It's championship week in fantasy football. This is what it's all come down to. Make the right call in Week 16 of the NFL season and you'll be caroling through the might in celebration. Make the wrong call and you'll be spending time with the Grinch. Hopefully I can help to direct you in the right direction so there will be spiked egg nog flowing and not a trip to Whoville.
A WEEKLY FANTASY BATTLE
I’m going to describe to you a way you can play fantasy football – against me. Thanks to Fanduel.com you will be able to take me on each week in fantasy football in a salary cap game. Chose your team and take me down. Simple as that. Should be a lot of fun and you can also win cash along the way, so why wouldn't you be interested? Here's the link to play: Take on The Oracle.
Note: Points/rankings referred to below are from a PPR setup.
The last four times Drew Brees has faced Carolina his average game: 356 yards, 3.5 scores. Don't forget that he threw for 315 yards and four scores against them in Week 14.
The last two weeks Jason Campbell has averaged 332 passing yards and two scores. He faces a Jets defense that ranks 7th from the bottom in passing yards (255 a week) while permitting 25 passing scores.
Kirk Cousins threw for 381 yards last week along with three scores and he has gone for 300 yards in both of his career starts. The Cowboys are beat up on defense and flat out brutal on that side of the football. Check it – they allow an average of 297 passing yards a week along with 29 touchdown passes.
Jay Cutler looked pretty sharp last week. The last two times he's faced the Eagles he thrown for six scores an no interceptions, and we all know how pathetic the Eagles are against the pass this season.
Andy Dalton has five touchdowns in his last two starts without an interception. He faces a Vikings club that is p-a-t-h-e-t-i-c against the pass. They've allowed the second most points to QBs in fantasy and a league worst 31 touchdowns through the air.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 402 yards and four scores last week in the best game of his career. He also has thrown for seven scores and just one interception against the Jaguars over his last three matchups. The Jags currently rank as the third worst defense in football against the QB.
Joe Flacco's knee is OK. Over his last four games against the Patriots, including the playoffs, he's thrown for 10 scores, only tossed two interceptions, and has averaged 304 passing yards a contest.
The last eight weeks of the NFL season there isn't a QB in football, not Manning not Brees, not one who is averaging more points a game than Nick Foles.
Over his last nine games Mike Glennon has thrown only five interceptions while tossing 14 scores. The Rams will put heavy pressure on him this week and they currently rank as the 13th hardest defense for a QB to run up against in fantasy.
Chad Henne threw for two scores last season in a home start versus the Titans (11/25/12). Rather amazingly Henne, who has 10 passing scores this season, has actually thrown for two scores in each of his last three games.
Andrew Luck has thrown for six scores the past two weeks. He faces a Chiefs team that has allowed the quarterback to average just 1.57 scores a game this season.
Peyton Manning has played 14 games. Only once has he failed to throw for two scores and only once has he failed to thrown for 285 yards.
Carson Palmer has a QB Rating of 106 over his last seven games. The Seahawks represent a tough challenge though. (1) Seattle is the toughest defense in fantasy against the QB. (2) Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and Rob Housler are all beat up.
The last five times that Ben Roethlisberger has taken the field he's thrown for 12 scores versus just one interception. The Packers rank 26th against the pass while allowing 26 TD passes with a mere nine picks.
Everyone, besides his family, hates Tony Romo. Everyone. Sorry to break it to you, but Romo has thrown for more yards than Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and RGIII. He's also tossed 29 scores versus nine interceptions. That's one more score than Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers and his +20 TD/INT ratio is better than that of Rivers (+19) Wilson (+16) and Brady (+13). Romo faces the Redskins, the 10th worst defense against QBs.
Matt Ryan lit up the Niners in the NFC Championship game for 396 yards and three scores. He doesn't have Julio Jones anymore and has thrown for only four scores in his last four games and nine in eight games.
Alex Smith threw five touchdowns last season. This is no joke – Smith's five touchdown passes were in the air for a total of 13 yards. It was all the receiver (thank you Mr. Charles). Can't discount the fact that he's thrown for at least two scores in 5-straight contests or that he has thrown for 285 yards in three of the games though. He faces the Colts who rank 16th against the QB.
Ryan Tannehill has thrown for eight touchdowns an only two interceptions in his last three wins. He faces a Bills team that is 12th best against QBs though they have allowed an average of two scores a week to the QB so it's not a brutal matchup.