Fantasy Football Weeks 14 16: Breaking Down The Best And Worst Playoff Matchups

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You made it. The playoffs. They’re here, and you’ve still got something to play for. Way to go!

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Your season now hangs in the balance with every game, which means the stakes have never been higher. You can’t afford to look ahead, and you can’t afford to stumble. But you don’t want to be so myopic that you find yourself stuck with a bunch of bad matchups after winning in the first round of the playoffs.

We’re taking a look at every team’s playoff schedule to see who has the best and worst, and where you might be able to find an edge. At this point in the season, that could be the difference between an early exit and glory.

Best playoff schedules based on points allowed

Team Week 14 OPP Rank Week 15 OPP Rank Week 16 OPP Rank Total Rank

DEN

@

SF

7

CLE

11 @

OAK

3 1

ARI

DET

9 @

ATL

4

LAR

12 2

CAR

@

CLE

11

NO

18

ATL

4 3

CLE

CAR

13 @

DEN

20

CIN

1 4

SEA

MIN

23 @

SF

7

KC

5 5

ATL

@

GB

17

ARI

6 @

CAR

13 6

BAL

@

KC

5

TB

2 @

LAC

29 7

CHI

LAR

12

GB

17 @

SF

7 8

DAL

PHI

19 @

IND

15

TB

2 9

NO

@

TB

2 @

CAR

13

PIT

21 10

LAC

CIN

1 @

KC

5

BAL

32 11

OAK

PIT

21 @

CIN

1

DEN

20 12

CIN

@

LAC

29

OAK

3 @

CLE

11 13

PIT

@

OAK

3

NE

22 @

NO

18 14

MIN

@

SEA

25

MIA

10 @

DET

9 15

BUF

NYJ

14

DET

9 @

NE

22 16

DET

@

ARI

6 @

BUF

16

MIN

23 17

NE

@

MIA

10 @

PIT

21

BUF

16 18

HOU

IND

15 @

NYJ

14 @

PHI

19 19

GB

ATL

4 @

CHI

31 @

NYJ

14 20

LAR

@

CHI

31

PHI

19 @

ARI

6 21

TEN

JAX

24 @

NYG

8

WSH

26 22

WSH

NYG

8 @

JAX

24 @

TEN

27 23

NYJ

@

BUF

16

HOU

28

GB

17 24

JAX

@

TEN

27

WSH

26 @

MIA

10 25

IND

@

HOU

28

DAL

30

NYG

8 26

NYG

@

WSH

26

TEN

27 @

IND

15 27

MIA

NE

22 @

MIN

23

JAX

24 28

PHI

@

DAL

30 @

LAR

12

HOU

28 29

SF

DEN

20

SEA

25

CHI

31 30

TB

NO

18 @

BAL

32 @

DAL

30 31

KC

BAL

32

LAC

29 @

SEA

25 32

Best playoff schedules by passing points allowed

Team Week 14 OPP Rank Week 15 OPP Rank Week 16 OPP Rank Total Rank

ARI

DET

7 @

ATL

3

LAR

6 1

CLE

CAR

5 @

DEN

13

CIN

2 2

NO

@

TB

1 @

CAR

5

PIT

14 3

CHI

LAR

6

GB

17 @

SF

4 4

DEN

@

SF

4

CLE

16 @

OAK

8 5

CAR

@

CLE

16

NO

9

ATL

3 6

PIT

@

OAK

8

NE

11 @

NO

9 7

OAK

PIT

14 @

CIN

2

DEN

13 8

DAL

PHI

12 @

IND

21

TB

1 9

BUF

NYJ

18

DET

7 @

NE

11 10

BAL

@

KC

10

TB

1 @

LAC

28 11

LAC

CIN

2 @

KC

10

BAL

29 12

MIN

@

SEA

22

MIA

15 @

DET

7 13

SEA

MIN

31 @

SF

4

KC

10 14

ATL

@

GB

17

ARI

25 @

CAR

5 15

GB

ATL

3 @

CHI

27 @

NYJ

18 16

HOU

IND

21 @

NYJ

18 @

PHI

12 17

CIN

@

LAC

28

OAK

8 @

CLE

16 18

PHI

@

DAL

26 @

