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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 16

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Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville
Bortles has been on fire the last three weeks. I know you had to reread that sentence, but it’s true. He’s thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions and the Jags won all three games. The defense has been dominant and the run game is there. Bortles has a great matchup in championship week against the 49ers and even though he lost Marqise Lee, others are stepping up and it should be another big day for the quarterback. He’s a great option in Week 16.

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Lamar Miller, RB, Houston
Miller and the entire Houston Texans team not named DeAndre Hopkins have been struggling as of late. Over the last two games, Miller has 93 total yards and zero touchdowns. He’s getting less work with the Texans trailing and forced to abandon the run. Compounding their woes, the Texans also now have their third string quarterback behind center. It doesn’t get any easier this week against the Steelers, so Miller is best left on the bench unless you have no other options.

Shark Sleepers

Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville
Coming out of nowhere, Cole is the hottest player in the league over the last three weeks. Over that span, he has 13 catches for 334 yards and three scores, including an insane 7-186-1 stat-line last week. Leading receiver Marqise Lee is out at least this week so Cole should be the main option for the Jags passing game. As I mentioned earlier, they have a mouth-watering matchup so look for Cole to extend his touchdown streak to four games. He’s a great FLEX option.

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
Gallman looks to be the back getting the most work for the Giants at this point. Anyone on this team is tough to trust for fantasy down the stretch, but they did score 29 points against the Eagles last week. Gallman didn’t find the end-zone, but he did log 14 touches, including six catches. He’ll probably lose goal line work to Orleans Darkwa, but it’s clear that Gallman is the preferred choice in the passing game, which seems to be the only thing the Giants do every week. He’s a good bet for 15 touches in Week 16 so that puts him on the FLEX radar.

Lock of the Week

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami
Drake has played his way into a starting role in 2017 and probably for next year as well. He has rushed for over 100 total yards in each game over the last three weeks and has also scored two touchdowns in that span. Not only does he run hard between the tackles, he’s an above average pass catcher. He has breakout written all over him for 2018 and still has a few weeks left to shine this year. He should get a big workload against the Chiefs this week and will not disappoint.

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Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.