Championship week is upon us.
If you're playing for a title, keep reading. If you aren't, please do so anyway.
We won't judge.
And as always, Liam Neeson has a message for you:
Matt Barkley, QB, CHI (vs. WSH) - In his first four starts with the Bears, Barkley is averaging nearly 14 fantasy points per game. If you're looking for consistency, Barkley is the perfect plug-and-play quarterback to win you a fantasy title. The Redskins have allowed 300-plus passing yards in five out of their last six games, setting up to be another ideal fantasy matchup for the Bears signal-caller. (Scott Krinch)
Kenny Britt, WR, LA (vs. SF) - The Niners D is susceptible to every facet of the game, as one of those defense you mark on the schedule hoping to get your fantasy guys going up against in important games. Now we're in championship week and I'm all about players on the Rams offense, even though they're, you know, the Rams. Britt is a target monster and should continue that this week. (Tony Andracki)
Taylor Gabriel, WR, ATL (@ CAR) - Deemed as unfit for the 0-14 Cleveland Browns, Gabriel has turned into a treasure for the Atlanta Falcons. Gabriel has scored 5 TDs in his last six games, and has seen no fewer than 5 targets per game during that stretch. With Julio Jones still nursing a toe injury and not at 100 percent if he suits up, Gabriel is in line for another big game against the lowly Carolina Panthers (sixth-most generous to opposing fantasy wideouts) in Week 16. (Krinch)
Cam Newton, QB, CAR (vs. ATL) - Atlanta gives up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks, including three tuddies to Newton and Derek Anderson in Week 4. Cam has been nursing a sore shoulder of late, but he had his best game in Week 15 (300 yds, 2 TD) since Week 6 and I'm betting he continues to ride that momentum to finish out the fantasy season. (Andracki)
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Davante Adams, WR, GB (vs. MIN) - If I'm in a title game, I can't trust Adams. I understand that he's a Top 10 fantasy wide receiver in terms of points scored, but he's too much of a boom-or-bust play. Adams has scored less than 4 fantasy points in three out of his last five games. This weekeend he draws a Vikings pass defense which has not given up more than 1 receiving touchdown in a game since Week 9, and are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. (Krinch)
Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA (vs. ARI) - Tight end is such a fickle market this year in fantasy, and Graham is one of the main culprits. He was a stud from Weeks 3-13, but now he has only one catch in each of the last two games. This week, he draws the toughest matchup a tight end could get: An Arizona defense that allows just 2.4 standard fantasy points per game (6 PPR points). Graham is impossible to trust this week and ranks among the most risky plays in all of fantasy football. (Andracki)
Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN (@ GB) - In his three starts this season, Peterson has accumulated a dreadful 5.5 total fantasy points. Don't buy into the hype and start him because he's a big name and he's finally healthy, Peterson has done nothing to warrant "must-start" status this year, let alone in a championship matchup. If you're desperate, search your waiver-wire. There's plenty of better players to take a flyer on. (Krinch)
Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA (vs. ARI) - Arizona is also a Top 5 defense at limiting RB production, despite allowing some big games (4 weeks allowing multiple TDs to RBs). Rawls had that one big game (106 yds, 2 TD) but in his other four games since returning from injury, he has only 239 yards on 65 touches (3.7 yds/touch) and zero scores. Yikes. (Andracki)