Congratulations on making it to the fantasy football championship. Follow our guide for optimizing your lineup and you’ll be champs not chumps.
Chargers Defense, LAC D/ST
We’re getting creative for championship week. Last week we mentioned the Saints defense as a must-start against the Bryce Petty-led Jets, and they promptly forced two interceptions but didn’t make a big play. The Chargers get their chance this week, and if their defense was for some reason dropped after allowing 30 points to Kansas City last week, pick them up and start them now!
Martavis Bryant, PIT WR
Antonio Brown is expected to miss Week 16 with a calf injury, so it’s time to fire up Bryant as a FLEX across all formats. He has 18 receptions over the last four weeks and will see increased usage, especially in the red zone, with Brown out.
Wayne Gallman, NYG RB
The Giants seem to have found their workhorse for the rest of the season. Gallman piled up two carries for 98 yards and 13 receptions for 80 yards the last two weeks. He doesn’t have the easiest matchup against Arizona this week (The Cardinals are a bad draw for running backs), but can be a low ceiling/high floor play in PPR leagues.
Mike Davis, SEA RB
Don’t sleep on Davis just because he’s been unspectacular since we mentioned him back in Week 14. We told you not to start him against the Jags! Davis has a good matchup against Dallas this week and with the Seahawks and Cowboys in a double playoff-elimination game on Sunday, both teams will be pulling out all the stops. Expect Davis to get RB2 value this week.
Kerwynn Williams, ARI RB
He has a plus matchup this week against the Giants, but was hampered by an injured quad at the end of Week 15. He can be a good play if he starts this week, so check the news on Sunday and give him a go if you’re desperate for RB depth – he’s probably not owned in your league right now.
Greg Olsen, CAR TE
Just kidding. See what I said last week? This dude went off and he’s a must start this week!
Isaiah Crowell, CLE RB
He’s been up and down all season and is hard to trust against the Bears, who have allowed the 11th-fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. Crowell is on the bottom of the RB2 tier this week and is really more of a RB3.
Carlos Hyde, SF RB
Handsome Jimmy has been tearing it up in San Francisco and is undefeated as a starting QB (so handsome). However, Hyde has been worse with Garoppolo in the lineup and put up a miserable performance last week. If you were able to make the championship game despite last week’s awful game, make sure you bench Hyde this week against the Jags, who have allowed just 14.9 points per game and are the 5th-toughest matchup for fantasy running backs this year.