Fantasy Football: Bust or Trust? Fantasy Playoffs Edition

by LaQuan Jones "RealDealFantasy"
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The fantasy football playoffs began over the weekend. Some players made a statement by putting up big fantasy points for managers. However, the question is whether you can trust these players for the rest of the fantasy playoffs.  Let’s take a look at some players who showed up and showed out over the weekend.

TRUST: D’Onta Foreman

Forman put up 108 yards on the ground with 22 rushing attempts against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That would add to a full workload against a top defense. This is his second game with 100+ yards. The Titans backfield is shaping out for him to take on the top running back duties for the rest of the season.

Foreman can be trusted for these final two weeks in fantasy football. Next week he’ll face the 49ers before taking on the Miami Dolphins in the “Championship Round”.

Both teams could be a tough matchup but with the workload, Foreman has upside. It’s hard to find running backs who are going to get 20+ carries a game. Because of that, Foreman will be a great as a RB2 or flex for the remainder of the playoffs.

BUST: Duke Johnson

Seeing Duke Jonson score two touchdowns with 100+ yards on the ground was a great thing to see. That accumulated to a whopping 25 points. However, let’s pump the brakes on this one. The New York Jets have the worst defense against running backs this season, giving up 21 rushing touchdowns and 28.8 fantasy points per game. The matchup was there for Johnson.

In the next two weeks in the fantasy football playoffs, Miami will face the number one and number two defenses against the run. That’s a harsh contrast to the New York Jets.

Duke Johnson will break hearts for managers in the playoffs. Don’t fall in love with the hype on this one as there are better options on the table.

TRUST: Amon-Ra St. Brown

Amon-Ra St. Brown has been lighting it up for the Detroit Lions over the last three weeks. Over the last three weeks, Brown has been the third best wide receiver in fantasy football. Volume is king and for three weeks in a row, Brown has seen double-digit targets while finding the end zone twice.

With elite volume, Brown is a wide receiver that can be trusted. He had a 33% target share in weeks 14 and 15 and a 32% target share in Week 12. These are numbers that Davante Adams and Cooper Kupp put up on a week-to-week basis. Jared Goff may have found his Cooper Kupp for 2022 and the rest of this fantasy football playoffs.

Over the next two weeks, the Lions will face the Falcons and the Steelers to finish the season. Atlanta is giving up the third most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. That’s a great matchup for Brown as you try to make a push for the fantasy championship.

Meanwhile, the Steelers are giving up 19 fantasy points per game to wide receivers which is good enough for me for a flex spot. Brown has huge touchdown upside as well. With TJ Hockenson out for the season, Brown just became the Lions top receiving target.

TRUST: Gabriel Davis

Gabriel Davis had a fantasy career-high 25 fantasy football points and for the first time in his career, scored two touchdowns in one game. Davis was one of my favorite late-round guys in this off-season it finally came to fruition. He’s a talented wide receiver that just needs more opportunities.

Emmanuel Sanders has held back Davis this year when it comes to those opportunities. Buffalo has used Sanders as a deep threat this season, but Davis might be the better overall talent at this point.

Sanders has been sided lined with a knee injury, but the Bills could hand the reigns to Davis to finish the season.  Davis has gained the trust of the coaching staff and should remain a part of the game plan down the stretch. Volume is key and Davis led the Bills in yards and catches last week.

Buffalo will be facing two solid matchups in the final weeks against the Patriots and Falcons. However, Davis already found the end zone earlier this season against the Patriots and the Falcons give up the third most fantasy football points per game to wide receivers.

Good luck everyone in the fantasy football playoffs. It’s do or die time and every move you make needs to be your best move. Gambling in the fantasy playoffs is a dangerous game that could cost you everything.

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