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Tomorrow’s Moves Today: Preparing for the Fantasy Playoffs

Tomorrow’s Moves Today uses the Strength of Schedule Streaming App to identify team positional units with favorable/unfavorable upcoming schedules and players on related teams that should be targeted or avoided.

Welcome to the Week 11 edition of Tomorrow’s Moves Today! On a weekly basis, we’ll look ahead to find positional units with favorable upcoming schedules. Likewise, we’ll identify positional units that stand before an oncoming gauntlet. The idea here is to be a week ahead of our league mates by adding players before it’s clear that success is in their range of outcomes and dropping or trading players before their stock will plummet.

For more information on how the SoS Streaming App calculates strength of schedule (SoS), please check out this article.

In this week’s edition, we’re focusing exclusively on the fantasy playoffs.

Quarterback

  • Nick Foles is probably available in one quarterback leagues and might be the only streamable option, from an SOS perspective, to choose from. You might be undecided on how good of an NFL passer he is.
    • Nonetheless, the Jaguars draw favorable matchups in the last two weeks of the season.
      • Keep in mind, Gardner Minshew posted QB1 performances in 44% of 2019 weeks.
        • With Denver’s quarterback situation unclear, as Drew Lock could be under center by Week 14, it’s difficult to recommend he or Brett Rypien as early additions to your roster.

Running Back

  • Per RotoWorld, David Montgomery rolled his ankle during Wednesday’s practice. While it seems unlikely that this will sideline him through the fantasy playoffs it’s possible that he could miss a game or two.
    • If this leads to him being dropped, you need to pick him up given a tasty slate of season-ending matchups.
  • Kareem Hunt has probably been rostered, but in addition to seeing 17 targets in his first two games as a Brown, Cleveland opposes one of the most favorable running back schedules in the fantasy playoffs.
  • I’ve mentioned Alexander Mattison nearly every week of the season, but he remains one of the best handcuff options in all of fantasy.

Wide Receiver

  • Matthew Stafford is expected to miss his second straight game this week, but it doesn’t seem that he’ll be out for the rest of the season.
    • This puts Danny Amendola into streaming consideration.
      • The Lions have the easiest of all Week 15 matchups and Amendola, while boom or bust, has been Detroit’s second most-targeted player since Week 7.
  •  The window on acquiring Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton has likely closed but Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer could be available for those of you in deeper leagues.
  • Like Foles, Jacksonville’s WRs draw a favorable schedule to close 2019.
    • This bodes well for Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley. If either pair well with Foles, they could be viable down the stretch.

Tight End

  • If Ricky Seals-Jones was dropped while dealing with a knee injury, he should be added by teams in need of help at tight end.
    • Not only do the Browns face the easiest of all TE schedules but Seals-Jones recorded two TE1 performances in his four games with the Browns between Weeks 3 and 9.
  • Kyle Rudolph has really turned things around, while it’s hard to imagine that he’s available for even a handful of our readers, I feel compelled to mention him. He’s averaged nearly 13 points per game since Week 6.
    • Adam Thielen missed two games in this stretch, but the Vikings draw favorable matchups with the Chargers and Packers.
  • T.J. Hockenson could be an option in Week 15 and Mike Gesicki in Week 16.

DST

  • The number of leagues I’ve played in where it all came down to DST is far too many.
    • I’m still reeling from starting the Panthers and not the Cardinals in Week 16 of the 2017 fantasy season.
      • The Cardinals held the Giants scoreless, recorded two interceptions, two sacks, and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
        • I did, however, have two solid options to choose between.
          • Make sure that you do the same and find teams with multiple favorable matchups that you can stack together.
            • At this point in the season dropping your sixth option at WR to pick up an extra DST likely adds value to your team.
  • The teams that you should be targeting, and could be available are as follows:
    • Miami – favorable 14 – 16
    • Pittsburgh – favorable 15 and 16
    • Oakland – favorable 14 and 15
    • Detroit – favorable 16
    • Green Bay –  favorable 14
Image Credit: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: David Montgomery.

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