Well, last week wrapped up the season for six-digit grand prizes, but if you need one last fix, Fanduel is offering a $20,000 contest for those willing to pony up a $535 entry fee. This week should prove to be a veritable mine field with eliminated teams packing it in and other teams with little or nothing to gain because they have a postseason birth and/or a playoff seed clinched. You’ll want to steer clear of players that might play one quarter or one series and then get taken out for the duration. I’m staying away from most of the 4:00 pm games as the outcome of some of the 1:00 pm matchups could put certain premier players out of commission. That means that few Broncos, Raiders, 49ers, Cardinals, Chiefs, Chargers, Rams or Seahawks will be on my rosters. The Sunday night division showdown to determine the NFC East title is the best stack on the docket.
Kyle Orton ($5,000 vs. Philadelphia) – Tony Romo’s back injury will put him on the shelf for awhile, so the Cowboys will place all of their playoff hopes at Kyle Orton’s feet. I have to assume that the Eagles will open up a big lead, forcing Orton to air it out to catch up. Is he up to the task? I don’t know. Matt Cassell was. Jay Cutler wasn’t. I’ll pay 5k to find out.
LeSean McCoy ($9,400 at Dallas) – Slim Shady has been the second most productive fantasy running back this season, the Cowboys are giving up the second most fantasy points on the ground and the Eagles will most likely be playing with a lead.
Matt Forte ($8,500 vs. Green Bay) – The Bears blinked and found themselves down three touchdowns in the 1st quarter. As a result, Matt Forte was filtered out of the game plan early. Don’t expect a repeat when Chicago heads back home to the windy city to face the Pack in a battle for the NFL North title. Matt Flynn has improved but he is no Nick Foles. Eddie Lacy aggravated his ankle injury and at this point should be considered questionable to suit up on Sunday. Even if he plays, he won’t be 100%. The Bears have the edge here. Look for Forte to bounce back with a vengeance.
Antonio Brown ($7,600 vs. Cleveland) – What can Brown do for you? In his Week 12 showdown with sometime shutdown corner Joe Haden, Big Ben connected with Brown on 6 of 10 targets for 92 yards and a touchdown. Haden left Sunday’s contest in the fourth quarter and is questionable for the season finale. The Steelers are still mathematically alive and Brown is an elite WR1 play at a thrifty price.
A.J. Green ($9,000 vs. Baltimore) – The Bengals need a victory and some help (a Patriots loss to the Bills) to secure a first-round bye, a bye they will most certainly need if they are to make any noise in the playoffs. The last time Cincinnati faced Baltimore, Dalton targeted A.J. 15 times and the 3rd year player out of Georgia hauled in eight of them for 151 yards and a score.
Andre Caldwell ($4,500 at Oakland) – The lone 4:00 pm game on my roster is a bargain with upside. We saw what his ceiling was two weeks ago when he found the end zone twice. Wes Welker will likely be sidelined one more week in order to heal up for the playoffs. No matter what happens, Caldwell isn’t going to be a player the Broncos protect. I need a cheap player here so that I can start elite options at the other positions.
Jason Witten ($5,800 vs. Philadelphia) – Kyle Orton has completed one touchdown pass in a Cowboy uniform and that was to Jason Witten. When backup quarterbacks are forced into action, tight ends are their safety valve, particularly when under pressure. Orton will have to throw a lot and Witten might end up with the most targets.