Week 17 storylines

Here are the top stories I’m following for Week 17

Cleveland (7-8) at Baltimore (9-6)

Brown QB situation. Brian Hoyer (right shoulder/biceps) did not practice Friday. Rookie Connor Shaw is set to start for them at Baltimore.
Do they give Terrance West any snaps to evaluate him? He played 0 snaps last week.
Does Josh Gordon do anything to leave us something to remember for 2015?
Final game of Jordan Cameron’s rookie contract, UFA in March.

Torrey Smith says he fears he won’t be back in Baltimore in 2015 as FA
Can Justin Forsett get back on track or has he hit a wall (which he has).

Jacksonville (3-12) at Houston (8-7)

Just the final look at rookies Blake Bortles, Marqise Lee, and Allen Hurns. Cecil Shorts is a UFA and likely gone.
Does Toby Gerhart play? He’s been limited with rib issue, so if he’s out Jordan Todman will play more but Storm Johnson is the guy to watch.

DeAndre Hopkins’ wrist is still an issue, so can he play hurt again this week?
Do the Texans keep getting their TEs involved?   (shoulder) was listed as limited Thursday but he’s the guy to look at here for the future.

San Diego (9-6) at Kansas City (8-7)

Ryan Mathews is likely out, and he’s a free agent [...]

Week 16 storylines

Here are the top stories that I will be following in Week 16 for fantasy.

Philadelphia (9-5) at Washington (3-11)

Robert Griffin III did play better last week, but does it mean anything? It’s hard to trust him even against a beatable secondary and a defense that lost a top pass rusher in Trent Cole.
If you’re playing in Week 17, can you trust DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, and maybe Pierre Garcon with RGIII likely starting again next week?

Can Mark Sanchez bounce back against a defense that sets up well for him to have success? The Redskins have a poor pass rush and are very vulnerable on the back end. Nick Foles threw for 300+ with 3 TD passes against them earlier this year and they’re worse now.
Can we trust Jordan Matthews in Week 17 after he received only 1 target in Week 15? He should do well, so we probably can.
Is it best to completely forget about the Eagle TEs?  Probably so, since they continue to split up the production almost in half.

San Diego (8-6) at San Francisco (7-7)

Is it time to move on from the Charger offense with Philip Rivers dealing with a “significant” back injury and Ryan Mathews likely out [...]

Week 15 storylines

Here are the top stories I’ll be following in Week 15 with some insight on some of them.

Pittsburgh (8-5) at Atlanta (5-8)

Will Julio Jones play? It’s obviously a huge key for Matt Ryan’s ability to hang with the Steelers in a high-scoring game. Without Jones, they have no explosiveness in the passing game and Ryan will have to dink-and-dunk to Roddy White and Harry Douglas. That’s good news for White and Douglas, but bad news for Ryan.

Can Martavis Bryant keep it up and produce in a good matchup? Bryant is a week-to-week proposition, but the Falcon secondary can be vulnerable to big plays and he’ll get a good matchup with top corner Trufant on Antonio Brown all day.

Jacksonville (2-11) at Baltimore (8-5)

Can Blake Bortles survive behind his bad OL? The Ravens are vulnerable in the secondary, but to beat them you have to test them down the field, something that might be impossible for Bortles behind his bad OL. The Raven defensive front is still excellent and their pass rush has been back lately.
How do the Jags handle their backfield this week with Denard Robinson out for the season? Toby Gerhart will be the guy, but even without DT Haloti [...]

Week 14 storylines

Here are all the storylines that I will be following in Week 14 along with some commentary and information on the matchups.

Pittsburgh (7-5) at Cincinnati (8-3-1)

Can Ben Roethlisberger play better against a solid secondary that has limited him to only 16.0 points a game against them in his last four games?
Is Heath Miller someone we can actually trust in the playoffs?

The Bengals has lacked an identity all year on offense and Andy Dalton is playing scared, so do they commit more to running Jeremy Hill, who needs volume, or do they continue to split the work (rushing and also receiving) with and Gio Bernard almost right down the middle?
Is Mohamed Sanu a must-bench now? He’s been a poor producer in three of his last four games. This is a good matchup, though, and he could easily come through and re-emerge as a viable play.

Indianapolis (8-4) at Cleveland (7-5)

Do the Colts give more opportunities to Trent Richardson? He has not been impactful at all the last two weeks and Dan Herron has been, but Herron has fumbled the last two weeks, and they have said that Trent is still their “starter” and will get chances.
Is Reggie Wayne someone to bail on [...]

30 slam-dunk fantasy starters for the playoffs

Here is a list of 30 no-brainer starters for the fantasy playoffs. I would imagine that 95% of fantasy players (or more) should start these players the next 2-3 weeks (if healthy) no matter what. I did leave several high-end options off the list (like the Bear WRs) due to some recent issues and lack of production.

Note: These are listed by position, and in no particular order per position.

1 Andrew Luck
2 Aaron Rodgers
3 Tom Brady
4 Peyton Manning
5 Drew Brees
6 Le’Veon Bell
7 Jamaal Charles
8 Eddie Lacy
9 Arian Foster
10 Matt Forte
11 Justin Forsett
12 DeMarco Murray
13 LeSean McCoy
14 Marshawn Lynch
15 Demaryius Thomas
16 Antonio Brown
17 Dez Bryant
18 A.J. Green
19 Odell Beckham
20 Josh Gordon
21 Emmanuel Sanders
22 Randall Cobb
23 T.Y. Hilton
24 Julio Jones
25 Jordy Nelson
26 Calvin Johnson
27 Rob Gronkowski
28 Jimmy Graham
29 Greg Olsen
30 Julius Thomas

Let me add 5 more

31. Golden Tate
32. Coby Fleener (TE mandatory leagues)
33. Keenan Allen
34. Kelvin Benjamin
35. Alshon Jeffery

 

 

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