Week 16 Fantasy Surprises

Jordan TodmanIf your still playing fantasy football at this point of the year, congratulations. Most likely you are in your league’s championship game which should mean you know what you’re doing. One thing I repeat often around this time of year is that while tinkering with your rosters is strategic, the majority of fantasy football is luck. Sure the lineup you put out could have scored 150 points but there’s nothing you can do if the person your playing had Jamaal Charles and the 50 or so points he scored.

Last week was a very good one for my fantasy surprises as Ryan Tannehill, Jordan Todman and Cordarrelle Patterson were all effective for anyone who played them last week. Hopefully that momentum will continue into the last installment of the year as next week will be a recap on the fantasy season that was.

QB: Kirk Cousins vs Cowboys: One of the main reasons fantasy football is so different from real life is the ability to win without an “elite” quarterback. For instance, coming into the year Matt Ryan, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III were all considered to be top ten fantasy quarterbacks this season. Due to numerous reasons for all three players, they have underperformed those expectations.

This is where starting somebody like Cousins comes into play. If you had one of those three guys you are probably in need of a quarterback this week and Cousins should be available. He gets a matchup against a Cowboys defense that has been shredded constantly this entire season. This game has shootout potential so it could have a huge impact on swinging fantasy leagues. Expect around 250 total yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Jordan Todman vs Titans: Last week I was driving the Todman bandwagon due to his favorable matchup and he didn’t disappoint. A few others have hopped on joining  myself along with his family and friends for this week. Todman has another very favorable matchup against a Titans defense that has struggled against the run and he has the burst to break off a few big runs. Last week he also contributed in the receiving game which is a nice possibility with the depleted Jaguars receiving corps. Expect around 100 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Rueben Randle vs Lions: Randle has a ton of talent but as the third receiver on a 5-9 team hasn’t been able to showcase what he’s fully capable of. With Victor Cruz out the rest of the year, Randle is now starting and faces a beat up Lions secondary. Despite Eli Manning’s struggles this year, you could do much worse if you are in need of a third receiver that’s on waivers this week. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Zach Miller vs Cardinals: Back around 2008 and 2009, Miller was considered one of the best young pass catching tight ends in the league. Now he’s one of many options in a Seahawks passing game that doesn’t have a top tier receiver but spreads the ball around very evenly. This week, Miller should get his share of looks as the Cardinals have been among the league’s worst in covering tight ends. With only two or three elite tight ends in fantasy this season, Miller is worth a shot as other than those few the week to week production is anyone’s guess. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Nick Novak vs Raiders: Novak has been a fairly consistent kicker for fantasy owners this season and that trend should continue this week. The Raiders defense allows their fair share of points so he should get opportunities. That’s all fantasy owners can really ask for. Expect around three field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Broncos v Texans: The Broncos defense hasn’t been anything special for fantasy owners but could make a real difference this week. Despite all the negativity surrounding him this season, Matt Schaub can still move the ball up the field the turnovers are just what’s killed him. That shouldn’t change this week as the Broncos should be able to put plenty of pressure on him forcing a couple mistakes. Expect around four sacks and two interceptions.

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