2021 NFL Free Agency: Fantasy Fits (QB)

2021 NFL Free Agency: Fantasy Fits (QB)

Free agency begins in a little over three weeks, so over the next three Fridays, I am going to pick the best landing spots for the top options set to hit the market (quarterbacks, running backs, pass-catchers).

 

Dak Prescott: Cowboys

The most likely outcome for Prescott seems to be another year of the franchise tag, but no matter how things eventually come together, staying in Dallas is the best fit for him. The Cowboys will of course hope the defense is fixed to allow for a more balanced offense, but Dak threw for yardage totals of 450, 472, and 502 in three consecutive games before going down in Week 5; he’d have among the best floors and ceilings at the position by remaining in Big D.

 

Cam Newton: Washington

Choosing the fits for the rest of the upcoming free agents is a bit tougher, and it should be noted I’m not taking trade targets like Deshaun Watson or Marcus Mariota into account. The history between Newton and Ron Rivera could make this a match, especially if they have plans to take a passer early in April’s draft, in which case they could feel good about unleashing Newton as a runner following a season in which he somewhat quietly rushed for 12 touchdowns.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick: Texans

Fitzpatrick already spent a year in Houston back in 2014, and he was able to go 6-6 with a very respectable 17:8 touchdown-interception ratio. Right now, it doesn’t seem like Deshaun Watson or the team will blink, so the veteran choosing Houston could allow him to fall into another starting job in his age-38/39 season if Watson simply doesn’t show up. Even if Will Fuller leaves in free agency, the Texans still have some upside with Brandin Cooks, Keke Coutee, Isaiah Coulter, and a young collection of tight ends.

 

Mitchell Trubisky: Patriots

I think the best fit for New England is likely trading for Marcus Mariota, but if not, Trubisky can also be an option if Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels want to try again with a dual-threat quarterback. One of the biggest mistakes Chicago made with Trubisky was arguably not letting him run more, and the Pats just showed they can have designed runs be a significant part of the offense; boosting the skill-position talent is key no matter who is under center in 2021.

 

Jameis Winston: Saints

The media might not be giving Taysom Hill enough seriousness as the potential successor to Drew Brees (if he does indeed retire), but Winston re-signing in New Orleans would at least give him a shot at the starting job in a high-powered offense. Turnovers have always been the issue for the former No. 1 overall pick, though a year learning from Brees would ideally have helped Winston if/when he’s able to reclaim a starting spot.

 

Andy Dalton: Broncos

Dalton not lighting it up last year in Dallas would make him a somewhat non-threatening backup to Drew Lock (i.e. the team could believably say there isn’t a competition), but the veteran has obviously accomplished enough throughout his career to step in if Denver doesn’t get a Year 3 leap from their starter. All the pieces are there for the Broncos to put up numbers, and Dalton would fit Pat Shurmur’s offense.

2021 NFL Rookie Dynasty Rankings (Early Look)

2021 NFL Rookie Dynasty Rankings (Early Look)

A lot will change after the 2021 NFL Draft when rookies have a home, but we wanted to at least give an early look at the class from a fantasy perspective with some brief rankings, as dynasty owners in particular might be curious ahead of a potential retooling of their squad.

 

Quarterback

1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

2. Trey Lance, North Dakota State

3. Zach Wilson, BYU

4. Justin Fields, Ohio State

5. Mac Jones, Alabama

 

Running back

1. Travis Etienne, Clemson

2. Najee Harris, Alabama

3. Trey Sermon, Ohio State

4. Demetric Felton, UCLA

5. Javonte Williams, North Carolina

 

Wide receiver

1. DeVonta Smith, Alabama

2. Ja’Marr Chase, LSU

3. Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

4. Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

5. Rondale Moore, Purdue

 

Tight end

1. Kyle Pitts, Florida

2. Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

3. Brevin Jordan, Miami

4. Hunter Long, Boston College

5. Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame

 

Overall rankings

1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson QB

2. Travis Etienne, Clemson RB

3. Najee Harris, Alabama RB

4. DeVonta Smith, Alabama WR

5. Kyle Pitts, Florida TE

6. Ja’Marr Chase, LSU WR

7. Trey Lance, North Dakota State QB

8. Zach Wilson, BYU QB

9. Jaylen Waddle, Alabama WR

10. Rashod Bateman, Minnesota WR

Super Bowl LV Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice

Super Bowl LV Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice

Against the odds and facing many skeptics, Super Bowl LV will end a full NFL season with every game played amid a global pandemic. Not too many games were missed by superstar players throughout the year, and we’ll have plenty of stars on the field this Sunday. The Super Bowl LV recommended lineups for DraftKings and FanDuel—along with tips for playoff challenges—are headlined by the quarterbacks.

 

DraftKings

 

Captain: Tom Brady ($15,000)

FLEX: Patrick Mahomes ($12,000)

FLEX: Travis Kelce ($11,000)

FLEX: Antonio Brown ($6,200)

FLEX: Rob Gronkowski ($3,000)

FLEX: Ronald Jones ($2,200)

 

FanDuel

 

MVP: Tom Brady ($15,000)

FLEX: Patrick Mahomes ($16,500)

FLEX: Chris Godwin ($12,000)

FLEX: Ronald Jones ($8,000)

FLEX: Rob Gronkowski ($6,500)

 

Steve Spagnuolo’s defenses have given Tom Brady some trouble relative to other opponents, but Brady had extra time and extra space (with his family out of the house) to prepare more than ever for Super Bowl LV, and on paper he should have the better matchup than Patrick Mahomes facing a stout Bucs defense. So, Brady is the recommended Captain/MVP pick in DraftKings and FanDuel. However, both should probably be in all lineups for a potential shootout. There may be something to pulling a contrarian play by benching Mahomes, but the Chiefs are going to be passing the ball, as no one has really been able to run on Tampa Bay this season.

 

The Bucs aren’t going to let Tyreek Hill go for 200 yards in a quarter like when the teams faced off during the regular season, and extra help over the top could open things up for Travis Kelce to have a field day underneath. Among Tampa Bay wideouts, Mike Evans certainly has touchdown upside after scoring twice against the Chiefs in late November. However, Antonio Brown (who appears healthy after dealing with a knee issue) and Chris Godwin both arguably offer a higher yardage upside with obvious touchdown potential in a game where there could be a lot of scoring. While not in either lineup, Scotty Miller is also a player to keep in mind as a speedy guy that might be able to get behind a bigger Kansas City cornerback group.

 

It’s hard to leave Kelce out of the FanDuel lineup, but the salaries are tougher to work with in the five slots, and we can get Godwin in there while keeping both Ronald Jones and Rob Gronkowski in the mix as relative values (though not as big of values as they are on DraftKings). Jones averaged 7.3 yards per carry versus the Chiefs this season, and his big-play ability could be a factor. Meanwhile, while Gronk has been quiet recently, Brady knows he can look his way in crunch time and in the red zone.

Super Bowl LV Fantasy Football Rankings

Super Bowl LV Fantasy Football Rankings

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes, KC
2. Tom Brady, TB

 

Running back

1. Leonard Fournette, TB
2. Ronald Jones, TB
3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC
4. Darrel Williams, KC
5. Le’Veon Bell, KC
6. LeSean McCoy, TB

 

Wide receiver

1. Tyreek Hill, KC
2. Chris Godwin, TB
3. Mike Evans, TB
4. Antonio Brown, TB
5. Sammy Watkins, KC
6. Mecole Hardman, KC
7. Scotty Miller, TB
8. Demarcus Robinson, KC
9. Tyler Johnson, TB
10. Byron Pringle, KC

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce, KC
2. Rob Gronkowski, TB
3. Cameron Brate, TB
4. Nick Keizer, KC

 

Defense/ST

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. Kansas City Chiefs

 

Kicker

1. Harrison Butker, KC
2. Ryan Succop, TB

Fantasy Football Stock Up And Stock Down Following Coaching Changes

Fantasy Football Stock Up And Stock Down Following Coaching Changes

With the Houston Texans hiring David Culley to fill their head coaching position, all seven head coach openings from this offseason have been filled. There’s a lot of unknown with these new hires, but it’s not too early to think about how this affects the fantasy football values of some of the players on the teams that made coaching changes.

 

Stock up

 

Falcons QB Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is one of the best play-action quarterbacks in football, and new Falcons head coach Arthur Smith had plenty of success with the play-action game when he was the offensive coordinator for the Titans. Now, the Falcons don’t have Derrick Henry to carry the ball 25 times per game in the backfield, which makes things more difficult; but expect Atlanta to still get the run game going under Smith, allowing Matty Ice to distribute the ball to game breakers like Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley off of play-action. With a stronger run game completing the passing attack, don’t be surprised if Ryan gets back to putting up numbers similar to 2018 and his MVP 2016 campaign.

 

Chargers QB Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert was initially going to be a stock down after the Chargers fired Anthony Lynn because he played so well and broken records in Lynn’s offense as a rookie. However, it was refreshing to hear that new hire Brandon Staley promises to tailor the offense to fit the skillset of an “elite” quarterback like Herbert. Despite the defensive background, Staley is a former quarterback himself and should have no problem letting Herbert sling the ball around.

 

Lions RB D’Andre Swift

If there was one thing to take away from new Lions head coach Dan Campbell’s press conference, it’s that Detroit is going to play tough football. That means running the ball often. 2020 second-round pick D’Andre Swift showed major flashes as a rookie, and the Lions added two former running backs (the aforementioned Anthony Lynn as offensive coordinator and running backs and assistant head coach Duce Staley) to the coaching staff—you can bet they are going to want to pound the rock. Assuming the Lions don’t add even more to a backfield that also includes Kerryon Johnson, Swift might be a force in 2021.

 

Eagles RB Miles Sanders

Losing Duce Staley might hurt Sanders a bit, but new head coach Nick Sirianni is probably going to want to run the ball like the Colts offense did this season, and no Staley could mean less of a running back rotation. If Philadelphia commits to Sanders more consistently each week, the Penn State product could be set for his first 1,000-yard rushing season. Replacing a championship head coach, Sirianni is going to be under major pressure to win games early to avoid the fans getting on him, so he may want to give one of his best players (Sanders) the ball more than he’s ever gotten it.

 

Stock down

 

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts

New Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson has known Jalen Hurts since he was four years old, so Hurts could have somewhat of an advantage in any potential open quarterback competition with Carson Wentz. But the prevailing thought is that the Eagles’ opinion of Wentz is a big reason Doug Pederson, who apparently did not get along with Wentz, was fired. Perhaps Hurts will be too good to leave off the field, but it feels like the tide has turned in favor of Wentz since the season ended, so there may not be a legitimate competition, and Hurts may not even be a starting quarterback in 2021 despite impressing as a rookie.

 

Chargers WR Keenan Allen

For those that watched HBO’s Hard Knocks last summer, you heard Anthony Lynn say that every week he would walk into offensive coordinator Shane Steichen’s office and say “feed Keenan Allen”. That’s certainly happened over the past four years, with Allen recording reception totals of 102, 97, 104, and 100 in those seasons. Allen is an exceptional player, but his stock may drop because there’s no guarantee his role will be at that level under the new regime in Los Angeles.

 

Lions WR Kenny Golladay

Kenny Golladay is set to become a free agent this offseason, so this may not matter when the season kicks off next September. But if Golladay is franchise tagged and/or remains in Detroit, he’ll be playing in a run-heavy offense that lost Matthew Stafford at quarterback. Golladay is a big-play threat that doesn’t need a ton of targets to do damage, but not having Stafford in the mix paired with the change in offense means it’s stock down for the young receiver… at least for now.

 

Texans WR Brandin Cooks

Similarly, Brandin Cooks is almost certainly losing his quarterback in Deshaun Watson, who has officially requested a trade from the Texans. Cooks is under contract for big money, and Houston may want to still get a lot out of him in 2021 and beyond, but he’ll be adjusting to a new offense with an uncertain quarterback situation. Things can change quickly (Cooks himself may even be traded again, or the Texans might add a promising starter to make up for the loss of Watson get Cooks the ball as a focal point of the offense), but his stock is down with Watson going out the door.

NFL Conference Championship Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice

NFL Conference Championship Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice

Trips to Super Bowl LV are on the line this weekend. Which players should you consider in fantasy lineups among options from the Chiefs, Bills, Packers, and Buccaneers? You can fit this entire group into your DraftKings lineup, and FanDuel salaries allow you to come close.

 

QB: Josh Allen @ KC

Arguably the best four quarterbacks in the league are in action for Championship Sunday, so you can’t go wrong with any of them. But the rushing element for Josh Allen could make him a value play in daily fantasy lineups and playoff challenges. Also, Allen and his receivers should be able to beat the Chiefs secondary and put up strong passing numbers.

 

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. BUF

If the Bills employ the same defensive strategy as their matchup with the Chiefs earlier this season, it’ll be a lot of light boxes for Clyde Edwards-Helaire to run into. With a Super Bowl trip on the line, expect Kansas City to feature their first-round rookie if he’s near or at 100% health.

 

RB: Leonard Fournette/Ronald Jones II @ GB

Both Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette should be very good running back plays in the NFC title game. The Bucs’ run game has been clicking, and the Packers should be more vulnerable on the ground as they try to combat Tom Brady and the passing attack. It’s worth considering getting Fournette and Jones in either both RB slots or in an RB slot and the FLEX.

 

WR: Stefon Diggs @ KC

Stefon Diggs has been lighting it up. In his past six games (excluding the Week 17 matchup against the Dolphins when he only played the first half and posted a 7/76 line) he’s had games of 10/92, 10/130/1, 11/147, 9/145/3, 6/128/1, and 8/106/1. Diggs is almost a must-play.

