By now, as we’re into round two of the fantasy football playoffs, you’ve either established yourself as one of the powers in your league or gotten really lucky week after week. But that’s the beauty of fantasy football. All it takes is luck.
However, there are a few moves that you can make to significantly improve your luck.
Start: RB Jamaal Williams, Packers
By now, this should be common knowledge. Williams has flourished in the lead back role for Green Bay and scored touchdowns each of the last three weeks. Even when he hasn’t had the big number rushing, he’s done it through the air like last week where he had seven receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown catch. And that was with Brett Hundley under center. Think of the possibilities with the return of Aaron Rodgers.
Start: WR Mohamed Sanu, Falcons
He continues to be one of my favorite fantasy football underdogs. As stated before several times in this blog, he thrives aside Julio Jones because of all the extra attention Jones demands. You also have to ask the question: Is the opposing defense’s second-best corner good enough to handle Sanu? The answer is usually no. That’s why he leads Atlanta in touchdown catches this year.
Start: WR Jordy Nelson, Packers
If you’re REALLY lucky, someone messed around and dropped Nelson after seven straight fantasy outings of seven points or less (and that’s PPR league scoring). In standard leagues, Nelson hasn’t topped more than FOUR points since week six. But with the return of Rodgers should come the return of his targets. Don’t wait around to see if they’ll immediately link up in the endzone because there may not be a next week for you. If you have a need at WR2 or your flex spot, Nelson is your guy.
Start: New Orleans Saints Defense / Special Teams
Even if you started them over the last four weeks where they gave up four straight games of 21 or more points, you could’ve been able to survive with that. Thanks to turnovers and sacks, they never went negative. Against the Jets this weekend, who will be sporting a new quarterback under center, I love the matchup in the dome. Their sense of urgency should be high after a disappointing loss in Atlanta.
Sit: WR A.J. Green, Bengals
I’ll say this: I wouldn’t blame you for starting him. He’s probably your first or second round pick. But you’ve also been warned. Green’s been the definition of high or low. He’s got a big ceiling with eight touchdowns on the year and several games over 100 yards. But his floor has been awfully low as well with five games totaling six or less points (standard scoring). He’s going to face cornerback Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings defense this weekend. Here’s what they’ve done to opposing WR1’s:
- Mike Thomas (Saints): five catches, 45 yards
- Antonio Brown (Steelers): five catches, 62 yards
- Mike Evans (Bucs): seven catches, 67 yards
- Marvin Jones / Golden Tate (Lions): five total catches, 71 yards combined
- Julio Jones (Falcons): two catches, 24 yards
You’ve been warned.
Sit: The Eagles’ Running Backs
It was tough enough to predict who was going to have the hot hand between LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi before. Now, without Carson Wentz, they could rely on the run game a little more, but again, you never know who’s going to get the ball. Since Blount’s 97-yard rushing performance three weeks ago against Chicago, he’s totaled just four points combined the next two weeks with a whopping 15 carries. Likewise, Ajayi had 15 carries last week against the Rams, but had just 21 combined the three weeks before. With playoffs and a shot at your league championship at risk, I wouldn’t trust either. But if you must, I lean toward Ajayi.
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