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First off, if you're still reading this column in Week 18, thank you for your support, and hopefully you had a great season. It's been a lot of fun, and we appreciate all of your attention and interaction with our content, whether it's here or on Fantasy Football Today on CBS Sports HQ and our podcast. You guys are amazing.

If your Fantasy league is still alive in Week 18, the biggest thing you need to know is what players could be in or out due to playoff implications. You'll likely have to monitor it closely heading into Saturday, but we do know some information as of Wednesday afternoon.

In the AFC, it appears like the only team planning to be without key starters is the Bengals. Joe Burrow is dealing with a knee injury and said he doesn't expect to play in Week 18 at Cleveland. And Joe Mixon was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, which means he's likely out as well. I would also be surprised if Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd played much, if at all, without Burrow.

In the NFC, the Packers, Buccaneers and Cowboys are saying they will play their regulars, but I would be surprised if Green Bay kept Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, among others, on the field for long if they even suited up at Detroit. I believe Tampa Bay will play its main guys against Carolina with the No. 2 seed still a possibility, and I also expect Dallas to play its regulars at Philadelphia based on the Cowboys' recent struggles.

You'll have to keep an eye on all three of those teams, as well as the Eagles, who are dealing with several key players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including Jason Kelce, Dallas Goedert, Boston Scott, Jordan Howard and Fletcher Cox, among others. Miles Sanders (hand) is also out, so Philadelphia could opt to rest Jalen Hurts and other starters heading into the playoffs.

Week 18 could be messy, and you might have some interesting lineup decisions to make. We'll do our best to help you out, and hopefully you'll come out with a Fantasy Football championship this week.

Editor's Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. Projected points are for PPR leagues.

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HOU Houston • #26
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ BUF -16.5 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
32nd
PROJ PTS
13
RB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
782
REC
38
REYDS
204
TD
6
FPTS/G
10.8

I never imagined Devin Singletary becoming a reliable Fantasy starter this year -- or any Bills running back for that matter. For most of the season, it was always a question of whether Singletary, Zack Moss or even Matt Breida would be someone you could use as a flex, but things changed over the past month.

Singletary started to establish himself as the main running back in Buffalo in Week 14 at Tampa Bay. He played 82 percent of the snaps against the Buccaneers, and he finished with 14 PPR points. He then played 93 percent of the snaps in Week 15 against Carolina and scored 16 PPR points, and on it went (68 percent in Week 16 at New England and 17 PPR points and 80 percent in Week 17 against Atlanta and 23 PPR points).

He has three games in a row with at least 17 total touches, and in two of those outings (Carolina and Atlanta) he had at least 22 carries. It's been fun to watch Singletary down the stretch, and he should have another quality performance against the Jets in Week 18.

He scored 11 PPR points at the Jets in Week 10 with seven carries for 43 yards and a touchdown, along with one catch for 6 yards on one target. And the Jets have been great for opposing running backs, allowing the most Fantasy points to the position this year. For the season, 20 running backs have scored at least 14 PPR points against this defense.

The Bills have plenty to play for in Week 18 with the AFC East title on the line, so Singletary should see another week with a lot of action. He's become a reliable Fantasy starter, and he also has top-10 upside. I never imagined saying this at the beginning of the season, but Singletary has turned into a league winner for Fantasy managers.