 

WR: Chris Godwin @ GB

Before last week’s Divisional Round, Chris Godwin caught five touchdowns in his past four games, and he nearly made it six in his past five but had the ball pop out on a diving attempt in the end zone. Expect Godwin, who should mostly avoid Jaire Alexander, to be big in the middle and deep areas of the field on play-action if the Bucs are able to set it up with the run.

 

WR: Cole Beasley @ KC

Cole Beasley is banged up with a leg issue and hasn’t looked quite like himself during the postseason, but another week removed from the injury should mean he’s healthier. Beasley will help Josh Allen and company keep drives going, and he could be a key target in tight red-zone areas.

 

TE: Travis Kelce vs. BUF

It sounds like the Bills might try to take away one of Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce, and they probably prefer to eliminate the big plays from Hill down the field. Kelce almost always gets his, and he’s the clear top tight end play for the conference title games.

 

D/ST: Buccaneers @ GB

Anything can happen on Sunday, but the Buccaneers figure to have the most upside among D/ST units after they got after the Packers earlier this season. Also, Tampa Bay is the biggest underdog to win the Super Bowl among the four teams remaining, so they can be seen as a contrarian play for playoff challenges.

Conference Championship Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Conference Championship Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen (@ KC)
2. Patrick Mahomes (v BUF)
3. Tom Brady (@ GB)
4. Aaron Rodgers (v TB)

 

Running back

1. Ronald Jones II (@ GB)
2. Aaron Jones (v TB)
3. Leonard Fournette (@ GB)
4. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (v BUF)
5. Devin Singletary (@ KC)
6. Jamaal Williams (v TB)
7. Darrel Williams (v BUF)
8. A.J. Dillon (v TB)

 

Wide receiver

1. Stefon Diggs (@ KC)
2. Davante Adams (v TB)
3. Chris Godwin (@ GB)
4. Tyreek Hill (v BUF)
5. Mike Evans (@ GB)
6. John Brown (@ KC)
7. Cole Beasley (@ KC)
8. Allen Lazard (v TB)
9. Mecole Hardman (v BUF)
10. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v TB)
11. Scotty Miller (@ GB)
12. Demarcus Robinson (v BUF)
13. Tyler Johnson (@ GB)
14. Gabriel Davis (@ KC)
15. Byron Pringle (v BUF)
16. Isaiah McKenzie (@ KC)
17. Equanimeous St. Brown (v TB)
18. Tavon Austin (v TB)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v BUF)
2. Robert Tonyan (v TB)
3. Rob Gronkowski (@ GB)
4. Cameron Brate (@ GB)
5. Dawson Knox (@ KC)
6. Marcedes Lewis (v TB)
7. Jace Sternberger (v TB)
8. Lee Smith (@ KC)
9. Tyler Kroft (@ KC)
10. Nick Keizer (v BUF)

 

Defense/ST

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ GB)
2. Green Bay Packers (v TB)
3. Buffalo Bills (@ KC)
4. Kansas City Chiefs (v BUF)

 

Kicker

1. Harrison Butker (v BUF)
2. Tyler Bass (@ KC)
3. Ryan Succop (@ GB)
4. Mason Crosby (v TB)

NFL Divisional Round Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

NFL Divisional Round Daily Fantasy Recommended Lineup Advice

The options are narrowed down, but there will be plenty of top-notch players on the field this weekend. Who should you consider for your Divisional Round fantasy lineups in DraftKings, FanDuel, and playoff challenges?

 

QB: Josh Allen vs. BAL

Josh Allen has been on another level this season, and even a tough Ravens defense might not be able to slow him down. Allen has torched the blitz throughout the year, and he’ll do damage with his legs if necessary. He’s been elite all 2020 and can be had at a better value than usual this weekend.

 

QB: Tom Brady @ NO

Drew Brees and Tom Brady are arguably both undervalued for a potential shootout this Sunday evening. But Brady is the stronger recommendation after not getting much going in the first two matchups versus the Saints. With a healthy and clicking supporting cast around him, don’t expect the New Orleans defense to again get the best of the G.O.A.T.

 

RB: Cam Akers @ GB

The Packers may stack the box against an injured Jared Goff to take away the Rams’ rushing attack, but Cam Akers has been getting a very healthy workload late in the year, and that shouldn’t change to kick off the Divisional Round. If Akers can’t get much going on the ground, he’s the type of player LA can get it to through the air despite no huge receiving production yet for the rookie.

 

RB: Gus Edwards @ BUF

Among the running backs you’d seriously consider for your daily fantasy lineup this week, Gus Edwards probably provides the best value at his low salary. The Ravens are going to want to stay in favorable third-down situations against the Bills defense, and that could mean a nice dose of Edwards on inside runs.

 

WR: Tyreek Hill vs. CLE

Denzel Ward (reserve/COVID-19 list) is back for the Browns, but the Cleveland defense may have a difficult time containing Tyreek Hill for 60 minutes. Coming off the bye, Andy Reid should find way to get the ball into the hands of the electric playmaker early and often, and there’s immense upside as usual for Hill.

 

WR: Antonio Brown @ NO

Antonio Brown has really come on as of late, and he could be the X-factor in the Bucs-Saints game this weekend. Brown was in his first game with Tampa Bay when he first faced New Orleans this season, but he’s now comfortable in Bruce Arians’ offense, with five touchdowns in his past four games.

 

WR: John Brown vs. BAL

John Brown runs among the best deep routes and double moves in football, and aggressive cornerback Marcus Peters can be had on the deep ball at times. Brown is one of the top FLEX options in daily fantasy lineups for the Divisional Round.

 

TE: Travis Kelce vs. CLE

No defense really has an answer for Travis Kelce, and it’s not likely the Browns are able to slow him down either. It might be wise to save money elsewhere and go with Kelce at tight end.

 

TE: Rob Gronkowski @ NO

Rob Gronkowski has been producing mainly as a blocker for the Buccaneers, but if Bucs-Saints turns into a shootout, Tom Brady may look his friend’s way in the red zone a few times. The touchdown upside remains there each week for Gronk.

 

D/ST: Buccaneers @ NO

The Buccaneers do not have an easy matchup, but the defense has the talent and coaching to surprise with a dominant effort on Sunday. Tampa Bay is an option that’ll allow you to save salary for other positions.

 

D/ST: Rams @ GB

It’s not a bad idea to bet on the No. 1 defense in the league, even at Lambeau Field versus Aaron Rodgers and company. Hope for some sacks from Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd along with some turnovers by a unit that’s made plays all year.

Divisional Round Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Divisional Round Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Our playoff rankings are for a week-by-week basis using 0.5 PPR scoring.

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v CLE)
2. Josh Allen (v BAL)
3. Lamar Jackson (@ BUF)
4. Tom Brady (@ NO)
5. Aaron Rodgers (v LAR)
6. Drew Brees (v TB)
7. Baker Mayfield (@ KC)
8. Jared Goff (@ GB)

 

Running back

1. Nick Chubb (@ KC)
2. Cam Akers (@ GB)
3. Alvin Kamara (v TB)
4. Aaron Jones (v LAR)
5. J.K. Dobbins (@ BUF)
6. Kareem Hunt (@ KC)
7. Le’Veon Bell (v CLE)
8. Devin Singletary (v BAL)
9. Leonard Fournette (@ NO)
10. Gus Edwards (@ BUF)
11. Darrel Williams (v CLE)
12. Latavius Murray (v TB)
13. Malcolm Brown (@ GB)
14. Jamaal Williams (v LAR)
15. Ke’Shawn Vaughn (@ NO)
16. A.J. Dillon (v LAR)
17. Justice Hill (@ BUF)
18. T.J. Yeldon (v BAL)
19. Ty Montgomery (v TB)
20. D’Ernest Johnson (@ KC)

 

Wide receiver

1. Tyreek Hill (v CLE)
2. Stefon Diggs (v BAL)
3. Chris Godwin (@ NO)
4. Davante Adams (v LAR)
5. Michael Thomas (v TB)
6. Robert Woods (@ GB)
7. Mike Evans (@ NO)
8. Antonio Brown (@ NO)
9. Jarvis Landry (@ KC)
10. Cole Beasley (v BAL)
11. John Brown (v BAL)
12. Mecole Hardman (v CLE)
13. Marquise Brown (@ BUF)
14. Demarcus Robinson (v CLE)
15. Emmanuel Sanders (v TB)
16. Van Jefferson (@ GB)
17. Rashard Higgins (@ KC)
18. Josh Reynolds (@ GB)
19. Allen Lazard (v LAR)
20. Deonte Harris (v TB)
21. Gabriel Davis (v BAL)
22. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v LAR)
23. Scotty Miller (@ NO)
24. Tre’Quan Smith (v TB)
25. Miles Boykin (@ BUF)
26. Donovan Peoples-Jones (@ KC)
27. Willie Snead (@ BUF)
28. Isaiah McKenzie (v BAL)
29. Byron Pringle (v CLE)
30. Dez Bryant (@ BUF)
31. Tyler Johnson (@ NO)
32. Equanimeous St. Brown (v LAR)
33. Devin Duvernay (@ BUF)
34. Marquez Callaway (v TB)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v CLE)
2. Mark Andrews (@ BUF)
3. Robert Tonyan (v LAR)
4. Austin Hooper (@ KC)
5. Jared Cook (v TB)
6. Rob Gronkowski (@ NO)
7. Tyler Higbee (@ GB)
8. Dawson Knox (v BAL)
9. Cameron Brate @ NO)
10. Gerald Everett (@ GB)
11. David Njoku (@ KC)
12. Adam Trautman (v TB)
13. Harrison Bryant (@ KC)
14. Marcedes Lewis (v LAR)
15. Lee Smith (v BAL)
16. Jace Sternberger (v LAR)
17. Tyler Kroft (v BAL)
18. Nick Keizer (v CLE)
19. Dominique Dafney (v LAR)
20. Tanner Hudson (@ NO)
21. Deon Yelder (v CLE)
22. Stephen Carlson (@ KC)
23. Eric Tomlinson (@ BUF)
24. Anthony Auclair (@ NO)

 

Defense/ST

1. Kansas City Chiefs (v CLE)
2. Green Bay Packers (v LAR)
3. Los Angeles Rams (@ GB)
4. Buffalo Bills (v BAL)
5. New Orleans Saints (v TB)
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ NO)
7. Baltimore Ravens (@ BUF)
8. Cleveland Browns (@ KC)

 

Kicker

1. Harrison Butker (v CLE)
2. Justin Tucker (@ BUF)
3. Tyler Bass (v BAL)
4. Wil Lutz (v TB)
5. Ryan Succop (@ NO)
6. Mason Crosby (v LAR)
7. Matt Gay (@ GB)
8. Cody Parkey (@ KC)

NFL Wild Card Round Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice

NFL Wild Card Round Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice

Traditional fantasy football is in the books for 2020, but plenty of people will still be playing during the NFL postseason. For daily fantasy games like DraftKings and FanDuel (as well as some plays to consider in fantasy playoff challenges) these are among the top options to consider in your lineup for the Wild Card Round.

 

QB: Josh Allen vs. IND

While he might not ultimately win league MVP, Josh Allen undoubtedly had an MVP-caliber season leading a Bills offense that’s on fire entering the playoffs. Judging from his play in 2020, Allen looks to have the right mindset after he might have tried to do a little too much in the postseason last year.

 

QB: Mitchell Trubisky @ NO

Nick Foles and the Bears receiving corps had success in the first matchup against the Saints earlier this season, and Mitchell Trubisky has the unit playing well down the stretch. Also, Trubisky said Chicago wants to open up the offense a bit, and he has the additional rushing element that he might unleash more in the playoffs.

 

RB: Derrick Henry vs. BAL

Coming off the eighth 2,000-yard rushing season in NFL history—which included him torching the Ravens with a walk-off overtime touchdown—Derrick Henry is worth the salary in Wild Card Round daily fantasy lineups. If Henry doesn’t get 25-30+ touches, something went wrong for the Titans.

 

RB: Nick Chubb @ PIT

With Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski unfortunately unavailable due to COVID-19, look for the Browns to have a simplified approach of giving the ball to Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. As Chubb showed last week on his 47-yard touchdown run, he just needs a little crease to make it a great outing.

 

RB: Cam Akers @ SEA

Whether or not Jared Goff (thumb) is in the lineup at less than 100%, the Rams are going to rely on their rushing attack to advance to the Divisional Round. Despite dealing with an ankle injury, Sean McVay had little hesitation feeding the ball to Cam Akers in Week 17, and the rookie runner should again get a solid workload this weekend.

 

WR: Stefon Diggs vs. IND

If the Colts opt to play a lot of zone against the Bills, Stefon Diggs should have little trouble finding openings in the defense to rack up a ton of catches. Utilizing the Allen-Diggs stack will cost you, but the dynamic duo can put up serious numbers every time they touch the field.

 

WR: Antonio Brown @ WAS

Following a throwback performance to conclude the regular season, Antonio Brown offers elite potential for the start of the playoffs. If Mike Evans (knee) is out, that could mean more targets for Brown. If Evans is in, that could mean the former All-Pro gets less attention from the Washington defense. Either way, AB is a value.

 

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. CLE

Over the past two weeks, JuJu Smith-Schuster has put up lines of 9/96/1 and 6/65/1, and last week he just missed on a potential long touchdown after he couldn’t quite break a tackle on what might have been a catch-and-run score. JuJu might be Ben Roethlisberger’s most trusted target in crunch time, and he can do some damage versus the Browns defense inside.

