The holidays are right around the corner, which means anxiety, stress and excitement. The Fantasy Football championships are right around the corner, which means even more anxiety, stress and excitement.
Talk about a roller coaster of emotions!
Owners are just one final win away from being crowned victorious. So, I present to you, the fantasy enthusiast, a handful of under the radar players that may fill your metaphorical stockings this holiday season. Have a Merry Christmas, though it’ll be much merrier if you can win your fantasy league, I’m sure.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: Bradford has hardly shown number one overall pick talent thus far in his career, however, he has a good chance of doing so on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs pass defense is equivalent to the majority of Christmas sweaters around this time of year; ugly. They rank last in football and allow just over 310 passing yards per game. Take that with Bradford coming off his best game of the year, I like his chances.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers: Remember when Williams was one of the more elite runners in the game? Well, he still isn’t at that level but has been playing quite well as of late, tallying 256 total yards and two receiving scores over the last two contests. With teammate Jonathan Stewart likely to remain sidelined with a nagging ankle, Williams will receive the lion’s share of the touches. That offense clearly runs through Cam Newton, who is the hottest quarterback in football and Williams has benefited immensely.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Blackmon has been showing the promise that the Jags saw out of him when they selected him 5th overall this year. Ever since Chad Henne went under center, Blackmon has emerged into a quite the number two wideout. Over the past two games, he has been targeted a ridiculous 23 times. The Jags will have to throw a ton to keep up with Tom Brady and company, and this New England Patriots secondary is ranked 29th in the league.
Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? Surely, Cooper shouldn’t even be considered unless you are in dire need of a wideout, but hear me out. He has seen a respectable seven targets per game over the last three contests, including two scores. The division rival Washington Redskins come to town and so does their 30th ranked pass defense. They are allowing a league-high 28 touchdowns on the year and with Cooper’s 6’3″, 222 pound frame, what is he a threat to do? That’s right, score a touchdown.
Arizona Cardinals D/ST: Coming off a monster 26-point performance where they picked off Matthew Stafford three times, the Cardinals defense remains an attractive fantasy option in Week 16. The Chicago Bears head to the desert this weekend with a struggling offense. Quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked 42 times on the year, which ranks 6th most in football. Between the combination of Cutler turning the ball over lately and the Cardinals having picked off 13 passes over their last five, these birds could be flying high for the winter.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.
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