My fantasy season has ended, the Eagles are out of the playoffs, and now it’s time to root against those teams I hate. Even if you’re in my position, you can still enjoy the end of season push for those playoff hopefuls. So let’s take a look back, then forward.
Biggest Takeaway: Fantasy Playoffs
Week one of fantasy football playoffs in most leagues is in the books! We are off and running for those lucky enough to move on after the 13 week regular season. Many leagues are different. But there’s pride, money, trophies, and other amazing prizes that each unique league showcases. Good luck to those that are fighting the good fight.
Best Week 14 Win: New York Giants
This wasn’t a game to tip the cap to stellar offensive performances. But this was an impressive showing for both defenses. A 10-7 win for the Giants is huge for this team. It not only almost solidifies their playoff berth, but adds some pressure to the Cowboys. Dallas now will need to keep winning if they want to hold onto the division. The only two loses this team has suffered is against the Giants. If Dallas slides late, NY could find themselves atop of the NFC East. All I want to mention here is this: Giants defense. Offseason money well spent. They have been nothing short of a shutdown unit. If their offense can get out of the funk they are in, this team is dangerous. Last time I checked when the Giants ride into the playoffs hot, a Super Bowl tends to be the outcome. Watch out for this team.
Worst Week 14 Loss: Seattle Seahawks
This was the first game Seattle had to play without their all-pro safety, Earl Thomas, who is out for the year. This week, at least, it looks like one player makes a big difference. Aaron Rogers and the Packers offense dominated one of the league’s top defenses. They put up 38 points and Rogers didn’t even play in the 4th quarter. On top of the Seattle defense looking terrible, the offense played even worse. Russell Wilson had 5 interceptions. Yes, 5 is the correct number. And this came against a Packers defense who had been shredded for most of the year. Seattle needs to take a long hard look in the mirror. This team must find a way to press on without Thomas and get ready for the postseason. It only gets tougher from here.
Week 15 Predictions:
Can’t Miss Win: Bills over Browns
It’s almost unfair to pick against the Browns. They are just so historically bad you almost feel sorry for them… But that’s almost. I love the Bills this week who still have a reason to play hard. This team isn’t out of the playoff hunt and should look at this game as an early Christmas gift. For fantasy owners, start your Bills players. It’s the postseason in the fantasy world. Shady is going to run all over the Browns, Taylor should be able to run and throw all over this team, and if you are looking for a waiver wire defense, I’m sure Cleveland will provide a few turnovers. I’m hoping Cleveland wins one game before the season ends. But, it won’t be this week. I like the Bills and the Ryan brothers BIG.
Intriguing Matchup: New England at Denver
A battle between two QBs that were given no respect on their draft days. Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round, 199th overall out of Michigan, and Trevor Siemian was drafted in the 7th round, 25th overall out of Northwestern. I’m sure Siemian aspires to have the same career as Brady. He’ll have a shot to compare himself to the NFLs greatest QB in Denver. Now, I don’t think Siemian is that good and there’s no way he can out duel Tom Brady. Denver will have to win this game with their defense. The Broncos will need to win the field position battle to win this game.
But guess what my Rocky Mountain High comrades? That’s not going to happen! Sorry Denver, you may be another Super Bowl champion that fails to make the postseason the following year. You just can’t pick against Brady. The guy is too good. With a balanced run attack featuring the NFLs leading scorer for rushing TDs, Tom Brady can use the play action to his advantage. Not to mention this New England defense is not too shabby themselves. Siemian doesn’t have what it takes to beat the Patriots. I like the Pats on the road.
Biggest Upset: Jaguars over Texans
A battle between two bad QBs. The battle of the B’s: Blake vs. Brock. I couldn’t be happier that neither of these guys are my starting quarterback. Good news for these two, one of them has to win. Unless another disappointing tie is the outcome. You have to assume that both of these guys will turn it over and each have a sub-par performance. So now we look at the rest of these two clubs. Even though their records are different, I don’t think the Jags are that far behind the Texans when it comes to talent. This is why I like them to upset the Texans. Jacksonville’s young, talented defense will step up. And Brock will play worse than Blake. Not a fun one to watch, but let’s see these Jaguars crush the Texans playoff hopes.
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