Week 14 means that fantasy playoffs are here in most championships and it’s never been more important to avoid busts when making their decisions. The last thing you need is a week just like Jonathan Williams had, which could end your season early. (Raheem Mostert and Darwin Thomopson, we look at you.)
There are always two games that worry us on both sides every week, and the one that stands out this week is the 49ers @ Saints. It’s a tough whistle for San Francisco against a mighty New Orleans front. Add to that the intricate panel and the possible return of Matt Breida (ankle), and Mostert’s high-level wire pickup can be a tough one. On the other side of the game, we are very concerned about the passing of the Saints’ fight outside Michael Thomas. Drew Brees was quiet not too big, so San Fran’s strong defense should have caused him to extend to Jared Cook.
WEEK 14 MULTIPLE KIDS:
Quarterback | Running back Wide receiver Tight end D / ST | Kicker
We also stay away from other backfield committees, with Chris Carson and Darwin Thompson worrying about us. Then we’ll stay away from the Bills-Ravens game a little, with Josh Allen and Marquise Brown making our roster, while Mark Andrews would have a decent case against him.
WEEK 14 PPR GRADES: Running back Wide receiver Tight end
Our week 13 coaches have had some great successes. There was Carlos Hyde, who fought against New England on Sunday night, and Baker Mayfield putting on a firewood against the Steelers. But there were also some weaknesses, as James Washington and Rashaad Penny both had great days for their fantasy owners.
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Week 14 Imaginary Busts: Running Back
Chris Carson, Seahawks @ Rams (Billy Hayen). Carson got up twice on Monday night and will continue to fight with Rashaad Penny for backstrokes. The Rams’ front seven still worries me enough to think that Carson will have a relatively quiet Week 14.
Raheem Mostert, 49ers @ Saints (Vinnie Iyer). What if Matt Breida (ankle) comes back to make a total mess with him and Sputtering Tevin Coleman? And you can never count on Kyle Shanahan who accidentally decides to use Jeff Wilson Jr. again. The matchup is also as bad as it gets for running backs.
Darwin Thomson, Chief @ Patriots (Matt Lutowski). Thompson will find touches with Darrel Williams and Damien Williams (nerves), but even if it’s just him and LeSean McCoy in the backfield, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll score much. At the top of usage concerns and general questions about its ability to produce in big games, there is the matchup. He might pick the Pats in the game he gets the way Duke Johnson did last week, but that’s a big risk to get the fantasy playoffs, especially in standard leagues.
Week 14 DFS LINEUPS:
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Week 14 Fantasy Football Busts: Quadruple
Drew Brees, Saints vs. 49ers (Heyen). Brees threw just 184 yards and just one touchdown (at a low 60% season completion rate), so I’m not sure we can expect him to do much against San Francisco’s fantastic defense.
Jared Goff, Rams v. Iyer. Don’t go chasing his big game against the Cardinals. It’s only too late in really favorable matches against bad teams. The Seahawks and their improved pass defense do not qualify.
Josh Allen, The Accounts Against the Ravens (Lutovsky). Allen is generally a consistent producer, in part because of his ability to blast, but the Ravens’ defense has clicked on all reels lately, allowing fewer than 213 passing yards in each of the last four games. Even more striking is that they have allowed multiple TD warnings only once a year (Patrick Mahomes) and only one QB rushing touchdown all season (Andy Dalton). Allen’s count basically depends on a day that exceeds 70 meters, which he didn’t do this year.
Week 14 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide Receivers
Marquise Brown, Ravens @ Bills (Heyen). I’ve thrown the receiver after the receiver faces off with Tre’Davious White here in like busts, and that’s generally true. Brown has also not seen more than seven goals since Week 3 and has only seen more than four goals since returning from an ankle injury in Week 9.
Brandin Cooks, Rams vs. Seahawks (Iyer). It may get the processing speed overseas, but, independently, it’s a blip from its return against other wideout and tighter end use.
Allen Robinson, Bears vs. Cowboys (Lutovsky). Robinson is generally consistent and has plenty of goals, but has had two total punches in his last five games (1-6 in Week 9 against Philadelphia, 4-15 in Week 11 against the Rams). The Cowboys have allowed a WR1 touchdown all year (Terry McLaurin), so Robinson is in trouble on Thursday night.
Week 14 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight edges
Tyler Himbee, Ramsey vs. Nawak (Heyen). Hebei will go under a miracle of a week. Between the possible return of Gerald Everett (knee) and the fact that no one is as bad at covering tight ends as the Cardinals, Higbee should land this week – there are at least 12 better tight end options.
Mark Andrews, Ravens @ Bills (Iyer). Don’t be fooled by Jason Witten’s touch. The bills are really tough in place overall.
Jared Cook, Saints vs. 49ers (Lutovsky). Cook is more involved, but the 49ers have allowed only one TE to pass over 50 yards (Jacob Hollister) and only three to score (Tyler Eifert, Hollister, Mark Andrews) all season.
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Week 14 Imaginary Busts: Protections
New England Patriots vs. Chiefs (Heyen). Patrick Mohammed has been a man at times in recent weeks, but he still feels stupid to start his defense against him. But if it should, it’s not as scary as it might have seemed 10 weeks ago.
The New Orleans Saints vs. 49ers (Iyer). They’ve done a lot of damage lately, but the Niners will play another rather clean road game and maybe win it.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Seahawks (Lutovsky). Seattle has turned it into an extremely high rate lately, but a good part of it is in the form of lost eaters, which is always unstable. Thefts won’t kill you if you start them, but the ceiling is lower than you think.