jim davis/globe staff
I had an easy time cobbling together the two biggest fantasy football story lines of the week. In no particular order:
1. New England tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the Monday game against Miami — and the first round of the fantasy playoffs — after being suspended for an overly aggressive maneuver against Buffalo in Week 13.
2. I earned the final playoff spot in one of my leagues based on my overall point total, which was 1 point higher than the next person.
First, let’s examine my situation. Six teams in this league qualify for the postseason. The first five are based on record. The sixth spot belongs to the remaining franchise with the most overall points. That was me, with 1,594, and the poor soul who finished behind me had 1,593.
I’m going to give the credit to Jamaal Williams, a Green Bay rookie running back whom I picked up late in the season. Williams rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay, but he also had 10 receiving yards. Those 10 receiving yards earned me 1 point.
Next, Gronkowski. Some New England fans are pleased the Patriots can rest the big guy prior to a critical Week 15 matchup against Pittsburgh. But I feel for Gronkowski’s owners. The Dolphins allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, so the possibility of a productive day has vanished. Also, trade deadlines in season-long leagues have come and gone.
All is not lost. If you’re stressed over Gronkowski’s suspension, that means you’re in the fantasy playoffs. The hard part is complete, and generous fantasy writers are available with answers.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona: Here’s your Gronkowski replacement. Seals-Jones has 40 fantasy points in his last three games, and he’s available.
Cincinnati defense: The Bengals face the Bears, who have scored 41 points in their last three games.
Indianapolis defense: Plan ahead. The Colts host the Broncos in Week 15. Denver’s offense has imploded.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota: This is not your Gronkowski replacement. Seemingly always available on waivers, Rudolph has a tough matchup in Carolina.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville: Fournette has one touchdown in his last four games and was limping against the Colts. Seattle’s run defense remains formidable.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina: I’m sitting McCaffrey against the Vikings, who have allowed the fewest points to opposing running backs.
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