We all do it or have done it before; staring deeply at your line-up screen with such concentration that if any player’s projection moved by a decimal point you would know instantly. You have studied the player patterns, the target shares, snap counts, defensive match-up, checked the weather and looked into any sort of grudge match that may be lingering between players or teams. Yet, you are unsettled and anxious. How can you be sure Julio will throw up another 50+ point week and not another 6 point dud? Is this going to be the week that Jordan Howard finally rights the ship that is quickly sinking? Will Alvin Kamara finally fall back to earth? All you can do is sit back, slowly close your eyes and say a prayer, say the name of your star players over and over, imagine them scoring a touchdown, chant their names like a crazy person or … whatever method works for you. It’s the fantasy playoffs, It’s time to pull out all the stops.
Without a doubt if you had 1 or perhaps even more of these “gods” you made it into the playoffs on the shoulders of some big weeks by these players. Although most weeks are won and lost by the consistent numbers, the thing that can tip the scales suddenly and without warning are monster weeks. Weeks when 1-2 of your players put you near triple digit points for the week. The weeks Julio Jones goes for 50+ or the multiple weeks Antonio Brown gets you 40+. For the sheer sake of fun let’s go ahead and label some of these Old Gods and New Gods. Please feel free to respond via reddit or blog posts directly with your inputs and who you would vote for. All in good fun.
Team Old Gods:
QB: Tom Brady
RBs: Le’Veon Bell, Mark Ingram
WRs: Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald
FLEX: LeSean McCoy, AJ Green
TE: Travis Kelce
Substitutes: Keenan Allen, Doug Baldwin
Team New Gods:
QB: Carson Wentz
RBs: Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette
WRs: Tyreek Hill, Adam Theilen, Mike Evans
FLEX: Melvin Gordon, Michael Thomas
TE: Evan Engram
Substitutes: Kareem Hunt, Robby Anderson
-Daily Fantasy Favor
Put Me in Coach: Waiver Wire
Marquise Goodwin, SF WR - We have had him in this section for weeks now and the fact that he is still so low on % owned is surprising. He doesn’t have the best schedule moving forward, but with a QB that finally looks for long ball plays Goodwin could see more production like this last week. It is clear Garoppolo is looking for connections and this could be his first and most solid. The big play factor makes Goodwin a weekly flex play option. 15% owned.
Dede Westbrook, JAX WR - 6 receptions, 78 yards and 9 targets. For the third straight week Dede has seen at least 6 targets and seems to be a focal part of this offense behind Fournette and Lee. His pure athletic talent makes him a top WR on this team and if the Jags stay healthy he could maintain flex value moving forward after this week. 10% owned.
Kenny Golladay, DET WR - With Stafford injured and a difficult match-up it isn’t the most ideal time to play Golladay, but now is a great time to roster him. He is a long ball threat every play and if Stafford gets healthy again merits flex consideration against the Bucs and Packers in the next few weeks. All it takes is an injury to Marvin Jones or Golden Tate for his numbers to jump drastically. 11% owned.
Peyton Barber, TB RB - Barber replaced Martin in the starting line-up and was one of the few bright spots for the Bucs. If Doug Martin continues to miss time Peyton could see significant carries and if he produces he may hold the RB spot with Martin considering the Doug’s production lately. 1 % owned.
Giovani Bernard, CIN RB - Don’t blame yourself for this one. The Bengals coaching staff decided long ago that they wouldn’t have a run game and if they did it would belong to Joe Mixon. However, they have started to run more in the past few weeks and with Mixon taking a hard hit causing shoulder and head injuries, Gio could step into a nice role. The fact that we all know he can produce with receptions as well leaves him as an intriguing option this week against a Chicago defense that ranks middle of the pact against the run. 22% owned.
Mike Davis, SEA RB - Seattle hasn’t had a solid run game all year and they have tried all kinds of combinations. Over the past few games Mike Davis has shown sparks of life that this backfield desperately needed. He seems to be pretty evasive when it comes to tackles. If Pete Carroll continues to play him with 12+ touches then he could be a solid producer moving forward. This last week he got 16 rush attempts and 4 receptions for over 100 total yards. 3% owned.
