Here we are in Week 1 of the fantasy playoffs already. It has been a tumultuous season, to say the least. We have navigated six-team bye weeks, an unusual number of injuries, and a number of significant suspensions to get here. With the exception of some dynasty owners looking toward next year, it is all about getting the best lineup possible on the field for this week. There are a lot of angles to consider when deciding on lineups this week, including the possibility of some team playing younger players for evaluation.
As of early on Wednesday we are still awaiting word on the availability of Deone Bucannon for Week 4teen. Josh Bynes has turned in back to back games with 8 solo stops, adding a forced fumble and pass defended as well. The Titans are a slightly above average matchup for linebackers so Bynes might make a good stream option if Bucannon is out again.
Duke Riley actually had a smaller role in Week 13 (2 snaps) than in Week 12 (4 snaps), which would suggest DeVondre Campbell will continue in the three-down role he has held since Riley went down in Week 6. With their new found run game, the Saints have been a plus matchup for linebackers on most weeks, making Campbell a strong option for Week 4teen.
The Ravens lost Jimmy Smith to an Achilles injury in Week 13. The loss likely makes rookie Marlon Humphrey the starter opposite Brandon Carr with Maurice Canady moving into the slot role in sub packages. Humphrey stepped in against the Lions when Smith went down and finished 5-2-0 with an interception. Pittsburgh has been a strong matchup for corners on most weeks and I have to believe they will try to take advantage of the rookie. That should mean a lot of extra opportunity for Humphrey.