Last week was a decent one for my fantasy surprises as Josh McCown had a very nice day throwing the ball, Donald Brown became the clear cut starter and put up numbers and Kendall Wright had another solid day of production. For those who made it, the fantasy playoffs are finally here. It seems as if the season has really flown by, but now is the time for all your hard work making moves on the waiver wire and hours spent tinkering lineups to finally pay off.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Broncos: If you are in the fantasy playoffs, chances are you aren’t in need of a quarterback such as Fitzpatrick. For those who are, he has the potential to put up a nice day. The Broncos secondary has gotten banged up the past few weeks and with the Titans likely to trial early like so many teams before them, the chance to pad the statistics will be there. Expect around 250 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Bobby Rainey vs Bills: Remember Rainey burst onto the scene a few weeks ago with a huge game? He hasn’t done a whole lot sense, but is still receiving a nice workload for the Buccaneers. Granted, his two matchups were against two defenses that can stop the run in the Lions and Panthers. This week, Rainey should get the chance to bounce back against a Bills defense that has struggled of late against the run. Rainey may still be on waivers in a few leagues with owners having lost faith, but he has the potential to be a running back two or decent flex option this week. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Harry Douglas vs Packers: After Julio Jones went down for the year, Douglas was thrown into the starting role and has been one of the few bright spots for the Falcons this season. How many people would know that on the year he has 906 yards and very well could crack the 1,000 mark this week. The Packers defense has been reeling of late and while Douglas may not find paydirt, should get enough looks to be an efficient option in any league especially those rewarding points per reception. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Jared Cook vs Cardinals: After signing a nice contract in the offseason, Cook had a huge week one performance before predictably falling off the map. That one outlier performance happened to occur against this week’s opponent in the Cardinals. They are still having a good amount of problems covering opposing tight ends so if you need a tight end this week, Cook could be available in what is shaping up to be a dream matchup. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Mason Crosby vs Falcons: Many may have felt Crosby’s fantasy value has gone down with Aaron Rodgers out the past month or so. However, this has given him more field goal opportunities and he has capitalized on them. The Falcons defense is very beatable and this came could unexpectedly turn into a shootout. Expect around two field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Raiders vs Jets: The way Geno Smith has been playing, any defense going up against the Jets is a very good plug and play option. This week that defense happens to be the Raiders. While the Raiders haven’t exactly been a dominant fantasy defense, the matchup is more than enough to give them a serious look this week. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.