NFL Conference Championship Daily Fantasy Advice And Prop Bets

NFL Conference Championship Daily Fantasy Advice And Prop Bets

For Conference Championship Weekend, we are combining daily fantasy recommendations and prop bets into one article. A +20000 recommended bet nearly hit as a recommendation last week, but this week is all under +5000.

 

Daily Fantasy Plays

 

Ryan Tannehill

DraftKings: $5,500 | FanDuel: $7,700

 

At the end of the first Titans-Chiefs game this season (at home in Nashville), Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee passing attack almost did whatever they wanted driving right down the field for the game-winning score. Kansas City’s defense has improved a ton, but perhaps Tannehill will be confident after already having success versus the unit. It hasn’t shown up in the postseason, but A.J. Brown has emerged as a major difference-maker since then, and Tannehill has nice passing upside despite throwing for fewer than 100 yards in his two playoff starts.

 

Tevin Coleman

DraftKings: $5,700 | FanDuel: $6,500

 

Inserting Derrick Henry is basically a must at the running back spot, and Damien Williams is close to that territory, but Tevin Coleman is a strong option as someone that has similar scoring upside. Coleman is coming off a two-touchdown performance last weekend, and he had a touchdown against the Packers earlier this year.

 

Sammy Watkins

DraftKings: $4,600 | FanDuel: $5,200

 

Sammy Watkins showed his strong hands, explosiveness, and willingness to go over the middle when he had two receptions for 76 yards last week, and he’s a guy the Chiefs can get more involved with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line this Sunday. Last week’s 76 yards were Watkins’ closest to the 100-yard mark since Week 1’s 9/198/3 outing, but he theoretically offers a nice floor with monstrous upside.

 

Mecole Hardman

DraftKings: $3,800 | FanDuel: $4,900

 

His big kick return helped spark Kansas City’s comeback in the Divisional Round, but rookie Mecole Hardman had a quiet week offensively. However, the Georgia product’s big-play ability makes him a high-upside play at a value price for the AFC title game. Hardman had a 63-yard touchdown against the Titans in their November matchup, and he is averaging over 20 yards per reception this season.

 

Jonnu Smith

DraftKings: $3,400 | FanDuel: $5,600

 

This one is basic, as most are going to want to spend the salary for George Kittle or Travis Kelce. However, if you want to save money for top running backs or receivers, or you just want to take a contrarian approach in your lineup, Jonnu Smith has a good matchup. Smith is a threat in the red zone, and he can split the middle of the field for a chunk play off play-action if the Chiefs defense comes up to stop Henry.

 

 

Conference Championship Prop Bets

Tevin Coleman scored two of the required three times on +20000 odds that were worth a shot, and he easily could have punched it in a third time in the second half. We’ll see if something with lower odds works out this weekend. All prop bets are via FOX Bet.

 

 

Titans vs. Chiefs

 

Either QB 500+ Passing Yards (+4000)

Patrick Mahomes threw for a season-high 446 yards against the Titans during the regular season, and he’s coming off a game where the Chiefs offense was absolutely feeling it. Ryan Tannehill hitting 500 yards is unlikely, but the Titans quarterback being added to the bet is a nice boost to potentially make it worth taking a chance on.

 

Damien Williams 2+ TD & Derrick Henry 2+ TD (+1100)

Derrick Henry scored twice against the Chiefs in that first matchup this season, and Damien Williams has found the end zone twice in two consecutive games. The +1100 odds seem a bit low for something that has a decent possibility of happening, but that indicates this is a relatively realistic scenario on Sunday.

 

Packers vs. 49ers

 

Aaron Jones 1st TD & George Kittle Last TD (+4500)

Packers wide receiver Davante Adams has said the team’s gameplan is a lot better than it was the first time around versus the Niners this season, so perhaps Green Bay can get the ball first and cap a promising drive with an Aaron Jones touchdown. If the game is close and San Francisco needs a late score to go ahead, superstar tight end George Kittle would be the favorite to come up with it.

 

Each Team to Score 1+ TD & 1+ FG in Each Half (+1000)

It’s tough to predict how this game will go, and it could easily be a defensive battle. But a touchdown and a field goal for each team in both the first and second half isn’t much of a stretch.

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: Washington Redskins

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: Washington Redskins

The fifth and final fantasy breakdown based on this year’s coaching cycle discusses the changes in Washington under Ron Rivera and his new staff.

 

Fantasy implications for the Panthers

Fantasy implications for the Browns

Fantasy implications for the Cowboys

Fantasy implications for the Giants

 

Quarterback

 

The Cardinals trading Josh Rosen a year after using a top-ten pick on him creates at least some mystery for the Redskins and Dwayne Haskins over the next several weeks because they own the No. 2 overall pick in a strong draft class, but new offensive coordinator Scott Turner said he was “a really big fan” of Haskins entering the league, and Rivera not declaring him the starter already could be a motivational tactic more than anything else. Turner’s offense will be designed to quickly get the ball out of Haskins’ hands and to the playmakers, which—despite a big frame and strong arm—is basically what he did at Ohio State.

 

The only other quarterback under contract right now is Alex Smith, and his potential return (although it seems unlikely for the start of 2020) may have been a reason for Rivera to not commit to Haskins as his starter. If the veteran can get on the field sooner than expected, perhaps Washington would see an opening to compete in the NFC East. Sticking with the outlook for Haskins, he is unlikely to draw serious consideration as a QB1 option in redraft leagues over the summer, but the dynasty arrow is pointing up with stability at head coach.

 

Running back

 

Appearing in just five games in two years since entering the league could have Derrius Guice on somewhat thin ice as the potential starter for a coaching staff that has no ties to him, but we will fortunately know more following free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. Whoever the lead back is will be in a good position under Turner, who basically runs the system his father Norv ran when coaching Emmitt Smith, LaDainian Tomlinson, Christian McCaffrey, and others over the years. Guice showing flashes as a pass-catcher should help his cause.

 

The wild card for the entire offense is Bryce Love, and if we assume full health for everyone, he has star potential for the Redskins. The all-around skillset for the five-foot-nine runner makes him an excellent fit for Turner’s system; plus, he doesn’t even need a featured workload to become a significant fantasy contributor. Injury history makes him a risky investment, but I’d be targeting him in dynasty leagues.

 

Wide receiver

 

Perhaps the biggest beneficiary of any coaching change out of all five teams is Terry McLaurin, who will essentially play the D.J. Moore role in Turner’s system as a focal-point of the passing attack. Last season, that led to an 87/1,175/4 line for Moore despite a revolving door at quarterback, and I would argue that McLaurin having more downfield ability allows for even greater upside, especially paired with the strong right arm of his college quarterback.

 

Behind McLaurin, there is a decent chance the Redskins have a new No. 2 and No. 3 receiver because of the depth in this year’s draft class, but Kelvin Harmon showed enough flashes to fight for a bigger role heading into his second season. The NC State product has the size, toughness, and ball skills to win on the perimeter, and the touchdown potential would make him a quality late-round target assuming Turner views him as the team’s top threat in the red zone.

 

Trey Quinn never got going last season (he averaged just 4.2 yards per target), and he may be on the roster bubble in training camp, especially after Steven Sims emerged down the stretch with four touchdowns over the final three games. While it’s a very small sample size (four games), the undrafted rookie was on pace for an 80/920/16 line when he played more than 60% of Washington’s offensive snaps. I think Turner will find a way to get the ball in his hands similar to Curtis Samuel in Carolina.

 

Tight end

 

The Redskins and fantasy owners unfortunately can’t count on former Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Reed to be on the field after missing the entire 2018 season, and even if he does return, the effectiveness will be a question mark entering his age-30 campaign. Washington could certainly use a player of his caliber as another weapon for Haskins, but again, we could see a completely different offense in terms of both scheme and personnel following the draft. I would say Jeremy Sprinkle has a better chance of having fantasy value this year, though he wouldn’t be a priority in Turner’s offense.

 

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: New York Giants

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: New York Giants

The Giants are the biggest mystery in terms of offensive staff/philosophy under new head coach Joe Judge, but based on the information we have, how does the change impact Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, and the young core from a fantasy perspective?

 

Fantasy implications for the Panthers

Fantasy implications for the Browns

Fantasy implications for the Cowboys

 

Quarterback

 

Similar to Carolina earlier this week (with their assumed hiring of LSU’s Joe Brady), it sounds like the Giants could be zeroing in on former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett as the team’s offensive coordinator, which I think would be a great hire for the development of Daniel Jones. You can say what you want about Garrett’s tenure in Dallas, but he coached Tony Romo to 30+ touchdowns and ten or fewer interceptions in three-of-four healthy seasons as the starter, and then followed that up by helping turn Day 3 pick Dak Prescott into one of the best young quarterbacks in the league.

 

In my opinion, the best thing for Jones’ early-career development probably would have been keeping Pat Shurmur, but if the team ends up not hiring Garrett, retaining Mike Shula—who was Shurmur’s OC—would at least give Jones some added continuity heading into Year 2. Fortunately, Jones has shown enough promise to reach QB1 status in any system, so his short- and long-term potential remains very encouraging.

 

Running back

 

Despite battling injuries, missing three games, and playing behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines, Saquon Barkley still compiled 1,441 yards and eight touchdowns in a “disappointing” 2019 campaign—which speaks to the talent of the former No. 2 overall pick. Ideally, the team hiring Garrett would lead to more carries for Saquon (he had just two games with 20+ attempts last year), but it honestly doesn’t matter much who the head coach or play-caller is; more important will be additions made to the offensive line.

 

Wide receiver

 

Overall, the Giants have a strong group of skill-position players, but it will be interesting to see if a new offensive staff prioritizes anyone as their go-to option behind Barkley. I would say Sterling Shepard has the best chance to emerge, and the connection with Jones should become more consistent after a full offseason and summer to get on the same page. That said, the Oklahoma product is unlikely to reach WR1/WR2 range because of the other weapons in New York and the NFL’s depth at the position in general.

 

Another factor holding Shepard back is the fact that Golden Tate will mostly work in the slot. Again, we don’t exactly know what kind of offense will be installed under Judge, but Tate potentially playing the Julian Edelman role with Darius Slayton also needing targets on the perimeter really limits the individual ceilings over the course of the season. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the team draft another weapon in a very deep receiver class, so we might not get a great idea about the outlooks for Shepard, Tate, and Slayton until the summer.

 

Tight end

 

Evan Engram missed the second half of the 2019 season with a foot injury, but he was productive with both Jones and Eli Manning under center, going for 40+ yards in all but one game (which somehow was against the league-worst Cardinals). However, while there have been no indications that general manager Dave Gettleman will trade the Pro Bowl tight end in the final year of his deal, I think it’s a definite possibility based on the makeup of the roster and needs elsewhere. The entire offense was never on the field together last season, but Engram and the three wideouts seem to have the makings of a fantasy headache trying to predict weekly production.

 

He would need Engram to be moved to have fantasy value in redraft leagues this summer, but Kaden Smith was quietly phenomenal as a rookie, catching 30 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns in six starts down the stretch. If we are assuming Garrett will be hired as the team’s offensive coordinator, Smith—a big, physical target that can find space over the middle—could realistically be his Jason Witten. Even if it comes with a year behind Engram, I’d invest while you can in dynasty leagues.

 

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: Dallas Cowboys

What impact will Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike McCarthy have on the Cowboys from a fantasy perspective? If you missed the previous two articles, be sure to check them out:

 

Fantasy implications for the Panthers

Fantasy implications for the Browns

 

Quarterback

 

I would be shocked if Dak Prescott wasn’t back in Dallas next season, so assuming he’s under center (whether it be on the franchise tag or a long-term deal), the former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year should be set up for success under McCarthy. The new Cowboys head coach helped guide four seasons of 38+ touchdown passes with single-digit interceptions out of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and the weapons for Dallas are comparable to the core of Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, and Randall Cobb (or Nelson, Greg Jennings, and Donald Driver in prior years).

 

Plus, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore being retained will create added familiarity for Prescott, who has the intelligence and versatility to thrive in any system. It will be interesting to see how the ideas of the staff blend together, but talk of McCarthy being “bland” at the end of his Packers tenure is overblown. I expect Dak to lead a passing attack that will spread the ball around to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Randall Cobb; another top-five fantasy finish is certainly possible.

 

Running back

 

The only way the outlook for Ezekiel Elliott would have changed much based on the next head coach would have been if Dallas ended up trading for Mike Zimmer or hiring someone else that wants to run, run, and run some more. Still, while McCarthy definitely leans towards more of a pass-happy attack, he’s mostly preferred to use a feature back when possible (Aaron Jones wasn’t viewed as a guy that he could count on in all situations two years ago). Most notably, Ryan Grant handled 300+ touches in back-to-back seasons early in his career before injuries set in, and Eddie Lacy totaled 1,435 yards and 11 touchdowns on 319 touches as a rookie in 2013.

