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



Week 13 storylines

Here are 80 storylines I will be following in Week 13 along with some inside and info on the matchups.

San Diego (7-4) at Baltimore (7-4)

Does Keenan Allen stay hot? Allen is a top-20 WR the last four weeks in PPR with 27/287/2.
Can Philip Rivers and the passing game take advantage of what is a very favorable matchup? The Ravens are giving up the most points per game to QBs the last five weeks.
Does Ryan Mathews make it out of the game healthy against one of the nastiest run defenses in the league right now?
Does Branden Oliver continue to see a healthy number of snaps behind Ryan Mathews? Oliver played 27% of the snaps last week.

Is Owen Daniels unplayable? He has just 4/27 total his last two games.
Does Justin Forsett stay hot against a Charger run defense that has been much better lately and has held opposing RBs to fewer than 100 yards their last three games?
Is Bernard Pierce still the #2 behind Forsett and does he cement that role if he is?
Can Steve Smith back up a productive game with another one? He was quiet before scoring and coming through in Week 12.

Cleveland (7-4) at Buffalo (6-5)

Last week Isaiah Crowell […]

Week 12 storylines

Here are the top storylines I’ll be following in Week 11.

Kansas City (7-3) at Oakland (0-10)

Do the Raiders give more opportunities to Latavius Murray? His snaps and touches are on the rise and that’s expected to continue.
Does Mychal Rivera continue to step up and produce for fantasy owners? If so, he’ll likely settle in as a weekly starter if he hasn’t already.

Cleveland (6-4) at Atlanta (4-6)

Do the Browns continue to start and feature Isaiah Crowell or is this a complete week-to-week deal in terms of who starts and gets the best opportunity to run the ball.
Which RB do they use more in passing situations between Crowell and Terrance West? Previously, that was Ben Tate.
Obviously, what kind of impact does Josh Gordon have? He hasn’t played in a real regular season game since December, but on the other hand he should be fresh and healthy.
Who does the WR corps shape up with Gordon now in the mix? Andrew Hawkins will remain an integral part of the offense, so it’s really about the other guys like Taylor Gabriel, who has come on.

Do the Falcons give more opportunities now to Devonta Freeman with Antone Smith done for the season?

N.Y. Jets (2-8) at Buffalo […]

Week 10 story lines

Here are the top stories that I will be following in Week 10.

Tennessee (2-6) at Baltimore (5-4)

How does the RB situation behind Justin Forsett shake out? There’s some value in the #2 spot, but it’s a revolving door with Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro.
Does Owen Daniels continue to be a large factor? He should because he’s a huge part of this passing game.
Does Joe Flacco, who tends to play better at home, take advantage of a strong matchup with WRs Torrey and Steve Smith?

Can the Titan pass protect for Zach Mettenberger? If they can there are holes in the Raven secondary and they have the weapons to take advantage.
How do they divvy up the carries in the backfield? Not that it’s incredibly important for fantasy, but there’s talk of running Shonn Greene more this week in base personnel because Bishop Sankey isn’t cutting it.

Kansas City (5-3) at Buffalo (5-3)

Does Donnie Avery back make any difference? They may take a couple of shots deeper down the field to him, but the answer’s probably no.
Do they look to get Travis Kelce and Jamaal Charles more involved in the passing game against a shakier LB group in coverage?

Is Sammy Watkins playing and at […]

Week 9 story lines

Here are the top stories I will be following in Week Nine of the NFL.

Jacksonville (1-7) at Cincinnati (4-2)

Can Denard Robinson continue to produce behind a bad OL? He’s been basically getting to the perimeter and popping off some longer runs, but he’s also run pretty well inside. He moves very well.
Can Allen Robinson continue to produce? He just missed a second TD last week.
Does Blake Bortles play better and protect the ball? He’s struggling right now.

Does AJ Green play and is he limited at all by the injury?
Does Gio Bernard play and if not how does Jeremy Hill react with finally some volume.
How does Mohamed Sanu produce with Green on the field? Green there will result in less attention, but Sanu’s production has also been a function of volume and Andy Dalton likes to feed Green the ball.

Tampa Bay (1-6) at Cleveland (4-3)

Do the Bucs give up on Doug Martin (who may not play anyway) and feed Bobby Rainey the ball? Charles Sims could be a major factor in this backfield but he might need another week of practice before he’s ready.
Does Mike Evans continue to heat up and grab hold of a larger role in this passing game? […]

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