Paddy Power Fantasy: Read Nat Coombs’ NFL wisdom before you pick

The great man dishes out some key advice.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 22: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans prepares to throw the ball in the first half against the New Orleans Saints in the game at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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STACK

Ryan Tannehill (£7,900, 19.29 FPPG) & A.J. Brown (£7,200, 11.37 FPPG) – TEN @ HOU

Last week’s matchup against the Saints wasn’t so good for Tannehill and Brown, despite the former throwing three touchdowns and extending his run of consecutive games with two or more touchdowns to six. The pair showed just a single glimpse of what they can do last time out, connecting for just one 34-yard reception. But keep faith in the pair on Sunday when they face a Houston Texans defence ranked 30th against the pass and 28th in total defence.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans hands off to running back Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter at Nissan Stadium on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

GOING BIG: THE TOP PLAYER

Michael Thomas (£9,200, 19.62 FPPG) — NO @ CAR

Saints receiver Thomas has been this year’s outstanding receiver. The 26-year-old wideout has the league’s most receiving yards (1,688), easily the most receptions (145) and the third most touchdowns (9). If Lamar Jackson wasn’t playing so well, maybe Thomas’ name would be mentioned in a few MVP conversations. Thomas proved his class yet again in Week 16, notching up 101 yards and a touchdown over 10 receptions. Sunday’s opponents, the Carolina Panthers, show to be a favourable matchup – they’re ranked 25th in total defence.

BARGAIN PICK

Noah Fant (£5,600, 6 FPPG) – OAK @ DEN

Broncos tight end Fant isn’t usually a name that comes to mind when picking your fantasy lineup, but Week 17 is different. Fant has averaged 9.3 fantasy points over his last three games and could be worth a punt at £5,600 when he faces the Oakland Raiders’ 25th-ranked pass defence on Sunday, especially if he can bump up your score by 10 points while freeing up some cash for elsewhere.

AVOID

Amari Cooper (£7,500, 13.01 FPPG) – WAS @ DAL

Dallas wideout Cooper flopped in last week’s make-or-break post-season decider against the Eagles, catching just four of his 12 target for 24 yards. Cooper is a talented receiver that simply isn’t finding the endzone right now – he has a total 6.8 fantasy points in his past two games and has caught just a single touchdown in his last six matches.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 08: Wide receiver Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown in front of cornerback Deandre Baker #27 of the New York Giants during the second quarter of the game at AT&T Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DEFENCE

Green Bay Packers (£4,800, 7.7 FPPG) – DET @ GB

The Packers are probably best known for their lightning offence under the stewardship of all-time great quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but it’s their defence that should command your fantasy attention on Sunday. For the second week in a row, I’m backing the defence that faces the Lions, who have struggled on offence without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Detroit now rank 17th in total offence, eighth in passing and 22nd in rushing, making them somewhat one-dimensional and a team that relies on the quality of its quarterback. Green Bay will be licking their lips as they sit fourth in the league for most interceptions (16) and have given up an average of just 19.53 PPG this season.

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