NFL Conference Championship Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Conference Championship Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

The Divisional Round daily fantasy recommendations included elite outings from Sony Michel and Damien Williams along with solid numbers from the rest of the lineup, and we’ll try to keep it going for Conference Championship Weekend.

 

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QB: Tom Brady @ KC

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $8,400

 

Some people are just laughing at or brushing off Tom Brady’s comments about being the underdogs, but he’ll seriously use that extra motivation to get as pumped and focused as ever with a ninth Super Bowl trip on the line. Brady has 14 touchdowns and one interception in his last six playoff games, and you can bet he’s heard some of the talk about how Patrick Mahomes is the best player in football and whatnot. It’ll be all about winning, so if New England runs for five touchdowns, Brady would not care less that he didn’t put up passing numbers. But expect him to toss for at least a couple of scores—and maybe four or five—in what should be a shootout.

 

 

RB: Damien Williams vs. NE

DraftKings: $6,400 | FanDuel: $7,200

 

If Spencer Ware (hamstring) returns to the lineup for the Chiefs, Damien Williams might not get close to the 30 touches he received last Saturday. However, Williams is playing exceptionally well right now, and the Patriots defense might take a bend-don’t-break approach that allows him to rack up a ton of yardage and another handful of receptions. Capping off drives with a touchdown or two could make Williams one of the week’s highest scorers again.

 

 

RB: Sony Michel @ KC

DraftKings: $5,600 | FanDuel: $7,500

 

There’s a reason the Patriots drafted Sony Michel in the first round of last year’s draft, and the former Georgia star is being put to use in the cold during the postseason. Overall, the Chiefs did a decent job of limiting the Colts and their rushing attack last weekend, but Indianapolis didn’t commit much to the run game after falling behind (Marlon Mack averaged 5.1 yards per carry but had just nine attempts). New England is likely to attack Kansas City on the ground, with Michel as the lead man running the football.

 

 

WR: Michael Thomas vs. LAR (DraftKings) | Sammy Watkins vs. NE (FanDuel)

Thomas: $8,200 | Watkins: $5,600

 

For DraftKings, there’s enough to spend on the highest-priced receiver in Michael Thomas, who torched the Rams for 12 receptions for 211 yards and a touchdown in their matchup back in November. Aqib Talib is back for Los Angeles after missing that game, which will make things more difficult on Thomas, though he remains a safe play. For FanDuel, Sammy Watkins might be shadowing by Stephon Gilmore, but the Chiefs might move him around the formation enough that he can do some damage with the ball in his hands.

 

 

WR: Julian Edelman @ KC

DraftKings: $6,600 | FanDuel: $7,900

 

Julian Edelman’s game logs in his last 11 postseason games:

 

6/84/0 (9 targets)

10/89/1 (15 targets)

8/74/0 (14 targets)

9/98/0 (11 targets)

9/109/1 (12 targets)

10/100/0 (16 targets)

7/53/0 (13 targets)

8/137/0 (13 targets)

8/118/1 (10 targets)

5/87/0 (13 targets)

9/151/0 (13 targets)

 

Tom Brady trusts Edelman in the postseason, and that’s not going to change in the AFC title game.

 

 

WR: Robert Woods @ NO

DraftKings: $5,700 | FanDuel: $7,100

 

Because of his safety (4+ receptions, 61+ yards in every game but two this season), Robert Woods is always a good player to insert into fantasy lineups for at least several-to-a-dozen points. He’ll likely be Jared Goff’s most-targeted receiver on Sunday, which leads to strong upside to go along with his always-high floor.

 

 

TE: Rob Gronkowski @ KC

DraftKings: $4,100 | FanDuel: $5,600

 

The Chiefs are 32nd in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends, and Rob Gronkowski looked more like himself despite just one reception (a 25-yarder where he looked monstrous after the catch) in last week’s Divisional Round win against the Chargers. Gronk wanted to continue his career only in New England, and it’s time for him to step up and show he still has it as a receiver. The All-Pro might prove a lot of people wrong this Sunday and potentially beyond.

 

 

FLEX: C.J. Anderson @ NO

DraftKings: $5,000 | FanDuel: $6,500

 

Even with Todd Gurley back for the Rams, C.J. Anderson continues to put up Gurley-type numbers while running behind an offensive line that’s opening up gaping holes for the backs. The Saints are a tough run defense, but Sean McVay might give both Gurley and Anderson another 15-20+ carries each to take pressure off the passing game and keep Drew Brees off the field. Keep one of the league’s hottest players rolling this weekend.

 

 

D/ST: Rams @ NO

DraftKings: $2,300 | FanDuel: $4,200

 

Selecting a defense for conference title games is a crapshoot, but the Rams have the soon-to-be back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year on their unit. Donald can record a few sacks and a turnover or two himself, so that’s something to hang your hat on with the Rams defense.

NFL Conference Championship Fantasy Football Rankings

NFL Conference Championship Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard Rankings

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v NE)
2. Tom Brady (@ KC)
3. Jared Goff (@ NO)
4. Drew Brees (v LAR)

 

Running back

1. Alvin Kamara (v LAR)
2. Todd Gurley (@ NO)
3. Sony Michel (@ KC)
4. Damien Williams (v NE)
5. James White (@ KC)
6. Mark Ingram (v LAR)
7. C.J. Anderson (@ NO)
8. Rex Burkhead (@ KC)
9. Spencer Ware (v NE)
10. Darrel Williams (v NE)
11. Charcandrick West (v NE)
12. James Develin (@ KC)
13. John Kelly (@ NO)
14. Anthony Sherman (v NE)
15. Zach Line (v LAR)

 

Wide receiver

1. Michael Thomas (v LAR)
2. Julian Edelman (@ KC)
3. Tyreek Hill (v NE)
4. Brandin Cooks (@ NO)
5. Robert Woods (@ NO)
6. Sammy Watkins (v NE)
7. Josh Reynolds (@ NO)
8. Phillip Dorsett (@ KC)
9. Ted Ginn (v LAR)
10. Tre’Quan Smith (v LAR)
11. Chris Hogan (@ KC)
12. Cordarrelle Patterson (@ KC)
13. Chris Conley (v NE)
14. Demarcus Robinson (v NE)
15. Austin Carr (v LAR)
16. Gehrig Dieter (v NE)
17. Tommylee Lewis (v LAR)
18. Khadarel Hodge (@ NO)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v NE)
2. Rob Gronkowski (@ KC)
3. Gerald Everett (@ NO)
4. Josh Hill (v LAR)
5. Tyler Higbee (@ NO)
6. Dan Arnold (v LAR)
7. Demetrius Harris (v NE)
8. Dwayne Allen (@ KC)

 

Defense/ST

1. New England Patriots (@ KC)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (v NE)
3. New Orleans Saints (v LAR)
4. Los Angeles Rams (@ NO)

 

Kicker

1. Wil Lutz (v LAR)
2. Greg Zuerlein (@ NO)
3. Harrison Butker (v NE)
4. Stephen Gostkowski (@ KC)

 

Full PPR Rankings

 

Running back

1. Alvin Kamara (v LAR)
2. James White (@ KC)
3. Todd Gurley (@ NO)
4. Damien Williams (v NE)
5. Sony Michel (@ KC)
6. Mark Ingram (v LAR)
7. C.J. Anderson (@ NO)
8. Rex Burkhead (@ KC)
9. Spencer Ware (v NE)
10. Charcandrick West (v NE)
11. Darrel Williams (v NE)
12. James Develin (@ KC)
13. John Kelly (@ NO)
14. Anthony Sherman (v NE)
15. Zach Line (v LAR)

 

Wide receiver

1. Michael Thomas (v LAR)
2. Julian Edelman (@ KC)
3. Tyreek Hill (v NE)
4. Robert Woods (@ NO)
5. Brandin Cooks (@ NO)
6. Sammy Watkins (v NE)
7. Josh Reynolds (@ NO)
8. Phillip Dorsett (@ KC)
9. Ted Ginn (v LAR)
10. Chris Hogan (@ KC)
11. Tre’Quan Smith (v LAR)
12. Chris Conley (v NE)
13. Cordarrelle Patterson (@ KC)
14. Austin Carr (v LAR)
15. Demarcus Robinson (v NE)
16. Tommylee Lewis (v LAR)
17. Gehrig Dieter (v NE)
18. Khadarel Hodge (@ NO)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v NE)
2. Rob Gronkowski (@ KC)
3. Gerald Everett (@ NO)
4. Josh Hill (v LAR)
5. Tyler Higbee (@ NO)
6. Dan Arnold (v LAR)
7. Demetrius Harris (v NE)
8. Dwayne Allen (@ KC)

NFL Divisional Round Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Divisional Round Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

The Divisional Round is filled with many strong fantasy options at every position, but the recommended daily fantasy lineup includes five players from the Colts-Chiefs game to kick off the weekend.

 

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QB: Patrick Mahomes vs. IND

DraftKings: $7,000

 

I would feel comfortable with any of the eight starting quarterbacks in my daily fantasy lineup for this week, but some values at other positions allows the ability to spend big for Patrick Mahomes for this recommended lineup. A ton of points should be scored in the Saturday afternoon matchup, so Mahomes should be among the highest scorers of the week. Jared Goff and Dak Prescott might be the best values among quarterbacks if you want to spend big elsewhere, as the Saturday night game has shootout potential.

 

 

RB: Marlon Mack @ KC

DraftKings: $5,800

 

With the fifth-highest salary among running backs in DraftKings and substantially less than the top three options Ezekiel Elliott ($8,200), Todd Gurley ($8,000), and Alvin Kamara ($7,300), Marlon Mack’s value is too great to pass up in any lineup. Indy’s lead runner has been among the hottest players in the league in recent weeks, with a touchdown in each of his last five games (and six total in that span), putting up at least 119 yards in each of the three games he’s received 24+ carries (he received less than 15 carries in the other two).

 

 

RB: Damien Williams vs. IND

DraftKings: $5,100

 

If Spencer Ware (hamstring) plays, Damien Williams won’t be quite as good of a value. However, Williams could be set for 15-20+ touches and most of the premium red-zone looks against the Colts if Ware is out. Darius Leonard and the Indianapolis defense fly around and don’t make things easy for opposing offenses, but in a game where there could many points scored, Williams has obvious multi-touchdown upside.

 

 

WR: Tyreek Hill vs. IND

DraftKings: $7,400

 

Pierre Desir with safety help over the top, including from the rangy Malik Hooker, might make things tough on Tyreek Hill; but the third-year receiver is incredibly difficult to contain, especially with Patrick Mahomes’ ability to extend plays and hit him at any area of the field. Stacking Mahomes and Hill or Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton could payoff big during the Divisional Round.

 

 

WR: T.Y. Hilton @ KC

DraftKings: $6,700

 

T.Y. Hilton is the player to stop in Indianapolis’ offense, but no team has been able to do it the past several weeks. Despite dealing with an ankle injury that’s forced him to miss a ton of practice time, Hilton has 52 receptions, 925 yards, and two touchdowns… in his last eight games. Hilton is going to get his as the Colts look to advance to the AFC title game.

 

 

WR: Robert Woods vs. DAL

DraftKings: $5,900

 

Hill and Hilton probably have the most fantasy upside of any receiver in the Divisional Round, and Robert Woods has offered one of the best fantasy floors of any player this season. Woods had just two receptions for 24 yards in the regular-season finale—his first time under four receptions or 61 yards since Week 1—so he’s a good bet to bounce back with at least double-digit points Saturday night.

 

 

TE: Rob Gronkowski vs. LAC

DraftKings: $4,600

 

Rob Gronkowski has the fourth-highest salary for tight ends in the Divisional Round, which isn’t surprising after a trying, subpar regular season. However, Gronk still has as much upside as Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Eric Ebron at a premium price. Hope the bye week helped get the All-Pro tight end back closer to his usual self and it could lead to a couple of scores from your tight end spot.

 

 

FLEX: Sony Michel vs. LAC

DraftKings: $4,700

 

C.J. Anderson is playing great for the Rams, but it’s pretty surprising he has a higher salary than Patriots’ leading ball-carrier Sony Michel. While not heavily involved as a receiver, Michel could be a big factor as a between-the-tackles runner that helps control the game for New England, with Tom Brady coming through in the end like he typically does. 20-carry potential is a bargain at this price.

 

 

D/ST: Patriots vs. LAC

DraftKings: $2,600

 

All of these games could turn into shootouts, so selecting the right defense could take some luck. I think the Patriots are a solid option because they had the bye week to prepare, Foxboro is an elite home-field advantage in January, and Philip Rivers is prone to making a mistake or two because he’s willing to take chances. Not being talked about much, New England’s defense might want to make a statement on Sunday.

NFL Divisional Round Fantasy Football Rankings

NFL Divisional Round Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard Rankings

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v IND)
2. Andrew Luck (@ KC)
3. Drew Brees (v PHI)
4. Tom Brady (v LAC)
5. Jared Goff (v DAL)
6. Nick Foles (@ NO)
7. Philip Rivers (@ NE)
8. Dak Prescott (@ LAR)

 

Running back

1. Ezekiel Elliott (@ LAR)
2. Todd Gurley (v DAL)
3. Melvin Gordon (@ NE)
4. Alvin Kamara (v PHI)
5. Marlon Mack (@ KC)
6. Sony Michel (v LAC)
7. Mark Ingram (v PHI)
8. Damien Williams (v IND)
9. James White (v LAC)
10. Nyheim Hines (@ KC)
11. Darren Sproles (@ NO)
12. Wendell Smallwood (@ NO)
13. Rex Burkhead (v LAC)
14. Austin Ekeler (@ NE)
15. C.J. Anderson (v DAL)
16. Josh Adams (@ NO)
17. Jordan Wilkins (@ KC)
18. Darrel Williams (v IND)
19. Justin Jackson (@ NE)
20. Rod Smith (@ LAR)
21. Charcandrick West (v IND)
22. John Kelly (v DAL)
23. James Develin (v LAC)
24. Zach Line (v PHI)
25. Anthony Sherman (v IND)

 

Wide receiver

1. Tyreek Hill (v IND)
2. T.Y. Hilton (@ KC)
3. Michael Thomas (v PHI)
4. Keenan Allen (@ NE)
5. Robert Woods (v DAL)
6. Julian Edelman (v LAC)
7. Amari Cooper (@ LAR)
8. Brandin Cooks (v DAL)
9. Alshon Jeffery (@ NO)
10. Nelson Agholor (@ NO)
11. Sammy Watkins (v IND)
12. Dontrelle Inman (@ KC)
13. Mike Williams (@ NE)
14. Golden Tate (@ NO)
15. Michael Gallup (@ LAR)
16. Josh Reynolds (v DAL)
17. Tyrell Williams (@ NE)
18. Chris Hogan (v LAC)
19. Tre’Quan Smith (v PHI)
20. Chester Rogers (@ KC)
21. Phillip Dorsett (v LAC)
22. Ted Ginn (v PHI)
23. Cole Beasley (@ LAR)
24. Travis Benjamin (@ NE)
25. Cordarrelle Patterson (v LAC)
26. Keith Kirkwood (v PHI)
27. Chris Conley (v IND)
28. Tavon Austin (@ LAR)
29. Zach Pascal (@ KC)
30. Jordan Matthews (@ NO)
31. Demarcus Robinson (v IND)
32. Noah Brown (@ LAR)
33. Austin Carr (v PHI)
34. Khadarel Hodge (v DAL)
35. Gehrig Dieter (v IND)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v IND)
2. Zach Ertz (@ NO)
3. Rob Gronkowski (v LAC)
4. Eric Ebron (@ KC)
5. Hunter Henry (@ NE)
6. Gerald Everett (v DAL)
7. Blake Jarwin (@ LAR)
8. Dallas Goedert (@ NO)
9. Benjamin Watson (v PHI)
10. Antonio Gates (@ NE)
11. Tyler Higbee (v DAL)
12. Dan Arnold (v PHI)
13. Mo Alie-Cox (@ KC)
14. Demetrius Harris (v IND)
15. Josh Hill (v PHI)
16. Dwayne Allen (v LAC)
17. Virgil Green (@ NE)
18. Rico Gathers (@ LAR)
19. Dalton Schultz (@ LAR)
20. Richard Rodgers (@ NO)

 

Defense/ST

1. Los Angeles Rams (v DAL)
2. New England Patriots (v LAC)
3. Los Angeles Chargers (@ NE)
4. New Orleans Saints (v PHI)
5. Dallas Cowboys (@ LAR)
6. Philadelphia Eagles (@ NO)
7. Kansas City Chiefs (v IND)
8. Indianapolis Colts (@ KC)

 

Kicker

1. Greg Zuerlein (v DAL)
2. Wil Lutz (v PHI)
3. Stephen Gostkowski (v LAC)
4. Michael Badgley (@ NE)
5. Harrison Butker (v IND)
6. Jake Elliott (@ NO)
7. Adam Vinatieri (@ KC)
8. Brett Maher (@ LAR)

 

Full PPR Rankings

 

Running back

1. Ezekiel Elliott (@ LAR)
2. Todd Gurley (v DAL)
3. Alvin Kamara (v PHI)
4. Melvin Gordon (@ NE)
5. Marlon Mack (@ KC)
6. Damien Williams (v IND)
7. James White (v LAC)
8. Sony Michel (v LAC)
9. Mark Ingram (v PHI)
10. Nyheim Hines (@ KC)
11. Darren Sproles (@ NO)
12. Rex Burkhead (v LAC)
13. Wendell Smallwood (@ NO)
14. Austin Ekeler (@ NE)
15. C.J. Anderson (v DAL)
16. Jordan Wilkins (@ KC)
17. Josh Adams (@ NO)
18. Darrel Williams (v IND)
19. Justin Jackson (@ NE)
20. Rod Smith (@ LAR)
21. Charcandrick West (v IND)
22. John Kelly (v DAL)
23. James Develin (v LAC)
24. Zach Line (v PHI)
25. Anthony Sherman (v IND)

 

Wide receiver

1. Michael Thomas (v PHI)
2. Tyreek Hill (v IND)
3. T.Y. Hilton (@ KC)
4. Keenan Allen (@ NE)
5. Julian Edelman (v LAC)
6. Robert Woods (v DAL)
7. Amari Cooper (@ LAR)
8. Brandin Cooks (v DAL)
9. Alshon Jeffery (@ NO)
10. Nelson Agholor (@ NO)
11. Sammy Watkins (v IND)
12. Golden Tate (@ NO)
13. Dontrelle Inman (@ KC)
14. Mike Williams (@ NE)
15. Josh Reynolds (v DAL)
16. Michael Gallup (@ LAR)
17. Chester Rogers (@ KC)
18. Tyrell Williams (@ NE)
19. Chris Hogan (v LAC)
20. Cole Beasley (@ LAR)
21. Tre’Quan Smith (v PHI)
22. Phillip Dorsett (v LAC)
23. Ted Ginn (v PHI)
24. Keith Kirkwood (v PHI)
25. Cordarrelle Patterson (v LAC)
26. Chris Conley (v IND)
27. Travis Benjamin (@ NE)
28. Zach Pascal (@ KC)
29. Jordan Matthews (@ NO)
30. Tavon Austin (@ LAR)
31. Demarcus Robinson (v IND)
32. Austin Carr (v PHI)
33. Noah Brown (@ LAR)
34. Khadarel Hodge (v DAL)
35. Gehrig Dieter (v IND)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v IND)
2. Zach Ertz (@ NO)
3. Rob Gronkowski (v LAC)
4. Eric Ebron (@ KC)
5. Hunter Henry (@ NE)
6. Gerald Everett (v DAL)
7. Blake Jarwin (@ LAR)
8. Dallas Goedert (@ NO)
9. Benjamin Watson (v PHI)
10. Tyler Higbee (v DAL)
11. Antonio Gates (@ NE)
12. Dan Arnold (v PHI)
13. Mo Alie-Cox (@ KC)
14. Josh Hill (v PHI)
15. Demetrius Harris (v IND)
16. Dwayne Allen (v LAC)
17. Virgil Green (@ NE)
18. Rico Gathers (@ LAR)
19. Dalton Schultz (@ LAR)
20. Richard Rodgers (@ NO)

NFL Wild Card Round Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Wild Card Round Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

The regular season is over, but plenty of people will be playing in daily fantasy and playoff-long fantasy games during the postseason. These recommendations are for a DraftKings lineup for the full slate of games over the weekend, but these players are also strong plays in the Saturday and Sunday FanDuel contests.

 

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QB: Andrew Luck @ HOU

DraftKings: $6,400

 

In Andrew Luck’s two games against the Texans this season, he threw for yardage totals of 464 yards and 399 yards, with four touchdowns in the first game and two touchdowns in the second game. Deshaun Watson had almost as much success from a fantasy perspective on the other side, but he didn’t put up quite as many points—yet he’s still priced higher than Luck for the Wild Card Round.

 

 

RB: Chris Carson @ DAL

DraftKings: $6,800

 

Chris Carson was handed the rock 32 times for 102 yards and a score in Seattle’s Week 3 victory over Dallas earlier this season, and pounding the ball is likely to remain the gameplan in January. The Cowboys have one of the league’s better defenses, but they’ve been best attacked by teams committing to the run game (like the Colts in Week 15). The NFC Offensive Player of the Month in December is a strong fantasy play this weekend.