 

Of course, Zeke is on a different level as a complete football player behind a dominant offensive line, and he should be a lock for the fourth 350-touch campaign in five years. We won’t know until next fall, but I would assume Tony Pollard will again be little more than a premium handcuff, as the Cowboys are going to feed Elliott on a team they expect to compete for a Super Bowl.

 

Wide receiver

 

Playing with a future Hall of Fame quarterback and their own individual talent obviously had a lot to do with it, but Jordy Nelson (three), Greg Jennings (two), Davante Adams (two), and Randall Cobb (one) all had double-digit touchdown seasons in McCarthy’s offense, and Amari Cooper should view the team’s new head coach as another reason to re-sign on a long-term deal this offseason. Despite battling injuries and having multiple duds throughout the year, Cooper finished with a 79/1,189/8 line in 2019, including a career-high 15.1 yards per reception. If he is back, Cooper should remain a WR1 option with high-end upside considering his chemistry with Prescott.

 

Michael Gallup should also be happy about the Cowboys hiring McCarthy, and he would skyrocket to WR1 territory if Cooper ends up signing elsewhere. In the “Robin” role, the former third-round pick should be able to build on his 1,107-yard, six-touchdown season with, hopefully, more trips to the end zone. Gallup plays slightly bigger than his six-foot-one frame and could reach new heights in an offense that wants to feature perimeter receivers.

 

Turning 30 in August, Randall Cobb is now six years removed from his breakout  season of 91 receptions, 1,287 yards, and 12 touchdowns under McCarthy, but he showed he still has plenty left in the tank with 828 yards and a career-high 15.1 yards per reception last year. If the Cowboys want to bring him back, I think there will be enough targets to go around for Cobb to draw weekly FLEX consideration, but what the team does at tight end will be telling.

 

Tight end

 

It didn’t quite feel like a 100% certainty that Jason Witten was going to retire for good following a 2019 season that fell short of expectations, but I would be surprised if he returned to the team as their No. 1 option at tight end. Overall, the franchise has a chance to completely reset the position to grow with the rest of their offensive core, though the other weapons McCarthy, Moore, and Prescott have to work with makes it unlikely that a newcomer—whether free agent or draft pick—would be able to be a big-time statistical contributor in 2020.

 

Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings 2019-2020: Conference Championship

Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings 2019-2020: Conference Championship

Our rankings for the NFL playoffs are for 0.5 PPR scoring formats, but Fantasy Consigliere members can ask any and all questions this week and throughout the offseason. The conference championship rankings are very chalky, so keep an eye out for the DFS values later this week.

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v TEN)
2. Aaron Rodgers (@ SF)
3. Jimmy Garoppolo (v GB)
4. Ryan Tannehill (@ KC)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (@ KC)
2. Damien Williams (v TEN)
3. Aaron Jones (@ SF)
4. Tevin Coleman (v GB)
5. Raheem Mostert (v GB)
6. Jamaal Williams (@ SF)
7. Matt Breida (v GB)
8. Dion Lewis (@ KC)
9. Tyler Ervin (@ SF)
10. Darwin Thompson (v TEN)
11. Kyle Juszczyk (v GB)
12. Khari Blasingame (@ KC)

 

Wide receiver

1. Tyreek Hill (v TEN)
2. Davante Adams (@ SF)
3. A.J. Brown (@ KC)
4. Deebo Samuel (v GB)
5. Emmanuel Sanders (v GB)
6. Sammy Watkins (v TEN)
7. Corey Davis (@ KC)
8. Allen Lazard (@ SF)
9. Mecole Hardman (v TEN)
10. Adam Humphries (@ KC)
11. Kendrick Bourne (v GB)
12. Geronimo Allison (@ SF)
13. Demarcus Robinson (v TEN)
14. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ SF)
15. Tajae Sharpe (@ KC
16. Jake Kumerow (@ SF)
17. Kalif Raymond (@ KC)
18. Richie James (v GB)
19. Byron Pringle (v TEN)
20. Dante Pettis (v GB)

 

Tight end

1. George Kittle (v GB)
2. Travis Kelce (v TEN)
3. Jonnu Smith (@ KC)
4. Jimmy Graham (@ SF)
5. Anthony Firkser (@ KC)
6. MyCole Pruitt (@ KC)
7. Marcedes Lewis (@ SF)
8. Blake Bell (v TEN)
9. Jace Sternberger (@ SF)
10. Levine Toilolo (v GB)
11. Deon Yelder (v TEN)
12. Ross Dwelley (v GB)

 

Defense/ST

1. San Francisco 49ers (v GB)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (v TEN)
3. Green Bay Packers (@ SF)
4. Tennessee Titans (@ KC)

 

Kicker

1. Harrison Butker (v TEN)
2. Robbie Gould (v GB)
3. Mason Crosby (@ SF)
4. Greg Joseph (@ KC)

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: Cleveland Browns

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: Cleveland Browns

What does the hiring of Kevin Stefanski mean for Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and the rest of the Cleveland fantasy options? If you missed yesterday’s breakdown for the Panthers, check that out here.

 

Quarterback

 

In his first full season as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator, Stefanski coaxed a career year out of Kirk Cousins, but it came on very limited volume (444 passing attempts) for the run-first Vikings. Now, the question is whether Stefanski—in the lead job and not under the watchful eye of Mike Zimmer—will decide to air it out more for an offense that has explosive weapons at receiver and former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield at quarterback. How the young head coach deals with the personalities on the roster will be as important as anything.

 

If the offense runs as it should, Mayfield should be an opportunistic passer in a play-action heavy attack, which would hopefully unlock the downfield accuracy he had throughout his rookie campaign in 2018. Turnovers have been a big problem for Baker since entering the league (35 interceptions in 29 starts), but Cousins just had a 26:6 touchdown-interception ratio under Stefanski, and sacrificing gaudy overall numbers for increased efficiency would be good for Mayfield, the Browns, and fantasy owners. QB1 value is certainly possible, but I don’t see Cleveland’s hire leading to the top-five upside people were hoping for in 2019.

 

Running back

 

As alluded to, you never know how being promoted to the lead job will change an offensive play-caller, but ideally, Nick Chubb will see the biggest boost in Stefanski’s system. The Browns’ best player for the past two seasons, Chubb inexplicably saw just 15.2 carries per game in December, which likely sealed Freddie Kitchens’ fate following a 1-4 finish; Stefanski, on the other hand, featured Dalvin Cook on a weekly basis, and in 2020 and beyond, the running plays (particularly in short-yardage situations) should be much more creative than what we saw from the Browns under Kitchens. It would be an upset if Chubb didn’t again threaten for the rushing title with increased touchdown potential and usage in the passing game.

 

D’Ernest Johnson is the only other back currently under contract, and further boosting Chubb’s value is the fact that Kareem Hunt will likely sign a bigger deal elsewhere in free agency. The team has no reason to match despite Hunt being a restricted free agent. Johnson or anyone else that Cleveland brings in is unlikely to be much more than a handcuff.

 

Wide receiver

 

We didn’t get to see Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen together for a full season in 2019, but they were both very productive under Stefanski. In the first six games on the field together, Diggs was on pace for a 61/1,120/11 line, while Thielen was on a 69/976/13 pace. The Browns have a fairly similar collection of weapons with two top-end receivers (Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry) and limited options behind them, so there’s no reason the former LSU standouts both can’t be at least high-end WR2 options in 2020. I expect OBJ to be used in more of a downfield role like Diggs was (resulting in a career-high 17.9 yards per reception), but the key will be getting on the same page with Mayfield before next fall.

 

Landry should continue to click with his quarterback entering their third season together, and I think having more of an intermediate role will be something that continues in a new offense, which would make up for a possible decrease in targets. The high-end WR1 upside isn’t there like it is for Beckham, but Landry has 81+ receptions in all six years since entering the league. It will be interesting to see who the Browns draft and/or sign to fill out the receiver room.

 

Tight end

 

Based on talent, I remain extremely high on David Njoku, and he should get a much better chance to succeed under a new coaching staff after falling out of Freddie Kitchens’ favor for unknown reasons. The former first-round pick won’t turn 24 until the summer, and he already has an impressive 56/639/4 season under his belt from his age-22 season, so he’s a prime buy-low target in dynasty leagues. Even if he’s not a priority in Stefanski’s system, Njoku should find a way to make plays if given a full-time role.

 

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: Carolina Panthers

Fantasy Implications Of The 2020 NFL Coaching Hires: Carolina Panthers

With the Browns set to hire Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their next head coach, all five vacancies following the 2020 season have been filled, so it’s time to look at how the changes will impact players from a fantasy perspective later this year and beyond. First up is a short breakdown for the Panthers, followed by the other four teams over the rest of the week.

 

Quarterback

 

The 2020 NFL Draft may be Carolina’s best chance to select a franchise quarterback for Rhule’s staff to groom (they have the No. 7 overall pick and surely don’t plan to pick in the top ten again anytime soon), but the immediate outlook for a potential rookie coming in is a mystery right now because the team has yet to hire an offensive coordinator and may keep Cam Newton as the starter. That said, the future would be extremely bright for any signal-caller that the Panthers draft, as the offensive weapons are all young, and LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady has been rumored to be joining Rhule in Carolina.

 

I would be surprised if Newton was back in 2020 (the team would save nearly $20 million on the cap with minimal dead money by moving on), but if the former NFL MVP opens the season in Carolina and as their starter, he should be primed for a very good season. The problem from a fantasy perspective, though, is that he turns 31 in May, and the rushing upside is what made him a high-end QB1 for much of his career. Cam would probably be considered more of an upside QB2 if given the keys to run Rhule’s offense in Year 1.

 

Kyle Allen has shown enough flashes through two seasons to start for the Panthers if they move on from Newton and want to wait to play a rookie, but a loaded group of veteran stopgap options could make it unlikely he gets a real shot. The same goes for 2019 third-round pick Will Grier, who may be on the roster bubble already—especially if the team keeps just two quarterbacks.

 

Running back

 

Overall, Rhule’s offense will be multiple, but one thing is certain: he will want to run the ball. Christian McCaffrey has proven he is capable of handling 20-25+ touches every week, and he should again be the clear focal-point with a case to be the top fantasy selection in drafts over the summer. If there’s a concern, it’s the Panthers possibly adding another runner to take some short-yardage work away from McCaffrey, but no addition would cause the Stanford product to fall out of the top two or three discussion. Also, I expect the offensive line to improve if left tackle Greg Little can stay healthy in his second season.

 

Veteran Mike Davis and rookie Jordan Scalett combined for just six touches for the Panthers in 2019, and we could see a completely new room behind McCaffrey based on the unprecedented depth of the upcoming free agent and rookie classes.

 

Wide receiver

 

Over the final two months of the season, D.J. Moore was perhaps the most consistent fantasy wideout in the league, going for lines of 7/101, 9/120, 8/95, 6/126/2, 6/75/1, 4/81, and 8/113 before a concussion ended his breakout campaign in Week 16. The former first-round pick was on a league-leading pace of 10.7 targets per game over that second-half stretch, so it will be interesting to see how he’s utilized under a new coaching staff. I would say the volume will decrease some, but a more spread-it-out attack with expanded roles for others may lead to increased scoring opportunities (Moore has just six touchdowns in 31 games).

 

I thought Curtis Samuel had a real chance to become Carolina’s No. 1 receiver this season, but he didn’t get as many downfield opportunities as he could have, and the “gadget” plays (19 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown on the ground) helped boost his fantasy numbers after a modest 54/627/6 line. Still not turning 24 until August, Samuel may benefit from the Rhule hiring more than anyone, especially if Brady ends up joining the coaching staff; the pairing would have no problem getting Samuel the ball in a variety of ways while increasing his weekly upside as a downfield threat.

 

Jarius Wright has a club option to return in 2020, but Rhule may want to look elsewhere for a third wideout with more size to complement Moore and Samuel.

 

Tight end

 

With Greg Olsen reportedly not expected back in Carolina (even if he wants to continue playing), the Panthers will have a chance to grow together as an offensive core, and Ian Thomas would actually be the oldest skill-position starter at just 25 years old (in June). The former fourth-round pick took a step back from a statistical perspective because of less playing time compared to his rookie season, but he had 57 yards and a touchdown in his lone game with more than five targets, and the talent is clearly there for him to make a leap in 2020. While tight end wouldn’t be a priority in a Rhule/Brady system, Thomas carries plenty of touchdown potential to be a low-end TE1.

 

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

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

A couple of players ranked outside the top three at their respective positions are excellent values in daily fantasy lineups for the Divisional Round. Check out the full Divisional Round fantasy rankings for a deeper look at where the players in action this weekend rank.

