Upcoming Bye Weeks
Week 14: IND, MIA, NE, PHI
Hill looked terrible as a passer in the loss to the Cowboys last Thursday but that really doesn’t matter. He is an elite rusher running for over 100 yards finishing as a top 5 QB on the week. The Saints get the Jets this week and as long as he doesn’t sit due to his banged up finger, he is a locked in QB1 play. The Saints are fighting for their playoff lives so I imagine Hill roughs it out and plays.
I know Casper the friendly Nightghost is rolling his eyes reading this but Cam has an elite matchup against the Falcons in Week 14. They have been TORCHED this season and Cam offers a great floor with his legs. After surprisingly firing Joe Brady, Rhule wants to establish that run. Apparently it was a philosophical difference that led to Brady’s departure. Brady likes to pass and Rhule understands they have a QB who needs to run at this point of his career. The Falcons have given up the 29th most rushing yards to QBs and the 30th most passing TDs.
Tannehill is coming off of a bye and gets the Jaguars. He is likely to get Julio Jones back for this match up but will still be without AJ Brown. This is a good matchup for Tannehill and should come out crisp after the bye.
Heinicke is a good streaming option this week. I know I’ve mentioned him countless times on here but he is just outside of being a QB1 on the season. He offers a great floor and gets the Cowboys in Week 14. They are generating a solid pass rush but have also given up the 15th most fantasy points to QBs this year. As I just mentioned, Hill ran for 100+ yards against the Cowboys in Week 13 so I expect Heinicke to get some work on the ground as he is a sneaky good rusher.
Jimmy G has played solid this season with Trey Lance on his back. He has been able to fend him off and currently has SF in a playoff spot. The final 3 weeks of the season Jimmy G will get ATL, TEN, & HOU. This is an elite schedule and something worth stashing for free this week. He has a below average matchup in Week 14 against the Bengals who overall have been a good defense.
The Rams expectedly routed the Jaguars 37-7 while Sony ran the ball 24 times for 121 yards and a score. He added 3 catches for 8 yards. Henderson was active during this game but never saw a touch. The Rams get the Cards next week and need to win this game if they plan on staying in the hunt for the division. On the surface, you would think the Rams were basically saving Henderson for this matchup while they took care of the lowly Jags. That may be the case and Henderson may be back to the lead in LA in Week 14. It is almost impossible to tell until closer to game time but if Sony gets the nod again, he is due for another elite workload and fantasy production. Couple that with the fact that Henderson is always hurt, I want Sony on my roster.
Jeffrey Wilson/JaMycal Hasty
Here we go down this road again. I have no idea what they eat in San Francisco but these backs can’t stay healthy. Mitchell got hurt again this last Sunday against the Seahawks but with a concussion this time. Wilson is the next logical back in line to take over the snaps for Mitchell. But Wilson had what is being described as a flare-up of his previously injured knee. Sermon is on the IR so he isn’t an option and even their ST ace Trenton Cannon got hurt in this contest. This leaves Hasty who has had his share of issues staying healthy as well. If he is the last man standing and Wilson is out, Hasty would be in for a big workload. This is an injury situation to monitor and likely won’t be settled in time for waivers. I would lean Wilson over Hasty but I won’t bat an eye if Wilson is out Sunday.
Coleman has been the guy with Carter injured. This won’t last much longer and once Carter is back, the backfield is a jumbled mess again. They have a very difficult match up against the Saints this week but per usual are likely to be playing from behind. This could result in 5+ targets for Coleman along with the bulk share on the ground.
I wrote up about Hilliard last week even though he was on a Bye. If you needed a RB, I hope you snagged him then. He is the pass catching back for the Titans and he is a solid runner. I expect the Titans to get him involved early to help get Tannehill in a groove.
Chuba Hubbard/Ameer Abdullah
When CMC first went down for the Panthers, the first pick up for me was Abdullah. The Panthers seemed to really like him and he was taking on somewhat of the CEH role from Joe Brady’s days as the LSU OC. Well, now Joe Brady has been fired. This is presumably due to Mat Rhule wanting to run the ball more. If that is the case, Hubbard could be in line for a respectable role. I am waiting to see how this progresses but if you like the talent of Hubbard, I would go for it here. In the long run, this may be a backfield to avoid all together.
Sanders went down with another leg injury in the Eagles’ win over the Jets. Like last time, the first name that comes up is Gainwell because that is who played this week. After the last time Sanders went down, it was Scott who got the first crack at being the guy though. The Eagles have a Bye in Week 14 so he shouldn’t be too hot of a commodity but if Miles misses any sort of significant time, Scott will be a good stash Week 15 play against the WFT if you’ve made the playoffs.
Gage is the #1 WR in Atlanta and pulled in 11 of his 12 targets for 130 yards. Teams are zeroing in on Pitts, who went catchless the final 3 quarters of the Week 13 loss to the Bucs. Pitts is still very young and working through how to get open against the extra coverage but it is leaving Gage open to gobble up all these targets. He is getting a lot of individual coverage and working out of the slot on quick passes, he should have the volume needed to produce a solid floor going forward.
Thielen is out for an unknown amount of time but that leaves targets open for his replacement. Playing catch up in a game where Cousins uncharacteristically threw the ball 40 times, Osborn saw 7 targets. He pulled in of them for 47 yards and a score.
Sterling Shephard seems to be close to a return. This offense has been crushed by injuries and they just got hit with Golladay this last Sunday. I personally have no clue how Joe Judge would survive this season but I have seen crazier. The Giants are going to be down Daniel Jones again this coming Sunday but if Shephard returns, he would be in line for 7+ targets.
The Saints’ leading WR, Deonte Harris, has been suspended by the NFL for the next 3 weeks. This is stemming from a DUI Harris got over the summer. Callaway has flashed some talent and Taysom does offer some concern under center but someone has to catch the ball in New Orleans.
Parker brought in all 5 of his targets for 62 yards in the Week 13 win over the Giants. He is no longer the alpha of this offense as Waddle has blown through that ceiling. The Dolphins get a bye in Week 14 but Parker is an every week WR4/FLEX play once the Dolphins return as he escaped Week 13 without aggravating any injuries.
Logan Thomas avoided a serious injury but his timetable is unknown. In the low scoring affair against the Raiders Sunday, Bates saw 4 targets. This came as Thomas already had seen 5 himself before his injury. There is still some concern with Ricky Seals-Jones. What is clear is that in this offense the TE will be given plenty of volume. What isn’t clear is who will be the starting TE to get those targets. As of right now, it is Bates.
Thielen is likely out for a few weeks with a high ankle sprain, leaving some targets for the Minnesota pass catchers to gobble up. I do think Osborn steals the majority but even a slight bump for Conklin offers him some upside. He was already a high floor guy and got 9 targets in the Vikings’ comeback attempt against the Lions. Minnesota gets Pittsburgh at home on Thursday night this week.
As long as Waller is out, Moreau is a great start. The Raiders get the Chiefs in Week 14 which is actually a very good matchup despite how well the Chiefs have been playing. If you need a streaming option and Waller is out, fire him up.
The Broncos get the Lions in Week 14.
The Saints get the Jets in Week 14.
Seattle has been a very good defense the last 2 months and will likely get the Davis Mills led Houston Texans this week. This defense has been stingy but without the sacks and turnovers you’d like to see. Variance could be on the Seahawks’ side with this one.
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