 

 

RB: Marlon Mack @ HOU

DraftKings: $6,000

 

Center Ryan Kelly being in the lineup is great news for Marlon Mack, who the Colts have handed 25+ carries in two of the last three weeks to end the regular season. Mack has at least one touchdown in four straight games, and Frank Reich knows the running game is important to survive and advance in the postseason. Don’t shy away from Mack despite a difficult matchup at Houston.

 

 

WR: T.Y. Hilton @ HOU

DraftKings: $7,800

 

Not much explanation is needed for T.Y. Hilton being a highly-recommended play for the Wild Card Round. He’s torched the Texans throughout his career, including games of 115 yards and 199 yards this season. Hilton will be in a lot of lineups, but that’s because it’s worth it. His success makes stacking him with Luck one of the best moves in Wild Card daily fantasy lineups.

 

 

WR: Alshon Jeffery @ CHI

DraftKings: $5,900

 

As was obvious during the week, Alshon Jeffery is going to be ready to go against his former team in Sunday’s playoff matchup in Chicago.  Nick Foles has been giving his receivers opportunities to make plays, and Jeffery uses his huge catch radius to come up with jump balls against smaller defenders.

 

 

WR: Nelson Agholor @ CHI

DraftKings: $3,800

 

Nelson Agholor ended the regular season hot with three touchdowns in his final two games, and he should keep the solid play going with the Eagles knowing he has to see several targets per game to give them the best chance to advance. The Bears have a stronger defense in 2018, but Agholor scored against them last season.

 

 

TE: Zach Ertz @ CHI

DraftKings: $6,400

 

There’s certainly risk inserting three Eagles pass-catchers into the lineup, but Zach Ertz had set the single-season mark for receptions in a season by a tight end. You should be able to bank on at least a few catches, with the upside for a dozen grabs and a score or two despite a matchup at Soldier Field.

 

 

FLEX: Gus Edwards vs. LAC

DraftKings: $4,200

 

This recommended lineup isn’t all players on the road, as Gus Edwards is a high-floor option at home for the Chargers. LA knows Baltimore is going to want to run the ball, but they still might not be able to stop the quick-hitting rushes of Edwards and company. The rookie is a great value play.

 

 

D/ST: Eagles @ CHI

DraftKings: $2,200

 

This is my favorite play of Wild Card Weekend, as the Eagles have a defense that’s coming off a shutout victory to end the season and is extremely confident heading into the postseason. Philadelphia picked off Mitchell Trubisky twice last season, and the young quarterback could be a little nervous for his first postseason game. If the run defense holds up and keeps the Bears in third-and-long situations, there’s upside here.

NFL Wild Card Round Fantasy Football Rankings

NFL Wild Card Round Fantasy Football Rankings

The regular season is over, but your fantasy season doesn’t have to be. Below are our rankings for Wild Card weekend.

 

Standard Rankings

 

Quarterback

1. Andrew Luck (@ HOU)
2. Deshaun Watson (v IND)
3. Russell Wilson (@ DAL)
4. Lamar Jackson (v LAC)
5. Mitchell Trubisky (v PHI)
6. Dak Prescott (v SEA)
7. Nick Foles (@ CHI)
8. Philip Rivers (@ BAL)

 

Running back

1. Ezekiel Elliott (v SEA)
2. Melvin Gordon (@ BAL)
3. Chris Carson (@ DAL)
4. Jordan Howard (v PHI)
5. Marlon Mack (@ HOU)
6. Gus Edwards (v LAC)
7. Tarik Cohen (v PHI)
8. Lamar Miller (v IND)
9. Kenneth Dixon (v LAC)
10. Josh Adams (@ CHI)
11. Darren Sproles (@ CHI)
12. Wendell Smallwood (@ CHI)
13. Nyheim Hines (@ HOU)
14. Austin Ekeler (@ BAL)
15. Alfred Blue (v IND)
16. Mike Davis (@ DAL)
17. Rashaad Penny (@ DAL)
18. D’Onta Foreman (v IND)
19. Jordan Wilkins (@ HOU)
20. Ty Montgomery (v LAC)
21. Justin Jackson (@ BAL)
22. Rod Smith (v SEA)
23. Javorius Allen (v LAC)
24. J.D. McKissic (@ DAL)
25. Benny Cunningham (v PHI)

 

Wide receiver

1. T.Y. Hilton (@ HOU)
2. DeAndre Hopkins (v IND)
3. Amari Cooper (v SEA)
4. Keenan Allen (@ BAL)
5. Alshon Jeffery (@ CHI)
6. Allen Robinson (v PHI)
7. Tyler Lockett (@ DAL)
8. Doug Baldwin (@ DAL)
9. Nelson Agholor (@ CHI)
10. Mike Williams (@ BAL)
11. Taylor Gabriel (v PHI)
12. Golden Tate (@ CHI)
13. Michael Gallup (v SEA)
14. Anthony Miller (v PHI)
15. Keke Coutee (v IND)
16. John Brown (v LAC)
17. Dontrelle Inman (@ HOU)
18. Chester Rogers (@ HOU)
19. David Moore (@ DAL)
20. Willie Snead (v LAC)
21. Tyrell Williams (@ BAL)
22. Michael Crabtree (v LAC)
23. Cole Beasley (v SEA)
24. Travis Benjamin (@ BAL)
25. Zach Pascal (@ HOU)
26. Allen Hurns (v SEA)
27. Jaron Brown (@ DAL)
28. DeAndre Carter (v IND)
29. Jordan Matthews (@ CHI)
30. Josh Bellamy (v PHI)
31. Tavon Austin (v SEA)
32. Javon Wims (v PHI)
33. Chris Moore (v LAC)
34. Kevin White (v PHI)
35. Vyncint Smith (v IND)

 

Tight end

1. Zach Ertz (@ CHI)
2. Eric Ebron (@ HOU)
3. Trey Burton (v PHI)
4. Blake Jarwin (v SEA)
5. Antonio Gates (@ BAL)
6. Dallas Goedert (@ CHI)
7. Mark Andrews (v LAC)
8. Nick Vannett (@ DAL)
9. Jordan Thomas (v IND)
10. Hayden Hurst (v LAC)
11. Ed Dickson (@ DAL)
12. Ryan Griffin (v IND)
13. Mo Alie-Cox (@ HOU)
14. Virgil Green (@ BAL)
15. Maxx Williams (v LAC)
16. Nick Boyle (v LAC)
17. Jordan Akins (v IND)
18. Dalton Schultz (v SEA)
19. Richard Rodgers (@ CHI)
20. Ryan Hewitt (@ HOU)

 

Defense

1. Chicago Bears (v PHI)
2. Baltimore Ravens (v LAC)
3. Los Angeles Chargers (@ BAL)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (@ CHI)
5. Houston Texans (v IND)
6. Seattle Seahawks (@ DAL)
7. Indianapolis Colts (@ HOU)
8. Dallas Cowboys (v SEA)

 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker (v LAC)
2. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v IND)
3. Adam Vinatieri (@ HOU)
4. Jake Elliott (@ CHI)
5. Michael Badgley (@ BAL)
6. Cody Parkey (v PHI)
7. Sebastian Janikowski (@ DAL)
8. Brett Maher (v SEA)

 

Full PPR Rankings

 

Running back

1. Melvin Gordon (@ BAL)
2. Ezekiel Elliott (v SEA)
3. Chris Carson (@ DAL)
4. Tarik Cohen (v PHI)
5. Marlon Mack (@ HOU)
6. Jordan Howard (v PHI)
7. Gus Edwards (v LAC)
8. Darren Sproles (@ CHI)
9. Lamar Miller (v IND)
10. Nyheim Hines (@ HOU)
11. Kenneth Dixon (v LAC)
12. Wendell Smallwood (@ CHI)
13. Mike Davis (@ DAL)
14. Austin Ekeler (@ BAL)
15. Josh Adams (@ CHI)
16. Ty Montgomery (v LAC)
17. Alfred Blue (v IND)
18. Jordan Wilkins (@ HOU)
19. Rashaad Penny (@ DAL)
20. D’Onta Foreman (v IND)
21. Justin Jackson (@ BAL)
22. Javorius Allen (v LAC)
23. J.D. McKissic (@ DAL)
24. Benny Cunningham (v PHI)
25. Rod Smith (v SEA)

 

Wide receiver

1. T.Y. Hilton (@ HOU)
2. DeAndre Hopkins (v IND)
3. Keenan Allen (@ BAL)
4. Amari Cooper (v SEA)
5. Alshon Jeffery (@ CHI)
6. Allen Robinson (v PHI)
7. Tyler Lockett (@ DAL)
8. Doug Baldwin (@ DAL)
9. Nelson Agholor (@ CHI)
10. Golden Tate (@ CHI)
11. Mike Williams (@ BAL)
12. Taylor Gabriel (v PHI)
13. Anthony Miller (v PHI)
14. Keke Coutee (v IND)
15. Michael Gallup (v SEA)
16. Willie Snead (v LAC)
17. Dontrelle Inman (@ HOU)
18. Michael Crabtree (v LAC)
19. Chester Rogers (@ HOU)
20. Cole Beasley (v SEA)
21. David Moore (@ DAL)
22. John Brown (v LAC)
23. Tyrell Williams (@ BAL)
24. DeAndre Carter (v IND)
25. Zach Pascal (@ HOU)
26. Allen Hurns (v SEA)
27. Travis Benjamin (@ BAL)
28. Jordan Matthews (@ CHI)
29. Jaron Brown (@ DAL)
30. Josh Bellamy (v PHI)
31. Javon Wims (v PHI)
32. Chris Moore (v LAC)
33. Tavon Austin (v SEA)
34. Kevin White (v PHI)
35. Vyncint Smith (v IND)

 

Tight end

1. Zach Ertz (@ CHI)
2. Eric Ebron (@ HOU)
3. Trey Burton (v PHI)
4. Blake Jarwin (v SEA)
5. Antonio Gates (@ BAL)
6. Dallas Goedert (@ CHI)
7. Mark Andrews (v LAC)
8. Nick Vannett (@ DAL)
9. Jordan Thomas (v IND)
10. Hayden Hurst (v LAC)
11. Ed Dickson (@ DAL)
12. Ryan Griffin (v IND)
13. Maxx Williams (v LAC)
14. Mo Alie-Cox (@ HOU)
15. Virgil Green (@ BAL)
16. Jordan Akins (v IND)
17. Nick Boyle (v LAC)
18. Dalton Schultz (v SEA)
19. Richard Rodgers (@ CHI)
20. Ryan Hewitt (@ HOU)

Fantasy Football Stock Report: January 1, 2019

Fantasy Football Stock Report: January 1, 2019

The new year is upon us, but fantasy football redraft leagues have concluded. While we have to wait nine months for season-long matchups to return, there is still plenty of fantasy content through the playoffs, free agency, NFL draft, and summer to prepare for 2019. Plus, some people will be playing daily fantasy over the next few weeks, and dynasty owners are always looking to scheme in the offseason. With that, here is the first fantasy football stock report of the calendar year.

 

Quarterback

 

Stock up: Josh Allen, BUF

In the 11 games that Josh Allen started this season (which includes a week he left early), the rookie averaged 17.0 fantasy points per game, which would have made him the No. 11 fantasy quarterback on the year—ahead of Tom Brady, Cam Newton, and Kirk Cousins, among others. Considering the supporting cast and inexperience, Allen should be a fantasy superstar in 2019 when more pieces are added around him, but some early rankings don’t even have the 22-year-old as a low-end QB2. Buy low while you can.

 

Stock down: Andy Dalton, CIN

After 16 years, head coach Marvin Lewis is finally out in Cincinnati, and that could lead to not only a new head coach, but also a new starting quarterback. If he lands a starting job elsewhere, Andy Dalton will need to learn a different system, and I doubt he would end up surrounded by the talent that he had with the Bengals.

 

Running Back

 

Stock up: Derrick Henry, TEN

It’s not an exaggeration to say Derrick Henry had perhaps the best performance in the fantasy playoffs ever, as it seems almost impossible to do what he did in such a short amount of time (Henry entered Week 14 with just 474 rushing yards and finished the year with 1,059 yards). The six-foot-three, 247-pound runner will be impossible to keep off the field next season, and he could be a real threat for 1,500-1,800 yards and 15-18 touchdowns.

 

Stock up: David Johnson, ARI

This is all about the coaching change, because while Steve Wilks had endorsements from Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson, the team simply didn’t show any improvement, particularly when it came to featuring David Johnson and stopping the run defensively. Based on talent, Johnson is probably a top-three back in the league, and we can only hope a new staff takes advantage of his superstar skillset. I would invest in DJ before the Cardinals potentially hire a promising offensive mind.

 

Stock down: Leonard Fournette, JAX

Despite being the No. 4 overall pick of the NFL Draft just two years ago, Leonard Fournette seems to have already worn out his welcome in Jacksonville, and his attitude/personality could quickly derail his career. Plus, based purely on what we’ve seen on the field, Fournette has now averaged 3.9 yards per carry (2017) and 3.3 yards per carry (2018) through two seasons. It might seem like a buy-low opportunity, but I think the value could get even lower, and I would rather put stock in players that can be trusted.

 

Stock down: Ronald Jones II, TB

Tampa Bay invested an early second-round pick in Ronald Jones II last April, but he handled just 30 touches as a rookie, rushing 23 times for 44 yards (1.9 YPC) and one touchdown with seven receptions for 33 yards. I thought Jones was better served as a change-of-pace runner that handles 12-15 touches per game, but the fact that he couldn’t even see the field to do that is very concerning for his long-term outlook. The Bucs could be a team that decides to upgrade via the Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Stock up: James Washington, PIT

All the turmoil surrounding Antonio Brown could lead to James Washington going into 2019 as Pittsburgh’s No. 2 receiver—which means fantasy gold for investors. Washington earned the trust of Ben Roethlisberger down the stretch with a couple 60-yard performances, and he would likely be a WR2 next year if Brown leaves town.

 

Stock up: Julian Edelman, NE

There was definite reason to be concerned about a 32-year-old Julian Edelman coming off a torn ACL, but on a per-game basis, he had his best statistical season to date after returning from his four-game suspension. Over a full 16-game schedule, Edelman would have gone for a 99/1,133/8 line this season, and there’s no reason to expect him to slow down after another potential Super Bowl run.

 

Stock up: Jordy Nelson, OAK

Jordy Nelson had just five grabs for 36 scoreless yards in a five-game stretch before December, but in the final month of the season, he went for lines of 10/97, 6/48, 6/88, 7/75, and 9/78. Remember, Jordy was injured during those midseason struggles, and he quietly finished his age-33 campaign with 63 receptions for 739 yards and three touchdowns. Even if Oakland gets a top-flight WR1 in 2019, Nelson should be undervalued in drafts next summer.

 

Stock down: Antonio Brown, PIT 

Pittsburgh is always encircled by drama, but this Antonio Brown story seems different, especially after he fanned the flames on Twitter. Ending up in San Francisco would probably be a best-case scenario (Oakland would be another tremendous landing spot), but the chemistry between AB and Big Ben won’t be replicated overnight.

NFL Week 17 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 17 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Last week’s recommended daily fantasy lineup dominated, and chances are you had a lot of success if you used some of the advice when building your own lineup. We’ll look to keep it going in the final week of the regular season with the recommended Week 17 daily fantasy lineup suggestions.

 

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QB: Nick Foles @ WAS

DraftKings: $5,900 | FanDuel: $7,600

 

Hopefully you used the Nick Foles advice and placed him your Week 16 lineup against a vulnerable Houston secondary, but if not, the Super Bowl LII MVP remains one of the best quarterback values to conclude the regular season. We’ve seen Foles can put up numbers as huge as anyone in the league when he’s on, and the confidence is there—he should remain hot in a must-win game for the Eagles this Sunday. A missed opportunity that should’ve easily been taken advantage of in the daily fantasy lineup last week, stacking Foles with Nelson Agholor could lead to big points.

 

 

RB: Chris Carson vs. ARI

DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $6,400

 

The Cardinals have given up 23 rushing touchdowns this season (by far the most in the NFL), and the second-most 20-yard-plus runs in the league. Chris Carson has over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns entering Week 17, and he has three straight games with at least 90 yards and a touchdown, along with a touchdown in five of his last six games. He was a great play last week and could be an even better play this week.

 

 

RB: Jamaal Williams vs. DET

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $6,800

 

Because of the love for Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams doesn’t seem to get as much as he should in fantasy football circles. The second-year running back is a solid player that can stay on the field all three downs, which is exactly what he’ll do this Sunday against the Lions. 15+ touches should be Williams’ floor, and he has 100-150-yard and double-digit-touchdown upside.

 

 

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. CIN

DraftKings: $8,300 | FanDuel: $7,900

 

Another strong game for JuJu Smith-Schuster ended poorly with a lost fumble while the Steelers were in field goal range for a potential game-tying kick, but look for the star receiver to bounce back with one of his best games of the season this Sunday against Cincinnati. The target share is always there, and Smith-Schuster is an excellent player that will take advantage of his opportunities.

 

 

WR: Robert Woods vs. SF

DraftKings: $6,900 | FanDuel: $7,600

 

Robert Woods’ floor has been among the best assets in fantasy football this year, and that should continue in the season finale with the Rams needing a win to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs. As we saw last week with his two touchdowns in Todd Gurley’s absence, Woods is clearly the Rams’ top playmaker if the star running back is out of the lineup. Woods should be good for about 75+ yards, so that’s a good spot to build on for his potential fantasy-point total in Week 17.

 

 

WR: Chris Godwin vs. ATL

DraftKings: $4,300 | FanDuel: $5,100

 

DeSean Jackson apparently wants out of Tampa Bay, which isn’t a surprise and something the Bucs probably want, too. It doesn’t make much sense for the Bucs to play Jackson over Chris Godwin at this point, and the second-year receiver could see a good number of targets with Mike Evans taking a lot of attention away from the rest of the players in the offense. The Falcons have played solid defense lately, but Godwin had a 6/56/1 line against them earlier this year.

 

 

TE: Rob Gronkowski vs. NYJ

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $5,800

 

You might want to pass up on Rob Gronkowski and go with a safer option like George Kittle or Travis Kelce at tight end. Gronk has burned many lineups this season, and he has a zero-point floor. However, he appeared to be open at least once for a sizable gain—on a deep corner route where Tom Brady didn’t look his way—last week, so perhaps Brady and the Pats will see that on film and ensure they get the All-Pro tight end the ball when he’s open heading into the postseason.

 

 

FLEX: Wendell Smallwood @ WAS (DraftKings) | Melvin Gordon @ DEN (FanDuel)

Smallwood: $3,200 | Gordon: $8,100

 

In FanDuel, we have enough left over to add bonafide stud Melvin Gordon into the lineup as a FLEX option. The Broncos are vulnerable against running backs through the air, so Gordon should put up decent numbers there even if he can’t get much going on the ground. DraftKings only has enough for a low-priced FLEX option, but Wendell Smallwood could do some damage against the Redskins. Smallwood has done well when he’s gotten enough carries, including his two-touchdown performance against the Rams just two weeks ago.

 

 

D/ST: Seahawks vs. ARI

DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $4,700

 

CenturyLink Field might be the toughest place to play in the NFL, and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen gets his first taste of it this weekend. The Seahawks haven’t been great defensively this season, but the upside is obviously there for a big outing versus the Cardinals in Week 17.

Week 17 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 17 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Nick Foles (@ WAS)

Coming off a franchise-record 471 passing yards in another season-saving victory, Nick Foles is as confident as ever heading into Week 17. The Redskins were not only eliminated from playoff contention last Saturday, but they also just released star safety D.J. Swearinger after he publicly criticized defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. I think Foles and the Eagles should be able to take advantage of a secondary that might have some issues on the backend—and Washington could completely fall apart if other defenders agreed with Swearinger.

 

Thumbs Up: Jared Goff (v SF)

The Rams passing attack got back on track last week as Jared Goff completed 19-of-24 passes for 216 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, but I think Sean McVay will want to keep building momentum before the postseason. Earlier this year, Goff completed passes at a 75.0% clip against San Francisco, and he was only sacked once in a 39-10 victory. The 24-year-old remains a solid QB1.

 

Thumbs Up: Josh Allen (v MIA)

Josh Allen didn’t put up big numbers as a passer or runner in his first matchup against Bill Belichick and the Patriots, but that’s not a huge surprise. Plus, there was actually quite a bit of production left on the field, including a would-be touchdown to Robert Foster that was lost in the sun. Allen should bounce back against a Miami defense that he had a season-high 28.5 fantasy points—and 135 rushing yards—against in Week 13.

 

Thumbs Up: Derek Carr (@ KC)

Almost unbelievably, Derek Carr hasn’t thrown an interception since the first week of October, and he’ll now look to ruin Kansas City’s bid for the No. 1 seed in the AFC for what should be another shootout. In Week 13, Carr threw for 285 yards and three scores as Oakland nearly upset the Chiefs. Consider him a top-15 option that’s barely ranked as a low-end QB2 for most.

