For most leagues this is it, championship weekend. Congratulations to those of you still standing. If you’ve made it this far, chances are your roster is set, but we did have a few injuries last week and have a few good players in good spots this week. This week might not be as high scoring as last, but we still have some matchups we can exploit. The intent of this article is to highlight players who I believe will outperform or under-perform their weekly ranking and give you confidence while you’re making tough lineup choices week-in and week-out. Let’s get it. Good luck!
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle (vs. Arizona)
Wilson gets a home matchup this week against Arizona, the worst team defending the quarterback. Arizona is allowing 306 yards per game through the air and has allowed a league-high 34 touchdowns to quarterbacks. Wilson has just one game this year where he didn’t throw a touchdown and has nine multi-touchdown games. Wilson was an early-season MVP candidate and should return to form this week against this defense. Even with Seattle’s run-first approach he has a chance to be the top-scoring quarterback this week.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati (at Miami)
Mixon has been on a roll lately and has been the lone bright spot on a Cincinnati team that has been awful this year. Mixon has two consecutive games with more than 100-yards on the ground and has scored touchdowns in two of three games. This week he gets a matchup with Miami, who has given up more than 100 rushing yards in three of its last four games and has allowed 11 touchdowns on the ground and four through the air to the running back position this season. Mixon surprised last week rushing for 136 yards against a tough New England run defense and makes for a fine RB1 with a solid floor this week.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta (vs. Jacksonville)
It’s been a down year for Freeman and Atlanta as a team for that matter, but he gets a chance at redemption this week against a Jacksonville team that can’t stop the run right now. Jacksonville has held opposing running backs to less than 125 yards just once in its last six games and has allowed nine rushing touchdowns during that same span. Atlanta isn’t showing any signs of quitting while it has nothing to play for as evident by the come-from-behind win last week against San Francisco. This is a great bounce-back game for Freeman, who should be to finally break out this week.
Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas (at Philadelphia)
Cooper was a letdown last week catching just one pass for 19 yards, but this week he gets a matchup against a Philadelphia team that just gave up 261 yards through the air to a Washington team that doesn’t have nearly the talent Dallas does. He gets a matchup against Jalen Mills, who is giving up an average of 3.3 catches along with 10.4 fantasy points per game. Philadelphia is tough up front against the run, so Cooper should have a busy day while Dallas avoids the teeth of the Eagles defense. This is a huge game for both teams as the division is still up for grabs and both teams will be pulling out all the stops to try and get a win.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington (vs. New York Giants)
McLaurin has returned to his early-season form, with touchdowns now in back-to-back games. Washington will host the New York Giants this week in a divisional showdown where both teams are playing for pride. The Giants come into this one having given up 20 touchdowns to wide receivers on the year, good for third-most in the league. McLaurin should be facing DeAndre Baker, who is allowing 11.8 fantasy points per game and has surrendered six touchdowns on the year. McLaurin is in a great spot this week and has been playing with a solid floor for the past two weeks.
Darren Fells, TE, Houston (at Tampa Bay)
Fells has come crashing down to earth the past two weeks as he has just three catches for a combined 4 yards in his last two games, but Houston will face Tampa Bay, who is almost as bad as the Arizona in defending the tight end. Houston is allowing 62 yards per game and have given up seven touchdowns on the year. He gets a matchup with Jordan Whitehead, who is giving up an average of 14 fantasy points per game. If you need to swing for the fences and aren’t comfortable with your tight end situation, Fells has a decent upside in the one.
Other Players to Like
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami (vs. Cincinnati)
The journeyman quarterback continues to deliver and makes for a fine streaming option against a bad Cincinnati secondary.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis (vs. Carolina)
Indianapolis has the better line, which should be able to create space for Mack. Carolina has allowed a league-high 23 touchdowns.
Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants (at Washington)
He exploited a great matchup last week; hoping it’s two in a row.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami (vs. Cincinnati)
He has been on a tear the last few weeks. League winner potential in a great matchup.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Tampa Bay (vs. Houston)
Should be in store for another busy day. He’s becoming a go-to receiver with all the injuries.
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta (vs. Jacksonville)
Jacksonville has given up seven touchdowns to tight ends. He has high upside potential in the red zone.