For most of us, this is it. The fantasy championship. All those months of research before drafts and hours put into tinkering lineups is about to pay off. This week we have some excellent matchups that can lead teams to victory and some less favorable matchups which could yield poor results. To anyone playing for a trophy, ring, belt or whatever your league uses to celebrate, good luck!
Jalen Hurts, QB Philadelphia (at Dallas)
It might seem crazy to rely on a rookie quarterback in the fantasy football finale, but hey, that’s 2020 for you. Hurts has been great the past three games, with four touchdowns and just one interception, and just last week had his first 300-yard game. This week he goes up against Dallas, which beat up on Nick Mullens last week, but I don’t expect the Dallas defense to be able to contain Hurts this week.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati (at Houston)
This one may be a bit of a chase, but after seeing what he did to Pittsburgh’s stout run defense (83 rush yards, two total touchdowns) and with a matchup against Houston’s poor run defense, this is a great spot. Houston has allowed 1,916 rushing yards this season, which is the most in the league, and the team has allowed 17 rushing touchdowns. With the injuries surrounding running backs heading into the final week, Bernard could provide a boost to lineups.
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore (vs. New York Giants)
The rookie from Ohio State has been on fire as of late. He has scored now in four consecutive games and has averaged 13 carries per game during that span. This week he gets a matchup with the Giants, which have allowed 84 rushing yards per game this season. It’s not a pushover, but given Baltimore’s talent and how it can control the game, Dobbins should be busy.
Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago (at Jacksonville)
Robinson has back-to-back good games with a combined 13 catches for 206 yards and a score. This week he gets a matchup with Jacksonville in the REVENGE game narrative. Jacksonville has allowed 179 receiving yards per game and has given up 17 scores to the position on the year. Chicago is still in the mix for a playoff spot and needs a win.
Cooper Kupp, WR L.A. Rams (vs. Seattle)
Kupp hasn’t set the world on fire the past two weeks but he did have five catches in each game and a touchdown two weeks ago. This week he’s going against Seattle, which has been better against the pass as of late, but in a game the Rams need to win, their offense needs to show up. Kupp is also overdue for a game, and this seems like a spot where if it’s going to happen, you don’t want him on the bench.
Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland (at New York Jets)
Cleveland has involved Hooper in the game plan more the past few weeks. He’s got nine grabs and two scores in two of his past three games. The Jets just gave up 67 yards and a touchdown to Tyler Higbee last week. Hooper is in a great spot this week if you are looking for a streamer to plug into lineups.