 

Others: Matt Ryan (@ TB), Lamar Jackson (v CLE)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Deshaun Watson (v JAX)

A standout performance that included a couple rushing touchdowns led to a whopping 35.9 fantasy points against the Eagles last week, and it was enough to vault Deshaun Watson into the top five at the position in scoring this season. However, he could struggle to stay there, as the Jaguars have held everyone other than Derrick Henry (47.8 fantasy points) in check during the fantasy playoffs. I’m worried about Watson—who had just 10.3 fantasy points against Jacksonville in October— for the season finale.

 

Thumbs Down: Kirk Cousins (v CHI)

The final statistics for Kirk Cousins from the first meeting against Chicago—262 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions—weren’t terrible, but most of the production came in the fourth quarter with Minnesota playing catchup. Before that, the Bears absolutely dominated up front, and that could be the case again if they play their starters all game to send the Vikings home.

 

Thumbs Down: Baker Mayfield (@ BAL)

Another multi-score performance and victory has Baker Mayfield surging in the Rookie of the Year race, and Cleveland should be determined to end the season above .500 for the first time in over a decade. That said, Baltimore is going to be ready for Mayfield, and other than the lowly Bengals, this will be the first repeat opponent for the No. 1 overall pick. I would be shocked if Baker approached the 342 yards he had against the Ravens in their first matchup.

 

Thumbs Down: Drew Brees (v CAR)

Sean Payton loves his numbers, but it’s probably too risky to count on Drew Brees for anywhere close to 60 minutes with Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill both looking to showcase their talent. If Brees does play, it might be just for a drive or two in order to reach 4,000 passing yards (currently eight yards shy) and bolster his MVP candidacy.

 

Others: Mitchell Trubisky (@ MIN), Matthew Stafford (@ GB)

 

Running Back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Nick Chubb (@ BAL)

There are far fewer “sure things” than usual for Week 17, but it’s safe to assume the Browns are going to continue feeding Nick Chubb for what they are calling their playoff game. Overall, the Ravens have been excellent against the run, but they’ve shown some vulnerability in recent weeks, and it’s impossible to fade Chubb, who has averaged 15.9 standard fantasy points per game in nine starts—which would trail only Todd Gurley, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, and Ezekiel Elliott on the year.

 

Thumbs Up: Chris Carson (v ARI)

The Cardinals have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season, and they were just ripped at home by C.J. Anderson (20 carries for 167 yards and one touchdown). In particular, Arizona has played embarrassingly bad against the run when opponents are near the goal line, so Chris Carson—who has six touchdowns over the past six games—is almost a lock to find the end zone if he’s given the ball in scoring territory.

 

Thumbs Up: Jaylen Samuels (v CIN)

I think we might get James Conner (ankle) back on the field in a must-win for Pittsburgh, but if not, Jaylen Samuels needs to stay in lineups for a cupcake matchup against Cincinnati. The rookie isn’t Conner, but the Bengals allowed 24.9 fantasy points to the Pitt product earlier this year, and Samuels has averaged 18.0 touches per game over the past three weeks. The versatile back is a top-12 option if he draws another start.

 

Thumbs Up: Jamaal Williams (v DET)

Green Bay’s starter to open the season, Jamaal Williams finally re-emerged in the role after Aaron Jones (knee) went down in Week 15, rushing 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown while adding six receptions for 61 yards in last Sunday’s overtime win over the Jets. Williams had consistently produced when given the opportunity dating back to his 2017 stretch run, and he’s an easy top-15 option at home against the Lions to close out the season.

 

Others: Doug Martin (@ KC), Elijah McGuire (@ NE)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Leonard Fournette (@ HOU)

There aren’t a ton of bad options this week due to injuries and the risk that comes with players potentially resting for the playoffs or 2019, but I think it’s still best to avoid Leonard Fournette if possible. Last week, the former LSU star was saved by a short touchdown, but he rushed 18 times for just 43 yards (2.4 YPC), and his season YPC average is now down to 3.3 on 133 attempts. Against the stout Texans, Fournette is nothing more than a low-floor RB2/FLEX play.

 

Thumbs Down: Josh Adams (@ WAS)

Even with Philly making a playoff push over the past couple weeks, Josh Adams simply hasn’t looked very good as the lead back during the two-game winning streak, rushing a combined 26 times for 49 yards (1.9 YPC). Adams is a definite touchdown threat in a high-powered offense, but he doesn’t appear to be seeing the field well, so it’s not worth simply hoping the rookie figures it out. I’d look elsewhere.

 

Thumbs Down: Jordan Howard (@ MIN)

The Bears are probably the biggest mystery of the week, as they could pull out all the stops to knock their division rivals out of the playoffs, rest key players to get ready for January, or anything in between. I think they might even try to win while going with a vanilla game plan that features Howard. Still, there’s just as good a chance of them pulling their bruising back before clock-killing time kicks in if the Rams look on their way to locking up the No. 2 seed against San Francisco.

 

Thumbs Down: Lamar Miller (v JAX)

Houston is still trying to clinch the AFC South and potentially a first-round bye (if New England loses), but how much will they push Lamar Miller coming off an ankle injury? Even if he was fully healthy, the Jaguars aren’t an easy matchup, and D’Onta Foreman might get more work to knock the rust off before the playoffs. Miller is a borderline top-40 option.

 

Others: Dion Lewis (v IND), Theo Riddick (@ GB)

 

Wide Receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: T.Y. Hilton (@ TEN)

I thought T.Y. Hilton would struggle against Adoree’ Jackson and the Titans in their first matchup of the year considering Tennessee held him to lines of 1/19 and 2/15 last season, but it turns out that Andrew Luck was the recipe to get back on track. In a 38-10 victory last month, T.Y. caught all nine of his targets for 155 yards and two scores, so he’s a high-upside WR1 for the final week of the regular season.

 

Thumbs Up: Jordy Nelson (@ KC)

A midseason lull made Jordy Nelson waiver-wire material in most leagues, but he’s enjoyed a late-season emergence, going for lines of 10/97, 6/48, 6/88, and 7/75 this month. The ten-catch game was against Kansas City, and Nelson will once again operate as Derek Carr’s No. 1 target for what could be a high-scoring affair. If he finds the end zone, Jordy will probably surpass even the lofty low-end WR2 expectations I have for him.

 

Thumbs Up: Nelson Agholor (@ WAS)

The Redskins have struggled to contain Nelson Agholor over the past three matchups, as he’s averaged 10.2 fantasy points per game. We should see Josh Norman continue to shadow this week—putting him on Alshon Jeffery—so Agholor could be a big factor, including down the field like we saw in Philadelphia’s win over the Texans.

 

Thumbs Up: Larry Fitzgerald (@ SEA)
I know the matchup is awful against a defense that has limited Larry Fitzgerald to just two touchdowns this decade (and 28 scoreless yards earlier this year), but I think we might see an all-time great player known for stepping up in big moments step up for perhaps his final moment on an NFL field. It’s probably not wise to make a sentimental decision in lineups for the fantasy championship, but Fitz is at least worth considering if you don’t have a strong alternative.

 

Others: Robert Foster (v MIA), Marquise Goodwin (@ LAR)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Corey Davis (v IND)

Not even the Titans know whether Marcus Mariota (arm) or Blaine Gabbert will start on Sunday night, but what everyone does know is that it won’t be a 100% Mariota under center. That’s obviously a significant downgrade to Corey Davis, who looked on his way to a nice game last Saturday before his quarterback went down. You can probably find a more reliable option for Week 17.

 

Thumbs Down: Allen Robinson (@ MIN)

The Bears might move Allen Robinson into the slot enough that he avoids Xavier Rhodes, but as stated, Matt Nagy could easily play his guys while implementing a very basic game plan this week. Also, even if both teams go all out (which the Vikings clearly need to), it could mean Rhodes following Robinson wherever he goes. The 25-year-old is just a quality FLEX play.

 

Thumbs Down: Robby Anderson (@ NE)

Deep threat Robert Foster was able to get loose a couple times and could have had a monster day last week against the Patriots if he was able to track a Josh Allen bomb, but that might play against Robby Anderson this week, as Bill Belichick is sure to emphasize the importance of not letting the speedster beat them. Anderson had just two receptions for 22 yards last month for this divisional matchup, so he’s more of a FLEX than WR2 for me.

 

Thumbs Down: Panthers WRs (@ NO)

I think rookie Kyle Allen has untapped potential and could surprise people in his first NFL start, but the unknown makes every Carolina wideout a risky investment for Week 17. If forced to choose, I think Curtis Samuel can make things happen on his own better than D.J. Moore right now, but fantasy owners will ideally have other options.

 

Others: Kenny Stills (@ BUF), Tim Patrick (v LAC)

 

Tight End

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: David Njoku (@ BAL)

Prior to last week’s 73-yard performance, David Njoku’s season-high for receiving yards (69) came against the Ravens in a 12-9 overtime victory. In general, Baltimore has a very stingy pass defense, but they have been exposed by tight ends, particularly over the past nine games with six touchdowns allowed. Njoku is a midrange TE1.

 

Thumbs Up: Ian Thomas (@ NO)

Kyle Allen is sure to rely on a security blanket in his first NFL start, and that will be fellow rookie Ian Thomas this week against the Saints. New Orleans has been tough against opposing tight ends, but coverage should be more favorable if starters don’t play a full game. Thomas is a strong TE2 option.

 

Thumbs Up: Mark Andrews (v CLE)

The Browns started off the season by holding tight ends other than Jared Cook (8/110/2) in check for a month and a half, but since, then they have allowed lines of 12/111, 5/56, 7/99/2, 13/86/1, 6/39, 5/57/1, 9/77, 6/61, and 4/49/1 over the past nine outings. Mark Andrews probably won’t catch a 68-yard score like he did in Week 16, but he’s a good streaming option.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Kyle Rudolph (v CHI)

A Hail Mary last week led to the first touchdown for Kyle Rudolph since September, and out of nowhere, he posted nine receptions for 122 yards and two scores to reward owners that rolled the dice against Detroit. Perhaps the veteran will keep it going in a must-win, but the Bears have allowed just 4.0 standard fantasy points per game to the position over the past two months.

 

Thumbs Down: Ricky Seals-Jones (@ SEA)

In my opinion, last week against an attackable Rams defense was the last chance for Ricky Seals-Jones to provide fantasy value in 2018, and he caught just one pass for three yards. RSJ is simply too unreliable regardless of matchup with Josh Rosen under center.

 

Thumbs Down: Antonio Gates (@ DEN)

A touchdown-dependent TE2 option with just two touchdowns this season, Antonio Gates should be left out of fantasy lineups for what is likely his final regular season game, as the Chargers might decide to scale back the future Hall of Famer’s snaps to keep him fresh for a playoff run.

 

For defense and kicker advice—and all your start/sit decisions—check out our full Week 17 rankings, or also consider Fantasy Consigliere to finally “Be The Boss Of Your Fantasy League.”

Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings (Standard & PPR)

Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings (Standard & PPR)

Below are our Week 17 rankings for standard and PPR leagues. Those playing in 0.5 PPR leagues should basically stick with the standard rankings in our opinion, but as always, it’s your call.

 

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Standard Rankings

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v OAK)
2. Ben Roethlisberger (v CIN)
3. Matt Ryan (@ TB)
4. Andrew Luck (@ TEN)
5. Jared Goff (v SF)
6. Tom Brady (v NYJ)
7. Aaron Rodgers (v DET)
8. Russell Wilson (v ARI)
9. Josh Allen (v MIA)
10. Nick Foles (@ WAS)
11. Lamar Jackson (v CLE)
12. Philip Rivers (@ DEN)
13. Deshaun Watson (v JAX)
14. Jameis Winston (v ATL)
15. Derek Carr (@ KC)
16. Kirk Cousins (v CHI)
17. Baker Mayfield (@ BAL)
18. Mitchell Trubisky (@ MIN)
19. Teddy Bridgewater (v CAR)
20. Sam Darnold (@ NE)
21. Josh Johnson (v PHI)
22. Eli Manning (v DAL)
23. Case Keenum (v LAC)
24. Blaine Gabbert (v IND)
25. Dak Prescott (@ NYG)
26. Blake Bortles (@ HOU)
27. Matthew Stafford (@ GB)
28. Ryan Tannehill (@ BUF)
29. Nick Mullens (@ LAR)
30. Jeff Driskel (@ PIT)
31. Kyle Allen (@ NO)
32. Josh Rosen (@ SEA)
33. Taysom Hill (v CAR)
34. Cody Kessler (@ HOU)
35. Cooper Rush (@ NYG)
36. Ryan Griffin (v ATL)

 

Running back

1. Saquon Barkley (v DAL)
2. Melvin Gordon (@ DEN)
3. Derrick Henry (v IND)
4. James Conner (v CIN)
5. Nick Chubb (@ BAL)
6. Chris Carson (v ARI)
7. Joe Mixon (@ PIT)
8. Sony Michel (v NYJ)
9. David Johnson (@ SEA)
10. Damien Williams (v OAK)
11. Jamaal Williams (v DET)
12. C.J. Anderson (v SF)
13. Dalvin Cook (v CHI)
14. Christian McCaffrey (@ NO)
15. Marlon Mack (@ TEN)
16. Gus Edwards (v CLE)
17. Tevin Coleman (@ TB)
18. Doug Martin (@ KC)
19. Elijah McGuire (@ NE)
20. Rod Smith (@ NYG)
21. Adrian Peterson (v PHI)
22. Peyton Barber (v ATL)
23. Jeff Wilson (@ LAR)
24. Royce Freeman (v LAC)
25. Tarik Cohen (@ MIN)
26. James White (v NYJ)
27. Jordan Howard (@ MIN)
28. LeSean McCoy (v MIA)
29. Josh Adams (@ WAS)
30. Kalen Ballage (@ BUF)
31. Kenneth Dixon (v CLE)
32. Jaylen Samuels (v CIN)
33. Spencer Ware (v OAK)
34. Kenyan Drake (@ BUF)
35. Zach Zenner (@ GB)
36. Darren Sproles (@ WAS)
37. Dion Lewis (v IND)
38. Brian Hill (@ TB)
39. Lamar Miller (v JAX)
40. Dwayne Washington (v CAR)
41. Nyheim Hines (@ TEN)
42. T.J. Yeldon (@ HOU)
43. Jalen Richard (@ KC)
44. Wendell Smallwood (@ WAS)
45. Mike Davis (v ARI)
46. Rashaad Penny (v ARI)
47. Duke Johnson (@ BAL)
48. Theo Riddick (@ GB)
49. John Kelly (v SF)
50. Latavius Murray (v CHI)
51. Carlos Hyde (@ HOU)
52. Austin Ekeler (@ DEN)
53. Rex Burkhead (v NYJ)
54. Devontae Booker (v LAC)
55. Chris Thompson (v PHI)
56. David Williams (@ HOU)
57. Alfred Blue (v JAX)
58. Justin Jackson (@ DEN)
59. LeGarrette Blount (@ GB)
60. Cameron Artis-Payne (@ NO)
61. Darius Jackson (@ NYG)
62. Giovani Bernard (@ PIT)
63. Jacquizz Rodgers (v ATL)
64. Wayne Gallman (v DAL)
65. Trenton Cannon (@ NE)
66. Chase Edmonds (@ SEA)
67. Stevan Ridley (v CIN)
68. Jordan Wilkins (@ TEN)
69. Ronald Jones II (v ATL)
70. DeAndre Washington (@ KC)
71. Ty Montgomery (v CLE)
72. Alfred Morris (@ LAR)
73. Darrel Williams (v OAK)
74. Brandon Bolden (@ BUF)
75. Charcandrick West (v OAK)
76. Taquan Mizzell (@ MIN)
77. Kyle Juszczyk (@ LAR)
78. Kapri Bibbs (v DET)
79. Detrez Newsome (@ DEN)
80. Mark Walton (@ PIT)

 

Wide receiver

1. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v CIN)
2. Julio Jones (@ TB)
3. Tyreek Hill (v OAK)
4. T.Y. Hilton (@ TEN)
5. DeAndre Hopkins (v JAX)
6. Keenan Allen (@ DEN)
7. Julian Edelman (v NYJ)
8. Robert Woods (v SF)
9. Antonio Brown (v CIN)
10. Adam Thielen (v CHI)
11. Stefon Diggs (v CHI)
12. Brandin Cooks (v SF)
13. Mike Evans (v ATL)
14. Alshon Jeffery (@ WAS)
15. Jordy Nelson (@ KC)
16. Tyler Lockett (v ARI)
17. Doug Baldwin (v ARI)
18. Calvin Ridley (@ TB)
19. Robert Foster (v MIA)
20. Jarvis Landry (@ BAL)
21. Courtland Sutton (v LAC)
22. DaeSean Hamilton (v LAC)
23. Robby Anderson (@ NE)
24. Nelson Agholor (@ WAS)
25. Mike Williams (@ DEN)
26. Corey Davis (v IND)
27. Larry Fitzgerald (@ SEA)
28. Chris Godwin (v ATL)
29. Josh Reynolds (v SF)
30. Adam Humphries (v ATL)
31. Sterling Shepard (v DAL)
32. Dede Westbrook (@ HOU)
33. Randall Cobb (v DET)
34. Zay Jones (v MIA)
35. Anthony Miller (@ MIN)
36. Mohamed Sanu (@ TB)
37. John Ross (@ PIT)
38. Curtis Samuel (@ NO)
39. D.J. Moore (@ NO)
40. Jamison Crowder (v PHI)
41. Chris Hogan (v NYJ)
42. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v DET)
43. Amari Cooper (@ NYG)
44. John Brown (v CLE)
45. Golden Tate (@ WAS)
46. Taylor Gabriel (@ MIN)
47. Tyrell Williams (@ DEN)
48. Kenny Stills (@ BUF)
49. Chester Rogers (@ TEN)
50. Antonio Callaway (@ BAL)
51. Kendrick Bourne (@ LAR)
52. Chris Conley (v OAK)
53. Tim Patrick (v LAC)
54. Rashard Higgins (@ BAL)
55. Michael Gallup (@ NYG)
56. Michael Crabtree (v CLE)
57. Marcell Ateman (@ KC)
58. Donte Moncrief (@ HOU)
59. Taywan Taylor (v IND)
60. James Washington (v CIN)
61. David Moore (v ARI)
62. Josh Doctson (v PHI)
63. Willie Snead (v CLE)
64. Seth Roberts (@ KC)
65. Keith Kirkwood (v CAR)
66. Tre’Quan Smith (v CAR)
67. DeAndre Carter (v JAX)
68. Danny Amendola (@ BUF)
69. Jake Kumerow (v DET)
70. DeVante Parker (@ BUF)
71. Isaiah McKenzie (v MIA)
72. Cole Beasley (@ NYG)
73. Travis Benjamin (@ DEN)
74. Aldrick Robinson (v CHI)
75. Dontrelle Inman (@ TEN)
76. Trent Taylor (@ LAR)
77. Breshad Perriman (@ BAL)
78. Keelan Cole (@ HOU)
79. Tajae Sharpe (v IND)
80. Kelvin Benjamin (v OAK)
81. Eli Rogers (v CIN)
82. Trent Sherfield (@ SEA)
83. Phillip Dorsett (v NYJ)
84. Demarcus Robinson (v OAK)
85. T.J. Jones (@ GB)
86. Jarius Wright (@ NO)
87. Ryan Grant (@ TEN)
88. Ryan Switzer (v CIN)
89. Javon Wims (@ MIN)
90. Richie James (@ LAR)
91. Jordan Matthews (@ WAS)
92. Allen Hurns (@ NYG)
93. Cody Core (@ PIT)
94. Zach Pascal (@ TEN)
95. Justin Hardy (@ TB)
96. Alex Erickson (@ PIT)
97. Jaron Brown (v ARI)
98. Josh Malone (@ PIT)
99. Austin Carr (v CAR)
100. Michael Floyd (v PHI)
101. Bennie Fowler (v DAL)
102. Corey Coleman (v DAL)
113. Brice Butler (@ BUF)
104. Leonte Carroo (@ BUF)
105. J.J. Nelson (@ SEA)
106. Vyncint Smith (v JAX)
107. Darius Jennings (v IND)
108. Chris Moore (v CLE)
109. Andy Jones (@ GB)
110. Josh Bellamy (@ CIN)
111. Andre Roberts (@ NE)
112. Chad Williams (@ SEA)
113. Jalen Tolliver (@ SEA)
114. Auden Tate (@ PIT)
115. Tommylee Lewis (v CAR)
116. Deontay Burnett (@ NE)
117. Brandon Powell (@ GB)
118. Marvin Hall (@ TB)
119. Cam Batson (v IND)
120. Kevin White (@ MIN)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v OAK)
2. George Kittle (@ LAR)
3. Zach Ertz (@ WAS)
4. Rob Gronkowski (v NYJ)
5. Jared Cook (@ KC)
6. Evan Engram (v DAL)
7. David Njoku (@ BAL)
8. Eric Ebron (@ TEN)
9. Cameron Brate (v ATL)
10. Vance McDonald (v CIN)
11. Austin Hooper (@ TB)
12. Chris Herndon (@ NE)
13. Trey Burton (@ MIN)
14. Ian Thomas (@ NO)
15. Kyle Rudolph (v CHI)
16. Gerald Everett (v SF)
17. C.J. Uzomah (@ PIT)
18. Mark Andrews (v CLE)
19. Jimmy Graham (v DET)
20. Dallas Goedert (@ WAS)
21. Anthony Firkser (v IND)
22. Antonio Gates (@ DEN)
23. Nick Vannett (v ARI)
24. Jesse James (v CIN)
25. Matt LaCosse (v LAC)
26. Tyler Higbee (v SF)
27. Jordan Thomas (v JAX)
28. Hayden Hurst (v CLE)
29. Dan Arnold (v CAR)
30. Blake Jarwin (@ NYG)
31. Benjamin Watson (v CAR)
32. Jeremy Sprinkle (v PHI)
33. Jason Croom (v MIA)
34. James O’Shaughnessy (@ HOU)
35. Ed Dickson (v ARI)
36. Mo Alie-Cox (@ TEN)
37. Mike Gesicki (@ BUF)
38. Virgil Green (@ DEN)
39. Ryan Griffin (v JAX)
40. Josh Hill (v CAR)

