For 1 last time in this NFL regular season I have poured my Sunday morning coffee, I’ve booted up the draftkings app and its time to put some thoughts to paper. If you have continued following along this column thank you for your support, its been tough sledding since the half way point of the season but hopefully we can finish with a bang.
QB – Ryan Tannehill $7,000 – In a game that on paper screams “shoot out” I’ll happily take my QB from this match up. Tannehill always operates from a high floor and should have several opportunities to exploit a sub standard Texans secondary. Yes Derrick Henry will undoubtedly get his share of the touches but as Tannehill has consistently proven, he is capable of a nice fantasy day in parallel, even finding a nice knack of adding some rushing scores of his own in recent weeks.
RB – Jonathan Taylor $7,400 – For some inexplicable reason the Colts went away from the red hot Taylor in the 2nd half of last weeks game against the Steelers. A 2 touchdown 1st half performance more than saved the day from a fantasy perspective but it should be clear to Frank Reich that Taylor is the hot hand right now. A game against the lowly Jags is an ideal opportunity for Taylor to put up game winning type numbers for a Colts team who simply have to win this game.
RB – JK Dobbins Jr $6,700 – Dobbins is the hot hand in the crowded Ravens backfield currently. That murkiness however may well clear for this game as both Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram are questionable to play. That should lead to an increased workload for the rookie who has slowly began to take a stranglehold on the position. The Bengals run defence ranks 25th in the league, and with the Ravens needing a win to guarantee a playoff berth look for more heavy run action.
WR – Justin Jefferson $7,600 – The electric Vikings rookie has 1 week left to stake his claim for offensive rookie of the year consideration. He hasn’t found the end zone in 3 weeks but has been targeted 29 times over that stretch so there are no concerns that he isn’t the same threat that he has been all season long. The Lions have shipped 46 and 47 points respectively in the past fortnight so there should be plenty of passing touchdowns to be had in this one for the Vikings.
WR – CeeDee Lamb $4,500 – I’ve ridden Lamb at lot this season and do so again in the finale. Dare I say it, the Cowboys are the hot team in the NFC East just when it matters. Offensively you have to assume that it will be the passing game to do the damage against a Giants defensive front that has been reasonably good against the run. The trifecta of Cooper, Gallup and Lamb have consistently produced regardless of whom has played quarterback and 1 more big day could remarkably punch a playoff ticket at 6-10.
WR – Jarvis Landry $6,500 – Being a close contact for a COVID positive ended the run of never missing a career game for Landry. He voiced his displeasure on social media but is now back to try and get the Browns into the playoffs. With Pittsburgh resting several of their key defensive players and the news that top cornerback Joe Haden will miss the game due to a positive COVID test of his own, look for Landry to get plenty of opportunities to become the hero in Cleveland this weekend.
TE – Donald Parham Jr $2,900 – Its flyer time! The Chargers will be without both Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry for their finale with the Chiefs. The potential main beneficiary is my old XFL favourite Donald Parham Jr. He played 81% of the offensive snaps last weekend and is an obvious red zone target for Justin Herbert. Add in the fact that a number of Chiefs will either by resting or playing reduced roles and it could lead to a nice haul of points at a bargain basement price.
FLEX – Time Patrick $4,000 – Patrick has become the go to receiver in a Denver offence that has blown hot and cold all year long. A game against the free falling Las Vegas Raiders to close out the season is an ideal opportunity for a hot day. The Raiders were in form 7 weeks ago the first time these 2 met but still surrendered 4 catches for 61 yards to Patrick. At the low price he is on offer a repeat would be acceptable but a touchdown grab wouldn’t go amiss.
DEF – Cleveland Browns $2,500 – Outside of the final 20 minutes against the Colts, the Steelers offence simply hasn’t fired in weeks. With the controls now handed over to Mason Rudolph its hard to envisage a scenario where it all of a sudden becomes a juggernaut. The Myles Garret angle adds some intrigue here also and as mentioned above with Jarvis Landry, its win and in for the Browns so all of the motivation this unit coud possibly need is right there in front of them.
Don’t forget to watch the full10yards live stream podcast on Monday night when I along with the regular gang will discuss all things week 17 in the NFL.