The Fantasy Playoffs are rolling on, and things are getting serious. If you won last week, congratulations; if you were fortunate to have a bye last week, then let’s make sure we get it done this week. We have two familiar faces this week, both once again in prime spots, so I went back to the well, as both played out nicely last week. Stick to what got you here, don’t chase the upside, but be aware of the matchups and what could play out better for you and your team.
Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Falcons)
The Bucs were able to get back in the win column last week with a win over the Vikings. It was the first time in two games Brady didn’t throw an interception, and it was his fourth multi-touchdown game in a row. This week he gets a matchup with the Falcons, who allow 296 passing yards per game and has given up 26 touchdowns on the year. With all the playmakers the Bucs have, Brady’s in a smash spot this week.
David Montgomery RB Chicago Bears (at Vikings)
The Bears running back is heating up at the right time. In his past three games, he’s had four total touchdowns and has rushed for 288 yards. He’s also come alive in the passing game catching 12 balls for 121 receiving yards. This week he gets a juicy matchup against the Vikings, who allow 101 rushing yards and five receptions per game to running backs. Montgomery is starting to payoff right when you need him most.
Jonathan Taylor RB Indianapolis Colts RB (vs Texans)
The Colts finally realized that Jonathan Taylor is the best running back on the roster. In his last three games, he has 55 attempts, good for 331 rushing yards and two scores. This week the rookie gets a matchup with the Texans, who allow a league-high 138 rushing yards per game and have allowed 16 rushing touchdowns on the year. The Colts should keep feeding Taylor in this one and should be able to take care of the weak Texan run defense.
Brandon Aiyuk WR 49ers (at Cowboys)
The rookie from Arizona State has quietly put together an excellent rookie campaign. He has double-digits in three in his last four games and has found the end zone three times. The 49ers are heading to Dallas to take on the Cowboys, who allow 165 receiving yards per game and have given up a league-high 22 touchdowns to the position. Deebo Samuel is done for the year; Aiyuk is now the primary receiver for this team and should continue to see a healthy workload.
Calvin Ridley WR Atlanta Falcons (vs Buccaneers)
This game between the Falcons and Bucs has back-and-forth potential, and both sides have play-makers. Ridley has 22 targets in his past two games, has gone over 100-yards in each, and has a touchdown. The Bucs are allowing 172 receiving yards per game, and with the status of Julio Jones still unknown, Ridley will be the primary receiver in this offense. Even if Julio does play, will it be the whole game, will he just be a decoy, take the guaranteed points, and feel confident starting Ridley this week.
Logan Thomas TE Washington Football Team (vs Seahawks)
Thomas has emerged late in the year as a viable streaming candidate at the tight end spot. He’s got 20 targets in his last three games, snatching 19 balls for 161 yards and two scores. This week he gets a matchup with the Seahawks, who have allowed 629 yards and five scores to tight ends on the year. Thomas will be active in this one and makes for a reliable option if you have injury issues at the position.