It seems like every season there is a player that was heavily dropped during the regular season that comes back during the weeks of the fantasy football playoffs with an absolute vengeance. Last year, it was was Derrick Henry and the tear that he went on in weeks 14-16, including that unforgettable 99-yard touchdown run that seemed to take an entire quarter to complete and then forgive my long-term memory, you’ll have to let me know what guy that was in the previous seasons. 

This year, it’s Jameis Winston. Yes, Jameis has a 300-yard game in each of his games since week 6 except for one, but having over 450 yards and at least 4 touchdowns in two straight games is fantasy league-altering. Now you’re not dreading putting Jameis in your lineup for the fantasy championship. It’s one of the slots that you’re looking forward to. This is especially true considering that the Bucs match up nicely with the Houston Texans in week 16. The Texans have looked a little better on defense, but they still struggle against opposing quarterbacks and this one falls as a trap game in between matchups against the Tennessee Titans

Of course it doesn’t help that Chris Godwin and Mike Evans had their seasons cut short but the emergence of Breshad Perriman and Scott Miller should keep things moving in the right direction for Tampa’s offense.

Donkey Teeth is off studying at the bibliotecas of Spain, so I will have the only review of the day. Here is what stood out to me in week 15. 

Performance Checks

Ryan Tannehill was looking like he was going to be a bust in the first half against the Texans. But in true legend fashion, Tannehill made garbage time his time and threw two touchdown passes and also ran one in during the second half. Coming into the week, Tannehill was QB3 in ppg that he has started this year and I don’t see that budging in the wrong direction after Sunday. 

– AJ Brown should always be in your lineups if you are an owner. He has become the most trusted Tennessee target. Brown saw 13 targets and caught 8 of them for 114 yards and a touchdown. 

Carlos Hyde has had about the quietest 1,000 yard season that I can remember. Maybe it’s because I live so far from Texas, but either way, Hyde racked up 100 yards and a touchdown. He’s turned his career around after it looked like it was over in Cleveland and Jacksonville. 

Keenan Allen also crossed the 1,000 yard barrier on Sunday and this is his 3rd straight 1,000 yard season. It’s going to take a couple of big games for him to get to the 1,300-1,400 yard prediction that I had during the preseason, but I wouldn’t put it past him to get there.

– I think that I saw that Chris Carson was started in 2/3rds of DraftKings lineups this weekend and he did not disappoint. Despite the backdoor cover from the Panthers, Carson ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Without Penny, Carson is in another good spot on Sunday against the Cardinals who just let Nick Chubb run all over them on Sunday.

– The Panthers get the Colts next week, so if Marlon Mack makes it through tonight healthy, he needs to be in your lineup.

Sony Michel went for 89 yards on the ground and had 1 catch for 14 yards but it was Rex Burkhead finding the endzone on the ground for the Patriots.

Joe Mixon is being renamed Joe Mission because he is on one. He was force fed on his way to 136 yards on the ground, because what else are the Bengals going to do? 

Aaron Jones was under 4 yards per carry against the Bears on Sunday, but it doesn’t really matter when you punch in your 13th and 14th touchdowns of the year on the ground. His draft price is probably going to be a little inflated in 2020, but we’ll see next summer.

– Another big game for Anthony Miller and my best ball squads couldn’t be happier. He finishes up the fantasy football season against Kansas City and I would recommend fitting him in your lineup, weather pending.

– Outside of a big pile of snow and the dominance of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, there’s not much to talk about from the Kansas City game. Darwin Thompson led the backfield in carries so he might be worth a week 16 flier in deep leagues. 

– If you made it through the Dalvin Cook injury, you’d be wise to pick up Mike Boone who scored 2 touchdowns on 56 yards.

– It was a total trap game for the 49ers and Julio Jones took advantage catching 13 balls for 139 yards and two touchdowns including the game winner. 

Raheem Mostert did, in fact, lead the 49ers backfield on Sunday and had over 50 yards on the ground and a touchdown. You could have done worse for your flex.

– It’s hard to believe how good of a game that Miles Sanders had after his showing against the Giants in week 14. I’m back in, I’m inspired, I’m once again in love with all things Miles Sanders

Kareem Hunt has also been a solid flex play. No endzone work on Sunday, but he caught 8 balls for 62 yards and had 14 yards on the ground and that was good for 15 PPR points.

– No rush to pick up Damiere Byrd. This game was probably an outlier for him.

