Week 14 of the fantasy football season means owners are entering the playofs or battling for a berth. Well, some are shakng their heads at Adrian Peterson, DeAndre Hopkins and Eddie Lacy and wondering how it all went so wrong, but let's focus on those still alive or glory. Week 14 also means it's time for two lineup reminders:
1) Don't overthink things: Just because Brock Osweiler has by far the easier matchup on paper don't you dare start him over Andrew Luck.
2) Leave stubborn behind: Yes, you drafted Todd Gurley in the first round. Yes, you're feeling like a boss for stashing Dion Lewis. Yes, Dak Prescott is awesome and only you believed in him from Jump Street. That doesn't mean you MUST start them. Use that brain of yours to assess the scene in terms of production and matchup.
Either way, the Waiver Wire remains a viable tool, even if just to prevent others owners from getting help. Here's a look at some of that potential help.
1. Joe Flacco, BAL vs. Patriots
2. Trevor Siemien, DEN vs. Titans
* More than likely you're set at QB so consider this just the writer doing his due dillegance. I'll assume Andy Dalton (vs. Browns) isn't available, which leaves two other AFC options as your best hope if in need. Flacco is coming off a monster and now faces a situation where he could be in catch-up mode during the second half against New England. As for Siemien, who missed last week with an injury, he gets a Tennessee defense allowing the sixth most points to fantasy quarterbacks and at least two touchdown tosses for seven straight weeks.
1. Mike Gillislee, BUF vs. Steelers
2. Jacquizz Rodgers, TB vs. Saints
3. Kenneth Dixon, BAL vs. Patriots
4. Rex Burkhead, CIN vs. Browns
Others: Charles Sims, TB; Justin Forsett, DEN, Shane Vereen, NYG
* No screaming must adds, intrigue exists. Gillislee has four rushing touchdowns over the last four weeks with rushing totals of 85, 32, 72 and 49 yards in that span. ...The Bucs backfield is possibly for grabs after Doug Martin sat out the final three drives in Week 13. ... Jeremy Hill likely leads Cincinnati in attempts against Cleveland, but Burkhead should be all kinds of active in the regular game plan and possible garbage time.
1. Pierre Garcon, WAS at Eagles
2. Malcolm Mitchell, NE vs. Ravens
3. Adam Thielen, MIN vs. Jaguars
4. Dontrelle Inman, SD at Panthers
5. Tyler Lockett, SEA at Packers
5. Ted Ginn, CAR vs. Chargers
* If you like your otther lineup options and need safe help at receiver, look at Garcon (At least 6-67 in four of last five weeks) and Thielen (7 for 89 in Week 13). Mitchell (17 catches, 222 yards and three touchdowns over last three games), Inman, Lockett and Ginn, have higher ceilings.
1. Gary Barnidge, CLE vs. Bengals
2. Dennis Pitta, BAL at Patriots
3. Lance Kendricks, LA vs. Falcons
* The Barnidge recommednation isn't about the expected return of Robert Griffin II -- as if -- but facing a Bengals defense allowing the second most points to fantasy tight ends.
Defenses – Because you stream this position
1. 49ers (vs. Jets)
2. Colts (vs.Texans)
3. Jets (at 49ers)
* For those already in the playoffs, look ahead to Week 15 and 16 for possible additions.
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