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Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans

Venue: NRG Stadium(Houston)Sat. 1-4 @ 4:35 pm ESTOver/Under: 43.5

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Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans
Game Time: Saturday, January 4 at 4:35pm ET
Spread: Texans -2.5

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen – This season was a great step forward for Allen as a quarterback. He still is far from the most accurate passers in the league, but he certainly improved, and showed that he could run an NFL offense. He finished the year with 20 passing touchdowns and nine on the ground, and was a reliable option for those who like to stream fantasy quarterbacks. He will face one of the worst defenses in the AFC playoffs with the Texans and should have a solid game. Houston didn’t really face another quarterback with Allen’s skill set. I mean they played Baltimore, but Lamar Jackson is in a world by himself. Allen will never light it up for 300 passing yards, but against this defense he could throw for 240 and run for another 60 yards with two total touchdowns.

Devin Singletary – While he didn’t finish the season with a flourish by any means, Singletary did put his stamp on the Bills backfield as his own in the month of December. He also did not play in the final game of the year, as the Bills rested their starters, further proof that he is the man. He is a threat not only as a runner, but as a receiver out of the backfield as well, with four or more targets in six games this season. The Texans are slightly better against the run, but they are awful against the pass, so that isn’t saying much. Houston did allow over 120 yards per game on the ground with 12 rushing touchdowns this season, so Singletary should have some room to move. He should have a real shot at 120 total yards and a touchdown is well within his grasp.

Frank Gore – While he was the workhorse for the first half of the season, Gore is slowly being worked out of the rotation. He hasn’t had more than 20 rushing yards in a meaningful game since Week 12, and hasn’t been used in the passing game either. Even as a dart throw at a cheap DFS salary, Gore isn’t worth the look.

John Brown – He didn’t exactly roar to the finish line, but Brown did have a 99 yard game in Week 15 followed by a 53 yard touchdown catch against New England in Week 16. He was one of the more consistent receivers in fantasy over the first three months of the season, and is a big part of why the Bills are in the playoffs. He must be wide-eyed at the prospects of facing a Texans pass defense that allowed over 265 yards per game through the air and a whopping 33 pass touchdowns in 16 games. Brown is one of the more enticing wide receiver options in Wild Card weekend, and is nearly a lock for a 100 yard game with a score as he is one of few options that Josh Allen has to throw to.

Cole Beasley – When he is good, he is good. The problem is trying to figure out when Beasley is going to be good. He has been consistently targeted in the last two months of the year, as he was looked to six or more times in six of the last seven games, most of them against good defenses. Beasley is a bit of a wild card, which is fitting given what weekend this is. He certainly has become Josh Allen ’s safety blanket, and has four or more catches in six of the last seven games. As a cheaper option on a short four game slate against a bad defense, Beasley becomes a pretty attractive option.

Dawson Knox – The kid has a world of talent, but it just hasn’t come through in his rookie year. He has only one catch in three straight games, and hasn’t scored since Week 11. With only eight teams in play, the tight end position is very weak, but even in that scenario Knox is a really long shot to be worth your playing him. The Texans are far from a good defense, but unless he were to score a freak touchdown, Knox will likely end up with five fantasy points or fewer.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson – It was another great season for Watson as he finished with 26 passing touchdowns and seven on the ground. He is one of the more exciting quarterbacks in the league today. The good news in this one is that he will play at home. The bad news is he will be playing against one of the toughest pass defenses in football. Buffalo allowed fewer than 200 passing yards per game this season, and only surrendered 15 passing touchdowns in 2019. Only the Patriots with their 13 were better. However, if you remember, Watson had his way with the Patriots and threw three of those 13 pass touchdowns that New England allowed. There certainly are a couple safer options among the quarterbacks for Wild Card Weekend, but you can never count Watson out of having a good game.

Carlos Hyde – He did have his first 1,000 yard season, but on the whole 2019 was still underwhelming for him. He held off Duke Johnson and was the Texans lead back for the entire year, but his average skill set and fairly weak offensive line didn’t lead to a ton of success. The Bills run defense isn’t quite as strong as their pass defense, but it is still a top ten unit in the league. It is a short slate of games, but Hyde is still in the bottom half of options at the position and it would be surprising if he topped 70 rushing yards or had a touchdown.