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Quarterbacks
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NO New Orleans • #7
Age: 33 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL NO -4.5 O/U 40
OPP VS QB
30th
PROJ PTS
22.3
QB RNK
7th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
871
RUYDS
356
TD
8
INT
5
FPTS/G
10.7
Hill played well in Week 17 against Carolina with 222 passing yards and a touchdown, as well as 45 rushing yards, but he only scored 18 Fantasy points. He's now scored fewer than 20 Fantasy points in each of his past two games, which happened to be wins for the Saints. New Orleans should beat Atlanta in Week 18, so keep that in mind for Hill, but I still like his upside in this matchup. The Falcons have allowed three of their past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points, with Cam Newton in Week 14 (47 yards and a touchdown) and Josh Allen in Week 17 (81 yards and two touchdowns) doing plenty of damage on the ground. Hill has run for at least 33 yards in each of his past four starts.
MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 35 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI MIN -2.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS QB
22nd
PROJ PTS
20.1
QB RNK
9th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3971
RUYDS
116
TD
31
INT
7
FPTS/G
22.6
Cousins should come off the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to start against the Bears, and this is the perfect spot for him. With Minnesota eliminated from the playoffs, there's no pressure on Cousins in Week 18. It's also a great matchup since Chicago has allowed three of its past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points. Now, Cousins only had 14 Fantasy points at Chicago in Week 15, but that was a Monday night matchup, which has typically been bad for Cousins. I expect him to end his season on a high note, and he has top-10 upside in Week 18.
PIT Pittsburgh • #7
Age: 41 • Experience: 18 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -5.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS QB
31st
PROJ PTS
17.5
QB RNK
19th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3496
RUYDS
9
TD
22
INT
9
FPTS/G
16.6
This is expected to be Roethlisberger's final NFL game unless the Steelers sneak into the playoffs, and I hope he goes out with a strong performance. There's a good chance that could happen against the Ravens, who have allowed three of their past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 23 Fantasy points. One of those was Roethlisberger in Week 13, and he's averaging 23.5 Fantasy points in his past two games at Baltimore. I'd like to see Roethlisberger have one more signature performance before his Hall of Fame career comes to an end.
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TEN Tennessee • #17
Age: 35 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU TEN -10.5 O/U 43
OPP VS QB
14th
PROJ PTS
22.3
QB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3447
RUYDS
272
TD
24
INT
14
FPTS/G
17.2
The last time Tannehill scored more than 16 Fantasy points was in Week 10 against New Orleans when he had 20 points against the Saints. The following week he faced the Texans in an embarrassing loss, and Tannehill was the reason why with four interceptions, which limited him to 10 Fantasy points. I'm expecting a rebound performance here in a game Tennessee needs to lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and the Texans have allowed two of their past four opposing quarterbacks to score at least 22 Fantasy points. And Tannehill averaged 28.5 Fantasy points per game against Houston in his past four meetings prior to facing them earlier this year.
LAR L.A. Rams
Age: 31 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC IND -15.5 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
24th
PROJ PTS
20.7
QB RNK
12th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3378
RUYDS
198
TD
27
INT
6
FPTS/G
18.7
The Jaguars have allowed 55 Fantasy points in their past two games against Zach Wilson and Mac Jones, and hopefully Wentz can follow suit with a quality outing here in a big game for the Colts, who need to win to clinch a playoff spot. Wentz only has two games with more than 20 Fantasy points in his past seven outings, and the concern for him is always that Jonathan Taylor dominates this matchup. Wentz also scored only seven Fantasy points against the Jaguars in Week 7. But I'll use him as a low-end starter in deeper leagues this week with the hope he finds two touchdowns as Indianapolis locks up a wild-card berth.
ATL Atlanta • #4
Age: 30 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG WAS -7 O/U 38
OPP VS QB
17th
PROJ PTS
16.4
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3299
RUYDS
310
TD
21
INT
15
FPTS/G
17.2
Heinicke is likely making his final start for Washington with the team expected to find an upgrade in 2022. And he could go out with a positive performance against the Giants since he scored 23 Fantasy points against them in Week 2. He hasn't scored more than eight Fantasy points in three games in a row against tough opponents in Dallas twice and Philadelphia, but this is a matchup where Heinicke can have success if you need a Fantasy starter in a deeper league. The Giants have allowed three of their past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 19 Fantasy points.
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NE New England • #10
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA NE -6.5 O/U 40
OPP VS QB
7th
PROJ PTS
14.5
QB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
3540
RUYDS
125
TD
21
INT
12
FPTS/G
16
Jones was great in Week 17 against Jacksonville with 28 Fantasy points, but that continued his pattern of playing well at home. Jones has six games this season with at least 20 Fantasy points, and five of them were in New England. On the road, he's averaging just 10.0 Fantasy points per game, and I don't expect a big performance this week at Miami. The Dolphins have allowed just one quarterback to score more than 16 Fantasy points in their past eight games.
