Fantasy football Week 17 preview

Making fantasy football predictions for Week 17 is not the easiest task. Every team has different motivations, and that makes for the strangest week of the season. It’s why you should work to get your fantasy league to change to a Week 16 championship. That said, here are the players you should start and sit this week.

Start

Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions — The Lions faced the Packers in Week 3 and Stafford was great in that game. He’s got everything to play for in this rematch, and the Packers are 25th in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers — The stars have to align perfectly for the Bucs to make the playoffs. One of those stars is a win over the Panthers at home. Winston was decent on the road the last time he faced Carolina.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins — If Washington wants any shot at making the playoffs it has to win against a Giants team that has nothing to play for. Cousins should be able to take advantage of a disinterested defense.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) runs against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) runs against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers — With the Steelers set to rest their starters, Williams looks like a really great play against the Browns. He was awesome in the first two weeks of the season, subbing for a suspended Le’Veon Bell. He should be healthy enough to face a bad Browns defense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) runs with the ball against the Carolina Panthers during an NFL game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (Chris Keane/AP Images for Panini)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) runs with the ball against the Carolina Panthers during an NFL game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. (Chris Keane/AP Images for Panini)

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Buccaneers — Rodgers is seemingly the only option, since Doug Martin is suspended due to PEDs and Charles Sims is on injured reserve. He’ll have the volume, and he’s performed well when named the starter.

Alfred Blue, RB, Texans — With Lamar Miller out of a meaningless game as he tries to fully recover for the playoffs, Blue should get most of the touches, and he’s coming off a good game.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars — Despite disappointing owners for a lot of the season, he’s coming off a great game and is always targeted heavily. He scored the last time he faced the Colts.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins — He’s had three straight 100-yard games and faces a team that has nothing to play for. He had 96 yards and a touchdown the last time he faced the Giants.

Ty Montgomery, RB/WR, Packers — The Packers have the motivation to get it done, and Montgomery is a dual threat.

Charles Clay, TE, Bills — He’s coming off a great game and already has a nice rapport with this week’s starter, EJ Manuel.

Sit

Cowboys triplets — Mark Sanchez will be Dak Prescott’s backup on Sunday, making it highly likely that Prescott will get pulled at some point. Ezekiel Elliott has expressed that the team’s long-term success is more important than the rookie rushing record. If he plays more than a quarter, it would be stunning. Dez Bryant, who’s battled injuries this season, won’t play the whole game either.

Eli Manning, QB, Giants — The Giants are locked into their playoff position, and it makes no sense for Manning to risk injury at this point. If he plays, it won’t be for the whole game.

Trevor Siemian, QB, Broncos — Denver seems as if it will treat this game like a preseason contest, playing both Siemian and Paxton Lynch, according to NFL.com and the team’s website. It’s a good matchup against the Raiders defense, but stay away.

Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders — With Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington getting involved, I’d sit Murray this week. The Raiders are facing the Broncos’ defense to boot.

Ravens running backs — Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon each had 13 touches last week, not very good for a starter. Taking touches from each other, neither back can be depended on this weekend.

Broncos running backs — Devontae Booker and Justin Forsett each had just five carries last week. Booker did OK when he added a few receptions, but neither looks like a strong play as the Broncos experiment with their quarterbacks this week.

Raiders receivers — With no Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper will have a tough time being productive against the Broncos’ secondary.

Fantasy football Week 16 recap and waiver wire suggestions

Championship week is the reason you invest in big-time players in your fantasy football drafts and auctions before the NFL season begins. Even though the blue chips usually pay off, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some big surprises and disappointments when you’re going for a championship.

Aaron Rodgers has been on fire and he saved his best performance for Week 16 as he accounted for five touchdowns and threw for 347 yards.

Right behind Rodgers was Russell Wilson who threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns. Wilson had been a pretty big disappointment this season, recording subpar numbers in eight games. If you were able to weather the storm, he paid off in the end.

Tyrod Taylor has been a great streaming option all season, but it would have taken some guts to start him in championship week. He threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns in addition to rushing for 60 yards. Sam Bradford was another top quarterback this week that would have been tough to start.

David Johnson has clearly been the best running back to play the entire season. In Week 16 he surpassed 2,000 yards from scrimmage and tied Barry Sanders as the only other player to gain 100 yards from scrimmage in 15 straight games in a single season. He rushed for 95 yards and caught four passes for 41 yards and scored three times.

Arizona Cardinals' David Johnson in action against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson in action against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Had Le’Veon Bell played in the first three games of the year, he could’ve been the most productive back in the league. This week he rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown while catching three passes for 15 yards and another score.

