South Korean pop artist PSY’s viral hit, “Gangnam Style,” is sweeping the world, and translated into English, some of the lyrics are “I’m a guy / A guy who seems calm but plays when he plays / A guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes.”
While we were watching the video for the 500,000th time, it occurred to us that PSY’s lyrics could apply to fantasy football, too, as we could all use a guy on our team who seems calm but plays when he plays.
With that in mind, we took a look at which fantasy football players are the best bets to go completely crazy when the right time comes—the remainder of the season. This is fantasy football, Gangnam style.
Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is having a disappointing sophomore season after blowing up the fantasy football world last year in his rookie campaign. Those who own him, however, have hope for the second half of the season.
Newton doesn’t face a defense that ranks among the toughest third of the league in points allowed to quarterbacks for the remainder of the season, giving him a great opportunity to revert back to 2011 form. In Weeks 14-16, he faces the Atlanta Falcons (No. 22 in fantasy points allowed to QBs in Yahoo leagues), the San Diego Chargers (No. 11), and the Oakland Raiders (No. 10).
If your fantasy football playoffs extend into Week 17, he has the New Orleans Saints that week, who allow the most points to QBs and who Newton lit up in Week 2.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has had a great rookie season and faces a nice schedule the rest of the way. Martin only battles two teams that rank in the toughest half of the league against running backs: San Diego (No. 17) and the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 22).
Especially enticing are his games in Weeks 15 and 16: the Saints (No. 2) and the St. Louis Rams (No. 14). Week 17 brings the Falcons (No. 11).
The Falcons tandem of Roddy White and Julio Jones must be salivating at the remainder of their schedule, which includes two games against the Saints, who allow the most fantasy points to wide receivers, and a Week 15 tilt against the Giants, who are No. 8 in that category.
A Week 14 game against the Panthers, who are third-toughest against receivers, might give fantasy football owners pause, but back in Week 4, White ripped Carolina for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 8 receptions. (Jones didn’t play due to injury.)
Eagles tight end Brent Celek is staring at a menu of delicious opponents down the stretch, including two games—one of which is in Week 16—against the Redskins, who allow the most fantasy points to tight ends. In Week 15, he gets the Cincinnati Bengals, who cough up the sixth most points in that category.
The Eagles offense is a disaster right now, but they’re still in the thick of the NFC East and Wildcard races, so unless they completely tank the next few games, they should be fighting to the bitter end to get into the playoffs and save head coach Andy Reid’s job.
Lurking in the shadow of Peyton Manning is the Denver Broncos defense, which is quietly putting together a very solid season as the No. 11 fantasy defense so far, and which was one of our preseason sleeper picks.
Their remaining schedule is to die for, too: the Bengals (No. 8), the Panthers (No. 9), the Chargers (No. 7), and the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 1) are their next four opponents. If your playoffs go into Week 17, the Broncos get the Chiefs again on Dec. 30.
Lasso those Broncos and ride ‘em to victory, Gangnam style.