You’re almost certain to be in one of these three pots this week:
1. Confirmed a playoff spot. And looking for the final push for a championship
2. Out of the running and looking to stash promising players for the 2019 season.
3. Fighting for a playoff spot and looking for a player to help you in the crucial game this week.
There are, of course, other leagues that have already started playoffs or play the title game in week 17 – but we don’t want to get involved in such strange practices. Assuming you’re in one of the pots above, we’ll try and find you what you need.
Nickelback-plus Budda Baker is still out hurt so Bene Benwikere has been filling in for him. Unfortunately, Benwikere was limited to just 35 snaps this week and was not productive. Journeyman veteran Leonard Johnson came in to play the slot role with 58 snaps but produced just one tackle. Don’t go looking for the Budda’s replacement. It’s him or no one. Josh Bynes was also hurt in this game, limiting him to just 23 snaps. Gerald Hodges stepped in to play 46 snaps in relief. Deone Bucannon did not see the field.
Star LB Deion Jones just failed to recover for the Thanksgiving game. He should be fit next week but, in his absence Foyesade Oluokon (44) had another fine game. He’s really broken out this season. DE remains a muddle with five different players seeing time each week. None of them are good starts right now.
Veteran safety Tony Jefferson went down hurt in this game leading to Chuck Clark (27) playing his highest total of the year. Anthony Levine (11) maintained his standard volume with Eric Weddle (58) playing every snap. There’s a decent chance that one of Weddle or Jefferson is not back next season. IR rookie DeShon Elliot is a good stash for deeper rosters. At OLB, Terrell Suggs (49) had a big game on the stat sheet with a touchdown returned from a fumble forced by Matt Judon (36). Those two share snaps with Za’Darius Smith and have done all season. It’s a bit of a lottery who produces in any given week. Smith hasn’t had a sack since week six but actually leads the others by eight clear pressures.