For many of us life is about to become a little bittersweet. The regular season of fantasy football is about to come to an end for a lot of us.
Now, there is a portion that have playoff spots locked up and are just biding their time till the post-season. While others are completely out of it and are just looking to wreck our friends (or enemies) seasons.
However, there is a huge junk of us, where this final week is our make or break game. Victory means playoffs, defeat means shame.
You may be tempted to throw up a Hail Mary and scout the waiver wire and take a flier on someone who blew up week 12. Before you do, take a look at these five players that are barely owned and had major performances and see if they are worth a risky pick-up.
RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia: vs. Car: 19 carries, 178 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 receptions, 11 yards. 5.5 percent owned
For those of you that took a flier on the Eagles rookie seventh rounder from Kansas State on Sunday, nice move. Brown ended up scoring the most points amongst running backs and had the fourth most overall points for the week.
If he hasn't been picked up in your league, go ahead and add him. He has a pretty favorable match-up coming up at Dallas. The Cowboys have been carved up by running backs lately. In the last four weeks they have allowed two 100 yard rushing performances while also giving up 95 yards to Trent Richardson and 82 yards to LeSean McCoy.
Once McCoy does come back Brown's carries might start to drop, but if he can protect the ball better (he had two fumbles against Carolina, one that was pretty detrimental), and put up another big game, he could be a valuable commodity on your playoff team.
WR Chris Givens, St. Louis: @Arz: 5 receptions, 115 yards, 1 touchdown. 2.6 percent owned
The rookie out of Wake Forest put up career highs in receptions and yards against the Cardinals making his performance the fifth best amongst wide receivers from week 12. Givens also saw the end zone for the first time since week eight, picking up his third touchdown on the season.
Givens is a risky add. He's basically the number three receiver on the Rams and is primarily a deep threat. However, he did have a nice stretch of games between week five and eight were he produced a steady drip of double digit fantasy points. But than after the bye, he disappeared against San Francisco and than caught four passes for a measly 19 yards against the Jets.
With St. Louis hosting the 49ers this Sunday, Given would be a shot in the dark. On one hand it's a home match up, and the only receiver to gain a hundred yards on the 49ers this season has been from the Rams, Danny Amendola. Or, since their last match-up ended in a tie, San Francisco could be coming to knock around some heads, which may limit the deep connection between Givens and Bradford.
WR Davone Bess, Miami: vs Sea: 7 receptions, 129 yards. 3.3 percent owned
Bess's performance against Seattle was the seventh best amongst wide receivers in week 12. Bess has been quietly having a decent season in terms of NFL production and is on pace for his first 1,000 yard season.
However, in terms of fantasy production. Bess has been streaky, and garners only a flex option based on the match-up.
Bess has had six double digit fantasy point games this season, and with this last performance the second 20+ point game. Bess is averaging five receptions and 65 yards a game, which does translate into double digit points.
The problem is, he's only found the end zone once this season, and that was the week prior against Buffalo. If Bess could find the end zone more, he'd be owned in more than 3.3 percent of leagues.
If you are in need of a decent flex option over, this would be the week to snag Bess. As Miami will be hosting New England, who have given up the fourth most fantasy points to receivers this season.
FB Charles Clay, Miami: vs Sea: 6 receptions, 84 yards, 1 touchdown. .1 percent owned
Charles Clay had a Marcel Reece type performance on Sunday. He didn't muster a single carry, but reaped the benefits of the ball being thrown his way. It was a good enough performance in that he finished seventh amongst running backs in scoring.
There's no reason to get excited about this performance. Almost half of Clay's receptions on the season came from the this game, as he now has 13 on the season. He also doesn't see the end zone very often as this was only his second touchdown reception this season.
Clay also doesn't carry the ball at all, so his value is super limited. Chalk this up as a fluke performance and steer clear of an add here.
WR Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati: vs Oak: 5 receptions, 29 yards, 2 touchdowns. .3 percent owned
On a personal level, I was really psyched for this guy coming out of Rutgers this year. I honestly thought he was going to be a stud. Not super fast, but very strong, tough, and aggressive.
I was saddened that he just wasn't being used from the get-go. However, in the last three weeks, he's really come on. He's scored four touchdowns in those four three weeks and has put up double digit fantasy points in all three straight games. He also put up the 10th most points put up by a wide receiver this past week.
29 yards on five catches is a bit concerning, but it looks like, due to his size and physically nature, Sanu may be Dalton's new favorite red-zone target.
Sanu may be worth an addition. The Bengals are starting to roll and Sanu looks like he is seeing more action. He could see more action this coming week against San Diego.
Minus this past week against Baltimore, the Chargers have done a decent job shutting other teams primary receivers down since their debacle against New Orleans when Marquise Colston and Devery Henderson combined for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns. But, San Diego looks like a team that is shattered and the Bengals could take advantage which means Sanu could have another big points day.