The target throughout the fantasy soccer playoffs is easy: win. If you happen to don’t, all of your work this season might be for naught. And meaning robust selections have to be made.
In case you are favored in your matchup, go together with as many positive issues as you’ll be able to. If you happen to aren’t, it is smart to tackle some danger for a excessive reward — and that features benching star gamers who’re in less-than-ideal conditions. It gained’t be simple to start out or sit gamers primarily based on these parameters, nevertheless it nonetheless would be the proper factor to do.
Jaguars protection/particular groups
Washington’s offensive gamers already dominated out embrace quarterbacks Alex Smith and backup Colt McCoy, offensive linemen Brandon Scherff, Shawn Lauvao and Tyler Catalina, wideouts Paul Richardson, Trey Quinn, Cam Sima and Robert Davis plus tight finish Jordan Reed. Josh Doctson goes by way of the league-mandated concussion protocol and is questionable to play in Week 15.
With so many starters unable to play, Jacksonville ought to have little bother limiting the NFL’s sixth-worst offense (after adjusting for power of schedule and weighting current outcomes extra closely than earlier weeks) per Soccer Outsiders.
Jared Cook dinner, TE, Oakland Raiders
Cook dinner caught 7 of 10 targets for 116 yards on Sunday towards the Pittsburgh Steelers giving him two straight video games with at the very least 100 yards receiving. Plus, this week’s opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, permits a sturdy 113.7 passer score this season to opposing quarterbacks focusing on tight ends in protection per TruMedia; the league common is 98.6.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Dixon is slowly carving out a distinct segment for himself in Baltimore late within the season. The third-year professional was on the sphere for nearly a 3rd of the workforce’s snaps (32 p.c) in Week 14, greater than Ty Montgomery (27 p.c) and near Gus Edwards (44 p.c), and carried the ball eight instances for 59 yards and a rating. Plus, he stays one of many extra elusive backs within the NFL per Professional Soccer Focus, forcing eight missed tackles on 29 carries in 2018.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Inexperienced Bay Packers
Everybody remembers Rodgers orchestrating a come-from-behind victory on one leg towards the Bears initially of the season however that has been a spotlight in an in any other case mediocre yr. The six-time Professional Bowl quarterback is finishing a profession low 62 p.c of his passes and can once more face a Bears protection that ranks No. 1 within the league per Soccer Outsiders.
Plus, Chicago hasn’t allowed greater than 9 fantasy factors to a passer since Week 12, and that features holding Jared Goff to 180 passing yards with 4 interceptions final Sunday.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
We’ve seen good and dangerous from Wentz this season however the Rams are going to be a troublesome take a look at for him in Week 15. Los Angeles has the second-best pass-rushing unit and the 13th greatest secondary per the sport charters at Professional Soccer Focus, which can nearly actually hold Wentz in verify for a lot of the recreation. As well as, Wentz’s passer score drops from 110.5 to 76.9 when dealing with pass-rush stress in 2018.
The Eagles can also sit Wentz earlier than it’s a must to, as he’s reportedly coping with again spasms and might be evaluated after lacking apply Wednesday. Ought to he miss the sport, don’t anticipate Nick Foles to return to the rescue like final season.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evans has caught 70 of 111 targets for 1,207 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2018. Matchup proof, proper? Possibly.
The Ravens protection is holding No. 1 receivers like Evans to 55.6 yards per recreation, which, after adjusting for power of schedule, is the fourth-best mark within the NFL. Total, quarterbacks have produced a passer score of 84.three towards Baltimore this yr, making it the fourth-best go protection in 2018; league common passer score is 93.8.