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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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NASCAR: Quaker State 400 preview

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This week, the NASCAR cup series heads to Kentucky Motor Speedway for the Quaker State 400. Built in 2001, this track is a 1.5 mile tri-oval with a dog-leg on the front stretch. The most dangerous part of the track has to be turn three as the corner is flat compared to the other three corners that are banked. This has been a major point of contingency for these drivers as most of the cautions end up being there. Look for turn three to be a hot spot come Sunday. Last year, both the Busch brothers finished 1-2 in one of the most exciting finishes of the season so there will be a lot of hype for this race to live up to.

Last week at Indy, as we all expected the race was a crazy one. Over the course of the race's 160 laps, we saw many horrific accidents including a scary pit road accident involving Corey Lajoe, Ryan Blaney, Justin Allgier, Ryan Preece and others. The wreck started when everyone got stacked up entering the pits and the calamity was on from there. During the wreck Brennan Poole struck Rear Tire Changer Zach Price as he was trying to avoid the wrecking cars in front of him. After the incident fans and media alike all held their breath as they awaited news on his condition. But when the camera panned to him being loaded into the ambulance, there was a huge sigh of relief as he gave everyone a thumbs up signifying he was okay. Another scary moment was both Erik Jones and Alex Bowman's vicious crashes. Both cars had tire failures that sent their cars directly into the wall. Fortunately both drivers were okay but their days were over.

In the end, tire wear would end up claiming one more victim as it took out Denny Hamlin as well. With seven laps to go, the four-time winner this season was in prime position to get his fifth victory until his right front tire blew out, sending him hard into the turn 2 wall. This mishap handed the win to his main rival in the championship, Kevin Harvick, as he went on to claim his third Brickyard 400 victory and fourth win of the year. When it was all over, many questioned why there were so many tire failures and if new owner Roger Penske would make an effort to possibly widen the pit-road after the massive accident on Sunday.

Needless to say, there are a lot of questions on what will be different at Indy in 2021. When I talked to spotter Freddie Kraft on Tuesday, he gave a lot of good insights on both topics. When it came to the tire failures, he talked about how the increasing corner speeds at the racetrack has put a lot of pressure on these Goodyear tires which eventually led to them coming apart. As far as Pit-Road and what they can do to fix that, he talked about how it is difficult to make changes to a track that is so historical. Which makes sense, but he followed this up by saying that maybe it would be wise to give up a little history and move the wall over and make it wider. It will be interesting to see what NASCAR does in the coming months.

On Friday, Associated Press journalist Jenna Fryer revealed a bombshell announcement that 7-time champion and NASCAR's biggest name Jimmie Johnson, had tested positive for coronavirus. As everyone knows, the world is going through the worst pandemic it's ever faced in this lifetime. With the sport coming back and racing again, it was only a matter of time until one of the drivers came down with it. Unfortunately it had to be NASCAR's most recognizable driver. Thankfully, Jimmie made a full recovery and was cleared to return this weekend at Kentucky. This was a big scare for everyone in the NASCAR world, but I have to give a lot of credit to Johnson for being as forthright as he was about his diagnosis with everyone who he works with. It will be good to have Jimmie back on Sunday.

The driver that I have winning this weekend is Kyle Busch. While this season has been a disappointment for the defending champion, Kentucky would be a great place for him to turn it around. Ever since the cup series has started going there, Kyle has always been in contention to win. In fact, he won the first cup series race that was run at this track back in 2011. In his nine starts there, Kyle has finished outside the top ten only once and even then he finished 12th, back in 2016. Last season it appeared that Kyle was on his way to a third victory at this track, but he came up one spot short to his brother Kurt in a fantastic last lap duel. After a late race restart this weekend though, I see Kyle redeeming himself and capturing his first victory of 2020. Look for Kyle to get back on track come Sunday.


All stats and information used in this article are brought to you by the good folks at driveraverages.com and Racing-Reference.com, the best websites for all NASCAR stats.

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