BAL Baltimore • #2
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT BAL -5.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS QB
16th
PROJ PTS
18.6
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
940
RUYDS
222
TD
5
INT
2
FPTS/G
13.6
We'll continue to monitor Lamar Jackson (ankle) for Week 18, but if he's out then Huntley will start again for the Ravens. I would only start him in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues. The Steelers have allowed one quarterback to score more than 19 Fantasy points in their past six outings, and they held Jackson to 19 points in Week 13. Huntley has appeared in four games this season with extended action, and he scored 16 Fantasy points or less in three of them.
NO New Orleans • #4
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS QB
20th
PROJ PTS
20.1
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
4618
RUYDS
109
TD
21
INT
14
FPTS/G
17.7
Carr has the Raiders in position to make the playoffs by beating the Chargers in Week 18, which would be a phenomenal story. And he could get Darren Waller (knee) back for this matchup. But Carr has been a miserable Fantasy quarterback in the second half of the season, and it's hard to trust him if this is your championship game. He has one game with more than 12 Fantasy points in his past seven outings, including five in a row with 12 points or less. He's thrown an interception in four games in a row, and he doesn't have multiple passing touchdowns in a game since Week 10. Maybe Waller's return changes things for Carr, but I would only use him in two-quarterback or Superflex leagues in Week 18.
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DAL Dallas • #15
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -4.5 O/U 44
OPP VS QB
4th
PROJ PTS
17.1
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
603
RUYDS
168
TD
6
INT
2
FPTS/G
12.5
Lance handled himself well in Week 17 against Houston with 22 Fantasy points, and we'll see if he starts again in Week 18 for Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb). If that happens, I would only use Lance in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues. This is a tough matchup against the Rams, who have allowed one quarterback to score more than 19 Fantasy points in their past eight games, including five in a row with 17 points or less. The Rams have an interception in four games in a row, and Lance could get turnover prone in this big game on the road.
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Running Backs
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PHI Philadelphia • #23
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI ARI -6.5 O/U 48
OPP VS RB
5th
PROJ PTS
13.6
RB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
559
REC
6
REYDS
48
TD
5
FPTS/G
10.7
Penny is on fire right now heading into Week 18 against the Cardinals. He scored 32 PPR points against Detroit in Week 17, and he's now scored at least 19 PPR points in three of his past four outings. Arizona's run defense was great against Dallas in Week 17, but prior to that, the Cardinals allowed a running back to have more than 100 total yards in three of four games. With the way Penny has looked over the past month, he should be locked into your lineup in Week 18.
CHI Chicago • #21
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU TEN -10.5 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
28th
PROJ PTS
10.4
RB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
497
REC
8
REYDS
108
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.6
Derrick Henry (foot) is expected to return for the playoffs, so this is likely the last chance Foreman has as the starter for the Titans. He's done an admirable job filling in for Henry, scoring at least 13 PPR points in three of his past four games, with 19 PPR points against Miami in Week 17. This is a revenge game since he started his career with the Texans, so hopefully Foreman can finish strong before taking a backseat to Henry in the playoffs.
NO New Orleans • #24
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN KC -10 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
9th
PROJ PTS
14
RB RNK
10th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
541
REC
44
REYDS
422
TD
8
FPTS/G
11.8
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) is likely out again in Week 18 at Denver, so Williams should again lead Kansas City's backfield. He's now had six games this season with Edwards-Helaire out, and Williams scored at least 16 PPR points in four of those outings. He had 11 PPR points against Denver in Week 13 when Edwards-Helaire was active, and the Broncos have allowed a running back to gain over 100 total yards and score in each of their past two games against the Raiders and Chargers.
ARI Arizona • #6
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA ARI -5.5 O/U 48
OPP VS RB
31st
PROJ PTS
8.9
RB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
700
REC
31
REYDS
334
TD
16
FPTS/G
16.5
Conner is expected to start against Seattle with Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) ruled out, and Conner has been great when Edmonds missed time earlier this year. Edmonds missed Weeks 10, 11, 13 and 14, and Conner scored at least 15 PPR points in all four of those outings. He scored a touchdown in each game, had three outings with at least 22 total touches and two games with at least five catches. One of those games was at Seattle in Week 11, and Conner had 26 total touches (five catches) for 99 total yards and a touchdown. He could be great in the passing game since the Seahawks are No. 1 in receptions (116) and receiving yards (1,038) to running backs, and 12 running backs have at least five catches in a game against Seattle this year. It also helps Conner that Seattle standout linebacker Bobby Wagner (knee) is out for this game.
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NE New England • #21
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR TB -8 O/U 41.5
OPP VS RB
6th
PROJ PTS
9.6
RB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
151
REC
2
REYDS
14
TD
1
FPTS/G
2.2
Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Ronald Jones (ankle) are out in Week 18, so the Buccaneers will lean on Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell against the Panthers. Bruce Arians said there's a chance Giovani Bernard (hip) could return this week from his stint on injured reserve, but as of Friday, Bernard remained out. I like Vaughn ahead of Bell, but both should be considered flex options. Vaughn had a good game in tandem with Jones against the Panthers in Week 16 with seven carries for 70 yards and a touchdown, and he had eight carries for 31 yards, along with two catches for 14 yards on three targets before hurting his ribs in Week 17 at the Jets. Bell had three carries for 5 yards and three catches for 30 yards on three targets in Week 17 at the Jets. It could be good for both Buccaneers running backs since the Panthers have allowed a running back to score in five games in a row, with seven touchdowns scored over that span.
PHI Philadelphia • #14
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -7 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
3rd
PROJ PTS
10.6
RB RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
213
REC
29
REYDS
244
TD
5
FPTS/G
7
Gainwell might be the Eagles only healthy running back in Week 18 against the Cowboys with Miles Sanders (hand) out and Boston Scott and Jordan Howard on the reserve/COVID-19 list. But we also have to see if Philadelphia will rest its starters for the playoffs, which would likely put Gainwell on the field with other backups. In either scenario, Gainwell has flex appeal if he starts, but his outlook would be better if Jalen Hurts and the Eagles regular offensive linemen are on the field as well. Dallas has allowed a running back to score at least 11 PPR points in three games in a row.
WAS Washington • #32
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG WAS -7 O/U 38
OPP VS RB
26th
PROJ PTS
6.9
RB RNK
35th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
245
REC
8
REYDS
59
TD
2
FPTS/G
3.2
Antonio Gibson is off the reserve/COVID-19 list and ready to go at the Giants, but Washington could opt to limit his playing time because of the toe and hip injuries he's been dealing with of late. If that happens then Patterson could be great, and I would play him as a flex in Week 18 with the chance he gets increased touches. With Gibson out in Week 17 against Philadelphia, Patterson had 12 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown, along with five catches for 41 yards on five targets. It's a great matchup for Gibson and Patterson against the Giants, who have allowed a running back to score at least 16 PPR points in three of his past four games.
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ATL Atlanta • #84
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO NO -4.5 O/U 40
OPP VS RB
2nd
PROJ PTS
11.5
RB RNK
27th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
607
REC
51
REYDS
547
TD
11
FPTS/G
15.5
Patterson has been a bust for the past three weeks, and it could be that the workload of a career-high 149 carries and 51 receptions is catching up to him. He combined for 17 PPR points in his past three games against San Francisco, Detroit and Buffalo, and he's disappeared in the passing game with only five catches on six targets over that span. He did fare well against New Orleans in Week 9 with six catches for 126 yards on six targets, along with nine carries for 10 yards. But it's hard to expect a repeat performance given his recent struggles heading into Week 18.
BAL Baltimore • #33
Age: 30 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -10 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
21st
PROJ PTS
10.3
RB RNK
29th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
808
REC
27
REYDS
207
TD
9
FPTS/G
11.9
Gordon has been struggling for most of the second half of the season, and it's hard to trust him in Week 18 against the Chiefs. He has one game with more than nine PPR points since Week 9, and he combined for just 16 PPR points in his past three games against the Bengals, Raiders and Chargers. He missed the first meeting at Kansas City in Week 13 with a hip injury, and Javonte Williams went off in that game for 178 total yards and a touchdown. Williams should be considered a low-end starter in Week 18, but Gordon is just a flex at best.
HOU Houston • #28
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN TEN -10.5 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
9.9
RB RNK
30th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
403
REC
22
REYDS
144
TD
3
FPTS/G
6.3
Burkhead has done a nice job for Fantasy managers in the past two games with at least 13 PPR points in each outing against the Chargers and 49ers. And he has at least 16 total touches in three games in a row, so it's clear he's the No. 1 option in Houston's backfield. But I would only consider him a flex option in deeper leagues this week. The Titans are No. 2 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, and Burkhead was limited to 18 carries for 40 yards and no catches at Tennessee in Week 11 in a game the Texans won. He will likely struggle again, especially if he doesn't score, and he only has two games where he's found the end zone this year.
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GB Green Bay • #33
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET GB -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
10.7
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
799
REC
52
REYDS
391
TD
10
FPTS/G
15.3
If we find out Jones is playing the majority of the game against the Lions, I'll remove him from this spot. But I doubt we see much of Jones, if at all, with the Packers locked into the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The same likely goes for A.J. Dillon, which is why you should consider Patrick Taylor a sleeper in Week 18.
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DET Detroit • #14
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB GB -4 O/U 44.5
OPP VS WR
8th
PROJ PTS
15.1
WR RNK
4th
YTD Stats
REC
82
TAR
109
REYDS
803
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.6
