The playoffs are just around the corner in many fantasy football leagues. Winning is an absolute must at this time of the year, as a single loss means your season is over.
If you wish to claim glory and hoist your league’s championship trophy, you must make smart waiver decisions down the stretch.
Here is a look at a few additions you should make to your roster in order to have the most talent possible—while also keeping these dangerous weapons out of the hands of your opponents.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals
The Cards signal-caller has simply been on fire the past three weeks. He’s thrown for at least 300 yards and two scores in each of those contests, easily breaching the 20-point mark in standard-scoring leagues.
Even during a relatively down performance in a Week 13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Carson Palmer connected on 24 of 41 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
A reason for Palmer’s newfound fantasy stardom is the emergence of Michael Floyd. The second-year wideout has come on lately and is benefiting from the intense coverage superstar receiver Larry Fitzgerald draws in the passing game.
Floyd narrowly missed his third straight 100-plus yard game this past Sunday but still racked up 99 yards and a score on the day.
With two elite weapons in the passing game making plays, it doesn’t matter that Palmer has been sacked 12 times in the last three games. He’s going to take his hits, but he’ll get up and make the defense pay when he does have time.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots
Julian Edelman is once again a factor in the high-powered Pats passing attack.
The diminutive receiver is filling the role Wes Welker formerly played to great effect lately, putting up back-to-back 100-yard games and getting a minimum of 10 points in standard-scoring leagues.
Edelman has been especially valuable in PPR formats, as he has hauled in 23 receptions and two scores during that span.
Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has certainly taken notice of his wideout’s impact, nicknaming the five-year veteran “Minitron”—a play on Calvin Johnson’s "Megatron" moniker—due to his propensity to make big plays and use his body to get open.
With versatile running back Shane Vereen back in the lineup and deserving a lot of attention in the passing game, the passing lanes have opened up for Edelman, and he is taking advantage.
You absolutely must give him a go as a flex option in PPR leagues, while standard owners should keep him close as an emergency WR3.
Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego Chargers
Ladarius Green has been quite consistent as of late, emerging from seemingly nowhere to put together three straight respectable fantasy outings.
The Bolts tight end has compiled nine catches on 16 targets for 206 yards and two scores in that span—surprisingly steady production for a position that has been very inconsistent in 2013.
This second-year pro is the heir apparent to Antonio Gates in San Diego, as he’s a freakish athlete with massive size—6’6”, 240 pounds—who is capable of getting open in a flash with his speed and agility.
Philip Rivers would be downright foolish to stop targeting Green, and he is simply too good to stay covered for long. He’s going to make his impact on these last few games and may even make a push to become the team’s starting tight end.