I use fantasy points against in figuring our pass and rush strategery for the week, but it’s a little harder to look at each position using the strategery numbers. I decided to split them up by the average fantasy points scored on each defense and where they ranked for QB, RB, WR, and TE for the last 6-7 weeks and plugged those rankings into the schedule for weeks 14, 15, and 16. Does that even make sense? Yes, of course it does.
Running Back FPA:
Our man Darren McFadden hasn’t quite come back to form since his injury, but he has the easiest playoff stretch of any running back. I think he’ll be very useful. The Falcons will be tough on LaGarrette Blount this week, but he gets a nice fantasy playoff stretch that you can cash in on. I want to say my man Beanie Wells will snap out of it and stop sucking, but I can’t guarantee that, but his schedule is too good to drop him. I’ve been touting Knowshon Moreno’s fantasy schedule and he’s been doing good things lately against even good run defenses.
I’ve talked about Josh Freeman’s nice schedule. He should be a good backup to have during the playoffs. The rich keep getting richer if you are an Aaron Rodgers owner. Ditto for Michael Vick owners. Kyle Orton and Jon Kitna’s playoff schedule has looked good all season and it still is.
Wide Receiver FPA:
The Saints and Cowboys receivers have the easiest schedules going forward. I could see grabbing Robert Meachem as a possible home run pick. Vincent Jackson has a nice appointment with the crumbling Bengals in week 16, which is the only reason to keep him around at this point.
Tight End FPA:
The Arizona Cardinals tight ends should have an easy row to . . . uh, right, they are horrid. Jermaine Gresham has a decent schedule, but he’s just too inconsistent. Todd Heap could be steady. Whoever the Texans trot out there might have value. Chris Cooley should continue to be worthwhile. But when it comes down to it tight ends are extremely unpredictable this season. So much depends on the game plan and game flow. Do they need to pass or run block? Will they get red zone targets? A lot depends on touchdowns when you average 50 yards a game (if you are lucky).