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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — League winners

Derrick Henry has been a beast. Photo via Titans/Facebook

It's championship week for most fantasy leagues, so I'm back to give out more sleeper plays. My standard for a good fantasy game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD, and this is for PPR scoring. A game with a lot of catches helps too, obviously. Of course, the bar is a little lower for TEs.

My plays are below and these players are in no particular order.

QB

Nick Foles (PHI): This week Foles gets his shot at the Texans' underwhelming secondary. Over the past 4 games Houston has allowed almost 26 FPTS/G to opposing QBs.

Aaron Rodgers (GB): I know, it's crazy to have him in this article, but he hasn't been good this year. He was only decent last week in comparison to how bad the QB play was in Week 15. He gets the Jets on Sunday, and they have been bad.

Mitchell Trubisky (CHI): Trubisky gets the 49ers this week, and they have given up 9 TD passes to opponents over the last 4 weeks. He should have a nice game.

RB

Marlon Mack (IND): He got it done last week and this week he gets the Giants defense which is allowing over 31 FPTS/G to running backs over their last 4 games.

Spencer Ware or Damian Williams (KC): If Ware misses the game against Seattle this week, Williams is a must-start. The Seahawks really struggle against pass-catching RBs. They've allowed 36 catches to RBs in their last 4 games. Pay attention to the practice reports and try to get a feel for which player is expected to get the most work. If it's going to be a committee this week, knowing which guy to start will be tough.

Jaylen Samuels (PIT): START HIM if James Conner remains out. That is all.

Sony Michel (NE): He gets a nice matchup against the Bills, and I think New England pounds Buffalo. The Bills have allowed 6 TDs to RBs in their last 4 games.

Derrick Henry (TEN): You've seen what he's done the last couple weeks, right? He's been great, and he gets a nice matchup against Washington. The Redskins are allowing 5.28 yards per carry over the last month to RBs. Henry looks like a league winner.

Jamaal Williams (GB): He should be active against the Jets, and he's a nice option if you need him.

WR

Alshon Jeffrey (PHI): He gets the Texans this week, and only the Jets are a better matchup for WRs over the past month. The Texans allow almost 43 FPTS/G to WRs over their last 4 contests. Jeffrey is going off.

Doug Baldwin (SEA): Baldwin is in a great spot playing the Chiefs this week. They are giving up over 40 FPTS/G to WRs in their last 3 games.

Julian Edelman (NE): I pushed him hard last week, and he came through. I think he goes off on the Bills this week. He should see an uptick in targets with Josh Gordon out of the picture. Edelman has made a career out of lighting up the Bills.

Jordy Nelson (OAK): If you're stuck this week, Nelson has a good matchup, and he's been decent for fantasy the past few weeks. The Broncos are a Top 7 matchup for receivers over the last 4 weeks.

TE

Jared Cook (OAK): If you have him, you've probably been starting him regularly. He gets Denver this week, and they've allowed 24 catches to TEs over the last month. You'll be pleased if he catches 6 passes.

Cameron Brate (TB): He's in this article almost every week, and he killed a lot of owners in Week 15. On the bright side, the Cowboys have good corners and I could see Brate getting some extra looks this week. Plus, Dallas is allowing over 14 FPTS/G to TEs over the past month.

That's all I have for this week. For more fantasy info, make sure you check out my show Moneyline on ESPN 97.5 every Sunday from 10-noon. Jerry Bo and I will get you ready for kickoff and answer any questions you may have. Also, follow us on Twitter.

Good luck in Week 16!

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ROCKETS BEAT THUNDER

Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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