looming large on the horizon Bobby Massie Jersey , it’s time to start thinking about the future. The Playoffs are just a few weeks away in most leagues (generally weeks 14-16), so to get a jump on your less forward thinking opponents, you should start preparing in earnest, NOW (if you haven’t already). With that in mind, let’s take a look at steps you can take to shore up your roster for the post season.1. Start looking at schedules.Check out your players’ match ups in weeks 14-16. Obviously guys like Todd Gurley and Pat Mahomes are essentially match up proof starts, but the bulk of your team isn’t going to be made up of fantasy studs. So schedule matters. Let’s go through some of the players at each position who have positive match ups during the playoffs:QuarterbackPhilip Rivers (Cin/KC/Bal)Ben Roethlisberger (Oak/NE/NO)Joe Flacco/Lamar Jackson (KC/TB/LAC)Case Keenum (SF/Cle/Oak)Cam Newton (Cle/NO/Atl)Dak Prescott (Phi/Ind/TB)Drew Brees (TB/Car/Pit)Russell Wilson (Min/SF/KC)Derek Carr (Pit/Cin/Den)Running BackJoe Mixon (LAC/Oak/Cle)Chris Carson (Min/SF/KC)Melvin Gordon (Cin/KC/Bal)Kerryon Johnson (Ari/Buf/Min)Sony Michel (Mia/Pit/Buf)Phillip Lindsay (SF/Cle/Oak)David Johnson (Det/Atl/LAR)Christian McCaffrey (Cle/No/Atl)Dalvin Cook (Sea/Mia/Det)Wide ReceiversMichael Thomas (TB/Car/Pit)Amari Cooper (Phi/Ind/TB)Davante Adams (Atl/Chi/NYJ)DeAndre Hopkins (Ind/NYJ/Phi)Antonio Brown (Oak/NE/NO)Emmanuel Sanders (SF/Cle/Oak)Devin Funchess (Cle/NO/Atl)Keenan Allen (Cin/KC/Bal)John Brown (KC/TB/LAC)Tight EndsI’m not even going to bother, because outside of Ertz, Kelce and maybe Kittle, Tight Ends are just random at this point lol. Just slap whatever you got in there and hope for the best.DefenseWashington (NYG/Jax/Ten)Denver (SF/Cle/Oak)Buffalo (NYJ/Det/NE)Tennessee (Jax/NYG/Was)If your league still has kickers, then may god have mercy on your soul. I’m not going to touch them.2. Work the wire.Now, a lot of the players on that list aren’t going to be available, but there are some moves you can make to shore yourself up for the post season. If you’re streaming Qbs (or have a guy with a particularly tough playoff schedule), then take a look and see if Keenum, Dak or Flacco are available. They are all owned in 30% or less of leagues, so there’s a solid chance they are out there. If you’re the gambling type, a Lamar Jackson stash could pay big dividends if Flacco is benched late in the season.Running Backs are a little more tricky where the waiver wire is concerned. There is such positional scarcity, that pretty much any back with a chance of sniffing the ball more than 5 times a game is likely owned. But, there are options worth looking at. Gio Bernard is only owned in around 25% of leagues http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-jordan-howard-jersey , and could have some production in the playoffs, as well as being a good handcuff for Mixon. Same goes for Mike Davis in Seattle, who’s owned in about 35% of leagues. Denver’s Royce Freeman is owned in about 55% of leagues, but in the off-chance he’s out there, he’s certainly worth snagging as well. Also, I know Philly doesn’t have a particularly easy playoff schedule, but Josh Adams is worth a stash as he looks to be in for a heavier workload moving forward (plus Sproles re-aggravated his hammy injury yesterday, so once less mouth to feed).Receivers are a bit easier to deal with, but the pickings are still going to be somewhat slim on the waiver wire. Dez Bryant is probably worth a stash,having just singed with the Saints (could be in for some red zone work in that offense) (Dez just went down in practice, and may have ruptured his achilles, so never mind). Gallup and Hurns could also see an increase in production in Dallas, with defenses focusing on Cooper. They’re both owned in less than 10% of leagues. Keke Coutee is owned in about 20% of leagues, but could be in for some solid work with Houston’s playoff schedule, plus he has the second highest separation average in the NFL (the distance he gets from defenders), and operates as Watson’s primary safety valve out of the slot when healthy. Lastly, if Marquez Valdes-Scantling is still somehow available in your league, grab him NOW. Same goes for Courtland Sutton and DJ Moore Womens Eddie Jackson Jersey , though to a somewhat lesser extent鈥?and the Williams brothers (Tyrell and Mike) in LA are worth a look as boom or bust options if available as well.3. Make a deal.If your trade deadline still hasn’t passed (many are set for this weekend or shortly there after), then there’s still time to try and make some deals. If you have a player or two on your squad that has a negative playoff schedule, then maybe try and swing a trade for some players on the list above. Obviously guys like Mixon, Gordon and CMC are going to be tough to get, but Carson, Kerryon, DJ and Dalvin Cook could likely be had at a decent price. Do you have AP or Aaron Jones? See if you can swap them for Carson or Kerryon. Do you have Marlon Mack or Nick Chubb? See if you can trade for Dalvin Cook or Sony Michel. Maybe throw in a spare WR2 to sweeten the deal. Don’t sell the farm, but if you can make a swap for a player on this list for a guy with a similar value, then do so.Also don’t be afraid to go after secondary options on the teams listed. Guys like Juju, Royce Freeman, Tre’Quan Smith, Courtland Sutton, MVS etc. Again, don’t over spend, but do try and collect players with positive match