 

TE: Tyler Higbee @ SEA

The Seahawks have done a better job against the Rams tight ends this season, but Tyler Higbee (and Gerald Everett) has major upside in daily fantasy lineups. Similar to the end of 2019, Los Angeles’ gameplan might call for heavy utilization of their tight ends.

 

TE: Jonnu Smith vs. BAL

Jonnu Smith has caught a touchdown in each of the past two games against the Ravens (including in the postseason last year), and the versatile tight end is an under-the-radar weapon with Baltimore likely to focus mostly on stopping Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown, and Corey Davis.

 

D/ST: Buccaneers @ WAS

Alex Smith (calf) was clearly not at full strength last week, and the Bucs defense was tied for fourth in the league with 48 sacks during the regular season. Smith shouldn’t be counted out of anything, but this looks to be a good matchup for Tampa Bay.

 

D/ST: Steelers vs. CLE

The Steelers did well against the Browns last week, and now they’ll get T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward back in the lineup while facing a team without its head coach. There’s big upside for Pittsburgh’s defense to cap off the Wild Card Round.

Wild Card Round Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Wild Card Round Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Our rankings for the NFL playoffs will go round-by-round (so, not complete playoff rankings through Super Bowl LV), and are for 0.5 PPR scoring.

 

Quarterback

1. Josh Allen (v IND)
2. Lamar Jackson (@ TEN)
3. Tom Brady (@ WAS)
4. Ben Roethlisberger (v CLE)
5. Ryan Tannehill (v BAL)
6. Russell Wilson (v LAR)
7. Drew Brees (v CHI)
8. Mitchell Trubisky (@ NO)
9. Philip Rivers (@ BUF)
10. Baker Mayfield (@ PIT)
11. John Walford (@ SEA)
12. Taylor Heinicke (v TB)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (v BAL)
2. Jonathan Taylor (@ BUF)
3. Alvin Kamara (v CHI)
4. Nick Chubb (@ PIT)
5. J.K. Dobbins (@ TEN)
6. David Montgomery (@ NO)
7. James Conner (v CLE)
8. Chris Carson (v LAR)
9. Ronald Jones II (@ WAS)
10. Cam Akers (@ SEA)
11. Antonio Gibson (v TB)
12. J.D. McKissic (v TB)
13. Nyheim Hines (@ BUF)
14. Kareem Hunt (@ PIT)
15. Gus Edwards (@ TEN)
16. Devin Singletary (v IND)
17. Latavius Murray (v CHI)
18. Malcolm Brown (@ SEA)
19. Zack Moss (v IND)
20. Leonard Fournette (@ WAS)
21. Benny Snell (v CLE)
22. Carlos Hyde (v LAR)
23. Rashaad Penny (v LAR)
24. Ty Montgomery (v CHI)
25. Peyton Barber (v TB)
26. Ke’Shawn Vaughn (@ WAS)
27. Jaylen Samuels (v CLE)
28. Justice Hill (@ TEN)
29. Anthony McFarland Jr. (v CLE)
30. Jordan Wilkins (@ BUF)
31. Jeremy McNichols (v BAL)
32. Darrynton Evans (v BAL)
33. Mark Ingram (@ TEN)
34. D’Ernest Johnson (@ PIT)
35. Alex Collins (v LAR)

 

Wide receiver

1. Stefon Diggs (v IND)
2. Chris Godwin (@ WAS)
3. A.J. Brown (v BAL)
4. Allen Robinson (@ NO)
5. Antonio Brown (@ WAS)
6. Diontae Johnson (v CLE)
7. D.K. Metcalf (v LAR)
8. Robert Woods (@ SEA)
9. Chase Claypool (v CLE)
10. Terry McLaurin (v TB)
11. Mike Evans (@ WAS)
12. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v CLE)
13. Michael Thomas (v CHI)
14. Tyler Lockett (v LAR)
15. Jarvis Landry (@ PIT)
16. Marquise Brown (@ TEN)
17. John Brown (v IND)
18. Cooper Kupp (@ SEA)
19. Cole Beasley (v IND)
20. Corey Davis (v BAL)
21. T.Y. Hilton (@ BUF)
22. Emmanuel Sanders (v CHI)
23. Darnell Mooney (@ NO)
24. Rashard Higgins (@ PIT)
25. Zach Pascal (@ BUF)
26. Michael Pittman Jr. (@ BUF)
27. Miles Boykin (@ TEN)
28. Cam Sims (v TB)
29. James Washington (v CLE)
30. Josh Reynolds (@ SEA)
31. Anthony Miller (@ NO)
32. Scotty Miller (@ WAS)
33. Gabriel Davis (v IND)
34. David Moore (v LAR)
35. Steven Sims (v TB)
36. Cordarrelle Patterson (@ NO)
37. Isaiah McKenzie (v IND)
38. Willie Snead (@ TEN)
39. Van Jefferson (@ SEA)
40. Donovan Peoples-Jones (@ PIT)
41. Dez Bryant (@ TEN)
42. Devin Duvernay (@ TEN)
43. Freddie Swain (v LAR)
44. Marquez Callaway (v CHI)
45. Cam Batson (v BAL)

 

Tight end

1. Mark Andrews (@ TEN)
2. Rob Gronkowski (@ WAS)
3. Logan Thomas (v TB)
4. Eric Ebron (v CLE)
5. Jonnu Smith (v BAL)
6. Tyler Higbee (@ SEA)
7. Jared Cook (v CHI)
8. Austin Hooper (@ PIT)
9. Cole Kmet (@ NO)
10. Dawson Knox (v IND)
11. Jimmy Graham (@ NO)
12. Gerald Everett (@ SEA)
13. Trey Burton (@ BUF)
14. Jack Doyle (@ BUF)
15. Greg Olsen (v LAR)
16. Mo Alie-Cox (@ BUF)
17. Cameron Brate (@ WAS)
18. Jacob Hollister (v LAR)
19. Anthony Firkser (v BAL)
20. David Njoku (@ PIT)
21. Will Dissly (v LAR)
22. Vance McDonald (v CLE)
23. Geoff Swaim (v BAL)
24. Lee Smith (v IND)
25. MyCole Pruitt (v BAL)

 

Defense/ST

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ WAS)
2. Seattle Seahawks (v LAR)
3. Buffalo Bills (v IND)
4. Los Angeles Rams (@ SEA)
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (v CLE)
6. New Orleans Saints (v CHI)
7. Chicago Bears (@ NO)
8. Washington Football Team (v TB)
9. Baltimore Ravens (@ TEN)
10. Tennessee Titans (v BAL)
11. Cleveland Browns (@ PIT)
12. Indianapolis Colts (@ BUF)

 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker (@ TEN)
2. Tyler Bass (v IND)
3. Wil Lutz (v CHI)
4. Ryan Succop (@ WAS)
5. Jason Myers (v LAR)
6. Rodrigo Blankenship (@ BUF)
7. Matt Gay (@ SEA)
8. Cairo Santos (@ NO)
9. Stephen Gostkowski (v BAL)
10. Matthew Wright (v CLE)
11. Cody Parkey (@ PIT)
12. Dustin Hopkins (v TB)

Wolf Sports 2020 Fantasy Football Awards

Wolf Sports 2020 Fantasy Football Awards

Breakout Player of the Year: David Montgomery, CHI RB

The first half of the season started a bit slow for Montgomery (two touchdowns through nine games), but Chicago made him the offensive centerpiece down the stretch—leading to a straight-up fantasy dominance with 598 rushing yards, 226 receiving yards, and eight total touchdowns over the final six games to finish as the overall RB4 on the year. Montgomery’s star shouldn’t fade in 2021.

 

Waiver Wire Pickup of the Year: James Robinson, JAX RB

Despite being a mystery entering the season as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois State, Robinson showed well enough over the summer to win the starting job outright for Jacksonville, and he was the biggest bright spot for the franchise in 2020. Robinson unfortunately missed the final two games with a high-ankle sprain, but not before totaling the most yards from scrimmage for an undrafted rookie in NFL history (1,404).

 

Draft Value of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, GB QB

Green Bay not adding any playmakers and instead selecting a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft seemed to be a couple of red flags for Rodgers’ fantasy outlook, but Year 2 in Matt LaFleur’s offense took things to another level for the 37-year-old with a career-high 48 touchdown passes. Those who drafted Rodgers in the mid-to-late rounds were rewarded with seven four-touchdown games.

 

Late Round Pick of the Year: Justin Jefferson, MIN WR

Reports out of camp about Jefferson running behind Olabisi Johnson as the No. 2 receiver (which turned out to be the case through the first two weeks) led to Minnesota’s first-round pick coming off the board as a borderline undrafted player—but he was among the best receivers in football when unleashed with a 7/175/1 breakout in Week 3. Overall, Jefferson caught 88 passes for a rookie-record 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns; he’s the classic reminder to bet on talent above all else in fantasy drafts.

 

Fantasy Playoffs MVP: Stefon Diggs, BUF WR

Another free tip is to not look too far ahead when drafting, as Buffalo’s fantasy playoff schedule was a possible concern for their offense, but they ended up lighting everyone up. Diggs in particular went for lines of 10/130/1, 11/147, 9/145/3, and 7/76 (in one half) over the final four weeks—averaging 27.1 fantasy points per game for the stretch where most have their playoffs (Week 14 through Week 16).

 

Rookie of the Year: Jonathan Taylor, IND RB 

Justin Herbert (overall QB9) and the aforementioned Justin Jefferson (overall WR6) both deserve recognition here and have a strong case for the award, but the way Taylor finished the season—with a 16-game pace of 2,232 total yards and 22 total touchdowns over his final six outings—makes it difficult to argue against him. In 15 games, Taylor rushed 232 times for 1,169 yards (5.0 YPC) and 11 touchdowns while adding 36 receptions (on 39 targets) for 299 yards and another score.

 

Most Valuable Player: Josh Allen, BUF QB

MVP could go to a handful of guys, but Allen finished as the top overall scorer in 2020, and if not for a short stretch when Buffalo had a couple of games rescheduled and he was dealing with an injured shoulder to limit the upside, best-fantasy-season-ever territory was reachable. For the season, Allen had the most games with 30+ fantasy points (six) to top other contenders like Derrick Henry (four), Patrick Mahomes (four), Alvin Kamara (four), and Davante Adams (three).

 

Team of the Year

 

QB: Josh Allen, BUF
RB: Alvin Kamara, NO
RB: Derrick Henry, TEN
WR: Davante Adams, GB
WR: Stefon Diggs, BUF
TE: Travis Kelce, KC
FLEX: Dalvin Cook, MIN
D/ST: Rams
K: Younghoe Koo, ATL

 

Week 17 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Week 17 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Team of the Week

 

QB: Cam Newton

Newton saved his best for last this season, as he completed 21-of-30 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 11 times for 79 yards, and caught a 19-yard score in Sunday’s win over the Jets. Turning 32 in the spring, Newton could still carry fantasy value next year if he gets a starting job.

 

RB: Jonathan Taylor

Indy’s second-round pick is another player that saved his best for last—exploding for 30 carries, 253 yards, and two touchdowns in a must-win for the Colts. In six outings since being featured in an upset victory over Green Bay, Taylor has averaged 123.5 rushing yards per game and 6.2 yards per carry with eight total touchdowns

 

RB: Derrick Henry

It was obvious that Tennessee was going to ride Henry with the AFC South title on the line yesterday, but Houston still couldn’t stop him on the way to 2,000 rushing yards for the season. Overall, Henry bruised for 250 yards and two scores on 34 attempts.

 

WR: Brandin Cooks

Cooks has said he doesn’t want to be traded again, and he did his best to leave a strong final impression on Houston with 11 receptions, 166 yards, and two touchdowns in a shootout loss against the Titans. For those who play their fantasy championship in Week 16 and Week 17, Cooks went for lines of 7/141/1 and 11/166/2.

 

WR: Marvin Jones

Going for 180 yards in the finale wasn’t quite enough to get Jones over 1,000 yards for the second time in his career (he finished with 978), but he did score nine touchdowns for the third time in four seasons. The 34.0 fantasy points were easily a season-high for the veteran wideout.

 

TE: Darren Waller

All Waller did in the final act of perhaps the best five-game stretch for a tight end in NFL history was go for a 9/117/1 line with the game-winning two-point conversation in the final minute. In the five games since the start of December, Waller went off with a scorching season-long pace of 138 receptions, 2,093 yards, and 13 touchdowns.

 

FLEX: Antonio Brown

Tampa Bay is getting really scary on offense with Brown showing flashes of his former self, and he had a complete throwback performance in Week 17 with 11 receptions, 138 yards, and two highlight scores. The 31.3 fantasy points for AB surely made a big difference in some championship matchups.

 

D/ST: Rams

The Rams were a strong play either way on Sunday, but Kyler Murray (ankle) sitting for most of the game allowed them to tee off—totaling 21.0 fantasy points with an interception, a safety, a block, four sacks, one touchdown, and just 214 yards allowed in an 18-7 win.

 

K: Ka’imi Fairbairn

There were actually ten kickers that went for double-digit points yesterday with the weather not being as bad as expected, but Fairbairn was the highest scorer in the comforts of a dome with 17.0 fantasy points in Houston’s 41-38 loss.

 

Surprise of the Week: Cam Newton

After a combined 26.28 fantasy points over the previous three weeks, Newton exploded in what was almost certainly his final game with New England—going for 37.98 fantasy points as a top overall scorer of Week 17. Considering there seemed to be a 50-50 shot of seeing Jarrett Stidham in the finale, Cam was undoubtedly the week’s biggest surprise.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Kyler Murray

Murray went down early with an ankle injury on Sunday, and it was a definite disappointment to see him going in and out of the locker room, getting taped up, trying to warm up, etc. while not returning until the fourth quarter when the game seemed to be decided. Including the 3.78 fantasy points in the finale, Murray had just one game with more than 18.5 fantasy points over the final six weeks.

