Fantasy Football Playoff Matchups, Strength of Schedule
Reminder: Defense Adjusted Fantasy Points (DAFP) is a custom-built metric used to calculate adjusted FPPG allowed for defenses by position. All skill players aren't created equal nor are the offenses. DAFP looks to balance the offensive and defensive variations by opponent to give you a truer FPPG allowed number. Using DAFP Fantasy Football matchups helps you make the tougher start/sit decisions a bit easier.
Fantasy Football Playoff Matchups
This week, we're looking ahead for the final four weeks. I gave each group of DAFP a rating from 1-5, one being the toughest and five being the weakest. The higher the number, the better overall matchup rating for the player. We're going to look at the final four games and the Week 15-16 combinations for the important players of note.
T.J. Yates, Brian Hoyer, HOU – Best two-game set of any team, but I would have a real hard time trusting either for your playoffs and would hope you had someone better get you here (i.e. would still start Ben Roethlisberger in a tough matchup).
Alex Smith, KC – As mentioned last time, great two weeks if you want the safest floor.
Philip Rivers, SD – The last two weeks were as tough as it gets, and now Rivers has a cake finish. Remember, he torched another easy team (Jaguars) just before that two game gauntlet.
Matthew Stafford, DET – One of the best streamers this week, but I'd be hesitant in Week 16. The 49ers are much better against the pass than people realize.
Andrew Luck, IND – Could he return for that Week 16 gift? Would you trust him if he does?
Peyton Manning, DEN – Even if he returns, I'm not playing him against the Bengals and neither should you.
Marcus Mariota, TEN – Look at his touchdown numbers. He's as boom or bust as they come, especially with two tough defenses.
Denard Robinson, JAX – This is why DRob was my top waiver grab once T.J. Yeldon was hurt. I'd roll out Yeldon next week if he's back, but it doesn't get any better than this.
Ameer Abdullah, DET – Look, it could be Joique Bell or Theo Riddick, but if I'm shooting for upside with these matchups, it's Abdullah for me.
Panthers – What a terrible time for Jonathan Stewart to (finally) get hurt. We have no idea how this backfield will play out, or if they even need it with how Cam Newton is playing. Fozzy Whittaker is up first, but Cameron Artis-Payne could lead the way as well.
Lamar Miller, MIA – Don't be an idiot like the Dolphins and bench him.
Matt Jones, WSH – He's getting more work late in the season, and he clearly has the most upside in Washington with a great schedule to boot.
Javorius Allen, BAL – This is as tough as it gets. Allen is still a RB2 thanks to his receiving skills, but there is a very low floor here.
Broncos – C.J. Anderson is a bust, and this backfield is a Fantasy wasteland.
Browns – Hope someone benefited from Isaiah Crowell last week because that looks to be it for the Browns usefulness.
Jeremy Maclin, KC – Not only has Maclin been great of late, he gets a terrific duo to finish the season. He should be in all lineups in all leagues and is a great DFS option too.
Nate Washington, HOU – DeAndre Hopkins is obvious, but those looking for that home run flier can reach for Washington against the Colts and Titans.
Patriots – Even if Julian Edelman returns, the matchups are good enough to keep Danny Amendola in most lineups.
Kamar Aiken, BAL – It doesn't matter who is at quarterback, Aiken is a solid, high-floor PPR option.
T.Y. Hilton, IND – There have been times you have considered (and maybe even did) benching Hilton due to matchups and the QB situation. However, no matter who the quarterback is in Week 16, you can't bench him against the Dolphins.
Marvin Jones, CIN – The Bengals have the worst two matchups of anyone, and with Andy Dalton done, Jones is a desperation play only.
Raiders – Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree were must-starts for a while, but with their recent play and final two games, you might have better options now.
Ben Watson, NO – What a find and what a tight end schedule to ride to a championship.
Julius Thomas, JAX – Patient owners have been rewarded and those rewards will keep coming to close things out.
Eric Ebron, DET – With Brandon Pettigrew out, Ebron makes for a good one-week upside play.
Jason Witten, DAL – Not entirely his fault, but Witten is having a terrible season. He's honestly not worth starting in most leagues for the final two games.
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