Itís significant that I have to tell you to start Rodgers
given his future Hall of Fame status, but he hasnít been
start-worthy for most of the season. ďA RodĒ hasnít
cracked the 20-point mark since Week 10, but was solid in the
first meeting against the Lions in Week 9 (22.6 fantasy points).
Detroit continues to rank at the bottom of QB fantasy points allowed
yielding 26.4 for the season.
Ignore Lawrenceís horrible production in Week 17 (8.0 points)
and concentrate on the 31.2 FPts/G he averaged over the three
previous games. Blowing out Houston last weekend, they didnít
need his arm. He faces a Titansí pass defense which could
end up yielding over 5,000 passing yards this season if Lawrence
throws for 282 yards. Tennessee has also yielded 28 touchdown
passes, second only to Kansas City (32) for league worst.
The Panthers rank 24th in QB fantasy points allowed (21.6), but
since Week 13 have been the worst team in the league allowing
an average of 28.6 fantasy points while facing Mitchell Trubisky,
Geno Smith, Jared Goff and Tom Brady. Dalton hasnít done much
over the last month, but is worth a flyer here.
Pickett has been clutch over the past two games leading his team
to last-minute victories over Las Vegas and Baltimore, but his
fantasy value has been subpar averaging 14.9 points. Heís
only cracked the 20-point mark once this season. Meanwhile, teams
run all over Cleveland (26.5 RB fantasy point average) which has
led to the Browns being the No.2 team against opposing fantasy
quarterbacks allowing just 17.1 points.
This will be an emotional Buffalo Billsí defense when they
take the field on Sunday. The Bills already rank No.4 against
opposing QBs allowing just 17.9 fantasy points and held Jones
to 14.5 fantasy points in Week 13 in New England.
The Giants have nothing to play for in Week 18 as they are locked
into the No.6 seed, so Jones might not play at all. The only reason
for them to play hard here is revenge for getting blown out 48-22
in Week 14 and a chance to deal the Eagles a death blow to their
hopes for a No.1 seed and a bye. Despite recent difficulties playing
a zone defense, the Eagles still rank No.6 against opposing quarterbacks
allowing just 18.4 points.