Kirk Cousins proved to fantasy football owners this past weekend that he can be used in a pinch, and he is not the only player who could help fantasy owners win their league championships before all is said and done.
It’s too late to swing a blockbuster and con another owner into a Lance Moore for Adrian Peterson deal. If you need to fill a gap on your fantasy roster and starting lineup, the only way to do it is via your league’s waiver wire.
So here is the lowdown on Cousins and other fantastic fill-ins fantasy owners can add to their rosters for Week 16:
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (QB)
Take your time coming back, RG3? Let’s not get crazy here, but Washington has now been afforded the luxury of giving Robert Griffin III an extra week of rest for his balky knee now that his backup has shown he can handle winning a road game in a pressure situation.
Cousins muzzled doubters by picking apart the Cleveland Browns secondary for 329 yards and two touchdowns at “the Dawg Pound.” And Cousins even showed a couple minor flashes of RG3-like running ability with three carries for 22 yards. Washington could trade him to Jacksonville or Arizona in the offseason for a couple first-round picks if Cousins keeps throwing like Mark Rypien.
If Griffin is sidelined again this week and Cousins gets the nod then Cousins will face a slightly tougher defense in the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia was shellacked by Washington earlier in the season, 31-6, and is getting to host the rematch, so you know the Eagles will be pumped to spoil their rival’s playoff hopes.
And Philadelphia made Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton look like a poor man’s Alex Smith last week, holding him to 127 yards and 13-of-27 passing.
But with Mike and Kyle Shanahan calling the plays and designing the offense around Cousins' strengths, I would think that if Cousins starts he can throw for 250 yards and two more TD, which might propel some fantasy owners to titles.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (WR)
Sam Bradford’s preferred pass catcher is back in action after his second injury-related vacation of the season. Amendola was probably dropped in many leagues when he injured his heel, so picking up the poor man’s Wes Welker at this crucial juncture could be a playoff-saving move for owners desperate for a WR.
Amendola will face Tampa Bay’s dreadful dead-last pass defense this week and should be able to pile up the points if you play in PPR leagues. He has had seven games this season with five receptions or more, including two times where he recorded double-digit catches.
Curtis Brinkley, San Diego Chargers (RB)
With Ryan Mathews breaking his second collarbone this season—the man definitely needs to put calcium on his Christmas list—San Diego’s top tailback spot is wide open.
While many might think Jackie Battle will be the primary ball carrier again in Mathews’ absence like he was early in the season, Brinkley certainly ran better and with more explosiveness against the Carolina Panthers. With the Chargers slated to face the New York Jets’ below-average run defense, Brinkley could be the perfect pickup, especially if you own/owned Mathews.
Kai Forbath, Washington Redskins (K)
While Griffin III, Cousins and Albert Morris have been dominating the media coverage for Washington, someone has been responsible for connecting on all of the extra points after those three score their touchdowns.
Forbath has been fine since taking over Washington’s kicking duties in mid-October. He is 15-of-15 on field goal attempts, including 10 from 40-plus yards out. The kid had the nerve to miss an extra point, but fantasy owners can forgive him since he has been perfect with his field goals.
Forbath is likely available on most waiver wires because his Redskins have not supplied him with enough field goal chances to make him a fantasy star. But he should have an abundance of scoring opportunities this week when Washington plays the lowly Philadelphia Eagles.
Joe Morgan, New Orleans Saints (WR)
New Orleans’ latest Devery Henderson clone might be a stretch, but Drew Brees and he are hooking up more frequently on long plays and touchdowns. Morgan had 106 yards two weeks ago against the New York Giants and followed that up with 61 yards and a score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In deep leagues or distance leagues where you may need a third receiver to use in your active lineup, Morgan could help. He is getting more playing time and targets, and all it takes is one successful 50-yard pass play from Brees to make him worthwhile.