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Updated: Mon, Dec 09th 2019 1:56:04 am

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Mon. 12-9 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 45

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New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Game Time: Monday, December 9th at 8:15pm ET
Spread: Eagles -8.5

New York Giants

Eli Manning - In a shocking turn of events, Daniel Jones has a high ankle sprain and Old Man River, Eli Manning comes trotting back in on the white horse to save the day for the Giants. Manning hasn't played since Week 2, and while he is the consummate professional, this is a tall order. He wasn't playing that well the past few years anyway, so unless there is some magic in Philly on Monday night, Eli won't be fantasy relevant, even though he has his full complement of weapons around him. 

Saquon Barkley – He had his best game on the ground since Week 2 with 83 rushing yards, which is a crazy statement if you think about it. Barkley either went first or second in your fantasy drafts, and although the high ankle sprain put a damper on the season, this poor output is hard to believe. He is the kind of talent that you just can’t put on a fantasy bench, but at the same time he has severely disappointed. The Eagles are a strong run defense, and the Giants are very likely to fall behind in this one like they do every other game they play. Barkley will be lucky to have 15 rushing attempts in this one, and will likely return you RB3 type production. You are dying to see him have a breakout game, but it is hard to count on at this point of the season.

Sterling Shepard – With Golden Tate out, Shepard looked like he was in for a monster game against a decent Packers secondary. He did have a touchdown pass (that included a face full of snow), but his final total was just three catches for 40 yards. The Giants pitiful offense has been spreading the ball round more lately, and that didn’t leave Shepard with as many looks as he deserved. With Tate looking like he will return and Evan Engram also back on the field, Shepard becomes a much riskier play this week. Seeing as he is the most healthy veteran receiver on the field, he could be a flex play. 

Golden Tate - After missing a game with a concussion, Tate should be back on the field for the Giants on Monday night. He hasn't played a game with Eli Manning under center, and it remains to be seen how effective Manning can be after not playing for so long. He has been heavily targeted when on the field, but coming back right after a concussion is risky business. Tate's value will be tied to Manning's efficiency, and he should be a low end WR3 with a chance to bust in Week 14. 

Darius Slayton – He has been an admirable fill in while Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard were both concussed at different times, and Slayton should have carved out a role for himself even when both of those guys are on the field together. He was the most targeted receiver for the Giants last week with nine, and he has shown the ability to make the big play. Philly averages allowing nearly two passing touchdowns a game and there is a serious chance that Slayton ends up with one in Week 14. He will be a solid WR3 play even if Shepard and Tate are healthy.

Evan Engram - It is wild that Engram and Manning will both be returning on the same week, as they were the only explosive duo the Giants had in the first two games of the season. Engram had 17 catches for 164 yards in the two games they played together. Engram should be fully healthy, although he has missed  ton of game time. If you have been holdling Engram all of this time, get him back into your fantasy lineups against a less than stellar Philly defense. It is a bit of a risk since he hasn't played since Week 9, but he and Manning had a chemistry early, and hopefully will find it again on Monday night. 

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz – He was sliding off the side of a cliff in fantasy production before Carson Wentz met the Dolphins. He had a major resurgence with 310 yards and three touchdowns. He will further revive his fantasy season with a cupcake matchup against less than stellar Giants defense. New York has allowed 22 touchdowns through the air this season, and Wentz should absolutely have a minimum of two in this game. He is nearly a sure thing to top 300 passing yards again now that Alshon Jeffery is back, and Wentz will be solidly on the QB1 radar and will also be a strong DFS play for Week 14.

Miles Sanders – While Jordan Howard practiced last week, he still hasn’t been cleared for contact, so that would lead you to assume he is a long shot to play again in Week 14. With Howard out, Sanders has been getting a little more comfortable in the offense each week. He really played well against the Dolphins last week, and the Giants defense is verrrrrrry easy on running backs. Sanders will be an absolute must play in season long leagues even if Jordan Howard comes back, and he is a very attractive DFS play if Howard is forced to miss the game.

Alshon Jeffery – He certainly looked like his old self again, and not nursing an ankle injury when he had nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown. Clearly, Carson Wentz trusts him the most from his skeleton crew of wide receiver options, along with the tight ends. Jeffery gets a gift wrapped matchup against the Giants Monday night, and while he might not be targeted 16 times again, you can count on a dirty dozen. Jeffery is a very strong WR2 option for Week 14.

Zach Ertz –It shouldn’t be a surprise that Ertz had a light week against the Dolphins considering he was a long shot to play at all thanks to a hamstring injury. You have to hope that another week of rest will get him right as the Giants defense is truly one of the league’s worst. Monitor his practices this week, and if he is able to get in a full practice or two before the end of the week he should be good to go to be more than a decoy in Week 14. If healthy, Ertz is a must-start.

Dallas Goedert – The young tight end has been playing himself into more time on the field with his recent success and Zach Ertz being banged up. Goedert had six catches for 66 yards against the Dolphins. Whether Ertz is there or not, Goedert has at least put himself on the TE1 map as he was the second most targeted receiver for the Eagles last week, and in case you haven’t noticed all year the Giants defense is awful. He might be on the fringe of a starting tight end this week, but with 21 targets in the last three weeks, you certainly can do way worse than Goedert in Week 14.

Summary: NFC East rivalry games tend to be close regardless of the talent levels of the two teams, but this Giants team is so bad right now that I don’t think they can hang with the Eagles. Eli Manning is certainly not the answer at quarterback, and Saquon Barkley is obviously not himself. We will see if Janoris Jenkins gets his way and shadows Alshon Jeffery all game. Honestly, it won’t matter much because the rest of the Giants secondary is absolute garbage, and they will have no answer for Miles Sanders. Look for the rookie to have his best game of the season and the Eagles to win this handily.

Prediction: Eagles 31, Giants 14

Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears

Venue: Soldier Field(Chicago)Thu. 12-5 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 43

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Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears
Game Time: Thursday, December 5th at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Bears +3

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – Prescott’s game on Thankgiving is a case of stats not telling the tale as the Cowboys were trailing most of the game, and he was forced to throw the ball a season-high 49 times. He did throw for 355 yards and two scores with an interception. This is the third time in four games that Prescott has thrown the ball more than 45 times. That certainly isn’t the way they want to run the offense, but they still are a pass first team. The Bears just gave up 280 passing yards to a third-string quarterback on Thanksgiving, and Prescott should have success in this one. He won’t be an elite DFS option, but he still should be able to top 275 yards and two scores.

Ezekiel Elliott – While the Cowboys only gave Elliott 12 rushing attempts, he still had 71 yards on the ground and was targeted ten times. The Cowboys fell so far behind that they had to throw a lot, and Elliott was good for 66 receiving yards. There’s no real meaningful analysis here. Elliott is among the top three runners in football, and even though the Bears allow less than 100 yards a game on the ground, they have surrendered 10 rushing touchdowns. Zeke might not be the best DFS target, but he is always a redraft starter.

Amari Cooper – After a couple of games where he appeared to be more of a decoy than an actual threat, Cooper led the team in targets, catches, and yards. Once he finally was establishing himself as a target for the Cowboys he suffered a knee injury late in the game. The MRI came back clean, but Cooper has been dealing with so many leg injuries this year, that this still will be a concern. Assuming he practices all week Cooper will be a solid start in Week 14, but if he is limited all week you can sit him. The Cowboys likely could not use him much unless they have to in order to get him healthy for a possible playoff run.

Michael Gallup – It has been a very big roller coaster season for Gallup who has a few big games, and then a lot of disappointment. He has been middle of the road in the last two games with nine fantasy points in each. He has been a solid contributor more often than not, and has been a WR3 for most of the year. He has a tough matchup against the Bears defense, but still can be a flex play. If by some chance Amari Cooper does miss the game, Gallup becomes a low end WR2.

Randall Cobb – He was only a factor once the game got out of hand for the Cowboys, and Cobb had just three targets on the game. He now only has 11 catches in the last three weeks, even though in the previous two games he had some big grabs. Cobb will only be a fantasy factor if Amari Cooper is going to miss the game. The Bears pass defense has only allowed 13 passing touchdowns in 12 games.

Jason Witten – He had his first touchdown since Week 2, although this isn’t one that you think will be replicated for Witten. The Cowboys threw the ball a ton, and even though he had six catches they were still only worth 42 yards. If Witten doesn’t score a touchdown he is essentially worthless.

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky – There are two things you can’t deny after watching Trubisky on Thanksgiving. The first is that he actually looked much better than he had in previous weeks. The second thing is the counter to that point is that he was playing the awful Lions secondary. He still had some throws where you just absolutely shook your head and wondered what he was thinking. His stat line of 338 yards and three touchdowns is misleading as he wasn’t that good. The Lions are just that bad. The Cowboys defense is far superior and should make Trubisky look like the somewhat below average quarterback he is. Don’t chase last week’s points, it isn’t going to happen again.

David Montgomery – Thanksgiving was also the best we have seen of Montgomery in quite a while as he rallied in the second half to get to 76 yards on the ground with a receiving touchdown as well. His involvement in the passing game remains middling, and that is keeping his value down on the whole. At this point the only time you can really feel comfortable starting Montgomery is against the worst defenses in the league. He is a flex at best this week as the passing game is likely to struggle and the Cowboys run defense is better than average. The disappointing rookie campaign of Montgomery will continue in Week 14.

