We’ve made it to the final Monday Night Football game of the season. It’s also championship week for most fantasy players. By now, most all your lineup decisions have been made and you’ve played your best players, but it’s possible you’re still in need of a Monday Night Miracle. We’ll discuss your options below, but first a look at some of the other takeaways from Week 16.
Alvin Kamara is a Beast
I said he was my mid-season MVP because he’d been carrying the Saints. There was a small stretch when Taysom Hill first took over where Kamara wasn’t greatly involved, but when the Saints needed him most, he came through. Kamara had 155 yards and six touchdowns on the ground on Christmas, delivering a serious blow to anyone facing him in the Fantasy Championship and helping the Saints earn the NFC South Title. Kamara is one of the few consensus backs at the top of the fantasy draft this year that has stayed on the field and produced huge numbers all season long.
The Dallas Cowboys Have a Playoff Pulse
It’s faint, but it’s there. After a mostly brutal season where the team looked lost at times, the Cowboys are now 6-9, tied with Washington atop the NFC East. Washington has the tiebreaker and needs just a win over the Eagles to make the playoffs. But should Washington falter, as they’ve been doing of late, and the Cowboys beat the Giants, it would be Dallas in the playoffs. That’s something that seemed improbable after a Thanksgiving beat down but would be the perfect ending to a topsy turvy 2020 season.
The Jets Are Crushing More Than Their Own Fanbase
The Jets, after looking lost for 13 weeks, have now won two straight games. They’ve guaranteed the Jaguars the first pick in the draft, but they’ve also crushed two potential playoff fanbases. The Los Angeles Rams were in first in the NFC West when they clashed, and now the team is 9-6 and faces a must win—likely without Jared Goff—just to make the playoffs. The Browns, meanwhile, had aspirations of winning the AFC North. Now the team desperately needs a win over Pittsburgh just to secure a playoff spot. So, yeah, Adam Gase is making a lot of new fans this December…
Now, on to our Monday night clash.
Buffalo Bills (11-3) at New England Patriots (6-8)
The Bills have won the AFC East, but they still have plenty to play for in Week 16. With a win, they can keep pace to be the second seed in the AFC, a spot they’ve earned with a big win over the Steelers. The Patriots, meanwhile, are merely playing for pride and a chance to finish at .500. The Cam Newton experiment in New England hasn’t’ worked, and the Patriots will miss the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. But if you still need a miracle, are there any options?
For the Bills, there are three guys I like. Josh Allen has played at an MVP level, and if you’re still waiting on him, I think he can help close some gaps. And to do that, he’ll lean on his best receiver, Stefon Diggs, who already has 111 catches on the season. If you slotted him into your lineup, he has a chance to deliver big as well. The other Bills’ player I like is Cole Beasley, who has had a great season. Even with John Brown possibly returning, I like Beasley as a top tier flex option. In fact, in one league I’m hoping for 15 points from Beasley to take home a title.
For the Patriots, well I don’t want to be relying on or playing anyone. Newton has struggled, the running backs have been hit-or-miss, and the passing game has been poor. If you’re relying on a Patriots’ player to get you a title, it’s a true miracle.
Prediction: The Bills won the East, but they will win this game to secure the transition of power in the division.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.