This is it. It is all on the line here. So either you are safely in your fantasy playoffs, or you need a win this week to get you there. Either way, if you have been streaming defenses all season, no time to stop now.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS @ NEW YORK JETS, 9% ROSTERED
We all know now that this is all about what the Jets are not and less about what the Raiders are. The Jets’ offense is 32nd in points per game (13.8), 26th in rushing yards per game (97.5) and 32nd in passing yards per game (170.3).
Last week, the Miami Dolphins forced two interceptions while holding the Jets to three total points.
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Forget about the 43 points the Atlanta Falcons put up on the Raiders last week. This is (as it has been for most NFL teams) their get right game.
DETROIT LIONS @ CHICAGO BEARS, 4% ROSTERED
The Lions are not very good, as exhibited by their 25-41 beating on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, the Chicago Bears are not very good either. It appears that Mitchell Trubisky will once again be under center. While he traditionally plays the Lions better, relatively speaking, that’s a low bar. Trubisky was sacked three times last week, while also throwing two interceptions and three fumbles.
It remains to be seen if the exfoliating of Matt Patricia will cure some of the defensive woes, but this is a good game to start.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 36% ROSTERED
The Patriots are fighting for a slim chance to get into the playoffs. The Chargers have apparently expunged that thought. Nevertheless, the Patriots are not the juggernaut of yesteryear.
The Patriots’ offense is 29th in passing yards (197.4) and 27th in points per game (20.8). And then there is Joey Bosa, who last week had six tackles for loss, five quarterback hits and three sacks.