Unconventional Wisdom: Grossman, Floyd may outperform expectations
Whatever you did the first 13 weeks of the season doesn't much matter anymore. Neither does how you got to where you are today. All that matters is winning Week 14, Week 15 and Week 16. Every year, the fantasy football playoffs turns regular season afterthoughts into postseason heroes. It doesn't take much to turn around a player's fortunes for a few weeks. Maybe he gets a couple favorable matchups. Maybe an injury opens a door. Maybe a bounce or two goes his way. Maybe he simply hits his stride after missing it all season. For whatever reason, each year has its Billy Volek. It can be a sign of future greatness or just a brilliant flash in the pan, but either way identifying these unlikely playoff heroes now can make all the difference in the next three weeks.
This year's Billy Volek Memorial Award winners are ...
The Chargers have been one of the league's most disappointing teams, but there's no doubt they can still rack up yards and points with the best teams in the league, especially when healthy. For the first time in seemingly forever, Floyd, Vincent Jackson, Ryan Mathews and Antonio Gates are all upright at the same time. The Chargers have a great matchup this week against Buffalo, a defense giving up 7.5 yards per attempt. Opposing teams have thrown for 21 touchdowns against the Bills, fifth-most in the NFL. Vincent Brown has emerged as a downfield threat for the Chargers, but Floyd remains the third option in the passing game behind Jackson and Gates. Get him in your lineup this week and beyond.
In the last five weeks, the Broncos gave up 129 total yards and a touchdown to Michael Bush, 137 rushing yards to Ryan Mathews, and 133 total yards to Toby Gerhart. Even Jackie Battle was able to rack up 61 yards on just nine carries against the Broncos. With Von Miller potentially out again this week, Barber is a top-20 option. As long as he starts again against Seattle, he likely will be next week, too, helping you along the way to a fantasy title.