By Paul Maughan (@Morny7)
Titans @ Raiders
QB Ryan Tannehill
Freed from the shackles of the worst play-caller in the whole of the NFL (hi Coach Gase), Ryan Tannehill is a new man. A fantasy point scoring machine, he’s averaging 21 points a game replacing Marcus Mariota, and this run of form won’t end this week. The Raiders have a record which masks just how poor they’ve been (their points differential tells an interesting tale), and they’re giving up the 6th most points to QBs in all of fantasy this year. This is a great spot for the Titans to keep their winning run going, and more importantly, Ryan Tannehill to anchor your playoff team.
WR Tyrell Williams
At the start of the season, Williams seemed a fantastic value play. A 100 yard game in week one, and touchdowns in the first four weeks, meant he was one of the most coveted mid-tier options in both normal fantasy and DFS. Unfortunately since then he’s completely fell off a cliff; one touchdown and an average of 9 points a game over his last 6 matches is terrible. The Raiders (and Derek Carr) seem to have been found out somewhat, and the last thing you want is to be relying on Tyrell Williams to keep you alive in the post-season.
Chiefs @ Patriots
RB Sony Michel
Yes, he is comfortably the most frustrating play in the whole of fantasy, but if there is any week he will excel, this is it. Everybody knows the Chiefs have a terrible run defence, 30th in the league, and the Patriots will be doing everything to keep Mahomes off the field. This will include running the ball down the Chief’s throats, and whilst the Patriots have an infuriating habit of confounding expectations at RB (Rex Burkhead is the nemesis of fantasy), Michel should get the bulk of the carries, and will collect your points for just through sheer volume of touches. He gets a touchdown or two and you’ve got a sheer game-breaker.
QB Tom Brady
It’s obviously a big risk advising to sit the GOAT, but Brady has not been himself over recent weeks (as you may have seen mentioned, repeatedly, on Twitter!). He doesn’t trust any receiver not called Julian, and he’s finally showing his age. This is not to doubt his skills – he’s still better than most other QBs in real life, as opposed to Fantasy – but rather to point out that, with the Patriots run-heavy offence, start someone else at QB.
Seahawks @ Rams
WR DK Metcalf
I was tempted by Rashad Penny, who is (very) slowly starting to wrestle the backfield away from Chris Carson, but I’m a sucker for Metcalf and he’s in a great spot here against a Ram’s team with a soft underbelly. Metcalf has topped 11 points in 4 of his last 5 starts, and has generally had a very good first season. Tyler Lockett has struggled badly lately, and Metcalf can take this opportunity have himself a real signature game in prime time, and make himself a bona-fide star.
WR Josh Gordon
Where Metcalf has a chance to really prosper, Gordon just seems to have stagnated in Seattle. When the Seahawks claimed him, it seemed the ideal spot for Gordon to get back to his very best form. Instead, he’s averaging less than 3 points a game in one of the most thrilling offenses in the league, and is basically a non-factor. He’ll always have the the natural ability to have a stunner of a week……but you shouldn’t be taking them kind of punts in a Playoff week. Go with somebody safer.
Giants @ Eagles
QB Carson Wentz
It’s been a very up and down year for Wentz, and there have been the first signs of impatience amongst Eagles fans. That said, he had his best showing of the season last week with 24 points against the Dolphins and he’s up against an even poorer defence this week. The Giants have been giving up touchdowns and yards for fun, and seem to have gone full-tank for the rest of the season. It’s a real opportunity for Wentz to fill his boots, and a great spot for you to have a Monday Night saviour.
TE Dallas Goedert
For all that Wentz should fly on Monday, Goedert shouldn’t feature heavily. The Giants, surprisingly, match up really well against TE’s lately; they’re the third best team against the position in fantasy over the last four weeks. Ertz will get whatever TE receptions are there, and Goedert will be left to live on scraps. In light of this, don’t be tempted to stream him and hope for a sneaky big week. You will likely be disappointed.