It’s playoff time! Last week’s “5 Up” helped you use Doug Baldwin (32 points), Jameis Winston (13 points), Alfred Morris/Matt Jones (18 points) to get you some extra help. “5 Down” warned you not to start Derek Carr (135 yards), Amari Cooper (0 points), Adrian Peterson (69 yards) and Javorius Allen (14 yards).
It’s another week of the championship grind trying to bring home the trophy and bragging rights. Let’s Dive In!
1) Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans – With Mark Ingram being out for the remainder for the year, Hightower steps into a favorable schedule down the stretch. Hightower finished with 16 points against Tampa Bay last week and looks to be the back that will get the most touches on the ground for New Orleans the rest of the way. This starts with a Week 15 game against Detroit, who is one of the worst defenses for giving up rushing touchdowns in the league.
2) Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina – Carolina is on a roll and really working off its strong running game and deep passing attack. Ginn leads that attack and will have a nice day against the worst secondary in the league next week, the New York Giants. He should have plenty of opportunities to get some deep balls and deep touchdowns.
3) Brian Hoyer, QB, Houston – In what will be a crucial game for both teams in the fight for the division title, I’m taking Brian Hoyer to do damage against the Indianapolis secondary who just have had two straight weeks of being dominated by the pass. Hoyer has one of the best matchups during this fantasy football playoff week, so definitely consider him as a possible starter.
4) Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay – In agame where Green Bay will need a win to clinch a playoff spot, Aaron Rodgers will look to get his team playing its best offense heading into the postseason. This includes getting Davante Adams going and him being the true No. 2 receiver behind Randall Cobb in this passing attack. It starts this week with a great matchup for Adams against Oakland’s corners in a high-scoring game.
5) John Brown, WR, Arizona– Each week, Arizona finds a new person to lead the team to a win. John Brown has quietly been a consistent force while Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson have gotten all the headlines. The last two weeks, Philadelphia has given up the most passing yards to the opposing team’s slot receiver, which is where John Brown will be a surprising force in Week 15.
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Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego– He is due for a big game and will have one against Miami. The last time Miami faced a solid pass-catching back, it allowed 35 points to Javorius “Buck” Allen. Expect Philip Rivers to try to reiterate that kind of performance for his versatile back.