With final act of the NFL season upon there’s a lot to think about, so I like to put your busy mind at ease by giving you a top 5 list for each position that measures total fantasy production in standard PPR formats. It doesn’t matter how they got there, it only matters that they are there, so let me not take any more of your time.
#1. Aaron Rodgers – he has the most FPPG on FanDuel and plays at home against a MIN team that can’t move the ball on offense and just got torched at home by the Colts. The price is high, but worth it.
#2. Philip Rivers – Rivers gets the worst pass defense in the NFL… I don’t care if it’s a road game in bad weather, he will fill up the stat sheet in this one especially considering the Chargers don’t want to be the first team to lose to the Browns.
#3. Drew Brees – I’ll take him at home, even though the Bucs shut him down earlier in the season. Brees looks even better now than a month ago and has a full beverage cart of receiving options.
#4. Andrew Luck – he’s almost guaranteed to never lay an egg, which makes him a smart choice at Oakland. His football acumen is off the charts and the Colts still have an outside shot at a Wild Card, so expect a big game here.
#5. Tom Brady – He’s the season MVP – and continues to win in big spots. The Pats are favored by 16.5 at home, so I gotta think he’s down for a few big throws.
QUINT EXTRA – Matt Ryan
It’s still Matt Ryan – the QB that runs the most efficient, highest scoring offense in the NFL. Carolina plays him tough, which is my only reservation in this one, but otherwise he should post a number.
#1. LeSean McCoy – Shady went crazy last week and has another decent matchup at home. The Dolphins are a little tricky to run on, but dude will be active in the passing game as well. The Dolphins have something to play for and Buffalo would love to put an end to their season, so this is a sneaky good game.
#2. DeMarco Murray – he’s a top rated back with a cake matchup and has already gone off against Jacksonville once this season. Don’t sleep on Murray who has quietly put together one of the best campaigns by an RB this season.
#3. Todd Gurley – he’s playing the worst rushing defense in the league, and is long over due. He’s a definite GPP play, and I’m back and forth on whether he’s a cash game play. Gurley should see 25 touches in this one, and have his best game of the year.
#4. Devonta Freeman – is officially on a roll, and after taking advantage of the 49ers, he has the Panthers up next. He’ll get the rock a bunch and should be a beast in the passing game as well. Another 150 combined yards with at least one touch down should be expected.
#5. David Johnson – He’s reached 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this season and should be in the MVP talks. If only the Cards were better. Tough matchup, but he still hit value last time he was up against the Seahawks.
QUINT EXTRA – Ty Montgomery
If James Starks plays I’m fading Montgomery against the Vikings, if Starks is out Montgomery is a must play in all formats.
#1. Jordy Nelson – he and Rodgers have been on fire – he’ll be your top WR dog this week.
#2. Mike Evans – love the upside volume grab in a potential shootout – Evans has been a huge let down in big spots, but he’s a still a top 5 WR.
#3. Antonio Brown – look for the Ravens commit to shutting down Bell, which should open things up for Brown. All he needs is a little cushion, and I expect him to get a lot against the Ravens.
#4. Odell Beckham – he has a huge advantage with a Thursday night game, so he’ll be hard to ignore. His volume will be huge and I don’t trust the Philly secondary.
#5. Brandin Cooks – he looked sharp in the slot and really piles up the YAC production. I doubt he’ll replicate last week’s line, but he should get 8-10 targets and be able to do a lot with them.
QUINT EXTRA – DeAndre Hopkins
17 targets from Pittsburgh native Tom Savage who is a backup QB should be all you need to know. He’ll get a ton of targets at home and Adam Jones with the Bengals can’t handle him.
#1, Cameron Brate – I think he’ll be the top TE this week. The matchup is right and he gets a lot of red zone love.
#2. Greg Olsen – he’ll lead all TEs in targets, but the red zone deficiencies are trouble some as he hasn’t scored a TD in 8 games.
#3. Jimmy Graham – they need to Graham going, and a home matchup against the Cardinals should do the trick.
#4. Tyler Eifert – if A.J Green remains on the shelf it should be go-time for Eifert.
$5. Travis Kelce – despite a tough matchup, the Denver LBs struggle in coverage. I like a lot targets in this one, and fingers crossed that he converts some of them into big plays.
QUINT EXTRA – Kyle Rudolph
Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer may be the Vikings only hope in this one. He’s an active part of this offense and is as reliable as anyone in this offense. It’s slim pickings this week at the TE position. Good Luck gamers.