WEEK 16 PREPARATION
Congratulations to those of you who dominated the playoffs up to this point, or squeaked through by the narrowest of margins. You looked at bad luck in the face and said: "is that all you got?" Last week, several key players did not come through for us, including but not limited to Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and that's just quarterbacks. Notable running backs and receivers also struggled - Phillip Lindsay, Saquon Barkley, Amari Cooper, Zach Ertz, Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyreek Hill among others had surprisingly poor results. There will be a lot of teams in the title game who stumbled in. To use a hockey/soccer analogy, a goal is still a goal even if it slowly rolls past the goalie. It takes skill to advance this far, but there's also a great deal of luck involved. Congratulation on making it this far.
Week 16 is here. You survived. 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 are a few thoughts on how you can take down your opponent and lift the trophy.
your future looks brighter if you have home running backs in your lineup
Unless there's an injury to a big name player, go with those who got you here. Home running backs are the ticket, especially later in the year. Key performers like Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb, Derrick Henry, and even Melvin Gordon III returning from injury should produce well in the week we need them. That's not to say that Todd Gurley (at Arizona), Dalvin Cook (at Detroit), and Joe Mixon (at Cleveland) won't produce, but there's a greater chance of higher performance from the backs with a home-field advantage.
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