In a week where we saw a big suspension by arguably the top wide receiver in the game, another superstar performance from Superman, and a rookie running back running wild like Hulk Hogan all over the Eagles, it must be championship week! Tons of fantasy football assets are available in most leagues and it’s time to grab them as this could be the big week you win some money (because of me of course). So let’s get to it!
Quarterback, Buffalo Bills (Owned in 58% of Yahoo! leagues): Even in a loss, Tyrod made some serious damage in fantasy. He threw for two touchdowns on 235 yards passing. But what is even more impressive is the 79 yards rushing he gained against the Redskins. Taylor isn’t the type of quarterback to go and throw 300 for three touchdowns weekly, but he can get you multiple touchdowns, whether it be by air or by ground. Despite losing Robert Woods to a groin injury and LeSean McCoy to a knee injury, Tyrod is still a top 12 option against Dallas on Sunday as he could have Charles Clay back, a decent running back committee in Mike Gillislee and Karlos Williams, and of course, Sammy Watkins at his side.
Quarterback, New York Jets (Owned in 53% of Yahoo! leagues): Fitzpatrick didn’t have the most spectacular week in fantasy, but still went for 299 yards and a touchdown against Dallas. He has a decent matchup on Sunday against the Patriots, who might play a little more lax, having already clinched a first round bye. They are also dealing with key injuries on defense with Devin McCourty and Donta Hightower potentially being rested. Logan Ryan also got beat a lot by Dorial Green-Beckham, so that is another plus for Fitz. He threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns against New England in week seven, and he could have a similar stat line on Sunday. He is a low-end QB1 for that game.
Running Back, New York Jets (Owned in 21% of Yahoo! leagues): Powell has been a stud in PPR leagues over the past three weeks with 20 receptions, 191 yards, and two touchdowns on 25 targets. That’s about seven receptions, 64 yards, and .66 of a touchdown on over eight targets. That is 17+ points per game in PPR leagues and nothing suggests that he will slow down anytime soon. He is the clear safety value and check-down guy for Ryan Fitzpatrick. With a rather decent secondary in New England on tap for the Jets, we could see a healthy amount of targets and check-downs to Powell again. He is a low-end RB2 in PPR leagues and a mid-tier RB3/FLEX in standard leagues as he has three touchdowns and 35 touches over the past three games.
Running Back, New England Patriots (Owned in 52% of Yahoo! leagues): The only running back in the receiving game that might be able to top Powell’s production lately is James White. He has 21 receptions, 224 yards, and two touchdowns on 27 targets over the past three games in the receiving game. He has filled in Dion Lewis’ role admirably over the past month and will continue to be a focal point on this offense as Danny Amendola re-injured his knee and could be out for the rest of the regular season and Julian Edelman probably not returning in week 16. Consider White a mid-tier RB2 in PPR leagues and a high-end RB3 in standard leagues for week 16.
Running Back, Seattle Seahawks (Owned in 11% of Yahoo! leagues): The always-talented, but never proven running back is back with the Seahawks and in a big way. He finished with 16 rushing attempts for 84 yards against Cleveland and looked to be at the head of the running back committee of Michael, Bryce Brown, and Derrick Coleman. Coach Pete Carroll continues to reiterate that they will continue a committee approach, but it’s hard to think Michael will just fade into irrelevancy again following this performance. He isn’t necessarily going to go out and run for 150 and a touchdown against the Rams this weekend, but he could get around 15 touches again and could have a similar week and be a solid RB3/FLEX play this weekend.
Ted Ginn Jr.
Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers (Owned in 57% of Yahoo! leagues): Ted Ginn is the heart attack version of a fantasy football player. He has indeed scored two touchdowns in three straight game, but has struggled with drops and has lost a lot of potential points as well. He has at least 80 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the past two games, which is insane. But considering Cam Newton is the clear-cut MVP at this point and that they have Atlanta this weekend, which has been exposed on defense lately, Ginn could be in for another great week. He used to be a strict boom-or-bust player, but he has been more boom than bust and needs to be owned and started on basically every team as a weekly low-end WR2.
Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens (Owned in 57% of Yahoo! leagues): It doesn’t seem to matter who the quarterback is for Aiken, he just continues to put up numbers. He has double digit targets in four of the past six games, at least five receptions during that span, at least 50 yards receiving in all but one of those games, and three touchdowns. Whether it is Jimmy Clausen or Matt Schaub at this point, it doesn’t seem to matter. Aiken is a weekly high-end WR3 and he has the porous Steelers secondary this weekend. He could be in for a huge week in fantasy championship week.
Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers (Owned in 29% of Yahoo! leagues): Somehow, even Markus Wheaton has been able to put up respectable fantasy football numbers over the past four weeks. He has 37 targets in the past four games, 378 yards receiving, and three touchdowns as well over that span. He still had six receptions, 62 yards and a touchdown against the tough Denver secondary and now he gets an incredibly juicy matchup against the Ravens non-existent secondary. He is going to be a high-end WR3/FLEX play this weekend.
Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints (Owned in 51% of Yahoo! leagues): Ever since coming back from injury last weekend, Snead has 20 targets, 17 receptions, and 198 yards receiving. That is nearly nine receptions and 100 yards a game. Snead has proven his breakout is for real and he is arguably the most trusted wide receiver in New Orleans and for Drew Brees. He has a plus matchup this weekend against Jacksonville and could be a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 play in week 16 despite the lack of touchdowns. Grab Snead if you still can.
Tight End, New York Giants (Owned in 10% of Yahoo! leagues): TYE-DYE! (I call dibs). He has two straight weeks of five receptions and a touchdown. Has he suddenly become the consistent pass-catcher in New York besides Odell Beckham, Jr.? It seems that way. He actually has at least five receptions in three of the past five games and with OBJ being suspended for this week (and probably will lose his appeal), Tye would probably be the top target for Eli Manning against the Vikings. With the playoffs still technically obtainable, you can expect the Giants to come out playing the best they can, which could include forcing the ball to Tye a little bit more. He is a low-end TE1 this weekend.
Tight End, Chicago Bears (Owned in 34% of Yahoo! leagues): Miller has at least 50 yards and five receptions over the past two games while being very efficient (has 11 receptions on 12 targets). He has become the #2 option basically for Jay Cutler and has shown no signs of slowing down despite being questionable going into this past weekend. With an easier matchup against the Bucs, Miller could be in for another solid game and has to be seen as a sure-fire low-end TE1 in the fantasy football championship week.