If your playoffs start this week, you may be scouring the player list to find a few last minute secret weapons to throw into the lineup. Or, if you are in the middle of a two-week playoff matchup, you may be looking for an edge to make a comeback or secure the victory in the second half. Here’s a few players to keep your eye on.
Tyler Higbee- Rams TE (43.7%)
We talked about this last week, but any time a tight end goes against the Jets, it’s worth giving them a look. Last week’s was Will Dissly of Seattle, and he walked away from that game with 8.3 points. Let me stress to you that Russell Wilson doesn’t ever use his tight ends in the passing game, even when he has a really good receiving tight end (a la Jimmy Graham straight out of New Orleans).
Yet, somehow Dissly found the end zone last week just how tight ends just seem to always find a way to score touchdowns against the Jets. Even though Tyler Higbee is a pretty good tight end, the argument to start him has less to do with his own ability, and more to do with the Jets inability to guard anyone.
Nelson Aghlolor- Raiders WR (34.7%)
Agholor’s target count has taken a massive jump recently. While he was inefficient against the Jets a few weeks ago, his production has gone up as well. The Raiders are matched with the Chargers this week. Even though they have been pretty good against the pass this season, LA gives up a lot of touchdowns. This means Agholor has a decent chance to score on Sunday, especially given his surge of targets. Not only that, but Agholor broke off a 45-yard touchdown catch last time these two teams played.
Jeff Wilson- 49ers RB (29.0%)
Raheem Mostert got more touches than Wilson last week, but it was Wilson that got the opportunity to punch the ball into the end zone on the goal line. This leads me to believe that Wilson will have a high value this week not only for his likelihood of scoring, but the 49ers play Dallas. The Cowboys rank dead last in run defense this season, and that gives the opportunity for Wilson to break open for a couple big gains as well.
Peyton Barber- Washington RB (24.5%)
Barber is another guy who’s had his touches greatly increase. He got 14 last week. He was very inefficient with them, but it was against a very good San Francisco defense. It’s also worth noting that Washington’s defense scored twice, so there were fewer opportunities for the offense.
In week 15, Washington goes against a much weaker Seattle defense. A few weeks ago against Pittsburgh, Barber got his first touchdown since week one. He should have an opportunity to score again this week if Antonio Gibson remains out as the Seahawks are among the bottom ten in terms of rushing touchdowns allowed.