Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
Drake is a top play this week against a Bills’ defense that is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs according to Pro Football Reference. Buffalo has surrendered 1,485 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns to enemy backs this season. Drake has rushed for more than 100 yards in his last two contests. Drake could lead fantasy owners to the championship come Sunday.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
It’s a tough call, but I’m rolling with rookie Kareem Hunt this Saturday. The Chiefs won for the first time since Nov. 5 in part because hunt had 25 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown. The last time Hunt carried the ball more than 20 times was, you guessed it, Nov. 5. In three of the last five games the Chiefs and Chargers have squared off, the Kansas City running back has gone over 100 scrimmage yards. That includes both 2016 games and the contest earlier this year in which Hunt had 183 scrimmage yards and a score.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
The question two weeks ago was can you trust Gordon to produce for your fantasy team in the playoffs. Now the man is closing in on set-it-and-forget-it status. This week he gets the stingy Baltimore Ravens’ defense who have only allowed five touchdowns on the year to opposing wideouts. Normally, I shy away from bad matchups but we saw Gordon produce in a tough contest against the Chargers. The Ravens are coming off 4-game stretch in which the opposing top wideout has put up at least 90 yards. Davante Adams had eight catches for 126 yards in Week 11. DeAndre Hopkins had seven receptions for 125 yards in Week 12. Marvin Jones had four catches for 90 yards in Week 13 and finally, Antonio Brown torched Baltimore’s secondary for 213 yards on 11 receptions last Sunday.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant has a great opportunity to find the endzone Sunday night at Oakland. The Raiders have allowed 20 passing touchdowns against just two interceptions on the year. The Raiders also surrender an average of 68.8 receiving yards to top opposing wideouts. Bryant has had at least 60 yards receiving in three of his last four contests.
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets
The dream run ended last week for Anderson who went for five straight games with a touchdowns and then put up over 100 receiving yards against Kansas City in Week 13. Last week he had just 27 yards against Denver’s secondary. I expect the hard times to continue Sunday when the Jets travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. Not only does Anderson have to face New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who has been excellent in coverage, he also finds himself with a new quarterback in Bryce Petty. While Petty and Anderson do have an established rapport, I do not envision he’ll have a great game Sunday.
Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
Tate is an ill-advised play for Detroit’s Saturday night contest against division rival Chicago. One thing to count on in divisional matchups such as this one is that repeat performances often happen between teams that know each other well and the Bears have locked down Tate. In 10 career games against Chicago, Tate has scored twice, averaging 47.3 yards per game. In Week 11 he caught three passes for 32 yards.
Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins
Perine has underperformed in some decent matchups against the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Chargers in recent weeks. This week, Perine faces the Arizona Cardinals who have allowed 985 rushing yards and seven touchdowns to opposing backs on the year. Enemy backs are averaging 3.7 yards per carry against Arizona.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
Many thought Olsen would be a valuable asset following his return to action after breaking his foot. That hasn’t been the case. In the two games since his return, Olsen has caught just one catch for ten yards. This week Olsen draws a tough matchup against the Green Bay Packers who have allowed just three touchdowns to tight ends all year. Fantasy owners simply can’t afford to trust Olsen in the semifinals.