Happy Thanksgiving week! For most of us, it’s the last week of the fantasy football regular season. For those of you that have already secured that first-round bye, then sit back and enjoy the ride. However, for most of us, there’s still a lot at stake. Plenty of playoff berths will be up for grabs and of course, nobody wants to finish last and deal with the dreaded forfeit. Another positive this week is that we no longer have to deal with teams on a bye week. Every single player on your team will be available for selection going forward.
Thursday’s games opened the week with an emphatic bang. In the early game, the Bears needed a late touchdown drive to overcome the now playoff eliminated Lions. Those of you who made the risky decision to start Kenny Golladay were rewarded with a monster performance to kick off the week. The fun continued when the Bills rolled into Dallas and made a prime-time statement, thanks to big performances from Cole Beasley and Devin Singletary. The night was capped off when the Saints clinched their third straight NFC South title with a win over the Falcons.
Thankfully, there are still 13 more games remaining this week. In the early window, we should be treated to a marvellous game when the 49ers take on the Ravens. There’s also a tasty rematch between the Browns and Steelers, who will still be feeling the heat after their fist fight just a few weeks ago. If that isn’t enough, the Patriots travel to Houston on Sunday night and the week will close out with an intriguing match-up between the Vikings and the Seahawks.
*Fantasy points references based on PPR (NFL.com).
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Jameis Winston – opponent: @ Jaguars
For all of his issues this season, Winston still ranks 10th in quarterback scoring and has passed for 300+ yards in his last six games. Of course, it helps that the Bucs have been trailing in a lot of those games. It also helps that he has two stellar receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who have both reached 1,000 yards on the season. With the Jaguars giving up 32.36 points to Ryan Tannehill last week (the second most among quarterbacks), this week is a great time to roll the dice on Winston.
Projection: 320 passing yards, 3 TD, 2 INT.
Ryan Tannehill – opponent: @ Colts
Speaking of Tannehill, we’re witnessing a career resurgence. The Titans play-caller has scored 18 or more fantasy points in his last five games. He’s also coming off his best performance of the season, with two passing touchdowns and another two scores on the ground. His ability to take off running means that he should be considered as a viable starter, should you need him.
Projection: 220 passing yards, 2 passing TD, 1 rushing TD.
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Phillip Rivers – opponent: @ Broncos
Over the last decade, Phillip Rivers has been as consistent as they come. Yet, this season he’s struggled mightily, ranking just 16th in fantasy scoring. He’s scored under 15 fantasy points in six of his last seven games and has a tough road game this week against a Denver defense that has done well to limit opposing quarterbacks at home this season.
Projection: 215 passing yards, 2 TD, 2 INT.
Jacoby Brissett – opponent: vs Titans
If you are looking for a quarterback who is going to gain major air yards, then you need to move your attention away from Jacoby Brissett. In seven of his 10 games this season, he’s thrown for no more than 202 yards. He was also held to just 146 yards in the reverse fixture between the Colts and Titans. While Brissett usually adds fantasy value on the ground, it’s important to consider that the Titans are yet to give up a single rushing touchdown to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Projection: 190 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 30 rushing yards.
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Phillip Lindsay – opponent: vs Chargers
Lindsay has scored over 7.5 points in every game this season, despite sharing backfield duties for the majority of those games. Over recent weeks, though, he’s become the clear back for the Broncos and out-snapped Royce Freeman 14 to four last week. He gets a great opportunity this week against a Chargers defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Projection: 88 rushing yards, 24 receiving yards, 1 TD.
Miles Sanders – opponent: @ Dolphins
Philly’s Miles Sanders has certainly grown into the role over his rookie season. His pass-catching ability means that he offers great value in PPR leagues, with three receptions or more in five of his last six games. He has a great match-up this week when the Eagles take on the Dolphins. Should they take an early lead, they may keep the ball on the ground for large parts.
Projection: 72 rushing yards, 44 receiving yards, 1 TD.
