This article is part of our On Target series.
Championship week is upon us! I hope that this column finds you merely speculating on an intellectual curiosity, with such a strong roster that you would never even need to worry about a start/sit question. However, for the rest of you who do have something to ponder, I hope that this analysis of specific matchups is useful for you in your decision-making process.
Pro Football Focus suggests that Gilmore is going to shadow Zay Jones in this game, but my guess is that is inaccurate. Foster has been the best playmaker on the Bills for the last month and this really should be a statement game for a Patriots team that looks like their best football is behind them. This doesn't have a ton of practicality for fantasy purposes, but from a real NFL standpoint this matchup fascinates me. Gilmore has been an elite shutdown corner but has not played anyone like Foster as of yet.
All of Philadelphia's starting defensive backs from the beginning of the year are out injured, so there is already a massive advantage in Hopkins' favor. Now take into account that Douglas allows 0.4 fantasy points per route run against (a horrible number) and Bausby allows 0.48 fantasy points per route run against (even worse), and this is looking like an absolute explosion spot for the Houston wide receiver. I will be all in on Hopkins in DFS.
John Ross vs. Cleveland