Fantasy Players to Target for the Playoffs

The fantasy football playoffs are less than two weeks away for most people and there are players with great match ups that could lead teams to a championship. From weeks 14-16 these players are ones you are going to want

Sammy Watkins: Watkins has missed 8 games this season to to discomfort in his surgically repaired foot that he had done in the offseason. During this past week he made his triumphant return and actually impressed. He played 22 of 55 snaps and still managed to muster 3 receptions for 80 yards. Watkins has tremendous upside and has the potential to be a top 10 fantasy receiver. With him back and looking like his old self, he may win a bunch of people their leagues. In week 14, he faces the Steelers who rank 23rd against the pass. Then in week 15, he faces the Browns who rank 19th against the pass. Then finally, in week 16, he faces the Dolphins who rank 9th but the Bills are home and the Dolphins’ pass defense is much worse on the road than at home. Tyrod Taylor also becomes a nice option as well. All aboard the Sammy train.

Mike Evans: Not that you would ever consider sitting him in the first place as he has proved to be matchup proof, but Evans has a great schedule down the stretch. The only reason this is, is because he gets to face the porous Saints pass defense TWICE during the fantasy playoffs. In weeks 14 and 16 Evans draws the Saints and should have huge games in both. The Saints rank 27th against the pass and that rank may go even further down once Evans is finished with them. Jameis Winston would obviously also be a great option and for a tight end option, Cameron Brate would not be half bad either. Between those two games are the Cowboys who actually rank 30th…have fun Bucs owners.

Tyrell Williams: Williams has been a surprise breakout player this year largely due to injuries. Two of the Chargers’ main offensive threats, Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, both went down for the year early in the season thus opening the door for Williams. Since week 5, Williams has only had 2 weeks with under 18 fantasy points in PPR leagues. The two games where he did not reach that amount were against the Broncos who happen to be 1st against the pass. Williams draws the Panthers in week 14 who allow the 7th most fantasy points to receivers, the Raiders in week 15 who allow the 9th most points to receivers, and the Browns in week 16 who allow the 5th most points to receivers. This makes Philip Rivers also a great option and potentially other players like Antonio Gates or Dontrelle Inman but they are inconsistent regardless of matchup. Either way, expect the Chargers’ offense to thrive in those three games.

Jordan Howard: The Bears have had an overall nightmare season due to injuries and suspensions. Jay Cutler and Zach Miller are out for the year and Alshon Jeffery is suspended until week 15. With that being said, Howard is the Bears best option on offense and has two solid match ups in weeks 15 and 16. If you can make it past week 14 in which Howard faces a stout Lions run defense, then it is smooth sailing from there. In week 15 he faces a Packers run defense who have been overall pretty good but actually have allowed the 3rd most points to running backs the last 4 weeks. Then in week 16, he faces the Redskins who allow the 9th most points to running backs. Along with ideal match ups for Howard, it falls on the workload he gets now. It is a safe bet for him to get 20+ touches a game because of the missing pieces on offense so the Bears have no choice but to heavily rely on him.

Jeremy Hill: A lot like Howard, Hill is going to be heavily relied on due to key pieces gone from their offense. Giovani Bernard and A.J.Green are both likely out for the year so somebody has to get more work. Hill rarely worked on passing downs with Bernard healthy and now he gets thrusted into a featured back role. With the new increased role, he is bound to have better production during the fantasy playoffs and actually has decent match ups. In week 14 Hill gets an opportunity to tear up the 2nd worst defense against running backs in fantasy in the Browns and then against the 4th worst run defense against running backs in fantasy in the Steelers. This may be the best two game stretch for an RB in the fantasy playoffs and someone to definitely target if your trade deadline has not passed.


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