Week 14: Get 'Em In, Get 'Em Out

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COVID.  Injuries.  Injuries.  More injuries.  More COVID.  Postponements.  Cancellations.  Moved bye weeks.  Monday afternoon football.  Tuesday night football.  Wednesday night football?  Yup, had that too.  Man, what a ride it has been in 2020, but here we are.  Week 14 and the fantasy playoffs are upon us.  Hopefully you have made it through the tumultuous fantasy season and are graced with fantasy playoffs too.  Now let's focus on getting onto the next round!

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Minnesota Vikings @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Get 'Em In
    • Tom Brady - Record and results aside, Brady has been more than fantasy relevant since the Week 9 debacle against the Saints.  In the three games played since, Brady has thrown for eight touchdowns, 902 yards, and has accumulated 84 fantasy points.  Also, Brady is coming off of a bye week, in which he is historically lethal after.  The Vikings defense has played better of late, enough to currently vault them into a playoff spot, however those better games have come against Andy Dalton, Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Glennon and Nick Foles.  Not Tom Brady.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph has been a nice little plug and play the last few weeks with Irv Smith on the shelf.  Smith is now slated to return this week, and now Rudolph himself is finding himself on the injury report with a foot injury.  Rudolph's time on a fantasy roster should be over for the rest of 2020.

Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants

  • Get 'Em In
    • Darius Slayton - Slayton has typically been Daniel Jones favorite target and Jones will be back under center this Sunday after his one game hiatus.  In the ten games Slayton had with Jones under center, there was only three games where he did not see at least six targets.  In the last game with Jones, Slayton had five catches on seven targets for 93 yards.  The Cardinals secondary has slowly gotten worse all season long and now rank in the bottom third against the pass.  Slayton can be a safe WR3 with WR1 upside.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Kyler Murray - There can be a lot of comparisons made between Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray.  Last Sunday against the Giants, Russell Wilson only managed 18 fantasy points.  Murray has clearly been hindered by his lingering shoulder injury and has not thrown for more than 170 yards since Week 11.  Very quietly the Giants have become a Top 5 defense against the pass, and I mentioned last week they have given up the fewest explosive plays (plays over 20 yards) in the league.  Murray's output has a disappointing cap on it.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins

  • Get 'Em In
    • Chiefs Defense -The Dolphins have not scored more than 20 points in a month.  Tua is going through the typical rookie struggles and the Chiefs pass rush will make things even harder on Tua.  Knowing 20 is the point ceiling, mixed with the Chiefs pass rush, makes them a quality streamer in the first round of the fantasy playoffs.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Clyde Edwards-Helaire - What we have seen out of the Chiefs running game over the last two months is precisely why I did not burn an early round pick on Helaire back in August.  Helaire has not rushed more than 14 times since way back in Week 6.  Last week, he saw zero action as he was active, but sick.  In his absence, Le'Veon Bell only toted the rock 11 times.  The Chiefs path to a victory every single Sunday is via Patrick Mahomes arm.

Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Get 'Em In
    • Ryan Tannehill/Derrick Henry/AJ Brown/Corey Davis - All of the main Tennessee offensive weapons are no brainer plays this week so make sure you get them all in.  Now that we got that out of the way, lets focus on Corey Davis. Davis has been WR14 since Week 10 and is coming off his best performance to date with 11 catches on 12 targets for 182 yards and a score.  Davis has always had potential, but injuries and other various reasons have stalled him out before reaching that potential.  It seems we are in the midst of it finally and I would not get scared of him now.  Roll Davis out with confidence.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Keelan Cole - Mike Glennon does not appear to feel as strongly about Keelan Cole as Gardnew Minshew did.  Cole's production has taken a big hit without the mullet throwing him the football and last week had one measly catch.  In the last three weeks, Cole only has a dozen fantasy points.  Glennon throws to his tight ends often, and with DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault ahead of Cole on the depth chart, Cole's steady production from earlier in the year is a thing of the past.

Dallas Cowboys @ Cincinatti Bengals

  • Get 'Em In
    • Ezekiel Elliott - This is Zeke's best chance at legitimate fantasy output since his last 20 point performance back in Week 5.  Which also coincides with Dak's last game under center.  The Cowboys find themselves in a Week 14 battle of who wants the third overall pick as they faceoff in a Tank Bowl with the two win Bengals.  The Bengals run defense, and D as a whole, is nothing to write home about.  But the bigger thing to focus on here, is this should be a game that Dallas hangs in, thus allowing Zeke to get plenty of touches.  He is nursing a calf injury, but has already said he is playing.  Maybe I am being overly optimistic as a Zeke owner, but I love the odds of a 20+ carry day for Zeke with a score or two.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • A.J. Green - A.J. Green may as well hit the IR along with Joe Burrow, because he has completely disappeared without him.  Green has posted back to back goose eggs and even the pathetic Cowboys defense should not be enough to trust him.  In this game I would follow the pecking order of Boyd as a WR2, Higgins as a Flex, and Green on the bench.

