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Fantasy Football Hot Takes: Jerry Jeudy, Chig Okonkwo, Jared Goff, D’Onta Foreman (Week 14)

by Bo McBrayer | @Bo_McBigTime | Featured Writer
Dec 8, 2022
Jerry Jeudy

Last week was certainly not my worst effort of the season, but it also wasn’t my best. I could not have been more wrong about Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins going up against the 49ers. I was hooting and hollering when the first play of the game went for a 75-yard touchdown, but that feeling soured quickly. The Niners did a better job of shutting down the Miami passing game than any other team this season in a convincing win.

Dalvin Cook scored a touchdown and the Vikings forced multiple Mike White turnovers in their win over the Jets, but Cook fell short of my scrimmage yards prediction. Close, but no Cohiba. I can’t celebrate in good faith unless every detail is correct.

Keenan Allen and the Chargers were a huge swing and a miss. Allen scored a touchdown in the contest, but was very quiet and fell well short of 25 PPR points. The Chargers put forth one of their worst performances of the season in an embarrassing loss to the Raiders.

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Week 13 was an utterly embarrassing day for fantasy TEs. Pat Freiermuth was amazingly only 4.2 points away from being the overall TE1 in PPR, even though he did not score a touchdown. Atlanta’s offense sputtered as predicted, but did managed to score a single offensive touchdown late in the game.

The King of Spice will never be deterred! Week 14 is a pivotal moment in the fantasy season; the last matchup before the playoffs in most leagues. This week’s hot takes bring some new names to the forefront. As always, I will not tame the spice level of my predictions for the sake of a higher likelihood that they hit. Follow along with all of my spicy predictions at #PICANTakes on Twitter and let me know what outlandish things you think will happen on Sunday.

Jerry Jeudy Sets a New Career High With 140+ Receiving Yards; Broncos Score a Season High 24+ Points and Cover the Spread vs Chiefs

The poor souls who built their fantasy lineups around the assumption that Russell Wilson would “cook” have probably already been eliminated from playoff contention. To be fair, Jeudy has been the best receiver for the Broncos this season when healthy. He garnered 38% of the snaps last week after missing three games with an ankle sprain. He still caught all four of his targets for a respectable 65 yards. It is truly sad that the Broncos haven’t yet scored more than 23 points in any game this season, but I am calling my shot: they will score at least 24 this week versus the mighty Chiefs (giggle).

Kansas City would have to royally screw up and show up flatter than the root beer on my nightstand to outright lose to Denver this week. They are favored by 9.5 points, which is a tall order against a team like Denver that has a good defense. Jeudy will do what he does best and get open for his struggling QB. As long as Wilson hasn’t gone completely blind (the jury is out), we might be able to pause the jokes for a week and pick on someone else for a change.

Chigoziem Okonkwo Cracks the Top-5 TEs in PPR Scoring With Over 100 Yards and a Touchdown; Titans Rebound With Double-Digit Win Over Jaguars

The fastest TE at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine shares his alma mater with the fastest TE from the 2006 Combine. Okonkwo and Vernon Davis share a few more similarities than their development as Maryland Terrapins. Davis was otherworldly as an athlete and took the NFL by storm as a young player. Okonkwo has recently hopped over Austin Hooper in the receiving pecking order on the Tennessee Titans from the TE position and is showing up big in the box score on a per-snap basis.

The young Terp is a runaway freight train after the catch and is polishing his skillset by leaps and bounds every week. Okonkwo used his highest snap share of the season to produce as a TE1 against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL in Week 13. Now that Tennessee has made it through the toughest stretch of their schedule, watch out for Chig Okonkwo to break out in a huge way this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This prediction would have an even better chance of hitting if rookie WR Treylon Burks is unable to clear concussion protocol in time for Sunday’s game, but I still think Okonkwo shows out either way.

Jared Goff Puts on a Show With 350+ Passing Yards and Three Touchdowns; Lions Win By a Touchdown or More to Cover Peculiar Spread

What has gotten into the Detroit Lions? The men in Aloha Blue and Silver are winners of four of their last five games and Dan Campbell is off the hot seat for the time being. This success can be properly attributed to one of the NFL’s highest-scoring offenses. The Goff to Amon-Ra St. Brown connection has been truly special this season, even if it has been marked down at the one-yard line a tragic number of times. Jamaal Williams has been the touchdown benefactor all season, leading the NFL with 14 of them, but the Vikings are a very strong pass funnel defense.

Everyone is wary of the peculiar point spread in this game; the 5-7 Lions are favored by a point over the 10-2 Vikings. I’ve always figured there wouldn’t be a bunch of towering casinos in the desert if the bookmakers weren’t good at handicapping. Detroit poses a difficult challenge for Minnesota. The Vikings escaped with a 28-24 home victory over the Lions in Week 3 with a late score by K.J. Osborn. Goff passed for 277 yards and one score in that game, with plenty of missed opportunities for more. Minnesota’s secondary is a bit overmatched this week, especially if rookie speedster Jameson Williams takes more snaps than he did in last week’s debut. Goff will feast on the middle of the field.

D’Onta Foreman is a Top-12 RB For the Third Time in 2022 With 140+ Rushing Yards and Two Touchdowns; Panthers Upset Seahawks on the Road

Leave it to the Panthers to be so bad that they fail at tanking this season. The Seahawks are certainly looking at the daunting task of winning an NFL game when the opposing defense knows you can’t run the ball well. Kenneth Walker and DeeJay Dallas both have ankle sprains and are likely going to be unavailable this week. This leaves Travis Homer and Tony Jones Jr to carry the running game under Pete Carroll, which means Geno Smith will need to air it out.

The Seahawks have been horrible on defense this season, especially at defending the RB position. Foreman is leaps and bounds better than Chuba Hubbard and his usage has been reflected in that. Carolina does not want Sam Darnold to shoulder a heavy burden, so Foreman will get a ton of work on Sunday afternoon. At full strength, Seattle is clearly a better team than Carolina. Without Walker, they will be vulnerable in this look-ahead game before a three-week stretch versus teams with winning records.

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