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Trust Alvin Kamara? Rodgers or Wilson?

Trust Alvin Kamara? Rodgers or Wilson?
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Trust Alvin Kamara? Rodgers or Wilson?

Belief Alvin Kamara? Rodgers or Wilson?

The Publish is fielding fantasy soccer questions from readers heading into the playoffs to handle your lineup dilemmas and extra.

Who’re your high playoff defenses? I’ve been driving Miami however want a spot begin Week 14. — @Big_Plush

Amongst defenses which might be extensively accessible (over 50 p.c in Yahoo), I just like the Panthers (10 p.c rostered) as a streaming possibility for Week 14 towards the Broncos. After that, I’d goal the Browns (39 p.c rostered) for Weeks 15 and 16 towards the Giants and Jets, respectively.

Do you belief Christian McCaffrey this week or will they take it straightforward with him? — Ryan Hallam

Managers who drafted McCaffrey have had a tough 2020. He missed six video games with a excessive ankle sprain, solely to be knocked out for one more three with a shoulder damage. He was set to return in Week 14 when a mysterious quad damage popped up on Wednesday, which has restricted him in apply and will jeopardize his enjoying time. Previous to this information, McCaffrey would have been a simple top-three play towards Denver’s common run protection. 

At 4-8, the Panthers at the moment sit within the basement of the NFC South and would have little incentive to overburden or rush their star working again — whom they prolonged this offseason for 4 years, $64 million — onto the sphere prematurely. There’s a robust chance he’s restricted if we see him in any respect this week. Monitor the apply stories for the remainder of the week and grasp onto Mike Davis.

Is it moral/permissible to bench your QB to get a extra favorable playoff seed? — Mat Yurow

This is a superb query, and though it might now not be relevant now that the playoffs have begun for many leagues, it’s nonetheless price addressing. Fantasy soccer isn’t an ethics contest and it’s not Miss Congeniality. You play to win and it’s best to capitalize on any aggressive benefit that exists inside the guidelines. If meaning benching your quarterback for a greater playoff seed, then do it.

It’s incumbent on commissioners to obviously specify guidelines previous to the season, so assuming that wasn’t performed, it’s 100-percent kosher. If this turns into an issue and causes competition between your league mates, I’d counsel you maintain a postseason vote to amend the principles for subsequent yr.

Alvin Kamara, Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Alvin Kamara, Clyde Edwards-Helaire
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What do I do with [Alvin] Kamara, [Clyde Edwards-Helaire] and to a lesser extent Jonnu [Smith] who helped me get to the playoffs? — Kevin Smedley

It’s positively an unlucky spot to be in, and never a singular one for a lot of playoff groups. I’ll tackle every individually, since there isn’t one overarching reply.

– Kamara: His worth has taken a major hit since Taysom Hill took over in Week 11 however he’s nonetheless a must-start RB1. The previous PPR-machine has simply three catches for seven whole receiving yards prior to now three video games and has completed as RB22, RB38 and RB11. Hopefully Drew Brees returns earlier than the top of the yr, during which case Kamara would soar again to a top-two-or-three RB. If not, he stays a low-end RB1.

– Edwards-Helaire: Higher days ought to be forward for the much-hyped rookie. He burned managers final week after not recording a snap attributable to sickness, however ought to return as a high-end RB3/flex for the Chiefs’ Week 14 matchup in Miami. If he busts this week, I’d take into account sitting him in Week 15 in a brutal matchup towards the Saints.

– Smith: Panic. The staff clearly likes Anthony Firsker, who caught 5 of seven targets for 51 yards in Week 13 with Smith out with a knee damage. Even when Smith returns quickly, he hasn’t been a really dependable TE1 this yr and will see much less enjoying time whereas splitting snaps with Firsker.

Waiting for semis and ultimate, I’ve Russ[ell Wilson] and Aaron Rodgers. Legit problematic. Russ has Rams week 16, and Rodgers has Titans. Russ stinks vs Rams. Have began Russ each week besides one this yr, however Rodgers is extra constant. Ideas on making a playoff swap? — James Parziale

That is an enviable dilemma that many managers would dream to have heading into the playoffs, however it’s comprehensible you might be anxious given Wilson’s current decline. For Week 14, it’s a must to roll with Wilson, simply given the matchup towards the hapless Jets. So far as Weeks 15 and 16 go, I’d roll with Rodgers towards the Panthers, and Rodgers as soon as once more towards the Titans. Wilson’s schedule is far harder as you famous in that two-game stretch. He at all times has sky-high upside, however I’d personally counsel Rodgers for the ultimate two weeks of your playoffs.