Allen Robinson – Despite the poor quarterbacking, Robinson has been getting it done all season. And while Darius Slay was able to intercept one pass, Robinson mostly had his way with the Lions corner. He had eight catches for 86 yards and a touchdown last Thursday, but will find the road tougher against Dallas. Robinson is never a candidate to sit in redraft leagues given his production all season long, but with a less than ideal matchup you really can find a better option for DFS leagues.

Anthony Miller – Where in the world has this been all season long? Miller was a popular late draft pick after scoring seven touchdowns as a rookie and then was a no show for most of the year. He blew up for nine catches and 140 yards on Thanksgiving day, giving him 21 catches in the last three weeks. Sure, the Bears have played two soft defenses back to back in the Lions and Giants, but you can’t argue with the volume he has been getting. Miller has been targeted 33 times in the last three weeks, and with the success he has been having, why would it stop? He will have a little tougher time against the Cowboys, but he will still be a quality start in season long leagues with an expectation of six catches and 60 yards.

Summary: The Bears had a hard time putting away the Lions on Thanksgiving, while the Cowboys got their behinds spanked later in the day. Both teams need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and the Cowboys are trying for a division title. Both defenses are pretty solid, and the Bears are at home, but this one comes down to Dak Prescott being a million times better than Mitchell Trubisky and Zeke Elliott being better than David Montgomery . The Cowboys win one they need.

Prediction: Cowboys 27, Bears 20

Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Sun. 12-8 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 41.5

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Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Packers -13

Washington Redskins

Dwayne Haskins – The best thing that can be said about Haskins in fantasy is that he is really good at taking the snap and handing the ball to one of his running backs. Haskins has completed just 13 passes in each of the last two games without a touchdown pass. He has only thrown for 303 yards in the last two games combined. You would have to be in a 30 team league that plays a quarterback in it to trust Haskins from a fantasy perspective, and even that isn’t a sure thing. He is certainly a detriment to the Redskins offense at quarterback.

Adrian Peterson – The Redskins want to run the ball more than any other team in football. Peterson had one of his best games of the season with 99 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers. He did have a few more carries than Derrius Guice , but the second year man outplayed him. Washington has nothing to play for and have a young guy at running back they want to see more from, so Peterson continues to be a risky option. He will face the leaky Packers run defense, and he will be a reasonable flex play for Week 14.

Derrius Guice – The Redskins do have a running back by committee, but all signs are there that Guice is in the driver’s seat here. He had more carries early against the Panthers, he averaged nearly 13 yards a carry, and most importantly he got the red zone and goal line carries and cashed in the end zone twice. Guice is the back to own in Washington, and he has some great matchups down the stretch. Game script can be a concern in Week 14 as the Redskins are sure to get beat by the Packers in Green Bay, but Washington is so much more effective running the ball that they won’t abandon handing off even if they are losing. Guice will be a sensational RB2 for this Sunday.

Terry McLaurin – It hadn’t happened yet, but there has to be a major concern that the quarterback play is taking what little fantasy value is left from McLaurin. He was targeted just four times for the second time in the last three weeks, and caught just two of them for eight yards. It won’t get much easier for Haskins and McLaurin as they face a Packers secondary that has a couple good corners. With the number of times Washington runs the ball, it is tough to trust any receiver right now. McLaurin has had a string of decent games, but has only topped ten fantasy points once since Week 7. He is an incredibly risky play for Week 14.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers – After struggling for a few weeks, a game against the Giants was just what the doctor ordered. Rodgers was a surgeon last week against the pathetic Giants pass defense as he threw four touchdowns. Rodgers has had great success against bad defenses and has struggled against good ones. He will face the Redskins in Week 14 who don’t give up a ton of yards through the air, but they have allowed 22 passing touchdowns in 12 games. The only concern in this one is that Washington runs the ball a lot and keeps Rodgers and the Packers offense on the sidelines for long stretches. However, Rodgers will be a mid-range QB1 for Week 14 as he should have another strong game.

Aaron Jones – It has been back to back depressing games for Aaron Jones owners as he hasn’t been able to get anything going of late. He has been stopped a handful of times down near the goal line, and has been losing more and more play to Jamaal Williams . He has averaged just over two yards a carry in the last two games, but will get a great bounce back spot to be an RB2 in Week 14 against the Redskins. You might be hesitant to rest your fantasy playoffs on Jones back after the last two games, but he is definitely is in line for a great game.

Jamaal Williams – Williams has been the more effective back for the last two weeks for the Packers, and has barely eclipsed Aaron Jones as the featured back for Green Bay. This has turned into one of the more equal, and frustrating, running back committees in the league. There is certainly a concern using either guy with the snaps and touches being split so evenly, but the Redskins defense is one of the worst against the run so you can start either of these guys and feel confident. Williams would be a great choice for your flex spot in Week 14.  

Davante Adams – He has been amazing since his return from injury with either a touchdown or 100 receiving yards in all three games. Adams caught two scores last week against the Giants in a predictably big game. He will likely draw a lot of Quinton Dunbar this week, who is the Redskins best corner, but even he won’t be able to shut Adams down. He is so far and away the top receiver for the Packers that he is a lock to have at least ten targets. Adams won’t be the top receiver in the NFL on Sunday, but he still should have at least six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Allen Lazard – It wasn’t a high volume game for Lazard against the Giants as he had just three targets, but he made the most of it, catching all three for 103 yards and a score. The snow certainly limited the ability to throw too far down the field, but when Aaron Rodgers took his shots, he was successful. Lazard is unquestionably the number two receiver on the Packers at this point, and against bad defenses he can be a flex play. The Redskins aren’t as bad as the Giants, and Washington will likely look to control the clock so this might not be the best week to try to put Lazard in your fantasy lineups.

Summary: Washington was a surprise winner last week on the backs of their two running backs, and they get a matchup against a team in Green Bay that doesn’t defend well against the run. Unfortunately for Washington, they are playing a much better team this week, and the Packers won’t give up much of anything to Dwayne Haskins. Redskins corner Quinton Dunbar has been a great surprise this year for Washington, but he won’t be able to contain Davante Adams and the two headed monster of the Packers running game help Green Bay beat a team they are much better than.

Prediction: Packers 27, Redskins 13

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium(Minneapolis)Sun. 12-8 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 43.5

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Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
Game Time: Sunday December 8th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Vikings -13

Detroit Lions

David Blough – With Jeff Driskel going to Injured Reserve, this will likely be Blough’s team for the rest of the season. He had a long touchdown throw to Kenny Golladay and then it slowly went downhill from there. Overall though, Blough was much better than anyone expected. That being said he isn’t someone to consider using in fantasy formats, but he is good enough to not take his receivers out of play.

Bo Scarbrough – He continues to dominate the team’s running work, and he continues to put up solid numbers. Scarbrough failed to score against the Bears on Thanksgiving, but they are a pretty good defense. Scarbrough has 39 rushing attempts in the last two weeks, and is undoubtedly the lead back for the Lions going forward. He is a very physical runner and can wear down a solid run defense. Minnesota is one of the better run defenses in the league; however, Scarbrough is still proving to be a strong flex option on a weekly basis.

Kenny Golladay – He had a 75 yard touchdown on the first drive of the game, and Golladay had his best game of the season. Everyone predicted that with a third string quarterback right? Sure you did. The concern with Golladay is that he only has 14 targets in the last three weeks combined when he was regularly getting eight or nine a game for most of the year. He still is a must start in season long leagues, but is becoming much more risky as a DFS option.

Marvin Jones – While coming into the season it seemed like Golladay would be the receiver to own, Jones has been the more consistent receiver. He has under 50 receiving yards in his last three games, but he also does have three touchdowns in the last three weeks. Jones has five games with more than 75 receiving yards, and while he will face a Vikings pass defense that has a strong reputation, they have been beatable this year. Jones will be a really strong WR3 for Week 14.

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins – The Vikings might not have won on Monday night, but it wasn’t Cousins fault as he had 276 yards and two touchdowns. A chunk of that production came in the second half when they were down double digits, but he still performed well. Captain Kirk will be a dynamite start in Week 14 as he faces the Lions defense who is just flat out bad. He smashed them for 338 yards and four touchdowns back in Week 7, and there are few quarterbacks you should feel more confident about going into this week than Cousins. It sure would help to have Adam Thielen back, but even without him, Cousins should roll.

Dalvin Cook – He took a hard hit on Monday night and re-aggravated his shoulder/chest injury from a few weeks ago. Cook has already come out and said he will be ready to go, but the athlete always says that. Monitor his practice all week long to see how involved he is. The Vikings could take it easy with their prized running back in a game they should win anyway, as they are primed to make the playoffs. If he plays you have to start Cook, and his backup Alexander Mattison just became an intriguing flex play as well.

Adam Thielen – He was able to practice most of last week heading into Week 13 before being ruled inactive, so you have to figure that he will be back on the field to face the Lions. Thielen already came back once and aggravated his hamstring injury, so he certainly comes with some risk. However, this is an absolute smash matchup, and if he practices again all week there is no reason he won’t be on the field Sunday. He had a 25 yard touchdown catch the first time they faced the Lions, but that was the game he initially injured his hamstring. Thielen will be a strong start in all formats.

