Ladies and gentleman, we’ve come to week 13.
If your commissioner knows what they’re doing (and I assume they all do) then this week should wrap up the regular season for your fantasy leagues. Now is the time when not just money, bragging rights, and personal dignity is on the line; but the opportunity to achieve all of those things is on the line.
So how do you ensure you get that opportunity?
For starters, you can read this site. Just kidding…but not really. But seriously, now is the time if you play in a seasonal league to cast those allegiances aside. You LOVE Drew Brees? Stop, he’s playing a Carolina D/ST that has made opposing Quarterback’s lives miserable.
What’s that? Jay Cutler sound like a pretty good play this week? Sorry, I must have missed that memo given his home/road splits in 2015 and the fact that the 49ers are a deceptively good defense in 2015.
My point is simple: all bets are off if you’re trying to win.
Now the old adage is “Play Your Guys.” In 2015 I think we’ve pretty much determined that that strategy isn’t going to fly. Aaron Rodgers has a group of receivers that can’t catch and run the wrong way; Tom Brady, already without Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis, and Danny Amendola, now might have to go without Rob Gronkowski against the Eagles and for the first time since December of 2013; Matt Ryan can’t figure it out despite having arguably the best wideout in football (Julio Jones); and other than Denver, no D/ST is safe to plug and forget.
So yes, if you’re trying to make the playoffs don’t anchor yourself to the names. Inevitably, this is the time of year when this becomes a game of skill.
No matter how lawmakers want to look at it to the contrary.
Scott Chandler, TE, New England Patriots
Obviously, with the prospect of Gronkowski missing time, you want to grab his replacement. Let’s not get crazy, but 11 targets from Brady last Sunday night was a good sign.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Here’s my thinking: Marshawn Lynch will miss about a month; and while Thomas Rawls has played well my guess is with dates against Baltimore, St. Louis, and Cleveland coming up the offense will lean pass heavy. Baldwin has always proved their most reliable. I think you get what I’m saying, here.
Shaun Draughn, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Carlos Hyde has been about as dependable as Demarco Murray was early in his career. We know he can play, but there’s always an ailment. Draughn might be a nice pickup this weekend playing against the Bears run defense.
Chicago Bears, D/ST
‘But you just told me to pick up Draughn?’ Yep, and I’m also telling you that against Blaine Gabbert the Bears secondary with Kyle Fuller and the bunch should put up a nice game.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
The last four weeks has seen Funchess average about five targets and 50 yards a game. He’s also added two touchdowns. They go to New Orleans next. Get your popcorn ready.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Probably better equipped for a Dynasty stash but he did put up 80 yards and a touchdown last week after Rishard Matthews went down with an injury. next up is a date with Baltimore. Wanna shock the league? Take a flyer on Parker.
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