Targeting teams with something to play for this last week of the season is the best strategy for success. Baltimore falls into that category, and Lamar Jackson is in a great spot this Sunday. He faces the Cincinnati defense, which has struggled all year to stop opposing offenses. Its pass rush is one of the worst in the league, meaning Jackson will have plenty of time to find open targets. Plus, his running ability elevates his fantasy floor on a weekly basis. Jackson is one of the best plays on the slate and should be considered in all formats.
Mark Andrews will be your best bet when stacking with Jackson. He has an incredibly high ceiling for the tight end position, capable of huge plays and multiple touchdowns. He’s Jackson’s favorite target, and should easily beat Cincinnati’s hapless linebackers. Cincinnati is in the top half for points allowed to opposing tight ends, meaning Andrews should have a solid outing. You don’t always have to stack with Jackson, but he’s your best bet if you go that route.
Minnesota will finish out its disappointing season against Detroit, which has been a complete mess. Detroit has no head coach, hardly any starters healthy and will be without Matthew Stafford for the season closer. Minnesota will be without star running back Dalvin Cook, which points to a high volume game from Kirk Cousins. Really, it’s all about the matchup and value in this contest. Detroit has fallen apart and has hardly any defensive starters available. Detroit won’t be able to pressure Cousins, which means he will likely deliver a good fantasy outing. He could certainly flirt with 300 yards and 2-3 touchdowns, granting him viability in all formats. A mid-range price is even more appealing if you’re looking to save some salary cap.
Minnesota has one of the best wide receiving duos in the league, and both are viable for stacking with Cousins. With Cook out, I expect Cousins to heavily feed both players, with each likely seeing double-digit targets. The matchup couldn’t be better, as Detroit is fielding second- and third-stringers in its secondary. Both Thielen and Justin Jefferson could each record 100 receiving yards and should score at least once. With so many questions at running back this week, this stack offers tremendous upside if you’re willing to spend at receiver.