Fantasy Football Studs & Duds: Week 14
The 14th NFL Sunday is in the books, so let’s take a moment to reflect on the good (Drew Brees), bad (Odell Beckham Jr.), and ugly (Jacksonville offense) from a fantasy football point of view. Take note that fantasy scores are listed in terms of half PPR scoring, and you can see the complete player results over at the nifty FantasyPros sortable results page.
Drew Brees (QB – NO): 40.1 FP
This Saints-49ers tilt turned into an entertaining shootout that ended in a 48-46 San Francisco victory. Everyone knows to start Brees regardless of the matchup, but I don’t think anybody expected a 40 FP performance against the top defense in the NFL. The Saints will look to bounce back next Monday vs. Indianapolis.
Jameis Winston (QB – TB): 37.7 FP
Winston will have a chance to put up fantasy numbers every week, as the Tampa defense usually puts him in a pass-heavy position to keep pace on the scoreboard. That was the case on Sunday, where Winston threw for 456 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. His wild playing style is frustrating in real life, but it can lead to fantasy upside.
Emmanuel Sanders (WR – SF): 30.6 FP
Sanders was the top fantasy scorer from the other side of the Saints-49ers shootout. If you recall, San Francisco traded for Sanders in the middle of the season, and that move paid dividends in Sunday’s pivotal game. He posted 157 receiving yards and a score while throwing for a touchdown as well.
Aaron Jones (RB – GB): 28.2 FP
Jones had been pretty quiet recently, but Sunday was his turn to shine. We’ve seen the Green Bay running back post some monster stat-lines throughout the season, and he came up with 192 total yards (one touchdown) against Washington. Jones and the Packers will square off with the Bears next week.
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Mitchell Trubisky (QB – CHI): 33.1 FP
Trubisky posted his best game of the season on Thursday Night Football vs. Dallas. The Bears’ QB threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns while adding 63 yards and a score on the ground. That marks two straight impressive performances from Trubisky, who also tallied 338 yards and three touchdowns in Detroit last week.
A.J. Brown (WR – TEN): 31.1 FP
We all know Brown is a big-play threat, and that was on full display with a sweet 5-153-2 line at Oakland. He doesn’t see a ton of volume, but the rookie usually makes the most of the opportunities that come his way. He’s starting to flourish with Ryan Tannehill under center, and that could continue next week vs. Houston.
Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC): 29.1 FP
Most people were anticipating that Chargers’ running back Melvin Gordon would have a field day against Jacksonville. Gordon turned in a decent showing with 84 total yards and a touchdown, but fellow runner Austin Ekeler definitely overshadowed him. Ekeler ripped off 101 rushing yards on eight carries while taking four receptions for 112 yards and a score. This performance is definitely an outlier, as Ekeler will be hard-pressed to find enough volume for upside moving forward.
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): 26.1 FP
The Bengals lost 27-19 to the Browns, but you can’t deny that they are playing better. Joe Mixon has looked respectable over the past five weeks, and Sunday’s performance as his best of the season. The Cincinnati RB went for 186 total yards and touchdown, which was enough to earn him RB2 honors in Week 14 (heading into MNF).
Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): 11.4 FP
Rodgers and his favorite receiver, Davante Adams, were both featured in the “stud” section last week. Teammate Aaron Jones took those honors this time around, as the Packers’ passing attack watched him do his thing. There’s no need to worry about Rodgers/Adams moving forward, as this was simply a product of game flow.
Alvin Kamara (RB – NO): 4.3 FP
If you told me the Saints put up 46 points, I would’ve bet that Kamara had a monster game. Instead, he only racked up 43 total yards, which was his lowest output of the season. Drew Brees spread the ball around brilliantly, but Kamara couldn’t do much with his looks. The Saints’ running back has a bounce-back opportunity vs. Indianapolis next Monday.
Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC): 7.8 FP
Nothing went the Jaguars’ way on Sunday, and Fournette’s fantasy performance suffered as a result. He piled up 63 total yards on 18 carries without finding the end-zone. I’m thinking this is just a blip on the radar, as Fournette should return to fantasy productivity next week against a soft Oakland defense.
Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE): 4.9 FP
You could argue that Beckham has been one of the most disappointing fantasy commodities of the season. He caught two receptions for 39 yards on Sunday, a stat-line that has been all too common in 2019. Reports surfaced that he has been playing with a sports hernia since training camp, and there’s a good chance he wants out of Cleveland. This is a mess to avoid.