3 No-Name Players You Never Thought You'd Be Starting in Your Fantasy Playoffs

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No matter how perfect your fantasy football draft may have been, a lot of things can happen throughout the course of the season that can end your championship hopes. Luckily, there are always a few no-name players that breakout and become quality replacements for anyone lost to injury, or any other reason, heading into the fantasy playoffs. 


That being said, here are three no names who can carry your team to a fantasy title over the next few weeks.

3. Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets

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You wouldn't know it based on how the Jets have played, but Chris Herndon has been quietly productive in recent weeks. The rookie tight end has seen 14 targets in the last two contests, tallying 9 catches for 88 yards. Herndon has a tough matchup against the Bills this weekend, but a Week 15 tilt with the Texans makes him a must-start TE1 in the fantasy semis. Considering the tight end position is incredibly thin of talent, you could do a lot worse than Herndon in your fantasy playoffs.

2. Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Adam Humphries was an afterthought in Tampa's passing game for most of the season, but he's really come on strong lately with Jameis Winston back under center. The fourth-year receiver has seen 31 targets over the past four weeks (second on the team only to Mike Evans) and has scored in three straight games. As long as Winston keeps looking his way, Humphries should be a WR3 throughout the fantasy playoffs. Plus, his Week 14 matchup is literally the best an owner can hope for, facing a New Orleans team that gives up the most fantasy points to the WR position.

1. Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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Spencer Ware was on no one's fantasy radar less than two weeks ago. But things change pretty quickly in the NFL. After a video of a February incident involving Kareem Hunt was leaked, leading to his subsequent release, the Chiefs turned to Ware, who is now owned in almost 90 percent of leagues. He's easily going to be the most relied upon no name in the fantasy playoffs, even after the Chiefs signed Charcandrick West. Expect Ware to be a solid FLEX play throughout the fantasy playoffs despite a tough Week 14 matchup with the Ravens. Two exploitable matchups with the Chargers and Seahawks in Weeks 15 and 16 could be the difference between a fantasy title and a second- or third-place finish.

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