Houston Texans @ Chicago Bears

  • Get 'Em In
    • David Montgomery - Last week I was all in on David Montgomery and called him my play of the week.  He rewarded me with 111 all purpose yards and two touchdowns.  Well guess what?  How about a play of the week again?  Last week's performance came against the league's worst run defense.  Well what presents Montgomery this week?  The league's SECOND worst run defense.  Keep rolling Montgomery out there with confidence. 
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  • Get 'Em Out
    • Brandin Cooks - I just worry about the attention factor here.  The Bears are desperate for a win, and the defense is hearing everyone question them.  With no Will Fuller, Cooks will get all the attention from the Bears secondary.  I would trust Keke Coutee before I trust Cooks.

Denver Broncos @ Carolina Panthers

  • Get 'Em In
    • Tim Patrick - I don't love Patrick's volume last week, as he saw only four targets,  But I do love the fact that two of those targets were for touchdowns.  Patrick has quietly been a very reliable fantasy receiver this year, averaging over ten fantasy points a game.  The Panthers, like the Cardinals, have seen their pass defense go on a steady decline as the year went on.  At 6-4, 212 pounds Patrick is a red zone dream, and should see more work outside of the red zone also, against a beatable Panthers defense.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Teddy Bridgewater - Teddy Ballgame is fine.  Just that, he's fine.  But he is not what you want to rely on in your fantasy playoffs.  Bridgewater has hit the 30 point plateau only twice all year long and can hit you with clunkers like 11 points (Week 2), 10 points (Week 6), 15 points (Week 8), and 16 points in his last game against a bad Vikings secondary.  Then you factor in the Broncos just held Patrick Mahomes to only 20 fantasy points on Sunday night.  The potential reward does not exist for the risk. 

New York Jets @ Seattle Seahawks

  • Get 'Em In
    • Jamison Crowder/Breshad Perriman -Denzel Mims will miss Sunday's contest with personal reasons.  That leaves Crowder and Perriman as Darnold's best options in the pass game against a Seattle secondary that, don't let last week fool you, still stinks.  Crowder should be treated as a WR1 this week with Perriman as a strong flex play.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Seahawks Defense - The Jets are still not winning, but it is not Darnold's fault.  Darnold has been not great, but decent, since returning two games ago.  Last week I warned you not to stream the Vegas defense, which was the right call as the Jets put up 28 points in what should have been their first win of the year.  I will warn you again, not to stream a defense against the Jets.  The Seattle secondary is still bad, and Darnold will find some level of success again.

Indianaplois Colts @ Las Vegas Raiders

  • Get 'Em In
    • T.Y. Hilton -"Wait, T.Y. Hilton plays on this team?!" - Philip Rivers, probably.  No idea how it took three quarters into the season for Rivers to realize Hilton is his best wide receiver, but he has, and it's glorious.  Hilton is coming off back to back monster outings and now gets a third straight favorable matchup with the weak Raiders secondary.  If you refused to drop Hilton all year, or scooped him back up, make sure he is in your lineup Sunday, and again next Sunday after you win this week as they face the Texans again.
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  • Get 'Em Out
    • Derek Carr - Last week against the Jets, Carr brought me to the fantasy playoffs with his 38 point output. This week he finds himself back on my bench. The Colts come into the game still as a top 5 unit against opposing quarterbacks and if Jacobs misses another game, or is limited, the Colts can put all of their focus on the pass. 

