The second round of the fantasy football playoffs will be very dependent upon Thursday night’s matchup. The game featured this week is between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos and it will likely be a high-scoring affair. So before sitting down to watch the action, here are five bold fantasy predictions for the TNF game.
1. QB Philip Rivers Will Have 280 Yards, 2 TDs
Rivers has thrown seven touchdowns over the last three games and has averaged an impressive 297.7 yards per game. Denver’s secondary is surrendering 274.3 yards through the air per game and Rivers should have another big game. Expect Rivers to finish with at least 280 yards and two scores.
2. RB Knowshon Moreno Will Have 100 All-Purpose Yards
Moreno is over his shoulder injury/lower leg injuries and the back will get 20-plus carries from here on out. He has been a top-five fantasy back all season and will abuse the interior of San Diego’s defense. Moreno will have no problem racking up 100 all-purpose yards this Thursday night.
3. RB Danny Woodhead Will Finish With At Least 9 Fantasy Points
Woodhead has been an amazing flex option this season, as he has been a reliable contributor in both rushing and receiving yards each week. He has racked up nine fantasy points or more in seven of his last 10 games and will frustrate Denver defensively all night.
4. WR DeMaryius Thomas Will Catch A Long Screen
Denver loves to get the D-Train free in space. He has outstanding speed and his size allows him break through arm tackles downfield. He has already had four plays go over 40 yards this season and he should catch at least one long screen in this cold weather contest.
5. Denver-San Diego Will Combine For Over 50 Points
In the last three Thursday night games, the home team has averaged 20.6 points and the away team has averaged 19 points. Most fantasy owners have noticed this trend and have started to bench players on TNF. This is one week that both offenses are set to explode, and despite the cold weather, everyone is worth starting. After all, Peyton threw seven touchdowns in his last Thursday night game.