So here we are - the Championship game. And this week, I’m the clear underdog. Playing against the undisputed strongest team in the league. #1 in scored points, #1 in accumulated trade value and in ADP. I beat them in the regular season, but need to bring my absolute A game to have a chance at doing it again.
My opponent’s expected starters:
QB: Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts (Bench: Mac Jones)
RB: Najee Harris, Alvin Kamara (B: AJ Dillon, Duke Johnson)
WR: Cooper Kupp, Keenan Allen, Amon-Ra St. Brown (B: Allen Lazard)
TE: Travis Kelce (B: Evan Engram)
K: Justin Tucker (B: Graham Gano)
DST: Arizona Cardinals (B: Pittsburgh Steelers)
QB: Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert
RB: Austin Ekeler, Sony Michel, Damien Harris (B: Josh Jacobs, Michael Carter)
WR: Ja’Marr Chase, Diontae Johnson (B: Amari Cooper, Josh Palmer)
TE: Pat Freiermuth (no bench - see below)
K: Tyler Bass (B: Jason Sanders)
DST: Buffalo Bills (no bench)
In case Ekeler remains unavailable, I have Justin Jackson. If Rhamondre Stevenson is active for the Pats, I may consider starting Josh Jacobs over Damien Harris.
I can also start a 3rd WR instead of a 3rd RB. But I still see Amari as risky, and don’t really trust Josh Palmer yet, either.
My big problem is obviously TE. If Freiermuth is active - okay. If not, I definitely need help. I have the 2 Jags TEs (O’Shaughnessy and Dan Arnold, who is IRD). But they play the Pats, and that’s a nightmare matchup for TEs. Plus, it’s unclear if Arnold will be activated, so I won’t touch either of them this week.
Waiver options are:
C.J. Uzomah (CIN / vs KC)
Cameron Brate (TB / at NYJ)
John Bates (rookie, WFT / vs PHI)
Bates has a phenomenal catch rate and scored his first TD last week, but still is a very risky option, as he gets very few targets.
What is your recommendation, especially for the TE position?