The normal fantasy season is over and we have now reached the fantasy football playoffs. Congratulations on the success! From now on, FAAB budget articles will not really focus on budget allocation, as most owners are likely to spend most of FAAB money by now. And if you haven’t, you have to go all-in for what you need to win your next matchup. Either way, we’ll still see the top pickups and streamers on the resignation wire and give you some ideas for potential sleepers for your fantasy play-off matchups.
Here are widely available players who can help your fantasy team this week and beyond.
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Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Goals: Quarterback
At this point, hopefully you’ve got the quarterback position and you’re not relying on specific kids for Week 14 and then going to someone else for Week 15. As we saw with Sam Darnold in Week 13, most streamers aren’t ” safe, “even in the best matchups. So, we will highlight two pairs, because if you have arrived so far you should have a comfortable general for your team, but if you are in a position where you need a general, these are the best options to give up.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Miami Dolphins): Fitzpatrick is either very good or very bad. The last two weeks have been the former. Is turnover prone? Sure. But he is no stranger to having a great game in the right matchup. He has four races with multiple points in the last six contests. However, the other two games have not thrown any, but showed that he can still run the ball into the end zone. The fantasy playoffs matchups are pretty good against the Jets, Giants and Bengals. You could do much worse at quarterback. FAAB Offer: Nothing will need to start QB this week.
Gardner Minsfell (Jacksonville Jaguars): After Nice Falls went into Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, Minshew came in and threw for 147 yards on 27 touchdown and interception attempts. On Monday, the Jaguars announced that they would start Minshew at quarterback next week, so it’s good to have some clarity on the matter. Minshew has a wide range of games from weeks 15-16 against the Raiders and Falcons, but this week is tough against the Chargers. FAAB Offer: You won’t need anything if you start QB week 15.
Other QB units worth offering for Week 14: Ryan Tannehill (@ Raiders), Jacoby Brissett (@ Buccaneers), Sam Darnold (vs. Dolphins)
WEEK 14 MULTIPLE KIDS:
Quarterback | Running back Wide receiver Tight end D / ST | Kicker
Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Goals: RB
Derris Gickey (Washington Redskins): It still holds 50% of the Yahoo and ESPN leagues. Guice highlighted the talent that made him a second-round pick from Washington in 2018. Last Sunday, he rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns in just 10 cars. He still has to contend with Adrian Peterson, but the Redskins will have to face him, as their lead will return and expand to just ten. About 12-15 bears seems reasonable at this point with some catches in each game, too. It is available only in more mountainous leagues, but it is a FLEX game almost everywhere, given the great playability. FAAB Offer: All or almost all of your budget
Alexander Mattison (Minnesota Vikings): The Vikings ran their worst nightmare Monday night against the Seahawks. Dalvin Cook sustained a chest / shoulder injury. It looked much worse in the field. He walked under his own power and later returned to the bench with his pillows, but Mattison was in the next pair of drives and showed some promise as his replacement. We’ve seen Mattison upside down before, and it’s been mentioned in this article, though a few weeks back. It does not sound that Cook’s injury is very serious, as he said even after the game that he would be good to go next week. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to understand Mattison if you own Cook. FAAB Offer: All or almost all of your budget (especially if there is negative news for Cook).
Benny Snell Jr. (Pittsburgh Steelers): With James Conner (shoulder) still inactive, Snell took the reigns for the second consecutive week and gave some fantasy value. Starting back in the last two weeks, it has averaged 4.35 yards per touchdown. It’s still widely available in most forms, and if Conner continues to lose time, then Snell is in line for at least 15 touches every week. With this workload it’s a low-grade RB2 but it’s definitely worth starting with flex. FAAB Offer: Some of most of your budget, depending on reports for Conner.
Raheem Moster (San Francisco 49ers): If ever there was a bad time for Tevin Coleman to fall out of the good fortunes of coaching staff, it would have been the last week of normal fantasy football season. Mostert was the lead that ran back in Week 13, and it wasn’t even close. Mostert rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. Coleman finished with 15 total yards in six total touchdowns. When Matt Breida (ankle) returns, those numbers will join this circus showing a backfield, so he probably expands things shortly after his return. At the moment, Mostert’s stock is up, and Coleman is down. FAAB Offer: Some of your budget.
Peyton Barber (Champs Butchers): Unfortunately, here we are again. Once again we thought Ronald Jones B had a solid grip on the original running job and then, in a big match with the Jaguars, Barber got the rub. Barber averaged less than 3.0 yards per carry, but led the team with 17 carries and found the end zone twice. Can you trust Barber on a weekly basis? Absolutely not, especially after Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Jones was benched last week due to a pass protection error. At this point, it wouldn’t hurt to kill Barber, though, especially if you own Jones. FAAB Offer: Some of your budget.
Jordan Wilkins (Indianapolis Colts): Is Wilkins worth a grab? Yes, but don’t expect too much from him. After two big games, Jonathan Williams is served a slice of humble pie. If we look at the circumstances, we should not be too surprised. Wilkins was Marlon Mack’s (right) back, but on Wilkins’ return to the Texans, Williams took the majority of the workload because the Colts obviously wanted to make it easy with Wilkins. However, Williams’ absence in Week 13 was staggering. Eventually Mack will come back and recover his job as the running back. This of course has a negative impact on both Williams and Wilkins. It’s worth a shot now, but not even the backup was incredibly efficient this past week. FAAB Offer: Very little from your budget.
