December 31, 2022, 1:16 pm
Steelers (+2.5) @ Ravens (-140) : O/U 35
These two squads met back in Week 14 in a classic defensive battle, resulting in a 16-14 victory for the Ravens. The game on Sunday night should likely play out in a very similar fashion, as both teams have heavily relied on their strong defense this season. The Ravens (10-5) are one game back from the division lead, but have already clinched a playoff spot. As for the Steelers, they are hanging onto their playoff hopes at 7-8 and need to win out, plus get some help, to have a shot of making the postseason. In their first matchup, only a trio of players had relatively strong fantasy performances while the two DSTs put together quality performances. Both teams are looking to potentially make a move in the playoff hunt, so fantasy GMs will be hopeful that these offenses will open up their playbooks early and often.
Najee Harris: Harris has finally woken up from his early-season slumber and has been turning it on just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Since Week 11, he ranks as the RB10 and has been averaging 15.3 fantasy points per game. He has 22 and 26 touches in the two weeks of the fantasy playoffs and seems to finally be featured properly on this Steelers offense. He is a mid-range RB2 in a tougher matchup against the Ravens, who just held him to 33 yards on 12 rushes (and a touchdown) just three weeks ago.
Diontae Johnson & George Pickens: Is this the week that DJ finally scores a touchdown?! Both receivers have done well this season and currently sit inside the top-41 at the position, which is rather impressive with a combined three touchdowns on a run-first offense. Johnson is a much safer option as he has at least five receptions, seven targets and 49 yards in each of his past five outings and should continue to finish in the WR2 range, even with the lack of scores. As for Pickens, he is a much riskier play, but has a slightly higher touchdown upside, making him a boom-or-bust WR4 option.
Pat Freiermuth: Freiermuth has been playing well recently, ranking as the TE6 since Week 11. He has at least 6.9 fantasy points in every game since Week 5 and has been a fairly safe producer in fantasy. Over the past two games, he has racked up 10 receptions and 14 targets, totalling 99 yards and one score. In Week 14 against these very Ravens, he finished as the TE6 with a 3-33-1 line.
J.K Dobbins & Gus Edwards: Since Dobbins returned to action three weeks ago, these two backs have both shown signs of promise. Dobbins has looked solid twice, while Edwards has done so once, but they have also faced two of the weakest run defenses in the NFL. In his return against the Steelers, Dobbins rattled off 120 yards and a score on 15 attempts, including another 66 yards from Edwards. Both backs are fairly reliant on touchdowns due to the split workload, making them both in the RB2/3 range in championship week.
Mark Andrews: Unfortunately, the majority of fantasy GMs that rostered Andrews this season are likely no longer in the hunt for a title this year. He has not scored since mid-October and has been held to under three receptions in each of his past three games, cracking the four-catch threshold once since Week 6. With that being said, miraculously, Andrews is still the TE3 this year. He has shown a solid rapport with Huntley who will start again in Week 17, but fantasy GMs will pray for Andrews to find the endzone to unlock his fantasy scoring ceiling.