 

Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Taylor

The Colts needed help heading into the weekend after inexplicably going away from Taylor in the second half of their collapse versus Pittsburgh, but they atoned for the mistake against Jacksonville by giving their rookie runner 31 touches in a dominant performance. Overall, Taylor showed why he’s the total package at running back with the power to push defenders forward and the speed to hit the home run.

 

Week 17 MVP: Jonathan Taylor

Derrick Henry or one of the wideouts deserve consideration, but Taylor—somewhat quietly because of the heroics of Henry in a closer game while chasing 2,000 yards—totaled 37.9 fantasy points in Week 17. Hopefully enough people stuck with the former Wisconsin standout following some midseason struggles.

 

NFL Week 17 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 17 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Despite a number of injuries around the league and some starters sitting, there are plenty of options in Week 17 daily fantasy lineups in DraftKings and FanDuel.

 

QB: Kirk Cousins @ DET

DraftKings: $6,300 | FanDuel: $7,700

 

The offense is at its best when it’s running the football, but the Vikings may rely more on the passing game this week against a Lions defense that couldn’t stop anything through the air last Saturday. In a dome with a stellar set of weapons at his disposal, Cousins is one of the top values in Week 17 daily fantasy lineups.

 

RB: Derrick Henry @ HOU

DraftKings: $9,400 | FanDuel: $10,200

 

Derrick Henry is 223 yards away from 2,000 rushing yards on the season, and he figures to have an opportunity to get it this Sunday against a Texans team he’s torched for 211 and 212 yards in their previous two matchups. Henry is worth the massive salary.

 

RB: Melvin Gordon vs. LV

DraftKings: $5,700 | FanDuel: $6,800

 

Melvin Gordon should get a heavy workload this Sunday against the Raiders, and he’s not going to cost too much to get into lineups. Also, Gordon is 107 rushing yards away from 1,000 on the year, so that may be a target of his for his first season in Denver.

 

WR: Chris Godwin vs. ATL

DraftKings: $6,600 | FanDuel: $7,400

 

The Bucs passing attack got going last week versus the Lions, and Chris Godwin was a key part of that—and he easily could have had a second touchdown if not for an illegal lineman downfield call wiping it off the board. Godwin is looking to make it three consecutive games with a touchdown.

 

WR: Antonio Brown vs. ATL

DraftKings: $5,500 | FanDuel: $6,000

 

Antonio Brown is also looking to make it three straight games with a score, and he caught a deep ball touchdown against the Falcons a couple of weeks ago. Tom Brady and Tampa Bay may want to get the former All-Pro going a bit more heading into the postseason, as AB hasn’t yet flashed that truly elite gamebreaking ability for an entire game since joining his new team.

 

WR: Michael Gallup @ NYG

DraftKings: $5,000 | FanDuel: $6,200

 

Michael Gallup has three touchdowns over the past three weeks, and he hit the Giants with 73 yards (his third highest total of the year) on just four receptions back in October. The 24-year-old should offer a nice blend of floor and upside this weekend.

 

TE: Tyler Higbee vs. ARI

DraftKings: $3,500 | FanDuel: $5,400

 

It’s a mystery as to what the Rams offense will look like with John Wolford at quarterback, but tight end Tyler Higbee could be a big security blanket for a player that hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL. Both Higbee and teammate Gerald Everett are worth considering for Week 17.

 

FLEX: Jakobi Meyers vs. NYJ (DraftKings) | J.K. Dobbins @ CIN (FanDuel)

Meyers: $5,000 | Dobbins: $6,400

 

Jakobi Meyers has cooled off from his strong midseason stretch, but he lit up the Jets in their first matchup and is a solid target at his salary. You can get creative with where you save and spend your budget, but J.K. Dobbins will be a focal point of the Ravens offense versus the Bengals, so he’s worth a shot in FanDuel.

 

D/ST: Seahawks @ SF

DraftKings: $3,000 | FanDuel: $3,900

 

Seattle’s defense has been playing well over the past few weeks, so they are one of the best values at any position facing a depleted 49ers offense.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $0

FanDuel: $0

 

. . .

 

Other recommended Week 17 options

 

QB: Lamar Jackson @ CIN

DraftKings: $8,000 | FanDuel: $9,000

 

RB: Jonathan Taylor vs. JAX

DraftKings: $7,400 | FanDuel: $8,400

 

RB: Myles Gaskin @ BUF

DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $6,700

 

WR: Justin Jefferson @ DET

DraftKings:  $7,600| FanDuel: $8,000

 

WR: Robert Woods vs. ARI

DraftKings: $6,300 | FanDuel: $6,800

 

TE: Darren Waller @ DEN

DraftKings: $7,100 | FanDuel: $7,800

Week 17 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 17 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For all your start/sit decisions, our weekly rankings are updated as needed through Sunday morning, or you can ask any question you have with Fantasy Consigliere. Week 17 is tougher to write an article for with some teams/players resting, so some sections are a bit condensed.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Tom Brady (v ATL)

The final week of the season can always be a concern in terms of starters not playing for teams looking to rest before the playoffs, but Bruce Arians was adamant that they want to finish 11-5 and get the No. 5 seed, which is obviously good news for Brady’s outlook. Don’t be surprised to see TB12 come out slinging to potentially reach 4,500 yards (266 away) and 40 touchdowns (four away).

 

Thumbs Up: Kirk Cousins (@ DET)

Detroit was obliterated last week with Tampa Bay pass-catchers running open all over the place, and now they will have to get things together quickly for a matchup versus Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Irv Smith Jr. Minnesota being without Dalvin Cook (COVID-19 protocols) easily makes Cousins is a top-end streamer with big upside.

 

Thumbs Up: Mitchell Trubisky (v GB)

Trubisky turned it over three times in a loss to Green Bay last month, but Chicago has scored 30+ points in four games since then (3-1 record), and the weapons are there to put up numbers for a win-and-in game. Getting past a Packers defense that has historically given Trubisky problems would be huge; we’ll see if he also does damage as a runner to move the ball on Sunday.

 

Thumbs Up: Derek Carr (@ DEN)

The first matchup against Denver was nothing to write home about in terms of Carr’s numbers (154 yards, zero touchdowns, zero turnovers), but Las Vegas didn’t have to throw with the defense forcing Drew Lock to toss four interceptions, and the game should be more back-and-forth this weekend (third highest over/under of Week 17). Also, the weather will notably cooperate with clear skies and 50-degree temperatures despite being played in Denver.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Tua Tagovailoa (@ BUF)

Whether or not the Bills play top defensive stars like Tre’Davious White, the unit is going to have enough starters that they’ll remain stout, and Tagovailoa—as we just saw on Saturday night—isn’t even a lock to finish the game with Ryan Fitzpatrick available to orchestrate a possible comeback. To me, the upside is lower compared to most signal-callers available as streamers, so Tua falls outside the top 20 at the position.

 

Thumbs Down: C.J. Beathard (v SEA)

Beathard was great in his first start of the season last week by throwing for three touchdowns in an upset win over Arizona, but now the team will be down Brandon Aiyuk (ankle), and it should be noted that Seattle has contained George Kittle perhaps better than anyone (45.5 yards per game with zero touchdowns in six career meetings). In general, the pass defense of the Seahawks has gone from historically bad in the first half of the season to a strength—allowing just 12.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks in the second half of the year.

 

Thumbs Down: Baker Mayfield (v PIT)

A handful of defensive starters could be out for the Steelers this week to soften Mayfield’s matchup, but I would be shocked if Cleveland didn’t have a run-heavy game plan after 53 pass attempts in Week 16—especially since the aggressive and opportunistic mentality will still be there for Pittsburgh. Those in the second week of a championship matchup might be better off targeting a quarterback with more upside.

 

Running back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: D’Andre Swift (v MIN)

Not having Matthew Stafford (ankle) for most of the game hurt Detroit’s offense last week, but Swift totaled a respectable 70 yards on 14 touches, and he will hope to close out his rookie campaign on a high note after a lost fumble in back-to-back games. After what Alvin Kamara just did to the Vikings, Swift is firmly in the top ten at running back whether it’s Stafford or Chase Daniel at quarterback.

 

Thumbs Up: Ezekiel Elliott (@ NYG)

As stated when he’s usually a “Thumbs Down” option, you are probably starting Elliott no matter what, but the confidence should be much higher after perhaps his best game of the season in a must-win versus Philadelphia. Although he didn’t score, Zeke went for 139 total yards on 23 touches, and he looked more explosive after a week off. I have Elliott ranked as a borderline top-15 option for the finale.

 

Thumbs Up: Darrel Williams (v LAC)

The Chiefs will rest Patrick Mahomes and likely other key offensive players this weekend, so Williams—who just set season-highs across in the board as both a runner and receiver—should be able to stay hot as the possible centerpiece in Andy Reid’s offense. For what it’s worth, the veteran handled 13 touches and was able to find the end zone in a matchup last year versus Los Angeles after Damien Williams was forced to leave early.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Kenyan Drake (@ LAR)

A hot touchdown streak (six scores over the past six games) has basically saved Drake’s fantasy season for those that have stuck with him, but I’d be worried about Arizona’s offense on Sunday for a game that the Rams—without Jared Goff (thumb)—would love to make a slugfest. Despite success finding the end zone recently, Drake has averaged 3.3 yards per carry over the six-game span, and he’s more of a low-end RB2 for me.

 

Thumbs Down: Salvon Ahmed (@ BUF)

Ahmed actually drew the start last week for Miami, but Myles Gaskin re-emerged in the backfield with a career day—which I would assume means them going back to more of a one-back system. Again, the Bills aren’t going to be an easy matchup as a well-coached defense, and a handful of touches won’t be enough to make Ahmed a recommended FLEX.

 

Thumbs Down: Mike Davis (v NO)

Receiving contributions helped lift Davis to RB1 heights earlier in the season, but he’s combined for just two targets, two receptions, and two scoreless yards over the past two games, and now he gets a difficult matchup versus New Orleans. In the previous meeting, the Saints held Davis to 36 yards on 12 touches; it might take a short touchdown return more than decent FLEX value. [Update: Davis isn’t expected to play, and Rodney Smith won’t be a highly recommended start due to the matchup]

 

Wide receiver 

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Robert Woods (v ARI)

Not having his quarterback could be reason for some to be hesitant about Woods, but with Cooper Kupp (COVID-19) also out, I think Sean McVay will center everything around the last full-time starter standing—who we know is also given carries (career-high 24 of them in 2020). In five matchups versus the Cardinals since McVay was hired, Woods has gone for lines of 6/81, 6/89/1, 13/172, 7/67/1, and 10/85.

 

Thumbs Up: Antonio Brown (v ATL)

The fact that Mike Evans was on the field deep into a blowout last week is further evidence Tampa Bay will play their starters if you don’t want to take Bruce Arians at his word, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Brown get a few more targets than usual to completely knock off the rust before the playoffs. Just two weeks ago, AB caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown versus Atlanta, and Brady seems to give him a deep shot in every game.

 

Thumbs Up: Nelson Agholor (@ DEN)

A clutch performance against Miami last week has Agholor sitting at a 47/839/8 line heading into the finale, and it will be interesting to see if Las Vegas does what they can to get him to 1,000 yards for the first time. There is concern about Denver limiting Agholor in the first meeting (one reception on four targets), but the big-play upside certainly puts him on the WR2 map.

 

Thumbs Up: Michael Gallup (@ NYG)

The loss of Dak Prescott (ankle) combined with Andy Dalton being in and out of the lineup has led to Year 3 disappointment for Gallup in terms of overall numbers compared to 2019, but he remains a legitimate difference-maker at receiver—as evidenced by a 121-yard, two-score performance last week against the Eagles. In five career matchups versus New York, Gallup has averaged 12.8 yards per target.

 

Others: Marquise Brown (@ CIN), Henry Ruggs III (@ DEN)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: DeAndre Hopkins (@ LAR)

He finished with 52 yards and a touchdown after being peppered with short targets in the second half, but Hopkins was held without a catch in the first 30 minutes of the previous battle against Jalen Ramsey, and I would bet defensive coordinator Brandon Staley will have some different looks in store to stop the underneath stuff on Sunday. As always, you probably can’t afford to bench Hopkins in a season-long league, but he should be faded in DFS play.

 

Thumbs Down: Jamison Crowder (@ NE)

Crowder did it all last week in New York’s upset win over the Browns, but that makes it all the more likely that Bill Belichick and the New England defense will be keying on him—as is usually the case with yardage totals of 25, 26, and 26 in three career matchups since the veteran joined the Jets. Assuming everyone in the Patriots secondary is healthy, I expect a much better performance than the previous matchup when Joe Flacco threw the ball all over the yard.

 

Thumbs Down: Diontae Johnson (@ CLE)

It’s unclear if Johnson might be one of the players to rest this week, but if he suits up, I highly doubt Mason Rudolph would feed him targets like Ben Roethlisberger does, so the dynamic wideout needs to be downgraded. Furthermore, Johnson was limited to just three receptions on nine targets (for 31 scoreless yards) last year against Denzel Ward and the Browns.

 

Others: Bengals WRs (v BAL)

 

Tight end

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Mike Gesicki (@ BUF)

If there is one thing that Tua Tagovailoa took from watching Ryan Fitzpatrick orchestrate a comeback victory last week, it was hopefully “throw the ball to Gesicki.” Earlier this year, the big-bodied tight end went for an 8/130/1 line against the Bills, and they could struggle to stop him again this week—particularly if linebacker Matt Milano is rested to stay healthy for the playoffs.

