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Aaron Rodgers $9000 to Jordy Nelson $8400 or Randall Cobb $7300
It would be difficult to stack all Rodgers, Nelson, and Cobb because of pricing this week, but if you can manage to do so, feel free. All three of them have played exceptionally well in Lambeau Field. Rodgers has thrown 2,108 yards, 23 touchdowns, and probably the most impressive stat of all, no interceptions in home games this year. Of those 23 touchdowns, nine have gone to Nelson, and five have gone to Cobb. The Lions have actually played solid defense this season. They allow the third fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks (12.9), and have yielded 21 touchdowns, but have intercepted the ball 20 times. As far as receivers, they’ve done a good job against them as well, but have allowed a bit more production than they have against quarterbacks. They’re giving up 18.6 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, and have yielded 21 touchdowns. It could be a tough matchup, but Green Bay has played so well at home that it’s tough to think that they won’t in such a big game. Rodgers and the Packers are playing for their division and the second seed in the NFC; they should come out on fire this week.
Matt Ryan $7700 to Julio Jones $8100
The Falcons are playing for their season on Sunday. It’s win and move on to the playoffs, or lose and plan a vacation. In the last four weeks, Ryan has played well. He has thrown 300+ yards in each of the games, and has thrown nine touchdowns. He’s also scored more than 20 fantasy points in each of the last four games. This week’s matchup is one he’s familiar with as he takes on a division rival, the Panthers. Carolina has been mediocre against the pass this season. They’re giving up 15.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and have yielded 25 passing touchdowns. In the last six games he’s played against the Panthers, Ryan has thrown 13 touchdowns. Julio Jones is questionable for Sunday, but is expected to play. With that said, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on his status heading into the game. Jones is one of the best receivers in the league when he’s on the field. In the last three games he’s played he’s caught 28 passes for 555 yards and two touchdowns. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me. He is playing at a high level, and should continue to do so against the Panthers defense this week. Their defense has surrendered 17 receiving touchdowns, and allows 21.2 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers. With everything on the line, the Falcons should put on a show at home.
Cam Newton $7500 to Kelvin Benjamin $6200
The other two who are playing for their season is Newton and Benjamin. The Panthers have the same at stake as the Falcons do. Newton returned to action last week after missing Week 15 with a back injury. He threw for 201 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also rushed for 63 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. A couple weeks ago, he threw for 292 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions against the Falcons. He also rushed for 30 yards, and that was good for 20.68 fantasy points. The Falcons are allowing the most passing yards per game (291), and are surrendering 15.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Benjamin has been impressive in his rookie season. He’s caught 72 passes for 999 yards and has scored nine touchdowns. He had a big game against Atlanta in Week 11. In that game, he caught nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons are allowing the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers (24.1). They are giving up 300.3 receiving yards per game, and have surrendered 13 receiving touchdowns. Neither of these defenses are shutdown defenses, so with their season on the line, both teams should come out guns blazing.
Eli Manning $7100 to Odell Beckham $9600
Manning has thrown six touchdowns in the last two games, and the good news is he didn’t throw a pick in either of those games. Beckham has been on an amazing run since stepping onto the football field. However, in the last three games he’s been playing lights out. He has six touchdowns in the last three weeks. Of the six touchdowns Manning has thrown in the last two weeks, Beckham has caught five of them. This week they both have a great matchup. The Eagles defense has been susceptible against the pass all season. They’re allowing 18.1 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and 25.1 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. They’ve allowed 29 passing touchdowns, and are allowing 254 passing yards per game. They’re also giving up the fourth most receiving yards per game (277.7), and have surrendered the most receiving touchdowns (21). Needless to say, this is a dream matchup for the Giants. Manning and Beckham are looking to close out there season on a high note against their division rivals.
Andy Dalton $6000 to A.J. Green $8300
The Bengals and Steelers game will determine the winner of their division, the third seed in the playoffs, and home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. With that said, Dalton makes a solid start this week. He already found some success against the Steelers this season. When they played in Week 14, he threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers defense has struggled against the pass this season. They are allowing the sixth most passing yards per game (255), give up 17.4 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and have surrendered 28 passing touchdowns. Much like Dalton, A.J. Green also had a big game against the Steelers a couple of weeks ago. He caught 11 passes for 224 yards and scored a touchdown. The Steelers have been just as bad against receivers as they have been against quarterbacks. They are allowing 23.3 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, and have yielded 15 touchdowns, six of those in the last four games. With so much at stake, the Bengals should come out on fire, and should once again find success against this vulnerable defense.