Stefon Diggs – It was a quiet Monday night for Diggs considering that Kirk Cousins had a decent game. He did leave the game briefly with an ankle injury, but he was able to return. It doesn’t have to be reiterated how bad the Lions defense is, you already know that. He could be facing Darius Slay a lot on Sunday, but even that shouldn’t stop Diggs. He ran through the Lions for seven catches and 143 yards the first time these two teams played, and there is no reason he won’t be over 100 yards again. Whether Adam Thielen plays or not, Diggs is one of the top wide receiver plays of the week.

Kyle Rudolph –He continued his impressive streak with his sixth touchdown in the last six games, paired with four catches for 50 receiving yards. Rudolph was asked to block more for the majority of the first half of the season, and rarely even saw a target. He has been a real factor, being targeted at least five times in five of the last six games. He has gone from forgettable guy on the wire, to must-start tight end in the fantasy playoffs. Isn’t fantasy football fun? The Lions are awful, fire up Rudolph as a strong TE1 for Week 14.

Summary: The Vikings are trying to stay in the NFC playoffs, and the Lions are using their third quarterback, their fourth running back, and their defense is terrible. The Vikings are at home, and are the far superior team. This one could seriously be over by halftime.

Prediction: Vikings 37, Lions 21

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 12-8 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 47

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Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Falcons -2.5

Carolina Panthers

Kyle Allen – After nearly getting run out of town, Allen has back to back three touchdown games, with two through the air and one on the ground against the Redskins in Week 13. He has looked like a new guy, topping 250 passing yards in each. Of course, last week he had to throw a lot since the Panthers were losing to the Redskins, but the production was still there. The Falcons are a great pass defense…..against the Saints and Panthers and below average against the rest of the league. Allen had his worst game with four picks against Atlanta in week 11. He isn’t a fantasy relevant quarterback, and while he might put up decent stats but nothing that makes him fantasy relevant.

Christian McCaffrey – He had his worst game since Week 2 against the Bucs last Sunday against the Redskins, but you just have to chalk that up to a bad game and move on. He tortured the Falcons defense a few weeks ago with 70 yards on the ground and 11 catches for 121 yards. He is still the best in the game and McCaffrey is always worth any cost to get him into your lineup.

D.J. Moore – After a horrible game against the 49ers in Week 8, Moore has been an automatic stud since. He has at least six catches in each of the last five games, and has topped 75 yards in every game since. He has three touchdowns in the last two weeks, and he has risen near the ranks of the top 12 wide receivers. Moore was awesome against the Falcons with eight catches for 95 yards back in Week 11 and should be in your lineups in all formats again in Week 14.

Curtis Samuel - He has a touchdown in three of the last five games, and he also has been targeted at least six times in four of the last five. He isn’t a big yardage guy, as he hasn’t topped 65 receiving yards since Week 6. If Kyle Allen is going to continue to play well, he can sneak into some flex consideration, but Samuel is fairly touchdown dependent on a team that doesn’t throw a lot of touchdowns. And honestly, the first touchdown is going to go to D.J. Moore , so Samuel needs the Panthers to have a pretty decent offensive day to be overly relevant. He isn’t a player that is consistent enough to be in many fantasy lineups.

Ian Thomas  – Greg Olsen was knocked unconscious on a helmet to helmet hit during the game, and you have to believe that he won’t be cleared to play on Sunday. He finished the season strong last season when Olsen was injured, and had four catches for 24 yards against the Redskins in Week 13. The Falcons are a decent defense against the tight end, but nothing special. Thomas isn’t worth an add unless you are in an extreme situation for Week 14, but monitor his production to see if he can maybe help you down the stretch.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan – This is a textbook example of garbage time and stats not telling the tale of the game. Ryan played awful despite having 312 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three turnovers, including an interception where he was stiff armed so hard that it will be a meme for the rest of eternity. He was without Julio Jones , but it doesn’t matter much. The Falcons are a disaster. However, this is a fantasy site, and Ryan still put up decent points. He will be a low end QB1 with a matchup against a middle of the road Panthers. Ryan has nagging injuries, Julio Jones is definitely compromised, and the team has nothing to play for.

Devonta Freeman – Some things remain constant through the 2019 season and one of those is that Devonta Freeman stinks. He hasn’t topped 90 rushing yards this season, and he also hasn’t run for a touchdown. His involvement in the passing game hasn’t been enough to make up for his below average play running the ball, and honestly he is nearly unplayable at this point. If he is ever going to have a solid game, it will be against Carolina who has allowed 20 rushing touchdowns on the year. If you still have Freeman, give him one last chance in your flex in a solid matchup but he is far from a sure thing.

Julio Jones – Given the fact that he almost played on Thanksgiving, and with the extra time to rest there should be no doubt that Jones will play on Sunday. He is clearly not himself with the shoulder injury, and hasn’t been his explosive self in a few games. The knock on Jones (for those that knock him at all) has always been that he doesn’t score enough touchdowns. While he started out hot, Jones still has just four scores on the year and none since Week 3. You can’t sit Jones in any scenario in season long leagues, but he is becoming a riskier guy to play in DFS games considering what his price tag normally is.

Calvin Ridley – Ridley has been much better since Austin Hooper has been hurt and Julio Jones has been banged up. He has been targeted 32 times in the last three weeks. He certainly has taken advantage of the extra usage with three straight games over 85 yards and two touchdowns in that stretch. With Jones likely back and Hooper also having a shot to play, keep the expectations for Ridley in check in Week 14. He is no longer a strong DFS play, but still startable in redraft leagues.

Russell Gage – He has also been fantasy relevant over the past couple of weeks with Jones and Hooper out, but the minute that Julio comes back, Gage becomes someone to forget about. The Panthers are a better than average pass defense, and Gage is only a fantasy player if both Julio Jones and Austin Hooper don’t play.

Austin Hooper – It is a bit of a long shot that Hooper returns this week, but this would be the short side of his projected injury timetable from the MCL injury. If he plays, Hooper is an absolute must-start considering how talented Hooper is and how bad the tight end position as well. Don’t be cute and try to give him a week extra to play him, he is one of the best in the game right now.

Summary: The Panthers fired long time coach Ron Rivera on Tuesday, and sometimes that gives a team a short bump as they try to rally around each other. It also helps when that team has an opponent they should beat, who also was rumored to fire their coach earlier in the season. This one might be in Atlanta, but the Falcons just stink out loud this season. They will have no answers for Christian McCaffrey , and the Panthers take this one fairly easily.

Prediction: Panthers 31, Falcons 17

San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome(New Orleans)Sun. 12-8 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 44.5

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San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Saints -2.5

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo – He still does make some questionable decisions and throws, but Garoppolo has matured as a passer this season. He has completed at least 70 percent of his passes in six of his last eight games, and has multiple touchdowns in four of the last six. The Saints pass defense has allowed 19 passing touchdowns in 12 games, and Jimmy G will have a shot of throwing for 250 yards and two scores. He should have a solid game, but won’t be a fantasy target in season long or DFS games.

Tevin Coleman – After a solid month of October, Coleman was a forgotten man most of the month of November and didn’t start December off well when he was outplayed and basically benched for Raheem Mostert against the Ravens. With Matt Breida supposedly coming back in Week 14, that hurts Coleman’s value even more. He should be glued to your fantasy bench against the Saints.

Matt Breida – He has missed three straight games, but should be cleared to play against the Saints. He should be good after he nearly played in Week 13, but it will be interesting to see how carries are divvied out between Coleman, Breida, and Mostert. The way that Coleman is playing, you would think that he would get the fewest. With Breida not playing recently he very likely will be the lead back in this one and could be your flex. It would be a risky play, as Raheem Mostert certainly earned some carries, but it is unlikely that he will do enough to be fantasy relevant against a strong Saints run defense.

Emmanuel Sanders – He did not look hampered at all by the rib injury in Week 14, although the weather conditions weren’t exactly conducive to a lot of passing. Sanders was still targeted six times and caught four passes for 41 yards. The Saints pass game is pretty strong, and Sanders will likely not be covered by Marshon Lattimore much as he comes out of the slot. This game will likely feature a solid amount of passing and Sanders could comfortably find his way into your flex spot.

Deebo Samuel – Samuel caught a bit of a circus touchdown on fourth down against the Ravens last week, but unfortunately he only had one more catch the rest of the game. He has just six total targets in the last two weeks, and he will likely be covered a good deal by Marshon Lattimore against the Saints. He does have two straight games with a touchdown, but Samuel will be a risky flex play against a strong Saints pass defense.

George Kittle – Some may freak about his lack of involvement against the Ravens, but if you saw the game you would know that the weather was bad and the 49ers ran the ball a ton. For one game Kittle was asked to block much more than he went out in pass routes, so it was a game script issue more than Kittle being injured or not looked to. The Saints don’t give up a ton against tight ends, but Kittle is a rare breed and you can’t go by that stat. He is a matchup nightmare, and while he might not be a great DFS target against the Saints, Kittle is always a redraft option.

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees – It was the worst game of the season for Brees, although the Saints still won the game easily. It was only the second time that he failed to throw multiple touchdowns, and both of those games were against the Falcons. He will face an incredibly hard test this week against the 49ers, but at home they won’t be able to shut Brees down completely. He might struggle to throw for 200 yards through the air or multiple touchdowns. If you have a better option on the wire or on your roster, you might want to look in another direction this week.