St. Brown has helped many Fantasy managers over the past five games, and we'll keep riding the hot hand into Week 18. He has at least 15 PPR points in five games in a row, and he has at least 11 targets, eight catches and 73 yards in each outing. He also scored four touchdowns over that span. I liked him a lot coming out of USC because of his opportunity with the Lions, and he's well exceeded my expectations. He should have another quality outing against the Packers, who might be resting several starters on defense because Green Bay has locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The Packers also have allowed nine receivers to score at least 12 PPR points in their past six games, including 10 touchdowns over that span.
WAS Washington • #17
Age: 28 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG WAS -7 O/U 38
OPP VS WR
23rd
PROJ PTS
12.1
WR RNK
25th
YTD Stats
REC
73
TAR
124
REYDS
960
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.5
McLaurin has struggled down the stretch heading into Week 18. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 11, and he scored more than nine PPR points just once in his past six outings. That happened in Week 17 against Philadelphia when he had seven catches for 61 yards on eight targets, and hopefully Taylor Heinicke continues to lean on McLaurin again this week. That was the case in Week 2 against the Giants when McLaurin had 11 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets, and McLaurin has scored at least 14 PPR points in four games in a row against New York. Six receivers have also scored at least 12 PPR points against the Giants in their past five games.
BAL Baltimore • #3
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF LAR -4.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
24th
PROJ PTS
11.4
WR RNK
19th
YTD Stats
REC
42
TAR
77
REYDS
519
TD
5
FPTS/G
9.6
Beckham is back to being a reliable Fantasy receiver again with his move to the Rams. He has scored at least 13 PPR points in three of his past four games and in four of his past six outings. He has at least seven targets in three of his past four games, and he scored a touchdown in five of his past six games. He struggled at San Francisco in Week 10 with two catches for 18 yards on three targets, but that was his first game with the Rams after leaving the Browns. I expect him to excel in the rematch, and the 49ers have allowed nine receivers to score at least 12 PPR points in their past six games, including nine touchdowns over that span.
MIN Minnesota • #17
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI MIN -3.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS WR
10th
PROJ PTS
11.1
WR RNK
34th
YTD Stats
REC
49
TAR
78
REYDS
634
TD
6
FPTS/G
9.3
Osborn scored in Week 17 at Green Bay with three catches for 50 yards on five targets, and he caught the touchdown from Sean Mannion. Kirk Cousins is off the reserve/COVID-19 list and back in Week 18 against Chicago, and Osborn should benefit in a big way with Adam Thielen (ankle) on injured reserve. Osborn has at least 14 PPR points in four of his past five games, with the lone exception in Week 15 at Chicago when he had just three catches for 21 yards on three targets on Monday night. I expect a much better performance in the rematch since it's during the day, which we know is better for Cousins, and the Bears have allowed eight touchdowns to receivers in their past six games.
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CHI Chicago • #11
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -3.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
PROJ PTS
12.2
WR RNK
18th
YTD Stats
REC
69
TAR
124
REYDS
929
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.2
Andy Dalton will start for the Bears, and he has been great for Mooney lately. In Dalton's past four appearances, Mooney has scored at least 17 PPR points three times. He has at least seven targets and five catches in all four outings, and in three of them he has at least 69 yards, with two touchdowns. Mooney had 11 PPR points against Minnesota in Week 15 with Justin Fields under center, and this is a great matchup. In their past five games, the Vikings have allowed 85 catches for 977 yards and five touchdowns to opposing receivers, and 10 receivers have scored at least 11 PPR points.
BUF Buffalo • #13
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ BUF -16.5 O/U 41
OPP VS WR
11th
PROJ PTS
10.2
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
49
REYDS
510
TD
6
FPTS/G
7.9
Davis had a down game in Week 17 against Atlanta in his return from a one-game absence on the reserve/COVID-19 list, finishing with just three catches for 40 yards on three targets. Prior to going on the reserve/COVID-19 list, he scored at least 15 PPR points in consecutive games, and he should get back on track against the Jets. He had three catches for 105 yards on three targets against the Jets in Week 10.
CLE Cleveland • #15
Age: 30 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR TB -8 O/U 41.5
OPP VS WR
6th
PROJ PTS
11.2
WR RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
12
REYDS
212
TD
2
FPTS/G
11.2
Grayson has stepped up the past two weeks with injuries to Chris Godwin (ACL) and Mike Evans (hamstring), as well as Antonio Brown leaving the Buccaneers in the middle of the game against the Jets in Week 17. Godwin and Brown aren't coming back in Week 18 against Carolina, and Grayson should be a top target for Tom Brady once again. He had three catches for 81 yards on three targets in Week 17 at Carolina when Godwin and Evans were out. And in Week 18, with Evans back but Brown leaving the field, Grayson finished with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. He will likely be third at best in targets behind Evans and Rob Gronkowski, but Grayson should be considered a borderline starter in all leagues with Godwin and Brown not playing. Tyler Johnson is also worth using as a sleeper in deeper leagues after he had four catches for 50 yards on six targets against the Jets last week.
NO New Orleans • #10
