Week 16

Jen’s Friday Night Insights: Save Yourself

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that, “I need a break.” This year has been tough. Last year was tough. And we’re all at the end of our rope. It’s time for all of us to reflect on all the things that we’ve accomplished, experienced and learned this past 12 months.

It’s Friday and Christmas Eve. That’s a pretty good recipe to relax and enjoy our families and friends. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, most places are closing early today and will be closed tomorrow, which forces us to focus on something besides consumerism.

I encourage all of us to step back, detach, reset and set ourselves up for a comeback for 2022. A new year is approaching and we all have an opportunity to start anew and be better versions of ourselves. With the pandemic mostly behind us, we’re getting back to the “new normal” that the media told us would come.

I, for one, have been enjoying more freedoms. Traveling, seeing family and friends more frequently, while also going out in public. It’s a freedom that I didn’t appreciate until it was gone.

This past year-plus has been a setback for a comeback. We’re all due to have more wins this coming year. The same can be said for the NFL.

As discussed at nauseam, we’ve all been struck with injuries and COVID-19 designations within our fantasy leagues. As we head into the final 2 weeks of most fantasy leagues, let’s look at a couple of players who could have decent performances for the remainder of the season.

Jen’s Friday Night Insights

Devin Singletary (RB, Buffalo Bills)

With fellow running back Zack Moss either a healthy scratch or just being a general disappointment this season, look for Devin Singletary to come into the mix a lot more for the rest of the season. Singletary is coming off a career-high in carries and a season-high in rushing performance and that should continue. He had 22 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown, adding 10 receiving yards over one reception last week against the Carolina Panthers.

This weekend could be a challenge for the entirety of the Bills team, going up against a tough New England Patriots defense. But there’s hope for Singletary managers with receivers Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis out following positive COVID-19 tests.

Teammate and fellow back, Matt Breida, will get a few looks, but likely won’t have an impact this week, or the rest of the season for that matter. Look to Singletary to fill your RB2 position and pray that Josh Allen relies on him to carry the ball when they get in close to the goal line.

Dawson Knox (TE, Buffalo Bills)

Despite a few clunkers and a two-game absence with an injury, Dawson Knox has been the Points Per Reception (PPR) TE6 this season. And it looks as if he’s gearing up to have a big Week 16 against the Patriots who held him to just 4.4 PPR points earlier this month.

Beasley and Davis being out will limit Allen’s receiving corps this week. Emmanuel Sanders will return for Week 16 against the Patriots, but his knee injury could linger. This should mean an increased number of targets for Knox and perhaps one of the best tight end performances of Week 16.

I’m here to join the conversation, drink in hand and watch the 2021 NFL season unfold. Cheers! If you choose to make any of my drink recipes, I’d love to see them. Please take a picture and tag me!

Bi-Weekly Drink Recipe: 

Christmas Martini

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz pomegranate juice
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Pine sprig for garnish (optional)
  • In a martini shaker, add all ingredients over ice, shake for about 30 seconds, pour into a martini glass and enjoy!

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