Ryan Mathews gained 128 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against Baltimore’s 2nd-ranked rush defense in Week 15. This week, it doesn’t get much easier as the Eagles face the Giants’ 6th-ranked run defense on Thursday Night Football.
Fortunately for them, they’re expected to re-gain the services of all-purpose threat Darren Sproles, who missed the Ravens game due to a concussion.
Rotoworld.com reports Sproles should cut into Mathews’ touches, which would be a smart idea on the part of Philadelphia’s coaching staff. In five games as an Eagle versus the Giants, Sproles has averaged 5.0 yards per carry and has scored two touchdowns. In addition, he still remains a dangerous receiver out of the backfield.
Especially with Carson Wentz throwing so much lately, Sproles looks to be the better RB/FLEX option between he and Mathews.
Thanks to Chris Towers of cbssports.com, we’re able to take a look at two dynamic playmakers that could very well be the difference in this week’s fantasy football championship.
The first player Towers highlights is Green Bay running back (and wide receiver) Ty Montgomery. Available in 31 percent of leagues, Montgomery has proven to be the versatile running back Green Bay has been waiting for. He’s also a valuable player to have on your fantasy football roster because he’s one of the rare players designated for two positions.
Last week at Chicago, Montgomery racked up 162 yards on 16 carries (10.1 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. That’s 28.2 points without counting any receiving yards or bonus points. The Packers play the Vikings in Week 16, and given his hot streak and Minnesota’s cold streak, claiming Montgomery should be the easiest roster move you’ll make all week.
If you need a receiver, and Montgomery is taken, check to see if Alshon Jeffery is still available (he remains available in 20 percent of leagues). Last week against Green Bay’s recently-improved defense, and with Matt Barkley throwing him passes, Jefferey still managed to produce 89 yards and one touchdown receiving on six catches.
Jeffery faces Josh Norman and the 7th-ranked Redskins pass defense this week, so that’s not good news. However, it’s certainly foreseeable that Jeffery gains 14-15 points this week. I imagine he’ll see the matchup against Norman as extra incentive to make up for lost time and utilize the spotlight to restore his image.
QB: Derek Anderson (806, 16th overall)
WR: Cameron Meredith (1,467, 6th overall)
RB: Ty Montgomery (3,268, 3rd overall)
TE: Vernon Davis (1,989, 4th overall)
K: Sebastian Janikowski (1,305, 9th overall)
D/ST: San Diego (6,219, 1st overall)
Good luck to those of you playing in the championship this week! And as for the rest of us…it’s never too early to start preparing for next year’s draft.