By Adil Khan Deshmukh (@dillytoon)
The Fantasy playoffs are fast approaching and you need a win to get in there. Here are some players to start and sit to help guide you to that all important W…
Quarterback – Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns vs Miami Dolphins
Baker has been difficult to trust this year with his inconsistent play, even suffering the ignominy of a negative scoring week versus the 49ers. This week, that is most definitely the opposite as he faces one of the league’s whipping boys in the Dolphins.
In the past three weeks, Mayfield has scored over 17 points in standard QB scoring and that will most definitely continue this week. Whilst his yardage has hovered around the 230 mark throughout that stretch, there has been a reasonable TD haul (5 passing, 1 rushing).
Baker is a sure-fire start this week and he’s also available in a lot of leagues too!
Running Back – Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Before this season started, you wouldn’t have even considered benching Mixon. He was a player that was being taken in the second and third rounds of many fantasy drafts. Considering the draft capital that many spent on him, he’s been nothing short of a disappointment.
However, with all that doom-and-gloom now seemingly behind Mixon, he has managed to score very well over the last three weeks. In the last three games he has scored over 17 points in full-PPR, and with Finley under centre, the Bengals are committed to running the ball a lot.
This was highlighted in the loss to the Ravens, with Mixon carrying the ball 30 times.
Wide Receiver – Jamison Crowder – New York Jets vs Oakland Raiders
Two weeks ago in week 10, Crowder was marked as a top waiver-wire target and if you picked him up you would have benefited greatly.
For the past three weeks, Crowder has found the endzone and is being targeted at just under 8 targets per game. Jamison will get you that little bit closer to the fantasy playoffs this week with a home bout versus the Raiders.
The Raiders pass rush leaves a lot to be desired, this will allow Darnold to look for his favourite target in the slot. You could well see another performance around the 20 point mark (which he’s been around for the past 3 weeks).
He’s becoming a must-start, particularly with Darnold under centre.
Tight End – Jacob Hollister – Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
To say there aren’t a plethora of options at the Tight End position would be an understatement. Add into that melting pot the teams who have TE superstar Travis Kelce and the serviceable Hunter Henry on bye week, you could well be looking for your streaming option.
This week, that guy will be Jacob Hollister. Hollister has become a serious receiving option for the Seahawks over the past two weeks, accumulating on average 20 points in full-PPR in that time period. The 49ers was supposed to be a relatively tough matchup for him and he busted out an 8 reception for 62 yards and a TD performance.
We saw earlier on in the season Wilson’s usage of Will Dissly and now it’s Hollister time to shine.
Quarterback – Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots
This season Dak has been catapulted into the fantasy stratosphere with consistent performances week on week, failing to hit 20 points in only two weeks.
However, Dak is about to hit an extremely difficult stretch with a trip to Gillette Stadium this week followed by a home bout versus the Bills and then a trip to Soldier Field. The Patriots are the most difficult team to face for a quarterback. To date they concede on average just 8 points to the QB position.
This week may be a fallow one (just like vs the Saints), so leave Dak on your bench.
Running Back – Brian Hill – Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The fantasy hype train that was Brian Hill came crashing down last week as he put up putrid numbers in fantasy.
The thought that he would be a plug and play starter following Devonta Freeman’s injury was a misgiven thought. It’s clear he doesn’t have the pass game capabilities that allowed Freeman to flourish more recently. His opposition this weekend whilst porous against the pass, are extremely stingy against the run.
Leave out Hill from your lineups this week as he’s likely to stink the bed again.
Wide Receiver – Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers
As long as Finley is under centre, Tyler Boyd will not be a viable fantasy starter.
In the two games with Finley as QB, Boyd has averaged just over 7 points per game in PPR format. This combined with the Bengals commitment to running the ball a lot, Boyd cannot be trusted.
Additionally, Boyd was held to just 6.3 points when he faced the Steelers last time around, and that was with the Red Rifle as QB.
Tight End – Noah Fant – Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills
It will be tempting to start Fant this week for many as he’s performed reasonably when compared to other Tight Ends over his past three games; highlighted by his 20 point week over the Browns.
However, this week is one to fade on expectations of him. Fant is facing the no.1 defense versus the TE position and the game is in Buffalo too.
Avoid him this week and look towards other options for your start.