 

Defense/ST

1. Houston Texans (v JAX)
2. Seattle Seahawks (v ARI)
3. Los Angeles Rams (v SF)
4. Chicago Bears (@ MIN)
5. New Orleans Saints (v CAR)
6. Baltimore Ravens (v CLE)
7. New England Patriots (v NYJ)
8. Buffalo Bills (v MIA)
9. Indianapolis Colts (@ TEN)
10. Minnesota Vikings (v CHI)
11. Los Angeles Chargers (@ DEN)
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (v CIN)
13. Philadelphia Eagles (@ WAS)
14. Green Bay Packers (v DET)
15. Miami Dolphins (@ BUF)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (@ HOU)
17. Kansas City Chiefs (v OAK)
18. Dallas Cowboys (@ NYG)
19. Cleveland Browns (@ BAL)
20. Atlanta Falcons (@ TB)
21. New York Giants (v DAL)
22. Carolina Panthers (@ NO)
23. Tennessee Titans (v IND)
24. Denver Broncos (v LAC)
25. Arizona Cardinals (@ SEA)

 

Kicker

1. Harrison Butker (v OAK)
2. Greg Zuerlein (v SF)
3. Stephen Gostkowski (v NYJ)
4. Justin Tucker (v CLE)
5. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v JAX)
6. Michael Badgley (@ DEN)
7. Wil Lutz (v CAR)
8. Adam Vinatieri (@ TEN)
9. Matt Bryant (@ TB)
10. Mason Crosby (v DET)
11. Jake Elliott (@ WAS)
12. Brett Maher (@ NYG)
13. Cody Parkey (@ MIN)
14. Daniel Carlson (@ KC)
15. Ryan Succop (v IND)
16. Dan Bailey (v CHI)
17. Brandon McManus (v LAC)
18. Sebastian Janikowski (v ARI)
19. Aldrick Rosas (v DAL)
20. Robbie Gould (@ LAR)
21. Jason Myers (@ NE)
22. Steven Hauschka (v MIA)
23. Greg Joseph (@ BAL)
24. Matt McCrane (v CIN)
25. Dustin Hopkins (v PHI)

 

Full PPR Rankings

 

Running back

1. Saquon Barkley (v DAL)
2. Melvin Gordon (@ DEN)
3. Derrick Henry (v IND)
4. James Conner (v CIN)
5. Joe Mixon (@ PIT)
6. Nick Chubb (@ BAL)
7. Chris Carson (v ARI)
8. Damien Williams (v OAK)
9. David Johnson (@ SEA)
10. Sony Michel (v NYJ)
11. Christian McCaffrey (@ NO)
12. Dalvin Cook (v CHI)
13. Jamaal Williams (v DET)
14. Marlon Mack (@ TEN)
15. C.J. Anderson (v SF)
16. Tarik Cohen (@ MIN)
17. Tevin Coleman (@ TB)
18. Elijah McGuire (@ NE)
19. Rod Smith (@ NYG)
20. Gus Edwards (v CLE)
21. James White (v NYJ)
22. Jeff Wilson (@ LAR)
23. Adrian Peterson (v PHI)
24. Doug Martin (@ KC)
25. Peyton Barber (v ATL)
26. LeSean McCoy (v MIA)
27. Darren Sproles (@ WAS)
28. Kenyan Drake (@ BUF)
29. Jordan Howard (@ MIN)
30. Jaylen Samuels (v CIN)
31. Royce Freeman (v LAC)
32. Dion Lewis (v IND)
33. Kalen Ballage (@ BUF)
34. T.J. Yeldon (@ HOU)
35. Kenneth Dixon (v CLE)
36. Nyheim Hines (@ TEN)
37. Jalen Richard (@ KC)
38. Theo Riddick (@ GB)
39. Duke Johnson (@ BAL)
40. Josh Adams (@ WAS)
41. Lamar Miller (v JAX)
42. Carlos Hyde (@ HOU)
43. Spencer Ware (v OAK)
44. Zach Zenner (@ GB)
45. Mike Davis (v ARI)
46. Brian Hill (@ TB)
47. Dwayne Washington (v CAR)
48. Wendell Smallwood (@ WAS)
49. Chris Thompson (v PHI)
50. Austin Ekeler (@ DEN)

 

Wide receiver

1. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v CIN)
2. Tyreek Hill (v OAK)
3. Julio Jones (@ TB)
4. T.Y. Hilton (@ TEN)
5. DeAndre Hopkins (v JAX)
6. Keenan Allen (@ DEN)
7. Julian Edelman (v NYJ)
8. Robert Woods (v SF)
9. Antonio Brown (v CIN)
10. Adam Thielen (v CHI)
11. Stefon Diggs (v CHI)
12. Brandin Cooks (v SF)
13. Mike Evans (v ATL)
14. Alshon Jeffery (@ WAS)
15. Jordy Nelson (@ KC)
16. Jarvis Landry (@ BAL)
17. Doug Baldwin (v ARI)
18. Tyler Lockett (v ARI)
19. DaeSean Hamilton (v LAC)
20. Calvin Ridley (@ TB)
21. Courtland Sutton (v LAC)
22. Larry Fitzgerald (@ SEA)
23. Nelson Agholor (@ WAS)
24. Robert Foster (v MIA)
25. Robby Anderson (@ NE)
26. Corey Davis (v IND)
27. Mike Williams (@ DEN)
28. Adam Humphries (v ATL)
29. Chris Godwin (v ATL)
30. Josh Reynolds (v SF)
31. Randall Cobb (v DET)
32. Sterling Shepard (v DAL)
33. Dede Westbrook (@ HOU)
34. Zay Jones (v MIA)
35. Anthony Miller (@ MIN)
36. Mohamed Sanu (@ TB)
37. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v DET)
38. Jamison Crowder (v PHI)
39. John Ross (@ PIT)
40. Curtis Samuel (@ NO)
41. Amari Cooper (@ NYG)
42. Golden Tate (@ WAS)
43. D.J. Moore (@ NO)
44. Taylor Gabriel (@ MIN)
45. Chester Rogers (@ TEN)
46. Tim Patrick (v LAC)
47. Chris Hogan (v NYJ)
48. John Brown (v CLE)
49. Tyrell Williams (@ DEN)
50. Antonio Callaway (@ BAL)
51. Kenny Stills (@ BUF)
52. Chris Conley (v OAK)
53. Rashard Higgins (@ BAL)
54. Michael Gallup (@ NYG)
55. Michael Crabtree (v CLE)
56. Willie Snead (v CLE)
57. Taywan Taylor (v IND)
58. Danny Amendola (@ BUF)
59. Kendrick Bourne (@ LAR)
60. Isaiah McKenzie (v MIA)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v OAK)
2. Zach Ertz (@ WAS)
3. George Kittle (@ LAR)
4. Jared Cook (@ KC)
5. Evan Engram (v DAL)
6. Rob Gronkowski (v NYJ)
7. David Njoku (@ BAL)
8. Eric Ebron (@ TEN)
9. Cameron Brate (v ATL)
10. Vance McDonald (v CIN)
11. Austin Hooper (@ TB)
12. Chris Herndon (@ NE)
13. Trey Burton (@ MIN)
14. Ian Thomas (@ NO)
15. Kyle Rudolph (v CHI)
16. Gerald Everett (v SF)
17. C.J. Uzomah (@ PIT)
18. Mark Andrews (v CLE)
19. Jimmy Graham (v DET)
20. Dallas Goedert (@ WAS)
21. Anthony Firkser (v IND)
22. Antonio Gates (@ DEN)
23. Nick Vannett (v ARI)
24. Jesse James (v CIN)
25. Matt LaCosse (v LAC)

Fantasy Football Stock Report: December 24, 2018

Fantasy Football Stock Report: December 24, 2018

We still have one more game in the Week 16 slate, but with Christmas tomorrow, the fantasy stock report comes a day early. Good luck to everyone still competing for a fantasy title, and Merry Christmas!

 

Quarterback

 

Stock up: Nick Foles, PHI

I had Nick Foles here last week, but he deserves another boost after throwing for a franchise-record 471 yards along with four scores to keep the Eagles alive in the playoff race. Foles was somehow ranked as a low-end QB2 because people apparently didn’t watch him down the stretch last year, but he is easily the top streaming option at the position for the season finale next week, as the Redskins are vulnerable through the air and just released standout safety D.J. Swearinger.

 

Stock down: Tom Brady, NE

It’s probably unwise to write off Tom Brady and the Patriots in January, but that doesn’t mean you need to keep rolling with him if you’re still looking to capture a fantasy title in Week 17. Brady had just 126 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions against the Bills, and it looks like he simply doesn’t trust his receivers at this point (Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Rob Gronkowski combined to catch one pass for three yards on Sunday).

 

Running Back

 

Stock up: C.J. Anderson, LAR

C.J. Anderson didn’t waste any time making an impact in Los Angeles, as he rushed 20 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns in his team debut yesterday. If Todd Gurley (knee) is inactive again next week, Anderson will probably win people fantasy championships as a plug-and-play RB2.

 

Stock up: Brian Hill, ATL

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn recently said Tevin Coleman (groin) should be good to go for the season finale, but Brian Hill is worth a speculative add in case the impending free agent runner is held out or simply has his workload scaled back. Hill rushed for 115 yards on just eight carries against Carolina, and the Bucs will be a cupcake matchup next Sunday for whoever totes the rock in Atlanta.

 

Stock up: Nick Chubb, CLE

Gregg Williams has already said the Browns are treating Week 17 like a playoff game (which it basically is for Baltimore), so Nick Chubb is all but assured of a full workload, which can be tricky at this point in the season. Plus, the rookie needs just 28 yards to reach 1,000 on the year, and the Ravens have been vulnerable against opposing rushing attacks in recent weeks. For now and the future, Chubb is a solid RB1.

 

Stock down: Kalen Ballage, MIA

I thought Miami would feature Kalen Ballage last week against the Jaguars, but he handled just six touches, including four carries for ten yards. The 23-year-old still has a promising outlook in dynasty leagues, but his stock for the season finale is very shaky with Kenyan Drake and Brandon Bolden both also set to get touches in a three-man committee.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Stock up: Julian Edelman, NE

Julian Edelman accounted for a whopping 55.6% of Tom Brady’s production in Week 16, and he looks like the only reliable target in what has been a sub-par season for TB12. Even for 2019, there’s been nothing to suggest Edelman slows down despite turning 33 in May, as he would be on pace for career-best a 100/1,136/7 line this season if not for his four-game suspension to start the year. The Jets are extremely vulnerable against slot receivers to close out the regular season.

 

Stock up: Nelson Agholor, PHI

He only caught one pass two weeks ago in Nick Foles’ start/win against the Rams, but Nelson Agholor worked as a clear starter alongside Alshon Jeffery, and that continued against Houston with a season-best 5/116/1 line, which included an 83-yard touchdown. Agholor has typically played well against Washington, so we’ll see if that continues in the season finale—and potentially into January, which could lead to more confidence and success in 2019.

 

Stock down: Corey Davis, TEN

Another arm injury for Marcus Mariota could unfortunately keep him out of a win-and-in game on Sunday Night Football next week, so Corey Davis needs to be downgraded from low-end WR2/FLEX status. Even if Mariota does end up suiting up, it might be due to his ability as a runner, and Davis would obviously struggle to put up numbers if his quarterback is less than 100%.

 

Stock down: John Brown, BAL

Baltimore is winning with Lamar Jackson under center, but you could see the frustration in John Brown on some missed opportunities over the past month. On Saturday night, Jackson even showed disappointment in himself when he missed “Smokey” against the Chargers, but the only chance for Joe Flacco to get back in the lineup is through an injury to the rookie quarterback; that makes Brown a risky FLEX option that needs a big play to pay off.

NFL Week 16 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 16 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Last week’s recommended daily fantasy didn’t work out overall after putting too many eggs in one basket for the low-scoring Patriots-Steelers game, but the running back trio of Joe Mixon, Chris Carson, and Derrick Henry all put up over 100 yards with a score, while Atlanta’s defense dominated against Arizona. Week 16 daily fantasy recommendations are more spread out while selecting players that might not be as highly owned.

 

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QB: Nick Foles vs. HOU

DraftKings: $4,700 | FanDuel: $6,000

 

When Nick Foles is on, he’s really on, and this week against the Texans could be one of those games as Doug Pederson and the Eagles look to pull out all the stops in a game that could put them in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot in the NFC wild-card race with a win. With Alshon Jeffery’s emergence, there are too many weapons to focus on for Houston in a game that has sneaky shootout potential. Foles threw for three-plus touchdowns in half of his starts last season, so he might be due.

 

 

RB: Marlon Mack vs. NYG

DraftKings: $5,500 | FanDuel: $7,000

 

The return of center Ryan Kelly and tight end Mo Alie-Cox helped spark the Colts run game last week against the Cowboys, with Marlon Mack putting up 139 yards and two scores on 27 touches. The Giants have given up over 100 yards to running backs in six of the last seven games, so Mack is as good of a bet as anyone to hit that mark in Week 16. He’s a good value that offers both a solid floor and big upside.

 

 

RB: Jamaal Williams @ NYJ

DraftKings: $5,400 | FanDuel: $5,800

 

The run defense of the other New York team has been much better, and they get to play at home instead of on the road, but Jamaal Williams is set for a heavy workload with Aaron Jones (knee) done for the season. The Packers simply haven’t been able to get the ball into the end zone through the air as successfully as years past, so Williams could be tasked with punching it in a couple of times.

 

 

WR: Julio Jones @ CAR

DraftKings: $8,700 | FanDuel: $8,700

 

Julio Jones has at least five receptions in every game but one this season, and he’s hit the century-mark eight times. The All-Pro is also in middle of a nice touchdown streak, with all six of his scores this season coming in the last seven games. Jones has 1,205 yards (including a 300-yard performance) in 12 career games versus Carolina, a team that might not be as locked-in after their playoff hopes were crushed.

 

 

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster @ NO

DraftKings: $8,000 | FanDuel: $8,000

 

The matchup isn’t quite as good as it looks on paper against a Saints secondary that’s been playing well lately, but JuJu Smith-Schuster always seems to make plays in big games, and this classifies as that. Also, the second-year receiver doesn’t have trouble making plays in tight, contested coverage, and Ben Roethlisberger isn’t afraid to give him chances to do so. As a Pro Bowl snub, JuJu could be determined to prove people wrong this Sunday.

 

 

WR: Robert Woods @ ARI

DraftKings: $6,600 | FanDuel: $7,500

 

Robert Woods is also arguably a Pro Bowl snub, as he’s been one of the most consistent players in the league this season, so he could have more of a chip on his shoulder than usual this weekend. Woods has at least four receptions and 61 yards in every game since Week 1, a run that started when he had six receptions for 81 yards in his first matchup against the Cardinals in Week 2. Patrick Peterson isn’t likely to shadow him with Brandin Cooks on the other side, so Woods has a great floor, as usual, for Week 16.

 

 

TE: David Njoku vs. CIN

DraftKings: $3,800 | FanDuel: $5,300

 

The usage of David Njoku has been a concern for season-long fantasy owners, but this is a good spot to use him in daily fantasy formats. The second-year tight end had a 5/63/1 line versus the Bengals a few weeks ago, and this week’s matchup is now at home. Like Njoku’s own scoring output, Cincinnati has been hit-or-miss while defending opposing tight ends, so there’s definite upside. Just keep in mind Njoku has a low floor of just a couple of points.

 

 

FLEX: Sony Michel vs. BUF (DraftKings) | Joe Mixon @ CLE (FanDuel)

Michel: $4,900 | Mixon: $8,200

 

For DraftKings, Sony Michel is a decent play that keeps the roster below budget. The hope is that the Patriots come out angry and destroy the Bills, with Michel scoring once or twice to cap off drives. For FanDuel, there’s enough salary left to play Joe Mixon, who has been extremely consistent while offering both floor and upside. Mixon had seven receptions and 155 total yards against the Browns a few weeks ago.

 

 

D/ST: Falcons @ CAR

DraftKings: $2,300 | FanDuel: $3,400

 

Going on the road to face a quarterback making his first career start is a tougher task than facing a struggling rookie quarterback at home, but the Falcons remain a good play coming off their big outing against the Cardinals in Week 15. They’re cheap but again offer 20+ point upside.

Ezekiel Elliott Stat Correction Turns Many Fantasy Football Playoff Matchups

Ezekiel Elliott Stat Correction Turns Many Fantasy Football Playoff Matchups

In the dark of night, fantasy football championship matchups were changed on a dime days after many semifinal scores looked to be set. Stat corrections typically take until Thursday, and Week 15 had a big one, with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s fumble against the Colts being changed to a non-fumble. Elliott was probably on a good number of fantasy playoff teams, so there’s a chance your matchup was impacted by this stat correction if the score was within two points.

 

So, as many angry people that had their fantasy final appearances impact by this change, what exactly happened?

 

On a fourth-and-one at the Colts’ three-yard line with 14:15 remaining in the second quarter, Elliott fumbled when Colts cornerback Pierre Desir punched the ball out, and Colts defensive end Jabaal Sheard recovered the ball.

 

 

However, because Elliott was stuffed by the Colts on what was going to be a turnover on downs anyway, the officials didn’t appear to actually rule it a fumble and recovery by Indianapolis. If they are to be believed, a Reddit user claims they were responsible for the NFL making the stat change for the Elliott fumble.

 

Basically, the Reddit user used formalities in his argument, including the fact that a replay review was not initiated. But he fails to acknowledge whether or not it was fumble recovered by the Colts had no effect on the game—either way, it was Indianapolis’ ball at the same spot.

 

Also, there’s talk of the fumble recovery by Sheard not being clear. Unfortunately, the FOX broadcast did not show a 100% full recovery, but it certainly looks like Sheard recovered it—and there are probably camera angles out there (which we will probably never see) that show it. And the officials did not appear to signal a fumble recovered by the Colts, but the Cowboys didn’t reach the line-to-gain, so that was essentially irrelevant (as is the case with whether or not Indy recovered it).

 

On NFL Game Pass, even this morning after all fantasy platforms have changed the scoring, it still says that the play was an Elliott fumble recovered by Sheard.

 

 

Looking at this situation impartially as someone that did not have a matchup determined by the scoring change, those that were burned by this scoring change have serious beef.

 

There was a situation a few years ago when then-Jaguars running back Denard Robinson gained 13 more rushing yards (bringing his total from 28 yards to 41 yards) after he was initially and inaccurately given negative yardage for a fumble that was kicked around backwards. The stat correction happened on Christmas morning no less, so it was either a Christmas miracle or a Christmas nightmare for many fantasy owners.

 

However, the Robinson situation was a stat correction that had to happen. If the ball was kicked back another 30 yards, would Robinson have had -2 rushing yards for the game? The initial stats just didn’t make sense, so they were rightly corrected.

 

This Ezekiel Elliott scoring change is another story. Elliott clearly fumbled the ball, and it had been classified as recovered by the Colts for days (which it looks like it was, and unseen camera angles probably show that), only to be changed on shaky grounds at best.

 

Unfortunately, there isn’t much to do about this. Some fantasy commissioners might decide to take things into their own hands and still take away two points from Elliott for what most rational people would have determined to be a lost fumble. But there are plenty of bad calls and bad decisions in NFL games, and that would be a slippery slope.

 

It’s difficult to blame people for being very, very unhappy about this, but hopefully their luck will turn in future years.

 

At least it’s not Christmas morning.

Week 16 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 16 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Matt Ryan (@ CAR)

The Falcons didn’t have the season they or anyone expected, but Dan Quinn’s squad showed flashes of the team they could have been last week in a 40-14 win over the Cardinals, and Matt Ryan’s 24 fantasy points were the most since Atlanta’s five-game losing streak began. Over the past five meetings, Matty Ice has averaged 23.5 fantasy points per game against Carolina, including at least 17.4 fantasy points in every game over that span. The top-tier upside might not be there if the Panthers can’t hold up their end of a shootout, but Ryan—the No. 2 fatnasy quarterback on the year—is a top-five play for Week 16.

 

Thumbs Up: Nick Foles (v HOU)

He didn’t put up huge numbers last week, but Nick Foles played great for the Eagles, and his inclination to throw downfield could give Houston problems on Sunday, as they have struggled to defend the deep ball. And for what it’s worth, in one matchup against Romeo Crennel’s defense, Foles threw for 124 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in just a quarter of action before breaking his collarbone in a 2014 game. The reigning Super Bowl MVP is the top streamer of the week.