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL NO -4.5 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
10
WR RNK
36th
YTD Stats
REC
46
TAR
83
REYDS
698
TD
6
FPTS/G
9.5
Callaway has actually been great with Taysom Hill, and hopefully that continues in Week 18 against the Falcons. In the past two games with Hill, Callaway has at least nine targets, six catches and 97 yards, and he has scored at least 15 PPR points in each outing. It's nice to see Callaway finally playing well, and he could be a borderline starter in all leagues in Week 18. Callaway had three catches for 25 yards and a touchdown on six targets against Atlanta in Week 9, and a receiver has either scored or gone over 100 yards in eight of the Falcons' last nine games.
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ARI Arizona • #2
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT BAL -5.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
13
WR RNK
28th
YTD Stats
REC
88
TAR
138
REYDS
981
TD
6
FPTS/G
14.7
Brown had another disappointing game in Week 17 against the Rams, finishing with three catches for 28 yards on eight targets. He now has nine PPR points or less in three of his past four games, and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 7. In Week 13 against the Steelers, Brown had five catches for 55 yards on seven targets. That type of stat line has become too familiar for Brown in the second half of the season, and he should have another down game with Tyler Huntlery likely under center in place of Lamar Jackson (ankle). In his past five meetings with the Steelers, Brown has scored more than 11 PPR points just once, despite scoring three touchdowns in three different games over that span.
TB Tampa Bay • #3
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO NO -4.5 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
18th
PROJ PTS
12
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
57
TAR
81
REYDS
644
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.4
Gage has cooled off lately, scoring 10 PPR points or less in three of his past four games. In his past two outings against Detroit and Buffalo, Gage had just 10 targets for seven catches, 89 yards and no touchdowns. He did fare well against the Saints in Week 9 with seven catches for 64 yards on eight targets. But New Orleans has been great against opposing receivers of late, holding guys like Amari Cooper (six PPR points), Chris Godwin (10 PPR points), DeVante Parker (0 PPR points) and D.J. Moore (five PPR points) to minimal production in its past five games. Only Jaylen Waddle in Week 16 had a big outing against the Saints (26 PPR points) over that span, and I would only consider using Gage as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in most leagues this week.
LV Las Vegas • #16
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA NE -6.5 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
16th
PROJ PTS
10.2
WR RNK
31st
YTD Stats
REC
79
TAR
118
REYDS
796
TD
2
FPTS/G
11.1
Like Mac Jones, Meyers has struggled on the road this year. His best game was 10 PPR points in Week 15 at the Colts, and he's averaging just 6.1 PPR points per game in seven road outings. In Week 1 against Miami in New England, Meyers had six catches for 44 yards on nine targets. The Dolphins haven't allowed a receiver to score a touchdown in their past five games, and D.J. Moore in Week 12 is the last receiver with more than 10 PPR points against Miami.
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SF San Francisco • #11
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -4.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
12th
PROJ PTS
10.1
WR RNK
38th
YTD Stats
REC
50
TAR
77
REYDS
719
TD
5
FPTS/G
9.6
Aiyuk comes into Week 18 having scored at least 13 PPR points in three of his past four games. He has two touchdowns over that span, and he turned his season around after a disappointing start. But I would only use him as a starter in three-receiver leagues this week. The Rams have only allowed one touchdown to a receiver in their past five games, and they held Aiyuk to three catches for 26 yards on four targets in Week 10. In two career meetings with the Rams, Aiyuk has five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown, and he's averaging 7.0 PPR points per game in that small sample size. Aiyuk did have four catches for 94 yards on six targets last week from Trey Lance, but he's been at six targets or less and four catches or less in three games in a row. Aiyuk will likely struggle this week if he doesn't find the end zone.
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HOU Houston • #86
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI DAL -7 O/U 42.5
OPP VS TE
31st
PROJ PTS
11.2
TE RNK
8th
YTD Stats
REC
75
TAR
101
REYDS
787
TD
6
FPTS/G
12
Even though Schultz didn't have a huge game in Week 17 against Arizona, he still managed six catches for 54 yards on 10 targets for 11 PPR points. That's now three games in a row with at least 11 PPR points, and he has at least eight targets in each game over that span. Against the Eagles in Week 3, Schultz had six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets, and hopefully he has another monster outing like that in the rematch.
DET Detroit • #86
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA ARI -6.5 O/U 48
OPP VS TE
25th
PROJ PTS
11.8
TE RNK
5th
YTD Stats
REC
67
TAR
102
REYDS
679
TD
5
FPTS/G
10.3
Ertz was awesome the last time he played Seattle with eight catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets. Colt McCoy started that game because Kyler Murray was out with an ankle injury, but Murray will lean on Ertz again in the rematch. Ertz has scored at least 11 PPR points in three games in a row, but he hasn't scored since that first meeting with Seattle. I'm counting on him to find the end zone again this week at home.
BUF Buffalo • #88
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ BUF -16.5 O/U 41
OPP VS TE
26th
PROJ PTS
10.6
TE RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
46
TAR
66
REYDS
538
TD
9
FPTS/G
11.1
