As we head into the fantasy post-season the players that have brought you within a couple wins of the championship are no longer secrets.
The guy that managed to pick up Adrian Peterson in the third round is laughing his way into the playoffs. Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers did what they were supposed to do. Owners who took chances on RG3 and Peyton Manning are sitting pretty. Bryce Brown and Golden Tate emerged from the depths of irrelevancy to destroy projected point totals in leagues from coast to coast.
In most cases, they were who we thought they were. And those you didn’t think about forced their way into our subconscious with huge performances.
At this point finding an extra edge this late in the game is going to be tough. The last bastion for the fantasy junkie who cannot stop tinkering with their lineup is the D/ST position. News out of New York this morning has made a previously unplayable unit one to seek out as week 14 approaches.
The Jets have announced that Sanchez, who was benched on Sunday in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy, will start on Sunday in Jacksonville. Jets coach Rex Ryan informed the team at a meeting this morning that Sanchez will remain the starter, and the team confirmed that Ryan will address the issue at a press conference today.
Let’s not get it twisted, the Jaguars defense has been thoroughly incompetent this season. Fantasy wise they’ve been buried at the bottom of the waiver wire, averaging a measly 1.4 points per week up to this point in the season. Only the Raiders have been worse.
Conversely, opposing defenses have been feasting on the rotting carcass that is the Sanchez led Jets offense.
Once again the caveat here is that the Jaguars defense has been awful — their run D especially. However, no other position in fantasy football is as dependent on matchups as the Defensive/Special Teams category. If you’re feeling anxious about relying on the Jags at this crucial juncture in the season there are other options. The Bills D (owned in 27.3% of ESPN leagues) has been on the upswing in recent weeks, and welcome a Rams team that’s putting up only 17.5 points on the road. The Browns defense (owned in 16.5% of ESPN leagues) have performed much better against the run since their bye week and host a Chiefs team primed for a let down away from home.
I know. You’ve gotten this far, is it wise to start trusting the Jaguars, Bills and Browns now? Fear not. It’s all about the matchups. Read the rest of this entry »