 

Thumbs Up: Tom Brady (v BUF)

I think people take the previous week into account too much when rankings players or making lineup decisions, which has most viewing Tom Brady as a low-end QB2 rather than a low-end QB1 for the fantasy championship. The matchup isn’t easy against the Bills, but Brady threw for 324 yards in Buffalo earlier this year, and New England should be extra angry/determined/focused following their second loss in a row. At home, I doubt the Pats settle for four short field goals, a one-yard touchdown run, and a pick-six to get a win against their AFC East foe like they in October.

 

Thumbs Up: Jared Goff (@ ARI)

Fantasy owners might understandably be jumping ship if they overcame a 0:5 touchdown interception ratio by Jared Goff over the past two weeks to still make it to the fantasy championship, but overall, he’s been too good to write off heading into a matchup against the 3-11 Cardinals. Arizona is allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing passers, but Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers, and Matt Ryan have all had at 19+ points against them since Week 10, and I would think Sean McVay wants to get the passing attack rolling before January. Goff is no longer an elite QB1, but he should remain a top-eight option.

 

Others: Baker Mayfield (v CIN), Josh Allen (@ NE)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Philip Rivers (v BAL)

Although he’s having arguably his best season to date, Philip Rivers has mainly been an MVP candidate due to efficiency rather than volume, and Saturday night could be a clock-killing game between the Ravens and Chargers. When you combine a stingy Baltimore secondary and the desire of both teams to control time of possession—the Ravens by utilizing a run-heavy attack under Lamar Jackson and Los Angeles by simply preferring to run the play clock down on offense—Rivers is a midrange QB2.

 

Thumbs Down: Deshaun Watson (@ PHI)

On paper, the Eagles look like a tremendous matchup for Deshaun Watson, as Jim Schwartz’s defense has been exposed by dual-threat quarterbacks Marcus Mariota (29 fantasy points), Cam Newton (24), Blake Bortles (19), and Dak Prescott twice (20, 24). However, the game isn’t played on paper, and I think Philly’s defensive front will dominate with help from the playoff-hopeful home crowd on Sunday, which would obviously make things difficult for Watson behind a sub-par offensive line. I still have the former Clemson star as a QB1, but it’s the low-end variety.

 

Thumbs Down: Lamar Jackson (@ LAC)

Another win by Baltimore might give Lamar Jackson more breathing room as the starter, but John Harbaugh can’t afford to mess around in a playoff race, especially after Tennessee, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh all won in Week 15. I think that could lead to Joe Flacco making an appearance on Saturday night, and even if he doesn’t, the Chargers are a concerning matchup because they like to control time of possession (as stated), and typically try to take away what the offense does best (just look at Tyreek Hill’s disappointing performance last week). For the Ravens, it’s pretty clear what they want to do, and Jackson could struggle if forced to win with his arm against a secondary that includes standouts Casey Hayward, Derwin James, and Desmond King.

 

Thumbs Down: Dak Prescott (v TB)

Dallas should bounce back offensively as they look to lock up the NFC East, but Dak Prescott hasn’t had a game with 15+ fantasy points that didn’t come against the division since Week 6, and Tampa Bay has played much better on the backend in recent weeks (13.7 fantasy points per game allowed to opposing quarterbacks over the past six games). Also, I’m expected a heavy dose of Ezekiel Elliott, and I don’t think Jameis Winston will do enough on the road to make Dak have to air it out. All the “Thumbs Up” options are better plays for me.

 

Others: Kirk Cousins (@ DET), Jameis Winston (@ DAL)

 

Running Back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Derrick Henry (v WAS)

The past two weeks is exactly what Derrick Henry should have been doing all year if he was consistently fed (OK, maybe not exactly a 3,264-yard, 48-touchdown pace), and the monster runner has the makings of a league-winner for those who have stuck with him or were fortunate to scoop him up thanks to an impatient owner. The Redskins kept their season alive with a big win over the Jaguars last week, but their run defense continues to struggle over the second half of the year, and Henry is too hot to keep out of lineups for a game the Titans are heavily favored in.

 

Thumbs Up: Marlon Mack (v NYG)

Two tough matchups to start the month led to just 22 carries for 60 yards (2.7 YPC) for Marlon Mack, but Indy’s starter went off against the Cowboys last week, rushing 27 times for 139 yards (5.1 YPC) and two touchdowns. While it wasn’t public knowledge, Colts head coach Frank Reich apparently told the FOX broadcast team that he wanted to re-establish the running game, and he kept his word in an eventual 23-0 victory. Mack should again be a focal-point for another home game, and the Giants have allowed 128.0 rushing yards per game since trading run-stuffer Damon Harrison. The second-year back is a top-15 play for the fantasy championship.

 

Thumbs Up: Kalen Ballage (v JAX)

Every year, players emerge out of nowhere to be difference-makers in the fantasy playoffs, and Kalen Ballage certainly fits the description coming off a 12-carry, 123-yard performance that included a 75-yard touchdown run against a stout Minnesota defense. Ballage is a name that people should have known based on his athletic upside, but he was basically a dynasty hold with just 13 touches entering Week 15. Now, the rookie is in the low-end RB2 conversation despite a tough matchup against the Jaguars.

 

Thumbs Up: James Conner (@ NO)

There are reasons to be hesitant about getting James Conner (ankle) back in lineups—New Orleans has allowed the third fewest fantasy points per game to opposing runners, Jaylen Samuels has looked good over the past two weeks, and the Pitt product will probably be less than 100%—but it’s unlikely you have two better running backs and a better FLEX than Conner for the fantasy championship. The 23-year-old is immediately a top-12 option if he suits up on Sunday. [Update: Conner has been ruled out for Week 16, so Jaylen Samuels is immediately a top-20 play in all formats]

 

Others: Tevin Coleman (@ CAR), Jamaal Williams (@ NYJ)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Leonard Fournette (@ MIA)

Maybe Leonard Fournette doesn’t need a full workload to put up numbers against the Dolphins after they were just shredded for 198 rushing yards and three scores by Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray, but the Jaguars would be wise to once again scale back his workload in a lost season. The No. 4 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft has already missed half the year and is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry, so there’s no reason to push him as if he’s chasing a rushing title. Fournette is worth a spot in lineups, but consider him a low-end RB2/FLEX rather than his usual RB1/RB2 status.

 

Thumbs Down: Josh Adams (v HOU)

Philadelphia has featured Josh Adams over the past month, but he didn’t look good in last week’s win over the Rams, rushing for just 28 yards (and a short touchdown) on 15 carries. At the same time, Wendell Smallwood (ten carries for 48 yards) provided juice for the Eagles off the bench, including a couple red-zone scores of his own. Adams is expected to start again, but against a stout front at less than full health with Smallwood and Darren Sproles mixing in, the rookie is closer to the top 40 than top 20.

 

Thumbs Down: Doug Martin (v DEN)

I’m not worried about Doug Martin falling out of the game plan like last week due to the Raiders trailing, but I am worried about Denver’s run defense, which has been excellent over the past seven games with just 3.8 yards per carry allowed. Martin might need a score to pay dividends, and that’s not something you should rely on in the fantasy championship. Only consider the veteran as a FLEX option if you’re out of alternatives.

 

Thumbs Down: LeSean McCoy (@ NE)

New England limited LeSean McCoy to 12 carries for 13 yards in their previous meeting this season, and it’s probably safe to assume they will key on the running game once again in Week 16. McCoy is averaging a career-low 4.0 yards per touch this year with just two total touchdowns, and Josh Allen (506 yards) is the team’s leading rusher. Look elsewhere with championships on the line.

 

Others: Lions RBs (v MIN) 

 

Wide Receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Alshon Jeffery (v HOU)

Remember on the Sunday Night Football broadcast when they showed all the words used to describe Nick Foles by his teammates, and one of the words was “gunslinger”? I would bet Alshon Jeffery gave that description, as the two have shown a great connection on downfield passes dating back to last year’s Super Bowl run. As stated, the Texans—who have one of the smallest secondary groups in the league—have struggled against the deep ball, so Jeffery could explode again as Philly looks to continue their improbable playoff push. He’s currently my No. 9 receiver for Week 16.

 

Thumbs Up: Tyler Lockett (v KC)

Tyler Lockett has set career-highs across the board this season—including 800 yards and nine scores—despite the Seahawks having a ground-and-pound attack, but we could see his numbers really climb if Seattle is forced to open up the offense in a potential shootout against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Sunday night. Lockett should also benefit from Doug Baldwin’s two-touchdown game last week to take some attention away. I have the dynamic wideout as a low-end WR2.

 

Thumbs Up: Josh Reynolds (@ ARI)

The Cardinals will likely let Patrick Peterson shadow Brandin Cooks this week, which would allow Josh Reynolds to possibly beat up on Arizona’s revolving door (especially with recent starter David Amerson in the concussion protocol) at the other outside cornerback spot in Week 16. Jared Goff threw for 354 yards against the Cardinals back in Week 2, and when the offensive struggles end for the Rams, it could bring an excessive amount of fantasy production for everyone involved. Reynolds is a top-30 option.

 

Thumbs Up: John Ross (@ CLE)

Cincinnati selected John Ross in the top ten of the 2017 NFL Draft hoping that he would be an explosive compliment to A.J. Green, but while that hasn’t happened with just 19 receptions for 206 yards (10.8 average) through two seasons, the speedster has scored six touchdowns this year, and he now gets a chance to step up as the undisputed No. 1 option in the passing game for a two-game stint. The Browns allowed Ross to have one of his better showings of the season last month with three receptions for 31 yards and a score, and the upside is still waiting to be unlocked as the 4.22 sprinter seeks his first career reception of 40+ yards.

 

Others: Nelson Agholor (v HOU), DaeSean Hamilton (@ OAK)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Brandin Cooks (@ ARI)

He’s still on pace for a career-high in receiving yards, but Brandin Cooks has really slowed down as the rest of Sean McVay’s offense has, following up three 100-yard games in a row with lines of 4/62, 3/22, and 6/59 this month. Last week in particular should have been a cupcake matchup against Philly’s slow cornerback group, but Cooks was limited to shorter throws near the boundary. Despite a season-high 159 yards against Arizona earlier this year, I have Cooks as a mid-to-low WR2 that might not get many balls in his direction, as targeting Patrick Peterson probably isn’t a good way for Jared Goff to break out of his slump.

 

Thumbs Down: Kenny Golladay (v MIN)

A huge first half last week in Buffalo got Kenny Golladay back on the WR2 map for most (and his 146 yards got him over 1,000 on the season), but I’m not ready to significantly boost him in the rankings heading into a matchup against Xavier Rhodes. Last month, Golladay was limited to 46 scoreless yards in Minnesota while Marvin Jones (66 yards) was still healthy to occupy Rhodes some, and Detroit no longer has a formidable offensive threat to free up the second-year receiver. The floor and upside are lowered for “Babytron” in Week 16.

 

Thumbs Down: Robby Anderson (v GB)

The struggling Houston secondary unsurprisingly allowed deep threat Robby Anderson go for a 7/96/1 line last Saturday, but I think he is another option that’s being overvalued based on what happened last week. On Sunday, Anderson will be matched up against standout rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander, and Green Bay’s first-round pick has the speed (4.38 40-yard dash) to contain the former Temple star. I wouldn’t consider Anderson as anything more than a decent FLEX.

 

Thumbs Down: Panthers WRs (v ATL)

Monday night was tough to watch as Cam Newton struggled drive the ball downfield due to a bad shoulder, so it was probably painful for fantasy owners that needed just a handful of points out of Curtis Samuel (17 receiving yards) and/or D.J. Moore (12 receiving yards). Even in a home-run matchup, neither young weapon can be treated as a low-end WR2/FLEX option for the fantasy championship, though they might get more of a chance to make plays with Taylor Heinicke under center.

 

Others: Sterling Shepard (@ IND), Golden Tate (v HOU)

 

Tight End

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: David Njoku (v CIN)

Unfortunately, David Njoku has combined to catch just nine passes for 73 scoreless yards over the past three games (all great matchups), and his stretch of six games with 52+ yards over a seven-game stretch seems like forever ago. The talent hasn’t gone anywhere, though, and Njoku had a season-best 5/63/1 line against the Bengals in their previous meeting. Baker Mayfield orchestrating a spread-the-wealth passing attack is always a threat to the 2017 first-round pick, but I’m optimistic about the fantasy championship.

 

Thumbs Up: Austin Hooper (@ CAR)

In general, last week was one to forget at tight end, and that included Austin Hooper’s first game of the year with zero receptions (he had a chance to bring in a pass at the goal line, but it was broken up). The position is a crapshoot more than ever, so it makes sense to bet on a guy working in one of the league’s best offenses, especially since Carolina has allowed the third most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.

 

Thumbs Up: Dallas Goedert (v HOU)

Doug Pederson decided to go with more two-tight-end personnel in last week’s upset victory over the Rams, and it led to Dallas Goedert playing 61% of the team’s offensive snaps, which was his highest mark since Week 3. Philly’s second-rounder has a zero-point floor behind Zach Ertz, but Houston has struggled to defend the position, including 53 yards allowed to Jets rookie Chris Herndon in Week 15.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Kyle Rudolph (@ DET)

There are really no bad options at tight end this week because things are in such disarray, but the Vikings went to a run-heavy offense last week under new offensive coordinator Kevan Stefanski, and they are unlikely to open up the passing attack in Detroit, which means fewer opportunities for Kyle Rudolph. The veteran is just a low-end TE2.

 

Thumbs Down: Vernon Davis (@ TEN)

Even at age-34, Vernon Davis is a big-play threat for Washington, but he has just one catch of more than 20 yards since the start of November, and the Titans have allowed the fewest points per game to opposing tight ends. Getting someone in lineups to kick things off on Saturday might be tempting, but Davis’ outlook isn’t strong. [Update: Davis has been ruled out for Week 16, but Jeremy Sprinkle won’t be a strong option against Tennessee]

 

Thumbs Down: Texans TEs (@ PHI)

Throwing a Houston tight end out there between Jordan Thomas, Jordan Akins, and Ryan Griffin might pay off if Deshaun Watson is forced to get rid of the ball underneath due to struggles up front, but I think fantasy owners are better off rolling with someone that has a more stable role.

 

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Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings (Standard & PPR)

Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings (Standard & PPR)

Below are our Week 16 rankings for standard and PPR leagues. Those playing in 0.5 PPR leagues should basically stick with the standard rankings in our opinion, but as always, it’s your call.

 

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Standard Rankings

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (@ SEA)
2. Drew Brees (v PIT)
3. Ben Roethlisberger (@ NO)
4. Matt Ryan (@ CAR)
5. Andrew Luck (v NYG)
6. Russell Wilson (v KC)
7. Jared Goff (@ ARI)
8. Aaron Rodgers (@ NYJ)
9. Deshaun Watson (@ PHI)
10. Tom Brady (v BUF)
11. Nick Foles (v HOU)
12. Josh Allen (@ NE)
13. Dak Prescott (v TB)
14. Baker Mayfield (v CIN)
15. Mitchell Trubisky (@ SF)
16. Lamar Jackson (@ LAC)
17. Philip Rivers (v BAL)
18. Marcus Mariota (v WAS)
19. Kirk Cousins (@ DET)
20. Derek Carr (v DEN)
21. Jameis Winston (@ DAL)
22. Sam Darnold (v GB)
23. Case Keenum (@ OAK)
24. Nick Mullens (v CHI)
25. Eli Manning (@ IND)
26. Ryan Tannehill (v JAX)
27. Josh Johnson (@ TEN)
28. Cody Kessler (@ MIA)
29. Taylor Heinicke (v ATL)
30. Jeff Driskel (@ MIA)
31. Matthew Stafford (v MIN)
32. Josh Rosen (v LAR)
33. Joe Flacco (@ LAC)
34. Taysom Hill (v PIT)
35. Blake Bortles (@ MIA)

 

Running back

1. Christian McCaffrey (v ATL)
2. Ezekiel Elliott (v TB)
3. Saquon Barkley (@ IND)
4. Nick Chubb (v CIN)
5. Alvin Kamara (v PIT)
6. Derrick Henry (v WAS)
7. Melvin Gordon (v BAL)
8. Joe Mixon (@ CLE)
9. Todd Gurley (@ ARI)
10. Dalvin Cook (@ DET)
11. Chris Carson (v KC)
12. David Johnson (v LAR)
13. Marlon Mack (v NYG)
14. Phillip Lindsay (@ OAK)
15. Damien Williams (@ SEA)
16. Sony Michel (v BUF)
17. Tevin Coleman (@ CAR)
18. Jaylen Samuels (@ NO)
19. Jamaal Williams (@ NYJ)
20. Mark Ingram (v PIT)
21. Tarik Cohen (@ SF)
22. Leonard Fournette (@ MIA)
22. Elijah McGuire (v GB)
24. Kalen Ballage (v JAX)
25. Gus Edwards (@ LAC)
26. Jordan Howard (@ SF)
27. James White (v BUF)
28. Matt Breida (v CHI)
29. Peyton Barber (@ DAL)
30. Kenyan Drake (v JAX)
31. Doug Martin (v DEN)
32. Dion Lewis (v WAS)
33. Adrian Peterson (@ TEN)
34. Josh Adams (v HOU)
35. LeSean McCoy (@ NE)
36. Alfred Blue (@ PHI)
37. Latavius Murray (@ DET)
38. Kenneth Dixon (@ LAC)
39. Mike Davis (v KC)
40. Darren Sproles (v HOU)
41. Wendell Smallwood (v HOU)
42. Jalen Richard (v DEN)
43. Rex Burkhead (v BUF)
44. Jeff Wilson (v CHI)
45. Zach Zenner (v MIN)
46. Theo Riddick (v MIN)
47. C.J. Anderson (@ ARI)
48. Duke Johnson (v CIN)
49. Royce Freeman (@ OAK)
50. Darrel Williams (@ SEA)
51. John Kelly (@ ARI)
52. Chris Thompson (@ TEN)
53. Giovani Bernard (@ CLE)
54. Justin Jackson (v BAL)
55. Nyheim Hines (v NYG)
56. Stevan Ridley (@ NO)
57. LeGarrette Blount (v MIN)
58. Brian Hill (@ CAR)
59. Trenton Cannon (v GB)
60. Chase Edmonds (v LAR)
61. Wayne Gallman (@ IND)
62. David Williams (@ MIA)
63. Jordan Wilkins (v NYG)
64. Rod Smith (v TB)
65. Devontae Booker (@ OAK)
66. D’Onta Foreman (@ PHI)
67. Jacquizz Rodgers (@ DAL)
68. Taquan Mizzell (@ SF)
69. Ronald Jones II (@ DAL)
70. DeAndre Washington (v DEN)

 

