How to take advantage of NFL playoffs taking shape from fantasy perspective
November 26, 2016 7:36 AM
by Alan Berg
As the NFL playoffs begin to take shape how can we take advantage from a fantasy perspective?
First off it’s time to start looking at games where good offenses that cannot make the playoffs are playing teams with nothing to play for we aren’t there yet, but here’s a couple squads to keep your eyes on.
While the Panthers have had about the worst possible season after going to the Super Bowl the prior year, with the pressure nearly off look for Carolina to start having fun again. Which brings us to player one Cam Newton, this week the Panther QB heads to Oakland and I will take a shot on him WIN/PLACE/SHOW at 38-1 to do some damage against a Oakland Raider defense that has struggled this season. Also keep your eyes on Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin.
New York Jets
The Jets started out with a brutal schedule and could have some fantasy games down the stretch, I even think they are worth using this weekend against New England. Try out Brandon Marshall W/P/S at 3-1, which should skyrocket come game time.
Los Angeles Rams
While I am no fan of Jared Goff, I do believe when the Rams get eliminated from the playoffs he should settle down and take the training wheels off, look for guys like Brian Quick and Kenny Britt to make a little noise at least in the PLACE or SHOW department.
With that let’s get to the picks for this week:
PROP NO. 3 – EXACTA BOX (JAY AJAYI, RB, MIA (8-5); DAVID JOHNSON, RB, ARZ (5-1); JONATHAN STEWART, RB, CAR (21-1)
Stewart is obviously the guy we want placing first or second here to get us the best bang for the buck. With the matchups I don’t think you can leave out Ajayi and Johnson who have been two of the best backs in the league not named LeVeon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott.
PROP NO. 4 –W/P/S (STEVE SMITH, WR, BAL (12-1) AND TYREL WILLIAMS, WR, SD (25-1))
Scanning the board, I think these two are underrated at these numbers and can definitely place in the Top 2 making them worth your hard earned $$$. Cincinnati should come out very flat after last week’s heartbreaking loss and the Texans defense is lost in the secondary making Williams a great target.