I don’t want to talk about my game last week. It’s been a rough few weeks for my team, as it has been decimated by injuries and bye weeks. Not having a huge free agent pool to pull from, makes my problem that much worse. Now I head into the playoffs and I hope I can survive. This week I want to talk about players around the league at each position that I think will help teams as we head into the home stretch of the season.
Patrick Mahomes has been good since coming back from injury. He has four touchdowns since coming back from injury. The difference this week is that he will be in the confines of Arrowhead Stadium and playing the Oakland Raiders who just got destroyed by Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. I expect Mahomes to throw for 300-plus yards and three touchdowns against the 29th-ranked defense.
It’s really hard to go against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens right now; they are on fire. I think that will continue this week against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. I think Jackson is playing that good right now and I expect throw for a touchdown as well as rush for one. Playing at home will also give him the boost he needs in the elite matchup.
Christian McCaffrey is the everything man in Carolina. He has seven touchdowns in the last five games (five rushing, two receiving). He has already rush for over 1,000 yards and is second on the team in targets with 82. With five games left, he has the potential to also get 1,000 yards receiving. Getting the Redskins at home this week, amidst losing four of the last five games, is a good thing for McCaffrey and the Panthers.
DJ Chark has been a solid start fantasy-wise all season long. With the Jags playing the Bucs in a battle for Florida, I am looking for DJ Chark to pull in eight receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. Given the way the Bucs have been giving up yards and points this year, that number could jump up as well.
I really like Julian Edelman this week at Houston. I know the Patriots offense has struggled this year, but seeing Jakobi Meyers and N’Keal Harry start to gain the trust of Tom Brady, and the possible returns of Philip Dorsett and Mohammed Sanu, things could open up for Edelman. I am looking for Edelman to lead the team in targets (no surprise), grab 10 catches and rack in over 100 yards. I’m not sure he will see the end zone but that would be a nice little bonus.
George Kittle has been a machine this year, and if the 49ers want any chance in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon, Kittle needs to be big. Going up against a tough Ravens defense on the road will be hard, but I see Kittle reeling in eight catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. That may not be enough to win the game, but it will help your fantasy team tremendously.
I know I said I didn’t want to talk about my team, but here is my lineup for my first-round playoff game.
QB Dak Prescott Garrett lost that game in New England last week
RB Aaron Jones Getting pummeled by the 49ers was not fun for anyone, especially me
RB Austin Ekeler This is a problem for me, but it’s all I got.
WR Julio Jones He’s questionable for the Thanksgiving game. If he plays, I am hoping he sees his first TD since the Clinton administration
WR Robert Woods He did well in the Rams beatdown handed to them by the Ravens
TE Darren Fells Goes up against tough Patriots D
Flex Darius Slayton This may change a few times before kickoff
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!