Just four short weeks before the fantasy football playoffs. I don’t know about you guys, but it seems like I have a lot riding on this Thursday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers for this week’s results. This week is one thing, but what about the fantasy playoffs?

Is it too early to start thinking about the most important three week run of the fantasy season? Hell no! Be Bill Belicheck, not Jason Garrett. Before we get to the rankings for week 10, I’m going to point out some favorable playoff schedules that I have noticed so far. That way, you can prepare some sneaky trades before your deadline or go on a hunt in the waiver wire to see what you can get while others are living week to week trying to survive bye week hell…

Denver Broncos D/ST

With Bradley Chubb emerging as a pass rushing force to go along with Von Miller, the Broncos have found themselves tied for 2nd in the NFL in sacks. The Broncos match up with the Browns, Raiders, and 49ers and none of these teams rank in the top 17 in a yards per game basis.

Washington Redskins D/ST

The Redskins took a pretty big lick on the chin this past Sunday, but before that, they were playing fantastic on the defensive side of the ball, especially against really good running backs. Christian McCaffery, Ezekiel Elliott, and Saquon Barkley were all held in check the three weeks prior. Washington will face the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tennessee Titans in the fantasy playoffs.

Carolina Panthers Offense

The Carolina Panthers play the Browns in week 14 followed by the Saints and the Falcons. All of these defenses have a tendency to be very leaky. I think that Carolina can put up at least 30 points against each of these teams without breaking much of a sweat. Somebody will probably be disappointed in D.J. Moore’s performance this past Sunday and will drop him. Pick him up or buy low. Doing what you can to acquire Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, and Christian McCaffery between now and then would be ideal.

Ryan Fitzpatrick/Jameis Winston

You can comfortably carry both of these quarterbacks for the rest of the season. In week 15, Tampa travels to Baltimore and that won’t be the easiest match-up, but other than that, the schedule is pretty cake. New Orleans at home in week 14 will likely be a shootout and Dallas proved against the Titans that they can give up points to quarterbacks. I’m avoiding Tampa’s backfield and I’m not making a push for any of the secondary receivers because they like to spread the ball around.

 

 

  1. prey879 says:
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    Trade Sutton for Njoku in a ppr league if you are Gronk owner?

    Other receivers are Thielen, Hill, Landry, MVS and we only start two WR , no flex

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes absolutely

  2. Water boy says:
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    Morning MB! .5 ppr did I F up? I dropped Doug Martin this morning and added Elijah McGuire. I prob would’ve never played Martin as my RBs are DJ, Melvin Gordon, mixon, Kerryon, brieda, ekeler, Elijah McGuire. And I also added donta foreman as a stash he will hang out in my IR slot for now. I dropped my defensive player who I stream to get foreman & I put him in IR immediately so I can add a defensive player for this week.

    Next part of the W; hold DJ, Melvin Gordon, mixon as my 3 headed RBs or look to deal DJ for one of juju, Mike Evans, or obj?

    * obj / Evans are same team & his RBs outside of Kamara are weaker; he has Crowell, Chris Thompson, Alex Collins

    I feel that could be a win / win for both parties he would get an RB boost & he’d still have one of Evans or OBJ . Then for me I’d get an upgrade at WR

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah I’m totally fine with that! Yeah, Doug Martin has a built in role and looks good but I definitely like the upside of Elijah McGuire

  3. Mike says:
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    Need help! Gotta pick two from the following (one of which has to be a RB):

    – Tarik Cohen
    – Kerryon Johnson
    – Jordan Howard
    – Larry Fitzgerald
    – Josh Gordon
    – Aaron Jones

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Howard and Fitz this week

  4. steve stevenson says:
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    Sitting comfortably in 2nd, with the 1st place team and I virtually tied in points and far ahead of the rest of the league. I have a roster spot to play with and was gonna stash the Broncos DST for the playoffs since I have the Bears going v LAR and v GB in weeks 14 & 15. HOWEVER, the 1st place team would absolutely crumble if Gurley went down and Malcolm Brown is sitting there as a FA. Go for the block, or pick up a DST?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      D/ST. Self care first brother

  5. Rick says:
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    Too much to give up Mark Ingram for OJ Howard in a PPR league? My TE has been a struggle all season.

    My other Rbs: James White, Joe Mixon, and Kerryon

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Get you some juice

  6. Dave says:
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    Start Njoku or Kirk in flex (PPR)?

    Also, what do I do with Mark Ingram (Also PPR) he’s in my rb2 spot and is killing me, do I bench him for Mcguire, Doug Martin, or Ekeler? There’s also Smallwood, Josh Adams, Crowell, Riddick on the wire. I know its alot of bad options but Ingram might have a lower floor right now and really need a win this week.

