The playoffs are nearly upon us! So, for this week’s edition of the Stock Report, i’m going to focus on players that good playoff matchups versus players that have poor ones. I will select a couple players from each position. Next week,I will focus on players to target for rebuilds as we move into the conclusion of the 2019 season. This specific piece will be a little bit more hard fact than analysis. For each player below, I will list the matchups for week 13-16 and their corresponding points allowed ranks for each position. 1 is the best matchup for opposing players and 32 is the hardest. All data is pulled from fantasypros.com. Without further adieu, let’s get started.
Miami – 8, New York Giants – 8, Washington – 17, Dallas – 28
Wentz could potentially carry your team to the ‘ship with 3 consecutive favorable matchups. I’m not sure how much I trust him vs Dallas should you make it to championship week, but Philly being at home should give you some solace.
Cincinnati – 3, Miami – 7, Baltimore – 23, Pittsburgh – 25
Darnold hasn’t exactly been stellar this season, but his time for fantasy viability is coming. Darnold is a fine streaming option in weeks 13 and 14, with some value in the remaining weeks with below average matchups.
Pittsburgh – 25, Cincinnati – 3, Arizona – 1, Baltimore – 23
In reality, Baker’s schedule actually averages out to be a pretty on-par matchup schedule. The reason I wanted to highlight Mayfield though is to show weeks 14 and 15 and discuss Baker’s potential as a streaming option. If the Browns are going to pick it up and put it together, then those 2 weeks could be big, big weeks for Baker and this Browns offense.
David Montgomery/Tarik Cohen
Detroit – 2, Dallas – 15, Green Bay – 6, Kansas City – 1
Talk about league winners; Montgomery could very well be your guy. He’s been seeing increased workloads as the season has progressed and could be in line for a big final quarter of the season.
Philip Lindsay/Royce Freeman
Los Angeles Chargers – 7, Houston – 24, Kansas City – 1, Detroit – 2
Probably more so Lindsay than Freeman, but the Broncos backfield will have a very favorable final stretch for your fantasy team. Even the Houston game isn’t a big red flag as the Texans can certainly put up points which would cause for positive Lindsay game script.
Miami – 5, New York Giants – 10, Washington – 8, Dallas – 15
I picked up Howard mid-season for my dynasty team and I haven’t regretted one second of it. He’s been a reliable FLEX option with RB2 upside. Every good fantasy team needs a guy that they can turn to in a time of need and Howard has been that guy for me thus far. He will consistently be in my FLEX over the coming weeks.
Tennessee – 13, Tampa Bay – 1, Los Angeles Chargers – 27, Oakland – 3
Man, D.J. Chark has been a team saver and very well could be a league winner this year. That Buccaneer matchup in week 14 is straight up juicy and the Oakland matchup for championship week ain’t too shabby either.
Detroit – 12, Carolina – 17, Green Bay – 22, Philadelphia – 6
As much as I love Chark’s schedule, I might like McLaurin’s even more. Green Bay is showing to be the toughest matchup in this stretch, but they’ve been prone to giving up big plays. What’s the one thing that McLaurin does well? Make big plays. McLaurin should be in strong consideration as a must start during your playoff run.
Philadelphia – 6, New York Jets – 2, New York Giants – 5, Cincinnati – 18
I’m not sure if anyone will have the gall to play Parker in the playoffs, but if you’re playing the matchups then he certainly warrants it. This might be a call for deeper leagues where you’ve been rotating Parker in and out of your FLEX this season, but there’s little reason why Parker shouldn’t produce during this stretch with the absence of Preston Williams.
Corey Davis/AJ Brown
Indianapolis – 24, Oakland – 3, Houston – 4, New Orleans – 10
After that Indy matchup, I love the Titans pass catchers schedule. Whether or not the offense actually produces in the passing game is another question, but I love the schedule nonetheless.
Arizona -1, Seattle – 8, Dallas – 4, San Francisco – 32
I have talked about this at length on my various platforms, but the TE landscape this year is so brutal. With Austin Hooper going down for an undisclosed amount of time, the TE position became even more barren. Everett has a favorable schedule leading up to your championship game. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he continues to stay involved in a struggling Rams offense.
Oakland – 4, New England – 32, Denver – 30, Chicago – 26
Okay, okay you’re not going to sit Patrick Mahomes. You’re still going to start him every week because he is Patrick fricken Mahomes. However, it’s always important to be aware of rough patches in your players’ schedules and this final quarter will indeed be a tough one for Mahomes and the rest of the Chiefs passing attack.
Dallas – 28, Baltimore – 23, Pittsburgh – 25, New England – 32
What a roller coaster ride Josh Allen has been. I’ve personally been riding his incredibly favorable schedule the last few weeks. His schedule moving forward, not so much. There’s a good chance i’ll be looking anywhere but Allen for a possible playoff run.
Tennessee – 19, Tampa Bay – 31, New Orleans – 30, Carolina – 3
I think Marlon Mack has actually been a little underrated this season. He’s been pretty solid most of the year and provides a pretty decent 8-10 point floor with RB1 upside. That potential will, however, be limited during this final stretch of the season. He’s not unplayable, but I would proceed with caution.
Devin Singletary/Frank Gore
Dallas – 15, Baltimore – 18, Pittsburgh – 27, New England – 32
Yikes. That final stretch of games for the Buffalo offense is tough. Now, factor in a splitting of the workload and it makes the Buffalo backfield very undesirable for the playoffs.
Carlos Hyde/Duke Johnson
New England – 32, Denver – 20, Tennessee – 19, Tampa Bay – 31
The running game hasn’t been anything to call home about all year long and I wouldn’t expect that to change when you need it most. I’m not sure Johnson or Hyde provide much promising upside at any given point of this stretch.
Tyreek Hill/Sammy Watkins
Oakland – 3, New England – 32, Denver – 25, Chicago – 29
Like Mahomes, you’re not going to sit Hill. His ability to take any play to the house is downright special. Watkins on the other hand hasn’t been “worth it” since his week 1 outburst of 42 .5 PPR points. In the 7 games that Watkins has played in since week 1, he’s put up a total of 46.1 .5 PPR points. Add in tough matchups for the wide receivers and for Mahomes, it’s a hard pass on Watkins for me.
Amari Cooper/Michael Gallup
Buffalo – 30, Chicago – 29, Los Angeles Rams – 23, Philadelphia – 6
Dallas will face one of the harder schedules offensively. It won’t be until week 16 that I am willing to start Gallup or Cooper with any confidence. Cooper can’t seem to get over his nagging injuries and Gallup is struggling with drops. I will only really be looking to play either guy in an “as needed” basis.
Robert Woods/Cooper Kupp
Arizona – 11, Seattle – 15, Dallas – 31, San Francisco – 28
The Rams offense has simply not been the same this year. Now, over the final quarter of the season, they face 3 divisional opponents plus a stingy Dallas pass defense. I’m likely not sitting Woods or Kupp, but I would temper my expectations of their production when i’m building my lineups from week to week.
San Francisco – 32, Buffalo – 31, New York Jets – 29, Cleveland – 10
Andrews by far has the toughest set of matchups over the 4 week span. I’m not sure you’ll have much choice given the current TE situation than to play him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrews production took a big dip during your potential playoff run.