Alvin Kamara – While he has battled injury for a chunk of the season, Kamara has not returned what we thought back in August. He has been targeted at least eight times in five straight games, but he hasn’t topped 50 receiving yards since Week 3. Kamara has basically come off the DFS radar altogether, even with his involvement in the passing game. He will have a hard time running the ball against the 49ers, and likely will come in under ten fantasy points.

Michael Thomas – For the first time all season long, Thomas was held under 50 receiving yards in a game with just 48 on Thanksgiving night. Even his worst game of the season, he still had ten fantasy points. Despite the one bad game, Thomas is still the best receiver in football, and while the Niners are among the top pass defenses in the NFL, Thomas will still get his. Look for the big guy to still come up with six catches for 75 yards.

Jared Cook – While he dropped a touchdown pass, Cook still had a solid outing on Thanksgiving night with three catches for 85 yards. He has scored at least ten fantasy points in six straight games, and has either a touchdown or at least 70 receiving yards in each contest. The 49ers are an extremely strong defense, but Mark Andrews had success against them last week. He might be a lower end TE1, but Cook is still a guy you can start in Week 14.

Summary: This is a battle of the heavyweights and the best game of the week. The Saints have had extra rest after playing on Thanksgiving, and the Niners are coming off a brutal game against the Ravens. They are both playing for a first round bye in the NFC playoffs. San Francisco has been a little more battle tested than the Saints, and their defense specializes in shutting down the pass. Drew Brees will play ok, and the Niners won’t be able to shut down Michael Thomas , but the Saints defense won’t be able to do enough for New Orleans to win this one.

Prediction: 49ers 27, Saints 20

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium(Cleveland)Sun. 12-8 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 42

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Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Browns -8.5

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton – He is a far cry from a Hall of Fame quarterback, but Dalton is at least competent and led the Bengals to their first win of the season over the Jets last Sunday. He threw for 243 yards and a touchdown, but it could have been more if anyone on that team besides Tyler Boyd could catch. He isn’t a guy you want to count on for fantasy purposes, but he at least will make the Bengals a somewhat respectable offense.

Joe Mixon – He was able to score for the second time in three weeks, even against the tough Jets defense. The Bengals are almost always behind which will generally keep Mixon’s usage under 20 carries. He certainly hasn’t been lighting up the fantasy scoreboard, but he certainly has been better in the last month. Mixon will continue to be an RB2 in a favorable matchup against a beatable Browns defense in Week 14.

Tyler Boyd – While it wasn’t a great game in Week 13, it certainly seemed like things were more settled for Boyd. Having Andy Dalton back under center was definitely a help as he was targeted ten times and caught five of them for 59 yards and a touchdown. Outside of the Raider game, Boyd has been very consistent since Week 7 with at least five catches and 55 yards. He remains firmly on the fantasy radar as a startable receiver against the Browns who could be down a corner with the injury to Greedy Williams.

Auden Tate – Tate gets back on the edge of the fantasy radar with Andy Dalton back under center. Tate was targeted seven times last Sunday and had four catches for 66 yards. The Bengals never really put enough points on the board for two receivers to be consistently fantasy relevant. Tate won’t have a great matchup against the Browns in Week 14, and should only be used in case of injury emergencies.

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield – While the Steelers pass defense has been great in the last month, it was still expected that Mayfield would be able to throw a couple touchdowns against them like he did in Week 11. He looked awful, especially in the second half, and failed to throw for even 200 yards and had just one touchdown. He will get a much better matchup against the Bengals in Week 14. Cincinnati kept Sam Darnold in check last week, but they have allowed 16 passing touchdowns so far this season. Look for Mayfield to throw a couple of touchdowns on Sunday.

Nick Chubb – With the Steelers grabbing the lead early in the second half, the Browns went away from Chubb more in the second half. It was the first time that he failed to have 20 carries since Week 5, and the 58 rushing yards were his fewest of the season. This will be an outlier, and Chubb will continue to be the workhorse back. He will bounce back in a big way as the Browns will face the Bengals who are the worst run defense in the league. Chubb is an absolute lock for 100 yards and a touchdown with two scores being a possibility.

Kareem Hunt – There is a lot of love for Hunt around the Twitter universe, but he is generally pretty touchdown dependent. He has scored in two straight weeks, but he hasn’t had more than 12 touches in a game since coming back from suspension. He should be able to do a lot with not a ton of volume as the Browns face a horrible run defense in Cincinnati. Whether it be with carries or receptions out of the backfield, Hunt will be a low end RB2 or flex play for Week 14.

Odell Beckham – Back in August everyone would have told you that you were crazy if you had said that Beckham would have two touchdowns with just four games left in the season. However, here we are. He had another incredibly disappointing outing in Week 13 with just 29 yards against the Steelers. He will have an easier go against the Bengals, but Cincinnati isn’t as bad against the pass as they are against the run, but Beckham should still be able to have five catches and 60 yards and can be a WR3 in Week 14.

Jarvis Landry – Landry was targeted over ten times for the fifth time in the last six games and he had six catches for 76 yards. He had scored in four straight games before being held out of the end zone in Week 13. He is definitely the go-to receiver for the Browns at this point, and in PPR leagues will continue to be a strong WR2 and a solid DFS play against the Bengals in Week 14.

Summary: Andy Dalton brought some respectability back to the Bengals as they won their first game of the season by crushing the Jets. The Bengals defense has also played a little better of late, of course that could come from knowing they have to be because the offense rarely scores. The Browns couldn’t get it going against the Steelers last week, but they will find it much easier against Cincinnati. The Bengals defense might be playing a little better, but they are still a very long way from Pittsburgh’s D, and Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb should both have solid games. The Browns win this one at home by ten.

Prediction: Browns 34, Bengals 24.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Venue: Raymond James Stadium(Tampa)Sun. 12-8 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 47

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Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Buccaneers -3

Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett – It is pretty amazing that Brissett was able to throw for over 300 yards in a game without T.Y. Hilton . However, the team was blown out in the second half and had very little other option besides to throw a lot. This was a nice turn from failing to top 150 yards his previous two games, but the Colts are starting to tank right along with their offense. It will be a great change of pace next week to face a terrible Buccaneers secondary and he should be able to play much better.

Jonathan Williams – He may have gotten fewer carries than Jordan Wilkins , but Williams will still be the lead back for the Colts. He wasn’t able to get anything done with 14 yards on eight carries, but he will lead the team in carries in Week 14. Unfortunately, he will have a hard time getting much going again as the Buccaneers allow less than 80 yards per game on the ground. Williams will be a risky flex play, but if you have no other option he could be an option.

T.Y. Hilton – This will be a very tough one to gauge for Week 14. Hilton suffered a setback late last week with his calf injury that cost him last Sunday’s game. He hasn’t been the same since early in the season, and he is tough to trust going forward. The hard part is he will be a very tantalizing pick for Sunday going against the terrible Bucs defense. He has become a high risk/high reward option, and the possible reward is great enough in this one that if Hilton suits up you have to put him in your lineups.

Zach Pascal – With Chester Rogers leaving the game in Week 13, Pascal was basically the last semi-reliable receiver that Brissett had to throw to. He came through with seven catches for 109 yards in the game against the Titans. If Hilton is unable to play against the Bucs, then Pascal becomes a very strong play in Week 14. However, if Hilton is able to give it a go, the Colts won’t have enough offense for two receivers to be fantasy relevant and Pascal should be on your bench.

Jack Doyle – Losing Eric Ebron certainly helped get him more targets, but when T.Y. Hilton was unable to go, it may have made Doyle the most reliable receiver. He took full advantage with season highs across the board with 11 targets, six catches, 73 yards, and a score. If Hilton is able to play this week, Doyle will still be a top ten tight end. If Hilton is forced to miss the game again, Doyle becomes an absolute must start stud in Week 14 against Tampa.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston – He failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time all season long, and had under 300 passing yards for the first time since Week 5. Against solid defenses and bad, Winston is always a threat to throw for big numbers because his team is always behind. The Colts are a pretty decent defense, but garbage time will always be good to the Bucs signal caller. He will be a solid streamer with a chance for another 300 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

Ronald Jones – Everything was set up for Jones to be a beast in Week 13, so of course he had just eight yards on six carries and wasn’t targeted in the pass game. It was Peyton Barber who had the two rushing touchdowns, and was the Tampa Bay back to own. Head Coach Bruce Arians said that Jones missed a pass blocking assignment so lost the right to play. The Colts have a fairly strong run defense, so neither guy will be a strong choice in Week 14. Peyton Barber is a bum, and would never get off the bench for almost any other team. Jones isn’t a strong play for Sunday, but if you want a Tampa back, he is the one to trust.

Mike Evans – He may have been outproduced by Breshad Perriman , but repeat after me, “I will not trust Breshad Perriman .” There, we can move on. It was the third week that Evans had just four catches and under 70 receiving yards, and he hasn’t scored in four straight games. The Colts do have a couple of decent corners, but no one who is capable of shutting Evans down for an entire game. He should have a minimum of six catches for 80 yards and will be a strong play for Week 14 against Indianapolis.

Chris Godwin – He went bananas in Week 13, so of course he had just four catches for 50 yards without a score in Week 14. This is the way the Bucs passing game has gone all season long. As soon as you start to trust someone, they let you down. Godwin was close to a touchdown in this one, but fell a yard short. The Colts pass defense has started to fade in recent weeks, and there is no reason to think that Godwin can’t bounce back in a big way and threaten to surpass 100 yards.  