 

Thumbs Up: Irv Smith Jr. (@ DET)

Not only is Smith Jr. coming off a two-touchdown performance on Christmas, but also two scores versus Detroit last month, and the second-year tight end provides plenty of upside in Week 17. Plus, Smith Jr. saw a career-high nine targets against the Saints, and no Kyle Rudolph (foot) makes him an important complementary option to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.

 

Thumbs Up: Tyler Higbee (v ARI)

Higbee didn’t come close to reaching his 2019 numbers, but he’s actually averaging a career-high 8.6 yards per target, and it isn’t too late for him to have a monster game for those still playing this week. Look for the veteran to operate as the No. 2 option in the passing game behind Robert Woods and security blanket for John Wolford in his first career NFL action.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: None

Florida tight end Kyle Pitts won’t play in the Cotton Bowl tonight, but I am going out on a limb to say his first appearance in this article will be in the “Thumbs Up” section.

 

Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Week 17 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can ask any and all start/sit questions via Fantasy Consigliere. The rankings will be updated regularly through Sunday morning.

 

Quarterback

1. Lamar Jackson (@ CIN)
2. Deshaun Watson (v TEN)
3. Aaron Rodgers (@ CHI)
4. Tom Brady (v ATL)
5. Jalen Hurts (v WAS)
6. Justin Herbert (@ KC)
7. Ryan Tannehill (@ HOU)
8. Kyler Murray (@ LAR)
9. Russell Wilson (@ SF)
10. Kirk Cousins (@ DET)
11. Drew Brees (@ CAR)
12. Matt Ryan (@ TB)
13. Derek Carr (@ DEN)
14. Mitchell Trubisky (v GB)
15. Josh Allen (v MIA)
16. Philip Rivers (v JAX)
17. Andy Dalton (@ NYG)
18. Drew Lock (v LV)
19. Baker Mayfield (v PIT)
20. Matthew Stafford (v MIN)
21. Alex Smith (@ PHI)
22. Daniel Jones (v DAL)
23. Mason Rudolph (@ CLE)
24. Tua Tagovailoa (@ BUF)
25. Teddy Bridgewater (v NO)
26. C.J. Beathard (v SEA)
27. Chad Henne (v LAC)
28. Cam Newton (v NYJ)
29. Sam Darnold (@ NE)
30. John Wolford (v ARI)
31. Mike Glennon (@ IND)
32. Brandon Allen (v BAL)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (@ HOU)
2. Jonathan Taylor (v JAX)
3. Nick Chubb (v PIT)
4. David Montgomery (v GB)
5. Austin Ekeler (@ KC)
6. Aaron Jones (@ CHI)
7. J.K. Dobbins (@ CIN)
8. Ty Montgomery (@ CAR)
9. D’Andre Swift (v MIN)
10. Melvin Gordon (v LV)
11. David Johnson (v TEN)
12. Josh Jacobs (@ DEN)
13. Chris Carson (@ SF)
14. Jeff Wilson (v SEA)
15. Ezekiel Elliott (@ NYG)
16. Antonio Gibson (@ PHI)
17. Myles Gaskin (@ BUF)
18. Ronald Jones II (v ATL)
19. Kareem Hunt (v PIT)
20. Alexander Mattison (@ DET)
21. Kenyan Drake (@ LAR)
22. Wayne Gallman (v DAL)
23. Boston Scott (v WAS)
24. James Conner (@ CLE)
25. Cam Akers (v ARI)
26. Giovani Bernard (v BAL)
27. Gus Edwards (@ CIN)
28. Malcolm Brown (v ARI)
29. Sony Michel (v NYJ)
30. Devin Singletary (v MIA)
31. J.D. McKissic (@ PHI)
32. Chase Edmonds (@ LAR)
33. Tony Pollard (@ NYG)
34. Nyheim Hines (v JAX)
35. Zack Moss (v MIA)
36. Dare Ogunbowale (@ IND)
37. Darwin Thompson (v LAC)
38. Leonard Fournette (v ATL)
39. Ty Johnson (@ NE)
40. Ito Smith (@ TB)
41. Benny Snell (@ CLE)
42. Rodney Smith (v NO)
43. Rashaad Penny (@ SF)
44. A.J. Dillon (@ CHI)
45. James White (v NYJ)
46. Salvon Ahmed (@ BUF)
47. Lynn Bowden Jr. (@ BUF)
48. Todd Gurley (@ TB)
49. Tevin Coleman (v SEA)
50. Devine Ozigbo (@ IND)
51. Jordan Howard (v WAS)
52. Jamaal Williams (@ CHI)
53. J.J. Taylor (v NYJ)
54. Adrian Peterson (v MIN)
55. Kalen Ballage (@ KC)
56. Josh Adams (@ NE)
57. Darrel Williams (v LAC)
58. Samaje Perine (v BAL)
59. Jerick McKinnon (v SEA)
60. Ke’Shawn Vaughn (v ATL)
61. Devontae Booker (@ DEN)
62. Alfred Morris (v DAL)
63. Royce Freeman (v LV)
64. Kerryon Johnson (v MIN)
65. Ameer Abdullah (@ DET)
66. Kyle Juszczyk (v SEA)
67. Brian Hill (@ TB)
68. Peyton Barber (@ PHI)
69. Darrynton Evans (@ HOU)
70. Antonio Williams (v MIA)
71. Mike Boone (@ DET)
72. Joshua Kelley (@ KC)
73. Jaylen Samuels (@ CLE)
74. Dion Lewis (v DAL)
75. Trenton Cannon (v NO)

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams (@ CHI)
2. Calvin Ridley (@ TB)
3. A.J. Brown (@ HOU)
4. Justin Jefferson (@ DET)
5. Allen Robinson (v GB)
6. D.K. Metcalf (@ SF)
7. Adam Thielen (@ DET)
8. Chris Godwin (v ATL)
9. Mike Evans (v ATL)
10. D.J. Moore (v NO)
11. DeAndre Hopkins (@ LAR)
12. Brandin Cooks (v TEN)
13. Robert Woods (v ARI)
14. Antonio Brown (v ATL)
15. Terry McLaurin (@ PHI)
16. Emmanuel Sanders (@ CAR)
17. Nelson Agholor (@ DEN)
18. Corey Davis (@ HOU)
19. Stefon Diggs (v MIA)
20. Amari Cooper (@ NYG)
21. Marvin Jones (v MIN)
22. Diontae Johnson (@ CLE)
23. Robby Anderson (v NO)
24. Jarvis Landry (v PIT)
25. Tyler Lockett (@ SF)
26. T.Y. Hilton (v JAX)
27. Marquise Brown (@ CIN)
28. CeeDee Lamb (@ NYG)
29. Curtis Samuel (v NO)
30. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ CLE)
31. DeVante Parker (@ BUF)
32. Keke Coutee (v TEN)
33. Michael Gallup (@ NYG)
34. Chase Claypool (@ CLE)
35. Sterling Shepard (v DAL)
36. Russell Gage (@ TB)
37. Mike Williams (@ KC)
38. Tee Higgins (v BAL)
39. Tyler Boyd (v BAL)
40. Jamison Crowder (@ NE)
41. John Brown (v MIA)
42. Rashard Higgins (v PIT)
43. Darius Slayton (v DAL)
44. Jerry Jeudy (v LV)
45. Darnell Mooney (v GB)
46. Jalen Reagor (v WAS)
47. Michael Pittman Jr. (v JAX)
48. Denzel Mims (@ NE)
49. Henry Ruggs III (@ DEN)
50. Richie James (v SEA)
51. Tyron Johnson (@ KC)
52. Gabriel Davis (v MIA)
53. Tim Patrick (v LV)
54. Chad Hansen (v TEN)
55. A.J. Green (v BAL)
56. Laviska Shenault Jr. (@ IND)
57. Allen Lazard (@ CHI)
58. Mecole Hardman (v LAC)
59. Van Jefferson (v ARI)
60. Kendrick Bourne (v SEA)
61. Keelan Cole (@ IND)
62. Jakobi Meyers (v NYJ)
63. Demarcus Robinson (v LAC)
64. James Washington (@ CLE)
65. Marquez Callaway (@ CAR)
66. Zach Pascal (v JAX)
67. Cam Sims (@ PHI)
68. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ CHI)
69. Hunter Renfrow (@ DEN)
70. Josh Reynolds (v ARI)
71. Breshad Perriman (@ NE)
72. Alshon Jeffery (v WAS)
73. Greg Ward (v WAS)
74. Anthony Miller (v GB)
75. Jalen Guyton (@ KC)
76. Andy Isabella (@ LAR)
77. KeeSean Johnson (@ LAR)
78. Steven Sims (@ PHI)
79. Danny Amendola (v MIN)
80. Damiere Byrd (v NYJ)
81. Dez Bryant (@ CIN)
82. Isaiah McKenzie (v MIA)
83. David Moore (@ SF)
84. Cordarrelle Patterson (v GB)
85. Scotty Miller (v ATL)
86. K.J. Hill (@ KC)
87. DaeSean Hamilton (v LV)
88. Mohamed Sanu (v MIN)
89. Chris Conley (@ IND)
90. Quez Watkins (v WAS)
91. Mack Hollins (@ BUF)
92. N’Keal Harry (v NYJ)
93. Quintez Cephus (v MIN)
94. Robert Foster (@ PHI)
95. Travis Fulgham (v WAS)
96. Miles Boykin (@ CIN)
97. Andre Roberts (v MIA)
98. Dante Pettis (v DAL)
99. Juwan Johnson (@ CAR)
100. Christian Blake (@ TB)

 

Tight end

1. Darren Waller (@ DEN)
2. Mark Andrews (@ CIN)
3. George Kittle (v SEA)
4. Rob Gronkowski (v ATL)
5. Mike Gesicki (@ BUF)
6. Logan Thomas (@ PHI)
7. Robert Tonyan (@ CHI)
8. T.J. Hockenson (v MIN)
9. Noah Fant (v LV)
10. Evan Engram (v DAL)
11. Hayden Hurst (@ TB)
12. Tyler Higbee (v ARI)
13. Zach Ertz (v WAS)
14. Irv Smith Jr. (@ DET)
15. Jared Cook (@ CAR)
16. Austin Hooper (v PIT)
17. Jonnu Smith (@ HOU)
18. Donald Parham Jr. (@ KC)
19. Cole Kmet (v GB)
20. Jimmy Graham (v GB)
21. Jordan Akins (v TEN)
22. Vance McDonald (@ CLE)
23. Dalton Schultz (@ NYG)
24. Dawson Knox (v MIA)
25. Dan Arnold (@ LAR)
26. Gerald Everett (v ARI)
27. Drew Sample (v BAL)
28. Jack Doyle (v JAX)
29. Tyler Eifert (@ IND)
30. David Njoku (v PIT)
31. Tyler Conklin (@ DET)
32. Jacob Hollister (@ SF)
33. Cameron Brate (v ATL)
34. Trey Burton (v JAX)
35. Jordan Reed (v SEA)
36. Mo Alie-Cox (v JAX)
37. Anthony Firkser (@ HOU)
38. Chris Herndon (@ NE)
39. Darren Fells (v TEN)
40. Will Dissly (@ SF)

 

Defense/ST

1. Indianapolis Colts (v JAX)
2. Baltimore Ravens (@ CIN)
3. New England Patriots (v NYJ)
4. Seattle Seahawks (@ SF)
5. Washington Football Team (@ PHI)
6. New Orleans Saints (@ CAR)
7. Los Angeles Rams (v ARI)
8. Arizona Cardinals (@ LAR)
9. Dallas Cowboys (@ NYG)
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (@ CLE)
11. New York Jets (@ NE)
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v ATL)
13. Philadelphia Eagles (v WAS)
14. New York Giants (v DAL)
15. Miami Dolphins (@ BUF)
16. Green Bay Packers (@ CHI)
17. Buffalo Bills (v MIA)
18. Cleveland Browns (v PIT)
19. Minnesota Vikings (@ DET)
20. Las Vegas Raiders (@ DEN)
21. Los Angeles Chargers (@ KC)
22. San Francisco 49ers (v SEA)
23. Kansas City Chiefs (v LAC)
24. Tennessee Titans (@ HOU)
25. Denver Broncos (v LV)

 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker (@ CIN)
2. Ryan Succop (v ATL)
3. Wil Lutz (@ CAR)
4. Harrison Butker (v LAC)
5. Jason Sanders (@ BUF)
6. Younghoe Koo (@ TB)
7. Tyler Bass (v MIA)
8. Rodrigo Blankenship (v JAX)
9. Brandon McManus (v LV)
10. Daniel Carlson (@ DEN)
11. Mike Nugent (@ LAR)
12. Cairo Santos (v GB)
13. Greg Zuerlein (@ NYG)
14. Cody Parkey (v PIT)
15. Mason Crosby (@ CHI)
16. Stephen Gostkowski (@ HOU)
17. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v TEN)
18. Jason Myers (@ SF)
19. Michael Badgley (@ KC)
20. Matt Prater (v MIN)
21. Joey Slye (v NO)
22. Matt Gay (v ARI)
23. Robbie Gould (v SEA)
24. Dustin Hopkins (@ PHI)
25. Dan Bailey (@ DET)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 17, 2020

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 17, 2020

The final waiver wire article of the season includes the top ten players with descriptions, as the usual positional rankings that are also included are basically just the weekly rankings since there is only one Sunday left to play. The rankings will vary depending on your particular league, so feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

1. Jeff Wilson, SF RB

Wilson entered Saturday evening a little banged up, but he still went for a career-high 183 rushing yards and caught a 21-yard touchdown to boot. Even though Seattle will be a tougher matchup in the finale, Wilson is a clear RB2 play.

