We’re nearing the fantasy playoffs, whether your leagues’ playoffs start in week 13, 14, or 15. Even if you’re not in the playoffs this week, you may find yourself in what is essentially a playoff matchup because it’s a must-win.
These players are the NFL’s studs and duds as we enter the most important weeks of the fantasy football season.
Tyreek Hill, WR
Tyreek Hill went wild in week 12, racking up over 200 receiving yards in the first quarter alone against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Obviously, he couldn’t keep that pace going throughout the game. The good news is, that quarter alone would have been a great week in fantasy football.
He ended the day with 269 receiving yards on 13 catches, three of which went for scores. In half-point PPR scoring, that’s 51.4 points for the speedy WR.
It’s not just that performance that makes him a stud, though. Before his 15 targets in week 12, he had 14 in week 11 and 18 in the game before. That’s 47 targets over his last three games. That’s going to make any wideout a stud, let alone an elite WR catching the ball from an elite QB.
Tyler Boyd, WR
The Bengals WR was bound to see a regression coming when the team lost QB Joe Burrow for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, he was already slowing down in the games leading up to Burrow’s devastating injury.
In his first full game without his QB, he caught just three of six targets for 15 yards. That, along with the previous two games, where he caught a total of 15 passes for 126 yards. That’s 7.5 catches per game for 63 yards.
Boyd is riding on the dud sign of things as the fantasy football playoffs near. Owners who have relied on him all season need to pivot if they haven’t already.
Nick Chubb, RB
After missing four games due to injury, Nick Chubb is doing his best to make up for his absence to any of his fantasy football owners. Chubb has returned and gone right back into his role as a stud RB1 with no issues.
Three games since his return have seen him get 19, 20, and 19 rushing attempts. Not a workhorse workload, but the production has been phenomenal. He scored in two of the three games while eclipsing the 100-yard mark in every one of them.
The monster performances have brought him back up the leader board in rushing yards on the season, despite the time missed. He’s currently tied for sixth in the league in rushing yards at 719 yards.
Aaron Jones, RB
Aaron Jones has established himself as a stud RB in the NFL. For fantasy purposes, though, his circumstances have him heading into the fantasy football playoffs as a dud when factoring in what his owners thought they would be getting out of him on a weekly basis.
The Packers are splitting snaps in the backfield much more evenly than many thought. It makes sense for the team, as Jamaal Williams is a good running back and more than capable of doing his part in the offense to keep Jones fresh for the playoffs. It’s painful for fantasy football owners that invested a top pick in Jones, though.
Jones hasn’t run for over 100 yards since week 2 and has just one rushing TD over his last four games. The Packers are rolling, and they would prefer to continue limiting Jones touches until it matters most.
Evan Engram, TE
The athletic Engram has been a frustrating player for fantasy purposes for the better part of his short NFL career. His upside always seems to be his best feature, and the Giants struggles as a team don’t help him at all.
That being said. Engram is heating up in a tight end position that is extremely volatile entering fantasy playoffs. Owners that don’t have Travis Kelce can’t be certain they will have a good performer on any given week.
Those with Engram should feel pretty good, though. He’s gotten at least nine targets in three of his last four games. The Giants stink, but so does the rest of the NFC East. They’re playing for a division right now, and Engram, is there best offensive threat. He’s got a good shot of keeping this play up for the playoffs.
Jared Cook, TE
Even before Drew Brees got hurt, Cook was on his way to a disappointing 2020 season. After the injury, he’s completely fallen off the tight end rankings.
Cook was a streaming option all season, and when chosen correctly, a very good one. That was what made him a viable option and someone on the radar as the playoffs neared. As we’re now 0on the doorstep, he is no longer an option at all.
Cook has three catches on eight targets over the last four games. He isn’t a serious part of the offense at all and is less than a dart throw at this point. There will be multiple players available in free agency that will produce more than him in the playoff weeks. Don’t think of the old days. Cook’s production is what it is right now.