O.J. Howard – The Bucs allowed Howard off the bench and he responded with five catches for 61 yards. Given the way the team has used him all season long it is incredibly hard to believe that he will back this up with another strong game in Week 14. The Colts give up a decent amount of production to the tight end, so there is a chance that Howard will be solid again, but you would have to be an incredibly risky fantasy player to put him in a starting spot for your team. Howard falls in and out of favor with this coaching staff like most folks change their underwear. Look in another direction this week.

Summary: Brissett has been playing worse in the last month, although the loss of any dynamic options to throw to certainly to isn’t helping. T.Y. Hilton likely misses another game which leaves Zach Pascal and Jack Doyle as his best topics. The Tampa defense stinks, but has been playing a little better of late. On the flip side, Jameis Winston can throw the ball on anyone, and Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are lethal receivers. In the end, the Bucs offense will be too much for the Colts to overcome and Tampa wins a close one.

Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Colts 23

Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans

Venue: NRG Stadium(Houston)Sun. 12-8 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 42.5

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Denver Broncos at Houston Texans
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Texans -9

Denver Broncos

Drew Lock – It wasn’t a bad debut for the rookie with two touchdowns against the Chargers, but you can’t say that you came away from the game overly excited about the prospects of him having huge games down the stretch. He was able to extend some plays with his ability to move around, but he didn’t wow you and get you hyped for Week 14. The Texans pass defense is far from great, and while Lock himself might not be overly fantasy relevant, he at least keeps Courtland Sutton in play.

Phillip Lindsay – It was another ho hum day in a ho hum season for Lindsay. He still has just a single 100 yard rushing game on the season, and he rarely is a factor in the passing game. He has failed to top 70 rushing yards in five of the last six, and even with a favorable schedule down the stretch as far as run defenses go, he is a flex option at the very best. Lindsay isn’t an exciting fantasy option for the rest of 2019.

Courtland Sutton – The only bright spot in this god forsaken season for the Broncos has been the emergence of Sutton. He had another two touchdowns on Sunday, and clearly was someone that rookie Drew Lock could count on. With favorable matchups against the Texans, Chiefs, and Lions coming up, Sutton will be a high end WR2 down the stretch.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson – It was quite an impressive night for Watson as he completed over 70 percent of his passes and threw three touchdowns against the vaunted Patriots defense. He was in control of the game, and it was one of his best games of the season despite only throwing the ball 25 times. He will have another tough matchup in Week 14 against the Broncos, although they struggled last week against the Chargers. Watson should be a lower end QB1 and throw for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

Carlos Hyde – Most of the season Hyde would pull a good game out every once in a while, but it has been a few weeks before he’s been fantasy relevant. Despite the Texans being ahead most of the game, Hyde still only had ten carries. He was outplayed and outproduced by Duke Johnson in Week 14 when Johnson had five catches and a touchdown. Neither guy will be someone to count on this upcoming Sunday when the Texans face a tough Broncos defense.

DeAndre Hopkins – It was a forgettable game for sure, but a game against Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots isn’t one to expect a great game. Even in that circumstance, Hopkins still had 11 fantasy points. He will face another tough one with Chris Harris and the Broncos, but you can never sit Hopkins. He has had great games against some of the best corners in the game, and while it might not be expected, you can’t be surprised if he was able to get close to 100 yards in Week 14.

Will Fuller – The example of the pain of being a Fuller owner is crystal clear in the last two weeks. He returned from injury in Week 12 in a game you would think he might not be successful and racked up 140 yards. Coming off that game even with a tough matchup against the Patriots you had to figure he would still do something. Fuller did drop one ball, but was only targeted twice, and had just one catch for eight yards. Not only that, but Kenny Stills had 61 yards and a score in Week 13. Never fear though, Stills is not fantasy relevant going forward, and Stills is a tough to predict WR3 against the Broncos in Week 14.

Summary: This could be a bit of a letdown game for the Texans coming off an emotional win against the vaunted Patriots. However, the good thing for Houston is that they are a far better team than Denver. Rookie Drew Lock played decently in his opening start, but he certainly didn’t wow anyone. The Broncos will have to win this one with their defense, as they are unable to ball and we just talked about the quarterback play. While the Texans defense isn’t great, they are good enough to keep the rookie in check and Deshaun Watson will be good enough to win this one at home.

Prediction: Texans 27, Broncos 17

Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 12-8 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 46

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Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Jets -5.5

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick – You can’t say that it was a shock that Fitzpatrick had a big game against a weak Eagles defense. This was the second 300 yard game in the last three for Fitz, and his second straight multi-touchdown game. It was a shock that the Dolphins actually won the game. He continues to play well and gives the Dolphins an outside shot of winning most weeks. He goes against the Jets on Sunday, which not only is a rivalry game, but they have a bad defense. Fitzpatrick threw for 288 yards with three touchdowns the first time these two teams met in Week 9. Fire him up as a low end QB1 and is a great streamer for Week 14.

Patrick Laird – With Kalen Ballage mercifully done for the year with a leg injury, Laird looks to be the next man up on the totem pole. He did have a rushing touchdown and four catches against the Eagles, but he wasn’t able to get much done on the ground. The Jets are one of the best defenses against the run, and there is no way that Laird can be trusted in Week 14.

DeVante Parker – This guy is just a weekly beast now as he had perhaps the game of his career with seven catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles. He is beating defenses, he is fighting for catches, and his confidence is at an all-time high. Parker had four catches for 57 yards and a score in Week 9 against the Jets and he will be a strong WR2 and a DFS option on Sunday.

Mike Gesicki – He suddenly has been a bigger part of the offense of late, and Gesicki has now scored in back to back games. He now has been targeted at least six times in five straight games, but remains touchdown dependent. He had his best game of the year with six catches for 95 yards the first time the Dolphins played the Jets and will be a low end starter for Week 14.

New York Jets

Sam Darnold – As soon as you start to trust Darnold and the Jets they break your heart In what looked like the cupcake matchup to end all cupcake matchups, Darnold threw for only 239 yards and no scores. How this happened in a game against the worst team in football will remain one of the mysteries of the year. He next faces the Dolphins who he had 260 yards, but just a single touchdown against in Week 9. With one bad performance, Darnold becomes an incredibly hard guy to trust if you are streaming quarterbacks against the Dolphins.

Le’Veon Bell – It wasn’t a shock that Bell didn’t have a big game, as the Bengals are surprisingly one of the best run defenses in football. However, this is just another ho-hum game in an incredibly disappointing campaign. He had eight catches and 66 rushing yards against the Dolphins back in Week 9, but the Jets offensive line seems to get worse by the week. If ten fantasy points excites you from a starting player, than Bell could be in your flex, but the hope for a big game has to be long gone by now.

Robby Anderson – He was not even a blip on the fantasy radar for the first 11 weeks of the season, and then all of a sudden in the last two weeks he has been a whole new receiver. After 86 yards and a score in Week 12, Anderson was targeted a season high ten times and had his second 100 yard game of the year against the Bengals in Week 13. He did nothing in Week 9 against the Dolphins, but everything seems to have changed in the last two weeks. Anderson has become someone to continue to start until you see him seriously let you down for two consecutive weeks.

Jamison Crowder – For a time he was the most consistent receiver on the team, but Crowder now has just four catches for 26 yards in the last two games combined. It is hard to say what happened in the Jets offense in the past few weeks, but it hard to trust Crowder anymore. Despite the fact that he was targeted nine times against the Bengals, he finished with more targets than receiving yards. He lit up the Dolphins with eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in Week 9, but it is hard to believe that he can replicate that effort right now. Honestly, Crowder belongs on your bench for the time being.

Ryan Griffin – After a short stretch where he was a solid part of the Jets offense, Griffin has largely gone quiet in the past two weeks. He has just 43 receiving yards in that span, and it has become nearly impossible to know what to expect from the Jets offense going forward. Griffin did have six catches for 50 yards against Miami in Week 9, and he very well can hit those stats again. The Dolphins are quite giving to the tight ends, and if Griffin is going to remain fantasy relevant it will be against the Dolphins.

Summary: The Jets are incredibly hard to predict as they crushed the Raiders one week, and get crushed by the Bengals the next week. Miami has really started playing better in the last month, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is bringing all kinds of excitement to the team. These two AFC East rivals always play each other close regardless of talent. They are actually fairly evenly matched, and this one is going to come down to the wire. The Jets are the home team and should win this one by a field goal.

Prediction: Jets 23, Dolphins 20

Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills

Venue: Ralph Wilson Stadium(Orchard Park)Sun. 12-8 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 44

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Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Bills +5.5

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson – This guy is just amazing. You can’t stop him. You can contain him for small periods of time, but in the end, Jackson gets the yards or makes the play that he needs to make. He won’t throw for a lot of yards against the strong Bills defense, but he will do enough, and run for nearly 100 yards again with two total touchdowns. Jackson is always someone to consider in any fantasy format, season long or DFS.

Mark Ingram – Ingram is the workhorse running back for the Ravens, but his output is often held back by the fact that Lamar Jackson runs so much. He has had some of his best games against solid defenses. He hasn’t had more than 15 carries since Week 5, and his production is very sporadic. The Ravens are likely to run a good amount against the Bills, but they are a very stout defense, and Ingram isn’t likely to have a big game unless Lamar Jackson gets the Bills so confused they never know who has the ball. Ingram is a decent flex, but don’t expect more than 75 total yards.

