Fantasy Friday: Week 9 “It’s Never Too Late”

Unfortunately at this point of the season for some people, it is almost too late. 2-6, 3-5, 1-7, all hope is lost. However, Fantasy Football is probably the weirdest, most unpredictable thing that exists.

Tim Hightower was the most owned player on championship winning teams in 2015, scoring 67 points in the final four weeks. Hightower came out of nowhere, and only was start-worthy because of injuries in the Saints backfield. Examples like Hightower each year prove that waiver moves in the back half of the season make all the difference.

Here are some waiver claims I believe could be Hightower-esque, and help playoff bubble teams make that push.

Marlon Mack

Over the last two weeks, Marlon Mack has been getting much more involved in the Colts offense. Even though the Colts will be without Andrew Luck for the remainder of the season, Mack still has value.

Last game against the Bengals, Mack had 14 touches. He tallied 11 carries and three receptions, and turned one of those catches into a touchdown. Mack’s passing game prowess will help him increase his role in the offense. Current starter Frank Gore is just not good enough as a pass catching running back, and the Colts will trail in many games.

The fact that the Colts’ season is basically over also will motivate them to move on from old veterans and see what their young players have in them. Frank Gore will be relegated to a bench player by the end of the year, and the explosive Mack will be the starter for the end of the season stretch.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

On Sunday Night Football against the Detroit Lions, Juju Smith-Schuster dropped seven receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown. This was with Martavis Bryant out of the game due to suspension, but what he showed was promising for the rest of the year nonetheless.

Schuster showed that he could run a variety of routes successfully, and that Ben Roethlisberger trusts him. Schuster ran slants, screens, streaks, and ran them well. He also showed the ability to break tackles after the catch, and extend plays.

While the Steelers offense runs through Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell, Schuster can still be fantasy relevant. There is enough offense to go around in Pittsburgh, and it does not seem to be going to Martavis Bryant anymore.

Josh McCown

Quarterbacks have been going down with injuries quite a bit recently. First it was Aaron Rodgers with a collarbone, next Deshaun Watson with an ACL tear. Elite fantasy quarterbacks are dropping like flies, and replacements are needed.

It is gross to do, but pick up Josh McCown to fill that role. Right now, Josh McCown is the ninth ranked fantasy quarterback this year. He is legit.

This is all due to the Jets somehow not being as bad as everyone predicted. The offense has looked good due to the emergence of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Robby Anderson as capable weapons. The defense has kept the games close so the offense can be less predictable. Josh McCown has always been a good fantasy quarterback, but not as good of a real life quarterback. If you suffered a Deshaun Watson sized hole in your heart, fill it with some McCown and call it good.

Thanks for reading another rendition of Fantasy Friday, and remember, it could always be worse. You could be someone who held onto Andrew Luck for eight whole weeks.