used for high upside players. It will pay off in the long run.

Now on to some names to be targeting this week. Josh Jacobs went down with an ankle injury and Devontae Booker - who has already started to carve out a role in the offence - is a must add. He gets the miserable Jets this week and he can put up some big numbers. He is a very good pass catcher and that gives him a good floor in fantasy. Without Jacobs that opens up a huge ceiling. Get him on your teams.

Benny Snell went off early this season, and he could get another chance tonight, if you are reading this before the Steelers and Ravens game. James Conner has had a positive COVID test, and his case in particular, he is a cancer survivor meaning he is unlikely to be taking any chances. There is a chance he is out for a little longer than others so Snell could be a difference maker for a few weeks.

Frank Gore continues to produce. Is he as good of a runner as he was? Of course not. But he is getting volume and that is the most important thing in fantasy. Get him on your rosters.
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What does your team need for the playoffs?

For many leagues this is the final week of the regular season and you need to be looking ahead. If you have already secured your spot then you can look past this week a little. Maybe the players you pick up don't help you this week too much but they have a great match up for your first round game.

But if you are on the edge of the playoffs you need to just go all out to win now. Do not worry about next week as if you do not win this one, you won't have a game anyway. So go out and get the running back that may give you two extra points over your current start. Pick up the defence that has a good matchup - the Raiders are likely to be available against the Jets.

If you are playing in a dynasty or keeper league then now is the time to start selling off some older players to playoff teams. You can get a player that can help you in the future and they can get a player to start right away and help the push for a title.

There are players such as Tom Brady that have a superb playoff schedule, but after another season they may not even be in the NFL any more. Their values will never be higher. And on the flipside, if you are in contention do not be afraid to take some short term punts because you never know how a season will go. If this year has shown anything it is that anything can happen.

Let them play

A big topic has come up the past couple of weeks with Taysom Hill and Hinton starting at quarterback but eligible to be starting in other positions. There have been debates about this but personally, in all the leagues I run I let them play. If you drafted Hill then you drafted him because of that tight end eligibility. That shouldn't be taken away because all of a sudden he has been thrown in at quarterback. I am a big believer that a player's position should be set at the start of the season and be whatever that is for the entire season.

Dave Gray's Regular Season NFL 2019/20 P/L

Staked: 134.64
Returns: 109.90
P/L: +24.74

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