With just two games remaining, the fantasy football season has officially reached Super Bowl week. This week, fantasy owners are either scouring the Internet trying to win first place or settling for a consolation bracket. Nevertheless, the majority of fantasy owners are looking for advice to help them fix a hole/issue with their team. Maybe you were relying on Dalvin Cook to carry you through the playoffs or were hoping that Chris Godwin would be a productive WR1 on Saturday. Or perhaps you are frustrated with the limited fantasy production Alvin Kamara and Austin Hooper. Regardless, I have provided a list of important players who will make or break your fantasy team this weekend.
Mike Boone is one of the most valuable running backs to scoop up for week 16 of the fantasy football playoffs. Given that his teammates, Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison are currently hobbled with injuries, it’s likely that head coach Mike Zimmer will opt to have Boone be the lead back. If so, Boone will have a great opportunity to be a great RB1 option against a shoddy Packers defense that allows over 120 rushing yards and 27.3 fantasy points per game to running backs. You would have to be crazy to refrain from adding Boone to your roster, especially considering that he went off for 56 yards and 2 TDs last week against the Chargers.
For the second straight year, Breshad Perriman has become a late-season fantasy sleeper who can bolster your team in the playoffs. Last week, Perriman exploded for five receptions, 113 yards and three TDs (34.6 points). With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin presumably injured for the rest of the season, Perriman quickly asserts himself Jameis Winston’s no. 1 wideout. Over his last two games, Perriman has been a WR1 candidate who’s averaging 25.3 fantasy points. You can expect for Perriman to record a large amount of receiving yards since Jameis Winston has thrown for 250+ yards for nine weeks in a row.
If you added Devante Parker to your lineup when he was a fantasy sleeper, you’re in luck. Since week 11, Parker has paid dividends for his fantasy owners by averaging approximately 20 fantasy points for the last five weeks. This season, Parker has been Ryan Fitzpatrick’s most reliable receiver, and currently leads all Dolphins’ receivers in targets. Even though the Bengals matchup is a tougher matchup than expected, Parker should excel as a WR2, and help you get the edge you need for your playoff game.
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Over his last three weeks, Adrian Peterson has solidified himself as the Redskins’ lead back for the rest of the season. Since week 13, Peterson has been a solid flex option who is averaging almost 16 fantasy points. Given that Dwayne Haskins is still learning how to be an NFL quarterback, it’s safe to say that the Skins will lean on Peterson to take some pressure off of Dwayne. Therefore, you can expect Peterson to continue his production, especially against a weak Giants front seven that is surrendering nearly 115 rushing yards to opposing backfields.
This fantasy season, Amari Cooper has been a borderline top ten wide receiver, and desperately you need to insert him into your week 16 lineup. This week, Amari Cooper is going against an Eagles secondary, which he has shredded for nearly 133 yards per game since being traded to Dallas. Given that the Eagles’ secondary is allowing the third-most fantasy points to wideouts, Dak Prescott will have an easy time feeding Cooper on Sunday. As a result, Cooper is a high-end WR1 who is likely to explode this weekend.
Rookie phenom Terry McLaurin has been one of the best fantasy draft selections for many fantasy owners. This season, McLaurin has feasted on NFC East opponents and averaged nearly 22 fantasy points per contest. On Sunday, McLaurin will compete against a Giants secondary that is giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs. If you have McLaurin on your team, you have to insert him as a WR1 for your lineup.
After ten weeks of lackluster fantasy output, Tyler Higbee has transformed into a reliable TE1 option. Since week 13, Higbee has been red-hot, recording 7+ receptions and 100+ receiving yards for three straight games. Presently, Higbee is only owned by 39% of fantasy leagues, so chances are that you can still scoop him from the waiver wire list. Regardless of whether tight end, Gerald Everett, returns on Saturday, it’s unlikely that Higbee will see a decrease in his production. Considering that Higbee is facing the 49ers, his ceiling is a low-end TE1/decent TE2, but he’s a must-start unless you have an elite alternative this weekend.
Throughout most of the season, Kenny Golladay has proven to be a reliable fantasy option. However, after QB Matthew Stafford went down with a back injury, Golladay has had a tougher time receiving targets. Golladay’s difficulty recording targets will heighten against a Broncos defense that is holding wide receivers to the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game. Due to the fact that David Blough has performed poorly over his last two outings, it’s likely that Golladay will be a low-end flex option at best on Sunday.
Tom Brady should be avoided in week 16 due to the Patriots’ struggles coupled with the Bills’ tough defensive unit. Since week nine, Brady has been a subpar fantasy quarterback who is only averaging 13.5 points throughout that timespan. This has been due to the fact that Patriots WRs are having difficulty gaining separation, and will have one of their toughest outings this Saturday. The Buffalo Bills defense is limiting teams to the 3rd fewest passing yards and QB fantasy points this year, thereby making Brady a low-end QB3/tier 4 QB at best in the deepest of leagues.
David Johnson (who is somehow rostered in 80%+ leagues)
If you still have David Johnson on your roster, chances are that you are an avid DJ fan or have refrained from checking your fantasy lineup in weeks. However, if you somehow made it to the playoffs with David Johnson on your team, you need to cut him immediately. Since week 7, Johnson has only rushed for a measly 42 yards and zero TDs. Unless Kenyan Drake suffers an injury, David Johnson is a fantasy player whose production doesn’t even merit stashing him on your bench.
Jared Goff has been an underwhelming fantasy quarterback, who will be ineffective on Saturday against the 49ers. This year, Goff has been a QB whose fantasy production is extremely matchup dependent, which is terrible news considering that he’s facing an elite defense, like San Francisco. The last time Goff played San Fran, he struggled to generate 1.12 fantasy points and threw for only 78 yards. If you have Goff on your roster, you should replace him with a streamer option like Ryan Fitzpatrick.
This season, Niners running backs, like Matt Breida, have been difficult to rely on due to injuries and the fact that they’re splitting carriers. Since returning from injury in week 14, Breida has had trouble re-inserting himself back into the flow of the 49ers scheme. Over the past two weeks, Breida is only averaging 4.25 fantasy points and has fumbled twice. Considering that Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert are above him on the depth chart, it’s safe to say that Breida should be dropped by fantasy owners who are competing in their respective playoffs.
Over the last five weeks, Jack Doyle has failed to score more than six fantasy points in all but one of his games. Since becoming the Colts’ no. 1 tight end, Doyle has struggled to generate receiving yards because of Jacoby Brissett’s low output. Against the Carolina Panthers, Doyle’s struggles are likely to continue. This year, the Panthers are holding tight ends to the third-least fantasy points, so you should leave Doyle on your bench and choose a good sleeper/streaming option.
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