Mark Ingram and LeSean McCoy also came through in the clutch for fantasy owners, both scoring and gaining more than 90 yards from scrimmage. Ezekiel Elliott didn’t even play the whole game on Monday night and still found a way to make the most of his 13 touches as he scored twice and gained 92 total yards.

Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant (88) signals a touchdown as Ezekiel Elliott runs for the team's second touchdown as the Cowboys take on the Detroit Lions Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Brad Loper/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)
Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant (88) signals a touchdown as Ezekiel Elliott runs for the team’s second touchdown as the Cowboys take on the Detroit Lions Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Brad Loper/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Though it was a surprise performance this week, it shouldn’t have been, as Jay Ajayi rushed for over 200 yards for the third time this year. The last time Ajayi broke the 200-yard barrier it was against the same Bills he faced Saturday. His two previous subpar games heading into this week made his outburst a bit of a surprise.

An even bigger surprise out of Week 16 was the performance by DeAndre Washington. The Oakland rookie hadn’t gained more than 57 yards rushing in a game until he rushed for 99 and two touchdowns, outshining Latavius Murray Saturday.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the best, most unexpected day from the wideout position. Adam Thielen has definitely shown some signs of being productive, but nobody expected him to catch 12 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday. Just five percent of CBS fantasy players started the receiver. Playing for the Vikings, who struggle to score, and coming off a neck injury in Week 15 made his outburst all the more surprising.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) couldn't catch a pass in the end zone in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) couldn’t catch a pass in the end zone in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham and Jordy Nelson put up big numbers as expected. Doug Baldwin, Sammy Watkins and Brandon Lafell also shined.

Dez Bryant proved his worth after a subpar season, scoring twice and even tossing a touchdown pass to Jason Witten on Monday night.

On the disappointing end of the spectrum were the Broncos receivers, who weren’t expected to have huge games, but combining for 46 yards was terrible.

Willie Snead was the odd man out in a good matchup against the Bucs where Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks excelled.

On the running back front, the biggest surprise and disappointment was Doug Martin who was a healthy scratch. It was a fantasy owners’ worst nightmare.

DeMarco Murray and Frank Gore ran into some trouble, both failing to score while amassing less than 100 yards from scrimmage. Jeremy Hill was the biggest bust who played, rushing for just eight yards on seven carries as he battled a hurt knee.

It’s been tough predicting the play of tight ends all year, but if you went with the typical starters this week you did fine. Travis Kelce led the way, catching 11 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown while Antonio Gates gained 94 yards and scored.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) carries the ball away from Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart (26) and safety Justin Simmons (31) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) carries the ball away from Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart (26) and safety Justin Simmons (31) during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Congrats to those who closed out the fantasy football season with a championship. For those in wacky leagues that play through Week 17, here are a few waiver wire suggestions.

Quarterbacks

  • Blake Bortles, Jacksonville (He torched the Colts the last time out.)

Running backs

  • Jacquizz Rodgers, Buccaneers (12 touches, 63 yards, TD)
  • Alex Collins, Seahawks (Thomas Rawls may not be able to face the 49ers next week.)
  • Alfred Blue, Texans (Houston would be wise to let Lamar Miller rest up for the playoffs.)
  • Zach Zenner, Lions (12-67, 2TDs)

Wide receivers

  • Adam Thielen, Vikings
  • J.J. Nelson, Cardinals

Fantasy football Week 16 preview

It’s championship week, and that means there’s no room for error. With that in mind, here are some players you’ll definitely want to start, in addition to some you’ll absolutely want to leave on the bench. Most games are Saturday, so hurry up and set your lineups!

Start

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers — Though he struggled two weeks ago against the same Saints he’ll face Saturday, Winston should perform better this time. Winston wasn’t pressed to throw the ball as much when they won 16-11. The Saints should play better at home, forcing the Bucs to air the ball out.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers — San Diego gets to face the Browns, and that’s great news for Rivers owners. He has had just one bad game in the past six weeks, and the Browns are last in points allowed to quarterbacks.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers — The last time Big Ben faced the Ravens, he threw for 264 yards, one touchdown and an interception. That game was on the road. If you know anything about Roethlisberger, you know his home-away split is huge. Bank on a big game from him.

Todd Gurley, RB, Rams — If you’ve made it this far with Gurley on your roster, you must have drafted really well. He’s been a big disappointment, but this week he faces the 49ers’ awful run defense. They’ve given up nearly a dozen 100-yard games and have even allowed a couple of rushers to surpass 200 on them.

Jordan Howard, RB, Bears — Howard hasn’t had fewer than 15 touches since Week 7, and he faces the 30th-ranked team in points allowed to running backs. He should thrive against Washington.

Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears is hit by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers as he scores a touchdown in the 4th quarter at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 30-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears is hit by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers as he scores a touchdown in the 4th quarter at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 30-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bilal Powell, RB, Jets — Matt Forte hasn’t practiced and is doubtful to play. Powell had eight carries for 36 yards the last time he faced the Patriots, but if he’s the main guy, then he should start for you. I can imagine a lot of dump-off passes when the Jets trail early in this game.

Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers runs the football into the endzone for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers runs the football into the endzone for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, Packers — He’s allowed to be a WR in some leagues, so don’t fear tossing him into that slot. Though the Vikings are second in points allowed to running backs, it’s misleading since they’ve allowed at least 100 yards from scrimmage to the position in seven of their last nine games.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots — The Jets are in a bad way right now. New England should dominate, and Edelman is due a touchdown.

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints — Drew Brees at home should be able to feed everyone.

Chargers tight ends — There’s probably enough production to go around for Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry against the Browns.

Sit

Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs — He’s got a low ceiling, and he’s playing the Broncos. Don’t even think about it.

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals — While the Seahawks aren’t the same without Earl Thomas, Palmer will have a tough time against the third-best team at limiting quarterbacks.

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens — In the past five weeks Flacco has had three subpar games, and he’ll face the Pittsburgh defense, which is fifth-best in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens fumbles the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens fumbles the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ravens running backs — Neither Terrance West nor Kenneth Dixon made a positive impact the last time against the Steelers. They’ll play them on the road this time.

Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans tackles T.J. Yeldon #24 of the Jacksonville Jaguars behind the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans tackles T.J. Yeldon #24 of the Jacksonville Jaguars behind the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Jaguars running backs — Three so-so games in a row aren’t enough to convince me T.J. Yeldon can help win a championship. Chris Ivory didn’t produce well last week, so he shouldn’t do much better against the Titans, who are sixth-best in points allowed to running backs.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons — He couldn’t turn in a solid outing against the 49ers last week, so I’d steer clear of him against the Panthers, who are in the top-10 when it comes to limiting running backs.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs — Though he’s been hot, you can’t rely on a one-touch, one-touchdown performance in a week like this.

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins — It seemed he turned a corner midway through the season, but he’s been awful the past two weeks. Matt Moore at QB won’t help.

Randall Cobb, WR, Packers — His ankle hurts, and he’s had two bad games in a row. He faces a Vikings defense that is second-best in points allowed to receivers.

Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins — He’s not healthy. Even if he suits up, I’d avoid him.

Fantasy football Week 15 recap and waiver wire suggestions

After a pretty uncharacteristic Week 14 in fantasy football, things got back to normal for the most part in Week 15. That’s not to say there weren’t a few surprises along the way.

Not surprising was Drew Brees bouncing back from two straight weeks of poor production. He threw no touchdowns and six interceptions in that stretch before Sunday’s 389-yard, four-touchdown performance. Unfortunately, Brees owners may not have made it past last week’s first round of fantasy playoffs.

Brandin Cooks benefited the most from Brees’ play, catching seven passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. His best play came on a 65-yard score, which likely equated to big-play bonus points in a lot of leagues.

After Brees, the week’s best, and most surprising, performance came from mediocre veteran Matt Moore. His 226 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday night were a welcome surprise for the playoff-minded Dolphins.

Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after throwing a 52 yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills #10 against the New York Jets during the second quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on December 17, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after throwing a 52 yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills #10 against the New York Jets during the second quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on December 17, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Moore cashed in on two big scoring plays with Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry. Landry took his 66 yards on the way to having his second straight 100-yard performance. True to reputation, Stills scored on a 52-yard play, his only catch of the game.

The biggest disappointment out of Saturday night’s game was Jay Ajayi, who had plenty of opportunities but managed just 51 yards on 19 carries.

The best running backs of the week were Devonta Freeman, Ty Montgomery, LeSean McCoy, Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson.

Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons fails to reach the pylon against Vinnie Sunseri #40 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons fails to reach the pylon against Vinnie Sunseri #40 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Freeman’s success was expected as he faced the 49ers, the worst defense at limiting running backs. He rushed for 139 yards and three scores. Montgomery reasserted himself as the Packers’ best backfield option, gaining 162 yards on just 16 carries and scoring twice.

Johnson gained over 100 yards from scrimmage and scored twice. And McCoy cashed in on his great matchup with the Browns as he averaged 8.1 yards per carry on his way to 153 yards and two touchdowns.

The likely rookie of the year, Ezekiel Elliott, rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown. That makes seven 100-yard rushing games this season and 11 games of at least 90 yards.

