Fantasy football playoffs are right around the corner and it's time to make sure that our lineups are running at peak performance.
In doing that, we need to take a look at some players on our squads that might bog us down and then act accordingly.
We've come up with a list of players that need to be taken into serious consideration as players who could sabotage your run to the championship.
Read and enjoy, but definitely take serious.
Fred Jackson is fourth overall among running backs in a standard scoring system and has had a great season up to this point.
However, he hasn’t scored a touchdown in four consecutive games and is now out this Sunday with a calf injury that could linger into the coming weeks.
When he does come back, he’s also going to be facing tough run defenses in the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos who have allowed a combined eight rushing TDs on the year.
Fred Jackson has been updated to being out for the season and on IR.
Greg Jennings has managed three TDs in the last four games, but his targets and catches have fallen off considerably.
He only has five catches for 38 yards in his last two games and a combined eight targets—this coming from weak pass defenses in the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Teams are rolling coverage to his side of the field, which has allowed Jordy Nelson to thrive recently.
I’m not knocking this dude in any way, shape or form other than the standpoint of the very real possibility that the San Francisco 49ers could clinch the NFC West Division this weekend, and soon lock up at least the 2nd seed in the NFC soon after.
If that happens, it can only be assumed that Jim Harbaugh will start to rest his star players—especially deep in the fantasy playoff weeks.
It may or may not happen, but just keep it in mind and don’t surprised if it happens.
Michael Bush is a beast and it’s going to be sad to see him hit the sidelines when Darren McFadden comes back, but that’s what’s going to happen—not this Sunday, but next week is a real possibility.
By Week 14, Run DMC should be back to 100 percent, leaving Bush high and dry.
No one player could be affected more in the upcoming weeks than Matt Forte.
The loss of Jay Cutler leaves a gaping hole at the quarterback position and that’s a trigger for defenses to bring seven, eight and even nine in the box to take Forte out of the game.
The only way Forte keeps up his season is if Caleb Hanie can come in and throw the ball around to keep teams honest.
Far be it from me to claim to be an “expert” when it comes to fantasy football, but I’ll say I know more than the vast majority.
That being said, I’m not buying the little heater Reggie Bush is on right now.
He’s scored four TDs in the last three games, but now faces the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday and the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14—both teams that have vastly improved run defenses over the last few weeks.
Tom Brady has an obvious infatuation with Rob Gronkowski, leaving Aaron Hernandez in the dust.
While they are both very close in targets over the last four games, it's Gronk that gets all the attention in the red zone.
Don’t wait around for Brady to decide he finally wants to switch it up and go with Hernandez, try to find yourself a tight end that is going to get you TDs.
Larry Fitzgerald and John Skelton seem to have a connection going with four touchdowns in the last three games—one of those coming from Richard Bartel—but don’t expect this trend to continue.
The Arizona Cardinals will be facing the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals in
Weeks 15 and 16—the No. 1 and No. 11 ranked pass defenses respectively.
Steven Jackson hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 8 and now faces the San Francisco 49ers, Seahawks, Bengals, Steelers and 49ers again in Weeks 13 through 17, respectively.
That’s not a recipe for fantasy football playoff success.
Joe Flacco threw two touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals this past week, which was the first multi-touchdown game for him since Week 3.
Throwing multiple touchdowns against the Bengals isn’t easy to do and now he has to face the No. 1 ranked pass defense in the Cleveland Browns, as well as the Bengals one more time in Week 17.
Not a lot of fantasy playoffs run through the last week of the regular season but some still do, not making him a great matchup if you’re looking to take home the championship.
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