The fantasy football playoffs are upon us. And the fantasy gods are angry, having spread their wrath in the forms of season ending injuries, bad officiating, and the San Francisco 49ers. Nary a fantasy squad, anywhere, is likely featuring the same starting lineups that they drafted three short months ago. I am no exception to the soul crushing calamity that has spread across the gridiron violently, like the fire of one thousand suns, or Charlie Sheen playing Call Of Duty - Black Ops.
Matt Barkley (QB - CHI) VS. SF (FantasyAces - $5,600)
In Jay Cutler's absence, Barkley put up great numbers last week. Now, he gets a cream puff of a matchup, hosting San Francisco at Soldier Field. Expect more of the same.
RANKING: BOTTLE LOGIC BREWING FUNDAMENTAL OBSERVATION
Philip Rivers (QB - SD) VS. TB (FantasyAces - $6,700)
Per usual, Rivers has quietly been putting up his usual great fantasy numbers. He's currently ninth in fantasy points, ahead of Luck, Stafford, Newton, Dalton, and Wilson. He has a magical way of turning any group of pass catchers into a top receiving core. Jameis Winston should have enough juice to keep Philip throwing the ball a lot this week.
RANKING: TREE HOUSE BREWING ALTER EGO
Tyler Boyd (WR - CIN) VS. PHI (FantasyAces - $4,450)
Boyd is probably a better cash game pick this week, as his price is super low, making it more likely that he will hit value. But, in A.J. Green's absence, he may post decent numbers for seasonal leagues as well.
RANKING: BROTHERS CRAFT BREWING RESOLUTE - COCONUT
Davante Adams (WR - GB) VS. HOU (FantasyAces - $4,700)
He's finally looking like the wideout that Green Bay paid for. He's getting the targets, and Aaron Rodgers has been soaring lately, throwing for 20 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions in his last eight games. Adams should see plenty of work against a Texans defense that has been a little soft against the pass the last few weeks.
RANKING: TOPPLING GOLIATH BREWING ASSASSIN STOUT
Sleeper: Marquess Wilson (WR - CHI) VS. SF (FantasyAces - $4,250)
For deeper leagues, or for your roster that's bleeding out on the ER table, Wilson is an attractive prospect against "you know who." Matt Barkley made him look like a star last week, delivering him 8 receptions on 11 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown.
RANKING: BISSELL BROTHERS BREWING SWISH
Sleeper: P. Lynch (QB - DEN) @ JAX (FantasyAces - $5,000)
Again, this is mainly a DFS play. At $5,000 dollars (for perspective, every other QB priced at $5,000 is either a backup or on Injured Reserve), Lynch could make a lot of cash game players very happy this Sunday.
RANKING: LOST ABBEY DUCK DUCK GOOZE
Jonathan Stewart (RB - CAR) @ SEA (FantasyAces - $4,950)
Stewart has only had three spectacular games this season, and only one of them came against a tough run defense, Arizona. The Seahawks are heating up now, and I wouldn't expect more than low RB2 numbers for J-Stew, which is likely not what you drafted him for. If you have decent depth at running back, on your roster, I would sit him this week.
DeSean Jackson (WR - WAS) @ ARI (FantasyAces - $4,400)
Complete unpredictability and shutdown corner, Patrick Peterson, make D-Jax a sit this week.
Devontae Booker (RB - DEN) @ JAX (FantasyAces - $5,000)
Why? Because I hate him, that's why. Because he was the sole reason I failed to cash in big in my first week playing DFS. Because there are too many ways to spell "Devontae" in the NFL. Because the Jaguars have two of the best linebackers in the NFL in Telvin Smith and Paul Posluzny. Because I fucking said so, that's why. D-Boo is on your bench Sunday.
Randall Cobb (WR - GB) VS. HOU (FantasyAces - $4,800)
I think I remember someone named Cobb in the NFC North. I just don't think Aaron Rodgers does. His dance card seems full these days with Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams. It makes Randall too risky a play, as there are better, cheaper options this week.
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