Not every league utilizes the full 17-week NFL schedule, but in my opinion, it’s where the real champions are made. It’s where we separate the Jedi from the Padawans. Anyone can plug and play the obvious, but it takes a keen eye to follow the league entirely and make the right decision!
SIT: I’ll begin backward with this one because I feel it’s the most blatant. Lamar Jackson is not expected to start. Why would he? The Ravens have locked up the number one seed in the AFC, surprisingly enough for the first time, and they won’t risk the clear-cut MVP getting hurt before a sure-fire Super Bowl run.
SIT: Aaron Rodgers. After securing the NFC North division title, what else do the Packers have to play for? Oh right, a first-round bye. They could potentially still end up resting in the first round of the playoffs, but for anyone who watched Rodgers play in the Monday night game against the Vikings, you know something isn’t right. He doesn’t look like the same old A-A-Ron and the run game is firing on all cylinders.
START: Ryan Tannehill. He’s been playing lights out lately and the Titans need a big win over their division rival Texans to get into the playoffs. The Texans have a good defense, but they’ll be lowering snaps for the starters for rest.
START: Derek Carr. In all but three games, Carr has topped 200 yards passing and the Raiders are still alive with playoff hopes. They’ll go hard at this questionable Denver defense, and I expect a big game from Carr. He’s only owned in about 35% of ESPN leagues, so snatch him up!
START: Ezekiel Elliot. I know this really isn’t a surprise, but Zeke has only managed over 100 yards rushing six times this year. If Dallas has any shot at the postseason, it’s by getting him rolling against a weak Washington Redskins squad.
START: Marshawn Lynch. That’s right! BEAST MODE is back! Although Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he couldn’t guarantee a workload, it’s completely worth picking him up and following it closer to game time. Difficult as it may be, seeing as the Seattle vs. San Francisco game was flexed into Sunday Night Football, he’s owned in about 8% of ESPN leagues so drop off some dead weight and pick him up!
SIT: Alvin Kamara. Don’t be fooled by last week’s 80-yard, two-touchdown performance. Kamara still has to get into an actual groove, and I don’t expect it this Sunday.
START: A.J. Brown. Do I really need to explain this one? Oh, I do? Over 110 yards receiving in three out of his last five games. Add on a 49-yard rushing touchdown and an obvious rapport with Tannehill and you got yourself a number one wideout. Next question.
START: Robert Woods. The last time the Rams and Cardinals met, Woods had thirteen catches for 172 yards. The Rams need a win badly, so expect Woods to be heavily targeted per usual.
SIT: Julian Edelman. Little bit of a shock since, just like AR12 mentioned above, he’s the Patriots’ best weapon. I foresee a much-needed game of limited reps and rest in New England’s final regular-season contest against Miami.
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