By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
If you're still playing fantasy football in week 16, congratulations.
That means you are more than likely playing for a championship. If you
are playing for a championship, that means you still need to set your
lineups and obviously this week is the most important week of the 2014
fantasy football season. This week is do or die. There is no next week
(unless your championship week is week 17). This is the week you just
have to get it right. No margin for error. Every roster decision counts.
Best of luck to every owner vying for the championship in their
leagues. Here's a little something to help you out should you have
roster questions. Consider it an early Christmas present from The
Fantasy Sports Brain.
Fine- Tom Brady- New England Patriots- Of course it's "fine" to play Tom
Terrific every week because Tom Terrific has been as good as fantasy
quarterbacks get this season (after week four that is) but with a
terrific matchup on tap for championship week versus a Jets defense
allowing almost 20 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks,
Brady is a must start yet again. He is averaging 23.3 fantasy points per
game and hasn't scored under 20 fantasy points since the debacle in
Kansas City back in week four. He also has thrown multiple touchdowns in
every game since the week four blowout loss. Let Tom Brady help lead
your fantasy team to a championship.
Pine- Philip Rivers- San Diego Chargers- Rivers just hasn't been himself
the last two games scoring under 20 fantasy points in both contests.
Now with the news of a back injury that may be worse than previously
thought, it will be difficult for fantasy owners to trust him heading
into the biggest week of the fantasy season. It won't help matters any
that Rivers faces a 49ers defense that's ranked seventh versus the
quarterback and Rivers is looking like a less attractive option heading
into week 16.
Fine- C.J. Anderson- Denver Broncos- When the 2014 fantasy football is
done and over with, there's a good chance that C.J. Anderson will be one
of the fantasy waiver wire MVPs. Since week 10, Anderson has posted
just one single digit fantasy points game and is averaging almost 11
fantasy points per game since being named the Broncos starting tailback.
This week, C.J faces a Bengals defense that is allowing the third most
fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Fantasy owners really
couldn't ask for a better matchup heading into their championship game.
Pine- Latavius Murray- Oakland Raiders- After his breakout game versus
division rivals Chiefs, Murray has cooled off a bit. Having scored
single digit fantasy points the last two weeks may have fantasy owners
thinking twice before inserting him into their lineups. Making matters
worse is the opponent Murray will be facing this week the Bills, have
been one of the toughest defenses this season. Especially the last two
weeks. Buffalo is the fifth best fantasy defense versus the run and
Murray may have a difficult time finding much room to run.
Fine- A.J. Green- Yes I know every fantasy owner knows to play A.J.
Green each and every week but seeing how he had a disappointing week 15 may
scare some owners away. Well, I'm here to tell you to play Green with
he utmost confidence this week. Averaging over 13 fantasy points per
week and facing a defense in the Broncos allowing 35 fantasy points to
wide receivers is just the thing Green needs to bounce back from his
only single digit fantasy points game since week ten (which was his
first game coming off of an injury). If the Bengals wideout is on your
roster, get him in your lineups and sleep like a baby knowing he will
Pine- Larry Fitzgerald- Arizona Cardinals- Seeing how his last double
digit fantasy points game came six weeks ago and the Cardinals are down
to their fourth string quarterback and the Seattle Seahawks are the best
fantasy defense when it comes to defending against wide receivers, it's
best for fantasy owners to look elsewhere when it comes to deciding on
what to do with the multiple Pro Bowl wideout for championship week.
Fine- Dwayne Allen- Indianapolis Colts- Being one of the more consistent
fantasy tight ends this season, fantasy owners can trust the third year
tight end for another week when he suits up against the Dallas Cowboys.
Jerry's team is the worst when it comes to stopping the tight end and
Allen is averaging eight fantasy points per week while finding the end
zone four times in his last five games. In a season where the tight end
has been a major disappointment for fantasy owners, Dwayne Allen has
been as consistent as the position has come.
Pine- Mychal Rivera- Oakland Raiders- Having just one double digit
fantasy points game in his last five games, it's safe to say Rivera has
cooled off quite a bit. He has not scored more than four fantasy points
in a game except for week 14 and the Bills defense is allowing the
second least amount of fantasy points to the tight end. All of this is a
recipe for disaster if you're planning on starting Mychal Rivera in
Fine- Buffalo Bills- The Bills have to be the best option for a fantasy
defense heading into this week. They've faced Peyton Manning and Aaron
Rodgers on consecutive weeks and allowed exactly zero touchdowns. They
held Peyton to just 8.5 fantasy points in week 14 and Aaron Rodgers to
just 12 fantasy points in week 15. Fantasy owners must be salivating
thinking about what will happen to Derek Carr in week 16. The Buffalo
Bills defense is ready to help you capture a fantasy championship this
Pine- Denver Broncos- The Broncos are allowing the seventh most fantasy
points to opposing signal callers and most (if not every) fantasy owner
is expecting fire works in this Monday
night matchup. While Andy Dalton may not be the scariest quarterback
the Broncos have faced all season, he does have A.J. Green to throw to
and the Broncos are allowing 35 fantasy points per game to the wide
receiver. All the free agent acquisitions on defense the Broncos made
during the off season will not be enough to shut down the Bengals and
A.J. Green this week.