Friday, December 21, 2012

Best Matchups for Fantasy Football Playoffs Week 16

If you are playing in Week 16, you are playing for all the marbles, so congratulations to you!  After drafting your team and tweaking it throughout the season via waiver wire and trades, this is it.  There is not much left to do other than play the best lineup you can assemble with the players you currently own.  We want to help you win that championship!

Key Injuries:
QB: Robert Griffin III
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw, Fred JacksonRyan Mathews
WR: Dwayne Bowe, Dez BryantPercy Harvin, Malcom Floyd
TE: Brent Celek

QBs
  • Aaron Rodgers vs Tennessee Titans
    • Rodgers has not thrown for 300 yards since week 7 against the Rams and only has 5 passing TDs in his last 4 games. Not having a healthy Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings is hurting Rodgers production.
  • Cam Newton vs Oakland Raiders
    • Arguably the best QB in football since week 11. Averaging 261 pass yards, 58 rush yards per game with 12 total TDs and 0 INTs
  • Matt Ryan vs Detroit Lions
    • Before lighting up the Giants secondary, Ryan had 4 TDs and 7 INTs in his previous 4 games.

  • Tony Romo vs New Orleans Saints
    • Romo is averaging 338 passing yards with 9 TDs in his last 4 games.  Is this the week Romo tanks just like every other important December game?
  • Matt Schaub vs Minnesota Vikings
    • Hard to trust with such a good run game. Schaub has 4 TDs in his last 4 games.
  • Sam Bradford vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Bradford is very hit or miss, but he does have 4 multiple TD games in his last 6.
  • Andrew Luck vs Kansas City Chiefs
    • Luck will throw it a ton, so with a lot of yards comes INTs and he's got 18 of them this year.
  • Tom Brady vs Jacksonville Jaguars
    • Lets face it - Tom Brady is the ideal fantasy football QB. 
  • Peyton Manning vs Cleveland Browns
    • After throwing 3 TDs in 7 of his previous 9 games, Peyton only has 1 TD in each of his last 2 games.

RBs

  • Doug Martin vs St. Louis Rams
    • It seems like the rookie has hit a wall, gaining 60 yards on the ground only once in his last 4 games.
  • DeMarco Murray vs New Orleans Saints
    • Murray has scored in all 3 games since returning from his injury.
  • Reggie Bush / Daniel Thomas vs Buffalo Bills
    • Reggie Bush is getting the bulk of the carries, but neither RB is finding the endzone.
  • Darren McFadden vs Carolina Panthers
    • McFadden looked healthy last week, getting 30 carries and catching 4 balls as well.
  • Mikel Leshoure/Joique Bell vs Atlanta Falcons
    • Bell is eating into Leshoure's carries but Leshoure is the one scoring TDs and Bell is the one active in the pass game.
  • DeAngelo Williams vs Oakland Raiders
    • Hasn't scored on the ground since week 9 but has scored a receiving TD in each of the last 2 weeks.
  • Chris Johnson vs Green Bay Packers
    • After failing to score or run for more than 80 yards in his past 3 games, Chris Johnson burned the Jets defense for a 94 yard TD on MNF.
  • Jamaal Charles vs Indianapolis Colts
    • After hitting the 100 yard mark in 4 of his last 5 games, Charles was held to 10 yards on 9 attempts against the Raiders.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw/David Wilson vs Baltimore Ravens
    • Bradshaw is coming off an injury and David Wilson split carries with Lumpkin in the Falcons blowout over the Giants
  • Stevan Ridley/Danny Woodhead vs Jacksonville Jaguars
    • Patriots losing faith in Ridley after a costly fumble against the 49ers. Woodhead getting more and more snaps and is valuable in the pass game.
  • Jonathan Dwyer vs Cincinnati Bengals
    • Dwyer hasn't rushed for 50 yards in his last 4 games.

WRs
  • Dez Bryant / Miles Austin vs New Orleans Saints
    • Despite a broken finger Bryant still scored a TD and now has scored in 6 straight games. Miles Austin has 1 TD since week 7.
  • Demaryius Thomas / Eric Decker vs Cleveland Browns
    • Thomas has not hit 100 yards since week 10 and Decker only has 1 TD his last 4 games.
  • Randall Cobb / James Jones vs Tennessee Titans
    • Jones blew up with 3 TDs last week as Rodgers looks his way when the Packers are in the red zone and Cobb continues to make plays but has not scored since week 11.
  • Jeremy Maclin vs Washington Redskins
    • Maclin is the only healthy offensive player the Eagles have left and defenses are making sure he doesn't beat them.
  • Danny Amendola vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • Amendola caught his first TD since September in week 15.
  • Brian Hartline vs Buffalo Bills
    • Hartline's lone TD this year came way back in September, 10 games without one.
  • Steve Smith vs Oakland Raiders
    • As Cam Newton heats up, Smith's production has gone up. Over 100 yards in 2 of his last 3 games and has scored in 2 of those games as well.
  • Roddy White / Julio Jones vs Detroit Lions
    • Jones has 4 TDs in his last 4 games with at least 5 catches in each. White has 1 TD since week 6.
  • Pierre Garcon vs Philadelphia Eagles
    • Garcon has scored in 3 of his last 4, going for 80+ yards in those 3 games. Bigger threat if RG3 plays.
  • Andre Johnson vs Minnesota Vikings
    • After a very slow start to the season, Johnson is putting up big numbers in the second half of the season. Still only has 4 TDs though.

TEs
  • Tony Gonzalez vs Detroit Lions
    • Gonzalez is by far the most consistent TE in the game. He's closing in on 100 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 TDs for the season.
  • Jason Witten vs New Orleans Saints
    • Witten has 97 catches on the year as he continues to rack in the catches, but only scored his 2nd TD of the year in week 15. Went 9 games without one.
  • Jimmy Graham vs Dallas Cowboys
    • After scoring 8 TDs in his first 9 games, Graham has failed to score a TD in his last 4. His production is way down.
  • Heath Miller vs Cincinnati Bengals
    • At least 5 catches in his last 4 games with 2 TDs in that span. Big red zone threat for Big Ben.
  • Mercedes Lewis vs New England Patriots 
    • Only has 4 catches for 12 yards over his last 2 games.
  • Jermichael Finley vs Tennessee Titans
    • Rodgers has been looking Finley's way more often as of late, but still not scoring.
  • Benjamin Watson vs Denver Broncos
    • Has not scored in 4 games and is hard to trust as he doesn't rack up the yards.
  • Greg Olsen vs Oakland Raiders
    • 4 catches for 50 yards seems to be an average game for Olsen but he does have 4 TDs in his last 6 games.
  • Kyle Rudolph vs Houston Texans
    • Just as it seemed like Rudolph was getting back to becoming a must play TE, he only had 3 catches for 22 yards in his last 2 games.

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