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The Advance Scout: Fantasy Football Super Bowl Edition – Start Gates and Gurley

Scott Engel Managing Director December 20, 2016 12:10PM EDT

Here’s an early look at your Fantasy Football Super Bowl matchups from pure strategic and scouting perspectives. You undoubtedly started thinking about your championship game lineup as soon as Monday night, so here are some angles to consider as the big game approaches.

-As good as Matt Moore played against the Jets, Jay Ajayi remains the crux of the Dolphins’ offense as they attempt to hold onto the final AFC playoff spot. The Bills are certainly vulnerable to the running game, and Ajayi could have his best game in many weeks when it counts for you most. Look for Ajayi to approach 100 yards with at least one TD at Buffalo.

History will be made with Antonio Gates, in the record books and your league's Super Bowl. Photo Credit: Scott Winters

History will be made with Antonio Gates, in the record books and your league’s Super Bowl. Photo Credit: Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire

-The Jets are playing very uninspired football, and will likely get trampled at New England. You can roll out a lot of Partiots with extra confidence this week. Dion Lewis is a viable flex play in PPR leagues and Malcolm Mitchell should get back into the end zone. You can even consider Chris Hogan in deeper leagues.

-Antonio Gates is two touchdowns short of tying Tony Gonzalez’s career record for tight end scores. The Browns have consistently been the league’s worst team against the tight end this season. Gates is a very nifty start this week. The Chargers have nothing else to play for other than a Gates career highlight.

-The Redskins laid a major egg at home vs. the Panthers, and will need their offense to keep their playoff hopes alive at Chicago. Expect at least two TD passes from Kirk Cousins, and start DeSean Jackson as your WR3. Jamison Crowder has cooled off recently but you should have faith that he gets back into the end zone this week. The Bears will also generate a good passing game, so lock Alshon Jeffery in and you can start Cameron Meredith in deeper leagues.

-The Panthers looked rejuvenated on Monday night and won’t lay down at home vs. Atlanta this week. Jonathan Stewart will have another strong outing and there is a very good chance he will score. It’s hard to not get Ted Ginn Jr. in as a WR3 against a vulnerable Falcons defense. Greg Olsen has played better in the last two games and should at least serve you adequately. He only has three TD catches this year, so a scoring reception in your Fantasy Super Bowl would be a very welcome bonus.

-The Colts are very shaky against the run, so Latavius Murray should ultimately help carry you to a Super Bowl title this week. The big Fantasy question mark from the Raiders is Amari Cooper, who cannot be benched in a championship game because of his upside. Murray and Michael Crabtree are going to draw a lot of defensive attention this week, so expect at least an adequate outing from Cooper. Derek Carr needs to start getting him the ball soon to rekindle his confidence heading into the AFC playoffs.

-The Cardinals have been eliminated from playoff contention, but should still give the Seahawks a fight at Seattle. This could be another frustrating week for owners of Thomas Rawls against a defense that has been sturdy against the run this season. Arizona also has a good enough secondary to limit the upside of Tyler Lockett and Jimmy Graham. The Seahawks will tough out a win, but the Fantasy totals from any of their skill position players may turn out to be disappointing.

-Don’t hesitate to use major bust Todd Gurley this week, who may have his best game of the season in Week 16. Despite his continued run of mediocre performances, he has a great matchup against the historically awful 49ers defense this week. San Francisco has become notorious for their terrible tackling, and Gurley is purely talented enough to take advantage of a very friendly situation. You should strongly consider him as a flex option in your Fantasy Super Bowl.

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