It’s championship week in fantasy football.
Week 16 marks the end of the fantasy season in the vast majority of leagues, with Week 17 often too much of a guessing game due to teams frequently resting players for the regular-season finale.
So those lucky enough to have made it through to the final will be carefully studying their line-up, identifying any holes and examining potential waiver claims to address weaknesses and take advantage of favourable matchups.
Which players are worthy of consideration for the biggest week of the fantasy year? Some of the selections may surprise you.
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— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 21, 2020
QB: Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears
Are you willing to pin your fantasy title hopes on the man seen as the bust of the 2017 draft class? There is evidence to suggest it’s a smart idea.
After a strong Week 14 outing against the Houston Texans, Trubisky cooled off against the Minnesota Vikings, throwing for 202 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
But he has the Bears in the thick of the wild card race at 7-7 and gets to face a Jacksonville Jaguars defense allowing 23 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Mitch may be the answer for fantasy teams that have made it to the championship game while alternating quarterbacks.
RB: Zack Moss – Buffalo Bills
The New England Patriots can’t stop the run and nobody can stop the Bills, the likely result of that combination is a strong day for rookie running back Moss.
He had a 13-8 edge over backfield mate Devin Singletary in terms of carries in the rout of the Denver Broncos last week, and averaged 6.2 yards per attempt.
New England allowed 250 rushing yards as they were eliminated from the playoffs by the Miami Dolphins in Week 15, and there’s little reason to expect them to put up much resistance this week.
WR: Jalen Reagor – Philadelphia Eagles
In a bind at receiver or the flex position for the title game? Why not look to a suddenly explosive Eagles offense.
The switch to Jalen Hurts at quarterback has breathed new life into the Eagles and his favourite target in last Sunday’s defeat to the Arizona Cardinals was namesake Jalen Reagor.
Reagor had eight targets and, while he only turned those into five catches for 49 yards, a similar share should result in better results against a Dallas Cowboys defense giving up an average of 28.5 points per game to opposing wide receivers, the second-most in the league.
TE: Noah Fant – Denver Broncos
The Broncos should be a lot more exciting than they have been in 2020, but when they get half-decent quarterback play then skill-position weapons like Noah Fant can produce.
He had eight catches for 68 yards and a touchdown against the Bills and gets a favourable matchup this week, Denver facing a Los Angeles Chargers team that concedes the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Bet on this supremely athletic playmaker to positively impact your title hopes.
D/ST: Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals defense has put up double-digit fantasy points in each of the last two weeks. Now Arizona faces an injury-hit San Francisco 49ers side playing out the string after a nightmarish defence of the NFC title.
San Francisco have committed at least two turnovers in each of their last eight games. Regardless of which backup quarterback plays for the Jimmy Garoppolo-less Niners, they are a team an improving Cardinals group can take advantage of.