In-Season NFL

Fantasy Football Playoff Starts

We have reached WEEK 14. This means it’s almost playoff time for most leagues. Today, I will be giving my starts to help you secure a win in the first round of the playoffs. 

Before we get started, always start your studs and do not get cute looking at matchups.

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick– Fitzpatrick is facing a Jets defense that just gave up 22 points to the Bengals. Fitzpatrick came off a huge game in which he put up 26.8 fantasy points against the Eagles. The Dolphins also do not have a running game which means they have to rely on Fitzpatrick even more. In a game between the Jets, expect a high scoring affair and for Fitzpatrick to put up a lot of points.

Devlin Hodges– Call me crazy, but Hodges is a stud. He didn’t light up the stat sheet but he was making some very good reads and tough throws. He faces a Cardinals defense that just made Goff look like prime Aaron Rodgers. Well, maybe that’s an overreaction but they made Goff look ELITE. Now with Hodges getting Juju back, he will have even more weapons to work with and should have an even better game against the worst passing defense in the NFL.

Other Starts: Ryan Tannehill, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield (be wary of the hand) and Carson Wentz

Running Backs

Benny Snell– With James Conner out yet again for this week’s game against the Cardinals, Snell is in line to see the bulk of the workload. Snell saw 16 carries against the Browns and 21 against the Bengals. With Snell scoring at least 10 ppr points in his past 2 games, look for another strong outing against the Cardinals, who allow the 10th most points to running backs.

Carlos Hyde– Hyde struggled last week against an elite defense in the Patriots, which resulted in more touches and opportunities for Duke, but in a game in which the game script should favor the run game, Hyde should bounce back against a struggling Denver defense. Denver’s defense has allowed a running back to gain 100 all purpose yards in 4 of their last 5 games. Even with Hyde’s irrelevance in the passing game and his touchdown dependency, I like Hyde as a flex option with upside.

Miles Sander– If Howard’s out for this week, I love Sanders. Sanders received a career high 22 touches last Sunday against the Dolphins, scoring at least 11 ppr points two games in a row. His receivers work in the running game, passing game and even returns kicks. He can get you points in a multitude of ways and I expect another strong outing monday night.

Other Starts: Derrius Guice, Alexander Mattison(Monitor Dalvin Cook’s health) and Rashaad Penny(Desperate Starts), Kareem Hunt and Austin Ekeler

Wide receivers

Devante Parker– One of the few bright spots for Miami this season has been Parker. Parker had 34.9 PPR points last week against the Eagles and has had at least 11 PPR points in his past 9 games. The Dolphins lack a sustainable run game and with the loss of Ballage, they will throw the ball way more. Look for another big game from Parker against a week Jets defense, that allowed 22 points to the Bengals.

Tyrell Williams– After a big start to the year, Williams has been non-existent fantasy wise. With Adoree Jackson missing for the Titans, and Hunter Renfrow’s injury keeping him out of the year, Williams has a great chance to bounce back. The Raider’s defense has not been able to stop anybody this year meaning they will have to play catch-up with a strong Tennessee offense and limited weapons. Williams should get more opportunities.

Robby Anderson– After putting up just 1.6 PPR points against the Redskins, Anderson has bounced back the past two weeks scoring over 15 PPR points. He has another great matchup against Miami that has allowed the most touchdowns to the wide receiver position at 21. Considering how the game against Miami went last time and how bad the Jets defense is, we shouldn’t have to worry about the game script. Start Anderson as a WR3/flex with upside.

Other Starts: Dede Westbrook, James Washington, and Zach Pascal

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