From Fantasy Focus
This is it. We are in the playoffs. Danny and Cakes have been offering great advice all year, and it’s going to continue throughout the playoffs. Enjoy the ride.
Each week, Cakes and Danny Rouhier will answer your questions and give you their opinions on what your moves should be. If you have any questions you’d like them to tackle, click here.
Cakes, Do you like Houston ’s D against Cincy or the underrated Seattle defense against the very awful Rams on Sunday? Seattle is a FA in my league. – Brian, Hail Skinz
Cakes: Even though the Houston defense is superior across the board to the Seattle unit, I’m going to advise you to start the Seahawks this weekend. The Rams are coming off a 26-0 blanking at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, and face another tough divisional road game, at Century Link Field this Sunday. The Rams have played six road games this season, and their highest scoring output has been 16 points, in a Week 2 loss to the New York Giants…and that was with Sam Bradford at the helm. Bradford has missed action with a high ankle sprain, and even if he plays this weekend, he won’t be close to 100%. That means there’s a good chance A.J. Feeley starts the game, and that’s good news for the Seahawks defense. Start the Seahawks with confidence, especially if Sam Bradford is inactive again, like he was in the shutout loss to San Francisco.
Danny, I had Fred Davis…it’s pretty dry on the wire. Who is the best of the worst here? Greg Olson, Scott Chandler (maybe hurt), Ed Dickson, or Jake Ballard- Steven, Gone Fishin’
Danny: I like Ballard this week. Dallas hasn’t done a great job covering TEs this year and I could see a nice day from Ballard against a weak LB core. I think Dickson is a better player in real life than in fantasy. He might have a decent day vs the Indiana Andrew Lucks, but I can see a day where Baltimore only throws the ball 7 times. Chandler’s only value is when he catches TDs and that well seems to have dried up. Olson has a below average matchup against Atlanta. I’d roll with Ballard.
I made the playoffs, but I need 2 of 3 here! Do you like BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Ahmad Bradshaw, or Cedric Benson? Red, NerfHerder
Cakes: I think Green-Ellis is a must start, facing a Redskins defense that gave up three rushing touchdowns to Shonn Greene last week. Though he’s only had 20 carries over the past two weeks, BJGE has still found the end zone three times. The Patriots rushing attack has been spotty, but in a game where New England could get out to a lead early, Green-Ellis could play a big role in running out the clock at Fed Ex Field on Sunday.
Even though he faces a Texans rushing defense that’s allowing just 90 rushing yards per game, I’m recommending Benson for your second RB spot. The Bengals are desperate for a win to keep pace for a Wild Card spot, and will have to lean heavily on Benson to accomplish that goal. Benson was held to just 13 carries in the 35-7 thrashing in Pittsburgh last weekend, and will have to be much more heavily involved against Houston. Look for Benson to top 20 carries, grind out close to 100 yards, and find the end zone once.
Good luck in the playoffs!
Hey, looking for help with two here. Miles Austin – NYG, Vincent Jackson – BUF, Brandon Lloyd – @SEA or Antonio Brown – CLE. Thanks! Mikael, Northern Bombers
Danny: Definitely roll with V Jax against Buffalo. Matchups don’t get better than this one against the worst defense in the Western Hemisphere. If Austin can go, he’s the 2nd seed there but keep checking the injury report to make sure. The Giants are awful in the secondary and the Cowboys will take advantage. If Austin is no go, I like Brown. He’s been targeted a whole bunch and his role is ever increasing. I don’t trust the STL offense to make a bowl of cereal at this stage, let alone move the ball against a solid Seattle defense at home where they are especially frisky.
Rivers looked great on Monday night. Should I go with him against Buffalo or Big Ben against the Browns? Thanks! Theo, Theo the Great
Cakes: I’m going to ride the hot hand, and start Philip Rivers against Buffalo this week. I would expect to see the Steelers do exactly what the Ravens did to the Browns woeful rushing defense last week…pound the ball at them relentlessly. The Ravens outrushed the Browns 290-59, so why wouldn’t Pittsburgh exploit that glaring weakness? Ben Roethlisberger should post decent numbers, but I would expect better results from Rivers. He gets to face a demoralized Buffalo squad that has dropped 5 straight contests, and has to travel 3,000 miles to face a team that still has a slight chance of winning the AFC West. Rivers posted a 146 rating in the Monday Night rout of Jacksonville, and has 12 touchdowns against just 6 interceptions in his last 6 games. Norv Turner is a lovable loser, but Philip Rivers could make your fantasy squad a winner this weekend with another strong performance.
Darren Sproles or Roy Helu? Can’t decide. Zeke, StiffArm Man
-Helu. Ride that train. He’s getting the rock 28.5 times per game over his last 2 and the Patriots have an atrocious defense. The Redskins now, literally, have no one else they can turn to for positive offensive yards. Sproles is a decent play this week but it’s a challenge to predict who gets the love in the Drew Brees share the wealth style. I like to roll with guys who I know are going to get more touches.