“EasyE doesn’t lose contests. He wins them. Or quits them because they are unfair” – Me right now, probably. And I’m sure many of you are in this same boat. Hopefully it’s more of the former and less of the latter (though the hypothetical situations and whining over small details that would have made someone victorious is what fantasy is all about). Win and you’re in? Playing spoiler? The NFL playoff hunt is getting real just as our fantasy one culminates. So much excitement this time of year and it’s another beautiful day to talk pigskin. Let’s clinch some playoff spots shall we? And how are we going to go about doing that?? .. We’re going streaming!! As always, I look at Yahoo ownership percentages after the waivers run on Thursday morning and focus on guys owned in less than 65% of leagues. I know you’re ready Snoop-a-loop. And you’ve already got the green hat. Marvelous.
Case Keenum – I know, Keenum has been the well I’ve gone back to recently. But why not? I can’t quit this guy right now and neither can the Vikings. Minnesnowta hasn’t lost a game in almost 2 months and the Falcons can’t stop collapsing defensively. Things don’t get easier for Atlanta if Desmond Trufant (concussion) and Brian Poole (back) don’t suit up on Sunday. Adam Thielen has been the cat’s pajamas this year and I would expect another game flirting with 100 yards. Also have to like Stefon Diggs here as well. If you have to win to get in, I’d have no issue starting Case over a guy like Rayne Dakota Prescott (you guys can call him Dak, but until he gets his swagger back, I’ll use his legal name), Derek Carr, Alex Smith, or even his opponent in this game Matt Ryan.
Brett Hundley – I know others are going to be high on Hundley after watching what he did on Sunday night primetime against the Steelers last week. And they should, because he played really well. Even if there is room for him to fall back down to Earth after that last performance, that should easily be made up by how bad this Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense is. The Bucs were a point of discussion on the Razzblitz podcast this week (where I joined MB and Zach, shameless plug but at least I was nice enough to not beat you over the head with it right off the bat) so go listen to our thoughts there. But there’s still some sparks of football left on this team. Randall Cobb has posted 3 games out of 4 since the bye week with more than 50 yards. Davante Adams has been much better than I thought he could be without Aaron Rodgers. If we can just get some life back in Jordy Nelson, Hundley should be worth a roll of them bones.
Austin Sefarin-Jenkins – So the yardage totals for ASJ haven’t been much to write home about, but if we can get him back scoring touchdowns like he was doing in the heart of October with this 7-9 targets, heck yes ASJ is worth a stream. There’s forces moving against him. The fact that all touchdowns must now be OK’d by Robbie Anderson in case he wants one, the fact that Kansas City has been tough against the tight end (giving up just one tight end to a tight end this year), the fact that his name is Austin Sefarin-Jenkins and he’s been a constant dolt in the league. But I think McCown will keep giving him looks and redemption is one pass that doesn’t fall on the ground after it hits you right in the damn hands.
Charles Clay – No worries, Nathan Peterman is back on the bench. And Clay was back on the field grabbing 60 yards last week, which would be great for a streaming TE play. Clay is only owned in 34% of leagues, which kind of shocks me. Kelvin Benjamin is probably not going to go this week, Jordan Matthews has been garbage this year.. You want Tyrod Taylor over 200 yards in fantasy this week? That means Clay has to grab another 50-60. And boy, wouldn’t it be nice to see him score his first touchdown since week 3.
Bears D/ST – Couldn’t find the stones to write Adam Shaheen into this article, so lets give the Bears some more love. Everyone knew last week was going to be a rough one against the Eagles, that shouldn’t be a surprise. But there’s a lot of layers to this game. Jimmy G starting his first game for the Niners back in his home state of Illinois. Now the Bears only have 4 picks on the season, but they have shown an ability to get to opposing QBs. San Francisco has given up the 6th most sacks in the league, tied with the Jets. If a couple of those sacks turn into fumbles, the opportunity is there for this D to rack up some points. The playbook is going to be pretty vanilla for Garoppolo, which means I’ll take some Bear shares this weekend.
Giants D/ST – Even though I’m trying to get away from the Giants as much as possible to end the year (well, minus the front seats I’d like to Ben McAdoo’s sh*tcanning), if you’re looking for a desperation play at D, here you go. Just to be clear, this is “break in case of extreme emergency” territory, but I don’t love alot of what’s left to stream. Detroit? Maybe. Tennessee? Pass. The Giants offense could leave the D out to dry if they play like the Cheifs did for the first half of last weeks game. But no Michael Crabtree and no Amari Cooper is a massive obstacle for this Raiders team to overcome. And it’s not like they are going to lean on the running game. Do I think we’re looking at 6 sacks like they totaled against Washington last week? Of course not because the Raiders O line isn’t swiss cheese like the Redskins. But if there is just a second more in the pocket for Carr because these secondary receivers are struggling to find space, we could be in buisness. Stay woke.
Josh Lambo – Hey, the Jaguars can’t convert every drive into touchdowns against the Colts. At least, I don’t think so. Maybe they can, I got a C in Statistics in college. But what I know is the Jags will be all over Indy like a superior football team beating the snot out of an inferior one (and you thought I was going to use a clever simile. Joke’s on you – also got a C in College Writing). Sign me up and sign me out for this week. Let’s get it!