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1. Kirk Cousins, MVP of the fantasy playoffs? It's possible.
No, seriously. It's in play.
Cousins was a machine against the Bills on Sunday, completing 22 of 28 attempts for 319 yards and four passing scores — yes, four. Kirk entered the week having thrown exactly one TD pass in 11 of 13 games, so any multi-touchdown performance is notable. Cousins also ran for a score against Buffalo, his fifth rushing TD of the season and third in the last four weeks. As of this writing he's the week's second highest-scoring fantasy QB. Cousins shamed the Bills defense throughout the afternoon, basically. He connected with tight end Jordan Reed for a pair of scores and he found DeSean Jackson six times for 153 yards and a highlight-quality deep-strike TD. He avoided head-scratching misfires (which doesn't always happen), and generally looked like a reliable passer for fantasy purposes.
Next week, when your league title is decided, Cousins will face a Philadelphia D that's been picked apart routinely by opposing QBs. Over the past five weeks, the Eagles have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks, serving up 1380 passing yards and 17 combined TDs. Kirk is widely available and his setup is ideal. If you've been streaming the position, he's your guy.
2. I don't own Andrew Luck anywhere, but I miss him desperately.
You probably knew this already, but in case you were waffling: Indianapolis is a vortex of sadness, a fantasy plague. Indy has dropped three straight games by a combined score of 112 to 36. Matt Hasselbeck has averaged 189.3 passing yards per game over his last three, tossing just two TDs and three picks, and he's battling injury. We think Luck is on track to return for the Week 16 match-up at Miami, but if he can't go, you have to leave Hilton & Co. alone. Stop asking. Auto-bench.
3. Ted Ginn can catch footballs and Odell Beckham can drop them and NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT ANYTHING ANYMORE.
Sure, Ginn did drop an easy TD in the second-half of Sunday's narrow win, per his usual. But he also caught two others, his ninth and tenth passing scores of the season. Ginn was targeted 14 times by Cam Newton, snagging six for 85 yards. Somehow he's delivered three straight multi-touchdown games — not bad for a guy who struggles badly with thrown objects.
In the same game, Earth's most ridiculously talented receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., dropped a perfectly thrown pass that should have resulted in an easy score from 50-plus. The drop then triggered a near-total freakout from Beckham, full of cheap-shots, lasting almost the full game ... until it was time to catch a late tying TD against the NFL's best corner. Naturally. Weird game. Also a classic. But fantastically weird.
Don't leave Ginn hanging out on the wire, by the way. Cam has radar-lock on No. 19, and the man is un-owned in over 40 percent of Yahoo leagues.
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