Outside of expected performances from Odell Beckham Jr., Jordy Nelson and Michael Crabtree, things were a bit wacky when it came to other top performers.

Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers completes the pass for 60 yds, ahead of  Cre'von LeBlanc #22 of the Chicago Bears, in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 30-27.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers completes the pass for 60 yds, ahead of Cre’von LeBlanc #22 of the Chicago Bears, in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 30-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Tyler Lockett got things started on Thursday night, recording his first 100-yard game this season as he caught seven passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Robby Anderson had his third straight productive game, catching four passes for 80 yards and a score. His backup rapport with Bryce Petty is the reason.

If you knew that three Bears receivers would gain at least 89 yards in their game against the Packers, good for you. Alshon Jeffery, back from injury, scored and gained 89 yards. Deonte Thompson and Cameron Meredith gained 110 and 104 yards. Matt Barkley does throw for a lot of yards, but he also had three picks.

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr all may have contributed to fantasy losses this week.

It wasn’t totally unexpected that Brady wouldn’t have a great game since he faced the Broncos, but 188 yards and no scores is unacceptable. Rodgers wasn’t terrible, but needed to score against the Bears. Carr had a touchdown pass, but threw for just 213 yards and had an interception against the Chargers.

Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots loses the ball as he is sacked by defensive end Jared Crick #93 of the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots loses the ball as he is sacked by defensive end Jared Crick #93 of the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson’s return was a dud, especially since he carried the ball just six times. Todd Gurley continued to disappoint, rushing for just 38 yards. If he was your first draft pick and you still made the playoffs, I’d like to see the rest of your lineup.

Amari Cooper and Sammy Watkins should have both done better with their matchups, but neither had more than one catch. Antonio Brown and Mike Evans each had at least 50 yards receiving, but you expect more from those fantasy stars.

Dion Sims, Cameron Brate and Charles Clay were the top tight ends of the week.

Waiver wire suggestions:

Quarterbacks

  • Matt Moore, Dolphins

Wide receivers

  • Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  • Robby Anderson, Jets
  • Cameron Meredith, Bears (available again in a lot of leagues)

Tight ends

  • Dion Sims, Dolphins (4-31, 2 TDs)

Fantasy football Week 15 preview

If you survived the first week of the fantasy football playoffs, you survived a minefield of poor performances. Here’s hoping things get back to normal this week as you attempt to make your league final.

Start

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins — Cousins has been consistent all year, and the Panthers defense he faces in Week 15 is not last year’s intimidating unit. Carolina is 24th in points allowed to quarterbacks, and Cousins shows no signs of regressing. DeSean Jackson is showing his explosive ability again, that has helped Cousins recently.

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders — The last time he faced the Chargers he had 317 yards passing and two touchdowns. Since then he’s had a dislocated finger, but it hasn’t harmed him too much. He had a dud of a game against the Chiefs last week but should bounce back.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills — This is the kind of play that makes people who don’t play fantasy sports scratch their heads. Taylor has the skills to put up a nice game when he has a good matchup. This week he plays the Browns and should produce a solid game as a dual threat. Cleveland is ranked 31st in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Falcons running backs — Don’t fret over whom you should start, Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman, because both should fare well against a terrible 49ers run defense. It should be a high-scoring game with plenty of opportunities for both backs.

Kenneth Farrow, RB, Chargers — With Melvin Gordon out, Farrow looks to be a late-season fantasy hero as he has two great matchups coming up. This week he faces the Raiders, who are 28th in points allowed to running backs. He gets to play against the Browns in championship week.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals — Last week’s game shouldn’t discourage you too much since weather was a big factor in his poor outing. This week he faces the Saints without Michael Floyd taking targets away.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills — He scored his first touchdown of the season last week against the Steelers. Expect him to be productive against the Browns.

Raiders receivers — Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree should do well against the Chargers. They both scored in their last game against San Diego.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) makes a catch in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters (22) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) makes a catch in front of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters (22) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Sit

Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions — It’s tough to doubt a quarterback who has led his team to multiple fourth-quarter comebacks. The Giants defense is as solid as they come with a good pass rush and ball-hawking defensive backs. They’re second-best in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans — The Chiefs will be without defensive leader Derrick Johnson, but they were able to hold Carr to single-digit fantasy points last week. The game is in Kansas City, and Mariota had just six completions in last week’s game against Denver.

Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans slides to avoid the tackle of Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos at Nissan Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans slides to avoid the tackle of Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos at Nissan Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Trevor Siemian, QB, Broncos — Siemian has only been a streaming option this season, but this isn’t a good week to start him. You can rest assured Bill Belichick will have his defense prepared for the first-year starter. Now is not the time to take a chance on a player.

