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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — League winners

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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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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

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This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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