Darwin Thompson (Kansas City Managers): So the necessary doors finally open for Thompson to get more work done. Damien Williams was inactive with injuries and Darrell Williams went down in Sunday’s game against the injured Raiders. So, by now, the healthiest backs for the Chiefs are LeSean McCoy and Thompson. Andy Reid even said Monday that Thompson could be aligned for more work. There have been jokes and fuss that the Chiefs want to get Thompson more involved, even before the injuries to the Williams brothers (not really brothers). Although Damien and Darrel come out on Sunday against New England, Thompson could probably be aligned with 10-12 touchdowns. FAAB Offer: Very little from your budget.
Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Goals: WR
James Washington (Pittsburgh Steelers): The sample size may be small, but Washington has some good chemistry with Devlin Hodges. It helps a little to get the hunt together before Sunday’s game against the Browns. Such things can build companionship and trust. In his last two games, Washington has only seven appearances, but has converted them to 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both results coming from Hodges. Next week the Steelers play the Cardinals and then in Week 16 they play the Jets, with a tough fight against the letters sealed there. With JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), Washington becomes the No. 2 draft pick. 1 for Hodges. And even when Smith-Schuster returns, there are plenty of reasons for Washington to continue its chemistry with the new General Steelers. FAAB Offer: Some of your budget.
Antonis Miller (Chicago Bears): Miller has been on trend in recent weeks and put on a full show on Thanksgiving. Catch nine of 13 targets for 140 yards. Has he found the end zone this season? No. In his last three games, he has 33 goals with at least six receptions and 54 receiving yards in each game. Mitchell Trubisky plays better and Miller has played a key role in Tubisky’s success. With the Cowboys, Packers and Chiefs at the fountain for the Bears, look for Miller to stay involved, especially when the Bears fall behind. FAAB Offer: Some of your budget.
Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills): While Beasley may not have the large share of late goalie Miller has, he has worked consistently throughout the 3 and 4 weeks dating season when he had 15 catches on 22 goals. Lately, Beasley has become much more involved, especially in the touchdown segment. Since Bills Week, Beasley has had five results in seven contests. He has played at least 74 yards in three of his last four games and performed as WR2 in PPR format. The downside with Beasley is that the matchups to come are terrible. In weeks 14-16, the Bills play the Ravens, Steelers and Patriots. It is undoubtedly a huge bet going forward, so it can be better served as a movie on your FLEX week 14. FAAB Offer: Some of your budget (more on PPR).
Russell Gage (Atlanta Falcons): Gage’s progress is similar to Deebo Samuel’s. Deebo breaks out on stage with the absence of George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders, while Gage’s success has come mostly with Austin Hooper (knee) in recent weeks. However, on Thanksgiving Julio Jones (shoulder) was inactive and Gage did well next to Calvin Ridley. Gage caught five passes for 52 yards, but found the end zone for the first time this season. He now has 19 goals in his last two games. Again, while Hooper is out of lineup, Gage is a pretty good FLEX game in the deeper leagues. But his involvement depends on the health of two of Atlanta’s best offensive weapons. FAAB Offer: A modest amount of your budget (more on PPR).
WEEK 14 PPR GRADES: Running back Wide receiver Tight end
Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Goals: Tight end
Tyler Himbe (Los Angeles): Gerald Everett exaggerated his knee last Monday night and was out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals last Friday. If the injury is a little serious then Higbee needs to be highlighted and added. The matchup last week was obvious. Cardinals allow access to narrow shafts on an almost weekly basis. But if Everett comes out again this week, then Higbee is also a big game next Sunday night against Seattle. Back in Week 12, the Seahawks allowed Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert to combine for 19 catches, 123 yards and a touchdown, and Kyle Rudolph found the end zone on Monday night against Seattle. This should be a “pass-happy” game for the Rams, and Higbee could find the end zone for the second consecutive week. FAAB Offer: None of your budget unless you need an original TE.
Mike Gesicki (Miami Dolphins): Dolphins are no longer running, and Gesicki has worked with what the team is doing. He has five games with at least six goals and has found the end zone in his two previous games. Next week, the Dolphins play the Jets, who are pretty good against tight ends, so while the workload is there, it will be a little harder for him to score. FAAB Offer: None of your budget unless you need an original TE.
Other Worth Offering for Week 14: Grand Olsen (@ Falcons), Nannie Smith (@ Raiders), Ryan Griffin (vs. Dolphins), Ian Thomas, David Njoku (vs. Bengals)
Week 14 Fantasy Football FAAB Goals: D / ST
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts take on a decent race next week against the Buccaneers. The upside is that they could easily pick up Jameis Winston two or three times in this matchup. The downside is that Winston has the ability to fly for 300 meters and multiple landings. In seven of their eight games, the Colts D / ST returned at least seven fantasy points. If you send in this position and you can get seven points, you can take it and move on. six sacks against the Titans and heading over to Tampa’s weak offensive line next week.
Tennessee Titans: The defense of the Titans was not terrible. At the time they played as a top-12 D / ST. Last week they held the Colts to 17 points and forced three sacks and three turnovers. Strangely enough, in the last four games that have blocked four kicks, whether it’s a goal attempt, so difficult to predict, it’s quite impressive. Next week, they will travel to Auckland to visit the Raiders, and Derek Carr was a great last, so this is a good time to get him. Carr has had three interceptions in his last two games with 349 total yards in that period. It’s safe to say that the Titans have a very nice roof next week.
Green Bay Packers: Washington’s running game was pretty strong late with Derrius Guice getting more and the Packers don’t have a ton of upside, but if they can force a couple from Dwayne Haskins and get him out sometimes, then it will be a decent fantasy movie. .
Other D / ST’s worth offering for Week 14: Jets (vs. Dolphins), Browns (vs. Bengals), Texans (vs. Broncos)