Mark Ingram, RB, Saints — The snap counts are too spread out for Ingram to be an RB1 or RB2. He’s got a toe problem and will face the top-ranked team in points allowed to running backs, the Cardinals.

Dwayne Washington, RB, Lions — He’s pretty much the only option in the backfield for the Lions this week, but the Giants aren’t a good matchup for him.

Dontrelle Inman, WR, Chargers — This is a gut decision more than anything. I don’t think he’ll score for the fourth straight game. Also, he had just one catch for 3 yards the last time he faced the Raiders.

Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Patriots — If you can’t trust him, you can’t start him. With Chris Hogan muddying up the picture, Mitchell should stay on your bench.

The Office Football League’s semifinal preview

The Office Football League championship bracket here at the Statesman is down to the semifinals. Here’s a quick look at the matchups.

In the first semifinal the projections look to be a little bit off in my estimation, but I still give the team quarterbacked by Eli Manning the nod. The team quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers has some nice parts, Rodgers being the centerpiece of course, but the floor isn’t too high for some of its role players. Their success comes down to whether or not Jamison Crowder and Isaiah Crowell can exceed expectations. They do have a nice advantage in their defense, which takes on a Jets team that’s really struggled.

The team quarterbacked by Manning has a stout lineup with a lot of players with high minimum expectations. Not just that, there is definite potential for spectacular performances. Hell, if Le’Veon Bell can do half of what he did last week, that would be a great week in itself. You’ve got to like Larry Fitzgerald’s matchup with the Saints, especially now that Michael Floyd is playing in a new zip code.

The first semifinal of the OFL championship bracket.
The first semifinal of the OFL championship bracket.

In the second semi you’ve got a much closer looking matchup.

You can definitely see the potential for explosive scores on the team quarterbacked by Kirk Cousins. Thomas Rawls and Devonta Freeman should both have good weeks facing the Rams and 49ers respectively. Odell Beckham can strike in a flash, as exhibited last week, and Jordy Nelson is falling into form.

The team led by Derek Carr has hope in a bounce-back game from the quarterback and a solid performance from Jay Ajayi against a Jets defense that has seemingly quit. Davante Adams has been trending positively as well, though he’s been too hit-and-miss to be comfortable. If Carr has a good outing and involves Amari Cooper enough, then they’ve got a shot.

The second semifinal of the OFL championship bracket.
The second semifinal of the OFL championship bracket.

So which quarterback do you think will lead his team to the OFL final?

Fantasy football Week 14 recap and waiver wire suggestions

If you had a good weekend playing fantasy football, you very likely had some unexpected performances turn in your favor. Other than Le’Veon Bell owners, virtually no owners with weekly top-tier performers were guaranteed victories.

For the most part, big-name players under-performed in the first week of the fantasy playoffs. If you were able to avoid those disasters, you survived a terrible Sunday.

Starting with the worst quarterbacks this week, you had Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota and Ben Roethlisberger all score in single digits. It was as if they didn’t know, or worse didn’t care, that this week was crucial to our fantasy success.

Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (57) and defensive end Adolphus Washington (92) celebrate after Alexander intercepted a pass from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (57) and defensive end Adolphus Washington (92) celebrate after Alexander intercepted a pass from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Only eight running backs topped 100 yards. The biggest disappointment was Melvin Gordon, through no fault of his own, as he was injured early in the game. He had three carries for 5 yards before a hip injury had him carted off the field. NFL.com reports that he will be day-to-day, just three yards shy from 1,000 for the season.

Mark Ingram was a big dud as well, and he was available the whole game. Seven carries for 14 yards isn’t going to do it as an RB1 in the first round of the fantasy playoffs. Hopefully you had other players step up.

Thomas Rawls had limited impact because of game script as the Seahawks trailed early and by a lot. He looked good and gained 67 yards on 12 carries, but became a victim of circumstance with the Seahawks needing to throw.

Seattle Seahawks' Thomas Rawls runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Seattle Seahawks’ Thomas Rawls runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Devonta Freeman was virtually invisible in a game in which the Falcons scored 42 points. Tevin Coleman scored twice, on the other hand.

Your biggest receiving disappointment was Dez Bryant, who fumbled away his only reception of the night, leaving him in negative-point territory. Mike Evans, who’s been very consistent, and Brandon Marshall, who hasn’t, both failed to eclipse 42 yards receiving.

Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys fumbles the ball as Janoris Jenkins #20 and Keenan Robinson #57 of the New York Giants make the tackle in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys fumbles the ball as Janoris Jenkins #20 and Keenan Robinson #57 of the New York Giants make the tackle in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The disappointments didn’t end with the skill positions. The Seahawks defense was terrible as well, giving up 38 points, 21 in the first half, to the Packers.

Basically, if you’ve been consistently good all year, Week 14 was very likely not your week.

On the bright side, the odds of your opponent having a bad week were pretty good as well. Here’s hoping you had at least a few of the following fantasy studs on your side.

There was Bell, who had nearly 300 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. His 38 carries were a season high and he was basically worth two RB1s in the game.

Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets rushes for a 19-yard touchdown to beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in overtime of their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets rushes for a 19-yard touchdown to beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in overtime of their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Bilal Powell and Carlos Hyde were distant second- and third-place performers to Bell.

Powell filled in for an injured Matt Forte, gaining 179 yards on 34 touches and scoring twice. Forte is considered day-to-day. Hyde averaged 11.3 yards per carry against the Jets as he totaled 193 yards and caught a short touchdown pass.

Tom Brady was spectacular against the Ravens on Monday night, throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns.

Aaron Rodgers lit up a Seahawks defense that gave up 16.2 points per game before Sunday. He threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns. The wideout who benefitted the most was Davante Adams, who caught an early 66-yard touchdown. He ended the game with four catches for 104 yards.

T.Y. Hilton caught nine passes for 115 yards and scored while the Broncos’ receivers, Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, both topped 100 yards. DeSean Jackson had his second 100-yard, one-TD game in three outings.

At tight end, Tyler Eifert took advantage of the Browns’ defense as expected, scoring twice. Zach Ertz has been on a serious roll as well.

If you somehow survived the bloodbath, here’s a look at some waiver wire suggestions in case your league allows them during the playoffs.

Quarterbacks

  • Trevor Siemian, Broncos (Still available in a lot of leagues)

Running backs

  • Bilal Powell, Jets
  • Kenneth Farrow, Chargers (22 touches-78 yards, great schedule ahead if Gordon is unavailable)

Wide receivers

  • Alshon Jeffery, Bears (suspension is over)
  • Chris Hogan, Patriots (5-129, TD)
  • Pierre Garcon, Redskins (5-59, TD)
  • Marqise Lee, Jaguars (Not for Week 15 at Houston, but for Week 16 vs. Tennessee)

Fantasy football Week 14 preview

Whether you have one week left in the regular season or you’re starting the first round of playoffs this weekend, Week 14 is a very big one. For all intents and purposes, it’s playoff time, fantasy owners.

Here are the guys you should start or sit to stay alive for your league championship:

Start

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals — Even without A.J. Green and Gio Bernard, Dalton had a great game against the Eagles last week. He faces the Browns this week, so he should have a solid outing. The last time he faced them he had 308 yards and two touchdowns.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton runs the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton runs the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers — Things look good for Winston as he gets to face the Saints twice in the next three weeks. New Orleans has surrendered 19 touchdowns through the air and gives up 277 yards per game.

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers — Just in case you were scared off due to his performance last week, you have to factor in that he was at Seattle. This week he will take on the Chargers at home.

Matt Forte, RB, Jets — He wasn’t as bad as he seemed last week against the Colts. He totaled 79 yards against a bad defense. This week he should find the end zone as he takes on the worst team in points allowed to running backs, 49ers.

Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals — Hill’s the main man in Cincinnati and should roll against the Browns. He had 168 yards and a touchdown the last time he faced Cleveland.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Jay Ajayi, RB, Dolphins — Despite the Cardinals doing well against most running backs, Ajayi is a high-volume player and the Dophins should be able to keep the game close unlike last week.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks — Facing Green Bay has turned into a nice treat for fantasy football players. Baldwin’s had two tough games in a row, but he has two nice matchups in the next two weeks.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs with the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots — The Ravens have given up 21 touchdown passes, which is in the bottom half of the league. Edelman has had at least seven targets in eight straight games and is coming off his first 100-yard outing.

Broncos receivers — If Trevor Siemian is good to go, I think both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are good starts against the Titans. Tennessee is 31st in points allowed to wideouts.

Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers — He has four touchdowns in his last six games and could find the end zone against the Saints.

Bengals defense — They face the Browns and a rusty Robert Griffin III.

Sit

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens — Don’t go chasing last week’s production. New England will be a much tougher matchup than the Dolphins were last week.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans — He’s had a fantasy season to remember, but you can’t start him against the Broncos in the first week of your playoffs.

Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos — His yards-per-carry average hasn’t been good since taking over for the injured C.J. Anderson. The Broncos signed Justin Forsett, who knows the offense well. Be wary of Booker this week against the Titans, who rank sixth in points allowed to running backs.

Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) is stopped by the Jacksonville Jaguars defense including Myles Jack (44), Dante Fowler (56) and Paul Posluszny, right, during the second half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) is stopped by the Jacksonville Jaguars defense including Myles Jack (44), Dante Fowler (56) and Paul Posluszny, right, during the second half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants — The Cowboys have only given up five rushing touchdowns all year and are second best in rushing yards allowed per game. They’re fourth best in points allowed to running backs.

Ravens running backs — Neither Terrance West nor Kenneth Dixon should fare well against the Patriots. They’ll likely trail the host team for most of the game, forcing them to abandon the run.

Davante Adams, WR, Packers — He’s only been good every other week over the last month and he faces the Seahawks defense. Expect Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to make the most hay.

Steve Smith, WR, Ravens — He’s been targeted at least five times in each of his last five games, but his production has been on and off. The Patriots are sixth best in points allowed to receivers.

Dolphins receivers — DeVante Parker is ailing and Jarvis Landry has had just two solid games in the last five weeks. The Cardinals are 10th-best in limiting wideouts’ fantasy points.

Fantasy football Week 13 recap and waiver wire suggestions

As most leagues closed in on the fantasy football playoffs, Week 13 of NFL action went a bit haywire. Other than the usual high scores from David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell, a lot of the usual top performers fell flat. Sure, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers were all OK, but Drew Brees and Colin Kaepernick probably dashed playoff hopes for some fantasy owners.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

Brees threw for over 300 yards but added three interceptions and zero touchdowns while Kaepernick completed just one pass for four yards before getting benched.

The biggest games by quarterbacks were recorded by Derek Carr, Carson Palmer and Matt Stafford. Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton offered surprising performances from the position as well.

Flacco threw for over 300 yards for just the third time this season while throwing four touchdowns for the first time this year.

Tight end Dennis Pitta #88 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with teammates wide receiver Mike Wallace #17 and quarterback Joe Flacco #5 after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Tight end Dennis Pitta #88 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with teammates wide receiver Mike Wallace #17 and quarterback Joe Flacco #5 after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Dalton threw for more than 300 yards and at least two touchdowns for the first time since Week 6. It was quite an impressive performance from a quarterback missing a key running back, Gio Bernard, and his top receiver, A.J. Green.

Johnson, Bell and Melvin Gordon all continued to produce like usual. Devonta Freeman, Spencer Ware and Latavius Murray recorded big games. LeSean McCoy, Jordan Howard and Thomas Rawls rounded out a good week for running backs.

Howard had his biggest game since Week 8, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 117 yards. McCoy had his second straight 100-yard rushing game after not having one since Week 6. He had a great game despite Mike Gillislee taking away two short-yardage touchdowns.

Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs for some yards while being chased by San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Gerald Hodges (51) and cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the third quarter on Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs for some yards while being chased by San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Gerald Hodges (51) and cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the third quarter on Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Thomas Rawls finally broke out for owners who have waited on him all season. He may have a tough Week 16 matchup, but not before having two good matchups in the next two weeks.

The biggest rushing disappointments were Lamar Miller, Todd Gurley and Jonathan Stewart.

Other than Jordy Nelson, Odell Beckham and Julio Jones, the top wide receivers in Week 13 were most likely riding the pine for owners. Tyler Lockett, Ted Ginn, Albert Wilson and Brandon LaFell would all have been strange starts heading into the week.

Golden Tate seemed to benefit the most from the Lions’ matchup with the Saints. He caught eight passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) pulls in a touchdown pass in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback B.W. Webb (28) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) pulls in a touchdown pass in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback B.W. Webb (28) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

The good news kind of ends there in what was supposed to be the most productive matchup of the week for fantasy scoring.

If you started a Saints skill player not named Coby Fleener, you were disappointed this week. Brees, Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas, Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower all had games to forget.

Rather than talk about the worst performances this week by starting wideouts (Davante Adams, Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Evans), I’d rather talk about the return of the high-scoring tight end.

Ladarius Green, a preseason sleeper who finally woke up, caught six passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Travis Kelce had his third straight 100-yard game while Dennis Pitta scored twice on his way to 90 yards receiving.

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green (89) crosses the goal line for a touchdown after taking a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green (89) crosses the goal line for a touchdown after taking a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

Cameron Brate, Jimmy Graham, Zach Ertz and Fleener all had big days as well. One disappointment was Martellus Bennett, who is taking over for an injured Rob Gronkowski. He had just two catches for four yards.