 

QB Aaron Rodgers

DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $8,300

 

Ideally, you’ll go with Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes as top-tier options. But for the mid-range quarterback options this week, Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field should offer a nice floor with 300-yard, multi-touchdown upside against the Seahawks. Things are different on FanDuel, but in the combined Saturday and Sunday contests on DraftKings, Rodgers is ranked No. 5 in terms of salary.

 

RB Damien Williams

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $7,300

 

Damien Williams emerged as the clear leader in Kansas City’s backfield to end the regular season, but he’s not getting priced as such entering the Divisional Round. Rookie Devin Singletary was able to rack up 58 yards rushing and 76 yards receiving (134 total) last week against the Texans, and Williams has that type of versatile yardage upside with major touchdown potential to go along with it this Sunday.

 

RB Justice Hill

DraftKings: $3,900 | FanDuel: $4,800

 

If Mark Ingram (calf) is out for the Ravens, Justice Hill could be a considerable value as someone that could easily reach double-digit touches in Baltimore’s run-heavy offense. Hill has the speed and explosiveness to get to the edge and pickup chunk yardage on the second level of the Titans defense. Also, even if Ingram is active, Hill could still see more work with the veteran running back likely at well less than 100%.

 

WR Mecole Hardman

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

 

It’s essentially a roll of the dice on which Kansas City receiver might have a big game in a given week, and it could just as easily be the underrated Sammy Watkins that goes for 100+ yards and a touchdown or two against the Texans. But an early deep shot to Mecole Hardman—with the defense potentially focusing on stopping Tyreek Hill on the other side—could be a good possibility for Andy Reid’s offense following their bye week, and the track-speed rookie receiver just needs one big play to pay dividends in lineups.

 

TE Jimmy Graham

DraftKings: $3,300 | FanDuel: $5,000

It sounds like the Seahawks want to be physical with Jimmy Graham, who could certainly get shut down on Sunday. However, Seattle has not been great against opposing tight ends this season, and Graham might rise to the challenge versus one of his former teams. You are going for the red-zone upside with the six-foot-seven tight end in DFS lineups for the Divisional Round.

Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings 2019-2020: Divisional Round

Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings 2019-2020: Divisional Round

Our rankings for the NFL playoffs are for 0.5 PPR scoring formats, but Fantasy Consigliere members can ask any and all questions over the next few weeks and throughout the offseason.

 

Quarterback

1. Lamar Jackson (v TEN)
2. Patrick Mahomes (v HOU)
3. Aaron Rodgers (v SEA)
4. Russell Wilson (@ GB)
5. Deshaun Watson (@ KC)
6. Jimmy Garoppolo (v MIN)
7. Ryan Tannehill (@ BAL)
8. Kirk Cousins (@ SF)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (@ BAL)
2. Dalvin Cook (@ SF)
3. Damien Williams (v HOU)
4. Aaron Jones (v SEA)
5. Gus Edwards (v TEN)
6. Raheem Mostert (v MIN)
7. Carlos Hyde (@ KC)
8. Mark Ingram (v TEN)
9. Jamaal Williams (v SEA)
10. Marshawn Lynch (@ GB)
11. Tevin Coleman (v MIN)
12. Duke Johnson (@ KC)
13. Travis Homer (@ GB)
14. Matt Breida (v MIN)
15. Alexander Mattison (@ SF)
16. LeSean McCoy (v HOU)
17. Justice Hill (v TEN)
18. Dion Lewis (@ BAL)
19. Darwin Thompson (v HOU)
20. Ameer Abdullah (@ SF)

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams (v SEA)
2. Tyreek Hill (v HOU)
3. DeAndre Hopkins (@ KC)
4. D.K. Metcalf (@ GB)
5. Tyler Lockett (@ GB)
6. A.J. Brown (@ BAL)
7. Adam Thielen (@ SF)
8. Stefon Diggs (@ SF)
9. Deebo Samuel (v MIN)
10. Emmanuel Sanders (v MIN)
11. Sammy Watkins (v HOU)
12. Marquise Brown (v TEN)
13. Will Fuller (@ KC)
14. Mecole Hardman (v HOU)
15. David Moore (@ GB)
16. Allen Lazard (v SEA)
17. Kenny Stills (@ KC)
18. Corey Davis (@ BAL)
19. Willie Snead (v TEN)
20. Kendrick Bourne (v MIN)
21. Demarcus Robinson (v HOU)
22. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v SEA)
23. Geronimo Allison (v SEA)
24. Miles Boykin (v TEN)
25. Tajae Sharpe (@ BAL)
26. Jake Kumerow (v SEA)
27. Seth Roberts (v TEN)
28. Olabisi Johnson (@ SF)
29. Keke Coutee (@ KC)
30. Laquon Treadwell (@ SF)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v HOU)
2. George Kittle (v MIN)
3. Mark Andrews (v TEN)
4. Jonnu Smith (@ BAL)
5. Jacob Hollister (@ GB)
6. Kyle Rudolph (@ SF)
7. Darren Fells (@ KC)
8. Jimmy Graham (v SEA)
9. Hayden Hurst (v TEN)
10. Irv Smith Jr. (@ SF)
11. Nick Boyle (v TEN)
12. Anthony Firkser (@ BAL)
13. Jordan Akins (@ KC)
14. Luke Willson (@ GB)
15. Marcedes Lewis (v SEA)
16. Robert Tonyan (v SEA)
17. MyCole Pruitt (@ BAL)
18. Blake Bell (v HOU)
19. Tyler Conklin (@ SF)
20. Ross Dwelley (v MIN)

 

Defense/ST

1. Baltimore Ravens (v TEN)
2. San Francisco 49ers (v MIN)
3. Green Bay Packers (v SEA)
4. Minnesota Vikings (@ SF)
5. Kansas City Chiefs (v HOU)
6. Seattle Seahawks (@ GB)
7. Tennessee Titans (@ BAL)
8. Houston Texans (@ KC)

 

Kicker

1. Harrison Butker (v HOU)
2. Justin Tucker (v TEN)
3. Robbie Gould (v MIN)
4. Mason Crosby (v SEA)
5. Dan Bailey (@ SF)
6. Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ KC)
7. Jason Myers (@ GB)
8. Greg Joseph (@ BAL)

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

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

This week’s daily fantasy advice gives the top five values in DraftKings and FanDuel. Be sure to check out the full Wild Card Round fantasy rankings or ask any questions you have through the Consigliere Counsel. The Sunday games are getting higher projections and higher salaries, so all five recommendations come from the Saturday AFC slate.

 

RB Sony Michel

DraftKings: $4,600 | FanDuel: $7,200

 

All the way down behind Vikings third-string running back Mike Boone on DraftKings, Sony Michel is a major, major value for Wild Card Weekend. Anything can happen, and perhaps it won’t work out, but Michel was given a heavy workload both last postseason and to conclude this regular season, and he should be a guy that is in virtually all lineups considering his salary.

 

QB Tom Brady

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $7,800

 

Similarly, both in DraftKings combined games and a FanDuel single-day Saturday lineups, Tom Brady has the lowest salary of all starting quarterbacks. It’s a bit disrespectful to have TB12 priced so low, and he is an excellent value for a playoff game in Foxboro. No one should be surprised if Brady lights it up tomorrow night.

 

RB Carlos Hyde

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $6,700

 

The potential workload of Carlos Hyde (touch totals of 16, 26, and 18 in his final three full games to end the regular season) paired with a Bills run defense that had some struggles this season makes the Ohio State product a solid play this weekend. Hyde should offer a nice floor, and he has upside if he can find the end zone once or twice.

 

RB Rex Burkhead

DraftKings: $4,500 | FanDuel: $5,600

 

Priced just behind Sony Michel in DraftKings, Burkhead is also a strong value that could pop a big play in either the run or pass game. In FanDuel, the versatile veteran running back is an even better value, as he’s much further behind Michel in salary.

 

TE Dawson Knox

DraftKings: $2,900 | FanDuel: $5,500

 

Dawson Knox hasn’t been heavily involved as a receiver recently, but he’s made some chunk plays throughout his rookie season. Buffalo might unleash the third-round pick a bit more this postseason, and the Texans have been slightly below average defending opposing tight ends.

Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings 2019-2020: Wild Card Round

Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings 2019-2020: Wild Card Round

Our rankings for the NFL playoffs are for 0.5 PPR scoring formats, but Fantasy Consigliere members can ask any and all questions over the next few weeks and throughout the offseason.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen (@ HOU)
2. Drew Brees (v MIN)
3. Tom Brady (v TEN)
4. Russell Wilson (@ PHI)
5. Carson Wentz (v SEA)
6. Deshaun Watson (v BUF)
7. Kirk Cousins (@ NO)
8. Ryan Tannehill (@ NE)
9. Taysom Hill (v MIN)
10. Marcus Mariota (@ NE)

 

Running back

1. Alvin Kamara (v MIN)
2. Derrick Henry (@ NE)
3. Dalvin Cook (@ NO)
4. Sony Michel (v TEN)
5. Devin Singletary (@ HOU)
6. James White (v TEN)
7. Miles Sanders (v SEA)
8. Boston Scott (v SEA)
9. Carlos Hyde (v BUF)
10. Marshawn Lynch (@ PHI)
11. Travis Homer (@ PHI)
12. Latavius Murray (v MIN)
13. Rex Burkhead (v TEN)
14. Jordan Howard (v SEA)
15. Duke Johnson (v BUF)
16. Alexander Mattison (@ NO)
17. Dion Lewis (@ NE)
18. Frank Gore (@ HOU)
19. Mike Boone (@ NO)
20. Brandon Bolden (v TEN)

 

Wide receiver

1. Michael Thomas (v MIN)
2. Julian Edelman (v TEN)
3. John Brown (@ HOU)
4. A.J. Brown (@ NE)
5. Stefon Diggs (@ NO)
6. D.K. Metcalf (@ PHI)
7. Tyler Lockett (@ PHI)
8. DeAndre Hopkins (v BUF)
9. Adam Thielen (@ NO)
10. Cole Beasley (@ HOU)
11. Greg Ward (v SEA)
12. N’Keal Harry (v TEN)
13. Corey Davis (@ NE)
14. Kenny Stills (v BUF)
15. Tre’Quan Smith (v MIN)
16. Mohamed Sanu (v TEN)
17. Ted Ginn (v MIN)
18. David Moore (@ PHI)
19. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (v SEA)
20. Phillip Dorsett (v TEN)
21. Jakobi Meyers (v TEN)
22. Isaiah McKenzie (@ HOU)
23. Duke Williams (@ HOU)
24. Tajae Sharpe (@ NE)
25. Laquon Treadwell (@ NO)
26. Deontay Burnett (v SEA)
27. Olabisi Johnson (@ NO)
28. Keke Coutee (v BUF)
29. Robert Davis (v SEA)
30. DeAndre Carter (v BUF)

 

Tight end

1. Dallas Goedert (v SEA)
2. Jared Cook (v MIN)
3. Zach Ertz (v SEA)
4. Jacob Hollister (@ PHI)
5. Dawson Knox (@ HOU)
6. Jonnu Smith (@ NE)
7. Kyle Rudolph (@ NO)
8. Darren Fells (v BUF)
9. Benjamin Watson (v TEN)
10. Irv Smith Jr. (@ NO)
11. Joshua Perkins (v SEA)
12. Josh Hill (v MIN)
13. Matt LaCosse (v TEN)
14. Tyler Kroft (@ HOU)
15. MyCole Pruitt (@ NE)
16. Anthony Firkser (@ NE)
17. Lee Smith (@ HOU)
18. Jordan Thomas (v BUF)
19. Tyler Conklin (@ NO)
20. Tyrone Swoopes (@ PHI)

 

Defense/ST

1. New England Patriots (v TEN)
2. New Orleans Saints (v MIN)
3. Buffalo Bills (@ HOU)
4. Philadelphia Eagles (v SEA)
5. Seattle Seahawks (@ PHI)
6. Tennessee Titans (@ NE)
7. Houston Texans (v BUF)
8. Minnesota Vikings (@ NO)

 

Kicker

1. Wil Lutz (v MIN)
2. Nick Folk (v TEN)
3. Jake Elliott (v SEA)
4. Dan Bailey (@ NO)
5. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v BUF)
6. Stephen Hauschka (@ HOU)
7. Jason Myers (@ PHI)
8. Greg Joseph (@ NE)

White Wolf 2019 Fantasy Football Awards

White Wolf 2019 Fantasy Football Awards

Breakout Player of the Year: DeVante Parker, MIA WR

Just when mostly everyone jumped off the Parker bandwagon (following multiple years of hype, including the previous coaching staff saying he should play in the “Monster Bowl”), the No. 14 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft finally reached his potential this season, setting career-highs across the board with 72 receptions, 1,202 yards, and nine touchdowns. The trust Ryan Fitzpatrick had in Parker was a big reason for his WR7 finish.

