By Jacob Johnson
Fave: Russell Wilson
Wilson has not performed at the MVP level we saw over the first half of the season the last three weeks, throwing three total touchdowns and three picks. Don’t let that scare you away from starting him this week against the Carolina Panthers, who are currently giving up 27.7 points per game. The Panthers are already eliminated from playoff contention, while the Seahawks flop against the Rams last Sunday Night should give this team some motivation to make a statement win down one game to the now NFC leading and division rival 49ers. I expect Russell Wilson to show up this week.
Fave: Chris Carson
Carson has been a solid fantasy player this season, consistently putting up double digit points and a decent number of receptions for ppr players. Against the Rams last Sunday, backup Rashaad Penny went down with a knee injury that would sideline him for the foreseeable future, making Carson the undisputed best back Seattle has right now. The Panthers are giving up 139.2 rushing yards a game (fourth worst in the league) and against a Seahawks team that will definitely be looking to prove something this week against a non playoff team, expect Carson to get a healthy amount of carries.
Fade: James Conner
Conner has missed the Steelers last three games with a shoulder injury, meanwhile the team is 3-0 under Delvin Hodges. Conner is expected to return against the Bills on primetime this Sunday, who have been one of the better defenses in the league. They’re giving up just over 100 yards rushing a game, but are only behind the Patriots for least points allowed per game (16.3). Coming off an injury, it’s up in the air how much Mike Tomlin plans on using Conner, but against one of the better defenses in the league and possibly still treating his injury, Conner may not have as big of an impact as he’s had in games earlier this season.
Fade: Tyler Boyd
Boyd has been the biggest boom or bust player this year in my opinion. He’ll put up 28 one week and then four or six for the next two weeks, then blow up for 28 again. This week, the Bengals will host the Patriots in a game that is already swirling in the news headlines for another possible Patriots related scandal involving the unauthorized filming of the Bengals Browns match just last week. While the Patriots have tumbled as of late, we’re talking about Bill Belichick against a struggling rookie head coach with a 1-11 record and surely heading for a top three draft selection. This defense is still dominant when it wants to be, and with A.J. Greens status for the season still up in the air, the entire Bengals team doesn’t have much to play for with the limited weapons they have.