Wide receiver

1. Julio Jones (@ CAR)
2. Davante Adams (@ NYJ)
3. Antonio Brown (@ NO)
4. Michael Thomas (v PIT)
5. Tyreek Hill (@ SEA)
6. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ NO)
7. DeAndre Hopkins (@ PHI)
8. Keenan Allen (v BAL)
9. Alshon Jeffery (v HOU)
10. Amari Cooper (v TB)
11. Adam Thielen (@ DET)
12. Stefon Diggs (@ DET)
13. Robert Woods (@ ARI)
14. T.Y. Hilton (v NYG)
15. Julian Edelman (v BUF)
16. Mike Evans (@ DAL)
17. Brandin Cooks (@ ARI)
18. Tyler Lockett (v KC)
19. Allen Robinson (@ SF)
20. Corey Davis (v WAS)
21. Doug Baldwin (v KC)
22. Kenny Golladay (v MIN)
23. Courtland Sutton (@ OAK)
24. Jarvis Landry (v CIN)
25. Calvin Ridley (@ CAR)
26. Mike Williams (v BAL)
27. Josh Reynolds (@ ARI)
28. Dante Pettis (v CHI)
29. Jordy Nelson (v DEN)
30. D.J. Moore (v ATL)
31. Curtis Samuel (v ATL)
32. Dede Westbrook (@ MIA)
33. Robby Anderson (v GB)
34. Larry Fitzgerald (v LAR)
35. Chris Hogan (v BUF)
36. DaeSean Hamilton (@ OAK)
37. Robert Foster (@ NE)
38. Chris Godwin (@ DAL)
39. Demaryius Thomas (@ PHI)
40. Adam Humphries (@ DAL)
41. Nelson Agholor (v HOU)
42. John Ross (@ CLE)
43. Sterling Shepard (@ IND)
44. Taylor Gabriel (@ SF)
45. Mohamed Sanu (@ CAR)
46. Golden Tate (v HOU)
47. Zay Jones (@ NE)
48. Chris Conley (@ SEA)
49. David Moore (v KC)
50. Tre’Quan Smith (v PIT)
51. John Brown (@ LAC)
52. DeSean Jackson (@ DAL)
53. Anthony Miller (@ SF)
54. Tyrell Williams (v BAL)
55. Antonio Callaway (v CIN)
56. Kenny Stills (v JAX)
57. Michael Gallup (v TB)
58. Marcell Ateman (v DEN)
59. Michael Crabtree (@ LAC)
60. Jamison Crowder (@ TEN)
61. Taywan Taylor (v WAS)
62. James Washington (@ NO)
63. Willie Snead (@ LAC)
64. Ted Ginn (v PIT)
65. Kelvin Benjamin (@ SEA)
66. Keith Kirkwood (v PIT)
67. Danny Amendola (v JAX)
68. Devin Funchess (v ATL)
69. Josh Doctson (@ TEN)
70. Donte Moncrief (@ MIA)
71. Tim Patrick (@ OAK)
72. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ NYJ)
73. Rashard Higgins (v CIN)
74. Marquise Goodwin (v CHI)
75. Phillip Dorsett (v BUF)
76. Jermaine Kearse (v GB)
77. Tajae Sharpe (v WAS)
78. Equanimeous St. Brown (@ NYJ)
79. Cordarrelle Patterson (v BUF)
80. Cole Beasley (v TB)
81. DeVante Parker (v JAX)
82. Isaiah McKenzie (@ NE)
83. Jaron Brown (v KC)
84. Seth Roberts (v DEN)
85. Aldrick Robinson (@ DET)
86. Travis Benjamin (v BAL)
87. Kendrick Bourne (v CHI)
88. Eli Rogers (@ NO)
89. Chester Rogers (v NYG)
90. Cody Core (@ CLE)
91. DeAndre Carter (@ PHI)
92. Ryan Switzer (@ NO)
93. Ryan Grant (v NYG)
94. Breshad Perriman (v CIN)
95. Keelan Cole (@ MIA)
96. Dontrelle Inman (v NYG)
97. Zach Pascal (v NYG)
98. Trent Sherfield (v LAR)
99. Bennie Fowler (@ IND)
100. Corey Coleman (@ IND)
101. Alex Erickson (@ CLE)
102. Jarius Wright (v ATL)
103. Jordan Matthews (v HOU)
104. Allen Hurns (v TB)
105. T.J. Jones (v MIN)
106. Demarcus Robinson (@ SEA)
107. J.J. Nelson (v LAR)
108. Michael Floyd (@ TEN)
109. Justin Hardy (@ CAR)
110. Trent Taylor (v CHI)
111. Josh Bellamy (@ SF)
112. Andy Jones (v MIN)
113. Auden Tate (@ CLE)
114. Austin Carr (v PIT)
115. Andre Holmes (@ OAK)
116. Josh Malone (@ CLE)
117. Marvin Hall (@ CAR)
118. Andre Roberts (v GB)
119. Chris Moore (@ LAC)
120. Jawill Davis (@ IND)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (@ SEA)
2. Rob Gronkowski (v BUF)
3. Zach Ertz (v HOU)
4. George Kittle (v CHI)
5. Eric Ebron (v NYG)
6. Jared Cook (v DEN)
7. David Njoku (v CIN)
8. Evan Engram (@ IND)
9. Cameron Brate (@ DAL)
10. Austin Hooper (@ CAR)
11. Trey Burton (@ SF)
12. Vance McDonald (@ NO)
13. Gerald Everett (@ ARI)
14. Chris Herndon (v GB)
15. C.J. Uzomah (@ CLE)
16. Jimmy Graham (@ NYJ)
17. Dallas Goedert (v HOU)
18. Ian Thomas (v ATL)
19. Kyle Rudolph (@ DET)
20. Matt LaCosse (@ OAK)
21. Nick Vannett (v KC)
22. Benjamin Watson (v PIT)
23. Anthony Firkser (v WAS)
24. Antonio Gates (v BAL)
25. Ricky Seals-Jones (v LAR)
26. Blake Jarwin (v TB)
27. Jordan Thomas (@ PHI)
28. Dan Arnold (v PIT)
29. Tyler Higbee (@ ARI)
30. Mark Andrews (@ LAC)
31. Jesse James (@ NO)
32. James O’Shaughnessy (@ MIA)
33. Jeremy Sprinkle (@ TEN)
34. Hayden Hurst (@ LAC)
35. Mike Gesicki (v JAX)
36. Ed Dickson (v KC)

 

Defense/ST

1. Los Angeles Rams (@ ARI)
2. Chicago Bears (@ SF)
3. Tennessee Titans (v WAS)
4. Minnesota Vikings (@ DET)
5. Dallas Cowboys (v TB)
6. Indianapolis Colts (v NYG)
7. New England Patriots (v BUF)
8. Miami Dolphins (v JAX)
9. Denver Broncos (@ OAK)
10. Los Angeles Chargers (v BAL)
11. Green Bay Packers (@ NYJ)
12. Cleveland Browns (v CIN)
13. Jacksonville Jaguars (@ MIA)
14. Philadelphia Eagles (v HOU)
15. Houston Texans (@ PHI)
16. Atlanta Falcons (@ CAR)
17. Baltimore Ravens (@ LAC)
18. Carolina Panthers (v ATL)
19. San Francisco 49ers (v CHI)
20. Buffalo Bills (@ NE)
21. Washington Redskins (@ TEN0
22. Detroit Lions (v MIN)
23. Kansas City Chiefs (@ SEA)
24. Cincinnati Bengals (@ CLE)
25. Oakland Raiders (v DEN)

 

Kicker

1. Greg Zuerlein (@ ARI)
2. Wil Lutz (v PIT)
3. Justin Tucker (@ LAC)
4. Harrison Butker (@ SEA)
5. Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ PHI)
6. Stephen Gostkowski (v BUF)
7. Michael Badgley (v BAL)
8. Adam Vinatieri (v NYG)
9. Brett Maher (v TB)
10. Mason Crosby (@ NYJ)
11. Ryan Succop (v WAS)
12. Jake Elliott (v HOU)
13. Cody Parkey (@ SF)
14. Sebastian Janikowski (v KC)
15. Greg Joseph (v CIN)
16. Chris Boswell (@ NO)
17. Brandon McManus (@ OAK)
18. Robbie Gould (v CHI)
19. Matt Bryant (@ CAR)
20. Daniel Carlson (v DEN)
21. Dan Bailey (@ DET)
22. Jason Myers (v GB)
23. Matt Prater (v MIN)
24. Aldrick Rosas (@ IND)
25. Jason Sanders (v JAX)

 

Full PPR Rankings

 

Running back

1. Christian McCaffrey (v ATL)
2. Saquon Barkley (@ IND)
3. Ezekiel Elliott (v TB)
4. Alvin Kamara (v PIT)
5. Nick Chubb (v CIN)
6. Melvin Gordon (v BAL)
7. Joe Mixon (@ CLE)
8. David Johnson (v LAR)
9. Derrick Henry (v WAS)
10. Todd Gurley (@ ARI)
11. Dalvin Cook (@ DET)
12. Chris Carson (v KC)
13. Marlon Mack (v NYG)
14. Damien Williams (@ SEA)
15. Phillip Lindsay (@ OAK)
16. Jaylen Samuels (@ NO)
17. Tarik Cohen (@ SF)
18. Tevin Coleman (@ CAR)
19. Sony Michel (v BUF)
20. James White (v BUF)
21. Jamaal Williams (@ NYJ)
22. Mark Ingram (v PIT)
23. Elijah McGuire (v GB)
24. Kalen Ballage (v JAX)
25. Leonard Fournette (@ MIA)
26. Matt Breida (v CHI)
27. Gus Edwards (@ LAC)
28. Jordan Howard (@ SF)
29. Dion Lewis (v WAS)
30. Kenyan Drake (v JAX)
31. Peyton Barber (@ DAL)
32. Adrian Peterson (@ TEN)
33. Darren Sproles (v HOU)
34. Josh Adams (v HOU)
35. Doug Martin (v DEN)
36. Alfred Blue (@ PHI)
37. LeSean McCoy (@ NE)
38. Jalen Richard (v DEN)
39. Mike Davis (v KC)
40. Theo Riddick (v MIN)
41. Kenneth Dixon (@ LAC)
42. Jeff Wilson (v CHI)
43. Latavius Murray (@ DET)
44. Wendell Smallwood (v HOU)
45. Duke Johnson (v CIN)
46. Zach Zenner (v MIN)
47. Rex Burkhead (v BUF)
48. Chris Thompson (@ TEN)
49. Giovani Bernard (@ CLE)
50. C.J. Anderson (@ ARI)

 

Wide receiver

1. Julio Jones (@ CAR)
2. Davante Adams (@ NYJ)
3. Antonio Brown (@ NO)
4. Michael Thomas (v PIT)
5. Tyreek Hill (@ SEA)
6. DeAndre Hopkins (@ PHI)
7. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ NO)
8. Keenan Allen (v BAL)
9. Alshon Jeffery (v HOU)
10. Adam Thielen (@ DET)
11. Amari Cooper (v TB)
12. Stefon Diggs (@ DET)
13. Julian Edelman (v BUF)
14. Robert Woods (@ ARI)
15. T.Y. Hilton (v NYG)
16. Mike Evans (@ DAL)
17. Brandin Cooks (@ ARI)
18. Corey Davis (v WAS)
19. Jarvis Landry (v CIN)
20. Allen Robinson (@ SF)
21. Tyler Lockett (v KC)
22. Doug Baldwin (v KC)
23. Kenny Golladay (v MIN)
24. Calvin Ridley (@ CAR)
25. Josh Reynolds (@ ARI)
26. Courtland Sutton (@ OAK)
27. Mike Williams (v BAL)
28. Jordy Nelson (v DEN)
29. Dante Pettis (v CHI)
30. Larry Fitzgerald (v LAR)
31. Curtis Samuel (v ATL)
32. D.J. Moore (v ATL)
33. DaeSean Hamilton (@ OAK)
34. Adam Humphries (@ DAL)
35. Dede Westbrook (@ MIA)
36. Robby Anderson (v GB)
37. Chris Godwin (@ DAL)
38. Chris Hogan (v BUF)
39. Demaryius Thomas (@ PHI)
40. Sterling Shepard (@ IND)
41. Golden Tate (v HOU)
42. Nelson Agholor (v HOU)
43. Mohamed Sanu (@ CAR)
44. John Ross (@ CLE)
45. Taylor Gabriel (@ SF)
46. Zay Jones (@ NE)
47. Robert Foster (@ NE)
48. Anthony Miller (@ SF)
49. David Moore (v KC)
50. DeSean Jackson (@ DAL)
51. Chris Conley (@ SEA)
52. John Brown (@ LAC)
53. Tre’Quan Smith (v PIT)
54. Tyrell Williams (v BAL)
55. Antonio Callaway (v CIN)
56. Michael Gallup (v TB)
57. Jamison Crowder (@ TEN)
58. Kenny Stills (v JAX)
59. Willie Snead (@ LAC)
60. Michael Crabtree (@ LAC)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (@ SEA)
2. Zach Ertz (v HOU)
3. Rob Gronkowski (v BUF)
4. George Kittle (v CHI)
5. Eric Ebron (v NYG)
6. Jared Cook (v DEN)
7. Evan Engram (@ IND)
8. David Njoku (v CIN)
9. Cameron Brate (@ DAL)
10. Austin Hooper (@ CAR)
11. Trey Burton (@ SF)
12. Vance McDonald (@ NO)
13. Gerald Everett (@ ARI)
14. Chris Herndon (v GB)
15. C.J. Uzomah (@ CLE)
16. Jimmy Graham (@ NYJ)
17. Dallas Goedert (v HOU)
18. Ian Thomas (v ATL)
19. Kyle Rudolph (@ DET)
20. Matt LaCosse (@ OAK)
21. Nick Vannett (v KC)
22. Benjamin Watson (v PIT)
23. Anthony Firkser (v WAS)
24. Blake Jarwin (v TB)
25. Ricky Seals-Jones (v LAR)

Fantasy Football Stock Report: December 18, 2018

Fantasy Football Stock Report: December 18, 2018

Box scores never tell the whole story, so which fantasy options are rising and falling for the fantasy championship (and beyond)? If you want to completely dominate your league, consider Fantasy Consigliere for premium analytics and next-level advice for all your leagues, all year long.

 

Quarterback

 

Stock up: Nick Foles, PHI

A season-saving win over the Rams on Sunday night got Philadelphia right back in the playoff race, and Nick Foles should remain in “playoff mode” for the final two games of the year. The stats weren’t extraordinary in Week 15, but like we saw in last season’s Super Bowl run, Foles isn’t afraid to take shots and let his receivers make plays, which could lead to some big numbers against two beatable pass defenses (v HOU, @ WAS) to close things out. Foles is an excellent streamer against the Texans this week.

 

Stock down: Cam Newton, CAR

The throwing shoulder is clearly an issue for Cam Newton, as his play has fallen off a cliff this month. I thought he might be able to pay off for fantasy owners last night by using his legs in a must-win against the Saints, but he ended up rushing just five times for 15 yards in a 12-9 loss, and he seems at real danger of either being shutdown or simply getting benched—for health reasons—in the middle of a game. Fantasy owners need to look elsewhere.

 

Running back

 

Stock up: Jamaal Williams, GB

Aaron Jones (knee) is probably done for the year with Green Bay out of the playoff race, so Jamaal Williams will have a chance to work in a featured role in the fantasy championship. Last year, Williams provided RB1 value down the stretch, and he has the upside to do the same this season. The second-year back turned 16 touches into 97 yards and a score last week against a stout Chicago defense.

 

Stock up: Kalen Ballage, MIA

Kalen Ballage entered Week 15 with just eight carries for 11 yards this season, but the rookie took over the early-down role for the Dolphins when Frank Gore (foot) left the game last week, and he rushed 12 times for 123 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown. Ballage is a size-speed freak that could not only do damage down the stretch this season, but also prove he deserves to start in 2019.

 

Stock up: Dalvin Cook, MIN

We should keep in mind that the performance came against a weak Miami run defense, but those invested in Dalvin Cook (19 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns) had tremendous early returns in the first game since former offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was fired. Cook doesn’t necessarily have an easy schedule for the fantasy championship (@ DET, v CHI), but his game-breaking skillset was on full display last Sunday, so the RB1/RB2 case is much stronger than it was just a week ago.

 

Stock down: Sony Michel, NE

New England probably could have used more of Sony Michel last week, as he rushed just 13 times for 59 yards (4.5 YPC) in a close loss to the Steelers. The rookie runner actually didn’t even start—Rex Burkhead did instead—so he probably needs to be viewed as more of a low-end RB2 than low-end RB1 despite a couple promising matchups (v BUF, v NYJ) as the Patriots look to get a first-round bye.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Stock up: Robert Foster, BUF

An undrafted rookie out of Alabama that had just 35 career college catches, Robert Foster has come out of nowhere for Buffalo, and he’s strung together enough big games (94+ yards in four of the past five weeks) to strongly consider him as a weekly FLEX option. As a word of caution, Foster is sure to draw attention in New England this weekend, but his dynasty stock is screaming up as a downfield weapon for rocket-armed Josh Allen.

 

Stock up: Alshon Jeffery, PHI

As stated, Nick Foles loves to take chances downfield, and the Philadelphia offense will likely be centered around Alshon Jeffery rather than Zach Ertz in a playoff push. Jeffery had averaged just 11.1 yards per reception with Carson Wentz under center, but last week he caught eight passes for 160 yards (20.0 average), and the Texans—this week’s opponent—are very vulnerable to deep passes. Alshon is back in the WR1 ranks.

 

Stock up: James Washington, GB

He didn’t have a monster game last week, but those who relied on James Washington as a Hail Mary option were at least rewarded with a team-high 65 receiving yards in Week 15. While the former Oklahoma State star will continue splitting time behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, I think the Steelers will trust him more to play big plays for Ben Roethlisberger, making him worth a FLEX flier for anyone banged up at receiver.

 

Stock down: Chris Godwin, TB

Chris Godwin was a “Stock Down” last week “thanks to the up-and-down nature of Jameis Winston,” and that was on full display last week in Tampa Bay’s 20-12 loss to the Ravens, as the 22-year-old didn’t record a catch. Godwin should see a lot of stingy coverage from an angry Dallas secondary in Week 16, so fantasy owners are hopefully looking elsewhere.

Should Fantasy Leagues Adopt A Substitution Rule For Players Injured Early In Games?

Should Fantasy Leagues Adopt A Substitution Rule For Players Injured Early In Games?

There’s still one game to go tonight, but over the weekend, many fantasy football owners had their seasons come to an end in the fantasy football playoffs. For many, it might have been a crushing loss where some of their best players were injured early in the game, giving them zero or virtually zero points in just a short amount of playing time.

 

On each of Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, three big fantasy assets left games in the first quarter, making little-to-no impact in the box score before exiting the game:

 

Keenan Allen

0 receptions, 0 yards

Standard: 0 points

Standard (with decimals): 0 points

PPR: 0 points

 

Lamar Miller

3 carries, 8 yards

Standard: 0 points

Standard (with decimals): 0.8 points

PPR: 0.8 points

 

Aaron Jones

4 carries, 8 yards

Standard: 0 points

Standard (with decimals): 0.8 points

PPR: 0.8 points

 

Keenan Allen is the headliner of the group given his history as a great WR1 in most leagues, but all three of Allen, Lamar Miller, and Aaron Jones have been outstanding in recent weeks, leading a bunch of fantasy owners to the playoffs. Here are their scoring averages since Week 7 (standard scoring):

 

Allen: 13.4

Miller: 13.1

Jones: 15.7

 

Obviously, not having players that have been on a roll putting up those type of point totals in recent weeks is a big blow to fantasy rosters. While fantasy owners of players that were hurt heading into weeks, such as Melvin Gordon and James Conner, had a chance to sub new players into lineups, those that had Allen, Miller, or Jones simply had to take zero points after a quick injury during Week 15 action.

 

So, should fantasy leagues adopt a rule that allows you to designate a substitution if a player is injured very early in the game before putting up any points? It’s a tough situation, and like most situations, there are pros and cons.

 

The big plus to this is that you don’t have someone in your lineup that was expected to play a full 60 minutes getting zero points after less than 15 minutes of game action. But there are more cons to a potential rule involving injured players.

 

One issue with a rule with a substitute for an injured player is that the cutoff is difficult to determine. Would it be snap counts? Perhaps it would just be the first quarter; or an offensive drive or two. There’s no exact answer.

 

Also, a cutoff for the number of fantasy points before the player becomes ineligible for being subbed out for a designated player must be determined. Fantasy owners that get just 3 or 4 points when they feel they would’ve gotten 15 or 20 had their player not gotten hurt would be mad about their player doing too good before leaving the game, thus being ineligible to be subbed out while a player that might have done worse during his time in the game would be eligible.

 

Additionally, some would argue you should pick players that will remain on the field, but even the toughest players can’t play through certain ailments that are out of their control.

 

Basically, it’s a tough situation. While fantasy owners are no doubt very frustrated their seasons ended in part because one or two of their best players didn’t score any points, that’s just the way things go sometimes.

 

And in the end, the most important thing is the real-life health of the players that make it possible for everyone to have fantasy football leagues.

NFL Week 15 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 15 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

There are a few potential shootouts on the Week 15 slate, so it might not be a bad idea to target players from those games. The recommended Week 15 daily fantasy lineup includes four players from the Sunday-afternoon Patriots-Steelers game.

 

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QB: Tom Brady @ PIT

DraftKings: $5,900 | FanDuel: $7,900

 

You might have heard Tom Brady shows up in big games and shows up against the Steelers. In Brady’s career against Pittsburgh (including playoffs), he’s 11-2 with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions. Last season statistically, Brady was just OK with 298 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, so he’s a good bet to toss for more than one score this year. It also helps that TB12 looks to be playing his best football of the season heading into the matchup.

 

 

RB: Joe Mixon vs. OAK

DraftKings: $6,100 | FanDuel: $7,800

 

Last week, the Bengals fed Joe Mixon 31 total touches to help keep the game close against the Chargers. Facing a Raiders team that likely won’t run away with a blowout victory, game flow should be in Mixon’s favor. There’s no reason the Bengals shouldn’t look to give their young workhorse runner another 25+ touches as they look to get a win in what could be Marvin Lewis’ last game coaching at home.

 

 

RB: Chris Carson @ SF

DraftKings: $5,600 | FanDuel: $6,300

 

Chris Carson had 98 total yards against the Niners a couple of weeks ago, and Rashaad Penny (knee) looks uncertain to suit up for this Sunday’s rematch. Carson is going to lead the backfield regardless, but he’ll be a better bet to hit 25 touches for the fourth time this season if the first-round rookie is out of the lineup. In a plus matchup with the potential for one of the heaviest workloads of the week, Carson is one of the better daily fantasy values for Week 15.

 

 

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. NE

DraftKings: $8,000 | FanDuel: $7,800

 

Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense knows how to take away an offense’s top weapons better than anyone, but the Steelers have two elite receivers to keep track of. Antonio Brown might be the one that gets more double-teams this weekend, so Ben Roethlisberger might be looking to JuJu Smith-Schuster to win his one-on-one matchups, even if it’s against top cornerback Stephon Gilmore. JuJu should get 10+ targets in a potential shootout.