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Chris Carson – opponent: vs Vikings
It’s too late in the fantasy season to risk starting Chris Carson this week. While he ranks 11th in scoring among running backs, he’s also fumbled the ball six times. His lack of ball security led to a shift in the Seahawks backfield last week, with Rashad Penny’s 14 carries to Carson’s eight. He’ll be a risky start this week.
Projection: 44 rushing yards.
Benny Snell Jr. – opponent: vs Browns
There’s no point sugar-coating it, the Steelers offense is sub-par. With James Conner expected to miss another week, they’ll continue to use Benny Snell Jr. as their lead back. Snell Jr. is coming off his best week, with 11.3 fantasy points, albeit against the winless Bengals. He goes up against a Browns team that appears to be clicking at the right time and could put up big numbers, while also fighting for touches with Jaylen Samuels. Fantasy owners beware as the Browns have given up the lowest points to running backs across the entire league since Week 9.
Projection: 60 rushing yards.
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Jarvis Landry – opponent: @ Steelers
The Cleveland Browns’ Jarvis Landry might just be the hottest receiver in all of football right now. Over the last four weeks, he’s leading all wideouts with five touchdowns and 92.9 points. Those numbers peaked last week when he posted 148 yards and two touchdowns (36.8 points). The Steelers are giving up the second-highest points to slot receivers this year and he put in a solid performance against them just two weeks ago. Expect his form to continue.
Projection: 110 receiving yards, 2 TD.
DJ Moore – opponent: vs Redskins
DJ Moore has posted 95+ yards in four consecutive games, and his 77 fantasy points ranks second among receivers over the last four weeks. Sport works in weird ways sometimes and with the birth of his child earlier this week, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him celebrate with a touchdown for the Panthers this weekend.
Projection: 90 receiving yards, 1 TD.
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Will Fuller – opponent: vs Patriots
It’s taken some time, but it appears that Will Fuller is finally heading into a game without any injury concerns. While that’s great news for the Texans heading down the stretch, it doesn’t guarantee that he’s at full health. If he was going up against any other team this week, rolling the dice would be perfectly justifiable. However, he’s facing a shutdown Patriots defense that has given up just four touchdowns through the air.
Projection: 50 receiving yards.
Courtland Sutton – opponent: vs Chargers
Sutton is coming off his worst fantasy performance of the season, catching one pass for 27 yards against the Bills. His output may not improve this week when Denver take on a Chargers defense that ranks fourth in passing yards allowed (205.3 per game). With uncertainty as to who is the Broncos starting quarterback, it’s worth avoiding Sutton this week.
Projection: 62 receiving yards.
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Tyler Higbee – opponent: vs Cardinals
Any tight end that goes up against the Cardinals is worth considering as a fantasy streamer. The Cardinals defense has been destroyed by players at the position this year, ranking first in points allowed, touchdowns and yards. The Rams’ TE is certainly worth considering this week as Gerald Everett is now ruled out.
Projection: 55 receiving yards, 1 TD.
Kyle Rudolph – opponent: vs Seahawks
Rudolph has been one of the hottest tight ends in football recently, with five touchdowns in his last five games. He gets a plus match-up against the Seahawks, who are giving up the third-highest fantasy points to tight ends. Expect him to see a few red zone targets for the Vikings this week.
Projection: 38 receiving yards, 1 TD
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Mark Andrews – opponent: vs 49ers
San Francisco has given up just 246 yards and two touchdowns to opposing tight ends in 11 games. While Andrews provides a real red-zone threat, he’ll be a touchdown-dependent starter this week. With the 49ers struggling against the run this year, the Ravens will likely keep things on the ground in this one.
Projection: 42 receiving yards.
Jimmy Graham – opponent: @ Giants
In two of his last three games, Graham has posted dire fantasy numbers based on games of 17, 59 and 7 yards. You might be thinking that Green Bay’s game against the Giants will give Graham a much-needed boost, but New York has only given up 50 yards to two opposing tight ends this season. There are better options on the waiver wire this week.
Projection: 28 receiving yards.
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