It’s here. The moment of truth. Championship time has arrived. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, but your job isn’t done yet. There’s just one more match-up standing between you and ultimate fantasy football glory.
But first, here’s my fantasy advice.
QB Case Keenum: The Packers’ season is done, and so is Aaron Rodgers’. Tough break, Packers fans, but the Vikings have skol’d their way to the NFC North title, and now a potential first-round bye. And Case Keenum may be one of the more underrated fantasy QBs this year, at least in my opinion. But if you have him, depending on your other QBs, Keenum might just be the must-start that helps you towards the title. Two reasons: 1. He’s scored at least 20 fantasy points every week except Week 9 (BYE) and Week 11 (19.2 vs. the Rams). 2. The Green Bay defense has allowed the most fantasy points over the last six weeks than any other fantasy defense. Heck, one step further — if you have ANY Vikings offensive player, you should probably consider playing them. Keenum is my pick of the week.
RB Kenyan Drake: Drake seems to be another one of the “must-start” picks universally around fantasy football this week. And it’s not surprising by looking at Drake’s numbers — he has become the Miami offense. He reached double-digit point totals in five of the last seven weeks, plus he’s had at least 22 touches and 113 yards in each of the last three games. A match-up against the Chiefs may concern some, but you have to realize the Chiefs aren’t the Chiefs of the beginning of the season. Plus, Melvin Gordon was able to light them up in a loss.
WR Robert Woods: Santa Claus has come early for Rams fans — Robert Woods is back, and last week, Woods played a role, getting 16.5 points for those in PPR leagues as the favorite receiver of Jared Goff once more (of course he’ll only score the touchdowns if Todd Gurley can’t for some reason). And the Rams next face the Titans, a weak team that has given up seven touchdowns and the fifth-most PPR points to receivers when in Tennessee. Seems like a fun Christmas for Woods, his team, and his fantasy owners.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: If anyone ever listens to The Unspoken Podcast, then you know how I and my co-host Nick Fodera feel about the Jimmy G Hype Train. He’s been doing great things, he’s revitalized the team, and maybe, just maybe, he can be their franchise QB for some time. But let’s face it — this is the Jags defense we’re talking about. This isn’t necessarily a game I’d risk my fantasy championship on if I have Garoppolo as a QB.
RB Samaje Perine: Another week, another time where Perine fails to meet expectations. After back-to-back weeks of 15+ points in Weeks 11 & 12, Perine’s stock has fallen since. The Broncos have given up just six touchdowns to runners and an average of 21 PPR points per game to runners. And even then, this one just sounds ugly all around. Best to avoid Perine with fantasy title implications.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Anyone still believes in his hype? The Jets’ playoff chances fell into obscurity, and so too did all the great fantasy things that cam with ASJ. He’s been targeted only once or twice per game for four straight weeks now, and standard league owners have gotten 2.7 points from him at most in that time frame. He definitely has bust written all over him in a match-up with the Chargers.