If you’re down in your 2016 Fantasy Football playoff matchup, you still have some hope if you have any player on the New England Patriots or Baltimore Ravens.
There might not be a ton of points on the board, as Vegas is only projecting an Over/Under of 45.
But there should be a few standout players who could help you win your matchup.
Let’s jump right in and take a look…
Week 14 Fantasy Football Monday Night Preview: Patriots and Ravens
With Rob Gronkowski out last week, Tom Brady relied heavily on Julian Edelman and rookie Malcom Mitchell. Edelman was targeted on 12 of Brady’s passes, and he caught eight of them for 101 yards. Mitchell was targeted on 10 passes, catching eight for 82 yards.
Chris Hogan caught Brady’s only touchdown pass, posting a 4-23-1 stat line for Week 13 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Week 13 was also Dion Lewis’ third appearance of the season, although he didn’t have much of an impact. He only had five carries for 27 yards, and he wasn’t able to make in impact as a receiver with four catches for just 18 yards.
LeGarrette Blount handled the majority of the carries in Week 13, recording 18 carries for 88 yards.
But he has a much more difficult matchup tonight…
The Rams rank 13th in Fantasy points allowed to running backs, while the Baltimore Ravens have allowed the second-fewest Fantasy points per game to running backs in 2016.
That’s bad news if you’re starting Blount. But if you’re starting Brady, it could mean he needs to throw the ball more than normal. More passing attempts can lead to more Fantasy points.
For Baltimore, Joe Flacco has had solid performances against New England in his career. Since 2009, he’s averaged 20.88 Fantasy points against the Patriots.
In 2016, Flacco had his best performance last week, with 381 passing yards and four touchdown passes. But he’s been nothing more than a backup on most Fantasy teams.
What most Fantasy players will be focusing on tonight is the performances of Steve Smith Sr. and tight end Dennis Pitta. Fantasy players in standard leagues have been concerned with Smith’s performances over the last two weeks, but he’s been reliable in PPR leagues outside of Week 12.
From Weeks 10-13, he’s averaged 5.75 receptions per game and 58 receiving yards. He’s also scored two touchdowns in that time frame.
Pitta had a monster performance in Week 13 that helped me get to the 2016 Fantasy Football playoffs. He was targeted 11 times, and he posted a 9-90-2 stat line. After such a dominating performance form the offense last week, I hope the Ravens keep Pitta heavily involved in an attempt to replicate their success from last week.
For the Fantasy playoffs, the backfield for the Ravens is too dicey if you had other options to trust.
Kenneth Dixon looks like he’ll be a solid pickup heading into the 2017 Fantasy Football season, but he’s stuck in a timeshare right now with Terrance West.In Week 13, Dixon turned six carries into 56 rushing yards, which is an insane 9.3 YPC average. He also caught four passes for 21 yards.
Dixon did more with his touches than West, but West scored a rushing touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass.
That’s the preview for Monday Night Football in Week 14. Over the next two weeks, I’m realizing a lot of content and daily updates about the 2016 Fantasy Football playoffs. You can keep track of all the content by subscribing on the home page.
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