The Red Rifle is on fire. After a great game last week against the Eagles, where Dalton scored 22 fantasy points, the Bengals go to Cleveland, giving fantasy owners a dream matchup as their playoff dreams are on the line. Cleveland allows the second most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Playing Dalton this week is very safe and conservative, but it will pay dividends. Expect 20+ fantasy points, with a much higher ceiling.
Philip Rivers has been up and down this season from a fantasy perspective, harming his fantasy production with stalled drives, and confusing interceptions. This week against the Panthers, I sense a shootout coming on. If you own Tyrell Williams or Dontrelle Inman, put them in your lineup. I expect Rivers to throw 3 passing touchdowns, and put up 20+ points. The Carolina Panthers need Josh Norman to come back, as they are on pace to allow 28 passing touchdowns, plus they allow 294 passing yards per game.
Matt Forte MUST be in your lineups this week. I know you don’t have too much patience for an inconsistent player like Forte in your lineup while you’re fighting for a playoff spot, but make an exception this time around. Forte is facing off against the 49ers, who allow the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Expect Forte to be an elite RB1 this week, and maybe even put up 20+ fantasy points.
Jeremy Hill struggled last week to make an impact against the Eagles, and a touchdown run really save this fantasy day. This week against the lowly Cleveland Browns, I fully expect Hill to make an impacts and score some touchdowns on the side. Jeremy Hill’s upside with Giovani Bernard out with a torn ACL is tremendous, putting into consideration he’s the only running back on this Bengals team. Jeremy Hill should score 15+ fantasy points.
DT has struggled to make plays in recent weeks, despite getting many targets. The Broncos offense has been quite sluggish at times, especially last week against the Jaguars. This week, the Broncos are hosted by the Tennessee Titans, who allow the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and are on pace to allow 19 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the course of the regular season. I expect DT and Emmanuel Sanders to catch a touchdown, and both must be in your lineups.
Jamison Crowder is becoming a fantasy superstar for the Redskins. He is a touchdown machine, racks up yards, and apparently has awesome dance moves. This week he and the Skins go to Philly, where the Eagles are struggling badly. The entire team is in turmoil! The Eagles allow the 5th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and are projected to allow 16 receiving touchdowns to wide receivers. Expect Crowder to find the end-zone, and rack up 80+ receiving yards.
Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams
Especially Nelson and Cobb. Aaron Rodgers is going to look to light up the field on deep throws, and without Earl Thomas, I believe that Nelson and Cobb will get deep and catch some big ones. I fully expect Nelson, Cobb, and Davante to catch a touchdown each. For the Packers, this is the most crucial game of the season Trust me, Aaron Rodgers is going to torch this defense in a snowy Lanbeau Field.
Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman
Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman both enjoyed great fantasy performances last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and this week the Chargers go to Carolina, in what should be a shootout. The Panthers allow the 6th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Panthers are on pace to allow 16 receiving touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. Philip Rivers is going to torch them up, and throw tochdowns to Williams and Inman.
By the way, Philip Rivers will throw a touchdown to Antonio Gates, too.
Marcus Mariota has been a savior for quarterback-needy fantasy squads this season. He consistently puts up solid numbers, but don’t expect a good number this week against the Broncos. The Broncos defense has been unbleiebale, led by Von Miller, Aquib Talib, Chris Harris Jr, and Bradley Roby. Don’t mess with the Broncos defense.
Bortles was on the Sit’Em column last week, and only scored 12 fantasy points against the Broncos. He threw another pick-6, and was just terrible. This week, Bortles and the Jags host the Vikings, who have been very stingy against fantasy quarterbacks. The Jaguars are just impossible to trust this week as a unit, with Bortles struggling, as well as his best receiver, Allen Robinson. Bench both of these guys this week.
Terrence West surprised a lot of fantasy owners when he scored 2 touchdowns in the Ravens blowout win against the Fins. This week, the Ravens play against the Patriots in that should be a low-scoring affair. The Patriots are extremely stingy against opposing running backs, and are on pace to only allow 1200 rushing yards by opposing running backs, and only 4 touchdowns!
Blount and the Patriots host the Ravens on Monday Night football in like a said before, will be a low scoring game. The Ravens allow the least fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Ravens are on pace to allow 4 rushing touchdowns and only 1052 rushing yards. Blount is going to be nearly impossible to trust this time around.
I don’t expect Mariota to play well against this Broncos defense, and I expect dismal numbers for Matthews as well. Matthews will be blanketed by Aquib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. throughout the game. I expect a quiet game for the Tennessee offense.
When the Skins go to Philly on Sunday, they’re facing a team that doers not allow tight ends to score touchdowns. They on pace to only allow 4 receiving touchdowns to opposing tight ends this regular season. I don’t expect Reed to find the end-zone in this matchup.