LAR

6

HOU

20 19

JAX

@

TEN

23

WSH

19 @

MIA

15 20

NE

@

MIA

15 @

PIT

14

BUF

32 21

SF

DEN

13

SEA

22

CHI

27 22

NYG

@

WSH

19

TEN

23 @

IND

21 23

LAR

@

CHI

27

PHI

12 @

ARI

25 24

TB

NO

9 @

BAL

29 @

DAL

26 25

NYJ

@

BUF

32

HOU

20

GB

17 26

IND

@

HOU

20

DAL

26

NYG

24 27

MIA

NE

11 @

MIN

31

JAX

30 28

TEN

JAX

30 @

NYG

24

WSH

19 29

WSH

NYG

24 @

JAX

30 @

TEN

23 30

KC

BAL

29

LAC

28 @

SEA

22 31

DET

@

ARI

25 @

BUF

32

MIN

31 32
  • Unfortunately, the best passing game schedule belongs to a passer we aren’t going to be comfortable trusting in the most important games of the season. Josh Rosen has certainly shown flashes — two multi-TD games in his past four — but he’s not ready to be a Fantasy contributor, and the offense around him isn’t good enough to carry him. He has actually managed well enough against the likes of San Francisco and Oakland, showing he can take advantage of a good matchup, but you’re not leaving your championship hopes in the hands of Josh Rosen.
  • A more interesting set of matchups belongs to Baker Mayfield and Mitch Trubisky, both of whom face top-five matchups in Weeks 14 and 16. You may not want to trust Mayfield in Week 13 against a still-tough Broncos‘ pass rush on the road, but he might be too hard to sit even against a middling matchup. And that Week 16 matchup against the Bengals at home has to have you salivating. Trubisky’s isn’t quite as good, as he has to travel west to take on the 49ers in San Francisco, but if he’s healthy, you’re starting him there for sure.
  • If you want a streaming option for Mayfield or Trubisky in Week 15, Derek Carr gets the Bengals in Week 15. The even better option, however, is Lamar Jackson (presumably), who gets to take on the Buccaneers at home that same week. Assuming he can hold off a healthy Joe Flacco by then, Jackson could carry you to the championship, with his legs if not his arm.
  • You’ll feel good continuing to ride Marcus Mariota in Week 13 against the Jets, but the ride may end there — he has to take on the Jaguars in the first game of the playoffs. And the matchups after that aren’t good enough to keep him stashed.
  • Yes, Patrick Mahomes has the second-worst set of matchups in the playoffs, but … it doesn’t matter. You’ve gotta dance with who you came to the dance with, and you came to the dance with one of the best dancers around. You’re not sitting him against any matchup after the rookie season he’s had.
  • You might consider sitting Jameis Winston in Weeks 15 and 16, but you’ve gotta keep him out there for a shootout against the Saints in Week 14. The Saints defense is much-improved in recent weeks, but it still gave up 400-plus yards to Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this season, and Winston had 363 yards against the Saints the last time he saw them.

