The following tips may put you (or keep you) in a position to not only make the playoffs in your fantasy league, but to also be a contender for the championship. Remember, half of your fantasy season lies on the waiver wire, so choose wisely. These tips are in no particular order, they're just food for thought:
1. Pick up Plaxico Burress- with Big Ben still out, the QB position has been tossed to Charlie Batch. Batch is going to need a real veteran presence, as well as someone to take some heat off of Mike Wallace. Also, Antonio Brown has been ruled out for today's game. Expect a solid performance out of Burress today, and more importantly, for weeks to come. If you need a WR2 or Flex position, Burress could be your guy.
2. Trust in the Patriots- The Patriots are on fire right now, which comes as a surprise to no one. What you may find surprising is the production out of their Defense and new-found fantasy star Julian Edelman. Their Defense has put up well over 20 points in the past two weeks (in most leagues) and have been solid all season (every league). As for Edelman, he's got a pair of touchdowns from the past two weeks and has also averaged +20 points a game (in leagues that count special teams yardage) over the past two weeks. Expect the Patriots Defense to stay at this high level and expect Edelman to be productive, since Gronk is out for a while.
3. Pick up Colin Kaepernick- The current predicament that the 49ers are in is a good one to have. They have a very consistent QB in Alex Smith, and the chance to really do some great things with 2nd year QB Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick put on a dominant performance against the Bears Defense, and it seems he has more upside potential than Smith, since he is much more versatile. With Kaepernick having a great arm and being extremely mobile, he is a great fantasy play for both passing and rushing yards. Even if you don't need a good QB, pick him up so no one else gets him.
4. Don't drop Darren McFadden- As someone who has had Run DMC for three years running, I know the pain that the inevitable injury brings. However, McFadden is expected to return soon, maybe even in time for fantasy playoffs. Keep that fact in mind when looking at your roster and don't get too nervous just yet. Another fun fact: the Raiders aren't completely out of a playoff spot yet, so they will continue to fight for a spot. This means that when McFadden comes back, they're going to need him to play. I repeat: DO NOT DROP DARREN MCFADDEN!
5. Don't bench your all-star players based on a few bad weeks- I understand that a couple bad performances can tempt you to bench an all-star player, but it's not worth it. Last week I benched Andre Johnson because of his past performances, and of course, he had a ridiculous game. That one play lost me the game, and possibly a playoff spot. This is why you don't bench a player with that type of potential. Stick with those players that you used a high draft pick on and stay hopeful.
These are just some tips for everyone to think about. Hopefully they help in turning you into a fantasy stud. Good luck, and remember, in Brady/Belichick we trust.