Pass Plays: Championship lineup
Among late maneuvers for a title, it's time to consider the option of Rex Grossman
Bear Bryant once said that a football coach should, "Have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at the half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead."
His line of thinking is equally useful to fantasy football owners. This time of year is usually reserved for those teams that have powerhouse rosters, but it is never too late in a season to be planning for any potential unforeseen contingency.
This week's Pass Plays will aim to do that both by offering up some high percentage waiver wire options and by reviewing the prospects of a couple of players whose start-sit status can cause fantasy owners plenty of consternation.
Donald Brown (available in 79.9 percent of ESPN leagues)
It is rare to have an opportunity to acquire a running back with double-digit scoring potential at this point of the season, but Brown's recent stretch of three double-digit fantasy point totals in his last four games puts him into that atypical category.
That alone gives Brown ample roster value, but it should also be noted that he is averaging 7.9 yards per attempt on rushing plays where he receives good blocking (a category known as GBYPA). Anything above the 8-yard mark in this category is considered rare air and Brown is on the precipice of that total.
Houston's rush defense may not make for the best matchup in Week 16, but a Week 17 matchup against a struggling Jaguars rush defense (87 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs over the past five weeks) could make Brown a terrific addition for owners who have championship matchups that weekend.
Brent Celek (available in 74.8 percent of ESPN leagues)
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