The Final Fantasy: Week 16

This is it the final week of Fantasy. We’re into the final championship games. We have had two matchups already, with Jordan Reed being the player to have started. This week won’t be too indepth, I think there have been too many injuries to make looking at consistency a difficult prediction tool. Generally it has been hard to predict which players are likely to do well, I have been wrong on many weeks, hence why the Gents teams generally have done poorly. Apart from in the Quidditch league in which we won the regular season and now in the Championship decider. Honest it was not a fix. I’ll announce the other winners in another post and on the podcast. The winners this week from League A and B get ready to put to pick your ultimate fantasy line up to be crowned the Gridiron Gent Superbowl Fantasy Champion.

Wide receivers

Last few weeks the Panthers Ted Ginn Jr has been a regular points machine. I appreciate he is not necessarily readily available but does appear to be available in 53% of leagues. I think he has a good matchup this week against the Falcons as he is one of Cam’s go to TD guys.

Obviously Odell Beckham’s suspension causes a massive headache as he has been the 2nd highest scoring WR in the last four weeks. The top is Doug Baldwin and though the Rams can be stingy in giving up yards, they do concede them against receivers. Him and Wilson have a good connection. I would start him, he is available in just under 1 in 5 leagues.

In the same vein I would probably also start Seahawks no.2 receiver Tyler Lockett. Available in a staggering 64% (or just under 2:3 leagues) I do not think the Rams could shut down both receivers as they will then be worried about Wilson running. As much as I think Aaron Donald will cause Wilson problems, he has shown enough of a cool head to still make the passes when it matters.

Kamar Aiken has actually been a bit of a, well maybe just torch light in the darkness that is generally a woeful Ravens team, but even with Clausen throwing to him and up against a good Chiefs defense, he had a career game. It is important to remember that even though the Steelers comprehensively beat the Broncos last week, it is possible to move the ball against them. I think Aiken is worth a start, he seems to thrive against tough challenging teams, well in fantasy terms anyway. He is a no.2 receiver and unless you have two better receivers or a receiver and RB that you can start as a flex, I think he is worth playing or picking up (available in 78% of leagues though taken in all the Gents ones).

If you have either Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker then yes I would start them. Yes I know the Patriots have a good secondary but these are two good players. They get yards and they are TD targets. If you’ve been starting so far I wouldn’t stop.

I admit a question about Jarvis Landry, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Cooks would stump me a bit this week. All three have had weeks recently where you would have expected them to score more points. I am a bit torn myself. I think Johnson is worth a start unless he actually is injured but there does not seem to be any real question marks about him. For some reason I think Landry won’t score so well against the Colts, someone else will. So Brandon Cooks is my more certain here, so yeah go with him.

Running Backs

Urgh bane of my fantasy life is this position. OK I know you will all be starting DeAngelo Williams, I have no problem with this, this is a sensible move. I would also start the Cardinals’ David Johnson, as for the last four weeks he has been the leagues no.1 scoring RB in fantasy and it looks like he is going to take most of the carries against the Packers, who did allow McFadden to run for over 100 yards. So do the sensible thing people.

I think Lamar Miller is a good choice against the Colts tonight, a team who can on occasion stop the pass but certainly can’t stop the run game yet. So when I say Landry could be iffy it is because I think Miller may be the go to guy. Saying that with Jay Ajayi could steal the show and I think if you are in a deep league, you have suffered horrendous injuries, Ajayi seems to be getting more carries and targets, with some analysts reckoning this is associated with Miller becoming an impending free agent. Both players are flex choices, for me in any case. Ajayi is available in 99% of leagues.

In one league I have generally kept Antonio Andrews on the bench and last three weeks have kind of regretted it. He gets carries and is targeted by Mariota and as good as the Texans d is I think Andrews could quite easily earn you 7 points. I know not much but handy as a flex position and I think he is likely to get more. Only start as a no.2 RB if you are desperate, otherwise I think a good flex option.

As a risky play, if you have Karlos Williams why not start him and Mike Gillislee? I am entertaining this idea myself as playing in a consolation bracket. LeSean McCoy is inactive, so picking up Gillislee makes sense as Williams is probable and may not get that many carries just in case he aggravates his injury. It is a bit crazy but I think they have a good matchup against the Cowboys.

Tight Ends

There is little point covering this position as my number one starter has played. But hey ho will have a quick look who else should play as well as Gronk. Well both Delanie Walker and Julius Thomas have risen through the ranks in the last four weeks, and as much as I think Mariota may struggle, I think Walker will be his usual go to guy and will get some yards and between him and Andrews, the scores. Julius Thomas has seen increasing number of targets as Bortles has gained in confidence and, without the Allens at time, also targets. Up against an improving Saints secondary, I think the Jags will try stretching them and Thomas will get the right matchups for him. I expect maybe 1 TD and maybe 20 yards, tidy 8 points or so. Know what, why not try Zach Miller as well if you need an option for whatever reason, just because he faces the Bucs and it could be one of those games.

Defensive players

Over the last four weeks these have been some of the top fantasy DBs: Deone Bucannon, Reshad Jones, Marcus Peters and Kurt Coleman. I would pick them up and start them all. Landon CollinsMark Barron and Mike Adams also all have favourable match ups. In fantasy DL terms: well Aaron Donald and Muhammad Wilkerson are obvious starters but last four weeks has Olivier Vernon move up and I think he also has a great match up this week. Ezekiel Ansah is facing the 49ers, I think that speaks for itself, start him.

Kickers

Who do I think will be doing a lot of FG kicks? Well actually Randy Bullock may well have to make a few, so probably worth a start. Mike Nugent as well. Dan Bailey has been one of the most accurate kickers and the way the Cowboys have been scoring their main points scorer as well. I think Brandon McManus will also be required to make a few long range attempts against the Bengals.

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