Ok, let’s not fool ourselves. This list isn’t pretty, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Every player listed here is available in 95% of fantasy football leagues.
Curtis Brinkley RB, Chargers: Jackie Battle was mentioned first when Norv Turner spoke about running backs after Ryan Mathews’ merciful season ending injury, but Brinkley will get the most run. He should get around 15 touches against a Jets team that has nothing left to play for.
Rod Streater WR, Raiders: The future is now in Oakland. Streaking rookie Rod Streater has led the Raiders in receiving for three consecutive weeks, and has a strong chance to continue his tear this week against an improving but burnable Panthers secondary.
Mike Goodson RB, Panthers: It’s obvious to everyone watching the Raiders, there are a few of us left, that Mike Goodson is the most explosive back in Oakland. With little left to play for, and a brittle Darren McFadden in tow, the Raiders would be remissed to not let the young man run wild for the rest of the season.
Riley Cooper WR, Eagles: Pulling in two touchdowns in his last three games, the now starting flanker in Philly was second in targets last weeks behind Jeremy Maclin with seven. He has a juicy match up this week with a Redskins defense that he had his best game of the season against in week 11.
Joseph Morgan WR, Saints: Averaging a modest 41 yards per reception, Morgan is already laying claim to a starting spot next season in the already exciting Saints flying circus. New Orleans plays Dallas this week, who if nothing else is highly susceptible to the big play. I expect nothing less than 60 yards and a touchdown out of Morgan in their meeting.
Earl Bennett WR, Bears: Somebody in Chicago has got to catch balls besides Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jeffrey’s recent pass interference troubles have landed him in the doghouse. I expect Bennett to be considerably productive for PPR leaguers against a Cardinals team that can’t help getting blown up.
Marvin Jones WR, Bengals: The Bengals have no choice but to rely on the speedy Jones, who has been starting opposite A.J. Green as of late. He’s a longshot this week against the Steelers, but the game is of great importance to either side and someone has to be the hero.
Rob Housler TE, Cardinals: In the land of short armed quarterbacks, the tight end is king. Housler is slowly emerging as a force to be reckoned with in Arizona, recalling visions of a young Jason Witten. You can’t be in love with any Cardinals skill player at this point, but Housler is talented and hungry; precisely what you need at the end of the fantasy season.