You know the story. Win this week, and we're in the championship (unless you're in one of those psychopathic leagues where the championship is Week 17).
Let's get to it! I'm always available via Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF as well!
The playoffs have arrived.
I have to be honest, I get a little bit numb to fantasy football throughout the regular (fantasy) season. I can only sit cross-legged on my living room floor screaming for Brandin Cooks so many times, and, by Week 10 or so, I'm just drifting along. Obviously I'm doing everything I can to win and build a strong squad, but the visceral "take no prisoners" mentality starts to fade a bit.
That is, until playoff time.
Plenty of you have never met me face-to-face, but I'm generally a very calm person, at least externally. I really don't get above a 5/10 in terms of being outwardly emotional - in a positive or negative fashion. One exception to that rule is golf: when I play golf, I may as well be a borderline psychopath. Something about being so consistently below average at a sport I've "played" since I was 11 just really gets under my skin.
Anyway, the point here is that I'm a crazy person during the fantasy football playoffs. All of that numbness and gradually-augmenting lack of interest disappears in an instant once they blow the final whistle in Week 13. My happiness until next August depends solely on how these upcoming three weeks go. That's healthy right?
I mentioned this on Twitter the other day (@DonaldGibsonFF), but I really do appreciate the trust that many of you put in me, even if it's just for my opinion to validate what you're thinking. I'm sure plenty of you also turn into crazy people this time of year, and I'm more than happy to be crazy with you.
Now, as the kids say, lettuce get this bread (or something like that).
Well not it, but ya know, the end of the regular season. It is reserved for Week 16 for obvious reasons...unless you're one of those psychos that has the championship in Week 17.
Week 13 is a very crucial week for most fantasy football owners, as you're likely either fighting for a playoff spot or fighting for a bye. Seeding tiebreakers are usually (and probably should always be) points for, so I put together a list of boom/bust guys that aren't typical starters, but you may want to consider them if you need to recoup some points on the guy ahead of you and/or you're just desperate. Needless to say, move forward with caution.
Lamar Jackson (obviously): Jackson provides a high floor with his rushing production, plus he's against a very weak Atlanta defense, plus plus Atlanta's offense can always put up points and keep the passing game involved. This obviously assumes he gets the start.
Marcus Mariota: A lot of people don't really like Mariota because his production tends to be lame and his team is boring enough to make your eyes fall out, but he's actually in a decent spot this week. Three of his four previous games have been very solid - the one liquidy one (get it?) was when he got hurt - and he's facing the Jets who have given up at least two passing TDs in every Week since Week 4 except for when they played Brock Osweiler who is actually the human version of...yeah we're on the same page here.
Josh Adams: Adams had 22 carries last week in a game that they were trailing for the most part, and that's enough to put someone in the middle of my radar. From Weeks 5-8, the Redskins gave up 167 total rushing yards to Alvin Kamara/Mark Ingram, Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, and Saquon Barkley (and their backups, ya know). In Weeks 9-12, that number was 476 to Tevin Coleman, Peyton Barber, Lamar Miller, and Ezekiel Elliott (plus backups). Super weird, but Adams is in a very good spot this week.
Austin Ekeler and Jalen Richard: These two are pretty much PPR-specific, but they should see a ton of usage. Ekeler was getting plenty of involvement before Melvin Gordon's injury, and that should only spike this week against the Steelers. Ekeler is game script-proof at this point as well, which is always nice. Jalen Richard is simple - the Raiders are going to be down by 35 after the first quarter, and they'll be throwing plenty.
Corey Davis: No one ever has any idea what Corey Davis is going to be doing. He gets 10 targets, he does next to nothing. He gets 10 targets, he erupts. He gets 4 targets, he does next to nothing. He gets 4 targets, he basically erupts. That's actually what has happened the past four weeks. See Mariota's piece above, but I think it's a good week for Davis as well.
Sammy Watkins: As stated previously, the Chiefs will be scoring 35 in the first quarter. The Raiders have always been bad at defending fast receivers, which is odd considering how much they loved drafting fast players for the longest time. Assuming he's healthy, I think Sammy gets loose for one this week.
Rankings are below. As always, feel free to reach out via Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF, and rankings will be updated throughout the week.
Though I am very appreciative of my readers and those that reach out to me on Twitter, I am going to resist posting the drawn out "Thank You" message, but I've posted it in years past. Luh you guys.
Almost more importantly, stuffing is the premier Thanksgiving food, and if you don't all have your esophagi overflowing with stuffing, consider your Thanksgiving a disappointment.
One other thing before the rankings: I'm very impressed with the Thanksgiving slate. We've had a bunch of super weird prime-time games this season (looking at you Titans-Cowboys), but I was thoroughly impressed with the slate for tomorrow.
Alrighty, rankings are below. They'll be updated throughout the week, and I'm always available via Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF.
Rankings below! Always available via Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF
Check this out. My rankings are out before the Thursday game. Wild stuff.
Side note: I've been traveling for work a bunch and was lucky enough to go to the Vikings game against the Lions last weekend (in Minnesota). Their stadium is the coolest one I've ever seen and the atmosphere is out of control. Props to you Vikings fans, and I'd highly recommend getting over there if you have a chance.
Anyway, fantasy stuff. As always, I'm available via Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF!
Remember that one time that someone said they thought Rashaad Penny was going to score last week?
Separate thought: Did you know that Rashaad Penny had zero touches last week?
Whoopsies. Rankings are below and will be updated until the early games start on Sunday. I'm always available via Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF!
Hello. It is Saturday. I am uploading my rankings for the first time. I told you I was going to stop doing it so late. I lied. I am sorry. I beg forgiveness. Also I think Rashaad Penny scores this week. Equally as disappointing as posting my rankings so late, I know.
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Hey, look at me getting the rankings out prior to the Thursday game.
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As I've done a few times this season, I'm posting the rankings late (Saturday AM). I hope you'll forgive me. Have at 'em!
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