This is the final weekend of the regular season for most fantasy football pools. I, like many am fighting for my playoff life and need a win and some help to get in.
One of the more common injuries from week 12 of the NFL season happened to be a dislocated finger. Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson each suffered the injury last week and are both expected to play. Carr in fact dislocated two fingers but practiced on Wednesday. Johnson no longer has the questionable tag connected to his name and should be good to go Sunday when Arizona hosts the Washington Redskins.
In Cincinnati meanwhile, wide receiver A.J. Green is doubtful with a hamstring injury on Sunday when the Bengals take on the Philadelphia Eagles. Green did not play last week either and was only targeted once in a 16-12 Bengals loss to the Buffalo Bills on November 20.
Speaking of the Bills, Buffalo will have an interesting matchup Sunday in Oakland. Both teams are above .500 as the Bills are 6-5 and Oakland is 9-2. It has been a solid year for Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who is third in the NFL amongst running backs in yards per carry with 5.2.
There are four other matchups where both teams are above .500. On Thursday, the 10-1 Dallas Cowboys face the 6-5 Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys have won ten straight, while the Vikings have lost five of their last six. On Sunday morning, the 8-3 Kansas City Chiefs play the 7-4 Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs defense is stingy in the red zone, and will face a tough task against one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL.
In the AFC, the 7-4 Miami Dolphins face the 6-5 Baltimore Ravens. The Dolphins have won six straight games and are led by running back Jay Ajayi, who leads the NFL with 5.3 rushing yards per carry. However they face a rejuvenated Ravens defense that has given up the second fewest points in the AFC.
Then on Sunday afternoon, the 8-3 New York Giants face the 6-5 Pittsburgh Steelers. The Giants have won six straight, but have not been dominant. In the elite NFL matchups, I like Oakland, Dallas, Atlanta, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
My fantasy studs of the week are New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy.