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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is back in action against the Baltimore Ravens in crucial week 16 matchup

Sky SportsNFL Fantasy Football guru Hannah Wilkes helps you navigate through the season in her weekly column where, this week, she gets into the holiday spirit before an exceptional holiday schedule …

Three points! Three points is all I needed to secure a win over mine NFL Overtime co-host Josh Denzel and book my seat in the Sky Sports NFL Fantasy Football Playoff. These three points will haunt me for a long time because, stupidly, I made a bad decision around 9pm on Sunday night.

I took my advice and played with Jimmy Garoppolo at QB, choosing to “get points on the scoreboard early” thanks to his multiple touchdowns in five of the last six San Francisco 49ers games. And since they were playing the ATLANTA FALCON. was worried on the small “questionable” designation alongside the fact that Jalen Hurts won’t be leaving by Wednesday and my hopes therefore pinned on backing up Gardner Minshew.

San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons in week 15, but quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw only one touchdown pass

San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons in week 15, but quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw only one touchdown pass

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If you played Jimmy G on my advice, I humbly apologize. However, if I’ve pointed you in the direction of the Miami Dolphins running back, Duke Johnson, you’re welcome. Straight from the training team at Miami’s RB1 spot, Johnson rushed to the pace of 107 yards, two touchdowns, and 25.70 fancy points! As a result, he also earned a spot on Miami’s active roster. All in all, a good weekend for DJs. (It was on my bench, of course).

Anyway, now our eyes are on Sky Sports NFL Cup of consolation, we move. They are still in contention in a couple of other championships as well, boasting a record of 12-3 with the excellent title “My Kupp Runneth Over”, I might add. So the party isn’t over yet.

And we’ve come to Christmas, which seems like an epic milestone considering the past two years. I hope you can spend your December 25th in a way that makes you happy, and if you need some respite from whatever you’re up to, there’s a festive double soccer match from 9.30pm. Merry Christmas indeed!

On the good list: week 16

This weekend’s playlist, coupled with the current playoff situation, makes this one of the funniest run-ins we’ve had in years.

Ahead of week 16, there are still 24 teams vying for the playoffs! This weekend’s permutations are almost endless as to which teams can take those January spots. But in AFC, the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs can all claim wins and losses against their divisional rivals. In NFC, it is a little simpler (which doesn’t say much), with the Tampa Buccaneers, the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys all coming there with a win or other results that work in their favor if they lose.

On the good list: the Detroit Lions

I haven’t passed it yet, and it may not be for some time, but previous Detroit Lions beat the Arizona Cardinals’ 10 wins 1-11-1 on Sunday night. And not only did they overtake them, they made the 30-12 deal to pick up their second win of the season.

Jared Goff picks Josh Reynolds with pinpoint accuracy for touchdown in Detroit Lions shock win over Arizona Cardinals

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Jared Goff picks Josh Reynolds with pinpoint accuracy for touchdown in Detroit Lions shock win over Arizona Cardinals

Jared Goff picks Josh Reynolds with pinpoint accuracy for touchdown in Detroit Lions shock win over Arizona Cardinals

The defeat prevented the Cardinals from booking their place in the playoffs for the second week in a row, following the defeat to the Rams in week 14, and proved (according to my science) that Jared Goff is a true kryptonite for Kliff Kingsbury, who has never beaten the former absolute pick no. 1 in the draft in five career matches.

I’m a fan of the Rams (did I mention that already?), So I’m inherently biased against the Cardinals and find myself always wishing good things for the much-maligned Goff, who had a stat that would make most quarterbacks green with envy of the day: 21 completions on 25 passing attempts, 216 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions and a passer rating of 139.7.

For context, a perfect passer rating is 158.3 (inexplicably). So, here’s to Goff, Amon-ra St. Brown, the unreleased Craig Reynolds and coach Dan Campbell for a never-to-be-told attitude. Meanwhile, the Cardinals now play host to the Indianapolis Colts and red-hot Jonathan Taylor late Saturday night. A bleary-eyed Boxing Day awaits you.

On the bad list: Analytics

In many ways, the NFL has a math problem (yes, I added the “s” like they do in the US). There is so much information available (no coincidence, the 100-page NFL research package is my favorite weekly read), so many patterns, algorithms, and analytics that the simple fact that sometimes things don’t work out as well as you hoped to miss in the debate.

The Green Bay Packers held out for victory when the Baltimore Ravens failed with their two-point attempt after Tyler Huntley's eight-yard touchdown in the last minute

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The Green Bay Packers held out for victory when the Baltimore Ravens failed with their two-point attempt after Tyler Huntley’s eight-yard touchdown in the last minute

The Green Bay Packers held out for victory when the Baltimore Ravens failed with their two-point attempt after Tyler Huntley’s eight-yard touchdown in the last minute

Take the Baltimore Ravens and their recent failed colon conversion attempts. They went two thrice in three weeks after the fourth quarter touchdowns and failed on every occasion. They lost those matches 19-20, 22-24 and 30-31.

If a basket means extra time, where you might not even catch the ball, your defense is tired and in the most recent case the quarterback is Aaron Rodgers, aggressively going for the win. has be the right choice. With the way Tyler Huntley was playing (like Lamar Jackson 2.0 if we’re honest), and given the Ravens’ impoverished roster, common sense in football has to override whatever the analysis says and John Harbaugh just wanted to do it.

It’s similar to Brandon Staley’s penchant for doing it on the fourth down. The Los Angeles Chargers tried three times against the Chiefs last Thursday, all within range, and went away to no avail, losing the game 34-28.

Watch NFL Week 15 highlights when the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against AFC division rivals West LA Chargers

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Watch NFL Week 15 highlights when the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against AFC division rivals West LA Chargers

Watch NFL Week 15 highlights when the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against AFC division rivals West LA Chargers

Have you lost nine points? Sure. But if even one of those attempts resulted in a touchdown, add the extra point (or two) and that’s it. The Chargers have a bigger problem when it comes to the red zone – they’ve had 12 plays inside the five-yard line and none of them led to a score – but the aggressive approach definitely makes football fun, and this is the bottom line.

Some moderately useful fantasy tips

Covid is still prevalent in the league, so supporting your stars remains key in Fantasy Football. At the time of writing, the following are on the reserve / CovId-19 list this week:

Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Austin Ekeler, Brandin Cooks, Jared Goff, Cole Beasley, Marquez Valdez-Scantling.

And, still on the Covid list, but potentially back in time for their games:

Tyler Lockett, Kareem Hunt, Jarvis Landry, Tyler Higbee, Baker Mayfield, Taylor Heinicke, Allen Robinson.

There are also some problems in Tampa Bay this week; Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette all injured in the defeat to the New Orleans Saints. They signed Le’Veon Bell but it is Ronald Jones which will likely lift Lenny’s workload against the Carolina Panthers. It is still available in approximately 74% of NFL.com leagues.

Antonio Brown will be back in action for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 16

Antonio Brown will be back in action for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 16

A certain Antonio Brown has returned from his three-game suspension. If he’s not gathering dust on an opposing bench, or if you’ve indeed parked him there, he’ll likely go straight into the starting lineup given Evans and Godwin’s injuries. Allen Lazard it is also a good option in the absence of MVS in Green Bay.

At QB, Joe Burrow is back against the struggling secondary Ravens, having scored 32 points against them in week 7, but keep an eye out Tyler Huntley even though Jackson is still out.

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