Flavor of the Week: There are just some things I don’t get

By DJ Eberle - [email protected] | November 25th, 2017 6:29 pm - updated: 6:34 pm.

There are just some things that I don’t get.

Like how the Buffalo Bills are 10-point underdogs to the Kansas City Chiefs, who just lost to the New York Giants, this weekend.

Wait. No. I’m getting sidetracked.

What I meant to say is that I don’t understand how Dak Prescott can go without Ezekiel Elliott each of the last three weeks and only target Dez Bryant 27 times. And no Bryant hasn’t lost a step, which seems to be general consensus these days. While he has had terrible wide receiver-cornerback matchups this season, he’s still uber-talented and I’d take him one-on-one over just about anyone. Bryant should be getting close to 15 targets a game.

And why do defensive coordinators continue to match up linebackers against Keenan Allen? I saw the Bills do it a week ago and then Dallas did it on Thanksgiving. Allen’s too talented. Stop it! He’s going to beat your linebacker or defensive end one-on-one.

But do you know what I really don’t get? How are the fantasy football playoffs already like two weeks away? Boy, the season flew bye.

If Josh Doctson, Samaje Perine, Corey Davis, Orleans Darkwa, Josh Gordon or Jacoby Brissett are still out there in your leagues, look to pick them up. They could win you your league down the stretch.

QUARTERBACK

Must have: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

Mariota has struggled this season, but in a matchup against the Indianapolis Colts he’ll get a chance to bounce back. He’s a QB1 this week.

Pass: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

The Denver Broncos have struggled on defense this year. I know. It’s shocking. But this is a chance to get back on track. With an ineffective run game, the Denver pass rush can pin its ears back.

Worth a shot: Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

Taylor’s back in the saddle. He’ll be without Kelvin Benjamin, but the Kansas City Chiefs are susceptible against the pass.

RUNNING BACK

Must have: Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons

With Devonta Freeman out, Coleman becomes a RB1.

Pass: Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears

Cohen’s 15.9-point PPR effort last week was just a flash in the pan. He doesn’t get nearly enough touches to warrant anything more than a desperation low-end flex play.

Worth a shot: Damien Williams, Miami Dolphins

While the New England Patriots have improved on defense, they still struggle against the pass. Miami will likely be playing from behind, providing Williams an opportunity for a lot of touches.

WIDE RECEIVER

Must have: Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans

This is the week Corey Davis breaks out. The Colts defense can be taken advantage of.

Pass: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Without Aaron Rogers, Nelson is a desperation flex play. You’re hoping for a touchdown. The Packers are facing a really good pass defense in the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m staying away.

Worth a shot: Zay Jones, Buffalo Bills

With Kelvin Benjamin out and Jordan Matthews questionable, Jones is a flex this week against a below-average passing defense in Kansas City.

TIGHT END

Must have: Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals

The Cleveland Browns are just really bad against tight ends. Not as bad as the New York Giants, but they’re close.

Pass: Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

While the Buccaneers struggle against wide receivers, they defend tight ends really well. There are other options out there this week.

Worth a shot: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brate has been dormant as of late. But a good matchup against the Falcons could give his season a reboot.

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