I broke this up into 2 segments this week. Lots of great games this week and lots of interesting fantasy matchups.
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Good luck this week! The playoffs are decided this week. If you are out of it, play spoiler and piss off your buddy.
Texans at Jaguars
Start ‘em – WR Cecil Shorts: He has been playing well lately he also caught the game winning TD in last week’s game. He is a low level WR2 or flex, but he has some upside. I don’t love him this week, but depending on your team, he is definitely worth a start.
Vikings at Ravens
Start ‘em – WR Torry Smith: Remember last week when I said to start A.P. even though it was obvious? I noted that he would run for 200 yards. Well guess what? He ran for 211. I don’t feel quite as strongly, but I do think Smith is a great start this week. Not 200 yards good, but a WR1 for sure. Again usually we stay away from the obvious start, but this one is a very good matchup.
Sit ‘em – Any Viking besides A.P.: Their QB play is so bad and inconsistent it makes start any of their TE’s and WR’s a total crapshoot. Do not unless you absolutely have to.
Colts at Bengals
Start ‘em – RB Gio Bernard: Is a flex play this week. He only got 15 touches last week and 14 of those were on the ground. I figure that they will get him involved in the passing game more because of Andy Dalton’s recent struggles. As he has been all year, he is a good flex play.
Browns at Patriots
Start ‘em – WR Julian Edelman: This has boom or bust written all over it. He is worth more in a PPR. Starting him would depend on how your starting lineup is constructed. You don’t want too many boom or bust guys in your lineup unless you understand the risk. He is a WR3/Flex start. Do you want to go for the homerun in Edelman or do you want to take a more conservative approach? As you know from following Edelman all year, he is streaky.
Raiders at Jets
Start ‘em – Raiders Defense: The Jets’ offense has set back the forward pass 50 years or so. They are not playing well at all Chris Ivory is the only real guy you can start with any shred of confidence. No matter who plays QB this is a good start. Not only are the Jets bad at moving the ball, but the Raiders are near the top 10 is fantasy defense this year. It’s a surprise I know, but those are the facts.
Part 2 tomorrow…