Week 16 Fantasy Surprises

jaguars-ravens-football-kamar-aiken_pg_600Last week was an uninspiring one for my fantasy surprises, but hopefully the predictions I have for championship week in the majority of leagues are of better use. It’s hard to believe that the fantasy season has reached its end point, but here we are. There were plenty of sleepers who broke out onto the scene and a giant number of busts (which I’ll get into next week). If you made it to your championship game, congratulations. You’ve made the absolute most of probably the oddest fantasy season in recent memory. Just know that once it reaches a certain point, while fantasy is fun so much of it is luck. Don’t overthink the lineups as once games kickoff, all of your control is lost.

QB: Teddy Bridgewater vs Giants: Last week Bridgewater had his best game as a pro to date and a burnable Giants secondary makes me like his chances at a nice follow-up. If you’ve made it this far, chances are you have one of the top fantasy quarterbacks. For those who start two quarterbacks or play daily fantasy however, Bridgewater makes for an affordable option with nice upside. Expect around 240 total yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Cameron Artis-Payne vs Falcons: At this point it looks like Jonathan Stewart will miss another game, so one Panthers running back will need to step up in this appealing matchup. At this time my bet would be on Artis-Payne who led the team in carries last week. The Falcons have been one of the best defenses for fantasy owners to target, so if you put him in as a flex or RB2, he could provide great value. Expect around 70 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Kamar Aiken vs Steelers: If you were to tell me I was recommending Aiken with Jimmy Clausen throwing it to him for fantasy championship week, I’d have told you whatever drugs you’re on must be extremely potent. But again, it has been that kind of season for fantasy performers. The Steelers can put up points in a hurry and chances are the Ravens will be in comeback mode from the get go. Assuming Clausen is throwing 40 plus times, Aiken should see a fair amount of targets against a secondary which can be vulnerable. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Will Tye vs Vikings: With Odell Beckham suspended, someone in the Giants receiving corps will have to step up. Based on the receiving chops he has shown in previous weeks, I wouldn’t be stunned if it’s Tye. He has scored touchdowns in each of the past two game and with Eli Manning having to throw 14 or 15 passes elsewhere, Tye should see at least a six or seven total targets in this one. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.

K: Dan Carpenter vs Cowboys: For the majority of this season, the Cowboys have shown the makings of a sneaky good defense and poor quarterback play. The combination means that an opponent starting drive with nice field position will probably be held to field goals. Carpenter is that kicker this week and while picking a kicker for fantasy besides the top few is an annual crapshoot, he’s worth a shot. Expect around three field goals and two extra points.

DEF: Lions vs 49ers: After an impressive few games, it seems Blaine Gabbert has come back down to earth in recent weeks. By down to earth, I’m referring to looking a little more hesitant in the pocket which was the main reason Gabbert under center made 49ers opponents even more appealing to stream. The Lions haven’t forced a ton of turnovers this season, but they can rush the passer. They should be available in most leagues and can be started with confidence. Expect around 4 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

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