Fantasy Attack: Week 16
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It’s Week 16. How are your fantasy teams doing?
In any fantasy league that knows what they’re doing, it’s Championship Week. Everybody knows it’s bogus for a season-long fantasy league to have its championship game on a week where most teams are resting the players that carried fantasy teams to playoff glory. So you can look forward to a column next week purely focusing on daily fantasy, as Week 17 might be a chance for those of us that have lost some money over the course of the season to make it back on the backs of some second-stringers.
This week, however, is the most important week of the fantasy football season. You can’t afford to miss on any decisions now. It’s the difference between being first place and the first loser. That’s why we’re here to help.
DeAndre Hopkins: D-Hop has gone for double-digit fantasy points in eight out of his last nine games. After getting off to a slow start he’s earned his high ranking among fantasy experts. An easy matchup against Tampa’s secondary this week means if you’re in the finals with him you’re sitting in a pretty good spot.
Joe Mixon: It’s been easy to ignore Mixon this season considering the fact he plays for the Bengals and nobody really needs to pay attention to them. That being said, Mixon’s gone for double-digit fantasy points six out of his last seven games & has rebounded from a terrible start fo the season. He’s gone for over 130 yards the last two weeks, and gets a dream matchup with Miami this week. I wouldn’t recommend watching Bengals vs. Dolphins unless you’re one of those people that watched the old Faces of Death tapes over & over again, but there are points to be had with Mixon.
Amari Cooper: If you drafted this guy, you’re probably not in the finals. Especially after he dropped that 1 catch for 19 yard performance last week in a game where the Cowboys scored 44 points. I expect the Cowboys to pass more this week against a weak Eagles secondary, so if you made it to the finals without Cooper’s help you should be ok starting him this week.
Jameis Winston: If you’ve started Famous Jameis the last two weeks, you’re in your fantasy league finals. Two straight weeks over 450 yards with 4 touchdowns is a pretty darn good stretch, and it’s great timing for Winston since he’s heading into free agency at the end of the season. Can you expect 450 yards & 4 touchdowns again? Probably not, considering that Chris Godwin joined Mike Evans on the injury list after Sunday’s game. But Winston’s going to get every chance to throw the ball to somebody this week.
Jacob Hollister: The Seattle tight end has been pretty quiet over the last four weeks, but I expect that to end this week. Why? Because the Seahawks are facing off with the Arizona Cardinals, and the Cardinals don’t stop those tight ends. Russell Wilson is gonna be looking this guy’s direction for sure.
Derrick Henry: I mean, you’re starting Henry no matter what at this point. His performance thus far certainly dictates that. With that being said, he’s got a really tough matchup with the Saints this week & he’s coming off his first single-digit fantasy point performance since October. I wouldn’t expect too much here for your fantasy team or for DFS purposes.
Cooper Kupp: Remember back when Kupp had that 220-yard performance against the Bengals back in Week 8 and we all thought he was back in the saddle? Yeah, well he’s had 239 yards over the last six games in an offense looking for answers. He’s had touchdowns the last three weeks, but expect that streak to come to an end on Saturday night against Richard Sherman & the 49ers.
Tom Brady: I don’t expect the Bills/Patriots tilt to be a great place to find fantasy points. Last time the Patriots played the Bills, they won, but Brady had his lowest fantasy point total of the season. Add in the fact he threw for under 130 yards against the Bengals last week, it goes to show that the Patriots have no intention or need to focus on the passing game. Brady has no problem winning championships, but he won’t be winning too many fantasy championships this week.
Kenyan Drake: We’ve all been guilty of points-chasing over the years. I recommend it pretty often in this column. I wouldn’t get too excited about Drake this week just because he blew up last week against the Browns and led all sorts of fantasy teams to their finals. If Drake could repeat that 137/4 performance this week it’d be really great…but do we expect the Seahawks to allow that? Nah. Don’t become a prisoner of the moment.
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Andy Dalton (8% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Sure, he reminded us all last week why the Bengals need to move on from him and draft Joe Burrow in April. But that was against New England, a team with a really good defense. The Miami Dolphins don’t have a really good anything, certainly not a really good defense. Dalton can look pretty damn solid against these guys and make a team think that signing him in the upcoming off-season isn’t a terrible idea. Hell, maybe it’ll be the Bengals again. We know they’re dumb enough to fall for such an act.
Mike Boone (4% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Remember a few weeks ago when I told y’all to hop on the Alexander Mattison bandwagon in case Dalvin Cook got hurt? Well, Cook got hurt, but it turns out that Mattison was already out due to injury. So this guy got the call and the two touchdowns instead. The Vikings play on Monday night this week, so there’s plenty of time for this thing to play out. If Cook & Mattison are out…this is your guy. If you have one of them, stash him. The Packers are a beatable RB matchup, so whoever gets the call could win a lot of teams fantasy championships.
Breshad Perriman (13% owned in Yahoo! leagues): We mentioned earlier that the Bucs are low on healthy wide receivers but still throwing the ball like crazy. This will continue as long as Ronald Jones & Peyton Barber make up their backfield. Perriman has been one of the beneficiaries over the last two weeks. 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 14, 133 yards and three touchdowns in Week 15. Hey, at this point of the season we don’t ask questions. He won’t get 133 & 3 again but he’s got a connection going with Winston.