|Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore could be valuable, as Miami’s late-season opponents are shaky in pass defense. (Lynee sladky/Associated Press)|
Make the playoffs pay off
If you’re still interested in fantasy football, congratulations, you’ve probably qualified for your league’s postseason. Most leagues are complete, and your three-week postseason (to avoid relying on anything meaningful occurring during the season’s final week) began with last night’s Steelers-Browns game.
The need for start/sit or waiver advice is extraneous after this weekend, so we’ll give you a bit of that along with a brief look back and a brief look ahead.
A defense you should consider picking up and starting this weekend: Seattle Seahawks. It’s fair to describe Seattle’s defense as average, but this weekend it matches up with the Rams’ offense. St. Louis averages 11.7 points per game and put up only 7 points at home against the Seahawks three weeks ago.
Consider this quarterback for the fantasy playoffs: Matt Moore, Miami. Moore’s next three opponents are Philadelphia (its secondary is in shambles), Buffalo (the Bills allow a ton of yards), and New England (most passing yards allowed per game in the NFL).
A wide receiver who’ll let you down in the fantasy playoffs: Miles Austin, Dallas. Austin is a tremendous player but he has injured both hamstrings this season. He is set to return, but counting on a receiver with fragile legs is likely to result in frustration.
Most valuable fantasy performer (not named Aaron Rodgers) in 2011: LeSean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia. McCoy has accumulated the most fantasy points for non-quarterbacks in standard scoring leagues and has excelled while Michael Vick has been injured. He is a pass-catching threat and has cemented his place as a top-five draft selection.
Biggest disappointment for a high draft pick in 2011: DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia. There is a strong case to be made for Chris Johnson of the Titans, who held out for more money and barely produced during the first nine weeks of the season. But Johnson is seemingly in shape and is definitely producing now. Also unhappy with his contract, Jackson has been a bust all season and has rewarded his owners with two touchdowns and several drops that would have resulted in big plays and/or scores.
Next year’s top pick: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay. Taking a running back at the top of the draft who produces big numbers is a sound strategy, but Rodgers has thrust himself into a different class. If you were fortunate enough to have him fall to you somewhere in this year’s first round, you’ve probably made the playoffs. Take him with the top pick next year and figure everything else out later.
Ed Ryan can be reached at email@example.com.