To add to a bizarre week, Stephen Gostowski and Matt Prater scored more points than a lot of receivers and running backs this week. Gostkowski connected on four 40-plus-yard field goals while Prater made five field goals, including a 52-yarder.

On the defensive front the Broncos had a great game, as did the Ravens. Denver logged a touchdown, two interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery. The Ravens had three picks and two sacks while allowing just six points.

Waiver wire suggestions:

Quarterbacks

Alex Smith, Chiefs (He has two good matchups before Week 16.)

Running backs

Adrian Peterson, Vikings (Just in case.)

Mike Gillislee, Bills (Vulture opportunities, plus a favorable schedule.)

Wide receivers

Ted Ginn Jr., Panthers (Three straight games with a touchdown.)

Tight ends

Ladarius Green, Steelers

Fantasy football Week 13 preview

Fantasy owners already know who their must-start players are, but everyone has a few decisions to make when it comes to setting a lineup. We’re here to help with those tough decisions.

Each week this space will be dedicated to identifying whom you should start or sit for your upcoming fantasy matchups.

Start

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers — Rivers has had only three subpar games this season and faces the Buccaneers this week. They are 20th in points allowed to quarterbacks. Rivers has a nice fantasy playoff schedule; none of the defenses he faces are better than 20th in points allowed to his position.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks — It’s tough to tell you to start him for the second straight week after he threw up a dud against the Buccaneers. He’ll be at home this time, facing a shorthanded Panthers defense that is 25th in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is pressured by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) during the first half of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is pressured by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) during the first half of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions — He faces the Saints, which are middle of the road in points allowed to quarterbacks. They give up 271 yards per game and have only made seven interceptions all year.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, 49ers — He’s turning into a classic example of a good fantasy player that isn’t great at leading his team to victory. In four of his six starts he’s rushed for at least 50 yards. He’s thrown at least one TD in every game he’s played. A start against the Bears should be productive.

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the 4th quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the 4th quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

Theo Riddick, RB, Lions — Make sure his ankle is good to go because he has a great matchup with the Saints. It should be a high scoring affair and that’s great for fantasy production.

Jordan Howard, RB, Bears — Any decent running back who gets at least 16 touches in a game should start against the 49ers.

Matt Forte, RB, Jets — I haven’t given him much credit this season, mostly because of a poor stretch of production from Week 3 through Week 6. Since then he’s turned it up a bit. He’ll get back on track against the Colts after last week’s hiccup against the Patriots.

New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos — The amount of touches he gets makes him a solid play nearly every week. His opponent, the Jaguars, are ranked in the bottom half in points allowed to running backs.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals — He had a season-low four targets last week. Expect him to bounce back against Washington.

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints — The Saints are at home and I’d expect almost all of Drew Brees’ targets to have a good day against the Lions in a high-scoring game.

Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown as E.J. Gaines #33 of the Los Angeles Rams defends during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 27, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown as E.J. Gaines #33 of the Los Angeles Rams defends during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 27, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs — He’s been targeted at least five times in each of his last six games. He’s got a good matchup with the Falcons and he’s a threat to go the distance with every touch.

Sit

Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars — Bortles has been solid in four of his last five games, but you don’t want to start him against the Broncos.

Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles — He’s been serviceable in his last two games, but I don’t see him having much success at Cincinnati. He has two touchdown passes against five interceptions in his last four weeks.

Eli Manning, QB, Giants — Manning’s only had two good road games out of five this year. One was the first game of the season and the other was last week against the Browns. He’s on the road this week to face the Steelers who are seventh in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Corey Lemonier #52 of the Cleveland Browns sacks Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Corey Lemonier #52 of the Cleveland Browns sacks Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers — Cam Newton taking short-yardage touchdowns away from Stewart combined with a matchup with the Seahawks makes the running back a weak start.

Rob Kelley, RB, Redskins — His best games have been against subpar defenses. This week he faces the Cardinals, who are second best at limiting running backs.

Rashad Jenning, RB, Giants — He’s got a good matchup, but the Steelers should lead for most of the game, cutting on rushing opportunities.

Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars — A murderer’s row of matchups begins this week as Robinson faces the Broncos. The next three weeks will be tough.

Jacksonville Jaguars' Allen Robinson (15) catches a pass as Buffalo Bills' Corey White (30) defends during the first half of NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
Jacksonville Jaguars’ Allen Robinson (15) catches a pass as Buffalo Bills’ Corey White (30) defends during the first half of NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins— He’s on a two-game scoring streak, but I expect that to end as he faces the ninth best team at limiting wideouts.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers — Before last week he hadn’t scored in six straight games. Facing the Seahawks will bring him back down to earth again.