 

Waiver Wire Pickup of the Year: Darren Waller, OAK TE

Running backs seem to be the hot pickup every season, but Waller—who was on the radar over the summer because of rare athletic traits—quickly went from a wait-and-see option to high-end TE1 by posting a 90-catch season in Jon Gruden’s offense. While a lack of touchdowns (three) kept him slightly below Travis Kelce and George Kittle atop the position, Waller was remarkably consistent as the only tight end with at least 5.5 fantasy points in every game.

 

Draft Value of the Year: Chris Godwin, TB WR

Over the summer, Godwin was viewed as a fourth- or fifth-round pick by the consensus, but he shattered expectations with an 86/1,333/9 line to finish as the overall WR2 despite missing the final two games with a hamstring injury. Importantly, the Penn State product never killed fantasy owners with a dud (he had 40+ yards in every game), and huge performances of 12/172/2, 7/125/2, and 7/184/2 carried lineups when it may have been needed.

 

Late Round Pick of the Year: Lamar Jackson, BAL QB

Dak Prescott (QB2) and Josh Allen (QB6) were other quarterbacks that paid dividends for those who waited at the position, but no one provided a better return on investment than Jackson, who was ranked as a borderline QB1/QB2 and went as late as the final round in some leagues. Anyone that drafted Jackson was almost certainly in good position to make a playoff run in December.

 

Fantasy Playoffs MVP: A.J. Brown, TEN WR

Speaking of playoffs, Brown was an absolute stud for the Titans and fantasy owners over the final four weeks, going for point totals of 31.1, 21.4, 14.8, and 20.4 (or an insane 21.9 fantasy points per game). Chunk plays were routine for Brown down the stretch, and by Week 17, it was impossible to view him as anything other than a clear WR1 option.

 

Rookie of the Year: A.J. Brown, TEN WR

Josh Jacobs and Kyler Murray were strong candidates with Miles Sanders also making a late push, but Brown—despite starting the year as a part-time player on a run-first team—caught 52 passes for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns on just 84 targets. Tennessee’s second-round pick is an undeniable superstar-in-the-making.

 

Most Valuable Player: Lamar Jackson, BAL QB

Jackson had one of the greatest fantasy seasons of all-time in 2019, averaging 27.7 points per game while beating opponents with both his arm (36:6 touchdown-interception ratio) and legs (NFL record 1,206 rushing yards for a quarterback). In 15 games played, Jackson had 20+ fantasy points 13 times, 25+ fantasy points nine times, 30+ fantasy points seven times, and 35+ fantasy points twice. From the five-touchdown game in the opener to 103 rushing yards in his final regular season appearance, Jackson was dominant from start to finish.

 

Team of the Year

 

QB: Lamar Jackson, BAL

RB: Christian McCaffrey, CAR

RB: Derrick Henry, TEN

WR: Michael Thomas, NO

WR: Chris Godwin, ATL

TE: Travis Kelce, KC

FLEX: Dalvin Cook, MIN

D/ST: Patriots

K: Harrison Butker, KC

 

Week 17 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

Week 17 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

Team of the Week

 

QB: Dak Prescott

The Cowboys couldn’t get the passing attack going two weeks ago in a crucial loss to the Eagles, but Prescott rebounded in the finale by throwing for 303 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions in a 31-point win over the Redskins. The 29.6 fantasy points for the week easily topped all quarterbacks, and Dak finished a career year with 4,902 passing yards and a 30:11 touchdown-interception ratio.

 

RB: Derrick Henry

With a playoff berth on the line, Tennessee wisely handed the ball to their six-foot-three, 247-pound runner 32 times, which led to 211 yards and three touchdowns. Henry has been basically unstoppable in December over the past two years, and Sunday’s showing was good enough to earn him the rushing title.

 

RB: Boston Scott

Scott was the engine to plenty of fantasy comebacks following a 138-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Giants in the late afternoon window, and his 33.8 fantasy points were easily the best of his career. The 24-year-old has emerged as a serious weapon for Philadelphia with 23 receptions over the past four games.

 

WR: Michael Gallup

After quietly getting over 1,000 receiving yards in Week 16, Gallup had a career day to boost his season numbers even more with five receptions, 98 yards, and three touchdowns in the finale. The highlight was a twirling grab in the corner of the end zone to spark a white-hot second half.

 

WR: Deebo Samuel

Only one wideout (Gallup) had more than 22.0 fantasy points yesterday, but Samuel’s dual-threat ability was enough to give him the overall WR2 finish after five receptions for 102 yards (on five targets) and two carries for 33 yards and a touchdown. The rookie could be an undervalued option for those participating in a playoff-long fantasy challenge next month.

 

TE: Tyler Higbee

The streak of 100-yard games ended at four, but Higbee remained on fire to close out the year, catching eight passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in LA’s 31-24 win over Arizona. If you extend Higbee’s five December games to a full season, he’d have been on pace for a 138/1,670/6 line.

 

FLEX: Damien Williams

Joe Mixon deserves recognition following another outstanding game, but Williams gets the FLEX spot for totaling 154 yards and two touchdowns—both of which would make a career highlight reel. The first was an 84-yard sprint down the sideline where he emerged through a pile of Chargers defenders, and the second (from seven yards out) was arguably even more impressive as Williams showed pure determination to stay on his feet at the four-yard line and lunge into the end zone.

 

D/ST: Ravens

Even without a few key players resting for Baltimore, Steelers-Ravens was a predictable slugfest—and the home team did most of the punching. The AFC’s top seed allowed just 168 yards and ten points while recovering two fumbles, taking Devlin Hodges down for two sacks, forcing a safety, and scoring a touchdown.

 

K: Younghoe Koo

Koo was a great midseason addition for Atlanta, and he finished strong by hitting all five field goal attempts to finish with 18 fantasy points. In eight games this year, the Korean kicker hit 38-of-42 kicks (including 15-of-16 PAT attempts).

 

Surprise of the Week: Boston Scott

The ankle injury to Miles Sanders obviously played a role, but despite entering the game as the No. 2 back (ahead of Jordan Howard in his return), no one could have predicted that Scott would handle 23 touches and score three times in a win-and-in game for Philly. The five-foot-six runner should remain a big factor in the Wild Card Round and has likely earned himself an offensive role in 2020.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Nick Chubb

A three-game losing streak for the Browns (all by double-digit points) sealed Freddie Kitchens’ fate, and not feeding Chubb was undoubtedly the biggest mistake Cleveland’s former head coach made—especially after playing through the Georgia product is what made the offense so successful down the stretch in 2019. On Sunday, Chubb had just 13 carries for 41 scoreless yards, and he averaged 15.0 carries per game during the team’s season-ending losing streak.

 

Rookie of the Week: Deebo Samuel

Per usual, A.J. Brown (4/124/1) made a push here, but Samuel was the main standout for the rookie class after shining on Sunday Night Football. A do-it-all weapon in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, Deebo totaled 961 yards and six touchdowns this season, and he notably had 20+ rushing yards in four-of-five games to close out the year.

 

Week 17 MVP: Derrick Henry

The 39.1 fantasy points for Henry led all scorers and was his best performance of the season, so he’s an easy choice for MVP in the final week of the year. Dating back to last season, Henry has averaged 23.2 fantasy points per game in nine December appearances.

 

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

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

The final week of the regular season will include many people playing daily fantasy games on DraftKings and FanDuel. The recommended Week 17 lineup includes three top running backs.

 

QB: Jared Goff vs. ARI

DraftKings: $6,200 | FanDuel: $7,900

 

Jared Goff threw for 323 yards in the first half against the Cardinals earlier this month, and now he gets them at home in Week 17. Sean McVay and company are going to look to go out firing on a high note after a disappointing season. Goff is an excellent value with overall QB1 upside.

 

RB: Derrick Henry @ HOU

DraftKings: $8,100 | FanDuel: $8,800

 

We’ll see if the week off was enough for Derrick Henry to look like his usual self this Sunday against the Texans, but it helps that the Titans are in a win-and-in scenario, so the workhorse runner should be fed. They are indicating otherwise right now, but Houston may end up resting starters depending on the results of the Kansas City game earlier in the day, and Henry against a backup defense could be scary.

 

RB: Nick Chubb @ CIN

DraftKings: $7,500 | FanDuel: $7,900

 

As first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens looks to lock in his job for 2020, it would be smart to hand Nick Chubb the ball at least 20 times this Sunday at Cincinnati. The Browns are at their best when Chubb is given the ball, and this should not be a game where they fall behind and have to throw the ball around to keep up.

 

WR: Larry Fitzgerald @ LAR

DraftKings: $4,500 | FanDuel: $5,900

 

It’s possible this is the final game in the illustrious career of Larry Fitzgerald, and he’s someone to targets in DFS lineups. The Rams will be without All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey for the matchup, making Arizona’s weapons more appealing. After his first touchdown in over a month last week, Fitz should have the trust of Kyler Murray or Brett Hundley in the red zone.

 

WR: Russell Gage @ TB

DraftKings: $4,400 | FanDuel: $5,300

 

Russell Gage has five receptions in two consecutive weeks, and he had an 8/76 line versus the Buccaneers earlier this season. If the Tampa Bay defense is focused on stopping Julio Jones, Gage could do some damage in lineups.

 

WR: Brandin Cooks vs. ARI

DraftKings: $4,400 | FanDuel: $5,900

 

Tyler Higbee is probably the best stack with Jared Goff, but Brandin Cooks is an upside option if he can hit a big play or two in a potential shootout at home. Cooks made a nice contested touchdown catch last Saturday night against the 49ers.

 

TE: Hunter Henry @ KC

DraftKings: $4,500 | FanDuel: $6,000

 

The aforementioned Tyler Higbee is probably the best tight end value of the week in daily fantasy lineups, but Hunter Henry fits in this lineup at his salary. Henry has been quiet lately, but he was more involved last week and had six receptions in the first game versus the Chiefs.

 

FLEX: Marlon Mack @ JAX

DraftKings: $6,900 | FanDuel: $7,300

 

Last month, Marlon Mack averaged a season-high 7.8 yards per carry on 14 attempts (109 rushing yards) with a touchdown against the Jaguars before leaving early. Jacksonville has not looked good against the run, and Mack could hit the century-mark again to conclude his regular season.

 

D/ST: Falcons @ TB

DraftKings: $3,400 | FanDuel: $4,600

 

A Jameis Winston turnover is a good bet every week, and the Falcons are playing for a head coach (Dan Quinn) that will be with them in 2020, so expect the unit to play hard and set the tone heading into their offseason.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $100

FanDuel: $400

 

. . .

 

Other recommended Week 17 options

 

QB: Tom Brady vs. MIA

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $7,600

 

RB: Todd Gurley vs. ARI

DraftKings: $6,600 | FanDuel: $7,800

 

RB: Latavius Murray @ CAR

DraftKings: $5,600 | FanDuel: $5,400

 

WR: A.J. Brown @ HOU

DraftKings: $7,000 | FanDuel: $7,200

 

WR: Michael Gallup vs. WAS

DraftKings: $5,400 | FanDuel: $6,500

 

TE: Tyler Higbee vs. ARI

DraftKings: $5,600 | FanDuel: $6,900

Week 17 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 17 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For the final week of the season, I am going with a shortened version of “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down” to hopefully help those still chasing a championship in Week 17. Of course, Fantasy Consigliere members can always check out our full rankings for any start/sit decision.

 

Quarterback “Thumbs Up”

 

Now eliminated from playoff contention, Jared Goff and the Rams may decide to open things up with an all-out aerial assault against an Arizona defense he threw for 424 yards and two touchdowns against at the start of the month… Dak Prescott was a disappointment in Week 16, but he should rebound at home with the Redskins starting two off-the-street free agents at cornerback… Although the Texans potentially resting their guys would hurt the chances of a shootout, Ryan Tannehill gets an excellent matchup whether or not he faces Houston’s starting secondary… He is unlikely to have another five-touchdown game to break the rookie record for touchdowns in a season (27), but Daniel Jones is going to throw the ball around against a Philly defense that’s very vulnerable away from Lincoln Financial Field.

 

Quarterback “Thumbs Down”

 

Josh AllenDeshaun Watson, and Kirk Cousins are among the players with little or nothing to play for that may have Sunday treated like a preseason game… Russell Wilson is coming off his worst game of the year and has a 7:4 touchdown-interception ratio over the past six games; he’s just a high-end QB2 against San Francisco… Even against Buffalo backups, Sam Darnold has a low floor on the road in Buffalo… Philip Rivers probably isn’t someone to put too much stock into considering his propensity for a meltdown in 2019, including a four-interception performance versus Kansas City already.

