Fantasy Corner: Football

Doug Hendry, Editor-in-Chief

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Who to Start:

  • Blake Bortles, QB (JAC): Bortles has thrown a touchdown in every game this season, including at least two in six of his past seven starts. Jacksonville will be going up against a poor Tennessee defense, so we could see Bortles and Marcus Mariota having a pair of strong games here.
  • DeAngelo Williams, RB (PIT): With Le’Veon Bell out, Williams has done a great job whenever he gets the touches. After earning 117 all-purpose yards against Seattle, Williams could have an even bigger game against the Colts in what could be a shootout.
  • A.J. Green, WR (CIN): One of the best wide receivers in the NFL has struggled in recent weeks, as Green hasn’t passed 80 yards in his last four games. But with a two-touchdown performance Nov. 29 and a match-up with Cleveland, Green is safe to start as your WR1.
  • Scott Chandler, TE (NE): Chandler directly benefits from Rob Gronkowski’s bruised knee, and I expect him to get a full workload. The 92 targets Gronk has been given this year have to go somewhere, and I think Chandler will see most of them in an offense built around tight ends.

 

Who to Bench:

  • Philip Rivers, QB (SD): It’s difficult to bench this gunslinger, but this may be a good week to do that if you have a good backup quarterback. He’ll be going against Denver’s number one defense, which plays similarly to Kansas City, who limited Rivers to 178 passing yards Nov. 22.
  • Danny Woodhead, RB (SD): Woodhead also goes up against Denver’s stout defense, but he also hasn’t performed nearly as well in recent weeks as he did to start the season. Woodhead has been limited to less than 50 total rushing and receiving yards in three of his past four games.
  • Michael Floyd, WR (ARI): There is too much strength in that Arizona wide receiver core for Floyd to earn a starting position. He certainly has the talent and potential, but he won’t see enough targets to make a fantasy impact, especially down the stretch.
  • Coby Fleener, TE (IND): Fleener hasn’t put up great numbers this season, but some owners are still holding on to him. Fleener has caught more than four passes twice, has not earned 50 yards, and only caught a touchdown once since week four, so it’s best to drop him. Brent Celek or Jacob Tamme could be strong replacements.
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