Playoff time! I hope that quite a few of you have made it this far. We are only 2-3 wins away form a championship. This is a good time to go through the remaining weeks of the fantasy season and try to stash some players on your bench for future weeks. At the end of this article I will lay out some solid match-ups I see for Weeks 16 & 17. Please do not hesitate to reach out in chat with any questions. This is crunch time; win or go home.
Jimmy G turned in a lot of stats late in the OT win over Cincinnati this last Sunday. He gets a great matchup against the Falcons in Week 15. Kittle looks to remain white hot and Aiyuk building as the Niners #1 WR has helped. Jimmy has immense weapons around him and is just distributing the ball at a high level. I expect that to continue this week against the Falcons.
Coming off of a bye, Tua will get the Jets in Week 15. There isn’t much to elaborate except Tua has been extremely consistent and now draws a plus matchup. When streaming QB’s you just need someone to go out and get you 15-20 points. Tua offers that this week.
This suggestion is more so for Week 16. In Week 15 the Falcons have to line up against the Niners and I expect them to get after Ryan. In Week 16 the Falcons get the Lions which is a great matchup during the second week of the playoffs. If you’re streaming for the playoffs I would ride Garoppolo in Weeks 15 & 17 while bridging that gap with Ryan in Week 16. Snagging him now for free before your league mates even look at the Week 16 matchups gives a huge leg up.
Penny stole the show Sunday when the Seahawks visited the Texans running the ball 16 times for 137 yards and 2 scores. He looked like his electric self. Penny has virtually no competition in the backfield with only Dallas and Collins to give Penny a rest. The former 1st round pick could be a league winner as we start the playoffs.
On the last play of the game last night, Conner limped off the field. Edmonds is still working on returning from his injury which means Benjamin could see the bulk of the touches if Conner were to miss any time. This is obviously a tighter window given the game was Monday night and we likely won’t know anything by Tuesday night. If word comes out that Conner is fine, Eno is useless. Conner has an injury history attached to him so keep that in mind when making this decision.
Pollard is working through a foot injury that will likely bother him the rest of the year and seems like just playing through pain. Along with that, Ezekiel Elliott looked very hobbled in the Cowboys win over the WFT Sunday. Clement actually ended up with more carries than Zeke but saw 4 less targets. With winning the game over the WFT Sunday, they put themselves in extremely good position to win the division. It could come down the Cowboys being somewhat locked into their playoff spot and resting Zeke and Pollard giving Clement a clear path to a very sizeable roll in a premier offense.
When Carter went down, Johnson lost his job to Coleman. Now Coleman goes down and Ty Johnson is the last man standing. In Week 14 Johnson dominated the backfield with a 73% snap share and ran a route on 74% of Wilson’s drop backs. The Jets play the Dolphins in Week 15 so they won’t get much better. Expect Johnson to replicate his 7 target share in Week 15.
This is a situation to monitor as both Gaskin and Ahmed are in the COVID protocols. It is unclear as of today if either are vaccinated but one or both could miss this game. If Gaskin is healthy, you can’t play Lindsay. If it is just Ahmed and Lindsay, I expect it to be roughly a 60/40 share in favor of Ahmed. This is still somewhat appealing for both as Ahmed is a better all-around back but Lindsay is a better runner. It could mean some serious garbage time as they will be heavy favorites facing the Jets this week.
This is another situation that needs monitoring. Typically I want nothing to do with this backfield but the Texans look somewhat competent with Davis Mills under center. Both David Johnson and Jaylen Samuels are on the COVID list and Burkhead is banged up. Freeman is a solid back who does everything okay but nothing great. He saw 17 touches in Week 14 against the Seahawks and the Texans play the Jaguars in Week 15. If all 3 are out then it leaves Freeman with the backfield to get majority of the touches against the Jags who have all but quit on Urban Meyer. Meyer will likely go down as one of the worst coaches in NFL history.
Osborn inherited all of Thielen’s role as he ran a route on 88% of Cousins’s drop backs. His box score was saved by a big 62 yard score late in the game but he also saw 8 targets. The Vikings visit Chicago next week in a must win game. I expect similar volume in another good matchup. If Thielen returns, Osborn goes back to being an emergency start only.
The Falcons are awful but at least Robby Anderson was able to take advantage of the good match up. DJ Moore also played through a minor knee injury which could be why Robby was targeted 12 times in this come from behind loss to the Falcons. Altogether, Robby brought in 7 of his 12 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown and will see a beatable Bills matchup in Week 15 that the Panthers will be projected to lose. With DJ Moore banged up and the Panthers playing from behind, this could be another garbage time production game for Robby Anderson.
Amon-Ra St. Brown
Brown has now seen 12 targets in back to back weeks. The Lions should be getting Swift back soon to make their offense a little bit better but with St. Brown working in the slot more often, he is becoming a great safety valve for Goff. The Lions still suck and will be playing from behind making St. Brown virtually a matchup proof, volume driven play each and every week.
I can’t believe I am writing this name as a recommendation but here we are in Week 15 and starting the fantasy playoffs with Treadwell being a legit option. The former 1st round pick journeyman has grabbed on with Jacksonville and emerged as the target leader the last 3 weeks for the Jaguars. He has turned this 20 targets into 184 yards finishing with 4/68 last week against the Titans. He gets the Texans in Week 15.
I know he only put up a disappointing 1 catch for 8 yards in a come from behind effort Sunday against the Cowboys but he did see 4 targets. The WFT offense overall looked atrocious and out of sync from the get go. Logan Thomas has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a torn ACL and I do expect Seals-Jones to continue to be a big part of this offense going forward.
TE is a bare wasteland leaving O’Shaughnessy as an option. He has seen 6 targets each of the last 2 weeks and the matchup doesn’t get much better as the Jaguars take on the Texans. If you’re desperate, this may be a spot where O’Shaughnessy may hit pay dirt for you.
This is a major desperation add but TE is very thin as usual. The Seahawks want to run the ball and Everett is the #1 TE of this team. He only had 2 catches for 15 yards in Week 14 but he did score a TD. Prior to that he saw target shares of 8, 4, 9, & 6. These aren’t high quality targets but it is volume nonetheless.
The Dolphins get the Jets who looked putrid against the Saints Sunday. Wilson looks overwhelmed and he has no time to throw the ball to his extremely underwhelming receiving corp.
The Vikings got to the statue of Big Ben 5 times in Week 14 and forced 2 turnovers. They play the Bears in Week 15 with Justin Fields expected to start. I’m not buying the 30 points put up as they were on shuffle passes and punt returns. Fields still takes too long to process defenses and can’t navigate a pocket. If he gets out of the pocket, he can be dangerous but I expect Minnesota to get to Fields early and disrupt him into making mistakes.
Atlanta is hanging in there at 6-7 but they have to travel across the country to face the Niners. I expect them to get to Ryan early and often after they made things very difficult for Burrow all day this last Sunday. The Bengals are more talented on almost every level and they were still able to sack Burrow 5 times and force 2 turnovers.
Carson Wentz (@ ARI)
Matt Ryan (vs. DET)
Ryan Tannehill (vs. SF)
Jimmy Garoppolo (@ TEN)
Jared Goff (@ ATL)
Kirk Cousins (@ GB)
Mac Jones (vs. JAX)
Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. HOU)
GB (vs. CLE)
PHI (vs. NYG)
LAC (@ HOU)
SEA (vs. CHI)
JAX (@ NYJ)
SF (vs. HOU)
CHI (vs. NYG)
SEA (vs. DET)
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