Unfortunately for Kings Court, my picks of Cam Newton and Todd Gurley came up huge as they combined for 75 points alone in a 127-82 victory for the home team. However, with only a 3-2 series lead, there is still plenty of football left starting with a tricky Week 16. Let’s take a look at Game 6 in our epic battle.
KC- Cam Newton. With Newton coming off of one his best fantasy performances of his entire career last week, and with the Panthers still fighting to guarantee themselves a playoff spot, Cam is in the perfect position to give fantasy owners back-to-back huge games to get to and win the championship: Cam in the clutch.
ST- Russell Wilson. Cam Newton is a great option this week like Kings Court said, and it’s extremely hard for me to go against him. However, Wilson is still the best QB in fantasy, and the Seahawks are in dire straits. I fully expect him to step up in any way necessary to make sure his team gets out of Dallas with a W and stays in the playoff hunt.
KC- Kenyan Drake. Itś starting to get predictable from me, but Kenyan Drake was far and away the greatest fantasy pickup of my entire life. In his past three games since Jay Ajayi was traded to the Eagles, he has averaged over 100 yards per game and been huge for a struggling Dolphins team depending on their run game. With no real reason for him to slow this week, itś safe to say he could continue this dominant streak.
KC- Melvin Gordon. With Josh McCown out for the Jets, look to see a dysfunctional offense faced up against one of the top defenses in the NFL with the Chargers. Staying on the field for the majority of the game and likely just trying to keep their lead in place, Gordon will get an advanced number of carries and yards this week.
ST- Le’Veon Bell. It might be a cop to pick the best running back in fantasy, but I don’t care. Pittsburgh is playing without Antonio Brown this week, and that means extended touches for their #2 playmaker. With the Steelers in a different kind of must-win situation and the fact that Houston couldn’t care less about this game, I think Bell can benefit from the conservative play.
ST- Leonard Fournette. Probably my favorite young back in the league, Fournette has been a star for the Jaguars this year. Consistently a double figure player, he should have no problem getting Jacksonville a much needed victory. Going up against an awful 49ers defense, the LSU alum is geared up for 100+ yards and a score no problem.
KC- Juju Smith-Schuster. With Antonio Brown out against an offensively weak Texans team, Juju could potentially continue to control the games as a rookie. Le’Veon will likely get more carries, but Big Ben should be looking for Juju downfield all day. #FreeJuju
KC- Marquise Goodwin. In Marquise I Trust. I called his big game last week, and I will continue to believe in the speedy receiver. His yards are consistently mind-blowing; unfortunately, the touchdowns just haven´t been up to make this season.
ST- Brandin Cooks. The receiving matchups are pretty tough across the board this week, so I’m forced to go with a commitee catcher in Cooks. Brady distributes the ball as well as anybody, so while it’s a sure thing that Cooks can get his touches, it’s not as certain that he’ll have a big game. However, with the Bills still fuming at Rob Gronkowski for his cheap shot a couple of weeks ago, I think that takes at least one WR out of the equation.
ST- Larry Fitzgerald. As a former fantasy owner of Fitz, I have to cringe a little. He is never going to put up a monster game, and I don’t expect him to this week. However, he will not get below 4 or 5 points because of the volume of targets that come his way. His hands are so sticky and he is so quick; it’s impossible to shut him down. I’m in a week with little to love in terms of receivers, so I’m fine with the safe option.
KC- Greg Olsen. Greg Olsen is back and hungry for receptions. Hopefully, going hand-and-hand with another big Cam Newton game, Olsen could likely be a reason for the Newton breakout games. Not only does he block, but heś a huge (literally and figuratively) target for the former MVP.
ST- Greg Olsen. Kings Court nailed it again. I love Kyle Rudolph too, as he has a favorable matchup against Green Bay, but Olsen vs. the Bucs is too tantalizing to lay off on. I don’t know that Olsen will have as huge of a game as he did last week, but with the scarcity of points usually coming from TE, double digits is more than enough. I think Olsen is going to get a good share of targets from Newton early on.