What is the sports4sports Weekly Optimized Lineup?
The weekly optimized lineup analyzes all fantasy football elements for an upcoming week within the NFL. These elements include (but are not limited to) player statistics, player trends, injuries, matchups, projected weather forecasts, and any other external factor that may effect a fantasy performance. This data is then collectively analyzed to produce the optimal fantasy lineup on a given week. The final optimized lineup will entail a potential starting roster formatted as seen below. The Weekly Optimized Lineup does NOT include any Thursday Night Football matchup.
QB: Drew Brees (NO) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brees will be coming off one of his worst performances in recent memory, albeit, against an extremely tough Dallas defense, but up until this past week, it seemed it didn’t matter who was on the opposite side of the ball when Brees n’company took the field. Expect a bounce back performance against one of the worst secondaries in football in week 14, as New Orleans will once again try to prove they are a dominant force in the NFC.
RB1: Alvin Kamara (NO) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kamara has had struggled to effectively produce for fantasy owners the last couple of weeks, but that should all change against a Tampa Bay defense that ranks in the bottom five against stopping the run (bottom five against stopping anything to be honest). The entire Saints offense should be motivated after being shutdown in Dallas, and Kamara will play a big part in getting things back on track. Kamara has uncharacteristically been held without a TD in three consecutive weeks, and considering he’s a focal point within the Saints offensive attack, one would like to think Tampa won’t be able to keep him out of the endzone for a fourth consecutive week.
RB2: Lamar Miller (HOU) vs Indianapolis Colts: Indy showed the entire league they still have some kinks to work out if they plan to be a true superbowl contender; Houston on the other hand has won 9 consecutive games after starting 0-3. Even more promising for Texans’ faithful, Miller is starting to look like the true featured back that has all of a sudden provided a very potent offense. Miller has rushed for over 100 yards in 4 of his last 5 games, including a TD in 3 of them. Indianapolis actually has an average run defense, but average won’t be enough to stop the red-hot Texans on the road. Expect Miller to see the bulk of the work as usual, and whether it comes in bunches, or off one or two he’s able to break, Miller will find a way to remain a fantasy potent option.
WR1: Michael Thomas (NO) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After trying to avoid three Saints here, it just wasn’t possible when examining their week 14 circumstances. New Orleans offense will find it’s rhythm in week 14 after looking completely out of sync in Dallas. Playing Tampa’s Swiss cheese secondary should make finding the holes easy for top wideout, Michael Thomas to find early & often. This could be a day where most of the Saints’ skill players can be considered for at least a valid fantasy play.
WR2: Antonio Brown (PIT) @ Oakland Raiders: Steelers fans can relax, yes they had a colossal meltdown on Sunday night, but there’s nothing like getting over a such a tough less than having the Oakland Raiders on your schedule. The Raiders are equipped with a no-name secondary that allowed Nick Mullens to look like superman. We figured out quickly it wasn’t Mullens being superman, it was the Raiders being the Raiders. Consider the fact Pittsburgh will be down to an RB who originally started the season third on their depth chart, and it leads to a huge passing attack from Big Ben and the Pittsburgh offense. Expect Antonio Brown to have a day, and don’t be surprised if his numbers flirt with season or career highs after the 4th quarter comes to a close.
TE: Jordan Reed (WSH) vs New York Giants: Reed has quietly been as effective as any TE in the league in 2018. The likely reason it’s gone vastly unnoticed is that Reed has only been able to find the endzone twice all season. However, Reed has been able to haul in at least 4 receptions in each of his last 6 games, including the last few weeks with Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez under center for Washington. The Giants have struggled against defending opposing TEs, and if Washington ends up with a few redzone opportunities, Reed could end up finding the endzone for just the third time this season.
DEF: Denver Broncos (@ San Francisco 49ers): Denver’s defense hasn’t been dominant, but it certainly has been on of the more consistent defenses in the league in 2018. Denver seems to be peaking at the perfect time, and with an inept 49ers offense this week, this easily the most enticing defensive matchup owners can utilize.
FLEX: WR Keenan Allen (LAC) vs Cincinnati Bengals: Allen has finally decided to play some solid football in the second half of 2018 after a lackluster first half. Allen has found the endzone in four consecutive weeks, as well as hauling in at least 7 receptions in his last three. Cincinnati’s defense is another defense you can confidently chalk up in the bottom five of the league, and with injuries to their normally average offense, that bottom five defense might be on the field for an extended period of time. Allen should be able to contribute effectively without any hiccup in week 14.