Last week, we saw excellent fantasy performances from the Browns and Titans game, that included the third and fourth-best fantasy quarterbacks on the week. Baker Mayfield put up 29.46 and Ryan Tannehill put up 27.56 fantasy points against each other. Both teams also combined for three wide receivers in the top 20, including Corey Davis’s high score of 35.2 fantasy points on the week. This week is the first week of playoffs for fantasy football. Check out which games will provide the most rewarding games for fantasy football.
Green Bay Offense vs. Detroit Lions
This is a matchup that the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers know all too well. The Lions’ defense has been really unproductive this season. They have allowed the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks, the eighth-most to wide receivers, and the most fantasy points per game to running backs. Specifically for the run game, this bodes well for Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. Aaron Jones has averaged 19.3 points per game this season and put up 45.6 points on the Lions in week two, his highest point total of the season. Jamaal Williams would be a considerable streamer as he has averaged 10.6 points per game this season ad put up 8.3 on the Lions earlier in the season. Jones has projected 19.1 and Williams has projected 9.1 points. The Packers receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard are great options next week against the Lions secondary too. Adams has projected 22.95 and Lazard 10.5 points. Aaron Rodgers has been extremely consistent in fantasy this season, and it should not change against the Lions defense. He helped put up 41 points against them in week two with 19.2 fantasy points. He has projected 22.6 fantasy points next week the projected QB3 for the week.
Denver Broncos Run Game vs. Carolina Panthers
Last week, Melvin Gordon had his highest yardage game of the year in a game against the Chiefs’ weaker rushing defense. The Broncos held the ball for 30:31 as opposed to the Chiefs and nearly beat one of the best teams in the NFL that way. In this strategy, Gordon saw a 15-131, and Phillip Lindsay, while only having had 26 rushing yards, did see 14 touches in the backfield. Lindsay has not seen double-digit points in a while, but he can thrive with touches. The Carolina Panthers allow the 8th most fantasy points to running backs this season and have kept quarterbacks and wide receivers contained. They only allow 19 points per game to quarterbacks (17th) and 21.9 points per game to wide receivers (27th). I expect the Broncos to be run-heavy next week. Gordon has projected for 10.85 with a high ceiling and Lindsay for 7.55 points.
Indianapolis Colts Run Game vs. Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders have seriously struggled to contain the run this year. They have allowed 121 yards per game and the second-most rushing touchdowns per game this season. They are 4th to last in the league in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Last week, they gave up nearly 20 fantasy points to the Jets’ running back Ty Johnson, who was filling in for the absent Frank Gore and L’Michal Perine. The Colts run game is led by two valuable running backs: Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. Last week it seemed like the two of them flipped roles. Taylor put up the 6th most points on the week for running backs with 22.5 fantasy points off of 91 rushing yards and a receiving touchdown. Nyheim Hines had 12.2 fantasy points last week with an added rushing touchdown. The two will certainly be large factors against the Raiders’ weaker rushing defense. Taylor has projected for 11.75 fantasy points and Nyheim Hines has projected for 11.35 fantasy points next week. Both should be considered starters, with Hines being more of a flex option.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Game vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off of a bye week last week, after having lost to the Chiefs and the Rams over the last two weeks. This win is vital to their hopes of getting into the playoffs, and the Vikings are one of the teams that are closest to surpassing them for the final wild-card spots. The Vikings have allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season with 28.9 points per game. The Bucs have a plethora of fantasy options for wide receivers. Two weeks ago, Mike Evans led the team with two touchdowns and Rob Gronkowski put up 106 receiving yards. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and even Antonio Brown could be solid fantasy options next week. Evans has projected 13.94 fantasy points, Chris Godwin has projected to lead the team with 14.15, and Antonio Brown is projected for 11.95 points. All of these players are solid options against a weak Vikings’ secondary.
Los Angeles Chargers Passing Offense vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Chargers got into deep trouble last week after having lost to the New England Patriots 45-0. Justin Herbert easily had his worst game of the year with 209 yards and one interception and failing to put any points on the board. This was the first game this season that Justin Herbert failed to score a touchdown in a game. However, next week the Chargers will play against the Falcons, who have allowed the most points this season to quarterbacks and the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers on the year. Justin Herbert has put up the 9th most fantasy points this season and the 8th best average points per game at 22.59 fantasy points per game. He has projected 22.1 points next week as the projected QB6 for week 14. As for wide receivers, Keenan Allen and running back Austin Ekeler are must starters with boom potential against this weaker secondary. Keenan Allen has the 4th most points this season and the 5th best average points per game with 18.5 points per game. He should be due for a solid game, as he has projected 18.25 points at WR4. Austin Ekeler’s return has been exciting for owners that have stayed loyal to him. In his first game, he was the team’s leading receiver with 11 receptions for 85 yards and 23.9 fantasy points. He has projected 18.3 fantasy points next week.
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