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Tomorrow’s Moves Today: Playoff Edition

Tomorrow’s Moves Today uses the strength of schedule tabs included in the Weekly Stat Explorer to identify team positional units with favorable/unfavorable upcoming schedules and players on the related teams that should be targeted or avoided.

For the overwhelming majority of us, there are just two weeks left in the fantasy football season. Let’s use strength of schedule (SOS) to make the most of them.

 Quarterback

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  • Dak Prescott opposes the friendliest remaining schedule of all quarterbacks that are likely to be available. Prescott has averaged 19 points per game (PPG) since the Cowboy’s Week 9 bye.
  • Josh Rosen draws a favorable matchup with the Falcons in Week 15 but should be avoided.

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  • From a pure schedule based perspective, Eli Manning might be worth a preemptive add for teams looking ahead to the finals. He’ll face the Colts, a team that has been the 29th easiest matchup for opposing passers. Manning is averaging just 15 PPG but has gone over 10 points in 75 percent of weeks. While this isn’t overly impressive, it’s worth noting for a bottom of the barrel option.
  • If you’ve been relying on Jameis Winston recently it might be worth considering adding a backup option for the remainder of the season. Search for any available options and then decide next week, once we’ve had a chance to run models, as to whether or not to sit Winston. He’ll be opposing the Ravens stout defense in Week 15.

Running Back

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  • Doug Martin was a popular add this week. If you have space, and he’s still available, he could be a nice speculative add. Martin faces the easiest of all opponents next week in the Bengals.
  • Nick Chubb just might be able to fulfill the prophecy and become a true “league winner” when he faces the Bengals in the finals.
  • Derrick Henry exploded against the Jaguars last night and will be usable against the Giants next week.

Wide Receiver

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  • Golden Tate “broke out” as an Eagle with a 24-point performance against Washington on Monday night. The workload has been there for Tate and his schedule sets up nicely for the remainder of the season. Feel free to drop him back into lineups.
  • If you’re in dire need of WR help, the Jets oppose a forgiving schedule and it’s likely that one of the team’s WRs is available.
  • Tampa Bay has produced a number of solid options in the receiving game. Unfortunately, the team’s WRs face an onslaught in the playoffs opposing the two most challenging defenses. I’d still play Mike Evans no matter what, but if you’re depending on Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries you may need to consider the rest of your receiving corps. That’s not to say that they are absolute must sits, rather you may need to temper expectations while working through your weekly process.

Tight End

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  • Since Cincinnati’s bye in Week 9, C.J. Uzomah has averaged seven targets per game. With A.J. Green out for the season, Uzomah’s target share will remain strong. He opposes an extremely favorable schedule for the playoffs and certainly merits consideration for teams in need of TE help.
  • The Saints’ TEs should be able to produce against the Panthers and Steelers. Ben Watson’s target share has more or less disappeared, making Dan Arnold a viable alternative.
  • Dallas Goedert has seen 10 targets over the last three games. While not an overly impressive opportunity, it could manifest into points against the porous defenses on the Eagles remaining schedule.

DST

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  • If you’ve yet to do so, try to add Detroit, Miami, or Washington. All three have favorable matchups in Weeks 15 and 16.
  • The Falcons oppose the Cardinals in Week 15 making them a nice preemptive add as well.
  • New England faces the Bills in Week 16 and the Colts draw the Giants. Both teams may be available and could be used in the finals.

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