The playoffs are upon us. You’ve either begun or are about to begin your run to the money! In a crucial week with the Titans (a fantasy football gold mine) on bye, here are a few moves to consider.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer: He hasn’t been the star performer we saw in 2015, but to be fair, it would be hard for Palmer to match that career-high of 35 touchdowns. That being said, he hasn’t been awful this year. He’s been held out of the endzone in just two games, and today should be a favorable matchup against Washington. They’ve given up at least 20 points in each of their last four games. I think Palmer is good for a touchdown or two.
San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick: I have a friend who’s taken some risky moves in fantasy leagues, and we all laughed when he began starting Kaepernick a few weeks ago. Turns out, it hasn’t been that bad of a move. The 49ers aren’t winning, but that has no effect on the numbers he’s put up. He’s found the endzone at least twice a game in every November matchup. He had a season-high three passing touchdowns last week in a loss to Miami. Today, he takes on the Bears, who are in just as bad of shape as San Francisco.
Baltimore RB Kenneth Dixon: How about some love for the former Louisiana Tech Bulldog? His touches have been rise, and he split carries (13 each) with Terrance West last year and had better production. Working in Dixon’s favor is his reliable pass-catching ability. He’s bound to make his first trip to the endzone sooner than later. Consider him a decent flex play.
Jacksonville WR Allen Robinson: What a disappointing year it’s been for Robinson. He went early second round in a lot of drafts this year, but hasn’t always performed like it. It’s not that the targets haven’t been there, it’s just that he and quarterback Blake Bortles haven’t always been on the same page. He comes off a 24-yard performance last week, and takes on the Broncos secondary today. You’re better off going with another option at receiver if you have one.
Carolina WR Kelvin Benjamin: It’s a very, very tough call to make, but the Panthers’ trip to Seattle doesn’t feel like a good time to take a risk on Benjamin against Richard Sherman. It’s a night game. Seattle will be fired up after a loss. Cam Newton hasn’t been the same this year. They’re all factors that add up to a clunker from the Panthers top wideout.
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