Week 14 Fantasy Perks: Playoff Edition!
I hope everyone had a strong finish to their fantasy regular season. I hope somebody started Mostert, he had himself a day in the rain against Baltimore. Now, it's time for the nitty gritty. The money making time for you, playoffs! There's only a couple weeks left, and there's still some gems to be found on the waiver wire. Let's start digging, shall we?
For QB, Devlin Hodges has possibly the most favorable match-up of the week. He's going up against a Cardinals defense who is ranked 32nd in fantasy against QBs. They gave up a ton through the air to Jared Goff, the guy who didn't have a touchdown pass in the month of November. The Steelers are starting to roll coming down the homestretch of the season, and I expect his success to continue on Sunday.
As I have said before, I try to stay away from repeat picks during the year, but this one deserves it. Alexander Mattison, for the Vikings, is in line to get a lot of touches this week against the Lions. Not only are the Lions ranked 30th against the run in fantasy, but Dalvin Cook hurt his chest on Monday, and the team may hold him back to ensure his health going into the playoffs. Mattison has had to carry the load before once this year, so we know he is capable of doing it again.
Last week was a week of surprise performances. Who expected the Dolphins to look like that?? Who knew that Devonte Parker was going off for 150 yards?? Well, I know one thing this week, the Jets secondary is going to focus on him more to make sure he doesn't do that against them. You know what that means, somebody on the other side of the field is going to be single covered. The Dolphins have a sneaky talented receiving corps, and Allen Hurns is going to have his break out game. The Jets are ranked 24th in fantasy points given to receivers, and I'm sure they are going to focus on Parker. Fitzpatrick is starting to find some momentum, and we all know nothing is more dangerous that a hot Ryan Fitzpatrick.
With late season injuries, comes late season fantasy sparks. For the Detroit Lions, they placed TJ Hockenson on the IR, and will be using their back up tight ends for the remainder of the year. Now, I know they have Jesse James, but the guy I'm looking to step up this week is a player us Bills fans know well. Logan Thomas will be the guy to watch. Minnesota is playing below average when it comes to fantasy points given up to tight ends, so this will be a fun match-up to follow. Logan is a tall, athletic tight end, and he can be dangerous with trick plays. The Lions are trying to play spoiler, and there is nothing more dangerous than a team with nothing to lose.
The Atlanta Falcons Defense is my pick of the week. The Redskins made Carolina look lost and scared last week, and that was in Carolina. This week, the Falcons are hosting the Panthers, who just fired Ron Rivera, and coming off of that huge home loss. Divisional games are always hard fought, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Falcons step up to try and keep Dan Quinn his job for one more season.
Ryan Succop for the Titans is my kicker this week. The Titans offense has been rolling since starting Ryan Tannehill, and that means more opportunities for kicks. They're playing in Oakland this week, so that means he will be kicking in better weather than he would be in Nashville. I see Succop kicking a couple field goals with a few extra points sprinkled in.
Homer pick of the week is going to be a tough one. Going up against Baltimore, I feel like the offense is going to sputter a bit. Daboll may have to rely on some more trickeration and misdirection to keep the Ravens defense on their toes. We saw Mostert attack the edges of the defensive line with great success, and I see Buffalo using Robert Foster a lot on jet sweep type plays. They will have to get him into space using screen passes or sweep play to attack the edge of the line.
Buffalo can clinch a playoff spot this week!! I can't tell you if I ever remember seeing this in my life. I don't know how to act. I guess, I'll just take the humility that Coach is preaching and put it to use in my personal life. GO BILLS!