DRAFT NFL Lineup Advice: Week 14 (Thur/Sun/Mon)
In the Week 13 article, we touted Russell Wilson and he delivered. Wilson scored the fourth-most points among quarterbacks, behind Alex Smith, Josh McCown, and Blake Bortles. If anyone started one of the top-three QBs, they probably won their DRAFT contest. However, I’m guessing they were all avoided and Wilson was the highest QB-scorer in your contest.
Leonard Fournette didn’t completely return to his early-season form last week against the Colts, but scored 15.4 fantasy points last week. We were big on him last week, too.
Now, on to the Week 14 rankings…
1. Tom Brady, Patriots (@ Dolphins)
2. Alex Smith, Chiefs (vs. Raiders)
3. Carson Wentz, Eagles (@ Rams)
4. Philip Rivers, Rivers (vs. Redskins)
5. Drew Brees, Saints (@ Falcons)
6. Dak Prescott, Cowboys (@ Giants)
7. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (@ Jaguars)
8. Jared Goff, Rams (vs. Eagles)
9. Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs. Saints)
10. Matthew Stafford, Lions (@ Buccaneers)
With Rob Gronkowski suspended for the Week 14 matchup, I nearly bumped Tom Brady down to two. The Dolphins have allowed the fifth-most points to opposing TEs and Gronk can only watch. Also, Martellus Bennett was placed on IR at the end of November. However, Dwayne Allen is still on the New England roster and will likely fill that role. Plus, the other quarterback options aren’t stellar.
As for the next two QBs in line, Carson Wentz had a “bad” game against Seattle last week, though he still scored 16.92 points (13th-highest), while Alex Smith led the slate (37.64 fantasy points). I’ll revert to Vegas implied point totals like I did last week. The Chiefs are projected to score 25.75 points and Philly’s total has fallen to 22.75 implied points (started at 25).
1. Le’Veon Bell, Steelers (vs. Ravens)
2. Alvin Kamara, Saints (@ Falcons)
3. LeSean McCoy, Bills (vs. Colts)
4. Todd Gurley, Rams (vs. Eagles)
5. Melvin Gordon, Chargers (vs. Redskins)
6. Mark Ingram, Saints (@ Falcons)
7. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars (vs. Seahawks)
8. Lamar Miller, Texans (vs. 49ers)
9. Devonta Freeman, Falcons (vs. Saints)
10. Rex Burkhead, Patriots (@ Dolphins)
11. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins (vs. Patriots)
12. Giovani Bernard, Bengals (vs. Bears)
13. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (vs. Vikings)
14. Samaje Perine, Redskins (@ Chargers)
15. Dion Lewis, Patriots (@ Dolphins)
16. Kareem Hunt, Chiefs (vs. Raiders)
17. Carlos Hyde, 49ers (@ Texans)
18. Marshawn Lynch, Raiders (@ Chiefs)
19. Alfred Morris, Cowboys (@ Giants)
20. Jordan Howard, Bears (@ Bengals)
We have two rookie running backs moving in opposite directions. One RB is flying up the rankings (Alvin Kamara) and one sinking like a rock (Kareem Hunt).
Kamara has averaged a touchdown per game in the past six outings. He’s also caught at least five passes in five-straight games. Hunt, on the other hand, hasn’t scored since Week 3! On the bright side, Hunt tallied 87 rushing yards and four receptions for 30 yards in his last matchup against the Raiders.
Once Le’Veon Bell and Kamara are off the board, rest can be assured knowing that LeSean McCoy is just waiting to break out against the Colts. In the first half against the Chargers, when Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions, McCoy had nine carries for 76 yards and a touchdown. Buffalo was even trailing 37-7 after two quarters. McCoy will get a heavy workload against an Indianapolis defense that is allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
I would save your final draft pick at the running back position. Fournette, Lamar Miller, and Devonta Freeman are all great options to round out your lineup. In deeper contests, almost any running back playing on Monday night would suffice as well.
Wide receiver/Tight end
1. Antonio Brown, Steelers (vs. Ravens)
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (vs. 49ers)
3. Keenan Allen, Chargers (vs. Redskins)
4. A.J. Green, Bengals (vs. Bears)
5. Adam Thielen, Vikings (@ Panthers)
6. Michael Thomas, Saints (@ Falcons)
7. Brandin Cooks, Patriots (@ Dolphins)
8. Julio Jones, Falcons (vs. Saints)
9. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (vs. Titans)
10. Mike Evans, Buccaneers (vs. Lions)
11. Jarvis Landry, Dolphins (vs. Patriots)
12. Travis Kelce, Chiefs (vs. Raiders)
13. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (vs. Raiders)
14. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles (@ Rams)
15. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (@ Giants)
16. Michael Crabtree, Raiders (@ Chiefs)
17. Golden Tate, Lions (@ Buccaneers)
18. Josh Gordon, Browns (vs. Packers)
19. Doug Baldwin, Seahawks (@ Jaguars)
20. Sterling Shepard, Giants (vs. Cowboys)
In your three-entry contests, there is no need to diverge from the chalk. The top-six options are favorable studs. The toughest part will be passing up on Brandin Cooks and Julio Jones.
Antonio Brown will face a Ravens secondary without Jimmy Smith. DeAndre Hopkins is a target machine (139 targets this season). Keenan Allen is back (41 targets in the past three games). A.J. Green has scored four TDs in the past four games. Adam Thielen’s production has dipped recently, but still had a stretch of 19 receptions, 387 yards, and three TDs between Weeks 8-11. Finally, Michael Thomas has a tougher matchup (at Atlanta), but he’s consistent. Thomas has tallied at least 60 receiving yards and five catches in six of the past seven games. Sprinkle in a touchdown and that’s a solid game.