Fantasy Football Week 14: By The Numbers
We were generally fortunate with injuries this year. There have been a couple of fairly significant ones where guys missed a few games, but, for the most part, we didn’t lose many major guys for massive periods of time.
I’d say Week 14 made up for that.
In the first week of the fantasy playoffs, plenty of players succumbed to injury and left their owners whimpering in the corner. Hopefully, you came back to read this because you overcame the odds and advanced to the next round, or you’re just an excellent fantasy owner and had a first-round bye. Either works.
Keep it rolling in Week 15. Stay confident in your guys, but don’t get too cute. Championship Sunday is on the horizon.
Without further ado, here is your Week 14 by the numbers:
Hopefully, you read this as “9-1-1” and not “nine hundred and eleven.” In the first round of the fantasy playoffs, a ton of players got hurt and left you out to dry (at least to some extent), including Alshon Jeffery, DeVante Parker, Mark Andrews, Mike Evans, Bilal Powell, and Marvin Jones., among others. Derrick Henry somehow escaped an early hamstring injury, Jameis Winston sat briefly due to a hand injury, and several players were late and/or surprise inactives including Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, Adam Thielen, Evan Engram, and Will Fuller. It was a nasty week from that perspective.
Cooper Kupp’s snap percentage in Week 14. He bailed out fantasy owners with a touchdown and a reasonable four receptions for 45 yards, but his lack of field time was alarming. Sean McVay said it was just a game plan decision that allowed them to run more effectively, so try not to panic quite yet.
Wins for Drew Lock in his first two starts. He followed up a safe Week 13 performance with a great showing in Week 14, throwing for 309 yards and three touchdowns. He likely won’t be on the fantasy radar in 2019, but he should instill some confidence in the fantasy owners of guys like Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant.
The most receptions for anyone on the Patriots not named Edelman or White. Beyond Julian Edelman’s eight catches and James White’s five, Matt LaCosse had two receptions, while five others had only one. We’ve known it for a few weeks now, but you really can’t trust many Patriots these days.
Consecutive games that Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t broken 100 rushing yards. In the three games prior, Zeke had 100 yards in all three contests, and in total, he had five 100-yard games among the first eight games.
The difference in the number of players catching a pass for the Packers (ten) and the Redskins (four) in Week 14. Only Terry McLaurin, Chris Thompson, Steven Sims, and Kelvin Harmon caught passes for the Redskins, though they did have a somewhat decent 16 receptions among them. Thompson led the way with seven.
Carries for Alexander Mattison in Week 14, compared to 18 for Dalvin Cook. This was probably a combination of a) Cook still recovering from his injury, b) resting Cook a little bit for the playoffs, and c) being able to rely on the backups because the current-state Lions are awful. Keep an eye on Mattison in Week 15, as he may start flirting with flex appeal if his involvement continues to grow.
Carries for Benny Snell Jr. for the Steelers in Week 14. In our weekly “what’s going on with the Steelers running backs?” segment, Snell led the way again. He was, however, generally inefficient, gaining only 41 yards — an average of 2.6 yards per carry — and losing a fumble, so he may still not have this job locked down.
Average yards per touch for Austin Ekeler in Week 14. Ekeler had 12 total touches for 213 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown reception in an absolute rout of the Jaguars. Ekeler just keeps returning RB2 (or better) numbers despite fighting for touches.
Touches for Devonta Freeman in each of the past two weeks, and both were, oddly enough, comprised of 17 carries and four receptions. Freeman is back into RB2 territory and should continue to present decent upside.
Touches for Devin Singletary in Week 14. Singletary had 19 carries and six receptions, and he seemed to be the clear main piece of the Bills offense. He’s a strong RB2 moving forward, and he’ll be involved whether the Bills are leading or trailing.
Receiving yards for Zach Ertz in his best fantasy performance of the season. His big day featured nine receptions and two touchdowns, including the tying and winning scores. Ertz owners were disappointed for most of the season, but Ertz’s four highest yardage games have come over the past five weeks. He’s still a top-end TE1.
Average rushing yards per game for Joe Mixon over the past five weeks. There’s a decent chance that fantasy owners who drafted Mixon didn’t make the playoffs, but if you did, it seems like the Bengals have realized that he is their most talented available player. If you made the playoffs with him, feel free to continue to use him with confidence.
Points scored in the 49ers-Saints game. Most players that you would have started in fantasy did well, though the two starting running backs in Alvin Kamara and Tevin Coleman (alleged starting running back in Coleman’s case) managed to disappoint. Kamara had 43 total yards and a fumble, and Coleman had three carries for six yards.
Average receiving yards per game for Robby Anderson over the last three games. Anderson’s hot streak continued in Week 14, as he had 116 yards and a touchdown in what proved to be a great matchup with the Dolphins. Don’t get your hopes up for Week 15, though, as Anderson faces a tough Ravens defense on Thursday night.
Passing yards for Ryan Tannehill in a Week 14 blowout against the Raiders, his highest yardage total since December 21, 2014 (!). Tannehill has been simply excellent for the Titans this season, leading them to six wins in seven starts and potentially leading them to the AFC South title.
Passing yards for Jameis Winston in Week 14. Winston had an incredibly crowded stat line: 33 completions on 45 attempts for 456 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions, six carries for five rushing yards, and a rushing touchdown. He can put up numbers on a weekly basis, but there’s always going to be a “bad Jameis” week that completely scuppers your fantasy team’s performance, so exercise caution.