The holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes… Soccer? YES! In fact, this year we have an NFL game on Christmas Day, which means fantasy football for Christmas! As if the bickering between families about the holidays wasn’t enough, the NFL decided to launch the championship week(s) of most fantasy leagues with fantasy fuel for the family holiday. This week gives us an interesting list because some races look like traps and others are just sprints to reach the finish line after the season.
Vikings at the Saints – This rare Christmas fantasy football treat is a must see! Saints are trying to recover from a loss in Kansas City. The Vikings are now trying to qualify for the playoffs and need all the help they can get after losing to the Bears last week. What do these teams have to lose? If you have players with these offenses, hook them up and forget them. Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson and Irv Smith should have an excellent fantasy production in this game.
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Their numbers won’t be astronomical, because defending the saints requires some skill, but the players from Minnesota are definitely worth a look. As for the saints, start hurting everyone. If the bears can score more than 30 points against this Minnesota defense, the New Orleans Saints should have no problem.
Saturday 26. December
Rotary tree at Lions
We have three games on the Saturday after Christmas, and the first one is a real siesta party. The Detroit Lions take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game that should crush all hopes and dreams in Detroit. I don’t trust any player on the offensive side of the ball for Detroit. Fold them back and go get help somewhere else.
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Buckeyes have to resist Lions easily and leave them with an empty stomach. I love Tom Brady and all the Bucs receivers in this game. It’s a lot harder to predict their return, so save yourself the trouble and avoid them unless you own Ronald Jones.
Questions about the quarterback?
The 49ers are at the Cardinals. I certainly wouldn’t advise you to put Kyler Murray on the couch. I’m taking part in our championship in the fantasy league and I’m starting one myself. But I’m very nervous. I think this game is a trap for cardinals. On paper, they should beat the Niners and move on to week 17 against the Rams, but it won’t be an easy task. If the Cardinals lose another game and the Bears win, Arizona misses the playoffs and Chicago is in the mix. San Francisco would like to help get rid of a post-season division rival.
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It’s going to be a difficult game, especially for Murray, although I still expect good fantasy results. I don’t have the luxury of choosing someone with a better match, but I do have the advantage of a two-week Fantasy Playoff game. If you get a chance to catch someone on the exemption wire, like Baker Mayfield versus the New York Jets, it might be worth a look.
Dolphins in the Raiders – I can’t wait to see this game! The Dolphins have been a nice team this season, and Tua Tagovailoa seems legitimate. I’d definitely get it going this week and take Davante Parker against the Raiders.
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By the way, how much faith do you have in this Raider offense? Except Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs, there’s nothing to love. Marcus Mariota came to replace Derek Carr last week after he was sent away with a groin injury. The Oregon State product produced a good game with an average of 25 fantasy points. But I can’t expect him to do the same to this Miami defense that is killing its opponents with bribes this year. Waller is a good tight end and Jacobs is a high level fantasy coming back, but Mariota doesn’t deserve a start in this game.
Sunday 27. December
Sunday’s games were covered in detail in the last episode of the Fantasy Hour on Tap podcast, where we gave specific details about these games:
- Standards in steelworks
- Aries in Seahawks
- Titans versus Packers.
One game we mentioned briefly is the Panthers in Washington, and in this game there is another trap. Washington’s defense is better than most people attribute and should not be taken lightly. I’m having trouble trusting Teddy Bridgewater in this game, and the same goes for his receiving body. Robby Anderson and Mike Davis are also fighting hard against this above-average defensive front. Read the episode below for a more in-depth analysis.
Good luck this week and enjoy the rare gift that Christmas Fantasy Football is! For most people, this is the last week of fantasy football because they don’t enjoy week 17 of the NFL season, but they fear it. For those of you who enjoy the challenge of throwing players in week 17, we look back on a last regular season start and sit down next week. Happy holidays!
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