Week 1 of the playoffs is here for most leagues, congratulations if you have made it and good luck if you are still fighting! What this generally means for most managers is that every decision is questioned, every stat is overblown, every ranking list is scrubbed through. Though the one thing that everything ultimately comes down to is a choice. A choice that you and you only will make. Be confident, be bold, and trust your instincts. Every starting roster spot needs a player and below are some streamers who could over perform expectations.
All players are owned in less than 60% of Yahoo leagues
Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (40%)
@ Las Vegas Raiders
Philip Rivers has been quietly consistent for fantasy. Since week six he is QB13 and sixth in yards with at least 262 yards in six of the seven contests. He also has at least 2 passing touchdowns in five of those seven and his opponent across the field in Derek Carr is also coming off a great game against the Jets. This should make for a nice matchup where you’re probably going to have a lot of points. I’m sure that Indianapolis will use the run game as an advantage but Philip Rivers does tend to keep throwing the ball. Vegas has allowed at least 28 points in the last 3 weeks and Sam Darnold almost beat them if not for Gregg Williams fantastic play call.
JD Mckissic, Washington Football Team (49%)
@ San Francisco 49ers
With Antonio Gibson out JD Mckissic is going to take advantage of the opportunity. He had a career high 10 catches last game and is second in the league behind Alvin Kamara for running back catches. They’re playing San Francisco this week on the road and going to need a spark from him more than ever as the divison title is still in sights. Last week the Buffalo Bill’s running backs had four catches against the 49ers and they rarely get catches. I expect Washington to take advantage and during week one of the playoffs you cannot look for a better flex option.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (21%)
@ Carolina Panthers
Look I’m on your side too, you can never trust a guy with two first names. So why am I sitting here telling you to do that with Tim Patrick in week 14 with the playoffs on the line? Well over the last five weeks he has at least 100 yards or a touchdown in three of those games. He does get forgiven in one game because it was against New Orleans and without Drew Lock. With three 100 yard games under his belt and two touchdowns just last week, you can see that he has upside. He gets a great chance to do that again against a Panthers defense allowing the fourth most fantasy points and the most points to perimeter wide receivers since week 8. In their last three away games Drew Lock is averaging 41 pass attempts and if they start to trail that number will be higher.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (20%)
@ Cincinnati Bengals
We are back on the Dalton to Dalton train for the playoffs. Schultz has at least four catches in all but three games this season and has done well against bottom 8 defenses vs. TE. In those three matchups he had 9, 4 and 6 catches along with 189 yards and 2 touchdowns. We just saw Mike gusicki and Evan Ingram have a season resurgence against the Bengals the last two weeks and I don’t see a reason why Dalton Schultz couldn’t have a good game as well. As bad as the Cowboys have looked lately they still have great offensive talent and the Bengals have not been able to stop anybody. If you don’t have a TE1 on your roster look no further for a high TE2
Best of luck!