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These four players have been ‘matchup-proof’

Rams quarterback Jared Goff has been consistent in producing points for fantasy teams.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff has been consistent in producing points for fantasy teams. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

If you went into your fantasy matchup last weekend with players such as Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Giants running back Saquon Barkley, and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, you had to feel good about advancing. All four have been steady, strong performers and perhaps most importantly all have been “matchup-proof” — no matter which team they play and no matter where they play, they produce.

Here are the fantasy points each scored during one of the most critical weekends of the year — when reaching your season-long final was on the line:

Goff — 12 points (averages 24).


Brees — 7 points (averages 24).

Barkley — 7 points (averages 28).

Luck — 9 points (averages 24).

I’m in a two-quarterback league and one of the participants in the semifinals had Goff and Luck in his lineup. This guy lost by 1 point. I guess he should have known to bench those two and play the Bills’ Josh Allen and the Redskins’ Josh Johnson, instead.

In that spirit, let’s focus on some under-the-radar types who can help you win your fantasy title this weekend, or put you over the top in your daily fantasy contest.

Watch out for:

Robert Foster, WR, Buffalo: Even before every one of their running backs got injured, the Bills still didn’t have a trustworthy fantasy contributor at a skill position. That has changed with Foster’s emergence. An undrafted rookie from Alabama who didn’t make a big impact with the Crimson Tide (this shows you how deep the roster is at Alabama), Foster has had fewer than 94 receiving yards once since Nov. 11. He’s a big-play guy in the passing game teaming up with a quarterback (Allen) who thrives on the big play.

Tim Patrick, WR, Denver: Taking advantage of an injury-plagued receiving corps, this big (6-foot-4-inch) second-year player has collected 12 passes for 150 yards during the last two weeks. The Broncos face the hapless Raiders in Week 16.


Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota: In need of a dirt-cheap option for your daily fantasy squad? Look Conklin’s way; the Vikings changed offensive coordinators last week and Conklin responded to being a part of the game plan with two catches for 53 yards.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: A popular sleeper during the fantasy draft process, Anderson’s production is finally starting to creep toward respectability (last two weeks: 11 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns). He’s worth a shot as an inexpensive daily fantasy option and a high-ceilinged fantasy playoff option.

Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit: The Lions gave Zenner 10 carries against Buffalo and he responded with 45 yards and a touchdown. If you’re looking for someone to surprise with a big week late in the season, here’s a candidate.

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