This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
Bye weeks are over. For many of us, this means that for the first time in more than a month we can deploy our optimal lineup. With one week to go before many leagues start their playoffs, this timing couldn't be much better.
If you're in a must-win situation or fighting for a playoff bye or better positioning, or even if you've had a rough year but just really love playing the spoiler role, the key to this week is to aim for the highest possible floor.
I first look for offensive rhythm, with volume a close second. If the outcome of this week doesn't impact you as much, though, feel free to get cute. For me, some of the greatest joys I've gotten over the years from fantasy has been getting gut calls right come playoff time. So, while you want the foundation of your team to have a floor starting in the attic, if your gut tells you to hit one over the house, swing away.
Above and beyond all else, it's a good time of year to use beer or your liquor of choice to get you through any nervous game watching. After all, there's no better way to warm up and celebrate the success or drown the disappointment with these cold winter days on tap.
Note: This column is not intended to be a traditional "Start/Sit" piece. My goal is to provide perspective you may not have considered and help make those tough decisions easier –