 

Running Back “Thumbs Up”

 

The Browns haven’t done much right this year, but making sure the soft-spoken Nick Chubb wins the rushing title needs to be a priority in the season finale… Marlon Mack may have reached 200 rushing yards if he didn’t get injured at the start of the second half for Indy’s previous game against Jacksonville (14 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown)… It makes sense for the Patriots to continue feeding Sony Michel ahead of January… In his past three healthy appearances, Damien Williams has averaged 19.0 touches and 109.7 yards per game; keep an eye on the status of LeSean McCoy… The Packers dominated up front last week, but Kerryon Johnson looked good in his return and will hopefully be more involved as a receiver in Week 17… Gus Edwards and Travis Homer are both worth a start as the lead runners for their respective teams due to rest/injury… Justice Hill (talent/opportunity) and Jordan Wilkins (matchup) are my favorite lottery ticket plays.

 

Running Back “Thumbs Down”

 

The Buccaneers won’t be an easy matchup for Devonta Freeman, who is more of a low-end RB2 despite coming off his best game of the season… David Montgomery has been unable to get going in back-to-back weeks and will now face the Vikings in Minnesota… The potential absence of James Conner (thigh) isn’t enough to make Benny Snell more than a touchdown-or-bust FLEX option for what will likely be a committee—and the resting Ravens will still play hard at home… Mike Boone was met in the backfield basically every time he touched the ball last week, so I’d have a difficult time trusting him again… Starting Marshawn Lynch sounds better in theory.

 

Wide Receiver “Thumbs Up”

 

A.J. Brown was uncoverable in the last game versus Houston, and that won’t change in Week 17 as he nears 1,000 yards; consider him a borderline top-five play… Allen Robinson should have a bit of a chip on his shoulder after being slighted on last week’s Sunday Night Football broadcast… Unless Ezekiel Elliott completely goes wild on the ground, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup could both have a field day against cornerbacks Dee Delaney and Breon Borders… Justin Watson should remain in the Chris Godwin role this week as a definite top-30 receiver play… Christian Kirk gets a significant boost with Jalen Ramsey (knee) out for Los Angeles… Both John Ross and Brandin Cooks carry the upside needed to overcome an early deficit for those in two-week playoff formats.

 

Wide Receiver “Thumbs Down”

 

You might not want to hop off the train at this point, but if there was ever a matchup to bench DeVante Parker in, facing the Patriots in New England is it… The competitiveness of T.Y. Hilton has helped him get back on the field for the Colts, but he’s clearly not himself, and Indy shouldn’t have to air it out much on Sunday… The same could be said for Adam Thielen, who may be better off taking a week to rest before the postseason… Even a little bit of playing time for Tre’Davious White and the starting Buffalo secondary would be enough to downgrade Robby Anderson some… JuJu Smith-Schuster worked as the third receiver for Pittsburgh last week, and I don’t think they will push him at less than 100% on a conservative offense… Hunter Renfrow could see a lot of Chris Harris Jr. this weekend.

Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Merry Christmas! Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can simply move players that catch more passes up a bit (in PPR leagues) and players that don’t catch many pass down a bit (in non-PPR leagues). Also, Fantasy Consigliere subscribers can always ask any direct start/sit question (or any other questions) for any format all throughout the week.

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v LAC)
2. Jared Goff (v ARI)
3. Drew Brees (@ CAR)
4. Dak Prescott (v WAS)
5. Matt Ryan (@ TB)
6. Ryan Tannehill (@ HOU)
7. Jameis Winston (v ATL)
8. Aaron Rodgers (@ DET)
9. Carson Wentz (@ NYG)
10. Daniel Jones (v PHI)
11. Tom Brady (v MIA)
12. Russell Wilson (v SF)
13. Baker Mayfield (@ CIN)
14. Jimmy Garoppolo (@ SEA)
15. Kyler Murray (@ LAR)
16. Andy Dalton (v CLE)
17. Gardner Minshew (v IND)
18. Jacoby Brissett (@ JAX)
19. Philip Rivers (@ KC)
20. Mitchell Trubisky (@ MIN)
21. Drew Lock (v OAK)
22. Derek Carr (@ DEN)
23. Sam Darnold (@ BUF)
24. Robert Griffin III (v PIT)
25. Case Keemun (@ DAL)
26. A.J. McCarron (v TEN)
27. Matt Barkley (v NYJ)
28. Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ NE)
30. Sean Mannion (v CHI)
31. David Blough (v GB)
32. Will Grier (v NO)
33. Devlin Hodges (@ BAL)
34. Taysom Hill (@ CAR)
35. Brett Hundley (@ LAR)

 

Running back

1. Christian McCaffrey (v NO)
2. Nick Chubb (@ CIN)
3. Derrick Henry (@ HOU)
4. Ezekiel Elliott (v WAS)
5. Saquon Barkley (v PHI)
6. Alvin Kamara (@ CAR)
7. Aaron Jones (@ DET)
8. Marlon Mack (@ JAX)
9. Joe Mixon (v CLE)
10. Melvin Gordon (@ KC)
11. Todd Gurley (v ARI)
12. Miles Sanders (@ NYG)
13. Damien Williams (v LAC)
14. Le’Veon Bell (@ BUF)
15. Sony Michel (v MIA)
16. Austin Ekeler (@ KC)
17. Kenyan Drake (@ LAR)
18. Phillip Lindsay (v OAK)
19. Ryquell Armstead (v IND)
20. DeAndre Washington (@ DEN)
21. Devonta Freeman (@ TB)
22. Kerryon Johnson (v GB)
23. Raheem Mostert (@ SEA)
24. Kareem Hunt (@ CIN)
25. Gus Edwards (v PIT)
26. Adrian Peterson (@ DAL)
27. James White (v MIA)
28. David Montgomery (@ MIN)
29. Mike Boone (v CHI)
30. Latavius Murray (@ CAR)
31. Benny Snell (@ BAL)
32. Ronald Jones II (v ATL)
33. Tarik Cohen (@ MIN)
34. T.J. Yeldon (v NYJ)
35. Jordan Howard (@ NYG)
36. Boston Scott (@ NYG)
37. Justice Hill (v PIT)
38. Travis Homer (v SF)
39. Marshawn Lynch (v SF)
40. Rex Burkhead (v MIA)
41. Patrick Laird (@ NE)
42. Royce Freeman (v OAK)
43. Tevin Coleman (@ SEA)
44. Jaylen Samuels (@ BAL)
45. Jalen Richard (@ DEN)
46. Nyheim Hines (@ JAX)
47. Dion Lewis (@ HOU)
48. Peyton Barber (v ATL)
49. Chris Thompson (@ DAL)
50. Ameer Abdullah (v CHI)
51. David Johnson (@ LAR)
52. Giovani Bernard (v CLE)
53. LeSean McCoy (v LAC)
54. Jonathan Williams (@ JAX)
55. Bo Scarbrough (v GB)
56. Tony Pollard (v WAS)
57. Malcolm Brown (v ARI)
58. Taiwan Jones (v TEN)
59. Duke Johnson (v TEN)
60. Matt Breida (@ SEA)
61. Darwin Thompson (v LAC)
62. Robert Turbin (v SF)
63. J.D. McKissic (v GB)
64. Dare Ogunbowale (v ATL)
65. Bilal Powell (@ BUF)

 

Wide receiver

1. Julio Jones (@ TB)
2. Michael Thomas (@ CAR)
3. Davante Adams (@ DET)
4. Tyreek Hill (v LAC)
5. Allen Robinson (@ MIN)
6. A.J. Brown (@ HOU)
7. Robert Woods (v ARI0
8. Amari Cooper (v WAS)
9. Courtland Sutton (v OAK)
10. Julian Edelman (v MIA)
11. Keenan Allen (@ KC)
12. Kenny Golladay (v GB)
13. Cooper Kupp (v ARI)
14. Michael Gallup (v WAS)
15. Breshad Perriman (v ATL)
16. Tyler Boyd (v CLE)
17. Tyler Lockett (v SF)
18. Jarvis Landry (@ CIN)
19. Odell Beckham Jr. (@ CIN)
20. Mike Williams (@ KC)
21. Emmanuel Sanders (@ SEA)
22. D.J. Chark (v IND)
23. Deebo Samuel (@ SEA)
24. Christian Kirk (@ LAR)
25. Justin Watson (v ATL)
26. DeVante Parker (@ NE)
27. Darius Slayton (v PHI)
28. T.Y. Hilton (@ JAX)
29. Anthony Miller (@ MIN)
30. Sterling Shepard (v PHI)
31. Greg Ward (@ NYG)
32. Curtis Samuel (v NO)
33. D.K. Metcalf (v SF)
34. Jamison Crowder (@ BUF)
35. Golden Tate (v PHI)
36. Robby Anderson (@ BUF)
37. Brandin Cooks (v ARI)
38. James Washington (@ BAL)
39. Larry Fitzgerald (@ LAR)
40. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ BAL)
41. Sammy Watkins (v LAC)
42. John Ross (v CLE)
43. Tyrell Williams (@ DEN)
44. Chris Conley (v IND)
45. Dede Westbrook (v IND)
46. Steven Sims (@ DAL)
47. Diontae Johnson (@ BAL)
48. Zach Pascal (@ JAX)
49. Danny Amendola (v GB)
50. N’Keal Harry (v MIA)
51. Hunter Renfrow (@ DEN)
52. Russell Gage (@ TB)
53. Allen Lazard (@ DET)
54. Corey Davis (@ HOU)
55. Kelvin Harmon (@ DAL)
56. Mohamed Sanu (v MIA)
57. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (@ NYG)
58. Keke Coutee (v TEN)
59. Randall Cobb (v WAS)
60. Kendrick Bourne (@ SEA)
61. Ted Ginn (@ CAR)
62. Tre’Quan Smith (@ CAR)
63. Mecole Hardman (v LAC)
64. Laquon Treadwell (v CHI)
65. Tim Patrick (v OAK)
66. Jakobi Meyers (v MIA)
67. DaeSean Hamilton (v OAK)
68. Olabisi Johnson (v CHI)
69. Robert Foster (v NYJ)
70. Marcus Johnson (@ JAX)
71. Tajae Sharpe (@ HOU)
72. Alex Erickson (v CLE)
73. Isaiah McKenzie (v NYJ)
74. Vyncint Smith (@ BUF)
75. Albert Wilson (@ NE)
76. Willie Snead (v PIT)
77. Phillip Dorsett (v MIA)
78. Demarcus Robinson (v LAC)
79. Seth Roberts (v PIT)
80. DeAndre Carter (v TEN)

 

Tight end

1. George Kittle (@ SEA)
2. Travis Kelce (v LAC)
3. Tyler Higbee (v ARI)
4. Dallas Goedert (@ NYG)
5. Austin Hooper (@ TB)
6. Darren Waller (@ DEN)
7. Hunter Henry (@ KC)
8. Jared Cook (@ CAR)
9. Jonnu Smith (@ HOU)
10. O.J. Howard (v ATL)
11. Jack Doyle (@ JAX)
12. Noah Fant (v OAK)
13. Jacob Hollister (v SF)
14. Greg Olsen (v NO)
15. Jason Witten (v WAS)
16. Kaden Smith (v PHI)
17. Tyler Eifert (v CLE)
18. Irv Smith Jr. (v CHI)
19. Hayden Hurst (v PIT)
20. David Njoku (@ CIN)
21. Mike Gesicki (@ NE)
22. Cameron Brate (v ATL)
23. Jimmy Graham (@ DET)
24. Vance McDonald (@ BAL)
25. Gerald Everett (v ARI)
26. Benjamin Watson (v MIA)
27. Ian Thomas (v NO)
28. Matt LaCosse (v MIA)
29. Joshua Perkins (@ NYG)
30. Jordan Akins (v TEN)
31. Demetrius Harris (@ CIN)
32. Blake Jarwin (v WAS)
33. Logan Thomas (v GB)
34. Jeremy Sprinkle (@ DAL)
35. Jesper Horsted (@ MIN)

 

Defense/ST

1. New England Patriots (v MIA)
2. New Orleans Saints (@ CAR)
3. Green Bay Packers (@ DET)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (@ BAL)
5. Kansas City Chiefs (v LAC)
6. Baltimore Ravens (v PIT)
7. San Francisco 49ers (@ SEA)
8. Los Angeles Rams (v ARI)
9. Philadelphia Eagles (@ NYG)
10. Atlanta Falcons (@ TB)
11. New York Jets (@ BUF)
12. Indianapolis Colts (@ JAX)
13. Chicago Bears (@ MIN)
14. Buffalo Bills (v NYJ)
15. Denver Broncos (v OAK)
16. Dallas Cowboys (v WAS)
17. Seattle Seahawks (v SF)
18. Cleveland Browns (@ CIN)
19. Minnesota Vikings (v CHI)
20. Tennessee Titans (@ HOU)
21. Cincinnati Bengals (v CLE)
22. New York Giants (v PHI)
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v ATL)
24. Oakland Raiders (@ DEN)
25. Washington Redskins (@ DAL)

 

Kicker

1. Wil Lutz (@ CAR)
2. Harrison Butker (v LAC)
3. Younghoe Koo (@ TB
4. Matt Gay (v ATL)
5. Robbie Gould (@ SEA)
6. Mason Crosby (@ DET)
7. Nick Folk (v MIA)
8. Justin Tucker (v PIT)
9. Jason Meyers (v SF)
10. Greg Zuerlein (v ARI)
11. Jake Elliott (@ NYG)
12. Dan Bailey (v CHI)
13. Kai Forbath (v WAS)
14. Brandon McManus (v OAK)
15. Chris Boswell (@ BAL)
16. Michael Badgley (@ KC)
17. Zane Gonzalez (@ LAR)
18. Josh Lambo (v IND)
19. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v TEN)
20. Daniel Carlson (@ DEN)
21. Greg Joseph (@ HOU)
22. Austin Seibert (@ CIN)
23. Chase McLaughlin (@ JAX)
24. Aldrick Rosas (v PHI)
25. Matt Prater (v GB)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 17, 2019

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 17, 2019

The waiver wire rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players listed are currently owned in less than 60% of leagues]

 

1. Tyler Higbee, LAR TE

Higbee has gone for 100 yards in all four games this month, and he has an excellent opportunity to make it five in a row when he takes on Arizona in the finale. The hot streak actually started against the Cardinals with a 7/107/1 line in Week 13, so Higbee is not only a top-five play at tight end, but also a great FLEX option that is criminally under-rostered.

