We’re halfway through the 2015 fantasy football season. If you’re enjoying a winning season so far, now is the perfect time to buy low on some players and start gearing up for the playoffs. If you’re struggling, now is the perfect time to buy low on some players and start righting the ship! Either way, Dad Kingdom is here for you with trade targets and waiver wire pickups. Obviously, this list is focused on the second half of the season with a heavy emphasis on the fantasy playoffs (weeks 15 and 16). Good luck!
Eddie Lacy has had a very rough year so far. Between injury issues and volume issues (thanks James Starks), Lacy owners are breathing heavily into a paper bag right about now. But, the season is not over! Lacy is rumored to be getting healthy and he is bound to start churning out fantasy points soon. This week he finally got a touchdown! As for opposing defenses down the stretch, the Packers have a moderate schedule without any scary matchups (Arizona and Minnesota being the toughest on paper). *Edit 11/9/15: Lacy just can’t stay healthy this season. Obviously, he’s no longer a trade target.
Latavius Murray is more of a Week 10 trade target. Murray did well against the stout Jets, but the Steelers might be able to contain him – at that point the Murray owner in your league might be getting worried. That’s your chance to pounce! After week 10, the Raiders schedule isn’t easy per se, but it does soften up a little bit and it’s looking like the Raiders will be making a playoff push for the first time in 13 years. Toss out an offer for Murray. *Edit 11/9/15: Murray is concussed, but if you can steal him for a song then do it!
Randall Cobb is coming off a difficult matchup last weekend (Denver) and several other poor performances. As a result, I expect Cobb’s stock to be at its lowest point of the season and it’s bound to rise soon. The Packers have a lot to play for and Cobb will always be a part of their gameplan on offense. The Packers don’t have any cupcakes in the fantasy playoffs, but the offense will still generate points.
Demaryius Thomas has 86 targets and only 1 touchdown? That’s can’t be right. Bebe has a career average of 15 targets per TD! So, his 2015 ratio is sure to normalize. He’s coming off a good game against Green Bay, so his owner might be unwilling to trade, but it’s worth a shot. Keep in mind, his schedule is somewhat difficult in December so temper your expectations a little and don’t overpay for Thomas.
Seattle DST The price tag might be high, considering the Seahawks are a top 3 defense in fantasy scoring. But, if you can get them, it could be a difference maker come playoff time. Their schedule is very appetizing in the fantasy playoffs (Cleveland and St Louis) which could tip the scales between advancing to the championship or not so much.
WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
As a bonus, here are some players who are about 30% owned or less who you should stash away for the rest of the season.
Nate Washington (25% owned) The Texans are by no means an offensive juggernaut, but with Foster out for the season they have no choice but to lean heavily on their passing game. Hopkins is a freak who demands double teams leaving Washington wide open occaisonally. Plus, the Texans have a pretty friendly schedule down the stretch. He’s worth a spot on your bench.
Jamison Crowder (8%) has a pretty good stat line over the last 5 weeks: 30 rec/285 yards. Unfortunately, no touchdowns, but 1 or 2 TDs might come if he keeps getting 8 targets per game. In addition to a fairly consistent work load, Crowder should benefit from a great schedule in December; Chicago, Philly and Buffalo are all in the bottom 10 defenses for WR fantasy points allowed.
DeAngelo Williams (23%) If you have any FAAB left, spend it all on Williams. Let ‘er rip! With Bell out for the season, Williams instantly becomes an RB1. His schedule of opposing defenses isn’t particularly favorable in the playoffs, but the fantasy points will still be flowing.
Jeremy Langford (7%) If you can’t get Williams, grab Langford. Forte got pretty banged up this weekend (maybe an MCL sprain) so at a minimum Langford is looking at a lot of work for a few weeks. To add to the uncertainty, there are also trade rumors surrounding Forte, but his injury might have squashed those. The Bears’ schedule in December is a little tough, there are no easy opponents for Langford to key off on.
Cincinnati DST (32%) might be worth rostering for nothing other than their Week 15 matchup with San Francisco. The Niners are terrible. If you’re headed for the playoffs, the time is approaching where you start looking at your lineups for those two fateful weeks.
New Orleans DST (4%) has been playing better lately, holding Atlanta and Indy in check. They won a shoot out against the Giants, giving up 43 points, but they’ll get back on track. Their remaining games are very favorable! If you need a playoff defense, I would be salivating over Tampa Bay, Detroit and Jacksonville in weeks 14-16.