Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)


Nathan Hursh

For many leagues, we have arrived at the point of fantasy playoffs. For other leagues, this week marks the end of the regular season. No matter where your league stands, I believe this week is a good week to share my one key fantasy football playoff rule.

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This one is simple. Trust the team that got you to where you are. If you have the decision to start a player that you’ve started all season long compared to a bench guy that you may think has a more favorable matchup, just start the actual starter, yeah? Do not overthink your team just because the stakes are higher. The team you’ve put together has made the playoffs for a reason. Trust them.

For many of us though, Covid replacements are needed. Here are a few players I like this week. *Please also note that this was written Friday morning.*

If you’re desperate and trust the Patriots, Rhamondre Stevenson may not be a terrible play. This of course assumes that Damien Harris is out. As of right now, he is questionable. If Harris doesn’t play, I believe Stevenson will be a huge part of the Patriots’ offense. Although the Colts have been successful in stopping the run, this will not stop the Patriots from trying anyway. In the now-famous wind game at Buffalo, Stevenson got a whopping 24 carries. He will be the main back if Harris can’t go.

James Robinson isn’t a Covid replacement, but I like him as a fantasy starter this week. Why? Urban Meyer revenge game. With Meyer out as the Jags coach, Robinson, who for whatever reason was on Meyer’s bad side, will have a better opportunity to flourish. That starts this week against a Texans team who is equally if not worse than Jacksonville.

With Jaylen Waddle out due to Covid protocols, the door opens up for both tight end Mike Gesicki and wide receiver DeVante Parker. Gesicki is already a top ten tight end, he should be starting regardless. Parker though is an interesting starting option. He has only played in six games this season, averaging 12.5 fantasy points per game. This week, he will play for the second time since Week 8. In his return from injury last week, Parker caught five balls for 62 yards. Against a lousy Jets team this week, he could be solid. I don’t hate Parker as a flex option.

With Tyler Lockett out due to Covid protocols, could this finally be the week that DK Metcalf breaks out? If he plays, it has to be. Metcalf has not scored at least 20 fantasy points since Week 8. That was also the last time he scored a touchdown. He is well overdue. That said, he is also questionable. If unable to play, tight end Gerald Everett becomes Russell Wilson’s top option. With Lockett out already, I would consider him a solid tight-end option. If Metcalf can’t go, I would still stay away from every other Seahawks wide receiver because, quite frankly, I don’t know who they are.

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