Best playoff schedules by rushing points allowed

Team Week 14 OPP Rank Week 15 OPP Rank Week 16 OPP Rank Total Rank

DEN

@

SF

22

CLE

3 @

OAK

4 1

CIN

@

LAC

24

OAK

4 @

CLE

3 2

LAC

CIN

2 @

KC

7

BAL

26 3

CAR

@

CLE

3

NO

29

ATL

5 4

ATL

@

GB

11

ARI

1 @

CAR

25 5

BAL

@

KC

7

TB

6 @

LAC

24 6

ARI

DET

17 @

ATL

5

LAR

16 7

MIN

@

SEA

13

MIA

8 @

DET

17 8

OAK

PIT

23 @

CIN

2

DEN

15 9

WSH

NYG

9 @

JAX

14 @

TEN

18 10

CLE

CAR

25 @

DEN

15

CIN

2 11

DET

@

ARI

1 @

BUF

12

MIN

30 12

NE

@

MIA

8 @

PIT

23

BUF

12 13

TEN

JAX

14 @

NYG

9

WSH

21 14

DAL

PHI

19 @

IND

20

TB

6 15

GB

ATL

5 @

CHI

32 @

NYJ

10 16

JAX

@

TEN

18

WSH

21 @

MIA

8 17

CHI

LAR

16

GB

11 @

SF

22 18

HOU

IND

20 @

NYJ

10 @

PHI

19 19

LAR

@

CHI

32

PHI

19 @

ARI

1 20

NO

@

TB

6 @

CAR

25

PIT

23 21

BUF

NYJ

10

DET

17 @

NE

27 22

NYJ

@

BUF

12

HOU

31

GB

11 23

SEA

MIN

30 @

SF

22

KC

7 24

NYG

@

WSH

21

TEN

18 @

IND

20 25

PIT

@

OAK

4

NE

27 @

NO

29 26

SF

DEN

15

SEA

13

CHI

32 27

KC

BAL

26

LAC

24 @

SEA

13 28

IND

@

HOU

31

DAL

28

NYG

9 29

MIA

NE

27 @

MIN

30

JAX

14 30

PHI

@

DAL

28 @

LAR

16

HOU

31 31

TB

NO

29 @

BAL

26 @

DAL

28 32
  • A Broncos’ rookie running back could be a league winner, which wouldn’t have been much of a surprise during draft season. Of course, we would have put our money on Royce Freeman, not Phillip Lindsay, to be the one to carry you to a title. However, Lindsay continues to be the hot hand in Denver’s backfield, and now he’s got the best schedule for the playoffs in the league. Freeman should benefit from the soft schedule, too, but Lindsay looks like a must-start option from this point on.
  • Joe Mixon will hopefully continue to be the main cog of the Bengals’ offense, and he’ll benefit from the same matchups as Lindsay, in a different order. He’s a must-start, top-15 type back every week.
  • Whether it’s Austin Ekeler or Melvin Gordon, someone is going to get great matchups for the Chargers. Ekeler seems likely to be the main option at least until Week 15, with Gordon expected to miss multiple games with his knee injury. Even if Gordon is back by Week 16, Ekeler figures to be a must-start option in that championship game matchup against the Falcons. Not a bad outcome for those of you who took a late-round or early-season waiver flier on him.
  • Gus Edwards is in a similar spot to Ekeler and Lindsay, as an out-of-nowhere player with the chance to help you win a title. He’s got two great matchups to open the playoff schedule, with the Chiefs and Buccaneers on the schedule. Figure out Week 16 if you get there — Edwards should play a big part until then.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, Peyton Barber isn’t someone you’re crazy about starting most weeks anyway, but you’re going to want to steer clear if he’s on your roster come playoff time. In fact, I wouldn’t be opposed to dropping him to speculate on a good DST matchup or one of my top handcuffs, because it seems unlikely the schedule is going to offer him a chance to make a positive impact for you.
  • Josh Adams isn’t your typical undrafted free agent — injuries pushed him down draft boards, but he ran well at his pro day out of Notre Dame, and has shown out in limited opportunities with the Eagles. We’ve seen how valuable being the lead back in this offense can be, and if the Eagles are rolling, you won’t worry much about matchups. Still, it could be tough to trust him given these matchups.

Best playoff schedules by DST points allowed

Source : https://wdef.com/2018/12/07/fantasy-football-weeks-14-16-breaking-down-the-best-and-worst-playoff-matchups/

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