What We Learned: Week 16
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Javonte Williams is a Must Start
I think I’ve seen what I needed to see. Javonte Williams broke out in his first game without Melvin Gordon, and now the beast is out of it’s cage. Upon Gordon’s return, Williams was out-touched (24-16) yet still managed to put forth another explosive day. Even with Melvin on the field, Williams posted two TDs, 83 total yards and 21.3 fantasy points on 16 touches.
Sure, it was against the Lions, but now that (I firmly believe) he has hit his stride, I don’t know if there’s anyone that can slow him down. Certainly not any of the opponents he’ll be facing this season. FantasyPros gives the Broncos the sixth-easiest remaining schedule for an RB. All his fantasy playoff matchups check out as green.
Considering the RB landscape is the way it is, I find it hard to imagine you have the depth to justify sitting him. And even if you did, I’d urge you to reconsider. Can you tell I feel strongly about this yet?
Dawson Knox = TE1
Kittle, Kelce, Andrews, Knox. Those are my top four TEs ROS (rest of season). I’m not sure what Darren Waller's deal is, but to be honest I’m not sure it would be much different if he was healthy. Knox has been fantastic this season. Just about as good as you can ask for from a TE you probably picked up off the waiver wire.
After racking up seven catches for 60 yards and a TD (19.0 PPR points) in week 14, Knox now has at least 14 points in six of his last nine games. He has 18 or more in four of his last eight.
And by the way, one of the games in that span was his first game back from IR, and the other was the historically insane wind game versus the Pats (in which he still saw six targets). Don’t count those two games and he has at least 7.5 points in every game this season. You can’t even say that about Travis Kelce. And trust me, I know because I have Kelce, and played against Knox this week. I didn’t have fun. Knox also has more TDs this season (8) than Kelce (6) and he missed three games with a broken hand. But anyways…
Knox: certified good at football. Unless you have one of the names mentioned above, he needs to be in your lineup.
Taysom Hill is Fantasy Gold!
Taysom Hill as an NFL QB… It’s not pretty. Nobody is saying it is. But if you can get over that fact, avert your eyes from the television, and direct your attention to the fantasy app, you will see what I’m talking about.
I mean, what’s the difference between him and Jalen Hurts in that regard, am I right? For the record, I’m a Hurts believer and would like to point out he is still very early in his career. But the philosophy is the same. Your fantasy QB doesn’t have to be the best real-life QB to rack up points for you.
Hill now has 20+ fantasy points in each of his two starts this season. This is largely due to the fact that he’s accumulated 174 yards on 22 carries during this span. I mean, think about it… He threw four interceptions in week 13 and still scored 20.6 fantasy points. When will it get worse for a QB than throwing four interceptions? If he can survive that, then it’s scary to imagine what he can do on a good day. And make no mistake, despite the fact he scored 26.3 fantasy points in week 14, he did not have a very good day. And yet, 26.3 fantasy points. You get the picture?
Derek Carr users (me last week) I’m talking to you. Swallow your pride, and trade good football for fantasy points.
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