NFL training camps are in full swing with league-wide preseason action ready to commence later this week. Better still, the official start of the regular season is a little more than a month away, which means this is a perfect time to update Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board.
Unfortunately, which site you play on might impact how you use my daily fantasy football (DFS) picks for this week's Divisional Round playoff games.
We can all guess as to why, but the fact remains that DraftKings and FanDuel are offering two menus this weekend. I know I prefer the DraftKings menu, but alas, I do not run the world. DraftKings is emphasizing the entire weekend slate while FanDuel's focus seems to be more intent on splitting up the weekend.
Fantasy owners in the championship game are likely going to start the players that have led them this far. Their team is likely pretty solid, although some injuries may prove to be difficult to navigate in the final week of the season. Looking at your roster, go with your gut. Look at matchups, look at player history, and look at injuries, but at the end of the day, trust yourself. After all, you got yourself this far.
Fantasy owners in Week 16 should start the guys that got them to a championship – for the most part. With injuries and tough matchups, trying to decide who to start and who to sit sometimes gets difficult. Look at the data, look at the stats, and above all, trust your gut. You’ve managed your team well enough to get to the championship game. Don’t get cute now and trust what has worked so far.
George Kittle is atop my Week 16 fantasy tight end rankings. Barring an injury, he will be atop my 2020 TE rankings. He will be atop my dynasty rankings too. Rumor has it he might be included in People's next "Most Beautiful" list too.
I feel like he has just been a superb fantasy asset this year. Of my three teams that are still playing this week, he's on every one of them. Coincidence? I think not.
In Week 16, fantasy football owners need to put forth their best lineup with a championship on the line. Often, lineup decisions fall to the flex players. In Week 15, Patrick Laird was a popular flex player. He failed to put up the fantasy points that many were hoping for, and his ranking dropped for Week 16. He's RB34 and flex ranking No. 77. Someone like Laird can be considered if you are in a deeper league, but he's going to be hard to trust in the fantasy championship.
It's at the point of the year where you just keep your kicker in your fantasy lineup. Sure, weather and indoors/outdoors can play a role, but kickers this year have been so up and down, it's been hard to predict. Jason Sanders (still 3 percent owned) cracked the top 10 in fantasy scoring again in Week 15. Kai Forbath (Dallas' new kicker) was the top-scoring kicker of the week and is owned in 14 percent of leagues. Sanders is ranked No. 13 and Forbath is No. 21 for Week 16.
Ignore the Week 16 fantasy defense/special teams rankings. DSTs don't really matter in fantasy football, right?
Tell that to one of my leaguemates who had the Lamar Jackson and Miles Sanders combo this week... and lost! Yes, James Conner and DK Metcalf were probably his best complementary pieces. But he started Cleveland's DST over Green Bay, which was a swing of 20 points. He lost by 15.
Fantasy owners are most likely now in the championship game. They are going to start the guys that got them there (for the most part), but injuries certainly play a role in that as well. The waiver wire may be benefical for those that lost Chris Godwin (hamstring) in Week 15. Breshad Perriman is likely still available, and while he probably won't score three touchdowns again, based on volume alone, he may be worth starting.