Washington Football Team @ San Francisco 49ers

  • Get 'Em In
    • Raheem Mostert - I know, I know.  We all saw it Monday night.  The Niners just would not devote to Mostert and he and Jeff Wilson split carries evenly.  HOWEVER, Super Bowl failures aside, Kyle Shanahan is a brilliant offensive mind and let me take you through a sequence.  Early on in Monday nights game, the Niners got into a first and goal to go scenario.  Out of the four plays they ran, Mostert was only on the field for one of them.  On that one play he did not touch the ball.  Two other plays were Wilson failed runs.  The Bills stopped the Niners on fourth and goal and it was a turnover on downs.  I firmly believe Shanahan learns from that and nudges his trust more in the fact Mostert is his best running back on the roster.  Washington has a really good run defense, but I am not moving Mosert to my bench now.  Not now, not ever.  #MustStartMostert
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Logan Thomas - You have to love what you saw out of Logan Thomas last week against the Steelers.  He snagged all nine of his targets for 98 yards and a touchdown.  But now he gets the 49ers who are Top 3 against tight ends.  San Francisco has only allowed three touchdowns all season to tight ends, and Mike Gesicki is the only tight end that has accumulated more than 60 yards against them this year.  Look elsewhere before you get blinded by Thomas' stat line from the Pittsburgh game. 

New Orleans Saints @ Philadelphia Eagles

  • Get 'Em In
    • Jared Cook - The Eagles just are not good at defending opposing tight ends.  They are allowing over 13 points to the position a week and rank 26th against the position.  Short and sweet, Cook is a good option at tight end this Sunday.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Miles Sanders - I truly do not understand what is happening in Philadelphia, and frankly I do not care, because well, its Philly.  However, last week, especially when you consider the Eagles struggles at QB, was a perfect matchup for Sanders.  The Packers run defense has been gashed all season long, yet Sanders was given only ten carries.  Now he gets the number 1 rush defense in the league, and he also just lost Jason Peters on his line.  Sanders is a must bench this weekend. 

Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles Chargers

  • Get 'Em In
    • Hayden Hurst - We have a run on tight end talk here.  Hurst has been a ghost since Week 9.  Speaking of nine, that's how many fantasy points Hurst has combined the last three weeks.  The Chargers, however, are getting killed by tight ends, allowing one to score five out of the last six weeks.  It's so hard to trust Hurst, but that is a stat you need to trust.  Give Hurst one last ditch effort.
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  • Get 'Em Out
    • Austin Ekeler - Not benching, but I am warning you of a bust.  There was so much excitement for Ekeler's return in the fantasy world. yet he has not rushed for more than 44 yards since he returned.  Yes, his role in the passing game, always makes him a viable option in PPR leagues which is why you are still starting him.  However, be wary of his ground output again this week.  The Falcons are a Top 10 rush defense, and this is a game that should be settled through the air.  Just know what you're getting if you play Ekeler, especially if your league is not PPR.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions

  • Get 'Em In
    • Davante Adams - There are no bye weeks anymore.  Writing these articles takes a ton of research and writing with every team playing.  So yes, I took a layup here.  My hands are starting to hurt.  And now my back is going to hurt, because I just pulled landscaping duty.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Matt Prater - Prater has longed been one of my fantasy kicker go to's.  He has the ability to hit from over 50 yards, and he plays in a dome.  But the last three weeks have been a tough time to own and play Prater. He has totaled only nine fantasy points the last three games which one game being an actual zero.  Also going against Prater is back in Week 2 against Green Bay, he only scored three fantasy points.  Prater is a really tough trust right now.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills

  • Get 'Em In
    • James Conner - Conner has only surpassed 20 points one time all year, which is pretty depressing considering his status as a bell cow running back.  He makes his return this weekend after a two game hiatus on the Covid list.  While he was out, Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland had next to nothing for production.  Conner will be in line for a full workload, whatever that may be.  The Bills have struggled against the run all year though and have had spells of poor tackling.  It is a pretty fantasy friendly matchup for Conner rendering him a RB2 Sunday night.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Devin Singletary/Zach Moss - The first detrimental issue here is the clear split of work between Singletary and Moss.  Singletary got more work last week, but that was clearly because of an early fumble by Moss.  The other detrimental issue at play, is the Steelers second ranked rush defense.  There is no safe ground play in Buffalo Sunday night.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns

  • Get 'Em In
    • Kareem Hunt - Hunt makes for a viable PPR flex play against the Ravens.  The Ravens tough run defense, and Baker Mayfield's track record of struggling against formidable opponents, make a recipe for a passing centered, comeback based gameflow for Cleveland.   If in fact Cleveland needs to play the come from behind game, it is Hunt that will see more work in lieu Nick Chubb.
  • Get 'Em Out
    • Baker Mayfield - Again, we've seen this before.  Baker is playing well, then gets a tough matchup and he folds.  For me personally, until I see that to be otherwise, he is a no-go for me.  And yes the Titans have a good record, and Mayfield played great against them, but their defense is far from great.  The Ravens is great. 


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