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Powell powered the way with significant touches!

As the fantasy playoffs get underway, it should go without saying that roster construction is a whole different animal, and you should own any and all reasonable handcuffs for your starters, so they won’t be listed here. However. these free agents can hopefully win you a week in a pinch!

QUARTERBACK

Matt Moore, MIA – Ryan Tannehill suffered multiple ligament sprains in his knee on Sunday, leaving the door open for at least one start for backup Matt Moore. Moore is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league, and even lead Miami to an overtime win after being forced into action Sunday. The Dolphins face a hopeless Jets team on Saturday, who have allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last four weeks. If you’re desperate for a starter in a deep or two quarterback league, Moore could be an option.

RUNNING BACK

Kenneth Farrow, SD – Melvin Gordon is dealing with knee and hip injuries, and has been reported as being “day to day”. If Gordon were to miss time, a somewhat murky combination of Farrow and Ronnie Hillman would fill in and assume the Gordon touches, with the former having been on the roster longer, it would be safe to say he may have the nod in snap count and touch share.

Kenjon Barner, PHI – The Eagles’ backfield is in shambles, with rookie Wendell Smallwood (I feel like we have mentioned him before) being placed on injured reserve, and Darren Sproles suffering a concussion. Barner, who was inactive this past week, joins Ryan Mathews as the team’s only healthy running back (and concerning the latter, full health may be but a mirage). Barner had been a productive contributor on special teams this season, so if he is afforded some offensive touches he could hold some fantasy value.

Bilal Powell, NYJ – Powell received a whopping 29 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Pending results of an MRI and Matt Forte’s injured knee, Powell could be an immediate impact difference making player late in the fantasy season, as we all know the magic Chan Gailey does for fantasy running backs. Powell should be the must add of the week!

WIDE RECEIVER

Aldrick Robinson, ATL – With King Julio inactive this past week, a number of Falcons receivers saw an increase in targets. Robinson, actually shared the team lead in targets, and if Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu miss any more time, Robinson could see a target share that makes him a viable WR3.

J.J. Nelson, ARI – Nelson, though painfully slight (listed at 5’10” 156 lbs) has made the most of limited touches with his blazing speed, scoring twice on two touches Sunday, and adding 64 yards from scrimmage. Additionally, Michael Floyd was arrested on DUI charges Monday Morning. Though it is unclear if Floyd will face any immediate discipline from the team, Nelson would still be a good pickup considering his play as of late, coupled with Floyd’s poor on field play and off the field issues, it may be a safe bet that Nelson see more targets.

Tavon Austin, LA – In Austin’s last two games, he has totaled 11 catches for 107 yards on 15 targets. His rapport with rookie Jared Goff appears to be suitable for more consistent looks for the speedster. Jeff Fisher’s firing could also factor in, and there usually will be at least a temporary boost in play from a team under a new coach.

Robby Anderson, NYJ – Bryce Petty appears to have a favorite target in Anderson, who has recorded 10 catches on 23 targets over the last two weeks. If the past couple weeks are any indication, Anderson can be picked up and started going forward in deeper leagues, and as luck would have it, is available in 99% of leagues!

TIGHT END

Daniel Brown, CHI – It looks Brown is the man to step up in the wake of the Zach Miller void. Brown has caught multiple passes in three straight weeks, including a season high six catches for 42 yards in week 14. Widely available and seeing consistent targets, Brown could be a late season fill in this week against Green Bay.

Blake Bell, SF – Vance McDonald is done for the season being placed on IR Monday. Filling in at tight end for the putrid 49ers offense should be a combination of Bell and Garrett Celek, with the former being a 2015 fourth round pick, it is safe to say holds the more upside. With a lost season at hand, and miserable quarterback play, it is unlikely either will hold much value, however there should be a few targets here and there if you’re desperate.