Not everyone can make the playoffs. For those playing in redraft leagues, being eliminated from title contention leaves you with little to do other than maybe play spoiler in week 13 or hope to win the consolation bracket.
It is a different story in dynasty and keeper leagues. This is the time to scour the waiver wire and pick up some potential sleepers for 2017.
Andre Ellington: His contract expires after this season and I think he could turn into a really nice 1B to a power back in an offense. He could flourish somewhere that uses multiple backs with success like New Orleans or New England if the opportunity comes.
Alex Collins: Collins is on the radar right now because he is the backup to Thomas Rawls now that C.J. Prosise is out for the year and Christine Michael was cut. Collins isn’t a top level talent, but running back isn’t a position where you have to be a top talent. Collins will have some work to do to get into a valuable role. C.J. Prosise looked great in limited action this season and Collins is still behind Rawls. Right now he is the backup to an undrafted rookie that has suffered two serious injuries in two seasons. For Collins it is about the opportunity for work, and it could come.
Damien Williams: Jay Ajayi is going to be the starter in Miami when healthy. Right now Williams is his backup. Coming into the draft Ajayi had some medical concerns with his surgically repaired knee. Although he hasn’t had any issues with it in the NFL it is still a concern. Williams could be sitting in a nice spot with, when healthy, one of the best offensive lines in the league.
Jalen Richard: Starting to look like the next in line for the Raiders. With Latavius Murray in a contract year and a running back from the old regime, he might be off the team in 2017. Richard has shown some nice pass play potential and some big play ability this season. It is hard to project NFL teams into the future, but the Raiders are a team on the rise, and if Richard is the lead back he could be in a lot of positive game scripts.
Cobi Hamilton: He has become interesting since being activated off the practice squad, playing a lot since Coates has been limited with his hand injury. He is a deep deep league add as the Steelers could have a healthy Coates and a reinstated Martavis Bryant in 2017, so he could immediately be irrelevant. He isn’t going to blow anyone away, but he is a nice big target in an offense run by Ben Roethlisberger.
Taylor Gabriel: Ruining any dynasty owners hopes of getting him by having another huge week in week 12. Gabriel has been making plays a lot this season and has some nice run after the catch ability. Grab him if you can, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t available.
Malcolm Mitchell: He is going to be a big add if he wasn’t already owned after a couple nice weeks in a row. Sure, Brady is in the last stages of his career, but he might be the outside receiver that the Patriots have been searching
Chris Conley: A big time combine guy. His draft stock took a huge jump when he ran one of the fastest 40 times at 4.35. The biggest knock for Conley is that he has to deal with being in Kansas City.
Robby Anderson: A speed threat that ran a 4.34 40. Anderson does have some nice high-point ball skills according to scouts. With Eric Decker coming off of multiple surgeries and Brandon Marshall at the end of his career (and a possible cut candidate) Anderson could be an interesting sleeper in 2017.
Marquess Wilson: I would expect Alshon Jeffery to sign elsewhere and Kevin White has had an injury riddled NFL career to this point. Wilson is going to garner some attention after a big week so this recommendation might have come one week too late.
Others for shallower keeper leagues or names to monitor: Jimmy Garoppolo, Duke Johnson, Jamaal Charles, Cameron Artis-Payne, Christine Michael, Paul Perkins, Tyreek Hill, Martavis Bryant, Josh Gordon.
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