DeAndre Hopkins – The guy is a beast, he had his second straight season with over 100 catches, and is truly one of the top three receivers in the league. Whenever he is available, he is a great choice for fantasy. This one will be a tough one, however, as he will match up with Bills corner Tre’Davious White who is also one of the best at his position. Hopkins certainly will get his, although a big eight catch, 110 yard game might be a bit of a stretch. There may be a couple guys with better matchups, but that could keep Hopkins ownership percentage down, making him a solid play.

Will Fuller – There is a chance that he might play after missing a couple weeks with a groin injury, but if you have the stomach to use this guy you are very brave. His ceiling is very high, but the chance of him actually finishing a game seems pretty slim at this point. Fuller has let us down too many times this year; you have to find a more reliable option, especially against such a strong secondary.

Kenny Stills – The last time he played he was targeted nine times, and honestly it doesn’t feel like it matters if Will Fuller comes back or not when it comes to Stills. The matchup is really tough, but there is one reason to like Stills. As stated above, Hopkins is a beast and will always be their most targeted guy. However, with the super tough matchup against the Bills top corner, Watson could have to look in other directions more. This should mean more of Stills. You might be better off with a receiver going against a worse defense as there isn’t likely to be a ton of scoring in this one, but if the right scenario drops, Stills has a chance of having a 65-75 yard game.

Darren Fells – The Texans have too many average tight ends that they like to throw the ball to in order to trust any of them. Not to mention, the Texans are playing one of the best pass defenses in football. Fells isn’t worth a look in any format this week.

Summary: This one likely won’t feature a ton of offense because the Bills offense isn’t awesome, and the Bills defense is. Josh Allen will shine some in his first postseason game against a defense that doesn’t scare anyone. I love Deshaun Watson , but the Bills secondary is really good. The running game is no threat at all, and Will Fuller likely doesn’t have an impact if he even plays. It might not be pretty, but Buffalo goes into Houston, and comes out with a win.

Prediction: Bills 20, Texans 16

Tennessee Titans vs. New England Patriots

Venue: Gillette Stadium(Foxborough)Sat. 1-4 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 45

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Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots
Game Time: Saturday, January 4th at 8:15pm ET
Spread: Patriots -5.5

Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill – Who could have guessed from Week 7 on that Ryan Tannehill would have multiple touchdowns in every game for the rest of the season? It wasn’t always against the strongest defenses, but the guy turned the Titans around, and made them a winner. They will play perhaps the toughest pass defense in the league, but then again the Patriots didn’t look so hot last week against the lowly Dolphins did they? New England has given up multiple pass touchdowns in back to back games, and sure do not look like themselves lately. It would be a risky pick, but Tannehill has revived his career and certainly has what it takes to throw a couple touchdowns against the Patriots.

Derrick Henry – After missing the Week 16 game, Henry was all rested up and the Titans rode their horse to the playoffs. Henry rushed 32 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns against the Texans last week to capture the rushing title. The sledding won’t be so easy this week. The Patriots are known for their pass defense, but they are no slouches at stopping the run either. New England allowed just over 95 yards per game on the ground, although they were gashed by Joe Mixon recently, and Ezekiel Elliott nearly reached 100 yards. Henry is nearly unstoppable, and even though he isn’t involved in the passing game at all, he is always a great choice for fantasy. It would be a big surprise if he didn’t rumble for over 100 yards and a touchdown in this one. He is just that hot, he is just that good, and he is a load to take down.

A.J. Brown – It was an amazing finish to his first year as Brown had 100 yards in four of his last six games, scoring six touchdowns over that span. The one big blemish was the game against New Orleans who has one of the best corners in football in Marshon Lattimore . Brown will face perhaps the best corner in 2019 in Stephon Gilmore this week, and the question will be is the rookie good enough to beat a top corner or was he just beating up on the awful Jaguars, Texans, and Raiders? Gilmore got roasted last week by DeVante Parker , and the Patriots haven’t been as dominant of late. Brown might be the hottest receiver in the league, but would still be a risky play. There is a decent chance he finds the end zone somehow, but his receptions and yards are likely to be kept under control.

Corey Davis – It was another ho-hum season for Davis has he topped 50 receiving yards just three times all season and finished with two touchdowns on the year. Veteran fantasy players know his name as he was a top pick in the draft a few years back, but he hasn’t panned out. He could get a few more looks this wild card weekend with A.J. Brown getting Stephon Gilmore all game, but unless he breaks a big play, Davis will be a non-factor in fantasy this week. His absolute ceiling, barring something crazy, is ten fantasy points, with more than likely less than that being reality.