 

2. Jared Goff, LAR QB

Since a three-game streak with single-digit fantasy points, Goff has thrown multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games, and he will now finish things off against an Arizona defense he stung for 424 yards in the previous meeting. If you had Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, or someone else that is injured/resting in Week 17, Goff needs to be added.

 

3. Kerryon Johnson, DET RB

Johnson didn’t get the workload he or fantasy owners would have liked in his return to the lineup (ten carries for 42 yards), but hopefully the Lions decide to feature him their final game of the year. Green Bay is very attackable on the ground, so Kerryon should be back on the RB2 map.

 

4. Breshad Perriman, TB WR

Perriman’s recent play could have him a couple spots higher after we ranked him No. 1 on our list last week, but Atlanta has been very stout since their bye, so the former first-round pick will have a lower floor in Week 17 than he did in last week’s matchup against Houston. Still, Perriman will be an upside play in a pass-happy attack.

 

5. Daniel Jones, NYG QB

Anyone that’s unable to land Goff as the top streamer of the week should look towards Jones, who will be extremely confident coming off a five-touchdown performance. The No. 6 overall pick didn’t get to face Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago on Monday Night Football, but Eli Manning had a solid night against them, and the secondary has been much worse away from Lincoln Financial Field.

 

6. Baker Mayfield, CLE QB

Relying on the Browns could prove to be a fool’s errand based on how disappointing they have been this season (even Nick Chubb—by no fault of his own—hasn’t reached his full potential on a bad offense), but the final game of the year sets up perfectly for Mayfield to have a big showing to carry into 2020. Cincinnati was just torched by Ryan Fitzpatrick for four touchdowns.

 

7. Benny Snell, PIT RB

James Conner (thigh) left Sunday’s game and was ruled out rather quickly, which suggests he is in significantly danger of missing Week 17. If so, Snell should be Pittsburgh’s lead back, and his touchdown potential will put him firmly on the FLEX radar despite a tough matchup against the Ravens.

 

8. Alexander Mattison, MIN RB

Minnesota may decide to end up holding both Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Mattison (ankle) out until the playoffs, but there is a chance the rookie runner ends up being active next week to lead the backfield. The Bears have been run on without Akiem Hicks (elbow) in the lineup, so Mattison could finally pay dividends in the early-down/goal-line role on a run-first offense.

 

9. Justin Watson, TB WR

Chris Godwin (hamstring) at least has a chance to play since Tampa Bay didn’t place him on injured reserve, but if not, Watson will continue seeing targets in his role. The six-foot-three receiver has gone for lines of 5/59/1 and 5/43/1 in two games with more than two targets in his young career.

 

10. Jordan Wilkins, IND RB

Marlon Mack will of course lead the way, but Indy’s entire backfield has a dream matchup against the Jaguars in Week 17, and Wilkins should carry standalone FLEX value after nine carries for 84 yards and a touchdown last week. In the previous meeting versus Jacksonville, the Colts rushed for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

Week 16 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

Week 16 Fantasy Football Awards 2019

 Team of the Week

 

QB: Daniel Jones

Jones’ return to the lineup couldn’t have gone any better, as he was 28-of-42 for 352 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions in a 41-35 overtime victory over the Redskins. For the season, Jones now has an impressive 23 touchdown passes in just 12 games, and he will hope to finish strong by ruining Philly’s dream of a postseason run next week.

 

RB: Saquon Barkley

One of the touchdowns for Jones yesterday came on a 33-yard throw to Barkley, but that was just a small part of the monster performance from New York’s offensive centerpiece. Overall, Saquon turned 26 touches into 279 yards and two scores on his way to the top fantasy finish of the week (41.9 points). The Giants may try to get Barkley over 1,000 yards next Sunday to close out the year (currently at 911).

 

RB: Kenyan Drake

The fantasy playoffs started quietly for Drake as he totaled just 67 scoreless yards against Pittsburgh, but he’s completely exploded in back-to-back weeks since then—including 24 carries for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona’s win over the Seahawks. Ironically, Drake was the only player in the league without a win before Week 15 (having previously been with Miami), but he’s now a league-winner for fantasy owners.

 

WR: Tyler Boyd

Cincinnati going into full-blown comeback mode (and successfully sending the game to overtime) led to a 9/128/2 line for Boyd on 15 targets, and he’s suddenly just 13 yards away from another 1,000-yard season following the performance. Look for Cincinnati to keep throwing next week in the finale versus Cleveland.

 

WR: Michael Thomas

Tennessee held Thomas in check for most of the game on Sunday, but coverage fell apart late, and the 26-year-old finished with 12 catches, 136 yards, and a score on his way to breaking Marvin Harrison’s single-season record for receptions. Since the start of the fantasy playoffs, Thomas has gone for lines of 11/134/1, 12/128/1, and 12/136/1.

 

TE: Mark Andrews

This season has been rough for tight ends, but for those who ended in Week 16, the group went out on a high note—with Andrews (6/93/2) leading the way. A busted coverage by the Browns opened things up for the talented second-year player, and he didn’t slow down from there to finish as the overall TE1 for the week.

 

FLEX: Devonta Freeman

The Jaguars have been lost on defense in the second half of the year, and that didn’t change on Sunday as Freeman went off for 127 yards and two scores on 22 touches. Injuries and ineffectiveness has plagued Freeman this season, but he’s nearing 1,000 total yards heading into the finale.

 

D/ST: Colts

It’s never a bad idea to target a quarterback making his first start to stream against, and the Colts—despite getting torched in Week 15—didn’t disappoint. Carolina should have helped rookie Will Grier with a more balanced offense, but on 44 attempts, he had just 224 yards and tossed three interceptions. Because of a huge boost from Nyheim Hines in the return game (two punt return touchdowns), the 29 fantasy points for Indy was easily tops in Week 16.

 

K: Nick Folk

Folk was clutch for New England on Saturday, hitting all three field goal attempts (including a 51-yarder) in a 24-17 victory over the Bills. Most kicking options struggled to put up big numbers this week, but fantasy owners can’t have any complaints about 12 fantasy points from Folk.

 

Surprise of the Week: Josh Allen

Facing the Patriots in Foxborough is the toughest matchup imaginable for a quarterback, but Allen overcame a slow start to finish with 20.6 fantasy points thanks to 208 yards and two scores through the air with an additional 43 yards rushing. The highlight—a 53-yard strike to John Brown—gave Buffalo the lead in the second half, and Allen has proven his team can play with anyone heading into January.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Big-name wide receivers

The week got started with DeAndre Hopkins (4.8 fantasy points) getting contained on Saturday, and the struggles continued throughout Sunday with Amari Cooper (4.4), D.J. Chark (2.8), Tyler Lockett (1.7), Christian Kirk (0.9), D.K. Metcalf (0), and others all doing close to nothing or nothing. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything that can be done about a clear starter—most notably Hopkins, Cooper, and Lockett—not putting up numbers when it’s needed most.

 

Rookie of the Week: Daniel Jones

 

Week 16 MVP: Saquon Barkley

Barkley was the consensus No. 1 overall pick in most fantasy leagues over the summer, so if you were still alive in Week 16, he made up for some struggles and missed time with a career day against Washington. The Giants are playing with a rookie quarterback and still don’t have an above-average offensive line, but Saquon’s individual talent should make him a clear top-five pick again in 2020.

 

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

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

Breshad Perriman, Allen Robinson, and Tyler Higbee were three key hits in last week’s recommended daily fantasy lineup, and the Week 16 recommendations include a couple of pairs of teammates in good matchups.

 

QB: Lamar Jackson @ CLE

DraftKings: $8,000 | FanDuel: $9,300

 

Deshaun Watson, Jameis Winston, and Josh Allen are among the top fantasy quarterback options in the Saturday slate, so it makes sense to spend the salary on Lamar Jackson for Sunday. The Browns are likely to have trouble containing Jackson and the Ravens offense this time around.

 

RB: Joe Mixon @ MIA

DraftKings: $6,600 | FanDuel: $7,800

 

Joe Mixon has touch totals of 26 and 28 in his last two games, with yardage totals of 186 and 156 in those two contests. Facing a Dolphins team that allowed Saquon Barkley to get going last week, Mixon again offers major upside as a workhorse in Zac Taylor’s offense.

 

RB: Marlon Mack vs. CAR

DraftKings: $6,200 | FanDuel: $7,300

 

They were unable to do it after falling behind so early to Drew Brees and company last Monday night, but the Colts are going to want to run the ball and play their style of football this Sunday at home against the Panthers. Carolina has been very poor against the run, allowing 20 rushing touchdowns in the past ten games.

 

WR: Michael Gallup @ PHI

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

 

Michael Gallup has not had much personal statistical success against the Eagles in three career outings (fewer than 34 yards each game), but he could be due for a big game. Gallup had just one reception versus the Rams last week, and Dak Prescott could look to get him more involved facing a struggling Eagles secondary.

 

WR: Mike Williams vs. OAK

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

 

Philip Rivers has been giving Mike Williams more opportunities to make plays down the field and in jump-ball situations lately, and the big receiver should have more opportunities this Sunday against a depleted Raiders defense. Williams has a touchdown in each of the past two games (his first two of the season), so he could be in the midst of a hot streak after 11 total scores last year.

 

WR: John Ross @ MIA

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

 

The Dolphins have been beaten deep by a bunch of receivers this season, and John Ross just needs a play or two for a huge day. The super-fast receiver has not been playing a full complement of snaps since returning from his shoulder injury, but that helps make him a value play this week.

 

TE: Austin Hooper vs. JAX

DraftKings: $4,400 | FanDuel: $6,000

 

Austin Hooper hasn’t had a ton of success since returning from his knee injury, but he could easily be a guy that gets double-digit targets this Sunday after Julio Jones was a target hot last week. Hooper and the other recommended tight end below are two of the best plays for the money in Week 16.

 

FLEX: Austin Ekeler vs. OAK

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

 

With a good chance at hitting 1,000 receiving yards before season’s end, the Chargers may want to get Austin Ekeler heavily involved to show that he was a definite Pro Bowl snub. 100+ receiving yards versus the Raiders (he needs 108 for 1,000) would not be surprising.

 

D/ST: Ravens @ CLE

DraftKings: $4,000 | FanDuel: $4,500

 

Baltimore was embarrassed by Cleveland in their first matchup, so they should come out focused as they look to clinch the top seed in the NFC before they face the Steelers in Week 17.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $0

FanDuel: $100

 

. . .

 

Other recommended Week 16 options

 

QB: Russell Wilson vs. ARI

DraftKings: $7,000 | FanDuel: $8,300

 

RB: Devonta Freeman vs. JAX

DraftKings: $6,000 | FanDuel: $6,200

 

RB: Latavius Murray @ TEN

DraftKings: $5,100 | FanDuel: $5,500

 

WR: Keenan Allen vs. OAK

DraftKings: $6,300 | FanDuel: $6,700

 

WR: James Washington @ NYJ

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

 

TE: Jacob Hollister vs. ARI

DraftKings:  $4,200 | FanDuel: $5,700

Week 16 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 16 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

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Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Matt Ryan (v JAX)

Jacksonville held the Raiders in check last week, but overall, the defense has really fallen off, and Ryan—coming off a clutch performance versus San Francisco—should be poised for another strong fantasy showing if pass protection can hold up. We haven’t seen a monster game at home from Matty Ice this year, so Sunday is his last chance as the team hopes to continue proving Dan Quinn should be their head coach in 2020. I have Ryan as a top-six play.

