Well, as most of the fantasy world knows, the fantasy playoffs for your coveted league championships started last night. A game that should have been won by the Saints, if not for Drew Brees throwing a critical INT in the end zone that would have capped of his 41st game winning drive, in what is to be a Hall of Fame career. The win for Atlanta keeps them in the NFC South playoff race and makes players like Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman stand out for me moving into next weekend’s semi-finals.
What a clunker Matt Ryan put up, 8 points in the first round of the playoffs; good luck winning this week if you started him. Julio quietly had a decent night, catching 5 of his 11 targets for 98 yards. Freeman had a season high in carries, 24 for 98 and a touch. Mohamed Sanu stole the show on offense for the Falcons, with 6 catches for 83 yards and a touch. Sanu is a player that very well could take a team to the championship, if Matty Ice continues to target him in the redzone and not turn the ball over. All of Atlanta’s top players should be fired up with confidence with a juicy matchup against the hapless Bucs next week in Tampa.
Hopefully you were on the winning side of Alvin Kamara’s early departure, as he left after the first series and did not return due to a concussion. This injury could set Mark Ingram up for a huge workload next week at home against a tough Jets DEF. If Kamara were to sit next week, Ingram should be locked into your lineups, as a high-end RB1.
Michael Thomas put up the largest stat line of his season last night, catching 11 balls for 117 and a touch. Look for him to continue this kind of production next week against the Jets. That game should be high scoring and look for the Saints to right the ship and continue to pursue the top seed in the NFC South.
Check out Joe’s rankings for Week 14 and good luck to all of those owners who made the playoffs. May the odds be forever in your favor! For those that didn’t, make sure you check out the site for advice from The Fantasy Nerdz; we’ll get you to where you want to be next year.