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This is it! Unless you play in one of those terrible leagues that play into Week 17, it’s Championship time; or, like many of us, including myself, 7th place game time. Either way, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shoot for the optimal line up each and every week. Fortunately, injuries and suspensions have pushed some readily available names to the forefront as legitimate options in Championship Week. So who are they?
Bell has a chance to shift the tides in Fantasy
Kahlil Bell is the week’s hottest pick up, coming off a 108 total yard, one TD performance against the Seahawks, but he’s probably not available in your league. However, if you were fortunate enough to acquire his services, he really should be in your lineups, unless elite options on your roster. The most important stats for our purposes are the five catches he’s hauled in over the past two weeks. He’s clearly going to be on the field for third down plays, and with the Bears expected to be trailing from the get go against the Packers, Bell could be in line for a ton of receptions and yardage in the passing game.
Sammy Morris ran punishingly last week. Yes, punishingly is a real word. It surprised me too, but it makes sense because it is the perfect word to describe Morris’ running style. He initiates contact on every play and could get the opportunity to do it upwards of 25 times if Felix Jones’ hammy won’t let him suit up.
Torrey Smith owners rejoice. Anquan Boldin’s undergoing knee surgery and he’ll miss the final two weeks. Smith was likely already in your starting lineups, but this leaves the door open for a nice Ed Dickson or, as insane as it sounds, Lee Evans day. If you’re a Jake Ballard or Anthony Fasano owner and need a replacement Dickson could be your guy. And if your championship is a deep, deep league, don’t underestimate what Evans could do for you with this opportunity.
Rankings set to PPR scoring format.
1 point for every 10 yards Rushing/Receiving
1 point per reception
6 points per Touchdown
Points per reception (PPR) scoring must be treated differently than standard league scoring. Receivers and scat backs have inflated value in PPR, as do possession receivers. Percy Harvin, Wes Welker, Early Doucet and others in that mold are safer options. Catches tend to be more consistent. Obviously, touchdowns and yardage are still important, but to fill a FLEX position take any advantage you can. For standard scoring, running backs with hands of stone, like Cedric Benson, Rashard Mendenhall, Beanie Wells and Michael Turner all see their stock rise by switching to a scoring system that doesn’t count receptions.
- LeSean McCoy – The TD machine will keep on rolling.
- Arian Foster – Proved last week that no matter the score, he’ll get his touches.
- Ray Rice – Has never been stopped by the Browns.
- Roddy White – Is on a historic second half tear.
- Rob Gronkowski – Think about how good he is, then about how poorly Miami defends TEs.
- Reggie Bush – Be it through the air or on the ground, Bush will have room to run.
- Maurice Jones-Drew – Jags have this new plan – give the ball to MJD every play.
- Darren Sproles – The floor is so high he’s a must start.
- Michael Bush – Has gone for 120+ yards or a TD in seven of eight games started.
- Calvin Johnson – The Lions may have been on to something with those final two drives in Oakland.
- Wes Welker – Speaking of high floors, Dr. PPR’s 104 receptions is the best of the bunch.
- Adrian Peterson – Gun to my head, I would think he gets more than six touches.
- Brandon Marshall – He’s the lucky receiver to get the weekly Patriots bump.
- Jimmy Graham – Monday night, playoff spot on the line. Expect JIMMY to show up in a big way.
- Willis McGahee – Looks healthy, and should destroy former team.
- Dez Bryant – Dez only runs one route now and it always finishes in the end zone.
- Larry Fitzgerald – Again, he’ll be more productive with John Skelton under center.
- Ryan Mathews – Killed the Ravens last week, should have no problems with the Lions.
- Dwayne Bowe – Kyle Orton has the potential to get Bowe’s stats back where they should be.
- Chris Johnson – Terrible Week 15 actually produced 17 points in our format.
- Mike Wallace – Finally, a great match up and an opportunity to get back into the elite.
- Antonio Gates – Expect the ball to be flying his way every time the Chargers are at 3rd and goal.
- Steve Smith (CAR) – Hit or miss, but he’s in great shape to hit this week.
- LeGarrette Blount – Bucs don’t do anything well anymore, except pound the ball (every second week).
- Beanie Wells – TD hog shouldn’t have too many problems crossing the goal line on one of his 25 carries.
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