Fringe Factor: Underrated gems key to winning at playoff time
To win in fantasy playoff competition, where the talent pool is much smaller and the room for error much less, fantasy owners must locate a gem or two -- a backup running back or a No. 3 or 4 wide receiver able to elevate his game in the limelight.
Heading into this postseason, one "fringe" player who demands attention is New England wide receiver
Here are a few more fringe players that could come up big for their respective teams this weekend ...
In little more than a half-season with the Packers the 32-year-old Green has averaged 3.9 yards per carry and scored just one touchdown -- nothing to get excited about. The good news is that Green has offered the team a reliable No. 2 running back and has shown some toughness in short-yardage situations. In last Sunday's win over Arizona, Green carried the ball 12 times -- his highest total this season -- and he's had a carry of 10 or more yards in each of his last two outings. The Packers will turn to
In a pathetic showing last Sunday evening, the Bengals completed just four of 19 passing attempts in a blowout loss to the Jets. Caldwell tied with
If Edelman isn't the answer for the Patriots, Aiken could be. Fantasy owners may be familiar with Aiken from his big performances in Weeks 12 and 13 (90 and 81 yards, respectively). Against Houston last week, he caught just two balls but was targeted five times. Aiken is not a possession-type, like Welker or Edelman, but he can be an effective weapon near the goal line or on third down.