We're reaching the end of the 2016-17 NFL regular season and it's time to start planning for the fantasy playoffs.
Even if your team has performed well thus far, it's still worth considering a few long-term adds that might bolster your roster down the line. These are the players that can be scooped off the Waiver Wire to help you win in the short and long term.
Matt Barkley took over as the Bears QB in Week 12 and looked like a sitting duck for awhile, but he found a way to move the ball against the Titans pathetic pass defense and should be moderately effective in another easy matchup at home against the 49ers next Sunday. Instead of looking for perceived top receiver Cameron Meredith, Barkley locked onto Wilson, who caught 8-of-11 targets for 125 yards and a TD while nearly setting up a go-ahead score late with his athletic catches on the boundary. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound WR is the closest thing to a replacement for Alshon Jeffery, who is still suspended for two more weeks, so look for Wilson to keep producing as the "X" in the Bears offense.
We bring him up every week but Dixon is still widely available and not drawing much consideration as a starter. Perhaps he will after out-performing starting RB Terrence West and actually logging more snaps than the veteran while totaling 80 YFS on a career-high 17 touches last Sunday. Dixon appears to be leading this time share going forward and he's earned it with his elusive running and solid receiving ability. With a prime matchup next week against the Dolphins at home, he'll be worth deploying as an RB2 where needed.
While he's just under 50-percent owned across Yahoo! leagues, Fuller needs to be scooped up by any owners in shallow leagues after his performance on Sunday. The speedy Notre Dame product saw his snaps and targets going to former college rival (and Ohio State product) Braxton Miller, and came out with more motivation in Week 12 on his way to 4 catches for 60 yards against a tough Chargers secondary. His upcoming schedule is as good as it gets for a WR with the Packers and Colts on tap, so he's worth streaming over players in tougher spots.
A steady veteran presence who knows how to work back towards his QB and make life easier for Matthew Stafford, Boldin was the star of the opening Thanksgiving game with 7 catches for 69 yards and the Lions sole TD in a 16-13 win. He's drawn 9 targets in consecutive games and continues to see more action between the numbers with Marvin Jones Jr. and Golden Tate playing inconsistently near the boundary. After a potential shootout in New Orleans next Sunday, the Lions face three solid pass defenses in the Bears, Giants and Cowboys, so Stafford could lean heavily on Boldin during the fantasy playoffs.
There was a change coming in terms of Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance after the Jets Bye week, and if you were smart enough to recognize it, you might have targeted Brandon Marshall before the trade deadline or at least used that combination in some DFS contests. If not, you can still get a piece of this resurrected passing attack by adding Enunwa. Clearly the Jets second receiver with Eric Decker out for the year, he corralled all five of his targets for 109 yards and the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter to nearly defeat the Patriots. With nothing but horrible pass defenses (IND, SF, MIA and NE again) left on the Jets schedule, it's worth picking up the second-best bet for production through the air for Gang Green.
Previously nothing more than a desperate streamer or a dart throw for owners in deep leagues, Mitchell is beginning to establish himself as a valuable WR3 with upside. His production in Week 11 seemed to stem from the absence of Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan, but he followed through with a huge game in Week 12, burying the Jets with 5 catches for 42 yards and 2 TDs, including the game winner. Gronk left that game in the first quarter and might miss more time with a back injury, while Hogan is a one-trick pony who is virtually useless in the red zone. With Martellus Bennett (ankle) also looking iffy for Week 13, Mitchell might be safe even with the Patriots hosting a tough Rams defense.
We really need to plug Green once again after an impressive performance last Thursday night. While he was still used as a part-time player, Green ran routes on 8 of his 14 snaps and caught two long passes from sniping QB Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben throws one of the best deep balls in the league and he hit the 6-foot-6 TE in stride on two seam routes while the Colts defense scrambled to double Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. The Steelers desperately need another couple of threats to take pressure of those superstars and Green is one of the primary candidates once he gets fully back to speed.
He was scooped up and streamed in approximately 16 percent of Yahoo! leagues on Thanksgiving and Thielen certainly paid off in PPR formats with 8 catches for 53 yards in a narrow loss. The Vikings clearly want to pepper a primary receiver on short routes for high percentage completions and whenever Stefon Diggs misses time, Thielen seems to step right in as the main target out of the "Z" position. Diggs should be able to return in Week 13, but owners looking for upside down the line might want to stash Thielen as a sort of WR handcuff with juicy matchups coming up against the Colts and Packers in Weeks 15 and 16.