by Dave Moore (@davieremixed)
For some of you, your playoffs have already started or start this week. For others, it’s do or die, now or never. Let’s get into who you should target for that final push…
Quarterback – Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers
At face value this could be a bit of a stretch against a New Orleans team that has been a real strong point for the Saints this season and arguably carried them through the Brees-less stretch earlier in the season.
However, a lot of their success has come from stopping from the run and they are liable to give up chunk plays (see DJ Moore’s TD two weeks ago). They hover around mid-table for passing yards given up per game as well as passing TDs against per game so if someone binned Jimmy G off due to the tricky 49ers schedule, this may be a wildcard grab for you to consider.
Running Back – Rashaad Penny – Seattle Seahawks
This is an absolute must after he and Chris Carson ran all over the Vikings on Monday Night/Tuesday Morning Football.
Penny got over 100 scrimmage yards off 20 touches with two scores to boot, that’s two big games in a row after the bye week and a matchup against the Rams seems to be favourable after their struggles against a similar team in the Ravens recently.
After the Rams this week the Seahawks face a favourable trip to the Panthers and a home game against the Cardinals so this is a player you can bank on for the duration of your season.
Wide Receiver – James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers
This is partly predicated on JuJu not playing. However, if the WR1 does take the field against the Cardinals I assume Patrick Peterson will cover him for the majority of the game leaving Washington carry on his good form from the last couple of weeks.
It’s evident that Duck Hodges is the better QB for Pittsburgh’s offense and playoff aspirations. The Cards are #32 against the pass and with Washington going off for 111 yards and a touchdown off four receptions against a not-terrible Browns I expect a similar line against a team whose season is emphatically over.
Tight End – Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins
I did not expect to be putting a Dolphins player in here at any stage this season but hats off to FitzMagic, he’s doing wonderful things in Florida alongside his renegade kicking team.
Gesicki has caught a TD in each of the last two weeks and the Jets are something of a confusing mess. They can turn the Cowboys over, blow the Raiders out and then get blown out by the *checks notes* THE WINLESS BENGALS?!
Additionally, Gesicki has had at least six targets in each of the last five games and caught six of six against the Jets back in week 9 for a total of 95 yards.