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.
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.