WEEK 16 PREPARATION
Congratulations to those of you who dominated the playoffs up to this point or squeaked by by two-tenths of a point. You looked at bad luck in the face and said "is that all you got?" No Leonard Fournette, no problem. Or, thanks Aaron Rodgers for the one-game rental. Kareem Hunt entered back into the stratosphere in the nick of time. Keelan Cole and Nick Foles to the rescue. Or maybe Eli Manning saved your bacon? However you made it to the big game, Congratulations! Forget everything that happened last week. It's a whole new strategy. Todd Gurley may have been your savior last week, but can he do it again? Will Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin rebound after a disastrous week? Chances are many of those owners, especially Wilson owners, won't be playing this week. If so, you're likely in the minority.
Week 16 is here. You're in the Finals. (Hopefully the smallest of percentages of you have a Week 17 Championship). Maybe you have a lot of money on the line? Or maybe just bragging rights among your family, friends or co-workers. Either way, the goal is in sight. Here's a few thoughts on how you can take down your opponent and lift the trophy.
Should you target the jacksonville passing/receiving game this week?
After years of everything going wrong for Jacksonville, this year everything seems to be trending in a positive direction. The loss of Allen Robinson was big, but Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Dede Westbrook and recently Keelan Cole and Jaydon Mickens have stepped up their game in conjunction with the fantasy playoffs. Who can you trust this week at San Francisco? Dede Westbrook has been the team's top target over the last four games, but he was quiet last week, while two undrafted free agent rookie receivers Keelan Cole and Jaydon Mickens rose to the occasion. Cole has 15 receptions on 22 targets with touchdowns in three straight games and Mickens caught four receptions (he has a total of five this season) with two scores last week. Any option is a WR4 or flex play at best, but among those mentioned, Westbrook and Cole could produce for us. What makes this bottom of the roster start a possibility is the recent effectiveness of Blake Bortles, who has two 300-yard games in the last three games with at least two touchdown passes in each of those contests. This week's opponent, San Francisco has improved in pass defense lately, but they have allowed at least two touchdowns in 8 of the last 9 games. Bortles is a die I'd be willing to roll and Westbrook and/or Cole could be worthy recipients in the game you need them most.