Despite some bumps along the way, we have made it to the fantasy playoffs! For those without a bye this week, roster decisions are more critical than ever. This is the week you want the strongest floor possible from each position; you shouldn’t be taking chances if you don’t have to. We have some good matchups on the slate this week as all teams are in action.
Justin Herbert QB Los Angeles Chargers (vs Falcons)
Take last week and forget about it, Herbert is talented, and Bill Belichick has been tormenting rookie quarterbacks for years. He gets a much better matchup this week against the Falcons, who have been better defensively as of late but are still very beatable. The Falcons are allowing 300 passing yards per game and have given up 24 touchdowns on the year. Herbert will bounce back this week and gain his confidence back.
David Montgomery RB Chicago Bears (vs Texans)
Montgomery found the end zone last week against a weak Lions defense, and this week will face the Texans, who have allowed the most rushing yards in the league. They allow 140 rushing yards per game along with 15 touchdowns on the year. Montgomery has virtually zero competition for touches in the red zone, which also bodes well for him in this one as the Texans have 74 red zone attempts against them. With erratic production at the quarterback position all year, the Bears should feature Monty in this one.
Jonathan Taylor RB Indianapolis Colts (at Raiders)
It only took until week 13, but Taylor had his breakout that we were all expecting. The rookie ran for 91 yards adding three receptions for 44yards with a touchdown. This week he will go up against a Raiders team that barely beat the Jets a week ago. The Raiders allow 101 rushing yards per game and have given up 14 scores on the year, and have allowed 66 receptions and 521 receiving yards to running backs. Taylor is in a good spot again this week; we just have to hope the Colts continue to see he’s their best option at this point.
Melvin Gordon RB Denver Broncos (at Panthers)
I’ve been harsh on Gordon for most of the year, but he’s turned it around recently. He deserves credit for his performance last week, rushing for 131 yards and adding two catches for 11 yards. He gets a matchup with the Panthers this week, who have improved their run defense throughout the year but are still giving up 115 rushing yards per game. Gordon looked like a vintage version of himself last week, and it came at the right time as the fantasy playoffs kick off this week.
Jamison Crowder WR New York Jets (at Seahawks)
With Sam Darnold back, Crowder is borderline must start. He’s a target hog and is the leading receiving option for Darnold, as evidenced by last week’s performance. He finished with five grabs for 47 yards and two scores. This week he goes up against the Seahawks, who are allowing 226 receiving yards per game. The Jets’ offense isn’t good, and they play from behind a lot, which are both great things for a feature receiver. Fire Crowder up this weekend and feel confident about it.
Tee Higgins WR Cincinnati Bengals WR (vs Cowboys)
Without Joe Burrow under center, there’s not much to like with the Bengals skill players. Higgins has been the exception to that rule and hasn’t hurt you if you’ve had to roll him out there. Last week in a tough matchup with the Dolphins, the rookie hauled in five balls on seven targets for 57 yards, not great, but given the matchup and the circumstances, it was a solid outing. This week in a matchup with the Cowboys, who are allowing 166 receiving yards and have given up a league-high 21 touchdowns to the position.
Eric Ebron TE Pittsburgh Steelers (at Bills)
Pittsburgh has been including Ebron in the plans more lately. He saw 11 targets last week, grabbing seven balls for 68 yards. This week he faces the Bills, who are very tight end friendly as they have allowed 803 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. Ebron makes for a strong, tight end stream this week.