Hopefully you are all sipping from a championship trophy this week. Some of you, I figure, still have a dog or two in the fight, if not several daily fantasy lineups to set.
Standard ESPN leagues run a two-week championship on Week 16 and Week 17.
It’s important to keep in mind that some teams, on either end of the spectrum, have nothing to play for this week.
We’ll see some superstar veterans grab a clipboard if they get out to a lead. Other teams, with an eye toward a brighter future, will give some inexperienced players opportunities to impress.
It’s also important to note which teams need to win to get in, because they might be playing with a little extra juice.
There are tons of scenarios. So many that I can’t touch on them all here, but here are a few notes going into this week:
Aaron Rodgers cleared to play
The Packers QB doesn’t have time to show rust. The Packers need to beat the Bears to win the division and qualify for the playoffs. Chicago has been the sixth-most difficult opponent for opposing quarterbacks to score fantasy points against in the last five weeks. Upgrade wider receivers Jordy Nelson and James Jones with Rodgers under center
Kyle Orton could start in place of Tony Romo
Unless Romo can recover from a herniated disk, Orton will make his first start as a Cowboy on Sunday against the Eagles in a winner-takes-all game to decide the NFC East. Both the Eagles and Cowboys are good matchups for opposing quarterbacks. We can’t trust Orton to win the game, but he’s throwing to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. If he’s even remotely accurate and can minimize mistakes, he could be a waiver wire steal and a minimum-priced daily fantasy sports value.