Leonard Fournette – 15 carries for 42 yards. 5 catches for 31 yards. If he wasn’t catching passes, we’d be talking about a big time bust.

– In a fitting farewell to the Black Hole, the Raiders let one of the worst teams in the NFL come from behind to beat them. But, Josh Jacobs muscled his way to over 100 all-purpose yards and Darren Waller did the same through the air. 

– Before clicking on the box score and seeing that the Vikings scored 39 points, one might figure that either Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen had a big day, but unfortunately, that was not the case. Thielen caught 3 balls for 27 yards and Diggs caught 4 for 76 yards. 

Melvin Gordon had an ugly day, putting 2 fumbles into the Viking’s hands. Ekeler also had a quiet day on the ground but he did catch 5 passes for 62 yards. 

  1. Toby says:

    MB – thanks for all your help this season. I have a 3.5 point lead heading into tonight and my opponent is done for the week. Is there any sense in playing Kamara?

    For what it’s worth, Yahoo is giving him a 7% chance to win (even thought that seems really high) if I play Kamara versus a 0% chance if I don’t.

    Not a big deal either way but curious to know what you think…

    • MB

      MB says:

      My pleasure.

      Nope, sit him. Goal is to get to the championship and you are there. Take a knee and we’ll get after ‘em saturday

    • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:

      do not ever trust anything yahoo says, be that projected scores like here (i’ve seen somebody up 50 with one player left and and his opp has no players left and it’ll give like a 2% chance, and it’s impossible that one player scores a -50) or the “draft grades” post draft. kamara clearly has less than a 7% chance of getting a -7 (unless yr league has settings for VERY high negatives that i’m not aware of), that’s like 4 TO’s but no yards or catches.

      • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:

        sorry, that’s like 2 TO’s and no yards or catches. either way you can bench though. unless you get some bonus for most points for entire season (including playoffs) then it’s an easy start him. if not it’s a negative freeroll to play him (lose or break even)

  2. Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:

    guess we can shit can j.gordon even in dynasty leagues now right, he’s gonna get over a year this time around. rotoworld reported he was caught i think it reads this time for BOTH roids (HGH, something like that) AND drugs (weed likely in his case, but i read about him having pill issues too). dude’s got a lab inside him.

    • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:

      with this lineup, add who out of gus the bus (handcuff value), hollister/rudolph/j.smith (probably best backup TE), for half PPR 2 QB dynasty?

      QB (2): mahomes, rodgers, tannehill (wow it’s nice to find somebody like this where you didn’t have to draft them, it’s RARE in this league, mahomes i drafted in the 1st round of his rookie year, also had held rosen for a long time), haskins
      RB (2): kamara, ingram, ekeler, hyde, michel
      WR (3): boyd, edelman, k.allen, j.gordon, watkins, ross
      TE (1): ertz, hollister
      2 regular flexes
      IR (2): thielen
      kicker (1): LAC kicker
      team D (1): PHI
      IDP flexes (4): d.davis, b.martinez, j.hicks, z.cunningham
      IR (2): j.adams

      • Super Terrific Carpal Tunnel Virusy Box vs Mail Robot (who wins?) says:

        oops, this was the pre hollister drop to get thielen out of IR slot. thielen is out and hollister is in FA as of now.

    • MB

      MB says:

      Yeah he’s probably done

  3. The Harrow says:

    they’re decoying hilton again like last time, i hope nobody bought that he’d actually be playing much and left their playoff lives up to it.

    • The Harrow says:

      hilton was in the game late in the game, when it was FAR over, so if he was injured why play him when they’re down 34-0 when you didn’t play him earlier (i KNOW he was off the field for a few 3rd downs in 1st QT for sure), unless say you care more about not getting shutout rather than being competitive in the game. brissett is just bad. tons of awful (brady like in fact) throws when the game wasn’t over yet.

    • MB

      MB says:

      What a sh*tshow that colts offense was

  4. Nate says:

    MB, just came here to say great call on Higbee and thanks. Made it to the finals.

    At this point, would you roll with him against SF in week 16? Or go with Goedert or OJ Howard in better matchups?

    Related question: Would you start SF DEF vs LAR, or should I put in a claim for the Colts vs CAR?

    • MB

      MB says:

      Hey Nate! Higbee if Everett is inactive, OJ Howard if Everett is active. I’d stick with SF

      • Nate says:

        Awesome, thanks!

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