Jonnu Smith – He failed to even record a target last week in the playoff-clinching win over the Texans, but Smith is still a part of the equation. In fact, with Brown facing a top corner and no other receiver being anyone you can rely on, Ryan Tannehill could look Smith’s way more often. The Patriots are still a great defense, and didn’t give up a lot to tight ends this season, but Smith has the feelings of a sneaky play this week if you don’t want to pay up for the top options this Wild Card Weekend. He has a real shot at 65-70 yards and perhaps a touchdown.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady – Who is this old man wearing Tom Brady ’s jersey this past month? He still hasn’t been throwing many interceptions, but Brady looks like a shell of himself lately, missing throws badly and last week blew a game at home against the lowly Dolphins. What is the deal? The Titans are not a strong pass defense, and this is the playoffs where Brady and the Pats have rolled for two decades. So why does this feel like he isn’t going to have a big game? He’s had one 300 yard game since Week 6, and has had one or zero touchdowns in seven of the last ten. It is hard to bet against the Patriots in the playoffs, but Brady doesn’t seem to be a good fantasy option.

Sony Michel – Despite the New England loss last week, it was the third straight game where Michel had at least 18 carries, and he had his first touchdown since October 21st. With the passing game struggling, New England has turned back to their second year runner. He has been better of late, averaging over four yards a carry in the last three weeks. He rarely ever gets targeted in the passing game, but certainly has been getting the volume on the ground lately. The Titans allowed 14 touchdowns on the ground this season, and Michel will be a reasonable option in fantasy this week with an expectation of 80 yards and a touchdown being reasonable. 

Rex Burkhead – This is a case of a guy being more valuable in real football as opposed to fantasy. Burkhead is a great change of pace, and even can catch the ball out of the backfield, but he hasn’t had more than nine touches since Week 3. When you are not given the ball, it is hard to be successful in fantasy. He has scored in two of the last three weeks, so if you are looking for a cheaper dart throw he could pay off since he isn’t playing a top defense, but you likely an build your fantasy backfield against more reliable, and more used options than Burkhead.

James White – He caught what looked to be the game-winning touchdown last week, but it was not to be as the Dolphins came back to win. White has scored in every other game for the last six weeks, but his value is so unstable. He has just 18 touches in the last three weeks, so if it wasn’t for the recent touchdown boom, he wouldn’t even be under consideration. The Patriots seem completely unable to throw the ball deep down the field lately, so White is getting some work. However, the offense looks broken, they are unlikely to score a lot of points, and White won’t be the best fantasy choice for Wild Card Weekend.

Julian Edelman – This guy is clearly crippled by injuries, and you have to give him a ton of credit for gutting it out there. No one could have benefitted more from a week off than Edelman. He has just ten total catches in the last three weeks combined, and they are barely good for 100 yards over that span. The Titans are tissue soft on pass defense, and normally Edelman would be a smash play here. Not saying to avoid him because Edelman is the only reliable receiver on the team, but with the way the offense has looked in the last month he is far from a sure thing.

N’Keal Harry – There is little reason to continue to reiterate how rough the Patriots offense has looked of late, and it has taken everyone but Edelman out of fantasy consideration lately. However, with only four games this week, you have to dig a little deeper on rosters. If you look at recent production, and at recent targets, if anyone else is going to succeed for the Patriots it will be Harry. The rookie tied Edelman for a team-high seven targets last week, even though it only went for 29 yards. He hasn’t gotten a ton of work, but he has made some impressive catches in his brief seven week career. He is a long shot, although is playing a bad defense, so if you need a cheap wide receiver Harry could be an option.

Summary: I am far from a Patriots hater, but I have to give credence to what my eyes see. Never in the Patriots dynasty have I watched the offense look so ordinary, and Tom Brady look off. Never would they have lost a game at home to a Dolphins team that cost them a first round bye. The defense has been amazing all season, but even that has been a little off. Meanwhile, the Titans offense just keeps on trucking, and Derrick Henry is a machine. Ryan Tannehill will throw one to A.J. Brown and another to Jonnu Smith and Derrick Henry runs one in as the Titans go into Foxboro and shock the Pats. I can’t believe I am picking Ryan Tannehill over Tom Brady .