 

Thumbs Up: Dak Prescott (@ PHI)

Prescott (finger, shoulder) carries some risk at less than 100%, but in what appears to be a rough week for quarterbacks, he is a clear QB1 option for me. Philadelphia has struggled to cover this month (20.6 fantasy points per game allowed to Ryan Fitzpatrick, Eli Manning, and Dwayne Haskins), and back in October, Prescott was 21-of-27 for 239 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in a blowout victory. Look for the receivers to be more involved and Dak to potentially do damage on the ground.

 

Thumbs Up: Aaron Rodgers (@ MIN)

Amazingly, Rodgers has just one game with multiple touchdown passes since the start of November, and he’s averaged 189.8 passing yards per game over that span. For a Monday Night Football matchup against the Vikings, though, I think the offense will need to be opened up—which is something Rodgers would surely welcome, as he owns a career 43:6 touchdown-interception ratio in this NFC North rivalry, while Minnesota has allowed at least two scores to every top-tier quarterback they’ve faced this season.

 

Thumbs Up: Kirk Cousins (v GB)

Green Bay was able to force three turnovers against Cousins back in Week 2, but the start of the season was largely a struggle for the Vikings’ passing attack, and they should be in much better position for a rematch whether or not Dalvin Cook (shoulder) plays. In three previous matchups against the Packers before this year, Cousins had averaged 380.7 yards per game with a 10:1 touchdown-interception ratio, and the wide receivers are all healthy after Adam Thielen got through last week without a setback. I’m typically lower on Cousins, but fantasy owners should feel good about him in Week 16.

 

Others: Andy Dalton (@ MIA), Philip Rivers (v OAK)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Josh Allen (@ NE)

Allen’s rushing ability can make him worth a start in any given week, but facing the Patriots in New England is the lone spot where I’d completely avoid him if possible. The Bills lost a slugfest earlier this year, 16-10, and we could see a similar style of game on Saturday—especially because of how much the Pats have struggled offensively. Perhaps having less pressure with a playoff spot locked up will allow Allen to have a huge game, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

 

Thumbs Down: Tom Brady (v BUF)

Including the aforementioned meeting earlier this year in which he was 18-of-39 for 150 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception, Brady has averaged 216.4 yards per game with a 3:5 touchdown-interception ratio in five matchups against Sean McDermott’s defense, so I’d have a very difficult time trusting him with a championship on the line. Buffalo could be a little beat up on a short week, but it shouldn’t impact Tre’Davious White and the stingy secondary trying to extend the AFC East race into the final week.

 

Thumbs Down: Jared Goff (@ SF)

As stated, this week is brutal for quarterbacks, and Goff is still barely a top-20 option against a defense that limited him to 78 passing yards in their previous matchup. The only thing saving Goff from being even lower is the change in offensive philosophy for Los Angeles potentially allowing them to have more success on Saturday night, so we’ll see if they can keep their playoff hopes alive in a must-win by playing through Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee. Fantasy owners should recognize that the chances of a big game aren’t great.

 

Thumbs Down: Baker Mayfield (v BAL)

Mayfield has thrown for 342+ yards in all three matchups against Baltimore to start his career (2-1 record), but Sunday will likely be the spot where his triumph ends. Since their loss to Cleveland, the Ravens have rattled off ten wins in a row and are allowing a measly 10.8 fantasy points per game to opposing passers. Not establishing the run with Nick Chubb could lead to a mistake-filled day for Mayfield and a defeated Browns offense. The former No. 1 overall pick doesn’t even make the top 25 at the position.

 

Others: Jimmy Garoppolo (v LAR), Sam Darnold (v PIT)

 

Running Back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Marlon Mack (v CAR)

Monday night was a major disappointment for those who played Mack, as the Saints sold out to stop the run and consistently met Indy’s starter in the backfield for what quickly became a lopsided game. However, that shouldn’t stop you from going back to Mack against a Carolina defense allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing backs (28.2)—including an insane 2.0 rushing touchdowns per game over the past ten outings. Mack should be an RB1 option in a blowup spot.

 

Thumbs Up: Devonta Freeman (v JAX)

Carolina is the worst team against opposing backs, but based on how the Jaguars have played since the London loss to start November (34.5 fantasy points per game allowed), they’ll be given a run for their money over the final two weeks. Although Freeman predictably struggled to get going last week in San Francisco, he’s shown enough burst to feel confident about making a difference this weekend, and the 27-year-old’s work as a receiver (nearly five targets per game) boosts his RB2 standing.

 

Thumbs Up: Kerryon Johnson (@ DEN)

It is still unclear if Johnson will be activated ahead of Sunday’s game in Denver, but he’s been on the practice field and should have zero limitations if he plays in Week 16. The Broncos are allowing a healthy 113.6 rushing yards per game and 4.2 yards per carry this season, so this wouldn’t be a matchup to completely avoid if you’ve been stashing Kerryon. Personally, I would rather roll with the star-level talent than rely on a committee runner or risky wideout.

 

Thumbs Up: DeAndre Washington (@ LAC)

Jon Gruden seems to indicate that Josh Jacobs (shoulder) could be done with Oakland no longer in playoff contention, so stop reading this and pick up Washington if you have a hole at running back. The Raiders gave their backup 20 touches (which he turned into 96 yards and a touchdown) when he started two weeks ago, and Gruden’s offense will continue featuring the running game no matter who is in the backfield. Washington will be a low-end RB2 if he draws the start.

 

Others: Damien Williams (@ CHI), Boston Scott (v DAL)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Carlos Hyde (@ TB)

Hyde is rolling after 104 yards and a score in last week’s win over Tennessee, but this week has the makings of a disappointment. Aside from taking on the NFL’s top run defense (73.3 yards per game allowed), the veteran back is dealing with an ankle injury and will have had one fewer day to recover with Texans-Buccaneers kicking off the Saturday slate. Plus, for what it’s worth, Hyde’s previous game with 100+ yards and a touchdown was followed up by just 12 carries for 35 scoreless yards.

 

Thumbs Down: Adrian Peterson (v NYG)

Three consecutive games with 66+ rushing yards and a touchdown makes Peterson well worth considering as a low-end RB2/FLEX option, but I have him on the lesser end of that tier. AD had just 11 carries for 28 scoreless yards in the previous matchup against the Giants, and they have only improved against the run since then (70.6 yards per game allowed over the past five outings in particular). I expect Dexter Lawrence and the “hog mollies” to contain AD on Sunday, leaving him in need of a touchdown to be worth a start.

 

Thumbs Down: David Johnson (@ SEA)

The Cardinals talked Johnson up a bit prior to Week 15, but it didn’t carry over to game action as he rushed just three times for six yards; at the same time, Kenyan Drake went crazy on 26 touches (four of which were touchdowns). Unfortunately for those invested in DJ, things won’t be changing, so he’s just a low-end FLEX option with a zero-point floor despite catching eight passes for 99 yards against Seattle earlier this year.

 

Thumbs Down: Raheem Mostert (v LAR)

A touchdown saved Mostert last week, but he was limited to 54 yards on 14 carries, and the juice provided by Tevin Coleman (four carries for 40 yards) could lead to this being more of a timeshare again as San Francisco tries to figure out what works best ahead of January. Mostert is still the preferred play in the backfield, but don’t be surprised if both Coleman and Matt Breida take a large chunk of work. Consider him a low-end RB2/FLEX that brings more risk than you’d like.

 

Others: Jamaal Williams (@ MIN), LeSean McCoy (@ CHI)

 

Wide Receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Amari Cooper (@ PHI)

In three matchups against the Eagles since being acquired by the Cowboys, Cooper has gone for lines of 6/75, 10/217/3, and 5/106—catching 75% of his targets in those games. The schedule hasn’t done him any favors in recent weeks, but Cooper has been a hold for this spot alone, and Dak Prescott’s health shouldn’t deter you from getting your WR1 back in lineups. I have Cooper as a top-seven play thanks to his league-winning ceiling.

 

Thumbs Up: T.Y. Hilton (v CAR)

Hilton emerged from Monday night’s game without any setbacks, and his presence late into the fourth quarter of a blowout should inspire confidence for the final two games. Especially at home, T.Y.—who had nine targets in his return to the lineup—will provide high-upside WR2 value against a Carolina defense that just allowed Tyler Lockett to go for an 8/120/1 line and has really struggled to defend downfield passes.

 

Thumbs Up: Christian Kirk (@ SEA)

The Browns not holding up their end of a shootout or doing anything to stop Kenyan Drake limited Kirk’s opportunities/upside in Week 15, but I’m hoping for a better result against Seattle. Last week, both D.J. Moore (8/113) and Curtis Samuel (5/31/1 with 23 rushing yards) were able to find open space, and Kirk’s increased usage outside should allow him to have more success as Arizona tries to pull off a road upset. Consider him a low-end WR2.

 

Thumbs Up: James Washington (@ NYJ)

Washington did more than hold his own against the Bills last week by catching five passes for 83 yards, and his second-half breakout has a chance to takeoff this week in New York. Both he and teammate Diontae Johnson are underrated FLEX plays because of the matchup, but Washington’s ability to get deep is worth targeting in particular. I have him as a top-30 option.

 

Others: Breshad Perriman (v HOU), John Ross (@ MIA)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Cooper Kupp (@ SF)

The priority for San Francisco in the first matchup this season seemed to be containing Kupp, and if the Rams are able to keep things close, I would imagine Sean McVay will want to use mostly 12 personnel in order to offset the pass rushers. If so, Kupp’s playing time could dip back below 75%, and being bailed out by touchdowns isn’t something fantasy owners can rely on again. Jared Goff’s favorite target hasn’t surpassed 65 yards in a game since October.

 

Thumbs Down: A.J. Brown (v NO)

Brown is too hot to go away from in redraft leagues with championships on the line, but the Saints—a team that probably can’t believe how opponents let Michael Thomas do whatever he wants on a weekly basis—may have a game plan in place to slow down the rookie wideout on Sunday. New Orleans is still gunning for a first-round bye, so look for the defense to build on what they did last week when they dominated Indianapolis. Ranked as a borderline WR1 by most, Brown is more of a midrange WR2 for me.

 

Thumbs Down: Dede Westbrook (@ ATL)

Atlanta has been sensational on defense recently, and I doubt Westbrook—with eight catches for 39 scoreless yards over the past two games—is able to bust his slump against them. The former Heisman finalist has mostly been a low-floor FLEX with Gardner Minshew under center this season, so fantasy owners may need to rely on garbage time and/or Jacksonville making it a shootout on the road.

 

Thumbs Down: Jarvis Landry (v BAL)

Sometimes a team can simply overlook a flaw and have it hurt them week after week, but the league-best Ravens allowing a two-score game to Jamison Crowder last Thursday night combined with Landry going for 167 yards against them earlier this year should make stopping Cleveland’s Pro Bowl wideout a priority on Sunday. I wouldn’t want too much invested in the dysfunction of the Browns for championship week.

 

Others: Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel (v LAR)

 

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Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings 2019

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can simply move players that catch more passes up a bit (in PPR leagues) and players that don’t catch many pass down a bit (in non-PPR leagues). Also, Fantasy Consigliere subscribers can always ask any direct start/sit question (or any other questions) for any format all throughout the week.

