Week in and week out it has been very difficult, this season seemingly more than any other, to decide which players to add, bench, drop and start. With another NFL season full of serious injuries to star players, sidelining them for multiple weeks at a time, the waiver-wire and free agency has been crucial to maintaining a solid fantasy record.
From quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks to wide receiver Ryan Broyles of the Detroit Lions, many rookies have been playing valuable roles for their organizations. As the season has progressed, these rookies have gained more trust and respect from their teammates and coaches, increasing their fantasy value incredibly.
With the fantasy playoffs right around the corner, now is the time to make adjustments to your roster and get a final feel for who to start and who to bench. If you have been considering making any tweaks to your team it does not make sense to wait. Add/drop players now and get comfortable with your team for the postseason.
The following three players have been, and will continue to be, very productive to their teams and valuable fantasy assets. Add and start these players immediately.
QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks - 22% owned by Yahoo! Fantasy Owners
Russell Wilson has put up some impressive numbers in the last four games, scoring a total of eight touchdowns, two interceptions and 63 yards rushing. Taking on the struggling New York Jets at home, with their fantastic crowd, you can expect Wilson to put on a performance. He may throw an interception or two, but don't be surprised if he puts up three touchdowns in the air and another on the ground.
Throughout the season Wilson has shown progression. Although he still has his rookie moments, this stud out of Wisconsin is a great fantasy start in five of his final seven games.
In two out of the last four weeks this rookie has recorded at least 21 Yahoo! Fantasy points. If you currently have inconsistency at the quarterback position, or have fallen victim to countless injuries, Russell Wilson is a great fantasy add.
TE Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders - 39% owned by Yahoo! Fantasy Owners
Brandon Myers is an emerging tight end who has seen increased action as of late, and is producing at a high level. Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Myers caught eight passes out of 13 targets for 59 yards and two touchdowns, earning 17.90 Yahoo! Fantasy points.
In the last three games Myers has been targeted a total of 26 times, making 18 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. As Myers continues to see more action, gaining more trust from Carson Palmer, his value will increase considerably.
Although there is not much hype surrounding the four-year pro out of Iowa, he has recorded an average of 55.2 receiving yards per game this season. Only four other tight ends average more yards per game. Myers has game and soon enough it will be recognized. Add him while you can because he will not be available much longer.
Brandon Myers may be the most valuable add to your roster if he can continue to flourish and grow throughout the remainder of this season.
WR Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions - 18% owned by Yahoo! Fantasy Owners
Ryan Broyles made his first NFL reception and touchdown in Week 7 and has not slowed down since. Against the Chicago Bears, Broyles was targeted for the first time, gaining the confidence of Matthew Stafford rather quickly. The last three weeks, since being thrown to for the first time, Broyles has made 12 receptions out of 15 targets for a total of 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Although you may not want to add a rookie who has only produced in three weeks this season, please thoroughly reconsider. This week the Detroit Lions go up against the Minnesota Vikings, who have the 9th overall passing defense, allowing 220.3 passing yards per game.
If Matthew Stafford and the Lions want to win, they will have to get the speedy Broyles involved in this offense. Lining up Broyles next to Calvin Johnson will peel away safeties from Johnson, creating for many one-on-one coverages which will also work vice versa.
Not only should you add Ryan Broyles to your roster, but you should also start him immediately. Stafford and the Detroit organization have realized the value in Broyles and will continue to feed him the ball.
Don't be surprised if Broyles and Johnson become one of the most devastating wide receiver combos in the entire National Football League.