Prediction: Titans 24, Patriots 20

Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome(New Orleans)Sun. 1-5 @ 1:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 49.5

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Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Game Time: Sunday, January 5th at 1:05pm ET
Spread: Saints -7.5

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins – Losing Dalvin Cook certainly hurt, but Cousins and the Vikings pass game sure did limp to the finish line. They did blowout the Chargers (big deal), but got walloped by the Packers, didn’t do much against the Lions, and the Seahawks knocked them around. Cousins failed to top 250 yards in any of his last three games, and had just a single touchdown pass in each. His weapons are hurt, he is playing a solid defense, and he is on the road. None of these factors make anyone warm and fuzzy about Captain Kirk in Wild Card Weekend. His ceiling would be 250 yards and two touchdowns, although that seems like a stretch.

Dalvin Cook – The shoulder injury has been a problem for at least a month now, although there is little doubt that Cook will be out there on Sunday. How healthy he will be, and if he will be able to finish the game, those are points to worry about. In a must win game, Minnesota is sure to ride him for all they can, and neither backup running back would be worth considering for fantasy purposes. The Saints are one of the better run defenses in the league, as they allowed just over 90 yards per game on the ground. He might not break 100 rushing yards, but he scored a touchdown in almost every game he finished this season, and is also very involved in the passing game. Cook will give it everything he has, and as long as you trust his shoulder he will be a fine choice for this weekend.

Stefon Diggs – It was a roller coaster season for Diggs as he was a forgotten man the first three weeks, was a house of fire over the next six, and then bounced up and down in fantasy relevance down the stretch. The Vikings offense has been incredibly sporadic, and missing Adam Thielen for most of the season didn’t help. Diggs has topped 50 receiving yards in four of the last five games, abut hasn’t really popped much lately. He will almost definitely draw All-Pro cornerback Marshon Lattimore . Diggs is one of the best receivers on the slate this weekend, and even with a nightmare matchup should still be good for at least five catches and 70 yards. Finding the end zone, however, might be tougher.

Adam Thielen – This guy is just not right still from the hamstring injury. You give him credit for trying, but it just isn’t happening. Thielen took last week off, but he didn’t even have a catch in Week 16 against the Packers, and had just three grabs the week before that. He could miraculously get healthy before this weekend, but it is such a long shot. Next year he will go back to being a top receiver, but there is no reason to consider Thielen for as long as the Vikings go in the playoffs.

Bisi Johnson – He did have a few catches last week, but neither Diggs nor Thielen played in that game. Even with Thielen injured, Johnson hasn’t stepped up enough to be considered for fantasy. Even in a short slate of just four games, you definitely can find better options.

Kyle Rudolph – He hit a nice stretch in the middle of the season where he scored six times in six weeks, but Rudolph has faded back into fantasy oblivion the past three games. The Vikings pass game has fallen to pieces, and a game on the road against New Orleans does them no favors. The Saints allowed five touchdowns to tight ends all season long, which doesn’t bode well for Rudolph. His target share has been pitiful of late, and unless he was to grab a touchdown he would be next to useless for fantasy. There are only a couple reliable tight ends in play this week, so if you want to take a shot in the dark, he will be one of your better options to do so.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees – He might be 40 years old, but he is playing like he is in his prime with three passing touchdowns in six of his last seven games. Read that again, it is insane! It wasn’t a murderer’s row of defenses lately, but that is still an impressive feat. The Vikings started the year with a pretty decent pass defense, but it just didn’t play up to expectations in the second half. The Saints are not happy that they have to play this week, and they will look to make quick work of this one. New Orleans has Michael Thomas and Drew Brees firing on all cylinders and he should have another huge game in this one at home. He should be the most productive quarterback of the weekend.

Alvin Kamara - Where the heck was this all season????? Kamara had one touchdown all season before the final two weeks of the year where he scored four times. He certainly seems to have his burst back of late, and that could make him lethal in this game. The Vikings only allowed eight rushing touchdowns in 16 games this season, but Kamara is a different kind of beast. He is explosive, and is more of a threat in the pass game than the run game. It would be very surprising if he didn’t have at least 100 total yards and a touchdown in this one.

Latavius Murray – His role is so sporadic that it is hard to judge. He hadn’t had double digit carries since November 17th before his 17 carry explosion in Week 17. It certainly helped that they were murdering the Panthers early in the game, and didn’t feel the need to put much work on Kamara or Michael Thomas . The Saints are going to ride Kamara in a game that matters, and Murray isn’t going to be a major factor. He could end up with 35-45 yards, but the defense is unlikely to fear Murray in Wild Card Weekend.

