Davante Adams made the Titans defense look silly last week with a career performance.

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The Browns losing to the Jets, even without all of their starting wide receivers, seems like something from an alternate reality.

Sure, if I'd heard that before writing this column, I wouldn't have taken them -9.5, but laying that big of an egg with the team's first playoff berth in 17 years is mind boggling.

Back in this dimension, the Washington Football Team was relying on Dwayne Haskins, which in turn, means we were relying on Dwayne Haskins. If you haven't heard, he isn't on the team anymore, so that pretty much sums up the betting-on-Dwayne-Haskins experience.

Lastly, the Colts looked like the easiest money anyone could've made on Sunday. In the early morning hours, before kickoff, they had moved to +1 underdogs. For nearly three quarters of football, they made everyone look ridiculous for believing that Pittsburgh could pull out of their recent tailspin. Suddenly, the Indianapolis offense sputtered, producing nothing of value, while the Steelers soared behind the arm of Big Ben, clinching the AFC North title. It was a little like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

As for our win, Jalen Hurts easily surpassed his 232.5 passing yards against the weak Dallas D. Thank the man for keeping us from winless.



Green Bay Packers -4.5 over Chicago Bears

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will be playing for a lot this Sunday. The veteran QB has a third MVP award on the line, while Green Bay needs a win to lock up a first round bye and home field advantage for the postseason. Resting players is a luxury only the AFC can afford, as there's still a lot of possible permutations that the NFC playoff picture can take on this year, including a possible entry by the Bears, who technically control their own destiny.

However, when facing Rodgers with high stakes, who really controls who's destiny. The man is 20-5 in games against Chicago for his career, and the Pack absolutely trounced this Bears team only a little over a month ago. Obviously, the Bears and Mitchell Trubisky have looked better than they did during the six game slump midseason, but there's just too much on the line for a team that's so talented for this one to be close.




Buffalo Bills -1.5 over Miami Dolphins

Josh Allen has officially elevated himself to the top tier of NFL QB this season. There were times when it seemed unlikely or impossible that he would reach this final form, having taken on the status of punchline after one of the wilder wild card games ever. The Bills will secure the number two seed in the playoffs with a win or a Steelers loss, which should become reality with Pittsburgh sitting Big Ben against Cleveland.

However, not content to wait out the season, Allen will be playing for positioning and a possible stab at the MVP conversation. On the flip side, the Dolphins need a win to get in, but with Tua under center, the offense hasn't looked as dynamic, leading to him being pulled in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick for the final five minutes of the barn burning finish in Las Vegas last Saturday night.

Going forward that won't be a sustainable strategy in the NFL for a number of reasons, but the most pressing is that Fitzpatrick has been added to the COVID list and will be unavailable in relief. A dink and dunk Dolphins offense won't be able to keep up with the run and gun Bills this time.

Derrick Henry over 121.5 Rushing Yards

For any other human man, setting an over/under at that number of rushing yards in a game would feel ludicrous. However, we aren't talking about any man. We are talking about the man who's about to wrap up his second straight rushing title. The man who's 223 yards away from 2,000 on the season. A man who's gone for over 200 yards twice against the very opponent he's about to face, including a performance last year to lock up said rushing title.

If there were ever an opponent that would make finishing with this many yards seem possible, it's the Texans. They have the 31st ranked rushing defense in the league, their offense has been stagnant, and unnamed players have seemed to have given up. If Henry seems anywhere close as the game begins to wind down, how could Vrabel not lean on his horse and let the King make history.

Tennessee Titans -7.5 over Houston Texans

For all the reasons above, I will be riding with the Titans to demolish this floundering Texan team. The Titans can win the AFC South with a win, and though they were outclassed in Green Bay, this team's offense has been impressively efficient behind the rock steady Ryan Tannehill. It's hard to imagine a world in which they're slowed down by this defense or matched by this hobbled offense.