 

2. Malcolm Brown, LAR RB

Cam Akers (ankle) and Darrell Henderson (ankle) both going down leaves Brown as the last-man standing in LA’s backfield, so he could be in for a heavy workload with or without Jared Goff (thumb) in the lineup. The possible downside is Arizona selling out to stop the run if the Rams have John Wolford under center.

 

3. Damien Harris, NE RB

New England is going to finish off the year as a run-first offense no matter who is at quarterback, and we expect Harris should be back after limited practices over the past two weeks. In the previous meeting this season, Harris rushed 14 times for 71 yards (5.1 YPC).

 

4. Gus Edwards, BAL RB

He had single-digit carries in six consecutive games prior to Week 16, but Edwards was fed 15 attempts against the Giants—turning them into 85 tough yards. The backfield remaining a two-man split between he and J.K. Dobbins leaves Edwards firmly in FLEX territory.

 

5. Kirk Cousins, MIN QB

Already up to a career-high 32 touchdown passes this year, Cousins has an excellent chance to reach 35 scores with an impressive finish—and that could happen versus a Detroit defense that was just shredded by Tampa Bay. There probably isn’t a better streamer out there.

 

6. Latavius Murray, NO RB

Alvin Kamara stole the show on Christmas, but Murray bruised his way to 96 yards on 15 touches, and New Orleans should again play from ahead this week in Carolina. Including two matchups last season, Murray has rushed 35 times for 172 yards (4.9 YPC) and a touchdown against the Panthers as a member of the Saints.

 

7. Nelson Agholor, LV WR

After a primetime game in which he caught five passes for 155 yards and a touchdown, Agholor is up to a 47/839/8 line in his first season with Las Vegas, and he brings plenty of big-play potential to fantasy lineups. The former first-round pick is hoping to close out the 2020 campaign with a huge game after Denver limited him to one reception last month.

 

8. La’Mical Perine, NYJ RB

Frank Gore (concussion) is out after helping power the Jets to another victory, so Perine—who handled ten touches last week in his return to the lineup—should get a chance to work in the lead role on Sunday. The rookie has a three-down skillset and will hope to prove himself for 2021.

 

9. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI QB

Trubisky continued his late-season surge with three total touchdowns against Jacksonville, and now he can really cement himself as the favorite to start for Chicago next year by beating the Packers and getting into the playoffs. Derek Carr is also a worthy streamer along with Trubisky and Kirk Cousins.

 

10. Sterling Shepard, NYG WR

Baltimore’s secondary was banged up last week, but Shepard had his best game of the year across the board (9/77/1), and Daniel Jones should look to him again with the Giants hoping to sneak into the postseason. Shepard is at least a solid option for those in need of receiver help.

Week 16 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Week 16 Fantasy Football Awards 2020

Team of the Week

 

QB: Tom Brady

Brady only needed to play 30 minutes to rank as the overall QB1 heading into Monday Night Football, as he completed 22-of-27 passes for 348 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions in a blowout win over Detroit. TB12 is up to 4,234 yards with a 36:11 touchdown-interception ratio through 15 games.

 

RB: Alvin Kamara

He hadn’t been putting up monster numbers for the past few weeks, but Kamara exploded on Christmas—rushing for an NFL-record six touchdowns while Minnesota provided little resistance to the ground game. Kamara now has 21 touchdowns this season, and the team will likely try to get him at least 68 rushing yards next week for his first 1,000-yard campaign.

 

RB: Myles Gaskin

The Miami backfield was a bit of a mystery with Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed both finally on the field together, but the older of the two former college teammates—despite not starting on Saturday night—ending up leading the way with 14 carries, 87 rushing yards, five receptions, 82 receiving yards, and two touchdown catches.

 

WR: Davante Adams

Green Bay’s passing attack was again unstoppable last night, as Tennessee had zero answers for Adams—who caught 11-of-12 targets for 142 yards and his second three-touchdown performance of the year. Already up to a career-high 17 scores, Adams looks primed to set career-highs across the board with a solid game next week versus Chicago.

 

WR: Mike Evans

The entire Tampa Bay offense benefitted from Detroit entering Saturday’s game with a chunk of their coaching staff out due to COVID-19 protocols, but Evans was the biggest beneficiary as that main target of what was essentially a numbers-boosting spot. The Bucs keeping their foot on the pedal with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback allowed Evans to go for a 10/181/2 line.

 

TE: Jimmy Graham

Graham seemed to fall by the wayside with more zero-catch performances (two) than touchdowns (one) over the previous five games, but he re-emerged versus the Jags by catching two touchdowns in a 41-17 victory. The veteran will hope to stay hot in a win-and-in game next week against the Packers.

 

FLEX: David Johnson

The 2020 season has been one to forget for Houston, but Johnson is a bright spot late in the season with some of his best football. Following up a Week 15 game in which he caught 11 passes for 106 yards, DJ handled 15 touches for 139 yards and two scores on his way to a season-high 27.4 fantasy points.

 

D/ST: Panthers

Facing the Washington offense with Dwayne Haskins under center led to fantasy gold for Carolina, as they forced four turnovers, three sacks, and scored a touchdown to ruin their opponents chance of winning the NFC East.

 

K: Jason Sanders

Sanders had a potentially costly one-point performance in Week 15, but he responded with 15 fantasy points on Saturday night for anyone still alive that wisely stuck with him. Including PATs, Sanders has hit 68-of-71 kicks in 2020.

 

Surprise of the Week: Browns offense

They were down basically all game, but it’s still insane that Cleveland—without all but one of their active-roster wideouts—decided to throw 53 times while Nick Chubb handled just 11 carries. Kevin Stefanski was in a difficult spot, but the team didn’t handle it well.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Derrick Henry

Sunday night wasn’t the fault of Henry (and he still finished with 98 rushing yards), but Tennessee came out with a terrible game plan against the Packers on both sides of the ball—leading to a blowout loss when they had a chance to clinch the AFC South. Just 9.8 fantasy points for the monster runner in a snow game against one of the league’s worst run defenses is something that cost fantasy owners hoping to win a title in one of the last games of championship week.

 

Rookie of the Week: CeeDee Lamb

Lamb only saw five targets on Sunday, but he made the most of them with a 52-yard touchdown, and also turned a fourth-quarter carry into another score as Dallas blew out the Eagles. The 21.9 fantasy points will have Lamb finish as a top-24 option at the position as a rookie (without Dak Prescott for most of the year).

 

Week 16 MVP: Alvin Kamara

The 54.7 fantasy points for Kamara was one of the highest totals of all-time, and happening during championship week makes it almost impossible to overcome for those who faced him. New Orleans’ offensive centerpiece also looks like the top candidate for Fantasy MVP for the season as the overall RB1.

 

NFL Week 16 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

NFL Week 16 Daily Fantasy Football Recommended Lineup Advice (DraftKings, FanDuel)

Options are limited with four games before Sunday, but which players and games should you target in Week 16 daily fantasy lineups for both DraftKings and FanDuel?

 

QB: Jalen Hurts @ DAL

DraftKings: $7,000 | FanDuel: $8,200

 

Jalen Hurts has looked very comfortable in his first two career starts, and he should be comfortable again this weekend going back down south where he had a lot of success in the Big 12 last year while at Oklahoma. DeSean Jackson (ankle) is returning to the lineup for the Eagles, so Hurts may also push the ball down the field more—and the rushing upside is there again.

 

RB: David Montgomery @ JAX

DraftKings: $7,700 | FanDuel: $7,800

 

His salary isn’t super high, but David Montgomery has been playing as well as anyone right now. Facing a Jaguars team that hasn’t won since Week 1, Montgomery could be an exceptional value in daily fantasy lineups.

 

RB: Benny Snell Jr. vs. IND (DraftKings) | Miles Sanders @ DAL (FanDuel)

Snell: $5,300 | Sanders: $7,300

 

It sounds like Benny Snell Jr. may get the chance to be the lead ball-carrier even with James Conner back for the Steelers, so he’s worth a shot in a shallow week. For FanDuel we have more salary to work with; Miles Sanders may be set to break a big play versus the Cowboys defense.

 

WR: Sammy Watkins vs. ATL

DraftKings: $5,000 | FanDuel: $5,400

 

There’s a chance Tyreek Hill (hamstring) is out or at less than 100%, and Sammy Watkins could get an uptick in targets either way. Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson are also worth considering.

 

WR: Jalen Reagor @ DAL

DraftKings: $4,600 | FanDuel: $5,700

 

You can see the Eagles trying to get Jalen Reagor more involved in the offense, and he’s a solid stack with his quarterback in a game that could potentially turn into a shootout.

 

WR: Mike Williams vs. DEN

DraftKings: $4,500 | FanDuel: $5,700

 

Mike Williams had success against Denver earlier this season, and he’s off the injury report after dealing with another back issue for the past couple of weeks. With Keenan Allen (hamstring) hobbled, Williams might get a good number of looks from Justin Herbert tomorrow.

 

TE: Travis Kelce vs. ATL

DraftKings: $8,500 | FanDuel: $8,800

 

George Kittle and Darren Waller are both going today, so Travis Kelce is by far the top tight end play from Sunday’s action. Even if the Falcons treat guarding Kelce as their clear top defensive priority, the All-Pro is nearly impossible to stop.

 

FLEX: Darrell Henderson Jr. @ SEA

DraftKings: $4,500 | FanDuel: $5,600

 

Malcolm Brown may take goal-line touches and cut into the overall carries if he is running well, but Darrell Henderson Jr. should have a shot at the lead role in Sean McVay’s offense with Cam Akers (ankle) out. Henderson has excelled with a heavy workload earlier this season.

 

D/ST: Texans vs. CIN

DraftKings: $2,800 | FanDuel: $4,600

 

Anything can happen, but don’t expect a bunch of points to be scored between the Texans and Bengals. Houston just feels like one of those value plays that could top D/ST leaderboards in Week 16.

 

Remaining salaries

DraftKings: $100

FanDuel: $900

 

. . .

 

Other recommended Week 16 options

 

QB: Matt Ryan @ KC

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $7,700

 

RB: Chris Carson vs. LAR

DraftKings: $6,400 | FanDuel: $7,100

 

RB: Le’Veon Bell vs. ATL

DraftKings: $5,800 | FanDuel: $6,400

 

WR: Diontae Johnson vs. IND

DraftKings: $6,300 | FanDuel: $6,700

 

WR: Keke Coutee vs. CIN

DraftKings: $5,400 | FanDuel: $6,100

 

TE: Tyler Higbee @ SEA

DraftKings: $4,000 | FanDuel: $5,800

Week 16 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

Week 16 Fantasy: “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”

For all your start/sit decisions, our weekly rankings are updated as needed through Sunday morning, or you can ask any question you have with Fantasy Consigliere.

 

Quarterback

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Jalen Hurts (@ DAL)

I feel like Hurts shouldn’t be here because it’s too obvious, but a lot of people listening to ESPN (which is a week or multiple weeks late on pretty much everything) is likely reason for his roster percentage being less than 33.3% before finishing as the top overall scorer of Week 15. Philadelphia’s starter needs to be played as a high-end QB1 for a great matchup against the rival Cowboys, who have been destroyed by dual-threats Russell Wilson (36.8 fantasy points), Kyler Murray (28.9), and Lamar Jackson (25.6) this year.

 

Thumbs Up: Jared Goff (@ SEA)

Other than Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee, the Rams were a massive disappointment last week in a loss to the Jets, but I would expect a bounce-back performance on Sunday with the NFC West on the line. Over the past five matchups versus Seattle, Goff has averaged 325.8 passing yards per game—never throwing for fewer than 293 yards over that span. Look for the game plan to revolve around the passing attack with Cam Akers (ankle) out.

 

Thumbs Up: Tua Tagovailoa (@ LV)

Miami should very encouraged by Tagovailoa finding a way to win without two big-time playmakers—DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Mike Gesicki (shoulder)—in the lineup last week, and the two rushing touchdowns in particular showed that he will do what it takes to put points on the board. This week, it shouldn’t be such a grind versus a Las Vegas defense that has some serious issues in coverage, so Tua should stay hot as at least a high-end QB2.

 

Thumbs Up: Marcus Mariota (v MIA)

Derek Carr (groin) is trying to play, but if Mariota ends up on the other side of the Dolphins-Raiders matchup this Saturday night, he’d immediately be a streaming target. In his first action of 2020, the former No. 2 overall pick showed very impressive accuracy to all levels of the field and will only get better with more reps, but the real value comes in the rushing production (nine carries for 88 yards and one touchdown). I’m sure Jon Gruden will have put together a game plan to avoid the stingy perimeter coverage of Miami’s defense.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: Drew Brees (v MIN)

Not having Michael Thomas (ankle) is obviously a big loss for the Saints, and it could really be felt this week if Mike Zimmer’s defense—as most expect—is able to prioritize stopping Alvin Kamara out of the backfield. In the past two matchups for this NFC rivalry (including playoffs), Brees has thrown for just 164.0 yards per game with a 2:2 touchdown-interception ratio, and that was with the New Orleans offense operating more efficiently. I don’t see a shootout happening on Christmas.

 

Thumbs Down: Matthew Stafford (v TB)

Stafford played well through a painful rib injury last week, but he still had just 252 yards and one touchdown against a Tennessee defense that can’t generate a pass rush—and that won’t be the case this week against Tampa Bay. There will always be upside with Stafford because his willingness to chuck it, but I wouldn’t feel great about the floor with a very aggressive defense coming to town; only the Steelers (47), Rams (44), and Eagles (44) have more sacks than the Bucs (43) this season.

