Victory in a Land Called Fantasy: Fantasy Players to Know and Watch for Wildcard Weekend


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Fantasy football championships ended two weeks ago. Yes, I know there were some of you that played your championships in Week 17 but moving forward you should seriously Say No to Week 17 Championships. But regardless even though the fantasy season has ended, that doesn’t mean fantasy football does. So, if you play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) let me tell you who I like this weekend.

[Ed. note: all times Eastern]

Saturday

Colts at Texans, 4:35 PM

You cannot go wrong with either quarterback in this game, but I would side slightly more towards Andrew Luck. In the previous two games this season Luck threw for 464 yards, four touchdowns and no picks. While in the second game he threw for 399 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Obviously, DeAndre Hopkins is a great start but so is T.Y. Hilton. He was held without a touchdown in both games but went for over 100 yards in both, including 199 yards in the last game they played. Lamar Miller or Marlon Mack would work out and be cheaper options, but my favorite running back is in the next game.

For tight end you must go with George Kit-- just kidding, Eric Ebron is my pick for Saturday. He hasn’t had a ton of yards this season with only 750, but he has been a touchdown machine. He has 13 on the season, only six games this season without a touchdown and three with multiple touchdowns.

Seahawks at Cowboys, 8:15 PM

As far as quarterback goes I would rather have Luck or Deshaun Watson, again leaning more towards Luck. Now for the running back, as I said earlier my favorite is in this game. No it is not Ezekiel Elliott, but Chris Carson. The Seahawks wanted to run the ball more and they showed this year they can do that and still win games. Carson has over 100 yards in his last three games and has scored in his last four games. Not to mention he is cheaper than Elliott.

I’m not really a big fan of any of the pass catchers in this game; I would rather have all the ones from the Colts-Texans matchup. But if you need to I guess you can go with Amari Cooper or take a shot on Doug Baldwin, but he hasn’t looked great outside of a couple games. I see this as a low scoring game.

Sunday

Chargers at Ravens, 1:05 PM

Remember what the Ravens did to the Chargers in Week 16? I am staying away from anything that has a lightning bolt on the helmet. Melvin Gordon was injured in the last game of the season so that doesn’t give me much hope. He says he’s going to play but the Ravens defense shuts offenses down. I do like Lamar Jackson even more so than the options in the later games mostly for his rushing abilities.

I think Gus Edwards is useable, but the Ravens really like Kenneth Dixon and you should as well. Not only is Dixon utilized in the ground game but also in the passing game, which Edwards is not. I am not touching any of Jackson’s pass catchers due to his low passing volume.

Eagles at Bears, 4:40 PM

This is a tough matchup for the banged-up Eagles, which is why I prefer Jackson as my quarterback. Things are pointing to last year’s hero Nick Foles playing, but I wouldn’t be happy about it in fantasy. Mitch Trubisky got hot in the middle of the season but cooled off quite a bit towards the end, and the Eagles defense isn’t terrible either.

As good as the Bears are on defense they are susceptible to wide receivers, so Alshon Jeffery is a nice play on Sunday. I do like Anthony Miller from the Bears as a deeper, cheaper option, maybe even more so over Allen Robinson. And the Bears are good against the tight end, but I would play Zach Ertz over Trey Burton.

As for the running backs, believe it or not but I think Jordan Howard could be a nice play on Sunday. He has scored in his last three games. He has at least 70 total yards in four out of his last five games, and at least 15 touches in his last five games.

There you have it my choices for fantasy this weekend, good luck and hopefully you win some money.

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