Marquise Brown – The Ravens just don’t throw the ball enough to anyone not named Mark Andrews for another player to be fantasy relevant. Jackson looked Brown’s way just twice all game against San Francisco with one catch for one yard. Brown will have another impossible matchup with Tre’Davious White and should not be considered in any fantasy format heading into Week 14.

Mark Andrews – His hands might not always be the most reliable, but Andrews is certainly the most targeted receiver for the Ravens on nearly a weekly basis. He is big, he is athletic, and clearly he has a rapport with Lamar Jackson . The Bills are the second toughest defense against the tight end in the league, but Andrews had some success last week against the 49ers who are the toughest. He won’t put up a huge game, but look for Andrews to top 60 yards and quite possibly a touchdown against the Bills on Sunday.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen – Allen showed a primetime audience on Thanksgiving afternoon that he had arrived as an NFL quarterback, as he was in total control in a blowout win against the Cowboys. He threw a touchdown, and ran for one as well as he gets ready for this heavyweight battle against Baltimore. It will be the battle of the best two mobile quarterbacks in the NFL. Allen has long been on the borderline of the top twelve fantasy quarterbacks, and with the way that the Ravens defense is playing right now you should find a better option than Allen this week.

Devin Singletary – He is still splitting carries with Frank Gore , but Singletary is getting the better end of the committee now. Singletary has averaged 4.5 yards per carry or more in six straight games. He is still a bit of a risky play in all fantasy formats, and will continue to be so in Week 14 against a tough Ravens defense that has won seven straight games. They were gashed by Raheem Mostert last week, but that was a different kind of game. Try to find a better option if you can this week, in a tough spot Singletary can be your flex.

John Brown – It was the second straight game that Brown was under 40 receiving yards, although he did have a touchdown in each one of those. This one might have been a touchdown throw instead of a catch, but it is still a touchdown. Brown will have a tough time with the Ravens defense, who is one of the best in football, but he will still be the focal point of the pass game and will be a WR3 for Week 14.

Cole Beasley – He does now have six catches and a touchdown in each of the last two weeks, as Beasley’s sure hands have made him a confident target for Josh Allen . He has most of his best games against quality defenses with 75 or more receiving yards against the Patriots, Broncos, and Cowboys. This will be another tough defense when they face Baltimore, and with Allen looking to check down a lot, you could do worse than Beasley in your flex.

Summary: The Ravens took down the 49ers in a rain storm, while the Bills took the Cowboys apart on Thanksgiving. Buffalo has some extra time to get ready for this one, and will be at home. On the other side, Lamar Jackson is playing on another level and is almost impossible to stop. Baltimore can’t win every game, and this is against a really strong team on the road. This one will be an epic battle of two good defenses and Buffalo wins it by a hair.

Prediction:  Bills 20, Ravens 17

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: EverBank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 12-8 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 42.5

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Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 4:05pm ET
Spread: Jaguars +3

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers – It certainly has been a forgettable year for Rivers, especially lately with eight interceptions in the last three weeks. There have even been rumblings of him being benched. He was able to have some success on Sunday against the Broncos completing 69-percent of his passes and throwing two touchdowns. That should quiet the benching rumors for now. Rivers won’t have a ton of room to perform poorly though, and the Jaguars pass defense is near the middle of the league. Given his volatility right now there is no way that you can trust Rivers in a fantasy lineup of any kind.

Melvin Gordon – It was another solid game for Gordon who certainly flipped the switch on his season in Week 9. He has had at least 20 rushes in three of those four games, and fell one yard shy of another 100 yard game in Week 13. He gets an even easier matchup this coming Sunday against the Jaguars, who are one of the five worst run defenses in football. They have been gashed regularly this season and have allowed 17 rushing touchdowns in 12 games. Gordon is a dynamite start in all fantasy formats, including DFS games in Week 14.

Austin Ekeler – He continues to make the most of his opportunities as Ekeler isn’t getting a lot of volume, but he finds a way to stay relevant. Ekeler has four touchdowns in the last six weeks, and in the other games he has still managed over 10 fantasy points. The Chargers offense hasn’t been hitting on all cylinders of late, but Ekeler remains a fantasy option. With his lack of touches he is more of a flex play, but as long as he keeps finding the end zone he should be in your lineups.

Keenan Allen – Despite the drop in production from the passing game, Allen has found his best stretch of the year. He has eight catches in three straight games, and he has a touchdown in back to back games. He hasn’t been under 68 yards in any of the last three contests and will have another favorable match with the Jaguars, who haven’t been playing well lately at all. After a long scoring drought, Allen is back to being a reliable fantasy receiver just in time for the fantasy playoffs.

Mike Williams – He has to find the end zone at some point right? It is amazing that a guy who is 6’4” and on a team with a better than average offense hasn’t found the end zone even once this year. He still has been putting up decent stats with more than 75 receiving yards in three of the last four weeks. He is still worth a flex spot considering his big play ability, and the fact he is ridiculously over due to score. Jacksonville isn’t a bad pass defense, but they don’t have a corner that can compete with the size and athleticism of Williams.

Hunter Henry – Last Sunday was easily his worst game of the year with just two catches on three targets and ten yards. Despite the struggles that the Chargers have gone through, they still do have a bunch of mouths to feed on offense, and someone normally has to be left out. Usually, that isn’t going to be Henry. Jacksonville hasn’t given up a ton to the tight end position, but they have been beaten by some of the better tight ends they have faced.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gardner Minshew – Minshew Mania is back! Apparently Head Coach Doug Marrone had finally seen enough from Nick Foles as Minshew entered the game after halftime and fared so much better than Foles had. The mustachioed quarterback threw for 147 yards and a touchdown in a half against the Buccaneers. It won’t be an easy one for Minshew, as the Bolts are just one of four teams that allow under 200 passing yards per game. He won’t be someone to consider using in fantasy games, but at least he is good enough to keep his skill players around him on the fantasy radar.

Leonard Fournette – Week 13 was certainly not the best day for Fournette who had just 38 yards on the ground. However, the Buccaneers are one of the best run defenses in football, and he still had nine catches 53 yards to help his fantasy day. The game certainly didn’t lend itself to Fournette having a great game as the Jaguars fell behind early and in a big way. He will have a much better chance for success against a Chargers team that allows just under 110 yards a game on the ground with nine rushing touchdowns in 12 games. Fournette will be a dynamite start with his PPR bonuses in Week 14. 

D.J. Chark – This guy has become a very boom or bust option in the past few weeks with more busts than booms. He didn’t even have a catch in the first half, before finishing with 47 receiving yards. He does get the benefit of a better quarterback this week, but he also will be facing the Chargers best corner in Casey Hayward . Hayward had a bad game last week against the Broncos, so he surely will be looking to improve on his play this coming week. Chark isn’t a DFS target for Week 14, and he is becoming someone to consider sitting in redraft leagues. He is still worthy of a WR3 spot in this one, but confidence has to be waning.

Dede Westbrook – His production has come in some waves this season, and he is on a good wave at the moment. Westbrook had five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown last week and eight catches for 69 yards the week before. He has only had a few bad games, but Dede certainly didn’t take another step forward this year like was hoped. He will be a solid WR3 for Week 14 against the Chargers who are no slouch on defense. Westbrook will avoid their best corners by coming out of the slot.

Chris Conley – He has become a distant third in the pecking order for targets on the Jaguars of late, and needs to take advantage of every one to remain fantasy relevant. Conley caught four of his five looks to get to his 57 yards last Sunday. He faces a much better defense in Week 14 with the Chargers and even with a better quarterback under center, Conley will be someone to avoid this coming week.

Summary: The Chargers got their acts together to an extent last week, and the Jaguars thankfully pulled the plug on the (expensive) Nick Foles experiment. That means Minshew Mania is back, and that can only mean one thing, Jaguars victories! Leonard Fournette will gash the Chargers, and the 70s porn guy that Jacksonville has at quarterback will lead the team to another close victory at home.

Prediction: Jaguars 24, Chargers, 20

Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders

Venue: O.co Coliseum(Oakland)Sun. 12-8 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 47.5

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Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 4:25pm ET
Spread: Raiders +2

Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill – While he doesn’t always throw for a lot of yards, Tannehill continues to hold his fantasy value with his scoring. With the game against the Colts he has thrown for under 200 yards in three of the last five games, but he also has multiple touchdowns in five of the last six. While he doesn’t have a ton of attempts either with Derrick Henry being the focal point of the offense, Tannehill continues to be fantasy relevant. He will continue to thrive in Week 14 against a Raiders secondary that has allowed 27 touchdowns through the air this season. Tannehill is a strong season long start, and a great cheaper choice in DFS if you want to pay up for studs at other positions.

Derrick Henry – He broke the 100 yard mark for the third straight game against the Colts and scored for the fourth straight. Henry has already broken the 1,000 yards mark with 13 total touchdowns. Henry is a rare back who holds major fantasy value despite barely being involved in the passing game. He is the absolute workhorse of the Titans offense and is a must-start every week. The Raiders allow over 100 yards per game on the ground and have surrendered 11 rushing touchdowns this season. Henry will be a great start in both season long and DFS games this week.

