• Potiential fantasy football league winners

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    Fantasy football league winners are the ones you never expected to even be in your lineup come playoff time. Who can they be?

    With the fantasy football regular season coming to an end, it is time to crush the playoffs and earn bragging rights over league mates. Yes, you made the playoffs, but now this is when everything fantasy-related becomes much more difficult to gauge.

    Those stars that carried you into the playoffs very well might not be the stars that capture you a title. They will get the start, regardless of the match-up, but the playoffs are where streamable players become weekly starters and end up league winners.

    All in all, a handful of players will surprise the fantasy community with their performances in the next three weeks, but I have three that stand out to me.


    League winners

    J.K. Dobbins

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    JK Dobbins has not been himself for the entirety of the 2022 season. Coming off an ACL tear in 2021, he played in Weeks 3-6, then proceeded to get injured again. This forced Dobbins to miss six games, leading to many questions about when and if he can be productive.

    He made sure to remind managers how good he can be with an RB9 finish in Week 14 against the Steelers. The Ravens' backfield was primarily a two-headed backfield, with Dobbins receiving 15 carries compared to Gus Edwards' 13 carries.

    Dobbins was far more productive as he mustered up 120 rushing yards on 15 carries compared to 66 yards for Edwards. Now, Dobbins and the Ravens have a soft schedule for running backs for the fantasy football playoffs. First up is the Cleveland Browns, who are allowing 27.7ppg (3rd most) and 113.8ypg on the ground.

    With Lamar Jackson set to miss another game, the Ravens will depend on their backfield more than ever in a divisional battle in Week 15.

    Then, in round two, the Ravens face an Atlanta Falcons team allowing 23.8ppg and 103.9ypg on the ground. With Lamar Jackson sidelined, this hinders Mark Andrews but increases the value of the backfield.

    To end the fantasy season, the Ravens face the Steelers, the same team Dobbins just finished as the RB9 against. Dobbins right now is rostered in just 60% of ESPN leagues, and that number will increase exponentially in the coming days.

    In the next few weeks, JK Dobbins will be a major fantasy football league winner.

    Isiah Pacheco

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    Does anyone remember Clyde Edwards-Helaire? The former first-round selection from LSU? Nope, neither do I. You can thank Isiah Pacheco for that, as he has dominated Kansas City's backfield.

    CEH is on the IR, but regardless, Pachecho was coming for the RB1 spot and well deserved at that. Pachecho has seen double-digit carries dating back to Week 10 and has exceeded 65 or more rushing yards since then. He was drafted as the RB47 in the off-season and can very well play himself into being drafted as a top 15 RB this upcoming off-season.

    The schedule gets easy for Pachecho as he faces the Texans and Seahawks and ends the fantasy season against the Denver Broncos.

    The Texans are the WORST team defending the run allowing the most ppg and ypg to RBs. Seattle is not too far off as they allow the second most ppg to RBs and the fifth most ypg. Then, the Chiefs end the fantasy season against the Broncos, who allowed Pacheco to come up with 70 yards on 13 carries and had three catches for 23 yards.

    The Broncos kept the game close in Denver, not allowing the Chiefs to run the game away with Pacheco, but expect that to happen against the Texans and Seahawks. I believe Pachecho will deliver two top 10 weeks in both of those games and carry managers that stayed patient with him to championship weekend.

    Christian Watson

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    Christian Watson was the WR107 after the first nine weeks of the season. Since then, he has been the WR4 Weeks 10-14. Watson has scored 78% of his fantasy points in a five-week span. Really, it is a four-week span, as the Packers had a Week 14 bye. This is very impressive.

    It does not seem sustainable, but it's possible that Watson can finish this fantasy season just like he has been a league winner the past four weeks. He has scored eight touchdowns since Week 10, which is a league-high, and the matchups do not get harder for the first-year wide-out.

    In the playoffs, Watson faces the Rams, Dolphins, and Vikings. All three of these teams are in the bottom 12 in terms of fantasy ppg allowed to WRs, with the Vikings being the second worst.

    Watson gets a Vikings team allowing 208ypg to WRs on championship Sunday. Allen Lazard is set to be a free agent leaving Watson room to establish a connection with Aaron Rodgers.

    Watson should not be taken out of fantasy lineups unless he is physically unable to perform. His talent, quickness, and size make him a nightmare for opposing defenses.

    All in all, Christian Watson will play himself into being a top-24 pick at the position in all types of formats in 2023. Fantasy football league winners are always outside the box. Get creative and capture those championships.

    Thank you for checking out my potential fantasy football winners article! You can read my articles on my IDP Guys' author page. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @NBF_Clo and @IDPGuys (we have offense, too), and please consider becoming a subscriber!

    Brandon Blanco

    Fantasy footballer for over 10 years now. Writing is my passion along with enjoying Star Wars and anything with heroes and villains. In my spare time, I am creating crazy parlays, playing video games or reading. I hope for my writing to help people win their leagues but most importantly something that entertains them and brings them joy when reading my articles.
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