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d start Kirk and Martin. Martin should see volume and is playing well

  7. steve stevenson says:
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    Half-PPR, would you drop Tre’Quan Smith for Dez?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Not touching Dez

  8. Scott says:
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    I added trequan smith a couple of weeks ago. The targets haven’t been there. Is he still worth owning as a upside bench player with Bryant now signing? I keep waiting for another breakout game. Or is he droppable now? Thanks

    • steve stevenson says:
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      @Scott: Get out of my head, Scott.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Droppable

  9. tommy says:
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    Just dropped humphries for dez .5 ppr , humphries was my worst WR . Ok with it? Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Not sure what affect Dez will have in crowded offense but I do know Humphries is seeing a lot of snaps and targets

      • tommy says:
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        @MB:

        Get humphries back? Or look to Anthony Miller? Or stills? Who do you like ROS: dez vs humphries vs Anthony Miller vs stills? Garçon is also available too

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Humphries is the steadiest, Miller with the highest ceiling

  10. howie2978 says:
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    Hey MB, thanks for these rankings, as always!

    Should drop Minnesota defense (on bye this week) for Bryant? I picked up LAC defense for this week, and could just ride them the rest of the season or stream.

    Thanks!!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I just don’t see the Dez upside right now

  11. Steinbeck says:
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    Owning in shallow PPR with two RB and no flex start
    DavidJ/Mack/Carson/McCoy

    Would you drop shady for Mike Davis (control SEA backfield) or JoshAdams (upside stash?)?

    Thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Mike Davis

  12. Rick says:
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    Hi sorry i’ve already asked about these two trades separately but I have them both on the table and can’t decide which one I prefer.

    Im Gronk owner looking to add an insurance plan at TE in a PPR league. Which of the two trades would you prefer:

    Trade A
    I get: OJ Howard
    I give: Mark Ingram

    Trade B
    I get: David Njoku
    I give: Courtland Sutton

    Current team
    Rbs: White, Mixon, Kerryon, Ingram
    Wrs: Thielen, Tyreek Hill, Landry, Sutton, MVS
    TE: Gronk

    Leaning towards Trade B since I have the WR depth but would require me to stream an additional TE next week with Gronk and Njoku both having byes

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d grab Howard for ingram

  13. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    dropped cobb and herndon (unless doyle gets hurt again was i really ever going to start him again, and now darnold who loved him is out for at least this week and their bye is 11 anyway) and with this:
    QB wentz
    12 teamer PPR. have:
    RB (2) barkley, chubb, coleman, barber, richard, royce
    WR (2) k.allen, jeffery, kirk, shepard, cobb, t.smith
    TE (1) doyle, herndon
    1 flex
    K butker
    DEF SF vs NYG this week, WAS for the playoffs (maybe a bit before too)

    with dez at NO, t.smith losing value (and didn’t do much of anything anyway last week in a game with tons of throws), and royce being screwed by undrafted rookie, drop either for any of: crowder, harris, moncreif, riddick, mcguire, ty-mont,

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      @Better Call Limehouse: i see the t.smith droppable above now so he’s a drop for one of these. royce could be for another.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      @Better Call Limehouse: Moncrief or McGuire are both suitable. Sucks for Tre’quan. Thought he would emerge

  14. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    yeah looked at how much better DEN’s D is in real life than WAS’s (5th DVOA vs 25th)
    and both have those nice matchups, am going with DEN. surprised i didn’t notice this difference before now.

  15. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    12 team half PPR.
    1. dump barber or j.adams for richard (also have martin, martin/barber my RB’s 4 and 5, start 2 with 1 flex) or mal brown (gurley owner)

    2. drop t.smith for which of harris/humphries (t.smith my WR 5, start 2)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d grab Mal Brown if you have every week starters locked in

  16. Darin says:
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    I’m 8-1 in my league followed by 6 guys at 5-4 tied for 2nd place. Every win matters for these guys, so i’m trying to play to their fears of missing the playoffs because one of their studs will be on a bye during one of the next 3 weeks.

    Effectively, I’m trying to leverage my ability to eat a bye in weeks 10-12 into upgrading from players on my team who have already had bye’s.

    The main guys I could trade with bye’s behind them are Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, Davante Adams, Michael Thomas and David Johnson. What type of upgrade would you need to trade of any of those guys knowing that my focus is on Weeks 15 and 16 for the playoffs? Non-PPR.

    Thanks.

    In addition to targeting guys who have not had their byes, i’m also thinking about guys like AJ green who are hurt for now.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Adam Thielen, DeAndre Hopkins, Josh Gordon, James White, Nick Chubb

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Darin: i wouldn’t trade for anything close to aj green’s normal price while hurt (unless dynasty), nor even if cheaper if you’d have to start him, these things can linger, and CIN might find themselves giving up at some point.

  17. Jason says:
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    MD I got 2 hours left before the trade window closes so hope you get this soon. Would you trade Barkley and Olson for D. Johnson and AJ Green I have Ertz but am weak at wide receiver I am 8-1 so if AJ gets back before the playoffs it should help me out a lot.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I wouldn’t trade Barkley.

  18. Steve says:
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    Trade: looking for an extra rb. My WRs r
    M. Jones, Brown, Baldwin, A. Robinson, C. Davis and C. Sutton.

    Should I trade either c. Davis or A. Robinson and m. Davis to obtain Breida? Which one is better?

    Another option. Pursue A. Collins by making similar offer to the Carson owner? Otherwise try to get Carson by trading a wr to obtain him? Suggestion?
    Thanks, u r always a great help. Appreciate it a lot
    Steve

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