Written by Mike Krafick @mike_krafick

Buy-Sell Dice.1a

Fantasy Championship week is over in most leagues (should be in all) and owners have an entire off-season to think about the bad beats in the fantasy playoffs that cost them the title.  The longer I play fantasy football the less I like the traditional head to head playoff match-up system, I know everyone hates when someone starts talking about their own fantasy leagues but please just indulge me for a second.  In one of my leagues that’s been going since 2013 the #6 seed has won the Championship in 3 out of the 4 years of the league.  2 of those years the #6 seed finished the regular season with a below .500 record but ended up winning the league.  There has to be a better way of determining the winner of a league, especially a dynasty league.  I have some ideas that I’m kicking around this off-season in some of the leagues that I’m commissioner of but would like to hear from some of you, what do you think is the best way to handle the playoffs in a dynasty league?  Just so you know, this is not sour grapes on my part, the league I was just talking about I was the #6 seed that won this year and believe me I did not have the best team or even a good season.

Rather than doing the typical Buy/Sell/Hold theme of this I’d like to take a look at some players that I’ll be watching in Week 17 to see how they perform and how that impacts their dynasty value going forward.

Zach Zenner – Zenner is a guy that’s been on my radar since the 2015 NFL Draft, he’s been stashed on taxi squads in my dynasty leagues with the hope that he’d get an opportunity to show his talent on the field.  Zenner was a UDFA out of South Dakota State where he was extremely dominant for the Jackrabbits, he had over 2,000 yards rushing in each of his final 2 seasons and totaled 36 TD’s.  Zenner has also shown to be a good receiver out of the backfield, in college he had 67 receptions in 38 games.  Why am I talking about college stats from several years ago you might be asking………well because Zenner has not had much of an opportunity in the NFL until week 16.  In week 16 on Monday Night Football he had 14 touches (12 carries/2 receptions) 92 yards and 2 Touchdowns.  Check to see what Zenner’s status is in your dynasty leagues, if Theo Riddick misses this week 17 match-up against the Packers Zenner could have another productive performance and end up earning a role in this offense going forward.

Cameron Meredith – Coming off of back to back 9 reception games in weeks 15 & 16 Meredith is stepping into a #1 WR role in the Bears offense.  In the 5 games where Matt Barkley was the starting QB Cameron Meredith has averaged 9.2 targets, 5.8 receptions, 79.4 yards, and .4 TD’s.  Alshon Jeffrey is a Free Agent next year, Jay Cutler is not expected to be back in Chicago so it’s not unreasonable to expect Meredith to be competing with Kevin White for the #1 WR job next season and if Barkley is the Quarterback then I really like his chances.  Chicago plays Minnesota in a week 17 match-up that means nothing for either team since both are out of the playoffs but could mean a lot to the players.

Michael Floyd – After being released by the Cardinals because of a D.U.I arrest Floyd was claimed on waivers by the New England Patriots and right away I started to hear buzz about what he could be playing with Tom Brady, everyone that goes to New England as a FA is going to be the next Randy Moss.  After he was already on the team news came out about how high his B.A.C. was in that drunk driving arrest and it started looking like Floyd would be spending some time in jail if convicted and some of that enthusiasm died down a bit.  To my surprise Floyd was active for the Patriots week 16 match-up against the Jets and he even got on the field because the game was so one sided, he had 1 reception for 6 yards on 2 targets.  I am watching this week to see how the Pats use Floyd in their week 17 game vs. Miami.  I am not optimistic about Floyd’s chances with the Patriots, I expect him to be with another team in 2017 but there’s a chance that he can put up some production in week 17 that would catch the attention of the other owners in your league.  Could be an opportunity to move him if you aren’t buying the hype about his career resurgence with New England.

Randall Cobb – Since missing Week 8 with a hamstring injury Randall Cobb has not been fantasy relevant in the final 8 weeks of the season, he’s played in 7 of the past 8 games but only averaged 3 receptions, 31 yards, and .28 TD’s only 7.89 fantasy points per game.  Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams have taken over as the top targets in Green Bay’s passing offense and there’s not much left for Cobb.  So where does that leave him going forward, having just signed a contract extension before last season he’ll count for over $25 million cap hit over the final two years of his contract.  Cobb is expecting to play in Week 17 against Detroit and how he performs this week and during the playoffs will determine his value heading into next season.