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Getting Ready For The Fantasy Playoffs

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Fantasy Football Playoffs - it’s the time when legacies are etched in stone, but dreams are crushed. We often don’t think twice about benching our early-round studs come playoffs, but there are many other players that have immense potential to deliver championships. Let’s dive into some ideal fantasy playoff schedules (Weeks 15-17) at each position.


Dak Prescott

Week 15: @ NYG, Week 16: vs WFT, Week 17: vs ARI

Dak deserves a round of applause. After his horrific injury sustained in October 2020, the NFL universe was hesitant on Prescott returning to form. Halfway through the 2021 season, Dak has silenced the doubters. He holds the highest completion percentage, fifth-highest TD%, and is third in passer rating. Despite the Giants ranking in the middle of the pack in passing defense (16th), they have underdelivered on the defensive side of the ball. Through the air, the G-Men have allowed 1.9 TDs per game (11th-most). They are in the bottom third in pressure rate, which should allow Dak to stand confidently in the pocket and deliver premier passes. After having a successful campaign in 2020, the Washington defense has been a massive disappointment. They rank 30th in passing defense, surrendering close to 300 YPG through the air, while also giving up the second-most passing TDs per game (2.5). Dak should have no issues moving the ball at home against WFT. The Cardinals have been tough through the air, ranking 4th in the league and on average holding teams to less than 200 passing YPG. Two high-powered offenses should negate the defensive matchup and set up a lot of scoring in this one. Plus, this may be the last game the ‘boys offensive starters play before the playoffs. They’ll want to end the season strong at home.

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Jalen Hurts

Week 15: vs WFT, Week 16: vs NYG, Week 17: @ WFT

Hurts finds his way on this list for the same reasons Dak is. Replace a Week 17 matchup with WFT’s struggling defense and Hurts may have the best fantasy playoff schedule this season. With his incredibly high floor and a WFT matchup sandwich, Hurts will lead the charge for many championship rosters. If Nick Sirianni figures out how to call a strong offensive game plan, Hurts to the moon. Cement Hurts in your lineup.

Joe Burrow

Week 15: @ DEN, Week 16: vs BAL, Week 17: vs KC

Burrow has had an excellent start to his Sophomore campaign. He currently ranks sixth in passing yards, third in YPA, third in passing TDs, and third in TD%. On the flip side, Joe is tied for the second-most INTs in the league. A bit of yin and yang. However, Burrow’s matchups in Weeks 15-17 are mouthwatering. On paper, Denver has been impressive defensively this season. However, with the loss of Von Miller and the Denver defense allowing seven passes of 40 yards or more (tied for second-most), Burrow should confidently take deep shots against this secondary. Baltimore and Kansas City rank 32nd and 25th in passing yards allowed per game, respectively. The Chiefs have surrendered, on average, 1.9 passing TDs per game, which is tied for the seventh-most league-wide. Burrow should capitalize on these matchups with one of the strongest receiving corps in the league and find his way into your lineups.

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Trevor Lawrence

Week 15: vs HOU, Week 16: @ NYJ, Week 17: @ NE

This might be a head-scratcher. The former overall #1 pick in 2020 currently ranks in at the QB24 on the season. Lawrence isn’t a guy that I’m relying on to deliver the entire fantasy playoffs, but his matchups in Weeks 15 and 16 deserve attention. Houston and New York come in at 18th and 27th in passing defense, respectively. In Trevor’s first career NFL start, he was able to toss three TDs in Houston, I think he could repeat that, if not improve on his numbers, at home (three INTs in Week 1 @ HOU). Not to mention, Houston allows 1.9 passing TDs per game (tied for seventh-most). The Jets haven’t been able to stop anyone in their last three games - letting up no less than 31 points. Just to reiterate, I’m not relying on TLaw in Week 17, but you can’t find many easier matchups in Weeks 15 and 16.

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Austin Ekeler

Week 15: vs KC, Week 16: @ HOU, Week 17: vs DEN

This goes without saying, but Ekeler should be locked into 100% of playoff-bound lineups. If you don’t have a share, try and acquire one. Ekeler has found the endzone a whopping eight times over seven games, boasts his highest YPC since 2018, and his highest YPR since 2019. Quite frankly, I think he has a shot to set career highs, especially in the TD department (Nine in 2019). If you think his numbers are good, his playoffs matchups will have you itching to get Ekeler in your starting lineup. KC allows the 13th-most fantasy PPG to RBs (AVG: 17.5), sixth-most rushing TDs per game (1.2), and surrenders 6.2 receptions to RBs per game. The Texans allow the second-most YPG, second-most rushing TDs per game (1.8), and the fifth-most fantasy PPG (AVG: 20.8). Ekeler should have no problem tearing apart these defenses. A Week 17 divisional showdown versus the Broncos with potentially MASSIVE NFL playoff implications should play in Ekeler’s favor. Ekeler’s skill set and workload will trump a more difficult matchup, whose defense still allows over 100 rushing YPG on the ground. Start Austin Ekeler with the utmost confidence come playoff time, you know Austin will be doing the same.

James Robinson

Week 15: vs HOU, Week 16: @ NYJ, Week 17: @ NE

TWO Jacksonville Jaguars in this article? *cleans screen* Yes, it’s true. JRob’s workhorse role + choice matchups = trophies. It’s simple math. Through the first seven games, Robinson has at least 19 touches and a carry of 20+ yards in four of them. With the 18th-most rushing attempts, JRob has managed to rumble for the eighth-most yards, the fifth-most rushing TDs, and the seventh-highest YPC in the NFL. Mix this with two defenses who are allowing the second-most (HOU - Déjà vu?) and fourth-most (NYJ) rushing YPG, JRob should have a feast. The cherry on top? The Jets allow the MOST PPG and rushing TDs to opposing RBs (AVG: 27.1, 1.9). New England poses a more challenging matchup compared to the Texans and the Jets, but their defense still allows 112.8 YPG on the ground. Robinson is Jacksonville’s top offensive weapon and should be leaned on accordingly. Fire him up.