The final pre-playoff short and sweet
Matt Ryan vs Minnesota
What exactly is the issue with the passing game in Atlanta? You would have thought that the emergence of Devonta Freeman would have opened up the passing game but instead they just turned into a run-oriented team. Roddy White has all but disappeared, Jacob Tamme is an obvious short-term option, and Julio can only do so much. Can Ryan regain any 2015 value? Where is he seated for 2016? Ryan has only 5 games to prove a lot and the buck almost fully stops here this week.
Drew Brees vs Houston
Can Brees do enough and yet too little at the same time? Confusing sentence, agreed, but the point remains. Can Brees do enough to prove that he’s worth a 2-or-3 year deal for a new team while also underwhelming to the point where the Saints rid of him for financial reasons? New Orleans is clearly years of away from challenging for a title and Brees costs a king’s ransom. If he can put up stats in a losing effort, it wouldn’t be shocking for Chip Kelly to go all in one last time to save his job in Philly with the acquisition of a QB like Brees.
Doug Martin vs Indianapolis
Take the stats alone and apply them to first round worthiness for 2016. So, we have Adrian Peterson retaking his seat as king of the mountain. We have Devonta Freeman taking the biggest value leap as he’ll likely be viewed as the number two pick. Even Todd Gurley and Chris Ivory are first round options after how crazy their production has been to this point. But where do we take Martin? He went from a rookie steal, to first round bust, back to a value steal this season? Can he do enough for us to target him in the first round of 2016? Indy could offer up another 200-plus day and in doing so, he’ll be cemented as a top-five pick.
Julius Thomas vs San Diego
How far has J-Thom fallen? Can he put up consistent TE1 numbers or were his days in Denver his best? If Thomas, who is now healthy, can’t contribute more frequently, he’ll be outside the top ten for both the remainder of 2015 and on the 2016 draft day. He needs to be heavily involved to earn any starting nod for this season’s fantasy playoffs.
Kendall Wright vs Oakland
This is a dynasty value sneak peak. Eventually, Green-Beckham is going to turn into The Titans’ version of Josh Gordon or Justin Blackmon. That will leave Wright and Wright alone to draw the attention of franchise QB Marcus Mariota. A return to health in a beneficial matchup against the Raiders could jump-start the long-term value of Wright. If not, Tennessee could search for Mariota’s new best friend on day one of the draft or a high-priced free agent.