This is it. For many, this is the last week of regular season play before the fantasy playoffs begin. In a year filled with unpredictability, it looks like we made it. Most playoff spots are secured at this point, but if you need a last-minute streamer or flier to get you there, we have you covered:
Kirk Cousins QB Minnesota Vikings (vs Jaguars)
Cousins has been hot the past two games throwing for a combined six touchdowns and 621 passing yards. He gets another plus matchup this week against a Jaguars team that has given up the fourth-most passing yards, and third-most touchdown passes to the quarterback position. Cousins makes for an acceptable fill-in option this week if you’re streaming quarterbacks or have a bye-week issue.
Wayne Gallman RB New York Giants (at Seahawks)
There’s nothing sexy about this pick, but the production has been constant now for a while. He has three touchdowns and is averaging 21 carries in his last two games. This week he gets a matchup with the Seahawks, who allow 64 rushing yards per game and have given up ten touchdowns on the year. Gallman is becoming an every-week start and while likely not available in your league, he is in some. If you need some help this week, he’s a great option.
Duke Johnson RB Houston Texans (vs Colts)
This pick is based more on Deshaun Watson losing Will Fuller for the year more than anything. Johnson doesn’t offer much in the running game, but he will catch a ton of balls out of the backfield. He had four on Thanksgiving, and that number is easily higher with no Fuller now. The Colts are decent against the run allowing 84 rushing yards per game, but they have allowed four receiving touchdowns to running backs. Johnson is a high-risk, high reward play that should see touches going forward.
Tyler Lockett WR Seattle Seahawks (vs Giants)
Lockett was quiet last Monday, catching only three balls for a measly 23 yards. It was his lowest target total this year, and the Seahawks barely squeaked out a win. This week he gets a matchup against the Giants, who are allowing 162 receiving yards per game and have allowed ten touchdowns on the year. Lockett has been hit or miss this year, but he should bounce back nicely this week.
Jarvis Landry WR Cleveland Browns (at Titans)
It’s hard to believe, but the Browns are 8-3 and looking for a playoff spot. Landry is coming off his best game of the year where he saw 11 targets and caught eight balls for 143 yards and a touchdown. The Browns will face the Titans this week, who are allowing 182 receiving yards per game and have given up 11 touchdowns on the year. Landry should be busy in this one too, making him an excellent flex play at the very least.
T.J. Hockenson TE Detroit Lions (at Bears)
Hockenson is establishing himself as a force at tight end. He’s seen 15 targets in his last two games with nine grabs for 157 yards. This week he gets a matchup with the Bears, who have allowed 635 yards and eight touchdowns on the year to the position. Hockenson is a go this week in another plus matchup.