 

Thumbs Down: Cam Newton (v BUF)

The Patriots were able to have some offensive success against the Bills in their first matchup, but that was before Sean McDermott’s unit was playing to their full potential, which is no longer the case. Newton—who might even split time with Jarrett Stidham—has been held without a rushing touchdown in four of the past five games, and he’s thrown for five scores in 15 games since 2018. I don’t have him in the top 24 for Week 16.

 

Thumbs Down: Ben Roethlisberger (v IND)

As anyone who watched the game on Monday night knows, Roethlisberger is simply not seeing the field well at all right now, and it’s tough to count on him figuring it out this week versus an Indianapolis defense that can confuse opponents with different coverages. In four games this month, Big Ben has as many turnovers (six) as he does touchdowns (six), and he’s averaging just 5.2 yards per attempt. Consider him a low-end QB2.

 

Running back

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Le’Veon Bell (v ATL)

The last game for Bell as the starter (13 touches for 55 scoreless yards) combined with success of Atlanta’s defense against opposing running backs (sixth-fewest fantasy points per game allowed) has some hesitant about Bell, but I think he can be an upside RB2 for the fantasy championship. In a week with several question marks in terms of health and/or workload for backs around the league, Bell has the talent and role in the league’s most high-powered offense to feel confident about.

 

Thumbs Up: Leonard Fournette (@ DET)

Fournette is in a similar position to Bell, but the matchup inspires even more confidence with Detroit allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing runners (29.5). Last week, Fournette played on 66% of the team’s offensive snaps, handled 14-of-16 carries, and led the backfield in targets (five). Roll him out this week as a runner with one of the highest chances of a score in the league for a game Tampa Bay should play from ahead in.

 

Thumbs Up: David Johnson (v CIN)

Bell, Fournette, and now Johnson makes this a “Ghost of Christmas Past” week, but you could argue that all three veterans should be ranked in the top 15 at running back. To make up for a lack of rushing production, Johnson caught 11-of-11 targets for 106 yards last week, and the Bengals are an excellent matchup despite coming out to play on Monday night versus Pittsburgh (they still allowed 105 yards and a score to Benny Snell). DJ is a very strong play this weekend.

 

Thumbs Up: Peyton Barber (v CAR)

For a deeper option in Week 16, Barber has scored twice this month, and no matter who ends up under center for Washington, I’m sure the running game will be a bigger factor as they hope to control things with a chance to win the NFC East. Carolina has allowed the fourth-most yards per carry (4.7) in the league, and I doubt a negative game script will be a concern based on how good Washington has played recently (5-4 record with losses by a combined 12 points).

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: James Conner (v IND)

The other game with 100+ total yards for Benny Snell this year—which happened back in the opener—was followed by just four touches for four yards the following week, but Mike Tomlin talking up the second-year back after Monday night’s loss makes a repeat unlikely with Conner (quad) expected to return. Overall, the backfield could be headed for a full-blown split, and that’s bad news versus an Indy defense that has held opponents that don’t have Derrick Henry to 48.5 rushing yards per game since their Week 7 bye.

 

Thumbs Down: Giovani Bernard (@ HOU)

Bernard going for season-highs in carries (25), rushing yards (83), total yards (97), and total touchdowns (two) last week against a tough Pittsburgh defense was probably the shock of the week, but I’m a little wary of a possible trap game coming up against the Texans. Before the heroic performance on Monday night, Bernard had 55 touches for 203 scoreless yards in the five previous games, and he seemed to be absolutely drained by the fourth quarter; don’t be surprised to see Cincinnati go back to more of a committee following what was essentially their Super Bowl in Week 15.

 

Thumbs Down: Gus Edwards (v NYG)

The Ravens committing to J.K. Dobbins and Edwards as a one-two punch has elevated the value of both runners this month, but don’t be fooled into thinking New York will be an easy opponent. Just last week, it took a late score for Nick Chubb (15 carries for 50 yards and one touchdown) to pay dividends, as he and Kareem Hunt were limited to 3.2 yards per carry. Edwards has been a quality FLEX recently, but I’d avoid him if possible for this matchup.

 

Thumbs Down: Falcons RBs (@ KC)

Interim head coach saying that Ito Smith is the lead runner for Atlanta officially takes Todd Gurley out of starting consideration in fantasy leagues, but hopefully the former NFL Offensive Player of the Year at least helped people in the first half of the season when he scored nine touchdowns over the first nine games. Even in a good on-paper matchup, I wouldn’t feel good about trusting any Falcons runner with a fantasy title up for grabs.

 

Wide receiver

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Chris Godwin (@ DET)

Continuing to rank Godwin as a WR1 might just be insanity at this point, but he’s too good to not have a monster game in 2020, and the Lions are pretty much as bad against the pass as they are the run. Over the past six weeks alone, Detroit has been shredded by Terry McLaurin (7/95), D.J. Moore (7/127), Curtis Samuel (8/70/1), Will Fuller (6/171/2), Brandin Cooks (5/85), Davante Adams (7/115/1), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (6/85/1), and Corey Davis (4/110/1); Godwin will hopefully be next.

 

Thumbs Up: DeVante Parker (@ LV)

As stated, the Raiders are having all kinds of issues on the backend, so if Parker is healthy enough to go on Saturday night, he would carry plenty of upside as a WR2 play. In particular, the holes for Las Vegas have been at intermediate areas of the field—including along the sideline where Parker can dominate. The former first-round pick is a borderline top-20 option with the hopes he and Tua Tagovailoa can finally connect on the level of Parker and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

Thumbs Up: Michael Gallup (v PHI)

Dallas hasn’t had much offensive success versus Philadelphia over the past two matchups with 9.0 points per game, but Gallup has been a bright spot with averages of 6.0 receptions and 79.5 yards, while the Eagles—in a best-case scenario—will have Darius Slay (concussion) back to take on Amari Cooper with little else behind him at cornerback. I’d say both Gallup and CeeDee Lamb are worth strong FLEX consideration for a potential shootout.

 

Thumbs Up: Darnell Mooney (@ JAX)

Marquise Brown (98 yards) came up just short last week, but the Jaguars had allowed a 100-yard receiver in their previous nine games—a streak that went back far enough to include Kenny Golladay (hip). Although Allen Robinson is the most likely candidate to have a huge day, Mooney shouldn’t be overlooked. With a touchdown in back-to-back games, I have the rookie as a high-upside FLEX in 0.5 PPR leagues.

 

Others: Antonio Brown (@ DET), Sammy Watkins (v ATL)

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: D.K. Metcalf (v LAR)

It would be blasphemy to bench Metcalf during championship week without top-tier replacements on the roster—like, Brandon Aiyuk and Justin Jefferson stacked—but expectations should certainly be tempered. The first matchup against Jalen Ramsey resulted in just 28 scoreless yards for Metcalf, and Seattle’s passing attack isn’t what it was earlier in the year (their top target has cleared 80 yards just once over the past six games). Metcalf needs to be downgraded to WR2 range.

 

Thumbs Down: Marvin Jones (v TB)

The recent struggles of the Tampa Bay cornerback group is something to be concerned about heading into January, but for this week, I actually think Jones could be a good matchup for them as a bigger receiver compared to Tyreek Hill (13/269/3) and Calvin Ridley (10/163/1). Remember, getting torched by Hill was followed up by the secondary shutting down Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, so it’s not like the Bucs have been shredded by everyone they’ve faced. If the front seven gets to Matthew Stafford like I think they can, Jones could fail to reach expectations.

 

Thumbs Down: Marquise Brown (v NYG)

With lines of 4/85/1, 5/39/1, 2/50/1, and 6/98 this month, Brown might have finally endeared himself enough to fantasy owners since his zero-catch showing to end November, but the matchup concerns me on Sunday. Being a branch off the Bill Belichick tree, Joe Judge will surely make sure Baltimore’s top wideout doesn’t beat them, and James Bradberry coming off the reserve/COVID-19 list should go a long way to successfully executing the game plan.

 

Thumbs Down: Rashard Higgins (@ NYJ)

Higgins is another player that has caught fire in December (6/95/1, 6/68/1, and 4/76), but for some reason this spot feels a lot like last week when everyone was on Tim Patrick and he caught just three passes for 14 scoreless yards. I’d feel better starting a receiver in a more high-scoring, back-and-forth game such as Sammy Watkins or Michael Gallup.

 

Others: T.Y. Hilton (@ PIT), Tyler Lockett (v LAR)

 

Tight end

 

Thumbs Up of the Week: Robert Tonyan (v TEN)

They aren’t going to do anything that takes away from their chances of winning a huge game on Sunday night, but does anyone think Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur won’t have some plays dialed up to get Tonyan the ball in scoring territory after his Pro Bowl snub? Tied for Travis Kelce as the NFL leader in touchdowns at tight end (ten), Tonyan is arguably a top-three play for Week 16.

 

Thumbs Up: Tyler Higbee (@ SEA)

Higbee found the end zone and went for a season-high 67 yards last week, and he will now look to keep the playoff production going against the Seahawks, who have allowed him to catch ten passes for 176 yards in their past two meetings. The aggressiveness of Jamal Adams and the Seattle defense could be used against them on Sunday if Higbee can find space with misdirection in Sean McVay’s offense. I have the veteran as a top-15 option.

 

Thumbs Up: Hayden Hurst (@ KC)

The numbers for Hurst since a strong start have mostly been disappointing, but he scored last week on one of his five targets, and now a good matchup is coming this weekend versus a Kansas City defense that has struggled to defend opposing tight ends all year. Before last week (and some plays were notably there to be made for Jared Cook), the Chiefs had allowed 100+ yards to the position in three of their previous four outings.

 

Thumbs Down of the Week: None

Just like last week, it’s tough to consider anyone worth a “Thumbs Down” designation considering the state of the position. I mean, Evan Engram—in the midst of perhaps his worst season to date—was named a Pro Bowler and seemed to think he was getting pranked.

 

Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

Our weekly rankings are for 0.5 PPR leagues, but you can ask any and all start/sit questions via Fantasy Consigliere. The rankings will be updated regularly through Sunday morning.

 

Quarterback

1. Patrick Mahomes (v ATL)
2. Josh Allen (@ NE)
3. Jalen Hurts (@ DAL)
4. Kyler Murray (v SF)
5. Deshaun Watson (v CIN)
6. Aaron Rodgers (v TEN)
7. Tom Brady (@ DET)
8. Lamar Jackson (v NYG)
9. Justin Herbert (v DEN)
10. Ryan Tannehill (@ GB)
11. Russell Wilson (v LAR)
12. Jared Goff (@ SEA)
13. Mitchell Trubisky (@ JAX)
14. Matt Ryan (@ KC)
15. Tua Tagovailoa (@ LV)
16. Andy Dalton (v PHI)
17. Kirk Cousins (@ NO)
18. Drew Brees (v MIN)
19. Baker Mayfield (@ NYJ)
20. Matthew Stafford (v TB)
21. Ben Roethlisberger (v IND)
22. Philip Rivers (@ PIT)
23. Derek Carr (v MIA)
24. Teddy Bridgewater (@ WAS)
25. C.J. Beathard (@ ARI)
26. Daniel Jones (@ BAL)
27. Cam Newton (v BUF)
28. Drew Lock (@ LAC)
29. Sam Darnold (v CLE)
30. Dwayne Haskins (v CAR)
31. Ryan Finley (@ HOU)
32. Mike Glennon (v CHI)

 

Running back

1. Derrick Henry (@ GB)
2. Nick Chubb (@ NYJ)
3. Aaron Jones (v TEN)
4. Dalvin Cook (@ NO)
5. Alvin Kamara (v MIN)
6. David Montgomery (@ JAX)
7. Miles Sanders (@ DAL)
8. Austin Ekeler (v DEN)
9. Josh Jacobs (v MIA)
10. Jonathan Taylor (@ PIT)
11. David Johnson (v CIN)
12. Le’Veon Bell (v ATL)
13. Leonard Fournette (@ DET)
14. D’Andre Swift (v TB)
15. Chris Carson (v LAR)
16. Melvin Gordon (@ LAC)
17. J.K. Dobbins (v NYG)
18. Kenyan Drake (v SF)
19. Jeff Wilson (@ ARI)
20. Kareem Hunt (@ NYJ)
21. Antonio Gibson (v CAR)
22. Ezekiel Elliott (v PHI)
23. Mike Davis (@ WAS)
24. Wayne Gallman (@ BAL)
25. Darrell Henderson (@ SEA)
26. Myles Gaskin (@ LV)
27. Sony Michel (v BUF)
28. Nyheim Hines (@ PIT)
29. Tony Pollard (v PHI)
30. Giovani Bernard (@ HOU)
31. Devin Singletary (@ NE)
32. J.D. McKissic (v CAR)
33. Salvon Ahmed (@ LV)
34. Benny Snell (v IND)
35. Chase Edmonds (v SF)
36. James Conner (v IND)
37. Zack Moss (@ NE)
38. Latavius Murray (v MIN)
39. Malcolm Brown (@ SEA)
40. Ito Smith (@ KC)
41. Devine Ozigbo (v CHI)
42. Gus Edwards (v NYG)
43. Lynn Bowden Jr. (@ LV)
44. Frank Gore (v CLE)
45. Carlos Hyde (v LAR)
46. Kalen Ballage (v DEN)
47. Boston Scott (@ DAL)
48. Tevin Coleman (@ ARI)
49. James White (v BUF)
50. Dare Ogunbowale (v CHI)
51. Peyton Barber (v CAR)
52. LeSean McCoy (@ DET)
53. La’Mical Perine(v CLE)
54. Todd Gurley (@ KC)
55. Darrel Williams (v ATL)
56. A.J. Dillon (v TEN)
57. Adrian Peterson (v TB)
58. Kerryon Johnson (v TB)
59. Samaje Perine (@ HOU)
60. Damien Harris (v BUF)
61. Devontae Booker (v MIA)
62. Matt Breida (@ LV)
63. Jerick McKinnon (@ ARI)
64. Rodney Smith (@ WAS)
65. Rashaad Penny (v LAR)
66. Joshua Kelley (v DEN)
67. Alfred Morris (@ BAL)
68. Jaylen Samuels (v IND)
69. Ke’Shawn Vaughn (@ DET)
70. Dion Lewis (@ BAL)
71. Darrynton Evans (@ GB)
72. Ty Johnson (v CLE)
73. Royce Freeman (@ LAC)
74. Trayveon Williams (@ HOU)
75. Mike Boone (@ NO)

