- Steven Pintado
Playoff Players: Trades & Pickups
***Disclaimer: Please take note that the following players do have an easier match-up but that doesn't always mean success. Look at the time where Tom Brady has disappointed us or two years ago where Julio Jones ruined your playoff runs. Also, there are times like Blake Bortles or Josh Allen have dominated the playoffs due to great match-ups. The following players in this article could be a benefit for your team during your playoff run due to good match-ups. Players are based on the fantasy playoffs from weeks 14-16.***
Nick Foles & Gardner Minshew: Match-ups vs. LAC, OAK and ATL
If you are still looking for your quarterback at this time then you might actually be in luck. Recently the Jaguars have announced that Nick Foles is going to be the starting quarterback moving forward after their bye. We don’t know much about what this team will look like with Foles but check a recent article (https://www.weknowfantasy.com/post/the-mania-subsides) about the switch in more detail. Foles has the weapons around him to succeed and his early stats of five-for-eight for 75 yards and a touchdown, looks promising. Two of the three match-ups are in the top five in points giving up to fantasy quarterbacks. The Jaguars' match-up with the Chargers is day-and-night on which team will show up. Foles could easily be on waivers to pick up now. (Minshew is mentioned in case they go back to him.)
Carson Wentz: Match-ups vs. NYG, WAS and DAL
Wentz has great match-ups to end the season. Surprisingly he is currently the QB9 on the season. He makes a great trade target for your fantasy playoff run as he did have a poor October so getting him may be pretty easy. The running game is finally coming together, which will benefit Wentz going into the playoffs. He gets three division rivals during that stretch. First, the Giants who are in the top 10 in points allowed to quarterbacks. Wentz already showed he can put up points against Washington with that 24 point game. He gets Dallas at home where the Eagles will need to show up as this could be the game that decides the division title. Wentz is a great buy-low option for your quarterback needs.
Other Consideration via Trade: Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackon, Kyler Murray and Tom Brady
Other Consideration via Waivers: Jameis Winston, Jimmy Garoppolo and Daniel Jones
Dalvin Cook/Alexander Mattison: Match-ups vs. DET, LAC and GB
This one is pretty self-explanatory as Cook is currently the league leader in rushing right now with 894 yards. He has been a force for the Vikings right now. If there is a way for you to trade for him then go for it. He goes up against the Lions who have given up the most points a game to running backs. He already rushed for 100 yards versus the Packers and should do it again. The Chargers are a bottom 10 team against the run. Mattison’s name appears as he could be picked up off waivers and could see a role if the Vikings want to rest Cook for the playoffs.
David Montgomery: Match-ups vs. DAL, GB and KC
The Montgomery train has finally arrived after all the hype from the preseason and now Montgomery is producing fantasy points. Since the Bears wanted to run the ball more since Week 8, Montgomery is second in fantasy points with 43 points. He is getting the opportunity in the offense and with easy playoff match-ups, he should be targeted. Dallas is the tougher match-up but Montgomery is the offense and should be fine. The Packers and Chiefs are top five in points allowed to the running back position so expect Montgomery to run all over them. He is still a good buy-low in fantasy, do it while you can.
Other Consideration via trade: Denver Duo, New England RBs, Leonard Fournette, Chris Carson and Aaron Jones
Other Consideration via Waiver: Every elite back’s handcuff could be available
Jaguars WRs: Match-ups vs. LAC, OAK and ATL
As we talked about the Jaguars' QB advantage, the same goes for the receivers too. The combo of D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley all should be rostered on your team in some way. They all have terrific match-ups for your fantasy playoffs. The Chargers are beatable in the air and with wild card on the line, this could be the last shot for one of these teams. Then they follow up with two teams that are in the top four in fantasy points allowed to the receiver position. Depending on your league size if you can snag any one of them for the playoffs then you'll have a solid flex option.
DeVante Parker: Match-ups vs NYJ, NYG and CIN
Parker may be hard to get on board with but he has been having a good fantasy season, FINALLY! He has at least 50 yards in six-of-nine games this season and has been a top 20 WR since the start of Week Three. Now that Preston Williams is out, this opens up Parker to be the true main dog there. He showed he can beat the Jets' corners already with a good game last week. The Giants give up the second-most fantasy points to receivers. The Bengals have shown they can be passed on all season as well. There is a chance he is still out there on waivers to take a shot on him.
Other Consideration via Trade: Tampa Bay Dou, Terry Mclaurin and Panthers Dou
Other Consideration via Waiver: Tennessee WRs and Zach Pascal
Greg Olsen: Match-ups vs. ATL, SEA and IND
Olsen is finally having a nice comeback season after back-to-back injury seasons. He was able to gain a connection with Kyle Allen this season. All three of his match-ups are in the better half in points allowed to fantasy TEs. Expect Allen to rely on Olsen to help them win games down the stretch. He will be a solid tight end to pick up.
Other Consideration via Waivers: OJ Howard, Noah Fant and Jason Witten
Other Consideration via Trade: Hunter Henry and TJ Hockenson