Armchair Quarterback - Week 13

Here we are, folks.  The fantasy football playoffs.  Rather than peek back at yesterday's games to tell you stuff you may or may not already know, I thought it'd be more beneficial to provide you with some matchups to exploit over the next three weeks.  Need a waiver wire gem?  Not sure which of your starters have the best matchups?  This might help.

 

QUARTERBACKS

Philip Rivers (SDC):  Rivers has the best remaining schedule for QBs.  Carolina, Oakland and Cleveland all give up 23+ ppg to QBs.  And if you're in one of those leagues that actually play into Week 17, he gets the Chiefs, who also give up 23+.

 
Trevor Siemian / Paxton Lynch (DEN):  We will assume Siemian's foot is OK and he starts Week 14 and on.  But if something weird happens or the Broncos are eliminated from playoff contention, it could be Lynch.  Whoever it is faces TEN, NEP and KCC.  All games where 250/2 would be the baseline.

 
Jameis Winston (TBB):  The surging Bucs face NOS twice and DAL.  All games where Winston should top 20 fantasy points.

 
Derek Carr (OAK):  If you don't own Rivers, Carr might be the next-best QB option for the fantasy playoffs.  He faces KCC, SDC and IND.  Cha-ching.

 
RUNNING BACKS

Todd Gurley (STL):  Gurley has been terrible this season.  Let's just call a spade a spade.  But if there's any hope for him, it will be based on the schedule.  ATL, SEA and SFO all give 30+ ppg to the RB spot. 

 
Jonathan Stewart (CAR):  The Panthers' season is pretty much over so Stewart may give some looks up to guys like Cameron Artis-Payne.  But whoever it is, they face SDC, WAS and ATL.  Great remaining schedule for runners.

 
Jeremy Hill (CIN):  You might want to have another option in hand for your Super Bowl, but to get there, Hill could be a big help.  He faces CIN and PIT the next two weeks.  He should be the focal point of an offense that's lost Gio Bernard and A.J. Green (who may be back in the next couple of weeks too).

 
WIDE RECEIVERS

San Diego Chargers:  Not surprisingly, with Philip Rivers' schedule looking juicy, so does his pass catchers.  Tyrell Williams played through a shoulder injury yesterday, collecting 2 catches for 47 yards and a score on just 4 targets.  If he can heal up more, he'd be a solid WR option.  If not, Dontrelle Inman would be the guy to own.  Heck, regardless of Williams' health Inman should be a start.

 
Atlanta Falcons:  The Falcons' WR corps has the best remaining schedule:  LAR, SFO and CAR.  All give up nearly 40 ppg to WRs.  Obviously Julio Jones should finish strong, but look to Taylor Gabriel and Mohamed Sanu too.

 
San Francisco:  If you need to dumpster dive, the Niners' remaining schedule is actually somewhat favorable.  NYJ, ATL and LAR all give up solid yardage/scoring to WRs.  Now, the question is, which Niner WR do you go for?  Torrey Smith?  Quinton Patton?  Jeremy Kerley?  Might want to see who the target/catch leader is during Week 14 against the Jets and then pounce.  The ATL/LAR matchups are the better of the trio.

 
TIGHT ENDS

Hunter Henry (SDC):  Antonio Gates is old.  Henry is the future.  Expect the Bolts to work in their younger TE more as the season winds down.  Games against CAR and CLE should be money-makers.  But OAK (Week 15) only allows 13 ppg to TEs, so may be down that week.

 
C.J. Fiedorowicz (HOU): The Iowa product has been a nice surprise this season.  He'd be a bench candidate Week 15 against JAC, but games against IND and CIN should be productive.

 
Greg Olsen (CAR):  Tread carefully here.  As discussed above with J-Stew, the Panthers don't have much to play for and Olsen may not be able to take advantage of a good schedule.  SDC, WAS and ATL all let TEs score 14+ ppg.  If Olsen's targets go up Week 14-15, his Week 16 matchup against the Falcons is juicy.

 

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