Playoffs are underway for the fantasy football season. Who are some key players for you? How about potential contributors to keep on the bench? It might be tough, but you might have to get a little risky with the players you start or sit in order to win a championship. This week features several matchups that are rather favorable for one side, which is good if you have those players. Keep an eye on injuries as well.
Baker Mayfield vs. Cardinals
The defense for Arizona has really fallen off as of late against the quarterback position. They are giving up the most yards per game and the fifth-most points to the position. The Browns are going to finish the season off on a good note, and that starts with a favorable matchup against the Cardinals.
Ryan Tannehill vs. Texans
Tannehill has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks over the last several weeks. The Titans are still in the playoff mix, so expect them to give it everything they have. This has a chance to be a higher scoring game, so they will need to move the ball through the air quite often.
James White vs. Bengals
This week presents a great matchup for the multi-purpose running back. The Bengals let up around 45 receiving yards to the position on average. Guess what? The Patriots use White effectively in the passing game. He should be able to get work in both areas to produce another good showing.
Ronald Jones vs. Lions
Here, we have yet another perfect matchup for this time of year. The up-and-down performances might scare people away on this one, but do not skip out on favorable games. The Lions rank as the third-worst team against the running back. The Buccaneers should be able to get Jones more involved in the passing game due to Mike Evan’s injury, making this an even more attractive starter pick.
Michael Gallup vs. Rams
This is the type of player that is hard to pass on. The receptions and yards always seem to be there for Gallup. The Rams are a tougher team, but this will be a higher scoring game. Do not miss out on this one. The Rams are right in the middle of the league against the position, but the Cowboys have too many options for them to stop.
Anthony Miller vs. Packers
The Packers’ defense will be trying to do everything they can to stop Allen Robinson. Combine that approach from the Green Bay defense with the production Miller has had lately, and it will open up for tons of targets for the “secondary threat.” Additionally, the Bears might be down a few players at this position. Miller finally got the first touchdown of his season last week; expect him to find the back of the end zone again this week.
Noah Fant vs. Chiefs
Fant’s connection with fellow rookie Drew Lock has been working over the last few weeks. Now, they have a matchup with the Chiefs, who have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Beyond that, Kansas City has actually given up the most receptions to the position. The Broncos will want to see everything this duo has to offer in their last few games.
Ian Thomas vs. Seahawks
Want to know who has an even better matchup this week? You guessed that right, it’s Ian Thomas. With Greg Olsen most likely missing this game, it will be another chance for Thomas to shine against a defense that is second-worst at limiting the tight end position. Seattle is right behind Kansas City in receptions allowed, but they have had more yards against them. This could result in the Panthers racking up passing yards this week, especially since they will likely be playing from behind again.
Sam Darnold vs. Ravens
So, guess who the second-best team against the quarterback is? Yup, the Ravens. This is a nightmare matchup for the Jets, who are also on the road in this one. The Ravens can lock up their season with a win tonight as well. Keep all Jets on the bench this week.
Matt Ryan vs. 49ers
This will be a tough game for the Falcons quarterback. The 49ers rank as the eighth-best against quarterbacks. Ryan has also had his major ups and downs this season. Additionally, he will be without a reliable target in Calvin Ridley, who is done for the season. Another issue could be the game being controlled by the rushing attack of the 49ers.
Bo Scarbrough vs. Buccaneers
It’s still crazy to think that the Buccaneers can be so bad, yet so good. That is where they stand with stopping the running game this season. Even though the numbers have still been solid for Scarbrough, they will not be good this week in a game where they might have to get away from the run as well.
Devonta Freeman vs. 49ers
Well, here it is again. The 49ers defense is the second-best against running backs. They are going to likely cause issues for Freeman all day. The only thing that could save him in the end is catching passes. But at this point in the year, it would be too difficult to risk it with him this week.
Tyler Boyd vs. Patriots
This might be the worst matchup this weekend. There is no reason Boyd should be starting for any team when facing the number one ranked defense against the wide receiver position. Do not second guess this one. Bench him, and find another option.
Robby Anderson vs. Ravens
*See Sam Darnold*
Jason Witten vs. Rams
The issue here is simply the targets. Witten’s share is too inconsistent and the Rams rank as the seventh-best defense against tight ends. The Cowboys will lean more on their wide receivers to help them in this game. Witten is even more of a risk this week due to so many other top-end matchups for other tight ends.
Jimmy Graham vs. Bears
People will want to play him this week to see if he can hit the numbers he did in week one against this Bears team, but that won’t happen this week. That was his third-best performance of the season, and it was still only nine points. There are plenty of other tight ends available who all have a higher upside than Graham. Avoid this play at all costs.
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