 

Quarterback

1. Lamar Jackson (@ CLE)
2. Russell Wilson (v ARI)
3. Deshaun Watson (@ TB)
4. Patrick Mahomes (@ CHI)
5. Drew Brees (@ TEN)
6. Matt Ryan (v JAX)
7. Dak Prescott (@ PHI)
8. Jameis Winston (v HOU)
9. Aaron Rodgers (@ MIN)
10. Kyler Murray (@ SEA)
11. Kirk Cousins (v GB)
12. Ryan Tannehill (v NO)
13. Carson Wentz (v DAL)
14. Philip Rivers (v OAK)
15. Mitchell Trubisky (v KC)
16. Ryan Fitzpatrick (v CIN)
17. Josh Allen (@ NE)
18. Andy Dalton (@ MIA)
19. Jimmy Garoppolo (v LAR)
20. Jared Goff (@ SF)
21. Daniel Jones (@ WAS)
22. Drew Lock (v DET)
23. Gardner Minshew (@ ATL)
24. Tom Brady (v BUF)
25. Jacoby Brissett (v CAR)
26. Derek Carr (@ LAC)
27. Baker Mayfield (v BAL)
28. Dwayne Haskins (v NYG)
29. Devlin Hodges (@ NYJ)
30. Sam Darnold (v PIT)
31. Will Grier (@ IND)
32. David Blough (@ DEN)

 

Running back

1. Christian McCaffrey (@ IND)
2. Chris Carson (v ARI)
3. Ezekiel Elliott (@ PHI)
4. Saquon Barkley (@ WAS)
5. Nick Chubb (v BAL)
6. Marlon Mack (v CAR)
7. Alvin Kamara (@ TEN)
8. Joe Mixon (@ MIA)
9. Todd Gurley (@ SF)
10. Mike Boone (v GB)
11. Leonard Fournette (@ ATL)
12. Mark Ingram (@ CLE)
13. Melvin Gordon (v OAK)
14. Austin Ekeler (v OAK)
15. Aaron Jones (@ MIN)
16. Devonta Freeman (v JAX)
17. Miles Sanders (v DAL)
18. James Conner (@ NYJ)
19. Kenyan Drake (@ SEA)
20. Le’Veon Bell (v PIT)
21. Phillip Lindsay (v DET)
22. David Montgomery (v KC)
23. DeAndre Washington (@ LAC)
24. Devin Singletary (@ NE)
25. Raheem Mostert (v LAR)
26. Sony Michel (v BUF)
27. Dion Lewis (v NO)
28. James White (v BUF)
29. Kerryon Johnson (@ DEN)
30. Kareem Hunt (v BAL)
31. Adrian Peterson (v NYG)
32. Ronald Jones II (v HOU)
33. Damien Williams (@ CHI)
34. Patrick Laird (v CIN)
35. Carlos Hyde (@ TB)
36. Boston Scott (v DAL)
37. Royce Freeman (v DET)
38. Tarik Cohen (v KC)
39. Latavius Murray (@ TEN)
40. Jamaal Williams (@ MIN)
41. Duke Johnson (@ TB)
42. Peyton Barber (v HOU)
43. Tevin Coleman (v LAR)
44. David Johnson (@ SEA)
45. Chris Thompson (v NYG)
46. Matt Breida (v LAR)
47. Jalen Richard (@ LAC)
48. Gus Edwards (@ CLE)
49. Myles Gaskin (v CIN)
50. Giovani Bernard (@ MIA)
51. Rex Burkhead (v BUF)
52. Nyheim Hines (v CAR)
53. C.J. Prosise (v ARI)
54. Brian Hill (v JAX)
55. Ameer Abdullah (v GB)
56. LeSean McCoy (@ CHI)
57. Jaylen Samuels (@ NYJ)
58. Tony Pollard (@ PHI)
59. Khari Blasingame (v NO)
60. Frank Gore (@ NE)
61. Jordan Wilkins (v CAR)
62. Bo Scarbrough (@ DEN)
63. Dare Ogunbowale (v HOU)
64. J.D. McKissic (@ DEN)
65. Malcolm Brown (@ SF)

 

Wide receiver

1. Julio Jones (v JAX)
2. DeAndre Hopkins (@ TB)
3. Davante Adams (@ MIN)
4. Michael Thomas (@ TEN)
5. Tyreek Hill (@ CHI)
6. Amari Cooper (@ PHI)
7. DeVante Parker (v CIN)
8. Allen Robinson (v KC)
9. Keenan Allen (v OAK)
10. Tyler Lockett (v ARI)
11. D.J. Moore (@ IND)
12. Stefon Diggs (v GB)
13. Courtland Sutton (v DET)
14. Robert Woods (@ SF)
15. Kenny Golladay (@ TEN)
16. Terry McLaurin (v NYG)
17. A.J. Brown (v NO)
18. Julian Edelman (v BUF)
19. Adam Thielen (v GB)
20. Breshad Perriman (v HOU)
21. T.Y. Hilton (v CAR)
22. Mike Williams (v OAK)
23. D.J. Chark (@ ATL)
24. Christian Kirk (@ SEA)
25. Tyler Boyd (@ MIA)
26. Cooper Kupp (@ SF)
27. Jarvis Landry (v BAL)
28. D.K. Metcalf (v ARI)
29. Will Fuller (@ TB)
30. Michael Gallup (@ PHI)
31. James Washington (@ NYJ)
32. John Brown (@ NE)
33. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ NYJ)
34. Anthony Miller (v KC)
35. Emmanuel Sanders (v LAR)
36. Sterling Shepard (@ WAS)
37. Deebo Samuel (v LAR)
38. Odell Beckham Jr. (v BAL)
39. Marquise Brown (@ CLE)
40. Curtis Samuel (@ IND)
41. Darius Slayton (@ WAS)
42. Sammy Watkins (@ CHI)
43. Golden Tate (@ WAS)
44. John Ross (@ MIA)
45. Justin Watson (v HOU)
46. Zach Pascal (v CAR)
47. Dede Westbrook (@ ATL)
48. Jamison Crowder (v PIT)
49. Robby Anderson (v PIT)
50. Tyrell Williams (@ LAC)
51. Greg Ward (v DAL)
52. Cole Beasley (@ NE)
53. Corey Davis (v NO)
54. Diontae Johnson (@ NYJ)
55. Larry Fitzgerald (@ SEA)
56. Randall Cobb (@ PHI)
57. Chris Conley (@ ATL)
58. Danny Amendola (@ DEN)
59. Kenny Stills (@ TB)
60. Russell Gage (v JAX)
61. Brandin Cooks (@ SF)
62. Allen Lazard (@ MIN)
63. Allen Hurns (v CIN)
64. Ted Ginn (@ TEN)
65. Mohamed Sanu (v BUF)
66. Albert Wilson (v CIN)
67. Kelvin Harmon (v NYG)
68. N’Keal Harry (v BUF)
69. Hunter Renfrow (@ LAC)
70. Marcus Johnson (v CAR)
71. Mecole Hardman (@ CHI)
72. Kendrick Bourne (v LAR)
73. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (v DAL)
74. Willie Snead (@ CLE)
75. Tre’Quan Smith (@ TEN)
76. Damiere Byrd (@ SEA)
77. Tim Patrick (v DET)
78. Jakobi Meyers (v BUF)
79. Alex Erickson (@ MIA)
80. Phillip Dorsett (v BUF)

 

Tight end

1. George Kittle (v LAR)
2. Travis Kelce (@ CHI)
3. Zach Ertz (v DAL)
4. Darren Waller (@ LAC)
5. Mark Andrews (@ CLE)
6. Hunter Henry (v OAK)
7. Austin Hooper (v JAX)
8. Jacob Hollister (v ARI)
9. Jared Cook (@ TEN)
10. Tyler Higbee (@ SF)
11. Dallas Goedert (v DAL)
12. O.J. Howard (v HOU)
13. Jack Doyle (v CAR)
14. Noah Fant (v DET)
15. Mike Gesicki (v CIN)
16. Kyle Rudolph (v GB)
17. Jonnu Smith (v NO)
18. Greg Olsen (@ IND)
19. Darren Fells (@ TB)
20. Kaden Smith (@ WAS)
21. Cameron Brate (v HOU)
22. Gerald Everett (@ SF)
23. Tyler Eifert (@ MIA)
24. Jason Witten (@ PHI)
25. Vance McDonald (@ NYJ)
26. Ian Thomas (@ IND)
27. Jimmy Graham (@ MIN)
28. Hayden Hurst (@ CLE)
29. Dawson Knox (@ NE)
30. Irv Smith Jr. (v GB)
31. Jordan Akins (@ TB)
32. Demetrius Harris (v BAL)
33. Benjamin Watson (v BUF)
34. Blake Jarwin (@ PHI)
35. Jeremy Sprinkle (v NYG)

 

Defense/ST

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (@ NYJ)
2. Baltimore Ravens (@ CLE)
3. New England Patriots (v BUF)
4. San Francisco 49ers (v LAR)
5. Denver Broncos (v DET)
6. Indianapolis Colts (v CAR)
7. Atlanta Falcons (v JAX)
8. Seattle Seahawks (v ARI)
9. Buffalo Bills (@ NE)
10. Kansas City Chiefs (@ CHI)
11. New York Jets (v PIT)
12. Houston Texans (@ TB)
13. New York Giants (@ WAS)
14. New Orleans Saints (@ TEN)
15. Minnesota Vikings (v GB)
16. Los Angeles Chargers (v OAK)
17. Washington Redskins (v NYG)
18. Dallas Cowboys (@ PHI)
19. Philadelphia Eagles (v DAL)
20. Green Bay Packers (@ MIN)
21. Los Angeles Rams (@ SF)
22. Miami Dolphins (v CIN)
23. Cincinnati Bengals (@ MIA)
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v HOU)
25. Chicago Bears (v KC)

 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker (@ CLE)
2. Wil Lutz (@ TEN)
3. Harrison Butker (@ CHI)
4. Younghoe Koo (v JAX)
5. Robbie Gould (v LAR)
6. Dan Bailey (v GB)
7. Jason Myers (v ARI)
8. Matt Gay (v HOU)
9. Mason Crosby (@ MIN)
10. Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ TB)
11. Michael Badgley (v OAK)
12. Jake Elliott (v DAL)
13. Greg Zuerlein (@ SF)
14. Chris Boswell (@ NYJ)
15. Nick Folk (v BUF)
16. Brandon McManus (v DET)
17. Jason Sanders (v CIN)
18. Zane Gonzalez (@ SEA)
19. Kai Forbath (@ PHI)
20. Josh Lambo (@ ATL)
21. Matt Prater (@ DEN)
22. Chase McLaughlin (v CAR)
23. Daniel Carlson (@ LAC)
24. Randy Bullock (@ MIA)
25. Aldrick Rosas (@ WAS)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 16, 2019

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 16, 2019

The waiver wire rankings may vary depending on your scoring settings and overall league/roster construction, so feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players listed are currently owned in less than 60% of leagues]

 

1. Breshad Perriman, TB WR

Perriman was elevated to the No. 2 receiver role last week because Mike Evans (hamstring) is injured, and now he’s the No. 1 option in a pass-happy offense with Chris Godwin (hamstring) having a bleak outlook for the final two games. The former first-rounder is on figure after a three-touchdown game, and he should stay hot for a great matchup against the Texans on Saturday.

 

2. Kerryon Johnson, DET RB

Undrafted rookie Wes Hills impressed in his NFL debut with two scores, but Johnson wants to end his lost 2019 season on a high note and is fully expected to play in Week 16. Even if he’s not going to get the workload he had earlier this year, Kerryon should immediately be on the low-end RB2 radar as a talented runner that can also make an impact in the passing game.

 

3. Alexander Mattison, MIN RB

Uncertainly surrounding both Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Mattison himself—after he missed last week with an ankle injury—holds back the rookie in terms of waiver priority, but if some news becomes available over today/tonight, he can easily move up (or down). Complicating matters further is the Vikings playing on Monday night.

 

4. Mike Boone, MIN RB

It’s unlikely to happen because teams won’t want to reveal information they don’t have to reveal, but if Cook and Mattison are both surprisingly ruled out before waiver claims are placed, Boone will be the top add of the week. The 24-year-old has rushed 21 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns in limited action, and even before Sunday’s performance, he previously showed some electricity in the preseason.

 

5. Tyler Higbee, LAR TE

Higbee could definitely rank higher than this if you still have a hole at the position, as the breakout tight end is coming off three consecutive 100-yard games, and there’s no reason to believe his role will suddenly diminish. Those who play in Week 17 should have already rostered Higbee, who will get to face Arizona again.

 

6. James Washington, PIT WR

Washington saw a career-high 11 targets for Pittsburgh in their SNF clash against the Bills, and he will now face a Jets defense that has really struggled in coverage. Including Week 15, Washington has gone for at least 83 yards in three of the past four games.

 

7. A.J. Green, CIN WR

Fantasy owners could just be in for more disappointment, but Green may reportedly play over the final two weeks, and it would be a surprise if the star wideout—ahead of free agency—was active at less than 100% because of the drain that could have on his value (by putting up modest numbers and/or leaving early). ESPN reported that Green met with doctors in Green Bay on Monday, so we’ll ideally get news one way or the other very soon.

 

8. Adrian Peterson, WAS RB

The Redskins had another promising offensive showing last week, and Peterson turning back the clock was a big reason why. In the close loss, AD had 19 touches for 91 yards and a touchdown, which came on a cutback run from ten yards away. The big concern for him next week is a matchup against a Giants defense that has improved against the run and already limited him this season.

 

9. Justin Watson, TB WR

Watson flashed in Week 14 with a 5/59/1 line on eight targets, and he will again have a significant role over the final two games after Chris Godwin and Scott Miller joined Mike Evans on the sideline with hamstring injuries. The former Penn standout has good size/athleticism at six-foot-three.

 

10. O.J. Howard, TB TE

The results weren’t anything to write home about (four receptions for 46 yards), but Howard saw a season-high eight targets last week, and he’s now seen at least five targets in every game this month. With all the injuries to Tampa Bay’s receiving corps, Howard may finally reach his statistical potential in the fantasy championship.