Knox has scored nine PPR points or less in four of his past five games, including no points in Week 17 against Atlanta when he had no catches on just two targets. I'm expecting him to get back on track this week against the Jets, who have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends in their past six games and three tight ends to score at least 11 PPR points over that span. Knox only had one catch for 17 yards on one target against the Jets in Week 10, which was his first game back following a two-game absence with a hand injury. He should do much better in the rematch in Week 18.
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LAR L.A. Rams • #89
Age: 31 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF LAR -4.5 O/U 44
OPP VS TE
5th
PROJ PTS
8.5
TE RNK
9th
YTD Stats
REC
55
TAR
77
REYDS
505
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.8
Higbee is coming off a strong game in Week 17 at Baltimore with six catches for 69 yards on nine targets. He has at least six targets in three games in a row, and he scored at least nine PPR points in each outing. He faces the 49ers in Week 18, and he had three catches for 20 yards and a touchdown on five targets at San Francisco in Week 10. He's worth using as a low-end starter in all leagues.
CHI Chicago • #85
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -3.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS TE
10th
PROJ PTS
9.1
TE RNK
16th
YTD Stats
REC
56
TAR
88
REYDS
564
TD
0
FPTS/G
7
Kmet is still looking for his first touchdown this season, but he can be considered a low-end starter in PPR leagues this week against the Vikings. He had six catches for 71 yards on nine targets against Minnesota in Week 15, but he did that with Justin Fields under center. With Andy Dalton back in Week 18, Kmet can still be used as a low-end starter in PPR leagues. Hopefully, he ends the season by finding the end zone for the first time.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #87
Age: 36 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LV LAC -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS TE
27th
PROJ PTS
9
TE RNK
18th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
76
REYDS
484
TD
4
FPTS/G
8
Cook is off the reserve/COVID-19 list and ready for Week 18 against the Raiders. The last time he faced Las Vegas in Week 4 he had six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, and we love it when revenge games lead to positive production. Hopefully, Cook can do something similar this week against the Raiders, who have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends in their past six games.
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NE New England • #88
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE NE -6.5 O/U 40
OPP VS TE
1st
PROJ PTS
8.2
TE RNK
14th
YTD Stats
REC
71
TAR
109
REYDS
758
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.1
I expected Gesicki to struggle in Week 17 at Tennessee, and he did with four catches for 51 yards on seven targets. He's now gone nine games in a row without a touchdown, and he scored nine PPR points or less in six of those outings. Gesicki was held without a catch on three targets in Week 1 at New England, and the Patriots allow the fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #83
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI MIN -3.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS TE
7th
PROJ PTS
7.6
TE RNK
17th
YTD Stats
REC
59
TAR
83
REYDS
587
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.5
Conklin had a quality outing with Sean Mannion in Week 17 at Green Bay with five catches for 47 yards on nine targets. That was Conklin's most catches, yards and targets since Week 13. He struggled at Chicago in Week 15 with one catch for 7 yards on three targets, and he hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 10. I'm not expecting a big game for Conklin this week even with Kirk Cousins back from his one-game absence after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list in Week 17.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #7
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI ARI -6.5 O/U 48
OPP VS TE
2nd
PROJ PTS
8.6
TE RNK
10th
YTD Stats
REC
47
TAR
60
REYDS
458
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.2
Everett had a down game in Week 17 against Detroit with just three catches for 36 yards on five targets, which snapped a three-game streak of scoring at least 10 PPR points in a row. Hopefully he can get back on track in Week 18 against the Cardinals, although it's a tough matchup, and Everett only had three catches for 37 yards on four targets against Arizona in Week 11. The Cardinals have allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this season, and only George Kittle in Week 9 has more than 55 receiving yards against Arizona this year among tight ends.
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SEA Seattle • #87
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -10 O/U 44.5
OPP VS TE
20th
PROJ PTS
9
TE RNK
7th
YTD Stats
REC
67
TAR
88
REYDS
654
TD
4
FPTS/G
10.4
Fant was awesome last week at the Chargers with six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. It was the first time he scored a touchdown since Week 6 and first time he had over 10 PPR points over that same span. I'm expecting him to regress in this matchup with the Chiefs, who held him to four catches for 33 yards on four targets in Week 13. Kansas City hasn't allowed a tight end to score since Week 8, and Fant gets Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick back this week after both were on the reserve/COVID-19 list in Week 17.
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DST
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Football Team (at NYG): The Giants are starting Jake Fromm, and that should be a huge advantage to the Football Team defense. The Giants, with Fromm or Mike Glennon under center, have scored 10 points or less in four of their past five games, including three in a row. They allowed six sacks in the past two games against the Eagles and Bears, and Fromm threw an interception against Philadelphia in Week 16. The Football Team DST is a top-three unit in Week 18.