 

 

WR: Josh Gordon @ PIT

DraftKings: $6,400 | FanDuel: $6,800

 

Tom Brady hasn’t been forcing the ball to Josh Gordon as much as when he was probably trying to get him comfortable in the offense, but he could be looking the All-Pro receiver’s way a lot this Sunday against the Steelers. Much of it (including 237 yards in one game) came before Gordon was out of the league for a few years, but he has 34 receptions, 550 yards, and two touchdowns in six career games versus Pittsburgh.

 

 

WR: Randall Cobb @ CHI

DraftKings: $4,400 | FanDuel: $5,200

 

Davante Adams called Randall Cobb a “Bear-killer,”which is quite the nickname to live up to (though Cobb himself called the nickname “crazy”). But Cobb has been at his best against the Bears, with 61 receptions, 855 yards, and nine touchdowns in 14 games with a 13-1 record over the NFC North foe. Cobb has at least five targets in every game this season, but he hit Chicago for a 9/142/1 line back in the season-opener and appears to be as healthy as he’s been for months. He’s a good value this week.

 

 

TE: Rob Gronkowski @ PIT

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $6,900

 

There’s playing well against a team, then there’s complete and utter dominance against a team. Rob Gronkowski against the Steelers falls in the latter, as they are a team in which he’s put up insane video-game-like numbers in six career games: an average of 6.5 receptions, 110.7 yards, and 1.3 touchdowns. His “worst” game was seven receptions for 94 yards. The discount is too good to pass up for an elite option in daily fantasy lineups.

 

 

FLEX: Derrick Henry @ NYG

DraftKings: $5,000 | FanDuel: $6,100

 

Coming off a 238-yard performance last Thursday night, many people might be eager to get Derrick Henry in their lineups this week. It’s a good idea, as the Giants have allowed 1,583 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, and they haven’t been as good since the trade of Damon Harrison to the Lions. They’ve allowed three 40+ runs this season (tied for fifth-most in the league), so Henry has a good chance to pop one if he gets a hole.

 

 

D/ST: Falcons @ ARI (DraftKings) | Ravens vs. TB (FanDuel)

Falcons: $2,700 | Ravens: $5,000

 

There’s downside for a unit dealing with multiple injuries, but there is massive upside for the Falcons against Josh Rosen and the Cardinals. A handful of sacks and a touchdown is a possibility. Meanwhile, there’s more salary left over for FanDuel, so spending on a better defense like the Ravens or Jaguars should be in consideration.

Week 15 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 15 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Jared Goff (v PHI)

Last week certainly didn’t go according to plan for fantasy owners—including myself—that rolled with Jared Goff in Chicago, but the Rams simply weren’t ready for the cold weather and ferocious pass rush at Soldier Field. It would be a huge mistake to go away from Goff at this point, though, as the Eagles aren’t getting the pressure they did in 2017, and their secondary is the worst in football. Back at home where he has averaged 36.0 fantasy points per game in primetime, I expect Goff to bounce back in a big way for another Sunday Night Football clash.

 

Thumbs Up: Tom Brady (@ PIT)

Including playoffs, Tom Brady is 11-2 with a 30:4 touchdown-interception ratio against the Steelers throughout his career, but every year, there are people that believe things will be different for Pittsburgh; I don’t buy it. Brady will continue to pick apart zone coverage, and New England has as many weapons as ever with Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, James White, Sony Michel, and a rejuvenated Rob Gronkowski all finally on the field together for an extended period of time. Plus, the Patriots should be angry after last week’s loss in Miami. TB12 is a must-start for Week 15.

 

Thumbs Up: Josh Allen (v DET)

Josh Allen has averaged 15.2 fantasy points per game over the past three weeks—based solely on his rushing numbers. Overall, the rookie’s 24.2 fantasy points per game since returning from his elbow injury would trail only Patrick Mahomes (26.5) on the season, and Allen easily has the most upside of the quarterback options that aren’t clear starters in 10- or 12-team leagues for owners in need of a big second week in their fantasy semifinal. The floor is low, but Buffalo’s playmaker is a top-15 option.

 

Thumbs Up: Nick Foles (@ LAR)

The Eagles will reportedly be without Carson Wentz (back) on Sunday night and perhaps the remainder of the season, so Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles could get a shot to spark another playoff run down the stretch. Foles didn’t put up huge numbers as a streamer to start the year, but he has obviously played his best football in big moments, and Philly will likely need to get in a shootout to keep up with the Rams this week. I like Foles over all the “Thumbs Down” quarterbacks this week.

 

Others: Matt Ryan (v ARI), Derek Carr (@ CIN)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Aaron Rodgers (@ CHI)

No one would blame fantasy owners for starting Aaron Rodgers with a fantasy championship berth on the line, but take away the name and I’m not sure it’s a wise play. For one, the Bears just shutdown Sean McVay’s offense and will get to stay at Soldier Field as they look to redeem themselves for allowing Rodgers to lead a heroic comeback in the season opener. Also, the 35-year-old has been held below 20 fantasy points in all but one game over the past seven weeks, and Green Bay’s protection has been an issue. Rodgers could explode in any given week, but this isn’t the spot to rely on that.

 

Thumbs Down: Lamar Jackson (v TB)

Baltimore will look to ride the running game and play stout, opportunistic defense against Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers on Sunday, but if Lamar Jackson struggles as a passer in a close game, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Joe Flacco get snaps in his return. Furthermore, if Jackson is hampered at all by his ankle injury, then the upside on the ground—which still hasn’t been fully unleashed—will take a hit. I view Jackson as more of a low-end QB2 than low-end QB1.

 

Thumbs Down: Jameis Winston (@ BAL)

The Ravens haven’t been an impossible matchup to overcome this year for opposing fantasy quarterbacks, but they have allowed sub-par days to Drew Brees (16.3 fantasy points), Ben Roethlisberger (14.0), Matt Ryan (7.4), and Marcus Mariota (6.5), and the constant threat of a meltdown for Jameis Winston only increases against elite defenses. Jameis is probably due for multiple interceptions after just one over the past three games.

 

Thumbs Down: Nick Mullens (v SEA)

Fantasy owners might be considering Nick Mullens based on the numbers he has put up over the past two weeks—373.0 yards per game and a 4:2 touchdown-interception against Seattle and Denver—but I wouldn’t. The Seahawks game in particular included quite a bit of garbage time, and Mullens is still a very inexperienced signal-caller that is too volatile to roll with in the fantasy playoffs. Look elsewhere in two-quarterback leagues.

 

Others: Ryan Tannehill (@ MIN), Matthew Stafford (@ BUF)

 

Running Back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Justin Jackson (@ KC)

This is under the assumption that both Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck) don’t play on Thursday night, as Justin Jackson would be locked into a featured role against a Kansas City defense that is among the worst in the league in terms of fantasy points per game allowed to opposing runners (22.8), yards per carry allowed (5.1), rushing yards per game allowed (127.8), and rushing touchdowns allowed (15). The rookie is more than capable of handling at least 18-20 touches and needs to be in lineups as a borderline RB1/RB2.

 

Thumbs Up: Derrick Henry (@ NYG)

Last week, Derrick Henry finally handled more than 12 carries for the first time since September, and all he did was set the Titans franchise record for rushing yards (238) and find the end zone four times on his way to one of the best fantasy playoff performances of all-time (47.8 points). Tennessee would be crazy to not feed the former Heisman winner down the stretch, and New York has seen their run defense decline significantly since trading Damon Harrison. Henry is my No. 12 running back for Week 15.

 

Thumbs Up: Damien Williams (v LAC)

Spencer Ware (shoulder/hamstring) is doubtful for Thursday night’s game on a short week, so Damien Williams is an immediate RB2 option in all formats. The 26-year-old flashed when given opportunities in Miami over the past four years, and the Chiefs apparently trust him in short-yardage situations despite profiling more as a receiving back. If the Chargers key on Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, Williams could have a big night.

 

Thumbs Up: Jaylen Samuels (v NE)

He isn’t Le’Veon Bell or James Conner, but I think Jaylen Samuels could benefit this week from New England wanting to eliminate both Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, which is basically what happened last year before Brown (2/24) went down with a leg injury and JuJu (6/114) ended up getting loose for a 69-yard gain on the game’s final possession. Samuels was contained to 11 carries for 28 yards last week, but he caught seven passes for 64 yards, and the rookie should be a consistent factor underneath as Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) gets the ball out to avoid taking hits. Consider him an RB2 play in all formats.

 

Others: Jeff Wilson (v SEA), Zach Zenner (@ BUF)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Aaron Jones (@ CHI)

Fantasy owners were basically trolled last week when Jamaal Williams started over Aaron Jones, but the breakout fantasy star ended up handling the vast majority of the work, turning 20 touches into 106 yards and a score. Still, the Packers like to get Williams on the field because he’s better in pass protection—something many fantasy analysts simply cannot wrap their minds around for whatever reason—and the offensive line might need help in Chicago. Even if Jones ends up barely leaving the field, he needs to be downgraded to low-end RB2 status against a defense that just held Todd Gurley to his worst fantasy output of the year.

 

Thumbs Down: Adrian Peterson (@ JAX)

Excluding a 90-yard touchdown run against the Eagles in Week 13, Adrian Peterson has rushed 74 times for 195 yards (2.6 YPC) since the start of November, and he can’t be viewed as anything more than a touchdown-dependent FLEX option with Washington now down to their No. 4 quarterback. The Jaguars were just destroyed by the powerful Derrick Henry, but All Day doesn’t have the second gear like he did in his prime to make up for a weak supporting cast.

 

Thumbs Down: Josh Adams (@ LAR)

Philadelphia abandoned the running game against the Cowboys because they barely had the ball and felt they needed to throw whenever they did gain possession, and it led to just seven carries for Josh Adams. Los Angeles has allowed the most yards per carry in the league (5.1), but I don’t trust Doug Pederson to keep the ball on the ground in what will have to be a shootout. Consider Adams more of a FLEX than the RB2 that it looked like he was trending towards.

 

Thumbs Down: Peyton Barber (@ BAL)

Peyton Barber has been a steady presence for the Bucs as he inches towards a 200-carry season, but I don’t want any part of him against the Ravens this week. So far this year, James Conner (24 carries for 107 yards) is the only opposing runner to average at least 4.0 yards per carry in Baltimore, and Barber has struggled in difficult matchups. The Auburn product is barely a top-40 option this week.

 

Others: Gus Edwards (v TB), Dion Lewis (@ NYG)

 

Wide Receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Brandin Cooks (v PHI)

We can safely consider the Rams’ offensive performance in Chicago last week an outlier, and as stated, I expect them to bounce back in a big way against the Eagles. At full strength, Philly would have a difficult time defending Brandin Cooks, so they will likely have no shot when forced to rely on the cornerback group of Sidney Jones (at less than full health), Rasul Douglas (4.59 40-yard dash), and Cre’Von LeBlanc (4.66). Cooks is a high-upside WR1.

 

Thumbs Up: Julian Edelman (@ PIT)

There hasn’t been a receiver with a higher floor this year than Julian Edelman, and Pittsburgh is the perfect opponent to keep his season-long streak with at least 6.0 standard fantasy points and 9.0 PPR fantasy points going; in three career starts against the Steelers (including playoffs), Edelman has combined to catch 28-of-32 targets (87.5%) for 275 yards and one touchdown. He needs to be in all lineups as a high-floor WR1/WR2.

 

Thumbs Up: Tyler Boyd (v OAK)

The Raiders were just shredded by JuJu Smith-Schuster for an 8/130/2 line last week, and Tyler Boyd—who is quietly just ten yards away from his first 1,000-yard season—could also have success as a somewhat similar style player to JuJu. The 24-year-old had fallen into the FLEX ranks in recent weeks despite some solid games, but I think he’s firmly back on the WR2 map with the ideal combination of upside and floor that’s probably being overlooked.

 

Thumbs Up: Curtis Samuel (v NO)

As I said in this week’s fantasy stock report, Curtis Samuel has at least 7.8 standard fantasy points in every game since the start of November, and he’s emerged as Carolina’s No. 1 option—excluding Christian McCaffrey—in the passing game over the past two weeks. The Saints just had success in Tampa Bay, but they are still allowing the most fantasy points in the NFL to opposing wideouts. Samuel is in play as a solid low-end WR2/FLEX.

 

Others: Nelson Agholor (@ LAR), Jordy Nelson (@ CIN)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Mike Evans (@ BAL)

Some production in garbage time allowed Mike Evans to finish with a respectable 86 scoreless yards last week against Marshon Lattimore and the Saints, but the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year had the last laugh on his game-sealing interception. The matchup gets even tougher this week in Baltimore, and besides facing an unforgiving secondary, Evans might get fewer opportunities if the Ravens kill the clock with their ground-and-pound offense. I have the former Texas A&M star ranked as a low-end WR2 for the second week in a row.

 

Thumbs Down: Kenny Golladay (@ BUF)

When Golden Tate was traded and Marvin Jones (knee) was placed on injured reserve, it looked like Kenny Golladay was set to be an absolute monster down the stretch. However, the schedule is about as tough as it gets, and following a five-yard outing against Patrick Peterson, Golladay will now have to do battle with Tre’Davious White in Buffalo. “Babytron” has the talent to do damage against the smaller White, but he is a volatile FLEX rather than the WR2 many were hoping for.

 

Thumbs Down: Kenny Stills (@ MIN)

The Dolphins are coming off a shocking victory over the Patriots, and Kenny Stills was a big part of it, catching eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. However, that was his first game with 40+ yards since September, and the Vikings—particularly in Minnesota—are a much more difficult matchup. Stills remains just a low-floor FLEX that probably needs a big play to be worth starting.

 

Thumbs Down: Dante Pettis (v SEA)

Who do you think the Seahawks are going to try to stop this weekend after Dante Pettis went for a 5/129/2 against them to start the month? Pettis has scored four touchdowns over the past three games, but I think Seattle will be more determined to stop San Francisco’s passing attack after allowing Nick Mullens to throw for 414 yards in the first meeting. The talented second-round pick could disappoint in Week 15.

 

Others: Doug Baldwin (@ SF), Sterling Shepard (v TEN)

 

Tight End

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Rob Gronkowski (@ PIT)

Somehow still ranked as the No. 5 or No. 6 tight end by most, Rob Gronkowski is the top play of the week for me as he finally pays dividends in what has been more of a human-like than cyborg-like season. The career numbers for Gronk against the Steelers really says all you need to know: 5/72/3, 7/94, 9/143/1, 5/94/3, 4/93/1, 9/168.

 

Thumbs Up: Kyle Rudolph (v MIA)

Kyle Rudolph hasn’t found the end zone since Week 3, but he’s had multiple opportunities where Kirk Cousins didn’t deliver an accurate ball in the red zone, including on a key fourth down against the Seahawks. Miami has allowed nine touchdowns to the position over the past eight games, so Rudolph has a chance to get back on track, and perhaps new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski will make it a point to free him up in scoring territory.

 

Thumbs Up: Dan Arnold (@ CAR)

There is a bit of risk here after Dan Arnold was a surprise inactive in Week 14 due to the wet surface in Tampa Bay, but the converted receiver had previously emerged with at least 20 yards in four consecutive games, including a 4/45/1 line on Thanksgiving. Carolina has defended tight ends better in recent weeks, but Arnold carries enough upside in Sean Payton’s offense to warrant TE2 consideration.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Travis Kelce (v LAC)

He is ranked as the No. 1 tight end on FantasyPros expert consensus rankings, but Travis Kelce has never scored against the Chargers, as they have made it a point to eliminate him from the game plan throughout his career. In nine matchups, Kelce is averaging just 3.5 fantasy points per game in standard leagues, and over the the past four meetings, Los Angeles has held him to lines of 1/6, 6/46, 1/1, and 1/8. You almost have to start him in redraft leagues, but DFS players should go in another direction.

 

Thumbs Down: Jimmy Graham (@ CHI)

Jimmy Graham was limited to just two receptions for eight yards when he was fully healthy against the Bears in Week 1, so he could have an even lower floor (i.e. zero points) playing in the rematch with a broken thumb. Chicago hasn’t allowed a touchdown to an opposing tight end so far in the second half of the season.

 

Thumbs Down: Vernon Davis (@ JAX)

It sounds like Jordan Reed (foot) could be done for the year as Washington’s season continues to spiral out of control, but the uncertainty at the quarterback position makes Vernon Davis nothing more than a risky TE2 for me. Besides big games by Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Eric Ebron, the Jaguars have actually defended the position well for the most part.

 

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Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings (Standard & PPR)

Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings (Standard & PPR)

Below are our Week 15 rankings for standard and PPR leagues. Those playing in 0.5 PPR leagues should basically stick with the standard rankings in our opinion, but as always, it’s your call.

 

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Standard Rankings

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v LAC)
2. Jared Goff (v PHI)
3. Ben Roethlisberger (v NE)
4. Tom Brady (@ PIT)
5. Drew Brees (@ CAR)
6. Philip Rivers (@ KC)
7. Cam Newton (v NO)
8. Andrew Luck (v DAL)
9. Matt Ryan (v ARI)
10. Deshaun Watson (@ NYJ)
11. Russell Wilson (@ SF)
12. Kirk Cousins (v MIA)
13. Lamar Jackson (v TB)
14. Josh Allen (v DET)
15. Dak Prescott (@ IND)
16. Mitchell Trubisky (v GB)
17. Aaron Rodgers (@ CHI)
18. Nick Foles (@ LAR)
19. Baker Mayfield (@ DEN)
20. Derek Carr (@ CIN)
21. Marcus Mariota (@ NYG)
22. Eli Manning (v TEN)
23. Jameis Winston (@ BAL)
24. Ryan Tannehill (@ MIN)
25. Case Keenum (v CLE)
26. Nick Mullens (v SEA)
27. Jeff Driskel (v OAK)
28. Cody Kessler (v WAS)
29. Matthew Stafford (@ BUF)
30. Josh Rosen (@ ATL)
31. Sam Darnold (v HOU)
32. Joe Flacco (v TB)
33. Josh Johnson (@ JAX)
34. Taysom Hill (@ CAR)
35. Joshua Dobbs (v NE)

 

Running back

1. Todd Gurley (v PHI)
2. Saquon Barkley (v TEN)
3. Ezekiel Elliott (@ IND)
4. Christian McCaffrey (v NO)
5. Nick Chubb (@ DEN)
6. Alvin Kamara (@ CAR)
7. Joe Mixon (v OAK)
8. Phillip Lindsay (v CLE)
9. Leonard Fournette (v WAS)
10. David Johnson (@ ATL)
11. Dalvin Cook (v MIA)
12. Derrick Henry (@ NYG)
13. Justin Jackson (@ KC)
14. Chris Carson (@ SF)
15. Sony Michel (@ PIT)
16. Lamar Miller (@ NYJ)
17. Jaylen Samuels (v NE)
18. Damien Williams (v LAC)
19. Aaron Jones (@ CHI)
20. Mark Ingram (@ CAR)
21. Tarik Cohen (v GB)
22. Tevin Coleman (v ARI)
23. James White (@ PIT)
24. Gus Edwards (v TB)
25. Matt Breida (v SEA)
26. Marlon Mack (v DAL)
27. Josh Adams (@ LAR)
28. Jordan Howard (v GB)
29. Kenyan Drake (@ MIN)
30. Doug Martin (@ CIN)
31. Elijah McGuire (v HOU)
32. Kenneth Dixon (v TB)
33. Dion Lewis (@ NYG)
34. Adrian Peterson (@ JAX)
35. Jeff Wilson (v SEA)
36. Jalen Richard (@ CIN)
37. Frank Gore (@ MIN)
38. Peyton Barber (@ BAL)
39. Ito Smith (v ARI)
40. Zach Zenner (@ BUF)
41. Stevan Ridley (v NE)
42. Theo Riddick (@ BUF)
43. LeGarrette Blount (@ BUF)
44. Royce Freeman (v CLE)
45. Latavius Murray (v MIA)
46. Rex Burkhead (@ PIT)
47. Darren Sproles (@ LAR)
48. Mike Davis (@ SF)
49. Chris Thompson (@ JAX)
50. Detrez Newsome (@ KC)
51. Darrel Williams (v LAC)
52. Nyheim Hines (v DAL)
53. T.J. Yeldon (v WAS)
54. Giovani Bernard (v OAK)
55. Marcus Murphy (v DET)
56. Keith Ford (v DET)
57. Duke Johnson (@ DEN)
58. Charcandrick West (v LAC)
59. Alfred Blue (@ NYJ)
60. Wendell Smallwood (@ LAR)
61. Chase Edmonds (@ ATL)
62. Jordan Wilkins (v DAL)
63. Trenton Cannon (v HOU)
64. Jamaal Williams (@ CHI)
65. Wayne Gallman (v TEN)
66. Rod Smith (@ IND)
67. Jacquizz Rodgers (@ BAL)
68. DeAndre Washington (@ CIN)
69. Taquan Mizzell (v GB)
70. Kyle Juszczyk (v SEA)
71. Devontae Booker (v CLE)
72. Ronald Jones II (@ BAL)
73. Brandon Bolden (@ MIN)
74. Kalen Ballage (@ MIN)
75. Alfred Morris (v SEA)
76. Cameron Artis-Payne (v NO)
77. Trey Edmunds (v NE)
78. Justin Davis (v PHI)
79. J.D. McKissic (@ SF)
80. James Develin (@ PIT)

 

