Hopefully all of you that are reading this are still alive in your fantasy playoffs. If not, I applaud you for researching for your consolation game, that shows some serious devotion. As much as I love writing these introductions, you came here for the rankings, so let’s get down to brass tacks. I will be spotlighting a lot of guys this week to help you with some key playoff sit/start decisions.
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Doug Baldwin - Baldwin has struggled to put up yards in his last three games. But he is proving extremely consistent when it comes to receptions. He has had at least six receptions in five of the last six games. Last week was absolutely brutal for the Seahawks. Russell Wilson threw five interceptions, which matched his previous total for the season. I expect this offense to get back on track and Wilson will find his favorite man against a Rams team that just fell apart against Atlanta.
Brandon Marshall - Pass. This is not the situation you want to find yourself in if your Marshall. A rookie QB is at the helm and your offensive line is falling apart with Nick Mangold hitting the IR. Many hoped Marshall was in for another big year, but now he ends up as a disappointment almost every week. He's not a guy I'm willing to trust in my playoff lineup.
Larry Fitzgerald - He's in a good situation right now. Although it really stinks that Michael Floyd lost his job, it helps Fitzgerald's fantasy stock. They will lean on him (and David Johnson) to get the receiving game going and he draws a nice matchup with the Saints. Some may look at Fitzgerald as a gamble because he hasn't scored in eight weeks, but I have a hunch that he will have a strong showing and may even find the end zone.
Julio Jones - You may be wondering why I have him at #16. Part of me almost didn't rank him this week because there's still uncertainty that he won't be active. The ranking reflects the thought that he will play, but will be limited. The Falcons are against the 49ers and their offense can win this game without Jones in the lineup. I don't know if he will be 100% come gameday so monitor his status closely.
Alshon Jeffery - Jeffery is back from suspension and is expected to play against Green Bay. Him being back is a big boost for the Bears whose only weapon as of late was Jordan Howard. With Matt Barkley is under center, there is some fear that he won't produce. But I'll give some credit to Barkley because he has done a good job protecting the football and is making some good reads. Now he's not perfect, but there's no doubt Jeffery will be given a lot of targets against a porous Packers defense. He's a low-end WR2 for me.
Malcolm Mitchell - I was high on Mitchell last week and he paid off for fantasy owners. He had four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell and Tom Brady have gelled together and I think they will keep their connection going. Denver is a tough defense, so while he was a WR2 for me last week, he finds himself as a flex play this week.
Kenny Britt - Another guy I spotlighted last week that paid off. Britt finds himself in the same situation as Mitchell. The Rams receiver faces a tough test on the road againstFa the Seahawks. I had Britt at #30 last week but he falls 13 spots to #43 with the difficult matchup. He's the best fantasy option this Rams team has and still warrants a flex play, but he could be risky in the playoffs.
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