Sleepers
  • Chiefs (at DEN)
  • Colts (at JAC)
  • Titans (at HOU)
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Eagles (vs. DAL): It sounds like the Cowboys will play most of their starters in Week 18, while the Eagles could be resting guys heading into the playoffs. Along with that, the Cowboys are averaging 29.9 points per game, Dak Prescott has no interceptions in his past three games and Dallas has just two fumbles over that span. The Eagles defense has been great the past three weeks against Washington twice and the Giants, but this is a matchup to avoid against the Cowboys.

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DET Detroit • #17
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC IND -15.5 O/U 44
OPP VS K
30th
PROJ PTS
9.1
K RNK
16th
Badgley had a big game against the Jaguars in Week 10 with three field goals and two PATs, and he comes into Week 18 having scored at least eight Fantasy points in three games in a row. Five kickers in a row and 10 for the season have scored at least eight Fantasy points against Jacksonville, and the Jaguars have allowed 10 kickers to make multiple field goals against them this year.
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LAR L.A. Rams • #8
Age: 34 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL NO -4.5 O/U 40
OPP VS K
13th
PROJ PTS
6
K RNK
14th
NYG N.Y. Giants • #46
Age: 34 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU TEN -10.5 O/U 43
OPP VS K
25th
PROJ PTS
8
K RNK
7th
TB Tampa Bay • #3
Age: 37 • Experience: 15 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR TB -8 O/U 41.5
OPP VS K
14th
PROJ PTS
4.9
K RNK
18th
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CIN Cincinnati • #2
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -6 O/U 38
OPP VS K
14th
PROJ PTS
4.9
K RNK
18th
The Bengals are expected to be without Joe Burrow (rest) and Joe Mixon (COVID) in Week 18, and we'll see who else Cincinnati decides to sit against the Browns. McPherson is also dealing with a groin injury, which caused him to miss practice Wednesday. He's been great this year and heads into Week 18 having scored at least 10 Fantasy points in four games in a row and in six of his past eight outings. But without Burrow or Mixon, this Bengals offense could limit the scoring chances for McPherson on the road.

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