By: Tyler Jesih @ffbreakroom
Perfect Fantasy Lineup Predictions
Happy fantasy championship week!
After a week where we saw some new names sneak into the perfect fantasy lineup, it goes to show that even late in the fantasy season there are still breakout players that become fantasy relevant.
Prefacing the FINAL perfect fantasy lineup predictions article of the 2017 season, we reflect on the perfect fantasy lineup MVPs…
Let’s take a peak at who cracked the best weeks at each position the most!
*Any ties will be determined by overall fantasy points.
Also, next to each players name are the times they appeared in the perfect lineup.
Rob Gronkowski – Tied with Jimmy Graham
What a fantasy year it was! A rookie cracks the MVP lineup, and we see repeat dominance from most. The MVP of this perfect lineup season clearly going to, the recently injured (sorry for those in fantasy championships, be sure to check out @Top2Sports ‘s waiver wire column to fill that empty roster spot), Antonio Brown.
Now, recapping Week 15’s Perfect Fantasy Lineup:
QB – Cam Newton – 31.5 (vs GB)
RB – Todd Gurley – 45 (vs SEA)
RB – Kareem Hunt – 39.6 (vs LAC)
WR – Keelan Cole – 31.6 (vs HOU)
WR – Sterling Shepard – 30.9 (vs PHI)
TE – Rob Gronkowski – 27.8 (vs PIT)
(No kickers / D/ST this week, sorry)
New faces (Keelan Cole), Re-breakout performers (Kareem Hunt), and some consistent studs (Gurley, Gronk) appeared in this week’s perfect fantasy lineup.
As your championship weeks approach, this is the moment you have been waiting for all year. As some of us watch another fantasy season slowly come to a close, it just seems it all happened too quick. I remember when the leaves were still on the trees, listening to podcasts, making draft notes and preparing for another fun year.
Hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed their fantasy year, and I can’t wait until the next one!
QB: Russell Wilson (vs DAL)
A fantasy godsend this year to most, (and perfect fantasy lineup MVP… or PFLMVP :D…) although he may have lost you your fantasy semifinal with an 11 point performance last week against the Rams, I believe Wilson can rebound against the Dallas defense. Fantasy’s #1 QB has been stuffed by the Rams twice this year, both amounting to 12 points for Wilson. Minus last week’s game against the Rams, Russ has scored at least 19 fantasy points since his Week 6 bye, including back to back stellar performances against Philadelphia and #Sacksonville. Allowing the 11th most points to QBs, Dallas has been actually improving as of late, but if Russ can shred the league’s best defense for 22 fantasy points, he has earned the “matchup proof” title. Russ is my pick for the #1 QB.
Kareem Hunt (vs MIA)
Welcome back to fantasy perfection yet again, Mr. Hunt! Last week’s #2 fantasy running back has a beautiful matchup against Miami, and in even better news, Kansas City’s offense has their legs back with their third straight game of 26 points or more. In weeks 14 and 15, we saw two weeks of 24 and 25 carries, and two weeks of Kareem the Dream returning you to his early season stat lines. I put him in the perfect lineup prediction due, not only, to the Kansas City offense, but also the matchup he draws.
Christian McCaffrey (vs TB)
Coming off a week where he scored 25.6 PPR points, landing him at RB8. McCaffrey hasn’t broken into a perfect lineup yet, but I think this could be his week. It’s no secret that Tampa has a weak defense, but they give up 25.5 PPR points to RBs on average. They have given up 100+ yards to RBs 8 times, and earlier in the season the Panthers RBs scored 21 PPR points. This could be a much bigger game for McCaffrey as the Bucs defense is giving up more points later in the year, allowing 36 PPR points just law week against Atlanta. I see a huge game for him, and after Jonathan Stewart had 11 carries for 27 yards, I don’t see him eating into McCaffrey’s workload.
Keenan Allen (vs NYJ)
This is a must win for the Chargers, as they are still very much in the hunt for the lead in the AFC West. Allen draws a favorable matchup against the Jets, who allow receivers to have some big games. Allen went 4 straight weeks with 100+ receiving yards before last week, and had 4 TDs in that timeframe. Allen was shut down against the Chiefs, but I sense a bounce back week against the struggling Jets.
Jarvis Landry (vs KC)
Landry is a reception machine, and these last few weeks the Dolphins offense has seemingly run through him and Kenyan Drake. He has posted double digit fantasy points in all but one game, so the consistency is there, and with two straight 19+ fantasy point weeks, the breakout potential is there. With the Chiefs allowing a 50 point week to the Jets WRs in Week 13, Landry can easily exploit this defense.
TE: Travis Kelce (vs MIA)
The Chiefs have narrowly taken an AFC West lead over the aforementioned Chargers. Travis Kelce is clearly a volume monster, and he will have to be utilized against a defense that allows the 5th most points to TEs. The Dolphins just allowed a 100 yard day to Bills’ TEs, and Kelce will obtain looks early and often. Kelce has hit 20+ fantasy points 5 times this year, and this week he has a great matchup. If he gets the volume, and the Chiefs offense is rolling, then Kelce will attain fantasy perfection
As I normally do in these articles, I’d like to talk about something that comes from a place of passion.
20 years ago today. pic.twitter.com/01TzKrelLT
— David Spade (@DavidSpade) December 18, 2017
Chris Farley may have nothing to do with fantasy football, but here’s some quotes to bring you out of fantasy depression, the pit of misery (dilly dilly), or “the end of fantasy football” loneliness. You may be experiencing a lot of free time without fantasy football, now. And soon the NFL season will wrap up. Always remember this.
*”You can get a good look at a butcher’s ass by sticking your head up his ass. But, wouldn’t you rather take his word for it?*
– Purely hilarious. Tommy Boy is a classic.
– Always a classic Dad line to bust out…
*I live in a van down by the river.*
– Farley’s SNL days live in our hearts forever.
If you’re down in the fantasy dumps…Go ahead and re-watch some of Farley’s great work.
That’s all for the nonsense this week. Best of luck to you guys!