No matter who you are, or what format league you are in… If you are still alive this week then you are playing for the championship. Going into the last week of the season, the strategy for pick ups changes and it becomes more about screwing over your opponent than bettering your own team. Many leagues also limit free agent additions in the post season and then you would only be able to make a move in the event of an injury on your team. By playing with fire and placing your league’s Super Bowl in week 17 you also need to consider the fact that certain teams will be resting their starters to remain healthy for the playoffs. The teams that we know are in this situation already are the Patriots, Jets and depending on tonights game, the Falcons.
Jerome Simpson, WR, CIN – This is a bit mind-boggling to me, how can the Bengals play the best game of the season as soon as they are lacking their two pro bowl caliber receivers? They faced one of the best defenses that the league has to offer and yet this unknown talent pulled off 6 catches on 7 targets for 124 yards and two TDs. Even if Ochocinco is back for Week 17, Simpson has likely earned the right to start opposite him and Palmer will look to him for a repeat performance.
Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC – I have been calling Jennings a handcuff to Maurice Jones-Drew for a few weeks now and after a mildly disappointing performance from Rashad this week, he remains someone worth grabbing if you’re having any depth issues. The Jaguars still have an outside chance at winning their division and making the playoffs, but they do need some help. With that said, you can count on them fighting and clawing for the win next week against the Texans terrible defense. If MJD is out again next week, Jennings will be a top 20 guy and even better in PPR formats.
David Garrard, QB, JAC – Like I said, the Jags face the Texans! Houston has been a mind bogglingly bad pass defense and should set the record for the worst defense EVER in respect to passing yards against. If you have been alternating Quarterbacks based off match up, then Garrard is the guy this week.
Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU – The Texans are out of the playoff hunt and if Andre Johnson couldn’t go this week, I would be surprised to see him risk further injury in week 17. Ford topped 100 yards receiving this week and you can expect him to be heavily involved in this offense next week against Jacksonville if Andre indeed can not make the start.
Zach Miller, TE, OAK – He finally has shown enough for me to return him to my top 10 tight ends. He had suffered a couple injuries in the middle of the season that killed his production, but with 66 yards and a TD this week, I think you can count on him next week as well.
Davone Bess, WR, MIA – Bess has been a PPR diamond in the rough this season and with a match up against the Patriots weak secondary that will likely rest their starters at the end of this game, Bess is a sneaky player to use in your flex.
It is a little counter-productive for me to list players that are worth dropping in the last week of the season. The reason is, ANYONE that you don’t plan to use is a viable drop. There is no danger of facing him next week and if you are sure that your opponent wouldn’t pick him up and start him right away… go for it.