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Booms

Kyle Anderson Forward Memphis Grizzlies

The former UCLA star might have taken the tale of the tortoise and the hare a little too seriously, but the "slow and steady" mantra has given him a successful NBA career and impressive fantasy numbers. For the past week, Slow Mo has averaged 16.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting, seven rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.3 made threes, two steals and one turnover a game.

Anderson has been a consistent contributor throughout the season and it's tough to see his numbers take a hit even when Jaren Jackson Jr. returns at the end of the month. If you haven't rostered him yet, it would be a huge mistake.

Jalen McDaniels Forward/Center Charlotte Hornets

Staying on the court has been a problem for McDaniels this season, but the absence of Gordon Hayward has forced the Hornets to look for other options on the court and the second-year player has been one of the beneficiaries. In the last three games, the San Diego State product averaged 16.3 points on 62.5 percent shooting, two made threes, five rebounds and 3.3 assists. He even threw in 1.3 steals and one block per game.

Hayward is expected to be out for at least three more weeks. Until he's back, expect McDaniels to continue his more proactive approach on this team.

Miles Bridges Forward Charlotte Hornets

McDaniels isn't the only one who has taken advantage of Hayward's injury. Bridges has cranked his game up a notch, averaging 21.7 points on 60.5 percent shooting, three made threes, six rebounds and one steal in the last three games. He may have even had the dunk of the year, posterizing Clint Capela on Sunday.

Until Hayward is back, Bridges will get a lot more freedom to operate and that means more fantasy contribution in the coming weeks.

Reggie Jackson Guard Los Angeles Clippers

Depth has not been a problem for the Clippers the last few seasons, but it has been trouble for fantasy managers looking for consistent contributors on that team. Rest and injuries haven't slowed the Clippers' winning ways this week because Reggie Jackson stepped up for them and gives fantasy participants a short-term high performer to lean on for the week.

In a week where Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Paul George missed time, Jackson thrived, averaging 17.3 points on 61 percent shooting, three made threes, 4.8 assists, and 1.3 turnovers in four games.

With Beverley out with a fractured hand and Rondo/George/Kawhi undoubtedly taking games off to save themselves for the playoffs, Jackson may not be a bad desperation option in standard fantasy and worth tracking in daily fantasy formats.

Busts

Tim Hardwaway Jr Guard/Forward Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks' recent success has not translated into numbers for all players. Tim Hardaway Jr. is one of them.

The Michigan product averaged 12 points on 37.5 percent shooting, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in four games last week. He did make two three-pointers per game in that span, but that is like threading a silver lining on a used rag.

Hardaway is still the third scoring option on the team, so he will get more chances to increase his production, but this week was a tough pill to swallow for a lot of fantasy managers.

Derrick Rose Guard New York Knicks

Rose has found a home with the New York Knicks, but his role has not been kind to fantasy managers. We all know the former MVP can still score, but head coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't asked him to do much else.

In the last four games, Rose has averaged 14.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting, 0.8 made threes, 1.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. That kind of one-dimensional play is a killer of many fantasy teams looking for a more diverse portfolio of contributions.

If you need a boost in scoring, Rose isn't a terrible option to consider, but if you need anything else, you should leave him on the waiver.

Lou Williams Guard Atlanta Hawks

Like Rose, Williams isn't asked to do anything other than score at this point in his career. But even in the past week, he can't even do that at an elite fantasy level. Only averaging 11.8 points per game, 1.8 made threes, 2.8 assists and basically non-existent in every other category in fantasy sports.

It's safe to say that Lemon Pepper Lou's effectiveness as a fantasy star is gone.

Jusuf Nurkic Center Portland Trail Blazers

Okay, I know Trail Blazers have been trying to ease Nurkic back into the lineup and giving him restricted minutes. However, with the fantasy managers looking for that final push to the postseason, there might have to be an executive decision on whether Nurkic needs to be played or pitched.

Teams firmly in playoff position can hold out for him to be used properly again, but other managers won't be able to stomach another week of missed games and low-end production.

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