ups in weeks 14-16 if you can.Of course, if your team has a losing record, then you need to be concentrating on winning now, rather than worrying about the future. In which case Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey , see if you can swing some deals with better teams to give up your players with good playoff match ups, in exchange for upgrades that will help you actually get into the playoffs. After all, you can’t win if you don’t get in.4. Grab a cuff.Carrying a hand-cuff early in the season is a mistake. It limits your bench space, and hurts your ability to improve your team through the waiver wire. Now, is the time to start grabbing your cuffs. If you have Todd Gurley, snag Malcom Brown. Got Joe Mixon, sign Gio Bernard. Have Chris Carson, go get Mike Davis (if he’s available). David Johnson > Chase Edmonds. McCaffrey > CJ Anderson. Kareem Hunt > Spencer Ware etc. Concentrate on guys who have a sure fire backup who will take over the feature back role, and stay away from teams that will turn to a committee in the event of an injury. If you grab them now, then you wont have to battle it out on the waiver wire for them if the unfortunate were to happen.In short, get your team prepared for the playoffs now.If you wait until week 13, it’ll be too late.That will do it for this week’s WCG Fantasy Football Forum! I hope it was helpful, and as always, post any lineup or trade questions in the comments. This is your place to talk Fantasy Football. Jeff should be back next week, as I’m sure most of you will be pleased to hear, so things will get back to normal. Anyway, good luck this week, and Bear Down everyone!WhiskeyRanger is a freelance graphic artist/content creator http://www.thebearslockerroom.com/authentic-allen-robinson-jersey , an avid Bears fan, and apparently speaks in the 3rd person now. You can follow him on Twitter @WhiskeyRanger29 and you can check out Bears and football related film study/video essays on his Youtube Channel. CHICAGO — Khalil Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown and the Chicago Bears tightened their grip on the NFC North with a 25-20 victory over the second-place Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.More Vikings coverageVikings’ Kearse faces gun, drunken driving charges after arrestVikings’ Kearse apologizes, returns to work after weekend arrestPhotos of the Week: 10/20/19 – 10/26/19Vikings surge into second half thanks to Cousins, CookVikings Snap Counts: Penalties spoil Mattison’s big dayMack and Jackson led a dominant effort by the defense. And Chicago (7-3) took a big step toward its first division championship since 2010.The Bears have won a season-high four in a row. And the past two have come against the NFC North after they dropped 10 straight to division opponents.Chicago simply suffocated the Vikings (5-4-1), dominating in total yards (308-268) and time of possession (34:29-25:31) even though quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had his difficulties.The Bears were leading by eight midway through the fourth quarter when Jackson picked off a pass from Kirk Cousins that was intended for Laquon Treadwell. His 27-yard TD return and a 2-point conversion pass from Trubisky to Adam Shaheen made it 22-6.Cousins then threw a 13-yard TD to Aldrick Robsinon and a 2-point conversion to Adam Thielen, making it 22-14. But Cody Parkey kicked to 48-yard field goal with 2:48 left. And the Bears hung on from there.Trubisky was 20 of 31 for 165 yards and a touchdown. But he was intercepted two times by Anthony Harris.Parkey shook off a performance unlike any other by making all three of his field goal attempts. It was a big improvement over the previous week, when he hit uprights four times while missing two field goals and two extra points against Detroit.Cousins was 30 of 46 for 262 yards. He threw two touchdowns in the final 4:51 and got intercepted two times.Stefon Diggs had 13 catches for 126 yards and a TD. But the Vikings came up short after winning four of five.Parkey nailed a 33-yard field goal down the middle on Chicago’s first possession, drawing a loud and maybe sarcastic roar from the crowd. It was a promising start for a kicker lampooned by Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” Chicago TV stations even sent helicopters to shoot footage when he practiced at Soldier Field on Wednesday night.Mack gave the crowd more to cheer near the end of the first quarter when he jarred the ball from Dalvin Cook and recovered at the Chicago 15, stopping a scoring threat.The Bears added to their lead midway through the second when a sliding Anthony Miller hauled in an 18-yard touchdown from Trubisky. That capped the league’s longest touchdown drive this season in terms of plays (13) and time (7:13).Trubisky then hit Bellamy in the end zone to make it 11-0, after Chicago opted to go for two rather than have Parky attempt an extra point.Parkey nailed a 41-yarder with room to spare in the closing minute of the half to make it a 14-point game. The Vikings then drove to the Chicago 32. But with Leonard Floyd bearing down on him, Cousins unleashed a wobbly heave that Adrian Amos picked off with on one else near him.INJURIESBears: LB Aaron Lynch left with a concussion in the first half. … TE Adam Shaheen was being evaluated for a concussion.UP NEXTVikings: Host Green Bay on Nov. 25.Bears: Visit Detroit on Thursday.
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