Do I begin [Derek] Carr or [Mitch] Trubisky as my QB2 (Kyler [Murray] is QB1) by the playoffs? Trubisky has a greater schedule, however has the prospect to get pulled at any level. — Thom Julian

Each are fairly dangerous performs and at all times have bust potential, even in favorable matchups. Carr has higher weapons and is barely extra constant than Trubisky, however Trubisky’s schedule is far softer. The Bears face the Texans, Vikings and Jaguars, all of whom are favorable matchups in Weeks 14-16, whereas the Raiders face the Colts, Chargers and Dolphins in that span. I’d grasp on to each if it’s potential as an insurance coverage coverage towards Trubisky getting pulled (as you talked about), however should you should drop somebody, I’d lean towards dropping Carr.

Full PPR league within the playoffs – ought to I play Jamison Crowder, J.Ok. Dobbins or Cam Akers within the flex spot? — Joshua Anderson

I do know it’s tempting to at all times wish to use a receiver in your flex spot in full PPR, however I’m tossing out Crowder proper off the bat. He’s too dangerous on this anemic Jets offense and has an excessive amount of competitors now that Denzel Mims and Breshad Perriman are wholesome — although Mims could miss Sunday’s sport due to a household emergency.

The query turns into Dobbins vs. Akers, which is a tricky one. Each rookies began the season in irritating three-man committees, however have begun to tell apart themselves from the pack. It could appear Akers has a path to extra assured touches, however head coach Sean McVay is as mercurial as they arrive along with his working again utilization. Akers can also be banged up with a shoulder damage and was restricted in apply this week. I’d give the sting to Dobbins, who can also be barely extra concerned within the passing sport than Akers.

I’m within the playoffs with [Tom] Brady and Cam [Newton]. Each of them are able to a single digit week. My RB/WRs are nice and I want to start out the QB least prone to put up an 8 level week. Additionally, what cocktail ought to I order on a date to convey the concept I’m barely greater than my fantasy soccer staff? — Jay Dozier

Brady has the upper flooring for my part with higher weapons and a a lot simpler schedule for the playoffs. That stated, I perceive the argument for Newton, who has 106 speeding makes an attempt for 435 yards and 11 touchdowns. Curiously, each choices have completed inside the highest 12 in seven begins this yr (Newton has one fewer begin attributable to COVID-19).

The Buccaneers play the Vikings, Falcons and Lions (and the Falcons once more should you play into Week 17), whereas the Patriots play the Rams, Dolphins and Payments (although they get the Jets should you play into Week 17). Brady will get the matchup edge within the first three weeks. I’d roster each should you’re in a position, nevertheless, simply as insurance coverage..

As for libations, you may by no means go fallacious with an Outdated Usual. Feels subtle and offers off robust “Mad Males” vibes.

What do I do with Miles Sanders? — @FantasyFB_23

It’s been a disappointing season for Sanders, who has handled accidents and has clearly been impacted by Carson Wentz’s decline. He hasn’t completed inside the highest 12 since Week 5 in Pittsburgh (which was additionally the final time he made it into the top zone) and is tallying a mere 2.9 yards per carry during the last two video games. Hopefully, Jalen Hurts can inject some life into the Eagles’ offense, however it’s best to sit him this week towards the Saints’ stout run protection when you have different choices.

What are your favourite playoffs settings? 4 or 6 groups? Most popular tiebreaker? Factors, face to face? Prizes? One winner takes all? — Mauricio Gutierrez

My most well-liked variety of playoff groups varies based mostly on league dimension however I’d say no fewer than six. I like eight if the league is 16 groups although. I a lot favor factors as a tiebreaker because it’s extra indicative of the staff’s energy over the season and never only a one-week pattern dimension. And eventually, I don’t like winner-takes-all prizes. In my expertise, groups quit a lot quicker in the event that they don’t suppose they’ve a shot at first. Third feels far more attainable.

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