It’s playoff time! And while I hate deviating from a plan that works and shaking up the lineup too much, sometimes you’ve got to make a little change as injuries stack up and new roles develop with different teams.
Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton: He’s had at least one three-touchdown performance every season that he’s been in the league. However, he still hasn’t had that big game this year. It was a rough start for Dalton this season, and truth be told, his numbers still aren’t awesome. But against the Cleveland Browns today, I’d say he’s worth taking a risk on, especially if you’re shaky on playing your other option. Against the Browns in week seven, Dalton had one of his best performances with 308 yards and two touchdowns. I’d also consider playing his wide receiver Brandon LaFell and running back Jeremy Hill.
Minnesota WR Adam Thielen: He’s an OK flex start in standard leagues, but with PPR scoring, you should definitely consider starting the Vikings’ up and coming receiver. He leads Minnesota wide receivers in touchdowns and has become more and more targeted by Sam Bradford every week. Despite Vikings losses in the last two weeks, he’s still caught 15 passes for 139 yards. Against Jacksonville, look for him to turn one of those into a touchdown and have a big day in PPR leagues.
Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston: There a couple of factors in this one. First off, he’s playing against the Saints; the same Saints that gave three passing touchdowns to Jared Goff in the dome. New Orleans will also be without safety Kenny Vaccaro, who’s been one of their most effective defenders this season. The icing on the cake is that I don’t think the Saints have anyone that can cover Mike Evans. He’s going to be a big target for Winston to have a big day with.
Jacksonville WR Allen Robinson: It hurts me to keep sitting a receiver that was drafted so high. He was probably one of the first few off the board in many leagues. However, his production hasn’t been there. One of the first things I look at with receivers is the yardage and not touchdowns. Relying on touchdowns for starter value is risky business, and in the past two weeks, Robinson has just five catches for 55 yards. He’s had just one game north of 100 yards this season, whereas last year, he had six such games. Against a strong secondary like Minnesota’s, I’d stay away.
Dallas TE Jason Witten: He’s far better in terms of what he does for the Cowboys that doesn’t make the stat sheet than what does. As in, Witten’s a great blocker, veteran presence and won’t let you down when the ball’s thrown his way. The only problem there is the latter hasn’t happened much. He didn’t even have a target last week against Minnesota and had just three targets the week before against Washington. With just two touchdowns this year, you’re better off with a number of guys. Try Pittsburgh’s Ladarius Green, Indy’s Dwayne Allen or even Arizona’s Jermaine Gresham. They’re all much more reliant on their passing games than Dallas.
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