Well, this is it. The last meaningful NFL game of the season, then nothing but drafts and cuts and signings until next fall.
Kind of puts a dent in the mood, doesn’t?
On the bright side, I’ll continue to rank players throughout the offseason, including during free agency and the draft. So no matter when you start thinking about your fantasy draft for next season, you’ll have a place to get a jump on the competition. And don’t forget to check back here often as the draft nears, because PhinManiacs writers will be busy providing plenty of mock drafts and hard news throughout the offseason.
So who’s going to win this weekend? As a diehard Dolphins fan, you can bet I’ll be rooting like crazy for the Seahawks to pull off a win, since every fiber of my being wants the Patriots to lose. But I have a sneaky suspicion that the Pats will play off the ’disrespect’ card, come out strong, and ultimately have the better balance on both sides of the ball. It’ll be a slugfest, but in the end the Pats earn their fourth Lombardi Trophy, 23-17.
And for those still throwing money at Daily Fantasy Sites (I’m one of them – scrored a whopping $16 two weeks ago!), here are my player rankings for the Super Bowl.
1. Russell Wilson, SEA
Elite or not, Wilson is one of the most valuable QBs in the league, and against New England's defense he's going to need to put points on the board. I expect the Seahawks to try to soften things up with the running game, and then throw strkes in the red zone. Brady may get more yards, but I expect Wilson to see more scores.
2. Tom Brady, NE
As much as Brady is valued in this offense, I expect long, balanced drives from the Patriots, which will mean a lot of yards, but not a lot of points.
1. LeGarrette Blount, NE
The running game will be a big part of the Patriot's game plan, and Blount will lead the charge.
2. Marshawn Lynch, SEA
Lynch could see more touches in this game than the other running backs on both teams combined. But he'll also be the focus of the Patriot's defense. May not reach 100 yards, but will be a factor in this game.
3. Shane Vereen, NE
Vereen has decent PPR value, and will be a good flex play on deeper lineups.
4. Robert Turbin, SEA
TD vulture value only.
5. Jonas Gray, NE
1. Julian Edelman, NE
Tom Brady's best buddy not named Gronk, and this game should see a lot of short, quick passes.
2. Doug Baldwin, SEA
Russell Wilson's best buddy not named.. ..oh wait, never mind, he probably is Russ's best buddy.
3. Jermaine Kearse, SEA
If you're looking for a bargain at WR, Kearse is probably your best bet.
4. Brandon LaFell, NE
Never sees a lot of targets, but when Pats find the red zone, LaFell makes every catch count.
5. Danny Amendola, NE
Boom or bust, but more likely the latter.
6. Ricardo Lockette, SEA
1. Rob Gronkowski, NE
Tom Brady's best friend, and the most likely guy to lay money on to get a TD.
2. Luke Wilson, SEA
Not looking at high expectations here, but cheaper option than Gronk.
3. Tim Wright, NE
Only if you're looking to fill a cheap flex spot.
1. Stephen Gostkowski, NE
Highly dependable, and will see plenty of chances.
2. Steven Hauschka, SEA
Should also see plenty of opportunities. Can I use a kicker as my flex option?
1. Seattle Seahawks
I'm expecting a hard-pounding game, which could lend to some turnovers.
2. New England Patriots
Seattle won't have five turnovers like their last game, but a couple are possible.
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A lifelong, diehard Dolphins fan, Eldon Jenson has over 27 years of experience as Commissioner of several ongoing Fantasy Football leagues. Yes, he was winning FFL championships before some of you were even born. Questions and insults may be sent to @EJFootball on Twitter.
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