 

Wide receiver

1. Davante Adams (v TEN)
2. Calvin Ridley (@ KC)
3. Tyreek Hill (v ATL)
4. DeAndre Hopkins (v SF)
5. A.J. Brown (@ GB)
6. Allen Robinson (@ JAX)
7. Stefon Diggs (@ NE)
8. Chris Godwin (@ DET)
9. Robert Woods (@ SEA)
10. Justin Jefferson (@ NO)
11. Brandon Aiyuk (@ ARI)
12. Cooper Kupp (@ SEA)
13. D.K. Metcalf (v LAR)
14. D.J. Moore (@ WAS)
15. Diontae Johnson (v IND)
16. Adam Thielen (@ NO)
17. Brandin Cooks (v CIN)
18. Antonio Brown (@ DET)
19. Mike Evans (@ DET)
20. Amari Cooper (v PHI)
21. Emmanuel Sanders (v MIN)
22. Corey Davis (@ GB)
23. Robby Anderson (@ WAS)
24. Cole Beasley (@ NE)
25. JuJu Smith-Schuster (v IND)
26. CeeDee Lamb (v PHI)
27. Darnell Mooney (@ JAX)
28. Tyler Lockett (v LAR)
29. Marvin Jones (v TB)
30. Tee Higgins (@ HOU)
31. Mike Williams (v DEN)
32. Curtis Samuel (@ WAS)
33. T.Y. Hilton (@ PIT)
34. Chase Claypool (v IND)
35. D.J. Chark (v CHI)
36. Keke Coutee (v CIN)
37. Nelson Agholor (v MIA)
38. Jalen Reagor (@ DAL)
39. Michael Gallup (v PHI)
40. Russell Gage (@ KC)
41. Marquise Brown (v NYG)
42. John Brown (@ NE)
43. Sammy Watkins (v ATL)
44. Jamison Crowder (v CLE)
45. Darius Slayton (@ BAL)
46. Keenan Allen (v DEN)
47. Tyron Johnson (v DEN)
48. Sterling Shepard (@ BAL)
49. Ja’Marcus Bradley (@ NYJ)
50. Tim Patrick (@ LAC)
51. Allen Lazard (v TEN)
52. Jerry Jeudy (@ LAC)
53. Christian Kirk (v SF)
54. Michael Pittman Jr. (@ PIT)
55. Chad Hansen (v CIN)
56. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (v TEN)
57. Mack Hollins (@ LV)
58. Jakobi Meyers (v BUF)
59. Denzel Mims (v CLE)
60. A.J. Green (@ HOU)
61. Breshad Perriman (v CLE)
62. Henry Ruggs III (v MIA)
63. Mecole Hardman (v ATL)
64. K.J. Hamler (@ LAC)
65. Greg Ward (@ DAL)
66. Juwan Johnson (v MIN)
67. Alshon Jeffery (@ DAL)
68. Hunter Renfrow (v MIA)
69. Lil’Jordan Humphrey (v MIN)
70. Cam Sims (v CAR)
71. Kendrick Bourne (@ ARI)
72. Marvin Hall (@ NYJ)
73. Keelan Cole (v CHI)
74. Laviska Shenault (v CHI)
75. Jakeem Grant (@ LV)
76. Anthony Miller (@ JAX)
77. Jalen Guyton (v DEN)
78. Gabriel Davis (@ NE)
79. James Washington (v IND)
80. Danny Amendola (v TB)
81. Zach Pascal (@ PIT)
82. Steven Sims (v CAR)
83. DeSean Jackson (@ DAL)
84. Willie Snead (v NYG)
85. Damiere Byrd (v BUF)
86. Josh Reynolds (@ SEA)
87. Robert Foster (v CAR)
88. Demarcus Robinson (v ATL)
89. Richie James (@ ARI)
90. Cordarrelle Patterson (@ JAX)
91. Larry Fitzgerald (v SF)
92. K.J. Hill (v DEN)
93. Scotty Miller (@ DET)
94. David Moore (v LAR)
95. Van Jefferson (@ SEA)
96. Malcolm Perry (@ LV)
97. Quintez Cephus (v TB)
98. Isaiah Ford (@ LV)
99. N’Keal Harry (v BUF)
100. KeeSean Johnson (v SF)

 

Tight end

1. Travis Kelce (v ATL)
2. Darren Waller (v MIA)
3. T.J. Hockenson (v TB)
4. Robert Tonyan (v TEN)
5. George Kittle (@ ARI)
6. Mark Andrews (v NYG)
7. Mike Gesicki (@ LV)
8. Noah Fant (@ LAC)
9. Rob Gronkowski (@ DET)
10. Logan Thomas (v CAR)
11. Dallas Goedert (@ DAL)
12. Hayden Hurst (@ KC)
13. Evan Engram (@ BAL)
14. Jonnu Smith (@ GB)
15. Tyler Higbee (@ SEA)
16. Jared Cook (v MIN)
17. Cole Kmet (@ JAX)
18. Zach Ertz (@ DAL)
19. Dalton Schultz (v PHI)
20. Eric Ebron (v IND)
21. Austin Hooper (@ NYJ)
22. Jordan Akins (v CIN)
23. Donald Parham Jr. (v DEN)
24. Irv Smith Jr. (@ NO)
25. Dan Arnold (v SF)
26 David Njoku (@ NYJ)
27. Dawson Knox (@ NE)
28. Gerald Everett (@ SEA)
29. Drew Sample (@ HOU)
30. Tyler Eifert (v CHI)
31. Jimmy Graham (@ JAX)
32. Jordan Reed (@ ARI)
33. Trey Burton (@ PIT)
34. Chris Herndon (v CLE)
35. Jack Doyle (@ PIT)
36. Harrison Bryant (@ NYJ)
37. Jacob Hollister (v LAR)
38. Anthony Firkser (@ GB)
39. Cameron Brate (@ DET)
40. Will Dissly (v LAR)

 

Defense/ST

1. Buffalo Bills (@ NE)
2. Chicago Bears (@ JAX)
3. Baltimore Ravens (v NYG)
4. Cleveland Browns (@ NYJ)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ DET)
6. Miami Dolphins (@ LV)
7. Arizona Cardinals (v SF)
8. Washington Football Team (v CAR)
9. Los Angeles Chargers (v DEN)
10. New Orleans Saints (v MIN)
11. Philadelphia Eagles (@ DAL)
12. Houston Texans (v CIN)
13. Indianapolis Colts (@ PIT)
14. Los Angeles Rams (@ SEA)
15. Carolina Panthers (@ WAS)
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (v IND)
17. Kansas City Chiefs (v ATL)
18. Seattle Seahawks (v LAR)
19. Denver Broncos (@ LAC)
20. Minnesota Vikings (@ NO)
21. New York Giants (@ BAL)
22. Cincinnati Bengals (@ HOU)
23. Dallas Cowboys (v PHI)
24. San Francisco 49ers (@ ARI)
25. Green Bay Packers (v TEN)

 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker (v NYG)
2. Harrison Butker (v ATL)
3. Younghoe Koo (@ KC)
4. Wil Lutz (v MIN)
5. Jason Sanders (@ LV)
6. Ryan Succop (@ DET)
7. Tyler Bass (@ NE)
8. Rodrigo Blankenship (@ PIT)
9. Ka’imi Fairbairn (v CIN)
10. Daniel Carlson (v MIA)
11. Mike Nugent (v SF)
12. Matt Gay (@ SEA)
13. Brandon McManus (@ LAC)
14. Cairo Santos (@ JAX)
15. Mason Crosby (v TEN)
16. Jason Myers (v LAR)
17. Greg Zuerlein (v PHI)
18. Jake Elliott (@ DAL)
19. Stephen Gostkowski (@ GB)
20. Cody Parkey (@ NYJ)
21. Robbie Gould (@ ARI)
22. Joey Slye (@ WAS)
23. Dustin Hopkins (v CAR)
24. Matt Prater (v TB)
25. Graham Gano (@ BAL)

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 16, 2020

The (Waiver) Wire: Week 16, 2020

The waiver wire includes both overall and positional rankings. Feel free to reach out with any questions in particular. [Note: all players are rostered in less than 60% of ESPN leagues]

 

Overall rankings

 

1. Jalen Hurts, PHI QB

Our top quarterback add for the third week in a row, Hurts is still somehow seeing just a modest uptick in roster percentage (currently at 33.1%), but he needs to be started everywhere after leading all Week 15 scorers in fantasy points.

 

2. Le’Veon Bell, KC RB

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (hip/ankle) fortunately escaped a major injury, but he’s still done until at least the playoffs, so Bell is primed for a featured role in Kansas City’s high-powered offense. Consider him at least an upside RB2 for the fantasy championship.

 

3. Tony Pollard, DAL RB

A couple players are tough to rank because we don’t know the status of the starters, but Pollard’s upside was on full display last week with 28.2 fantasy points, and he should be owned in all leagues. For what it’s worth, Eagles-Cowboys is an elimination game in the NFC East, which could mean Zeke ends up suiting up.

 

4. Darrell Henderson, LAR RB

Cam Akers had emerged as the clear lead back for Los Angeles, but a high-ankle sprain likely ends his regular season, so Henderson is suddenly back on the low-end RB2/FLEX radar. The Rams will be competing for a division title over the final two weeks.

 

5. Salvon Ahmed, MIA RB

Ahmed immediately returned to the feature role last week—rushing 23 times for 122 yards and one touchdown. Similar to Tony Pollard’s situation, there is a chance Myles Gaskin (reserve/COVID-19 list) is back on Saturday night, but Ahmed has produced as the starter.

 

6. Drew Brees, NO QB

Brees wasn’t himself on Sunday by completing just 44.1% of his passes, but another week should have him healthier, and he still went for nearly 20 fantasy points against the Chiefs. Even without Michael Thomas (ankle), the Vikings have an attackable secondary for a Christmas Day meeting.

 

7. Jared Goff, LAR QB

The Rams obviously had a game to forget versus the Jets, but Goff gets two probable shootouts to finish out the regular season (@ SEA, v ARI), and Sean McVay will get things figured out ahead of the playoffs. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Goff finished as a top-five option over the final two weeks for those in two-week title matchups.

 

8. Logan Thomas, WAS TE

Thomas has been excellent in recent weeks, going for lines of 4/20/1, 9/98/1, 6/43, and 13/101 over the past four games to give Washington another dangerous threat alongside Terry McLaurin. The former college quarterback is quietly up to 62 receptions on the year.

 

9. Tyler Higbee, LAR TE

The big games have been a bit more difficult to predict for Higbee, but his upside in the Los Angeles offense is worth streaming consideration, and as stated for his quarterback, the matchups look good to close things out. The six-foot-six tight end has two touchdowns in three games this month.

 

10. Damien Harris, NE RB

Harris (ankle) was inactive last week, but we would be surprised if New England didn’t play to win despite being eliminated from playoff contention, and he should be the lead back if healthy enough to go in Week 16. The previous matchup versus Buffalo saw Harris rush 16 times for 102 yards and a score.

 

Quarterback

1. Jalen Hurts, PHI

2. Drew Brees, NO

3. Jared Goff, LAR

4. Mitchell Trubisky, CHI

5. Tua Tagovailoa, MIA

6. Baker Mayfield, CLE

7. Marcus Mariota, LV

8. Philip Rivers, IND

 

Running back

1. Le’Veon Bell, KC

2. Tony Pollard, DAL

3. Darrell Henderson, LAR

4. Salvon Ahmed, MIA

5. Damien Harris, NE

6. Jeff Wilson, SF

7. Gus Edwards, BAL

8. Latavius Murray, NO

9. Sony Michel, NE

10. Jamaal Williams, GB

11. Giovani Bernard, CIN

12. Benny Snell, PIT

13. Zack Moss, BUF

14. James White, NE

15. Tevin Coleman, SF

 

Wide receiver

1. Keke Coutee, HOU

2. Nelson Agholor, LV

3. Sammy Watkins, KC

4. John Brown, BUF

5. Emmanuel Sanders, NO

6. Christian Kirk, ARI

7. Russell Gage, ATL

8. Henry Ruggs III, LV

9. Mike Williams, LAC

10. Michael Gallup, DAL

11. Mecole Hardman, KC

12. Jerry Jeudy, DEN

13. Rashard Higgins, CLE

14. Darnell Mooney, CHI

15. Greg Ward, PHI

16. Chad Hansen, HOU

17. Tre’Quan Smith, NO

18. A.J. Green, CIN

19. Jakobi Meyers, NE

20. Darius Slayton, NYG

 

Tight end

1. Logan Thomas, WAS

2. Tyler Higbee, LAR

3. Jonnu Smith, TEN

4. Jared Cook, NO

5. Cole Kmet, CHI

6. Austin Hooper, CLE

7. Jordan Akins, HOU

8. Dan Arnold, ARI