Adam Wagner – Fantasy Sports Analyst: The Wagner Wire
Well DFS Champs, we’ve been grinding it out in fantasy football this year. Its December, we’re in week fourteen the NFL, which means the season-long playoffs have begun. Next year join the TWW staff in season-long fantasy football on Maximum Fantasy Sports. This month is one of the best months for sports. The NFL starts to mold its playoff contenders as the path to advance gets grittier and each game more crucial than the week before. Then you have Christmas!!!! Yes, Christmas with kids opening up their gifts and pulling you away from the Christmas Day games. The games that you’ve been waiting to watch on your brand new tv, because you’re tired from helping the kids catch Santa. Yes Christmas! We’re in the Christmas Spirit. This month will have more than quarterbacks, it will have my top players of each position. This allows me to display the wisdom and see how my picks compare to my staff’s picks. I love competition and so does the TWW staff. I feel like this will only add to the fun we have here already as staff at TWW.
QB – Blake Bortles
Blake is coming off a 5 touchdown performance in week 13 against the Tennessee Titans. Still priced relatively low, Bortles is a great pick this week. Bottles will have another colossal day against the Indianapolis Colts, who allow 280 yards through the air and ranked 25th in NFL against QBs. Couple that with a side of Allen Robinson and you have yourself a delicious meal. On the season Bortles has thrown for 3,274 yards and 27 touchdowns. He looks solid going into this weeks matchup against an awful Colts defense for DFS and hopefully you have him in season-long leagues.
RB – LeSean McCoy
Shady has been waiting for this game all year! I’m sure everyone is aware that McCoy has a little extra incentive to run hard and produce career numbers this week against his former coach. With the Eagles coming off a surprising victory against the Bills’ division rivals, The New England Patriots, Shady will look to bury any hopes of the Chip saving job and the Eagles’ season. McCoy toted the ball 21 times for 112 yards but failed to reach the end zone. He also missed some time due to a head injury but returned to the game. The Eagles allow 125 yards rushing per game. Thats 27th in the NFL and they are 21st in allowing points to opposing running backs. Hey Eagles – guess who’s back, back again? Shady’s back!
RB – Thomas Rawls
This dude is fast and powerful. You’re basically getting Marshawn Lynch at a discounted price. Rawls is a product of an offense with a devestaing ground-attack. He will get his carries in place of Lynch. He is putting up impressive and consistent numbers in fantasy football, his past three games he’s rushed for 209, 81, and 101, with touchdowns in each game. Priced relatively low, he should be in your lineup.
WR – Antonio Brown
Cincinnati has a decent pass defense allowing 240 yards through the air. However, the Steelers have arguably the best corps of receivers in the NFL. Leading this corps is Antonio Brown. AB caught eight of his 11 targets against the Colts in week 13. He racked up 118 yards and reached the end zone twice. He looks like the best receiver in the league with Big Ben launching bombs to him. The Bengals are ranked 12th in allowing points to opposing receivers. Regardless of the matchup, AB is a player that can put up 30 pts. in fantasy each week.
WR – Allen Robinson
Robinson has emerged as Bortles’ primary target. He’s been as consistent as any receiver can be this wild NFL season. After his 3-touchdown performance against the Titans, he’s solidified himself as one of the best young talents in the NFL. With his speed and strong hands, paired with Bortles’ tremendous arm strength, Robinson could put up a line of least 7 rec/120 yds/2TD against a weak Colts defense. The Colts are 29th in the NFL in allowing points to opposing wide receivers and are 30th in the league yielding 280 yards through the air.
TE – Scott Chandler
Chandler isn’t quite Gronk, but its great value for a player that is expected receive a substantial amount of targets from Tom Brady’s high-scoring offense. We know how Brady responds to a loss. Chandler has limited time on the year but has filled in nice for Gronk. With the Houston Texans having a dynamic pass rusher named J.J. Watt, a player that Belichick compares to Lawrence Taylor, Brady will be looking to release the football quickly. Chandler will benefit from this. The Texans yield 218 through the air per game. Chandler had decent performance in week 13, catching a touchdown in consecutive weeks. Despite the Texans not being friendly towards tight ends, I still say Chandler is a nice play for low cost.
Flex – Sammy Watkins
Watkins was only targeted four times in week 13’s matchup against the Texans. Unfortunately for Houston, Sammy caught three of his four targets for 109 yards and a touchdown. Look for Watkins to continue his recent dominance against an Eagle defense that is ranked last in the NFL against opposing wide receivers. The Eagles are one of the leagues worst defenses, allowing 383 total yards per game. The Eagles yield 258 yards through the air, justifying Watkins to have a spot in my lineup. He and McCoy will display what Chip Kelly intended for his Eagles’ offense – a fast and explosive offense.
Def – Seattle Seahawks
Lets get something straight, this defense is still one of the best in the business. I think Matt Schaub almost died last week, after getting hit repeatedly against the Dolphins. Regardless if its Schaub or Jimmy Clausen, The Ravens will be run heavy against a one-dimensional offense. We could see multiple scores from this Seattle defense as they’ll frazzle either of the Ravens’ sub-par quarterbacks.
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