Welcome back to the playoffs! Hopefully all of you guys out there reading this were able to use my suggestions to work your way into the playoff picture. I know out of my 4 leagues I am in the playoffs in 3, and had a real disappointing season in the 4th league. Taking a few main stops around the NFL this weekend; Cam Newton got benched for a “dress code violation”, Earl Thomas broke his leg when colliding with teammate Kam Chancellor, Dwayne Allen had 3 TDs, and the Chiefs won because Eric Berry returned an intercepted 2 point conversion for 2 points of their own, additionally Eric Berry had an interception returned for a TD. Due to my laundry list of work that I have to do with the semester coming to an end I am only going to talk about one player in each section.
Andy Dalton – CIN (owned in 59.3% of ESPN leagues): Andy Dalton has not scored in single digits at all this year, and he has the luxury of playing the Browns. The Browns are ranked 31st in terms of fewest points given up to opposing QBs. After last year where Dalton took a step to being a top 10 fantasy QB Dalton has taken a slight step back now being the number 12 fantasy QB. Look for Dalton to have a big game this weekend.
Kenneth Dixon – BAL (owned in 48.4% of ESPN leagues): Kenneth Dixon has had 3 double digit point games in the past 4 games, and he has had double digit touches in each of those weeks. This week the Ravens play the Patriots; the Patriots defense tends to try and take away a certain section of the opposing team’s offense. If the Patriots try and take something away from the Ravens offense it will likely not be the running game. I would look to see if Dixon can do anything, he has been getting 4 or 5 receptions in 3 of the past 4 games.
Quincy Enunwa - NYJ (owned in 46.5% of ESPN leagues): Enunwa has been extremely inconsistent over the past few weeks. This week he could be primed for a breakout because the Jets defense sucks, additionally they play the 49ers who out of the past 6 games the 49ers have given up 5 40+ point games to opposing WRs. The league average is 34.6 points per game. I would look for Enunwa to step up and have a decent week this week.
Ladarius Green – PIT (owned in 11.8% of ESPN leagues): Green returned to playing just 4 weeks ago, and last week appeared to be the first time that he has been at full strength. He tallied up 110 yards on 6 receptions and a TD. Going into last week the Steelers have really looked to try and find another receiver to step up. Green looks like he will start to step up and be the receiver opposite Antonio Brown. Look for him to get many chances to get the ball in open field and make plays.
Chargers D/ST (owned in 45.2% of ESPN leagues): The Chargers defense is currently tied for 8th. The Chargers have not scored negatively all season, and this week they will play the Panthers. Now, a year ago if you told me to start a defense going against the Carolina offense I would tell you that you were crazy; however this year that offense just has not been the same. In the past 5 weeks the Carolina offense has given up at least 9 points to opposing defenses.
The scoring that I have used is based off of ESPN’s standard PPR scoring. Good luck on the waiver wire this week and in your upcoming match-ups. Remember to follow me on twitter and the Fantasy Life app @FantasySportGM and tweet me your start/sit or trade questions this week
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