Know what I mean, DeSean?
For those soldiering on in their quest for fantasy glory, the old maxims still apply.
Ride your stallions. (Keep up the good work, Shady.)
Resist the seductive lure of the one-week wonders. (Sorry, Christian.)
Play the matchups. (Oui, Mssr. Garcon?)
Handcuff your studs. (It was fun while it lasted, Mr. Forte.)
And when all else fails, pray for a career game from a fringe starter. (Got another one of those in you, Shonn?)
The fantasy postseason is here. Let's finish strong.
To win a fantasy championship, it helps to start with a great draft. But filling in your roster throughout the season with the right free agents is also important. Here's a look at players worth considering, and others who would look better in someone else's lineup.
Catch 'em while you can
Marion Barber III, RB, Bears. Stop me if you've heard me say this before; but if you're a Matt Forte owner, Barber should already be safely stashed away on your bench. With the very strong possibility that Forte (sprained knee) won't play again until after your postseason run, Barber is a must-add. He won't give you what you've come to expect from Forte; but Barber has a nose for the end zone and he has a decent matchup in Week 14 at Denver.
Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers. No, Frank Gore didn't get hurt again. But the 49ers have clinched their division, and you have to think they will lighten the workload on their injury-prone playmaker in the weeks ahead. Grab Hunter preemptively if he's available.
Don't be fooled
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos. The advice I offered after his fine Week 7 performance still applies: Thomas has great potential; but he is perpetually injured, and he hasn't yet earned a starting job over Eric Decker and Eddie Royal. Unless you have a crystal ball telling you when he will show up next, I'd pass.
Donald Driver, WR, Packers. Once one of the most underrated wideouts in Fantasyland, Driver is likely playing out the final games of his stellar career. His two-touchdown outburst against the putrid Giants secondary will undoubtedly be the enduring highlight of his 2011 season. He's still the fifth receiving option, at best, on his team.
Brad Smith, WR, Bills. I've never understood the fantasy allure of Smith. Every time he catches more than a pass or two (a rare feat, indeed), some pundit declares Smith a worthy waiver-wire pickup. Go ahead. Let me know how that works out for you.
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