Gearing Up for the Fantasy Football Playoffs: Week 14

Dec 07, 2022
Gearing Up for the Playoffs: Week 14

The trade deadline has come and gone in most leagues and now you’re on your own to procure the best possible roster heading down the final stretch toward the fantasy postseason.

With just one or maybe two weeks left depending on the league until the start of the playoffs, it’s imperative to make sure you are ready for the win-or-go-home portion of the season. Below you’ll find a few suggestions that could help in your quest for a championship because that’s what this is all about, right? We also can’t forget the money, prizes, and bragging rights that come along with that sweet, sweet title.

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Look to Playoff Matchups

Glancing past this week to a player’s matchups during Weeks 15, 16, and 17 is another way to gain an edge over your potential opponents. Our Hot Spot tool lays it out in a color-coded, easy-to-read format, and you can filter it by specific players or the teams as a whole.

While someone like Trevor Lawrence has been a decent quarterback for fantasy purposes, and he’s gotten you this far as the overall QB10, we see in Weeks 15, 16, and 17 that he faces the Cowboys, Jets, and Texans, who rank second, first and third, respectively, in QB aFPA—schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed to the quarterback position—in 2022.

In a single-elimination playoff format, playing the matchups can be a difference-maker in whether you move on, win it all, or go home empty-handed and are forced to stew for another offseason on how close you were to ultimate victory.

While matchups are a wonderful way to gain an advantage, they aren’t everything. Looking at Vegas odds, along with the location of contests a la DFS, can also be useful in predicting how players will perform in those final weeks.

Ideal Streaming Candidates (Weeks 15-17)

Here’s a look at some of the players at each position with favorable matchups in the final three weeks of the fantasy season. Numbers in parenthesis are rankings in positional aFPA.

QBs with Favorable Matchups, Weeks 15-17
Player Week 15 Week 16 Week 17
Mike White DET (32nd) JAX (30th) SEA (17th)
Brock Purdy SEA (17th) WAS (11th) LV (31st)
Davis Mills KC (25th) TEN (28th) JAX (30th)
Mac Jones LV (31st) CIN (14th) MIA (24th)
TEs with Favorable Matchups, Weeks 15-17
Player Week 15 Week 16 Week 17
Tyler Conklin DET (30th) JAX (20th) SEA (32nd)
Robert Tonyan LAR (12th) MIA (28th) MIN (26th)
Jordan Akins/Brevin Jordan KC (14th) TEN (25th) JAX (20th)
Kickers with Favorable Matchups, Weeks 15-17
Player Week 15 Week 16 Week 17
Randy Bullock LAC (27th) HOU (24th) DAL (8th)
Chase McLaughlin MIN (32nd) LAC (27th) NYG (20th)
Mason Crosby LAR (26th) MIA (15th) MIN (32nd)

DSTs with Favorable Matchups, Weeks 15-17
Player Week 15 Week 16 Week 17
Jets DET(24th) JAX (23rd) SEA (27th)
Chiefs HOU (32nd) SEA (27th) DEN (29th)
Lions NYJ (9th) CAR (30th) CHI (26th)
Chargers TEN (14th) IND (31st) LAR (28th)
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