For many leagues this will mark the final regular season game before playoffs begin. Let’s try and get all of you a solid win to close out the season along with some smart picks.
In my league I’m sporting an always enviable 6-7 record, tied with only four other teams jockeying for one playoff spot. Good times.
First, let’s check out who had big fantasy performances in Week 13 (standard format):
1) RB James White, New England Patriots | 33.70 points
2) WR DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins | 31.40 points
3) QB Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans | 28.36 points
4) QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers | 28.12 points
Here’s who you should start and sit, along with their projected points.
Who to start
I took Wentz last week and I’ll do it again this week. It’s a must-win feel for the Eagles if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Giants have allowed five quarterbacks in a row to score at least 20 Fantasy points coming into Week 14.
Devonta Freeman returned last week after a two-game absence to lead the Falcons backfield with 17 carries for 51 yards. He’s facing the Panthers in Week 14, who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs, including the most touchdowns with 22 total. Having just fired their coach, their defense could be in for a tough day.
3) Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. New York Giants) | 11.81 points
The Giants are simply too juicy of a matchup to ignore potential Eagles starters this week. Jeffery had a nice game last week after missing two games with an ankle injury. He had nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets. That’s a lot of targets.
The G-Men allow the second-most Fantasy points to opposing receivers while Jeffery has three touchdowns in his past three meetings with the Giants.
Who to sit
This one has more to do with Pittsburgh’s defense than the player. Kirk goes up against a Steelers D that has allowed 12 touchdowns to wide receivers this season, and just two touchdowns to the position in the past four games. Kirk, meanwhile, has not cracked four points in three of his past four games.
2) RB Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) | 11.44 points
Once again, this is more because the Steelers defense is stingy on the fantasy points, having not allowed a running back to score on the ground since Week 5. Drake, meanwhile, hasn’t hit paydirt since week 9, and is coming off a poor outing against the Rams where he carried the ball 13 times for 31 yards.
Carr might not be the best choice here going up against the Titans D. Only one quarterback has scored more than 19 points against the Titans in their past four games, and it was Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes in Week 10. Carr has surpassed 14 points only once in his last four contests, and he scored a combined 14 points in his past two games.
Let’s see how my picks did last week (actual fantasy points):
1) QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Miami Dolphins) | 25.40 points
1) QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. New Orleans) | 18.58 points
2) WR Will Fuller V, Houston Texans (vs. New England) | 1.30 points
3) RB Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans (vs. New England) | 2.70 points