Michael Thomas – He was held in check last week by the Panthers and had his worst game of the season. Big deal! The game meant nothing, and Thomas came out of it healthy. He is going to abuse Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings secondary this weekend. The Brees/Thomas DFS stack should bring sweet, sweet dividends.

Tre’Quan Smith – If you read these previews at all down the stretch, you saw Tre’Quan Smith’s name mentioned several times. This kid has a bright future in this league and should be a sleeper next season. He is fully healthy, and although he hasn’t been getting a ton of work, he does what he can with what little he is given. He caught all five of his targets last week for 56 yards and his third touchdown in the last four games. Obviously, Michael Thomas is going to be the king, but Smith is gaining more traction and could be a great cheaper option at wide receiver.

Jared Cook – He hasn’t been targeted a ton since he left the 49ers game with a concussion, but Cook has continued to shine with five touchdowns in the last four weeks. He is third on the team as far as impact goes behind Thomas and Kamara, and he should be a big part of the offensive gameplan on Sunday. The Vikings only allowed one passing touchdown to a tight end this season, but Cook will still be one of the more reliable options at the position during the wild cards.

Summary: The Saints deserved a first round bye, but didn’t get it, while the Vikings have some of their stars all banged up. Minnesota’s defense also hasn’t played up to capabilities, while the Saints offense is firing on all cylinders. Dalvin Cook should be good enough to play, but he likely won’t be 100 percent. Drew Brees couldn’t be hotter, and the Vikings have no answer for Michael Thomas . This one likely will be the most one-sided game of the weekend.

Prediction: Saints 34, Vikings 17

Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Sun. 1-5 @ 4:40 pm ESTOver/Under: 45

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Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
Game Time: Sunday, January 5th at 4:40pm ET
Spread: Eagles +1.5

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson – He didn’t finish the season in typical Russell Wilson fashion with one or fewer touchdowns in four of the last seven weeks, but Wilson still is an elite quarterback obviously. His rushing yards haven’ t been there as much either as he hasn’t topped 30 rushing yards since Week 10. He wasn’t great back in Week 12 against the Eagles with just 200 passing yards and one touchdown, but this is the playoffs, and Wilson should take it up a notch. It was also Tyler Lockett ’s first game after his serious leg injury.  Philadelphia is a long way from a good pass defense, and he should have his way with the team. The weather looks clear in Philly, and Wilson should be a lock for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Travis Homer – It is an interesting dynamic with the Seahawks run game with Chris Carson out. Considering how the game went against the 49ers it appears that Homer is the first and second down back, as well as the guy they turn to in the passing game. He had ten carries for 62 yards and five catches on five targets for another 30. He is a spark plug who shows great speed, but isn’t a big bodied back who can take a huge punishment. The Eagles allowed just 90 yards a game on the ground this season, however, Homer’s value comes as much from the passing game as the run game. If you are looking to spend up on a couple of studs, Homer looks to have a floor of ten fantasy points. 

Marshawn Lynch – It seemed like a publicity stunt at first, but Lynch did carry 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers. He showed some burst, but he should considering how long it has been since he played. There is a chance that Lynch sees more work this weekend, but he does face a tough run defense. Lynch is a total load, and is no easy task for a tackler to take down, and he is nearly automatic around the goal line (as long as Pete Carroll doesn’t opt to pass wink, wink). If at any point a Seahawk is tackled inside the five it is nearly a guarantee they will give it to Lynch to punch it in. At his price tag he isn’t a terrible option to rumble into the end zone and get you some points.

Tyler Lockett – He is severely banged up as the playoffs start, and he left Sunday’s game a couple times banged up. He still had a great game with 51 yards and a touchdown on six catches. He certainly didn’t play well down the stretch, but he is definitely not healthy. Lockett gets a lot of credit for continuing to gut it out and playing his heart out. He gets a pretty good matchup against one of the worst defenses playing this weekend, and he should have a good game. Look for Lockett to top 80 receiving yards and a touchdown.

