Congratulations on making it to your league’s semi-finals.
While there could be a couple of owners in panic mode if they
normally start injured Jalen Hurts (shoulder), Jonathan Taylor
(ankle) or Tyler Lockett (finger), there are always options. Find
them, play them and move on to the finals. Good luck.
“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary
that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible,
all things.” – Rene Descartes
1) Jalen Hurts didn’t throw a touchdown pass and tossed
two interceptions… and still led all fantasy quarterbacks
Fact. He did throw for 315 yards in a mediocre passing display,
but it was his legs which won him the day, rushing for 90 yards
and three scores. The strategy also landed him on the questionable
list for Week 16 with a sprained shoulder. Given that the Eagles
need just one win over their last three games to clinch home field
advantage throughout the playoffs, I wouldn’t expect him
to play against Dallas on Christmas Eve. Gardner Minshew a.k.a.
“The Moustache” could be a viable one-week replacement.
He should have tight end Dallas Goedert back from the injured
list to go along with A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith.
2) Trevor Lawrence has been better than Patrick Mahomes since
Also a fact. Lawrence has averaged 28.9 fantasy points over that
span compared to 28 FPts/G for Mahomes. Strangely, Lawrence’s
worst game was against the Lions, who rank last in fantasy points
allowed. The former No.1 overall pick has a tough playoff schedule
the next two games with the No.8 Jets and No.3 Texans.
3) For running backs, volume usually equals success.
4) Isiah Pacheco is the thunder, but Jerick McKinnon’s lightning
is the better play.
Pacheco has out-rushed McKinnon 42 attempts to 22 attempts over
the past three games, but McKinnon has caught 17 balls to Pacheco’s
six and outscored the rookie by 78.6 fantasy points to 39.2 points.
Andy Reid always saves his best plays for the passing game.
5) Josh Jacobs is fading just when we need him the most.
Unfortunately true. He peaked in Week 7, but since then his production
has only been above one point-per-touch in one of his last eight
games. He’ll face Pittsburgh this weekend and should you
make the fantasy finals has an ugly matchup with the top-ranked
49ers (yielding 16.9 FPts/G to opposing RBs).
“Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction,
after all, has to make sense.” – Mark Twain
1) Justin Herbert is a much better option down the stretch than
49ers’ rookie quarterback Brock Purdy.
False. In fact, over the past three weeks, Purdy and Herbert
are both averaging 20.2 FPts/G. But while Purdy will face Washington
(14th in QB fantasy points allowed) and Las Vegas (25th), the
Chargers’ quarterback has games against Indianapolis (19th)
and the Rams (ranked 10th).
2) We are seeing a future star in Zay Jones, who ranks as the
No.6 wideout over the past three games (16-202-4).
I would have to say no. He’s still the No.2 guy behind
Christian Kirk for the remainder of this season and the Jaguars
have Calvin Ridley (suspended) waiting in the wings for next year.
I have Jones as the third receiver on a team with an improving
offense in 2023, so he’s most likely a flex play next season.
3) Mike Evans has been an extreme disappointment this season.
Only so far as touchdown catches is concerned. He’s just
112 yards away from his ninth consecutive 1,000 yard season. He,
along with his struggling quarterback Tom Brady, just aren’t
getting into the end zone. Evans has three touchdown catches this
season after 27 scores in his first two with TB12 and Brady has
thrown just 20 touchdown passes all season after producing 83
in his first two years for the Bucs. It’s been a total team
offense disappointment, not an Evans issue.
4) If you don’t have Travis Kelce you are giving away a touchdown
worth in points at the position every week.
For the season, this statement is true (Kelce 19.5 FPts/G vs.
No.2 Dallas Goedert 12.8), but since Week 11, Evan Engram is right
up there with the Chiefs’ All-Pro tight end. Engram is averaging
17.2 FPts/G over his last four games and 22.5 FPts/G over his
last three contests. Did you know he’s only rostered in
72-percent of all leagues? Engram also has a favorable schedule
facing the 16th-ranked Jets and the 23rd-ranked Texans the next
two weeks. Check to see if he’s available in your league.
5) Dallas Cowboys management did the right thing trading Amari
Cooper and signing Michael Gallup to a long-term five-year deal.
Not from a productivity evaluation. Cooper has posted a 67-932-7
line in Cleveland for an average of 14.4 FPts/G, while Gallup
has produced a 31-339-3 line for 7.5 FPts/G. Even Noah Brown (40-533-3)
has produced better than Gallup. Cooper is getting $20m for five
years and Gallup $11.5m over the same timeframe. Meanwhile, the
Cowboys appear to be looking to add wideout Odell Beckham Jr.
at an unknown, but not inexpensive, price so money spent at the
position could end up being close. Both draft picks they received
for the trade (fifth-rounders) are long-term projects; OL Matt
Waletzko and LB Devin Harper and currently on the IR.