A.J. Brown – Trying to figure out when to start this talented rookie is never a fun time as he has had some solid games against decent defenses, and also stunk against some lesser defenses. Starting Brown in a fantasy playoff matchup will take a player who has a stomach for risk, but the Raiders are one of the worst pass defenses in football and it should be a great week to put Brown in your lineups.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr – He had a stretch from late September through early November where he had five multiple touchdown games in a six week span. Since then, it has all gone downhill. Carr has two touchdown passes in the last three games in contests against the Bengals, Jets, and Chiefs. How did it go so bad? While the Titans pass defense isn’t great, there is no possible way that you can trust Carr in any fantasy lineup.

Josh Jacobs – With his effort against the Chiefs on Sunday, Jacobs has three 100 yard games in the last five. He has done this despite the fact that the passing game has gone to hell, and the Raiders haven’t been winning games. The Titans will likely get a lead in this one, but it isn’t the type of game where Tennessee should get a 20 point lead like the Raiders last two games. Jacobs should still get 16-18 carries and have a chance at another 100 yard game. Jacobs doesn’t get much action in the passing game, and that fact should keep him off the DFS radar in this one.  

Tyrell Williams – Things haven’t been so great for Williams since the Raiders bye week as he has only been targeted 29 times in six games. For those of you not good at math, that is less than five targets a game. He has just three catches and 27 yards in the past two games combined, and even though the Titans pass defense isn’t very good, it is hard to trust Williams at all right now. If you have confidence in him he is an uber risky flex play and has become a dart throw in DFS formats.

Darren Waller – He hasn’t scored since Week 8, and Waller was becoming a near non-factor in recent weeks. He bounced back in a big way with a seven catch, 100 yard game against the Chiefs. The injury to Hunter Renfrow opened up some extra targets for Waller, but Derek Carr really spreads the ball around to everyone on the team, including a couple of receivers you might not know the name of. The Titans have been fairly giving to the tight end position this year, and will be a solid start in season long leagues as well as DFS for Week 14.

Summary: This one comes down to the Raiders shortcomings on both sides of the ball. The offense was playing well in the first half of the year, but Derek Carr has regressed in a big way the last two or three weeks. Their defense has been bad all season long, so not much has changed there. The Raiders will be able to move the ball a little bit, but not much, and Ryan Tannehill will continue his career resurgence. The Titans win this one fairly easily, and what looked like a season where the Raiders had a chance at the playoffs continues to unravel.

Prediction: Titans 27, Raiders 16

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots

Venue: Gillette Stadium(Foxborough)Sun. 12-8 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 49

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Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 4:25pm ET
Spread: Patriots -3

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes – He has failed to even throw for 200 yards in back to back games, and I’m sure he would never blame it, but the injuries have to be affecting his play. The Chiefs have also been running the ball much more than usual, despite their backfield being in shambles due to injuries. He now has a single touchdown pass in three of the last four weeks, and will face his toughest test of the season on the road in New England. For the first time all season you have to actually weigh your options and consider not using Mahomes this week considering the past two games and a less than ideal matchup. His ceiling is likely to be 225 yards and two touchdowns.

Darwin Thompson – With the entire Kansas City running back group injured  or being awful like LeSean McCoy , they turn to Darwin Thompson in Week 14. The rookie sixth rounder from Utah State hasn’t been asked to do much this season, but he did rush for 44 yards and a touchdown last week against the Raiders. The Chiefs will likely be throwing a lot, and the Patriots have a strong run defense, but Thompson should at least be decent. Look for him to get around 15 carries for 60 yards but he is unlikely to score against a New England run defense that has allowed only five rushing touchdowns all season.

Tyreek Hill – He was able to get back on the field after the hamstring injury in Mexico, but he didn’t have the explosive game we expected against the Raiders. Hill had just 55 yards on five catches and eight targets. He will have a much tougher opponent this week against the Patriots. Despite their loss last week, New England is still amazing against the pass, and Hill will have to deal with Stephon Gilmore who might be the best corner in the game right now. Hill won’t be a DFS target this week, but he is still a solid start in season long leagues and shouldn’t do worse than those 55 receiving yards of last week.

Travis Kelce – After a string of less than productive weeks, Kelce had a strong month of November. He had 90 yards last week against the Raiders, and had seven catches in three straight games before that. Despite the downswing that the Chiefs pass offense is on, Kelce is the closest there is to a sure thing. The Patriots have one of the best pass defenses in the league, but this is a perfect Kelce game. He is a huge, reliable target, and Mahomes should look to him often. Even though it is a bad matchup on paper, Kelce will be a solid redraft option in Week 14.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady – There aren’t many games where Tom Brady deals with garbage time, but that was the case last Sunday against the Texans. New England was down 22-9 at the half, and they made it a big of a game before losing. Brady hasn’t looked like himself in quite a while, and has barely completed 50 percent of his passes in the last three weeks. The Chiefs have a pretty bad pass defense, and the game has the looks of a high scoring affair. It would be hard to put your fantasy playoff life on Tom Brady this week, but all signs point to him having a solid game.

Sony Michel – He might be the workhorse back for the Patriots, but that hasn’t really meant much this season. He hasn’t scored in five weeks, and he has only topped 70 rushing yards twice since the end of October. Michel is also never involved in the passing game, and while the Chiefs aren’t a great run defense, Michel is almost impossible to trust in Week 14.

James White – There aren’t many games where the Patriots are losing most of the second half, but in those rare instances it certainly benefits White. He had a season high in carries, rushing yards, targets, and receiving yards, and had as many touchdowns in Week 13 (two), than he had the rest of the season combined. While you shouldn’t expect him to carry the ball 14 times, or have 98 receiving yards, this could be another game where White could be a factor as the Patriots are going to have to throw a decent amount. Tom Brady hasn’t been throwing the deep ball much this season, so White would definitely be a highly targeted receiver if New England is forced to throw the ball 40 times again. He will be a reliable flex play for Week 14.

Julian Edelman – Despite the passing game being out of sync for most of the night, Edelman still ended up with a 100 yard game, mostly thanks to garbage time. He was targeted 12 times, and that now makes seven straight games of more than ten targets. Tom Brady clearly is having chemistry problems with his receivers which could largely be due to the fact they haven’t been healthy, but he is relying extra on Edelman these days. With the Chiefs not having a strong pass defense, and Brady’s affinity for him, Edelman should be in for another big day. He should catch a minimum of seven passes, threaten 100 yards and absolutely have a touchdown.

Mohamed Sanu – That 14 target game seems like a loooooong time ago now, and Sanu has been invisible for the Patriots since. He was out-targeted by Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers on Sunday night against the Texans, and right now there isn’t a receiver on the Patriots that you can start with confidence outside of Edelman. New England will likely throw the ball 40 times again in this one, but none of their three outside receivers can be trusted.

Summary: The Patriots offense just hasn’t quite been the same in a number of weeks, and the shine has come off the diamond to an extent. You kept expecting the Patriots to take control of the game last week against Houston, and it just didn’t happen. The Chiefs are another incredibly strong AFC team, and will not go quietly into the night for New England either. Patrick Mahomes is very tough to deal with, and he should be able to crack the code of the Patriots defense to an extent. Kansas City pulls the upset in this one.

Prediction: Chiefs 34, Patriots 27

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium(Glendale)Sun. 12-8 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 43.5

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Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 4:25pm ET
Spread: Cardinals +3

Pittsburgh Steelers

Devlin Hodges – Duck certainly isn’t paving his way to the Pro Bowl by any stretch, but his ability to chuck the ball down the field has been a nice change from a fantasy perspective. He threw for only 212 yards and a touchdown against the Browns, but has a chance for some real success in Week 14 against the Cardinals. Arizona is the worst pass defense in the league allowing over 300 yards per game and a ridiculous 31 passing touchdowns in only 12 games. Given his very short track record, it would be a risky play to trust Hodges in the fantasy playoffs or to hitch your DFS wagon to him in Week 14, but he is certainly set up for success against Arizona.

James Conner – With him getting in a limited practice last Thursday, it seems a distinct possibility that Conner could return in Week 14. This will be the hardest decision you have this season. Can you trust Conner who has been injured for much of the season, and rushed himself back only to leave the game again in Week 11? The tough part of this is that the Cardinals are a really bad defense, and if Conner was able to play and finish the game, he will likely play very well. Unless Conner is able to practice in full all week there is almost no way that you can trust him to stay healthy for this one.

Benny Snell – If Conner is unable to play, Snell becomes a solid play against the Cardinals. He has 37 carries for just over 150 yards in the last two weeks. Jaylen Samuels continues to get a few carries, but it isn’t enough for him to have anything that resembles a fantasy role. Samuels also doesn’t do enough to cut into Snell’s value either. His fantasy value will be completely tied to the health of James Conner ahead of Week 14 and the fantasy playoffs.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – He has cleared the concussion protocol, but he also is dealing with a knee injury that could keep him out of this one as well. Despite the 2019 season being a colossal disappointment, Smith-Schuster would be an absolutely must start against the absolutely awful Cardinals defense. He could have to deal with Patrick Peterson if he does play against Arizona, but Smith-Schuster could absolutely blow up against the Cardinals. Monitor his practice this week to see what his chances of starting are.

