NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, November 27, 2015, 12:50 AM
It’s almost playoff time in season-long fantasy leagues, with two or three weeks left to make a run, depending on your league format. Some have already clinched playoff spots, others have no chance. The rest of you are looking to take a step closer to locking up your seed or make the jump into the bracket from the outside looking in.
Because of injuries, there’s a good number of players worth picking up ahead of Week 12 that could be difference-makers for you as you seek championship glory. Here’s an evaluation of the hot pickups of the week and whether or not you can count on them with your season potentially on the line.
THOMAS RAWLS, RB, Seahawks
The Marshawn Lynch fill-in has the best chance of this group to post big numbers. Obviously 255 total yards and two touchdowns won’t be the norm, but with the rest of Lynch’s season in question with an abdominal injury, Rawls will get plenty of touches over the next few weeks and has taken advantage of his opportunities. The undrafted rookie is averaging 6 yards a carry on 101 attempts. He’s a no-doubt fantasy starter as long as Lynch is out.
SPENCER WARE, RB, Chiefs
His value is completely contingent on Charcandrick West’s health. Ware had 11 carries for 96 yards and two TDs on Sunday, and if West (hamstring) sits, Ware is a potential RB1. If West plays, Ware can stay on your bench.
JAVORIUS ALLEN, RB, Ravens
“Buck” Allen will be the lead back with Justin Forsett (broken arm) out for the rest of the year. The fourth-round rookie had 22 carries for 67 yards and five catches for 48 yards on Sunday. With Joe Flacco (knee) out, Baltimore should run more and Allen shapes up as an RB2 at a thin position.
AHMAD BRADSHAW, RB, Colts
Bradshaw went from free agent in October to putting up 17 fantasy points on Sunday. He’s a sneaky flex play with Frank Gore banged up, and if Gore ends up missing any time, Bradshaw is a rock solid RB2.