Welcome to the fantasy football playoffs, #FANation
Or welcome to another week of DFS goodness. Week 14 is filled to the brim with incredibly difficult matchups for traditionally consistent fantasy options. We are all in need of some creativity if we want to win in this topsy-turvy week.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
Mark Ingram is averaging a league-high 95.3 rushing yards per game over the last four weeks. Second is Latavius Murray, averaging 80.8 yards per game. Third is Dion Lewis (79.8).
Over the course of his last six games against the New Orleans Saints, Matt Ryan averaged 328.3 passing yards per game while scoring 14 touchdowns and only throwing one pick. He’s aiming for his seventh game in a row against the Saints with a 100+ passer rating.
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
Last week T.Y. Hilton managed 51 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars. The only other wide receivers to score a receiving touchdown against the Jaguars were DeAndre Hopkins and Jaron Brown.
Stephen Hauschka is tied with Matt Prater with a league-high seven 50+ yard field goals made this season.
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
Kyle Rudolph has at least four catches in every game since Week 5, and he’s scored three touchdowns over the last two weeks. The Panthers have only allowed three tight ends to score a touchdown on them, and none of those tight ends had over 24 receiving yards.
Christian McCaffrey already has 64 catches this season. In 2016, only two running backs posted more than 64 catches: Le’Veon Bell (75) and David Johnson (80).
Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals
Rookie tight end, Adam Shaheen of the Chicago Bears, has caught all but one of his targets so far this season.
Over the last two games, Joe Mixon averaged 4.9 yards per carry. On the season, Mixon averages 3.3 yards per carry. Giovani Bernard averages 4.2 yards per carry on the season. According to Pro Football Focus, Bernard also averages 3.2 yards after contact, while Mixon averages 2.3.
Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns
The Green Bay Packers have only allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends all season, two of which were scored just last week by Cameron Brate. However, the Packers have allowed 13 receiving touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this year, tied for fifth-most in the league.
Last week Josh Gordon played in his first NFL game since 2014. He caught four of his 11 targets for 85 yards. This week he will likely face the most coverage from Damorious Randall. According to Pro Football Focus, Randall as allowed 66 percent of his targets to be caught this season.
San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans
Rookie Trent Taylor caught a career-high six passes for 92 yards last week when the 49ers played the Bears. Taylor ranks third among rookie wideouts with 32 catches and 331 receiving yards this year.
If DeAndre Hopkins scores against the 49ers, that would be the seventh home game in a row with a score.
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
The Raiders played against the Chiefs in Week 7. During that game, Amari Cooper caught 11 of his 19 targets for 210 yards and two touchdowns. No other time this season has Cooper put up more than 62 yards.
According to Pro Football Focus, Alex Smith’s 78.4 accuracy rate is the second-best among quarterbacks, only behind Drew Brees. Ironically, Smith also has a 56-percent accuracy on pass attempts targeted 20 yards or more downfield, the absolute highest rate in the league.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
In Weeks 10, 11, and 12 Rod Smith played in more snaps than Alfred Morris. In Week 13, Morris played in 53-percent of the snaps, but while Smith only played in 40-percent.
When the Giants played the Cowboys in Week 1, Not one of the Giants scored over 10 fantasy points. In PPR formats, Shane Vereen managed 14.1 points (due to his nine catches) and Sterling Shepard managed 11.4 points.
Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matthew Stafford has been sacked 38 times this year, the second-most in the league. Over the course of the season, Tampa Bay has logged a league-low 17.0 sacks.
During Jameis Winston’s first game back from injury, Cameron Brate scored two touchdowns. The Detroit Lions have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends over their last three games.
Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals
According to Pro Football Focus, DeMarco Murray has the highest pass protection grade among all half backs (81.2). The second-best grade belongs to Duke Johnson Jr. (81.0).
With only three weeks of playing in more than 2-percent of the team’s offensive snaps, only 12 tight ends have more touchdowns than Ricky Seals-Jones.
New York Jets at Denver Broncos
Josh McCown has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last two games, but he has only thrown multiple passing touchdowns in one of his last four game. The Broncos have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in each of their last five games.
When Brock Osweiler was the starting quarterback in Weeks 9, 10, and 11 Demaryius Thomas had a receiving touchdown in each of those games. Thomas has zero touchdowns in games when Osweiler isn’t the starting quarterback.
Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers
Ryan Grant has four touchdowns in his last six away games.
Philip Rivers is averaging a league high 316.0 passing yards per game over the last four weeks. Second-most is Josh McCown with 300.0 yards per game. Keenan Allen is averaging 121.0 receiving yards and 1.0 touchdowns per game over that same time span.
Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars
Over the last four weeks, Russell Wilson has averaged a position high 24.54 fantasy points per week. He’s averaging 237.8 passing yards. 2.3 passing touchdowns, 40.3 rushing yards and 0.5 rushing touchdowns per game. No quarterback has scored more than two passing touchdowns against the Jacksonville Jaguars all season. However, while Marcus Mariota, Jacoby Brissett (twice), and DeShone Kizer all rushed for over 20 yards, none of the opposing quarterbacks ran in for a score.
Jacksonville sacked quarterbacks 45 times this season, the absolute most in the league. Second most is Pittsburgh with 40. They are tied for second in the league with 16 interceptions. They are also tied for first in fumble recoveries (11) and they scored the most defensive touchdowns (6) thus far.
Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams
LeGarrette Blount played in 47 percent of the snaps in Weeks 11 and 12, the most among the team’s running backs. In Week 13, Blount only played in 19 percent. Corey Clement played in 37 percent and Jay Ajayi played in 41 percent.
Cooper Kupp leads all rookies with 665 yards this season. Over the last two weeks, Kupp has 13 catches and 184 receiving yards in the absence of Robert Woods.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
The last time Alex Collins lost a fumble was in Week 4 against the Steelers. Collins has four rushing touchdowns over the last three weeks.
Despite being divisional opponents, Martavis Bryant has only played against the Ravens one time in his career. That was in November of 2014 and Bryant scored two touchdowns in that outing.
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Dion Lewis has a 100 percent completion rate on all 15 of his 2017 targets. He is the only running back with a perfect catch rate with more than seven targets on the season.
Jay Cutler’s season average for passing yards is 183.7 yards per game. That is 35 among quarterbacks, less than Jacoby Brissett, Tom Savage, and DeShone Kizer.