The fantasy football playoffs are finally upon us after an intense Week 13 that saw many owners jocking for position to compete for a championship. Hopefully, many of you were able to snag a player or two from this weekly column to help your efforts in securing a playoff spot. For those that made and are looking for that extra edge or much-needed boost to your roster, here are five potentially viable options that could be difference-makers in the fantasy postseason.
5. Mike Gesicki
ESPN: 10.3 OWNED
With Devante Parker finally moving off this list, another Miami Dolphins player has taken his spot. Gesicki has emerged a reliable receiving option in the passing game behind Parker with Preston Williams on the season-ending IR. He has tallied double-digit performances in the last two weeks, which has seen him record a touchdown in each contest. Gesicki is coming off a strong outing against the Philadelphia Eagles with five catches on seven targets for 79 receiving yards and a score.
Beyond the top tier of tight ends, the position has been very fickle this season in terms of consistent production. Gesicki has certainly made his way up the list as one of the more consistent options over the last few weeks and certainly holds some consideration to be a starter in the fantasy playoffs.
4. Darius Slayton
ESPN: 23.5% OWNED
Slayton has made several appearances on this list throughout the season as he’s in a potentially promising situation. His production has increased over the last several weeks, which has further emphasized that he’s remained a crucial part of the New York Giants’ passing game.
He has put together three straight productive outings as he has double-digit fantasy outputs in each contest while totaling 20 catches on 30 targets for 232 receiving yards and two touchdowns over that span. Slayton has had the ball thrown his way at least seven times in every game over that stretch, which should continue with the favorable remaining schedule against the Philadelphia Eagles (twice), Dolphins, and Washington Redskins.
3. Zach Pascal
ESPN: 24.9% OWNED
Like Slayton, Pascal has been on this list a couple times due to merely being in a promising situation. That is once again the case heading into Week 14 action as he’s in a significant role in the passing game with both tight end Eric Ebron out and T.Y. Hilton still on the mend.
Pascal displayed that big-game potential once again as he tallied seven catches on 10 targets for 109 receiving yards in the loss to the Tennessee Titans. He will be a fantasy-relevant option moving forward just on sheer volume and being their top receiving option left. Pascal could be worth some value at least WR3 in the fantasy playoffs for those looking for an extra boost at the position.
2. Deebo Samuel
ESPN: 43.9% OWNED
It’s quite strange to see Samuel still being widely available in many fantasy leagues, given his increasing level of production as the season has rolled along. Its’ quite clear that he’s a vital part of the 49ers’ passing game behind his big-play ability and strong chemistry with Jimmy Garoppolo.
Samuel may not get a consistent workload in the passing game, but he has certainly made the most of his opportunities with five double-digit outputs in his last six games, including four straight heading into this week’s action. That should remain the same with their remaining schedule with matchups against the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks.
1. Derrius Guice
ESPN: 51.7% OWNED
Since returning to the field this season, Guice has been a player that fantasy owners should have been keeping an eye on towards adding. There has never been a question of his talent, but more so of his health as he made his way back from a torn ACL last year.
Although he’s playing in a split-carry role with Adrian Peterson, Guice has shown his big-play potential in the last three weeks. He had a 45-yard touchdown reception against the New York Jets a couple of weeks ago and followed that up with an impressive 60-yard run against the Carolina Panthers in Week 13 that fueled a stellar outing with 129 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns that was one of the best performances of the week.
Peterson’s presence does cap his role a bit, but it’s hard to bypass Guice’s promising talent that could see him burst through for another huge outing or two in the 2019 season.