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Congrats to all of you who are still alive in your leagues and survived one of the weirdest fantasy weeks in recent memory. Championship week is always tough because a lot of teams have already been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs which means some of your players don’t have much to play for, but that’s why I’m here.
Baker Mayfield: This week Baker is at home against the Bengals who are the 2nd worst defense against fantasy QB’s in the NFL. The weather forecast for Cleveland this Sunday looks optimal for passing, and the Baker forecast is showing a 95% chance of the Brown’s QB waking up dangerous.
Russell Wilson: The Seahawks are at home this Sunday night against the 3rd worst defense against fantasy QB’s in the NFL in the Chiefs. Both teams still have a lot to play for in terms of playoff positioning, and I expect this primetime game to be a shootout. Russell Wilson also has his favorite target, Doug Baldwin, back healthy and playing good football. Start him.
Jared Goff: No one knows what has happened to the Rams offense in the last couple of weeks, but it doesn’t get any easier on the road against the 6th best defense against fantasy QB’s in the NFL this week. The Rams offensive line has struggled to give Goff time, and with Chandler Jones on the other side, it doesn’t bode well for Jared and the Rams. Beware of Jared Goff this week.
Lamar Jackson: Sure Lamar Jackson has a high fantasy floor because of his ability to run, but he still has yet to crack 180 yards passing in an NFL game, and he also has more INT’s/fumbles than passing touchdowns on the season. If you’re okay with your QB putting up points somewhere in the low-teens, then maybe Jackson is your guy. But if you’re in need of a good game from your QB to win this week, I would stay away from Jackson. I don’t see him getting more than 15 points this week on the road against the 7th best defense against fantasy QB’s in the NFL.
Sam Darnold: Who would’ve thought the 2nd best option to play at QB during your semi-final fantasy matchup in Week 15 would have been Sam Darnold. The former Trojan had 22 fantasy points on 236 yards passing and 2 TD’s. This week he gets the Packers at home who are in the middle of the pack against fantasy QB’s. If you’re in desperate need of a QB this week, take a flier on Darnold.
Marlon Mack: With the Colts star center (Ryan Kelly) back and healthy the Colts are finally finding plenty of room to run. Marlon Mack has been great at home this season, and this week he faces the Giants who are the 5th worst defense against fantasy RB’s (and even worse since they traded Snacks Harrison). Mack should have a big week.
Gus Edwards: Gus Edwards has been a fantasy stud since the Ravens lost Alex Collins for the season. Over the last five weeks, he has averaged just under 13 points a game and is getting almost 20 carries per game in that span. This week he’s up against a below average run defense in the Los Angeles Chargers and should see his high volume of carries continue.
Derrick Henry: A lot of people will hate this pick, but last time I made a pick this bold it turned out pretty well (Amari Cooper last week with 4.3 points). Henry has 77 (!!!!!!) points in the last two weeks, but I’m calling b******t on him. Two weeks ago his performance was incredible, but it was just as much due to the horrendous tackling by the Jaguars as it was due to Tennessee’s run game. Yes, last week Henry had 170 yards, but it was on 33 carries. I’m not prepared to throw out a season-long body of work just because of two amazing games. Henry also faces an above average run defense in the Redskins. Pump the brakes on Derrick Henry.
Matt Breida: Matt Breida has battled minor injuries all season, and can’t seem to make it through a full game without having to take some possessions off to ease the pain. In addition to this, he faces the best run defense in the NFL this Sunday in the Bears. Stay away from Breida.
Jamaal Williams: With Aaron Jones hurt and Ty Montgomery out of Green Bay, Williams is basically all that’s left of the Packer’s rush attack. Although the matchup on the road against a solid Jets run D isn’t great, Williams’ volume this week will be very high and he should be in your lineup. He is a high-end RB2 this week in my book.
Doug Baldwin: Doug Baldwin is finally healthy (maybe), and he is coming off of a great fantasy week. He also has a great matchup against the poor Chiefs pass defense. If you drafted Baldwin early and you’ve had the willpower to keep him on your roster all season despite his poor production, this is the week that he gives you your money’s worth for picking him.
Jarvis Landry: Landry has been extremely up and down this season, but this Sunday he faces the horrible Bengals defense at home. I hope you like Juice (Landry) with your Christmas Eve Eve brunch because he’s going to have a good game this week.
D.J. Moore: Although the Panthers have a good matchup against the poor Falcons pass defense this week, there isn’t much hope for Panther WR’s with Taylor Heinicke under center this week. Try and look for an alternative to Moore this week.
Josh Gordon: The Patriots are in shambles, and Josh Gordon only has two touchdowns in his last nine games. They also play the Bills who are the 5th best defense against fantasy WR’s. Flash might not be very bright this week.
Robby Anderson: Robby Anderson has played well the last few weeks, and faces the 5th worst defense against fantasy WR’s at home this Sunday against the Packers. If you’re in need of a flex, Anderson may be your guy.
David Njoku: The Browns should score a lot of points this week against the Bengals, so it’s worth taking the chance on Njoku and banking on him scoring a TD.
Jimmy Graham: Jimmy Graham is battling injuries and faces the 8th best defense against fantasy TE’s. Keep him out of your lineup.
Mo Alie-Cox: The former VCU basketball star is now the Colts TE2 after Jack Doyle went on IR and Erik Swoope was cut. The Colts use a lot of two TE sets and Andrew Luck loves throwing to them. If you are lost at the TE position, take a chance on Mo.