The slate of weekend football starts in under 24 hours so it's time for some bold predictions. The Fantasy Knuckleheads staff has put together some out-there opinions based on our research. This is your chance to see the extreme version of our predictions. Be careful with these, this is more of a fun exercise than lineup advice.
- Devin Funchess - Saints CB Marshon Lattimore will probably sit out this one, but it doesn't matter. The Saints will have Ken Crawley back and do just enough to hold Devin scoreless and under 70 yards.
- Ted Ginn - #RevengeGame round 2. In week 3 he popped off with a touchdown but that just won't do. The previous 2 receptions for 44 yards is child's play compared to what's about to happen. I'm locking Ginn in at 80+ yards and a touchdown.
Bonus Kurt Stunner
Bonus Pick: Geno Smith scores 2+ touchdowns while burning 40+ yards with his feet raising the Giants to 3-9 versus Oakland. The first African-American starting quarterback in the history of the NYG will put on a show using his footwork to stay alive behind a shaky offensive line. Makes sense doens't it? We shall see...
Jared Cook Puts Up More Fantasy Points Than Gronk
You want bold? Well this is bolder than a sriracha-dipped jalapeño popper. (And thrice as likely to give you intestinal problems!) Jared Cook has been a somewhat frustrating prospect in fantasy all season long, trading off solid outings with soft droppings every other week. But the stars have aligned in Week 13 for Cookie to throw up monster numbers.
Michael Crabtree is suspended, Amari Cooper has been ruled out, and the Giants are just the absolute worst against tight ends. Meanwhile, Gronk faces a surprisingly proficient Buffalo defense (at least when it comes to defending TEs) in a road matchup. I see 2 TDs and 100 yards in one of their immediate futures. Hint: It's not the guy whose name rhymes with Honk Honkowski.
Jacquizz Rodgers Gives Bucs Their First 100 Yard Rushing Game Of 2017
There was a lot of hype surrounding the Tampa Bay offense prior to the 2017 season. That hope was derailed in large part due to Jameis Winston's injury and ineffectiveness. This week they face a Green Bay defense that struggles against the run...and the pass. Despite a nice performance last week, the Packers will likely not score many points.
I think that the Bucs will get up early in this game. That coupled with some Brett Hundley turnovers will lead to some clock killing. With Doug Martin on the shelf, there is no back on Tampa's roster more capable than Rodgers in that scenario. Despite a time share, this game script will call for lots of 'Quizz. I like Rodgers to go for over 100 rushing yards on Sunday.
Kenny Golladay Excels Against A Strong Baltimore Secondary
The Ravens have been shutting down opposing passing games this season. They are allowing just 6.4 yards per pass attempt to opposing offenses. Marvin Jones Jr. is red hot, but that will likely come to an end at the hands of Jimmy Smith. Golden Tate is in a bit of a funk; he has produced 32 and 7 receiving yards over the last two games.
Enter Kenny Golladay, back at full strength and with ever increasing snap counts. Since returning from injury, Golladay has played 29, 35 and 40 snaps. This increase has corresponded with a decrease in playing time for TJ Jones. In week 13, Golladay should see even more snaps and the production will follow. He should approach 100 receiving yards and also get into the end zone. It will be done on a small number of catches, so he is more appealing in standard leagues.
Josh Gordon Torches Chargers Defense For One Hundred Yards And A Touchdown
Merry christmas, Josh Gordon is back as an early gift to savvy fantasy owners everywhere. Not only is he back, but he is out to prove that he still is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL despite being out of football almost 3 years. In 2013, Gordon had the best season of his career, hauling in 87 receptions for 1,646 yards.
Gordon will look to reestablish himself replicate that success, and is on record saying that he's ready to be the greatest receiver to play the game."Ultimately, my goal is to be the best wide receiver of all time, so I think any wide receiver, any position should see themselves in that way," Gordon says. For me, that's always been my goal, and it's just been re-affirmed for me time and time again and now being back in the situation to do it, I plan on seeing it through." The Chargers secondary will have their hands full.
Jimmy Garoppolo Picks Apart Bears Defense And Leads 49ers To Victory
The San Francisco 49ers finally have an NFL quarterback. The way Jimmy Garoppolo came in the final minute of Sundays game, led his team down the field, and effortlessly threw a touchdown was like a breath of fresh air to the 49ers. Up until that point, the 49ers hadn't managed to score the entire game.
In comes Garoppolo, and all of a sudden, the game changes instantly. His pocket presence and field vision were on full display, and although the score came during garbage time, Garoppolo's play provided a much needed spark to the 49ers offense. This momentum will carry over into Sundays game with Chicago, and the 49ers will be playing with more energy as Garoppolo gets his first start. Look for the Garropolo led 49ers to make a statement on Sunday.
There you have it, some hot takes for a cool December day. Make sure to check out our rankings and sleepers before you set your lineup. This is it for the regular season, so now is the time to double check before hitting submit. If you want some extra insight and analysis, check us out on Twitter: @_knuckleheads, @BrendanCole16, @Jake Trowbridge, and @Eric_theClark.