If anyone knows anything about Ezzus’s fantasy football legacy, they’d be aware that he’s never been one to close seasons out. We are seeing more of the same in the 1st season of Freaks & Cheeks. He simply can’t pull away from his arch nemesis, the Hebrew Hammer.
After Ezzus had a ridiculous lead, the Hebrew Hammer has chipped away and cut it to 2 with just a couple weeks to spare. The Hammer unsurprisingly earned the only dub in week 14, leaving Ezzus in a deep nervous state. After taking a look at his picks this week, it’s clear that Ezzus is looking for the kill shot, which will most likely blow up in his face.
From the Mind of the Hebrew Hammer:
Cheeks: Jeff Wilson Jr.
Do not put your faith in Wilson to take you to the fantasy promised land. He might be projected for a lofty 12.3 points and is rising up the fantasy ranks, but LEAVE HIM ON YOUR BENCH!
The 49ers’ lead back Raheem Mostert is slated to play on Sunday, leaving Wilson’s role in question. You simply can’t trust anyone in the 49ers backfield lately, let alone the team’s secondary back.
Cheeks: Justin Jefferson
Coming off one of the worst performances of his young NFL career, Jefferson goes up against another top secondary. I don’t expect things to get any easier, as the Bears are as physical as they come. With Jefferson’s big build, I expect him to be the receiver Chicago focuses on.
With Mitch Trubisky at the helm once again, it’s fair to assume the game will be rather low-scoring and more rushing oriented. This doesn’t bode well for Jefferson, and he should put up another stinker playoff game.
Cheeks: J.K. Dobbins
The only backfield more unpredictable than the 49ers, is the Ravens. Dobbins is in the midst of a solid 3-game stretch, but surrendered 2 touchdowns to his backup Gus Edwards last week. The man has yet to top 15 carries in a game, and Dobbins has only reached that number TWICE thus far in the season. The lack of touches along with being replaced by a touchdown scalper, should mean that a stinker is on the horizon. Don’t let it happen on your fantasy team in a crucial playoff game and bench Dobbins if you can.
From the 0-3 Mind of Ezzus:
Freak: Jalen Hurts
Last week was the beginning of a new era in Philadelphia, as Jalen Hurts delivered a win in his first ever start. This week he is, no doubt, a must start. Hurts’s rushing ability alone makes him a freak this week. The guy rushed 18 times for over 100 yards against New Orleans last week, and if you can get that type of production in the playoffs, you’re going to win your matchup.
The Cardinals don’t have the best rushing defense, so I see Hurts racking up yardage again this week. Those RPOs Doug Pederson loves to run should also open things up for the rookie. ESPN projects Hurts to score 18 points, but I could see him going well over 20.
Freak: Diontae Johnson
Johnson was benched last week for having butter fingers, but I think he overcomes this especially against a good matchup with the Bengals. Johnson is a target hog in the Steelers’ offense. The 2nd year pro is currently the 11th most targeted player in the entire NFL. He is only projected to score 14 points against Cincinnati, but I think he goes over and beyond that.
The Bengals pass defense gives up 250 yards per game, which is the 11th worst in the league. Combine the Bengals’ shaky pass defense with Johnson’s dominant target share, and it’s obvious he will eat this week. All fantasy owners need to start him and not worry about his benching last week.
Freak: Cooper Kupp
Kupp is lucky enough to draw the New York Jets this week, who are hot garbage. The Jets are the 31st ranked passing defense, so this little man is going to eat in week 15. I would start virtually any player going up against the Jets, but I just think Kupp is going to have the best day out of the bunch. I could easily see Kupp go over 100 yards with a score, smashing his projected 14 points. Don’t be dumb and lose out on the championship game because you didn’t start Kupp.