The end is here for many of you.
We’ve reached Fantasy Super Bowl week for many. There’s not much else to say. I’ve done all I can for you. The hay is in the barn. I wish all of you who are playing for a fantasy championship this week the best of luck. And if I help you win a title in some small way, just remember I accept cash or check.
Next week will be my last column of the year. I’ll go over my hits and misses for the 2017 season. As usual, there are some big ones on each side. You know I like to swing for the fences. That column will run the day after Christmas when the fantasy season is over for most owners. I bet it will get a ton of traffic.
This week I’m giving you a player I really like at each position to start. Obviously, I’d start Tom Brady over Blake Bortles. These are guys some owners could be deciding whether to start or not in the most important fantasy matchup of the year. Good luck this week.
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Now, on with The Fire Sale…
Week 16 Start ‘em
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville
Who is the highest-rated quarterback over the last three weeks? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not that “franchise” quarterback and “leader” Jameis Winston. It’s Bortles. I gave out Bortles last week and he delivered with 326 yards and three touchdowns. Over his last three games, Bortles has thrown for at least 268 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He has two 300-yard games. Bortles gets another strong matchup when he takes on San Francisco this week. Keep riding the hot hand of the guy the media tells you needs to be replaced. Of course, if you listened to Deion Sanders, you would be starting Winston and not reading this column because your fantasy season is over.
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore
Collins sunk some owners (me) last week when he rushed for just 19 yards on 12 carries against Cleveland. That ruined a streak of four strong fantasy outings in a row where Collins scored a combined five touchdowns. If you own Collins and are still playing (not me), expect him to rebound big-time this week. Indianapolis is physically showing up to games and pretending to play something that looks like defense. In reality, most of the Indianapolis players are making vacation plans and tee times. C.J. Anderson gutted Indianapolis for 158 yards on 30 carries. It’s only the second time all season Anderson has topped 100 yards. Collins is a Top-10 play this week against the tissue paper known as the Indianapolis rush defense.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh
Has there ever been a luckier team in the history of sports than the New England Patriots? I’m not trying to rile up Patriots fans. There’s nothing wrong with some luck. When Dallas was great, it got breaks all the time. I didn’t care. The last four times the Patriots have faced Pittsburgh, either Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger or Antonio Brown have missed the game or left early with an injury. That’s amazing. Brown is out this week, opening the door for Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant to have big games against the most disgusting (not in a good way) pass defense in the NFL. Houston allows the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. Houston’s secondary made Jacksonville’s Keelan Cole and Jaydon Mickens look like Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. Start both Smith-Schuster and Bryant with confidence.