James Washington – The 2018 second rounder has really started to make a name for himself over the past month. After his 111 yard game against the Browns last week, Washington now has three games with over 90 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last four. If Smith-Schuster is forced to miss another game, Washington becomes an absolute no doubter of a play against the atrocious Arizona defense. He would have to deal with Patrick Peterson , but he is extremely hot right now and still would be worth playing. If Smith-Schuster does play, he is still worth starting as Juju would definitely draw Peterson and Washington would be covered by the rest of the garbage that is the Cardinals secondary. Either way, Washington ends up in your fantasy lineup in any format.

Vance McDonald – He has topped 40 receiving yards in exactly one game this season, and it was Week 1. He has more than three receptions this season in exactly two games this year. However, Vance McDonald hasn’t played Arizona yet. The Cardinals have been destroyed by a tight end almost every game this year, including seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown to Rams backup tight end Tyler Higbee . McDonald likely won’t have fantasy value for the rest of the year, but you would be an idiot if you don’t trust McDonald in Week 14.

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray – Outside of a rushing touchdown, it was a complete and utter disaster for Murray who had only 163 passing yards without a touchdown and an interception. He generally struggles against the weaker defenses in the league, and for some reason the 49ers who he owned this year. Strong defenses, certainly still confuse Murray and keep him in check. He has been held without a touchdown in half of the Cardinals twelve games this season. The Steelers are one of the hotter defenses in the league, and Murray should certainly be avoided for fantasy purposes.

Kenyan Drake – He remains the top back for the Cardinals, as he had 13 carries to David Johnson ’s five, and Chase Edmonds did not have a touch. This carry breakdown should continue this week, and neither of the other two backs are worth considering. Drake will have a little bit of trouble running on the Steelers who have only allowed five rushing touchdowns all season long and didn’t do bad against Nick Chubb last week. Drake will still be a solid flex play but shouldn’t be considered for your DFS lineups.

Christian Kirk – The Cardinals offense couldn’t get going all game long against the Rams, and Kirk was targeted seven times but only caught three for 23 yards. He is absolutely the best receiver that the Cardinals have for fantasy, but he will face another very tough matchup for Week 14. The Steelers have two very good corners in Joe Haden and Steven Nelson . This will be another week where his quarterback likely struggles, and Kirk will be a very risky flex play in Week 14.

Larry Fitzgerald – He now has three straight games with five or more catches, but has just a total of 164 receiving yards in those three games on 19 catches. It is really hard to have any confidence that Fitzgerald will have anything that resembles a strong fantasy game. He could end the game with 10-12 fantasy points, but he also could end up with only a couple catches in the game as well. He certainly has had a Hall of Fame career, but with the offense struggling and playing a solid defense, you can do better for your lineups than Fitzgerald.

Summary: Forget about the Cardinals, it will be Duck Call time in Arizona. The Steelers have gotten a little mojo back with a tough as nails defense and a quarterback who can chuck it down the field. Devlin Hodges will even be able to take advantage of the Cardinals secondary that gets beaten on a regular basis. Kyler Murray will have a tough time figuring how to throw the ball efficiently against a very good Steelers secondary, and his offense will struggle again. Look for Pittsburgh to win a relatively low scoring game on the road.

Prediction: Steelers 20, Cardinals 13

Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Sun. 12-8 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 48

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Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
Game Time: Sunday, December 8th at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Rams +1

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson – The month of November wasn’t great for him outside of the game against Tampa Bay (which really almost isn’t fair), but Wilson was a bit better Monday night as the Seahawks beat the Vikings. The Rams are coming off a great defensive effort against the Cardinals, but Wilson did torch them for four passing touchdowns back in Week 5. However, the Rams hadn’t traded for Jalen Ramsey at that point, so their defense should be a little more formidable than they were that day. Wilson still remains an every week starter in redraft fantasy football, although you may be able to find a more reliable option for your DFS dollars in Week 14.

Chris Carson – The whole world was watching to see if Carson or Penny would lead this team in carries, and the good news is that the Seahawks pounded the Vikings with BOTH backs! Carson didn’t fumble, and had 23 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. There’s your answer. He isn’t getting replaced. Is he sharing work? It appears that way. Carson buried the Rams for 118 yards without a score in Week 5, and with the passing game struggling a little, look for the Seahawks to focus on the run again. Carson is a dynamite start in redraft leagues going into Week 14.

Rashaad Penny – Penny owners were also rewarded on Monday night as Penny ran for 74 yards and a score on 15 carries and had four catches for 33 yards and a second touchdown. Penny did more of his damage in the second half, and in the passing game, which should be noted going forward. The 15 carries might be a bit more than you should expect, as the Seahawks might not run it 38 times next week against the Rams, but Penny will be the pass catching back for sure. He can be counted on for 55-60 yards on the ground and another four or five catches as he threatens 100 total yards and likely a score. Penny will be a low end RB2 or more comfortably a fit for your flex.

Tyler Lockett – What in the world is going on with this guy? He has been nowhere in the last three weeks, and after a game without a catch on Monday he now has just four grabs in the last three weeks. What is a fantasy owner to do? Can we trust this guy in the fantasy playoffs? The Rams have a fairly strong secondary, although Lockett did have 51 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 5. Unless your roster is really weak at wide receiver, it would be smart to look in another direction from Lockett this week.

D.K. Metcalf – Decaf lead the team in catches with six and also in receiving yards with 75. The rookie has been on a great surge, being targeted six or more times in five of the last six games. With Tyler Lockett struggling, Metcalf has picked up the pace of late. He certainly won’t have an easy time with the Rams defense as they are coming off a confidence boost against the Cardinals. Metcalf did have 44 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Rams in Week 5 and can comfortably be started as your WR3 in Week 14.

Jacob Hollister – He bounced back nicely from his two catch, 22 yard game against the Eagles, and weather was a factor in that one. Hollister continues to be a highly targeted receiver in the Seahawks offense. He wasn’t playing back when these two teams met the first time, but despite the Rams being a fairly strong defense, Hollister is still worthy of a starting tight end spot. You can’t argue with volume, and Hollister has 28 targets, 20 catches, and three touchdowns in the last four weeks. In this age of tight ends, that isn’t half bad.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff – Considering how bad that the Arizona defense is, it shouldn’t have been too difficult to predict Goff blowing up against the Cardinals. Perhaps not over 400 yards, but it was a no brainer that he would throw for 300. Goff threw for 395 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks in their first game, and this one will tell the tale of the rest of Goff’s season. Was last week a product of the awful Arizona defense, or is Goff getting his stuff together? It is a little hard to rest your fantasy season on Goff’s arm considering he had no touchdowns the three weeks before that. Signs point to Goff having a solid game, but there is enough cause for concern that you might want to look in another direction.

Todd Gurley – It was his second 90+ yard game in the last three for Gurley as he fully took advantage of the Cardinals terrible defense. Gurley’s fantasy value comes down to the number of carries he is given, but it is hard to predict. Obviously, the team was crushed in Baltimore which didn’t lead to many carries, but he has had 15 or less in seven 11 games. He only had 51 yards (although two touchdowns) against the Seahawks in Week 5. Gurley remains a middle of the road RB2 this Sunday against Seattle.

Cooper Kupp – His stat line looks good, but Kupp had to catch all six of his targets to have 65 yards and an impressive touchdown. Kupp hasn’t been anything close to what he was in the first five weeks of the year, and has become tough to trust. He had a huge game with nine catches and 117 yards with a touchdown back in Week 5 against Seattle, but it has been over a month since he even topped 65 receiving yards. And while Seattle isn’t a great defense, they aren’t a total disaster. Kupp will be a solid WR3 for Week 14, but it would be tough to expect him to top 100 yards at this point.

Robert Woods – It was a third straight strong game from Woods after he was lost in the Rams offense for much of the season. Injuries to Brandin Cooks and Robert Everett have certainly helped his cause recently, but also Jared Goff hasn’t been looking to Cooper Kupp so much. He had five catches for 48 yards the first time these two teams played, but the Seahawks defense hasn’t been playing well of late. Considering he has had five different games where he had under 50 receiving yards makes him a bit of a risk, but he is so hot right now and has a decent matchup that you should feel good about Woods in your WR3 spot.

Brandin Cooks – It hasn’t been a good ending to the year for Cooks who has been dealing with concussion problems in the second half. He has just two catches in each of the last two games, and still hasn’t scored since Week 2 which was his only touchdown of the year. He absolutely has fallen to fifth in the pecking order for targets behind the other receivers, tight end, and Todd Gurley . He had just one catch for 29 yards the first time these two teams played, and your team would have to have pretty bad injury problems to trust Cooks this week. Leave him on your bench against the Seahawks.

Tyler Higbee - Every week or so there is a player that you are warned about in these previews to not chase last week’s points. This week that guy is Higbee. He should start with Robert Everett very likely not to play, and Higbee had a huge game against the Cardinals. Unless you have been under a fantasy rock, you know that the Cards have been historically bad at covering the tight end this year. Higbee is a journeyman who really has never done anything in his career. Seattle’s pass defense isn’t good, but it really shouldn’t give up enough to this guy for Higbee to be fantasy relevant. Only in the most dire circumstances should you consider using him as your starting tight end.

Summary: The Rams should be able to have some success against a Seahawks defense that is far from the best in the league. However, Seattle is the better team, and shines in prime time. Russell Wilson is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and the Seahawks will also be able to run the ball down the Rams throats. This should be a high scoring affair, and Seattle will continue to remain on the top of the NFC West.

Prediction: Seahawks 38, Rams 31

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