QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA
Need some MAGIC for your fantasy playoffs? Fitzpatrick may be the answer. Tell me if any of these teams scare you: Jets, Giants, or Bengals. Those are the next three opponents for the Harvard grad and Dolphins QB. He has five touchdowns in his last two games and went off for over 300 yards in two of his previous three.
RB Rashaad Penny, SEA
With three touchdowns the last two weeks, Penny is firmly back on the fantasy radar after a brutal and injury-plagued start to the season. He’s picked up 203 yards on the ground in his last two outings and caught four passes for 33 yards in Week 13. With match-ups against the Rams, Panthers, and Cardinals, Penny can be a tremendous late-season addition that helps propel people to the fantasy championship.
WR James Washington, PIT
The Steelers’ second-year receiver has back-to-back games with a touchdown and gained 219 yards over that span. He’s been the steelers big-play threat and the only viable receiver worth starting from Pittsburgh. With no return in sight for JuJu Smith-Schuster, Washington can be a borderline wide receiver two for your fantasy squads.
TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN
Wide receiver Adam Thielen has missed more than a month of action, and his expected production has been funneled directly to Kyle Rudolph. The Minnesota tight end has a touchdown in each of his last four games and at least 50 yards in the last two weeks. Since Thielen has been out, Rudolph’s been the second-highest scoring tight end the previous five weeks of the season.
QB Nick Foles, JAX
Talk about an $88 million mistake. After giving Foles $55 million in guarantees on an $88 million contract, the Jaguars have to be shaking those spots right off their fur coats. Somewhere Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman must be smiling. Anyway, Foles couldn’t even get it done against one of the worst secondaries in all of football. He was terrible in Week 13 against the Bucs and got benched, which means Gardner Minshew, and thus Minshew Mania is back.
RB Ronald Jones, TB
The Bucs second-year rusher had just eight yards on six carries. Let me say that again: Eight yards! Meanwhile, teammate Peyton Barber got in the end zone twice in week 13. Head Coach Bruce Arians says Jones was benched because he missed a block. Ugh.
WR Terry McLaurin, WAS
The Redskins rookie started the season hot, scoring five touchdowns in the first five weeks, but he hasn’t scored since. With Dwayne Haskins in at quarterback, it’s clear McClaurin won’t get many opportunities in the red-zone. He’s surpassed the 50 yards mark just twice since Week 7 and most recently picked up only eight yards off two catches in Week 13.
TE Greg Olsen, CAR
It’s never good when a player gets knocked out cold before even hitting the ground. Unfortunately, that’s what happened to the veteran play-maker in Week 13 after a violent helmet-to-helmet hit. Olsen already has one foot in the broadcast booth (he did color commentating during the panthers bye-week) and will likely retire at the end of the year.