Wide receiver

1. Keenan Allen (@ KC)
2. Michael Thomas (@ CAR)
3. DeAndre Hopkins (@ NYJ)
4. Adam Thielen (v MIA)
5. Julio Jones (v ARI)
6. Antonio Brown (v NE)
7. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v NE)
8. Brandin Cooks (v PHI)
9. Davante Adams (@ CHI)
10. Robert Woods (v PHI)
11. Julian Edelman (@ PIT)
12. Stefon Diggs (v MIA)
13. Tyreek Hill (v LAC)
14. Josh Gordon (@ PIT)
15. Amari Cooper (@ IND)
16. T.Y. Hilton (v DAL)
17. Tyler Boyd (v OAK)
18. Mike Evans (@ BAL)
19. Allen Robinson (v GB)
20. Alshon Jeffery (@ LAR)
21. Tyler Lockett (@ SF)
22. Jarvis Landry (@ DEN)
23. Corey Davis (@ NYG)
24. Courtland Sutton (v CLE)
25. Curtis Samuel (v NO)
26. D.J. Moore (v NO)
27. Kenny Golladay (@ BUF)
28. Chris Godwin (@ BAL)
29. Calvin Ridley (v ARI)
30. Josh Reynolds (v PHI)
31. Jordy Nelson (@ CIN)
32. Larry Fitzgerald (@ ATL)
33. Adam Humphries (@ BAL)
34. Golden Tate (@ LAR)
35. Sterling Shepard (v TEN)
36. Mike Williams (@ KC)
37. Robby Anderson (v HOU)
38. Nelson Agholor (@ LAR)
39. Dede Westbrook (v WAS)
40. Chris Conley (v LAC)
41. Demaryius Thomas (@ NYJ)
42. Anthony Miller (v GB)
43. Dante Pettis (v SEA)
44. Randall Cobb (@ CHI)
45. Kenny Stills (@ MIN)
46. John Brown (v TB)
47. Tre’Quan Smith (@ CAR)
48. Mohamed Sanu (v ARI)
49. Taylor Gabriel (v GB)
50. Zay Jones (v DET)
51. DaeSean Hamilton (v CLE)
52. Tyrell Williams (@ KC)
53. Doug Baldwin (@ SF)
54. John Ross (v OAK)
55. Michael Gallup (@ IND)
56. Michael Crabtree (v TB)
57. Marquise Goodwin (v SEA)
58. Marcell Ateman (@ CIN)
59. Devin Funchess (v NO)
60. Kelvin Benjamin (v LAC)
61. Antonio Callaway (@ DEN)
62. David Moore (@ SF)
63. Donte Moncrief (v WAS)
64. DeVante Parker (@ MIN)
65. Robert Foster (v DET)
66. Chris Hogan (@ PIT)
67. Willie Snead (v TB)
68. Taywan Taylor (@ NYG)
69. Danny Amendola (@ MIN)
70. Jamison Crowder (@ JAX)
71. James Washington (v NE)
72. Travis Benjamin (@ KC)
73. Tim Patrick (v CLE)
74. Cole Beasley (@ IND)
75. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ CHI)
76. Chester Rogers (v DAL)
77. Rashard Higgins (@ DEN)
78. Zach Pascal (v DAL)
79. Isaiah McKenzie (v DET)
80. Cordarrelle Patterson (@ PIT)
81. Jermaine Kearse (v HOU)
82. Josh Doctson (@ JAX)
83. Keelan Cole (v WAS)
84. Tajae Sharpe (@ NYG)
85. Seth Roberts (@ CIN)
86. Aldrick Robinson (v MIA)
87. Keith Kirkwood (@ CAR)
88. Dontrelle Inman (v DAL)
89. DeAndre Carter (@ NYJ)
90. Trent Sherfield (@ ATL)
91. Ryan Grant (v DAL)
92. Laquon Treadwell (v MIA)
93. Demarcus Robinson (v LAC)
94. Ryan Switzer (v NE)
95. Kendrick Bourne (v SEA)
96. Equanimeous St. Brown (@ CHI)
97. Jaron Brown (@ SF)
98. Breshad Perriman (@ DEN)
99. Jordan Matthews (@ LAR)
100. Bennie Fowler (v TEN)
101. Allen Hurns (@ IND)
102. Phillip Dorsett (@ PIT)
103. Jarius Wright (v NO)
104. Corey Coleman (v TEN)
105. Andy Jones (@ BUF)
106. T.J. Jones (@ BUF)
107. J.J. Nelson (@ ATL)
108. Austin Carr (@ CAR)
109. Eli Rogers (v NE)
110. Trent Taylor (v SEA)
111. Cody Core (v OAK)
112. Justin Hardy (v ARI)
113. Russell Shepard (v TEN)
114. Maurice Harris (@ JAX)
115. Josh Bellamy (v GB)

 

Tight end

1. Rob Gronkowski (@ PIT)
2. Zach Ertz (@ LAR)
3. George Kittle (v SEA)
4. Travis Kelce (v LAC)
5. David Njoku (@ DEN)
6. Eric Ebron (v DAL)
7. Jared Cook (@ CIN)
8. Cameron Brate (@ BAL)
9. Vance McDonald (v NE)
10. Austin Hooper (v ARI)
11. Kyle Rudolph (v MIA)
12. Evan Engram (v TEN)
13. C.J. Uzomah (v OAK)
14. Trey Burton (v GB)
15. Chris Herndon (v HOU)
16. Gerald Everett (v PHI)
17. Jimmy Graham (@ CHI)
18. Dallas Goedert (@ LAR)
19. Dan Arnold (@ CAR)
20. Matt LaCosse (v CLE)
21. Ian Thomas (v NO)
22. Vernon Davis (@ JAX)
23. Benjamin Watson (@ CAR)
24. Jordan Thomas (@ NYJ)
25. Jesse James (v NE)
26. Anthony Firkser (@ NYG)
27. Mark Andrews (v TB)
28. Antonio Gates (@ KC)
29. Nick Vannett (@ SF)
30. Ricky Seals-Jones (@ ATL)
31. Hayden Hurst (v TB)
32. Tyler Higbee (v PHI)
33. Ed Dickson (@ SF)
34. Ryan Griffin (@ NYJ)
35. Mike Gesicki (@ MIN)

 

Defense/ST

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (v WAS)
2. Houston Texans (@ NYJ)
3. Baltimore Ravens (v TB)
4. Buffalo Bills (v DET)
5. Seattle Seahawks (@ SF)
6. Minnesota Vikings (v MIA)
7. Chicago Bears (v GB)
8. Atlanta Falcons (v ARI)
9. Denver Broncos (v CLE)
10. Washington Redskins (@ JAX)
11. Los Angeles Rams (v PHI)
12. Detroit Lions (@ BUF)
13. Tennessee Titans (@ NYG)
14. New Orleans Saints (@ CAR)
15. Green Bay Packers (@ CHI)
16. Dallas Cowboys (@ IND)
17. Cleveland Browns (@ DEN)
18. New England Patriots (@ PIT)
19. Kansas City Chiefs (v LAC)
20. New York Jets (v HOU)
21. New York Giants (v TEN)
22. Oakland Raiders (@ CIN)
23. Cincinnati Bengals (v OAK)
24. Miami Dolphins (@ MIN)
25. Arizona Cardinals (@ ATL)

 

Kicker

1. Greg Zuerlein (v PHI)
2. Harrison Butker (v LAC)
3. Justin Tucker (v TB)
4. Wil Lutz (@ CAR)
5. Stephen Gostkowski (@ PIT)
6. Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ NYJ)
7. Michael Badgley (@ KC)
8. Sebastian Janikowski (@ SF)
9. Brett Maher (@ IND)
10. Cody Parkey (v GB)
11. Mason Crosby (@ CHI)
12. Adam Vinatieri (v DAL)
13. Matt Bryant (v ARI)
14. Brandon McManus (v CLE)
15. Jake Elliott (@ LAR)
16. Ryan Succop (@ NYG)
17. Daniel Carlson (@ CIN)
18. Dan Bailey (v MIA)
19. Chris Boswell (v NE)
20. Aldrick Rosas (v TEN)
21. Greg Joseph (@ DEN)
22. Randy Bullock (v OAK)
23. Jason Myers (v HOU)
24. Matt Prater (@ BUF)
25. Robbie Gould (v SEA)

 

Full PPR Rankings

 

Running back

1. Todd Gurley (v PHI)
2. Saquon Barkley (v TEN)
3. Christian McCaffrey (v NO)
4. Ezekiel Elliott (@ IND)
5. Alvin Kamara (@ CAR)
6. Nick Chubb (@ DEN)
7. Joe Mixon (v OAK)
8. Phillip Lindsay (v CLE)
9. David Johnson (@ ATL)
10. Leonard Fournette (v WAS)
11. Dalvin Cook (v MIA)
12. Justin Jackson (@ KC)
13. Derrick Henry (@ NYG)
14. Chris Carson (@ SF)
15. Jaylen Samuels (v NE)
16. Damien Williams (v LAC)
17. Sony Michel (@ PIT)
18. Tarik Cohen (v GB)
19. Lamar Miller (@ NYJ)
20. James White (@ PIT)
21. Mark Ingram (@ CAR)
22. Aaron Jones (@ CHI)
23. Tevin Coleman (v ARI)
24. Kenyan Drake (@ MIN)
25. Matt Breida (v SEA)
26. Marlon Mack (v DAL)
27. Gus Edwards (v TB)
28. Josh Adams (@ LAR)
29. Dion Lewis (@ NYG)
30. Jordan Howard (v GB)
31. Doug Martin (@ CIN)
32. Jalen Richard (@ CIN)
33. Theo Riddick (@ BUF)
34. Elijah McGuire (v HOU)
35. Kenneth Dixon (v TB)
36. Adrian Peterson (@ JAX)
37. Darren Sproles (@ LAR)
38. Jeff Wilson (v SEA)
39. Ito Smith (v ARI)
40. Chris Thompson (@ JAX)
41. Zach Zenner (@ BUF)
42. Frank Gore (@ MIN)
43. Peyton Barber (@ BAL)
44. Stevan Ridley (v NE)
45. Marcus Murphy (v DET)
46. T.J. Yeldon (v WAS)
47. Royce Freeman (v CLE)
48. Rex Burkhead (@ PIT)
49. Nyheim Hines (v DAL)
50. Duke Johnson (@ DEN)

 

Wide receiver

1. Keenan Allen (@ KC)
2. Michael Thomas (@ CAR)
3. DeAndre Hopkins (@ NYJ)
4. Adam Thielen (v MIA)
5. Julio Jones (v ARI)
6. Antonio Brown (v NE)
7. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v NE)
8. Brandin Cooks (v PHI)
9. Davante Adams (@ CHI)
10. Robert Woods (v PHI)
11. Julian Edelman (@ PIT)
12. Stefon Diggs (v MIA)
13. Josh Gordon (@ PIT)
14. Amari Cooper (@ IND)
15. Tyreek Hill (v LAC)
16. T.Y. Hilton (v DAL)
17. Tyler Boyd (v OAK)
18. Jarvis Landry (@ DEN)
19. Mike Evans (@ BAL)
20. Corey Davis (@ NYG)
21. Alshon Jeffery (@ LAR)
22. Allen Robinson (v GB)
23. Tyler Lockett (@ SF)
24. Courtland Sutton (v CLE)
25. Curtis Samuel (v NO)
26. D.J. Moore (v NO)
27. Larry Fitzgerald (@ ATL)
28. Kenny Golladay (@ BUF)
29. Chris Godwin (@ BAL)
30. Adam Humphries (@ BAL)
31. Josh Reynolds (v PHI)
32. Calvin Ridley (v ARI)
33. Jordy Nelson (@ CIN)
34. Sterling Shepard (v TEN)
35. Golden Tate (@ LAR)
36. Demaryius Thomas (@ NYJ)
37. Mike Williams (@ KC)
38. Nelson Agholor (@ LAR)
39. Robby Anderson (v HOU)
40. Anthony Miller (v GB)
41. Randall Cobb (@ CHI)
42. Chris Conley (v LAC)
43. Dede Westbrook (v WAS)
44. Dante Pettis (v SEA)
45. Mohamed Sanu (v ARI)
46. Kenny Stills (@ MIN)
47. Tre’Quan Smith (@ CAR)
48. DaeSean Hamilton (v CLE)
49. John Brown (v TB)
50. Taylor Gabriel (v GB)
51. Zay Jones (v DET)
52. Michael Gallup (@ IND)
53. Doug Baldwin (@ SF)
54. Michael Crabtree (v TB)
55. Willie Snead (v TB)
56. Marcell Ateman (@ CIN)
57. Tyrell Williams (@ KC)
58. John Ross (v OAK)
59. Devin Funchess (v NO)
60. Kelvin Benjamin (v LAC)

 

Tight end

1. Zach Ertz (@ LAR)
2. Rob Gronkowski (@ PIT)
3. George Kittle (v SEA)
4. Travis Kelce (v LAC)
5. David Njoku (@ DEN)
6. Eric Ebron (v DAL)
7. Jared Cook (@ CIN)
8. Cameron Brate (@ BAL)
9. Vance McDonald (v NE)
10. Austin Hooper (v ARI)
11. Kyle Rudolph (v MIA)
12. Evan Engram (v TEN)
13. C.J. Uzomah (v OAK)
14. Trey Burton (v GB)
15. Chris Herndon (v HOU)
16. Gerald Everett (v PHI)
17. Jimmy Graham (@ CHI)
18. Dallas Goedert (@ LAR)
19. Dan Arnold (@ CAR)
20. Matt LaCosse (v CLE)
21. Ian Thomas (v NO)
22. Jordan Thomas (@ NYJ)
23. Benjamin Watson (@ CAR)
24. Anthony Firkser (@ NYG)
25. Jesse James (v NE)

Fantasy Football Stock Report: December 11, 2018

Fantasy Football Stock Report: December 11, 2018

Box scores never tell the whole story, so which fantasy options are rising and falling following the first week of fantasy playoffs? If you want to completely dominate your league, consider Fantasy Consigliere for premium analytics and next-level advice for all your leagues, all year long.

 

Quarterback

 

Stock up: Tom Brady, NE

It shouldn’t be a surprise that December has brought the best out of Tom Brady, as he followed up a 300-yard game against the Vikings with a 26-point fantasy performance in Miami. Anyone that has been holding onto TB12 shouldn’t hesitate to get him back in lineups for a potential shootout in Pittsburgh this week, and then he will get to beat up on the Bills and Jets at home to close out the regular season.

 

Stock down: Lamar Jackson, BAL

I had Lamar Jackson here last week because Joe Flacco (hip) is nearing a return, and now that John Harbaugh has said the former Super Bowl MVP will see the field in some capacity, the floor and ceiling for Jackson both take a hit. I wouldn’t be surprised if the rookie’s ankle injury puts him on the lesser end of a two-quarterback system, as Baltimore can’t worry about the future—or outside noise—in a playoff race, and Flacco is a proven performer in big moments. Jackson is probably more of a low-end QB2 than low-end QB1 the rest of the way.

 

Running Back

 

Stock up: Derrick Henry, TEN

He didn’t even draw the start last week, but Derrick Henry was finally featured once he got rolling on Thursday Night Football, and the Titans simply have no choice but to give the monster runner touches down the stretch after a record-breaking night. Henry is suddenly in the top 20 at the position in standard leagues, and he gets three unimposing matchups to close out the season (@ NYG, v WAS, v IND).

 

Stock up: Dalvin Cook, MIN

You obviously never want anyone to lose their job—especially during the holiday season—but former Vikings offensive coordinator being fired will likely lead to more runs in Minnesota, which is tremendous news for Dalvin Cook. The Florida State product is still looking for his first rushing touchdown of the year, so we’ll see if a newfound commitment to keeping the ball on the ground allows him to provide late value for fantasy owners.

 

Stock down: Tevin Coleman, ATL

The Falcons have been at their best when they give Tevin Coleman touches, but their unwillingness to feature him on a consistent basis—along with defensive injuries—are two of the biggest reasons for their 4-9 record. Now out of the playoff race beyond a shadow of a doubt, Atlanta could decide to see what they have in Ito Smith for 2019 in beyond, so Coleman (who is in a contract year) is better viewed as a high-upside RB2/FLEX than high-upside RB1/RB2.

 

Stock down: Gus Edwards, BAL

Kenneth Dixon has handled 16 carries for 96 yards (6.0 YPC) and one touchdown since returning to the lineup, and his versatility could give him the edge over Gus Edwards, especially if Joe Flacco sees action as soon as Week 15. I still think Edwards is the preferred FLEX option, but his time as an RB2 has probably passed, so fantasy owners should feel free to look elsewhere.

 

Wide Receiver

 

Stock up: Curtis Samuel, CAR

I have been saying D.J. Moore is a great target down the stretch due to an easy schedule, but Curtis Samuel has actually emerged as the team’s No. 1 wideout over the past couple weeks with a combined ten receptions for 168 yards. The former Ohio State star was a 2017 second-round pick compared to Moore’s 2018 first-round status, but I think Samuel—who has at least 7.8 standard fantasy points in every game since the start of November—is a more developed player and has game-breaking explosiveness that fantasy owners in need of a big week can rely against the Saints (twice) and Falcons.

 

Stock up: John Brown, BAL

“Smokey” was able to find the end zone last week in Kansas City, but he’s averaged just one reception per game in Lamar Jackson’s four starts, so news of Joe Flacco seeing the field this week gives John Brown an immediate boost. Plus, the versatile deep threat gets three quality matchups (v TB, @ LAC, v CLE) that he should be able to take advantage of.

 

Stock down: Chris Godwin (@ BAL)

A lot of fantasy owners were disappointed in Chris Godwin’s output as a WR2 in Week 14, and it serves as a reminder that potential quarterback play needs to be considered in close roster decisions. Godwin is undoubtedly worth holding onto and starting if DeSean Jackson (thumb) doesn’t return in 2018, but his floor is lower than it should based on talent thanks to the up-and-down nature of Jameis Winston.

 

Stock down: Golden Tate, PHI

Just when it looked like Golden Tate was emerging as a reliable FLEX play for the Eagles, he fell out of the game plan with just one catch for seven yards in an overtime loss to the Cowboys. The Philly offense will continue to be heavily reliant on Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery, so Tate can’t be ranked as a top-30 option in any format for the fantasy playoffs.

Fantasy Options To Consider For Owners That Need A Big Game In Week 15

Fantasy Options To Consider For Owners That Need A Big Game In Week 15

Facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit heading into the second half of a fantasy football semifinal? You’ve come this far, so it isn’t time to fold just yet. Instead, you should think big. Here are five widely-available fantasy options that could have a season-saving performance in Week 15.

 

James Washington, PIT WR

Ideally, you wouldn’t have to even think about using any of these guys in 10- or 12-team redraft leagues at this point in the season, but desperate times call for desperate measures. James Washington might benefit from New England attempting to take away both Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster—which might not be as difficult as usual if James Conner (ankle) is out, especially considering no one else has stepped up as the No. 3 wideout for Pittsburgh. If so, Washington has all the talent to finally come through in single coverage, and you could do a lot worse than college football’s premier deep threat from 2015-2017 when looking for a Hail Mary play. At Oklahoma State, Washington had crazy lines of 4/200/2, 5/184/3, 9/296/2, 8/152/2, and 6/235/1 scattered over the past three years.

 

Chris Hogan, NE WR

A top-50 pick in many fantasy leagues back in the summer, Chris Hogan has seen his fantasy stock fall off a cliff following the acquisition of Josh Gordon. However, he has been a big-game performer for New England over the past two-plus seasons, and that includes a 9/180/2 line against Pittsburgh in 2016 AFC Championship Game. If the Patriots decide to spread things out like usual against the Steelers, then Hogan should see more targets behind Gordon and Julian Edelman.

 

Travis Benjamin, LAC WR

Contributions from 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams as more of a big-bodied deep threat has made Travis Benjamin the clear No. 4 receiver in Los Angeles, but would there be a better time for him to breakout than Thursday night against the Chiefs? The speedster could easily get behind the Kansas City defense a couple times as Keenan Allen demands attention underneath, and the Chargers might even want to test Eric Berry early on with a deep shot.

 

Marcell Ateman, OAK WR

Those who want to give Marcell Ateman a shot in Week 15 will probably need a multi-score game for him to pay dividends, but the Bengals have been beaten by bigger receivers Devin Funchess (4/67/1), Julio Jones (9/173) and Mohamed Sanu (6/111), JuJu Smith-Schuster (7/111), Mike Evans (6/179/1), Michael Thomas (8/70/2), and Courtland Sutton (4/85/1) so far this year. I think Raiders-Bengals has sneaky shootout potential, so Ateman is worth a shot in the dark.

 

Zach Zenner, DET RB

It’s hard to believe that Zach Zenner is already in his fourth NFL season, but I remember watching him do damage in cold-weather games at South Dakota State, which is exactly what he will get next weekend in Buffalo. Of course, this will be a foolish play if Kerryon Johnson (knee) returns for the Lions, but Zenner rushed 12 times for 54 yards and a touchdown yesterday while LeGarrette Blount lost a fumble, and Matt Patricia might think the 27-year-old earned more work in Week 15. Zero points is definitely possible, but so is 80 yards and two scores.