D.K. Metcalf – The rookie has been quite the find for the Seahawks as he has stepped up a lot with Lockett not being at the top of his game. He was their top receiver last Sunday with six catches on 12 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. He has certainly formed a great rapport and trust with Russell Wilson , and is an integral part of the offense. He had only three catches for 35 yards the first time the Eagles and Seahawks played, but unless Seattle lays a complete egg in this game, Metcalf is going to be their top option. He likely will have a mid range price tag but could return top flight production.

Jacob Hollister – He has been consistently targeted and has had four or more catches in four of the last five games, but they don’t amount to much. He has only topped 60 receiving yards twice this season, and hasn’t scored since Week 10. He was also stopped at the half yard line trying to score the winning touchdown against the 49ers. This isn’t relevant to fantasy at all; I’m just a 49ers fan and wanted to mention it again. In this horrifically weak slate for tight end, Hollister is still a top three or four option at the position. Don’t expect an exciting stat line, but you can be guaranteed that he will get some work on Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz – This guy deserves a medal for guiding this team to a division title considering how many skill players that are injured. The Eagles are crushed by injuries to running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. He hasn’t had multiple touchdowns in either of the last two games, but the fact that he has thrown for over 600 yards in the last two games is quite remarkable. The Seahawks pass defense is far from special, but Wentz had two interceptions and one touchdown back in Week 12. If the team was fully healthy Wentz would be a much more attractive option on Sunday, but given the state of the team there are better options. He is quite affordable, but it is for a reason.

Miles Sanders – He sprained his ankle on Sunday, and it forced him to miss most of the game against the Giants. His x-ray came back negative, his MRI didn’t show anything significant, but he is still iffy on Sunday. You absolutely have to watch his practice reports this week, because if he is able to go, he could be a solid option. Seattle has been a mess against the run this season, allowing over 117 yards on the ground with 22 rushing touchdown in just 16 games. He certainly comes with risk of injuring that ankle again.

Jordan Howard – He played for the first time in a long time in Week 17, but was not given a touch. In fact, even when Miles Sanders was hurt, the team turned to Boston Scott and he ran with reckless abandon. Hopefully that tells you everything you need to know about Howard. He got off to a decent start, but is a fantasy afterthought.

Boston Scott – Once Miles Sanders was hurt, Scott crushed it with 138 total yards with three touchdowns in the second half. Given the fact that Sanders certainly won’t be 100 percent even if he plays, Scott could be a fantasy play regardless. He has proven when given the opportunity that he is fully capable of being the lead back, and is also heavily involved in the passing game as well. Scott has 23 catches in the last four games, and that is largely with Miles Sanders playing. Scott’s DFS price tag this week remained fairly high, but it is nearly a lock that he helps you on Sunday given how bad the Seahawks are against the run.

Greg Ward – He continues to be the most featured receiver on the team, as there just aren’t many healthy options. Ward had another six catches on seven targets for 43 yards, but failed to find the end zone again. He had six catches for 40 yards six weeks ago when they played the Seahawks, and you should again expect Ward to be the most targeted wide receiver. He isn’t a deep ball threat so even if he gets a bunch of catches, it likely won’t equal a ton of yards. Ward is a play in fantasy because of his limited price tag, but he isn’t going to win you any big money.

Zach Ertz – He missed the division clinching win over the Giants, and there is still major concern that Ertz won’t be able to play on Sunday. Right now, unless you hear some super positive reports out of Philadelphia heading into Sunday, it is best not to trust him. Rib injuries are incredibly easy to re-aggravate and he could not play long even if he gives it a go.

Dallas Goedert – Whether Ertz plays or not, Goedert will be the most attractive tight end on the slate, even if he is the second most expensive. He has become the top option in the passing game, and he and Carson Wentz are on the same page. Seattle gave up just over 15 fantasy points to tight ends this season, and Goedert will be heavily targeted. It would be a shock if he doesn’t score a touchdown on Sunday.

Josh Perkins – With Ertz unable to play, Perkins stepped in and had four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Perkins fantasy value entirely rests on if Zach Ertz plays. If he doesn’t, Perkins a very cheap option that is certain to get some work. If he does play, Perkins is a non-factor.

Summary: The Seahawks were a half yard away from not having to play in this game, while the Eagles had to win a number of games in a row just to sneak in. Philadelphia is so banged up that they are really down to very few viable options for Carson Wentz to get the ball to. The Seahawks haven’t been great themselves, but they are a battle proven playoff team that will find another level. Philadelphia has been a nice story taking the NFC East title, but their run is one and done.

Prediction: Seahawks 27, Eagles 20

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