Welcome to the championship week version of fantasy football starts and sits! Pride, that is what you should be feeling as you have made it all this way. You are in the small minority of people that are fortunate to be in this position. You drafted well, made key additions to the squad via trade or through waiver wire claims. The job isn’t complete, but let me help you bring this home!
Week 15 Recap
Let us recap my week 15 article to see how well my predictions may have helped last week. I wanted to start Justin Herbert and that turned out very well with him scoring 32.96 points. I started to lower expectations and potentially sit Russell Wilson if you had better options and he had a tough day at the office scoring only 15.04 points.
Running Back Recap
Cam Akers is a player that I felt very good about last week as a start and had a poor performance with him only scoring 7.2 points, could the injury have been a reason for his poor performance? Maybe, but it was just a bad call. I wanted to sit Ezekiel Elliott and it turns out he was a surprise inactive on Sunday morning anyway. I have been very impressed with Tony Pollard this year. Pollard just looks very good to the eye test. I would try and acquire Pollard in dynasty leagues if possible.
Wide Receiver Recap
Brandon Aiyuk was a receiver I was really high on and he delivered in a big way by posting 22.3 points. Tyler Lockett has been a boom or bust player all year. Lockett was not a player I believed in last week and it was the right call with him only scoring 7.4 points.
Tight End Recap
I was high on Dallas Goedert and it was the wrong call with him only scoring 7.9 points and I completely blew the call to sit Logan Thomas with him scoring 24.1 points. Hopefully, you were fatigued from reading and didn’t make it that far. Dwayne Haskins made it a point to get his two most talented pass catchers the ball often and it should. Both Thomas and Terry McLaurin balled out in Week 15.
All in all, it was a solid week for me, but I always strive to be better and this is the last week that I get to do this until next year. No better time than the present, am I right?
QB Start: Lamar Jackson vs NYG
Lamar Jackson started to look like the 2019 version of himself during the game of the year against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14. Yes, if you drafted Lamar as high as his average draft position, you are extremely disappointed. Ideally, you were able to sneak into the playoffs and if you did, Jackson could be a very big reason you have made it to the championship. His point totals for the past three weeks are 30.68, 37.92, and 36.22. The New York Giants’ defense has looked good the past couple of weeks, but the Ravens need to win out to have a shot at making the playoffs. The Ravens are aware of this and Jackson is balling out and just the right time. Hop on the Lamar Jackson locomotive and enjoy the ride!
QB Sit: Russell Wilson vs LAR
The Seattle Seahawks want to win games by running the ball, controlling the time of possession, and managing the game to their liking. Everyone watched Wilson cook during the early half of the season. They were beaten up at running back and they are now healthy with a full complement of their backs. The Rams were stunned by the New York Jets in Week 15. They will be hungry and they have a lot to prove. The Los Angeles Rams are the best defense in the league when it comes to yards and pass yards allowed per game. This will be a physical, divisional matchup and I certainly would be looking for other options if you have Wilson on your team.
RB Start: Giovani Bernard vs HOU
I am going to go out on a limb and state that Joe Mixon won’t play again for the remainder of the year. That leaves the job primarily to Bernard and he did nothing but show that he can handle the work while Mixon is away. Bernard handled 25 carries last week in the Bengals’ upset of the Steelers. Bernard finished with 22.7 points and found his way into the end zone twice. Now queue up the Houston Texans whose defense allows 150.5 rushing yards per game. There is only one team that is worse than them ladies and gentlemen. Bernard is also known for his receiving, even though they got away from it last game. This should be a high scoring afar and I would check your wire to see if Bernard is available as he is only rostered in 65.8% of ESPN leagues as of writing this article.
RB Sit: James Robinson vs. CHI
There is a potential that Robinson misses this game due to an ankle injury he suffered in Week 15. I want nothing to do with Robinson if he does end up playing. The guy has been fantastic and I am sure if you had a successful season, he is a huge reason why. The Chicago Bears defense was looking rather energized last week. I suspect the Jaguars will be playing from behind and that is not the game script you will want out of Robinson if active. Ideally, you have additional options on your bench or someone you can grab from the wire.
WR Start: Cole Beasley vs NE
This Buffalo Bills offense is white-hot. Beasley had a tough matchup against the Patriots in Week 8. Beasley only scored 4.4 points. I would imagine that has you feeling a little uneasy in starting the guy in your championship. Have no fear, the Patriots will be without their top cornerback in Stephon Gilmore and Beasley has put up fantastic numbers against some really decent defenses in the past three weeks. The game will be on primetime and the Bills have been obliterating people on offense, fire up Beasley, and do so with confidence.
WR Sit: Robby Anderson vs WSH
Robby Anderson has been such a huge addition to this Carolina offense. Anderson was only targeted five times in a game that they were behind early in the game. Anderson hauled in two catches for only 21 yards. Now, he will face the Washington defense. They are a top 3 defense when it comes to passing yards allowed per game. They get after the quarterback and they have a solid secondary. We just watched them hold Russell Wilson to 121 passing yards. Imagine what they will do to Teddy Bridgewater.
TE Start: Noah Fant vs LAC
Noah Fant has freakish ability at the tight end position. Fant reminds me a lot of Darren Waller of the Raiders. Fant has battled injury throughout this season. When Fant is healthy and on the field, watch out. Fant was targeted 11 times in the Broncos blowout loss to the Bills last week. He hauled in eight receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. Fant is only 23 years old and somebody I would love to have on my roster in many of the upcoming seasons. The game should be relatively high scoring as the total for this game is posted at 49. Fant will be involved as long as he is healthy.
TE Sit: T.J. Hockenson vs. TB
Hockenson has had a fantastic season. Hockenson is one of Matthew Stafford‘s favorite targets and Tampa Bay will focus on taking him away in this game. The Titans took him away as he was only targeted four times in a game they were playing from behind. The Bucs are determined to play a complete defensive game from start to finish and they won’t be too challenging against the uninspired Detroit Lions. I would look elsewhere for a starting tight end if at all possible.
Just a couple of thoughts heading into this weekend. Please remember this is only a game and it is meant to be enjoyable. Someone has to lose this weekend. 50% of you guys will conclude week 16 with the infamous L. No need to let this ruin your season. Pat yourself on the back and I will be writing articles preparing you for next season to ensure we can all get these championships.
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