Julius Thomas, MIA TE - Although the yards haven’t been there for Thomas in the last 5 weeks, the targets have been. More importantly targets in the red zone. In the last 5 weeks Thomas had 27 targets and 3 touchdowns. Even in the weeks he doesn’t score a touchdown he has managed to stay mediocre in PPR. It is hard to just forget about production like that at a position that is so hard to find points this season. Worth a spot on your roster for the coming playoff weeks. 29% owned.
QB: Brady, Wentz, Rivers, Brees, Ryan
RB: Bell, McCoy, Ingram, Kamara, Gordon, Hyde, Gurley
WR: Brown, Hopkins, Allen, Thomas, Thielen, Landry, Green, Tate, Jones
TE: Kelce, Ertz, Engram, Walker, Graham
QB: Smith, Newton, Goff, McCown , Kizer, Carr, Stafford*, Keenum
RB: Fournette, Freeman, Miller, McCaffery, Howard, Drake, Lynch, Lewis, Perine
WR: Fitzgerald, Evans, Jeffery, Jones Jr., Bryant, Baldwin, Hill, Cooks, Crabtree
TE: Olsen*, Rudolph, Henry, Thomas, Anderson, Doyle,
QB: Goff, Roethlisberger, Prescott*, Dalton , Wilson, Cousins, Savage
RB: Hunt, Mixon*, Burkhead, Mckinnon, Morris, Forte, Johnson Jr., Collins, Riddick, J. Williams, Davis, Coleman
WR: Thomas, Adams, Gordon, Kupp, Diggs, Sanu, Sanders, Cooper, Shepard, Anderson, Jackson, Goodwin, Coleman, Ginn Jr., Agholor, Kearse, Stills
TE: Cook, Davis, Brate, Hooper, ASJ, Clay, Witten, Kroft, Ebron, Seals-Jones
QB: Winston, Garoppolo, Gabbert, Siemian, Cutler, Bortles, Mariota , Brissett, Hundley
RB: Gore, Crowell, Darkwa, Murray, Barber, Peterson*, Anderson, White, Powell, Henry, L.Murray, Abdullah*, Woodhead, Cohen, Ajayi, Blount, Stewart, Jones
WR: Funchess, Hogan*, Crowder, Hilton, Lee, Watkins, Maclin, Matthews*, Benjamin*, Doctson, Westbrook, Wallace, Parker, Inman, Nelson, Z.Jones, Golladay
TE: Watson, Njoku, Allen, Higbee, Green, Lewis, Kittle, Howard
Daily Fantasy Favor: Daily match-ups/value
High: Phillip Rivers vs. WAS - $6800
Mid: Derek Carr vs. KC - $6400
Low: DeShone Kizer vs GB - $4900
High: Melvin Gordon vs. WAS - $7800
Mid: Lamar Miller vs. SF - $5800
Low: Peyton Barber* vs. DET – $4500
High: Adam Theilen vs. CAR - $7200
Mid: Michael Crabtree vs. KC - $6700
Mid: Dez Bryant vs NYG - $5900
Low: Josh Gordon vs GB - $5500
High: Travis Kelce vs. OAK – $7400
Mid: Evan Engram vs DAL - $6000
Low: Julius Thomas vs NE - $3500
High: LeSean McCoy vs IND - $7200
Mid: Marvin Jones Jr. vs TB - $6800
Low: Sterling Shepard vs DAL - $5300
High: Green Bay vs. CLE - $3700
Mid: Cincinnati vs CHI - $3300
Low: New England vs MIA - $3300
Cameron Brate, MIA TE vs. DET – $4100
Kenny Golladay, DET WR vs. TB - $3900
Mike Davis, SEA RB vs. JAX - $3700
Andre Ellington, HOU RB vs SF- $3600
Trent Taylor, SF WR vs HOU - $3300
Comments, Questions, Concerns and Feedback!
Our hopes with this shorter post than usual, is to get some feedback about what you all want to hear about. Also, to give you a chance to ask any questions you want and we will answer them as openly as possible. We love the comments and feedback given lately and always will welcome more. With the end of the season getting closer and closer there is less to write about. We kept this post rather short and just wanted to touch base on some key points and things that may cause some change moving forward in leagues. Hopefully the advice given only helps you further your goal of a fantasy championship. Good luck this week to you all. We hope you make just the right roster moves and set the perfect line-up. Thanks for checking out the post this week and hopefully you visit us again soon. Dilly Dilly!
-Mike & Devin