Man Up/ Step Aside Week 14 Playoffs Edition
I’m here crying in a corner, contemplating about drinking eight ounces of bleach. I haven’t decided if I want to add ice, or some sort of sweetener to light up the taste. No worries fantasy enthusiasts I poured it out, because I’ll be ok. The reasoning for this of course was the heartbreak that fantasy owners felt everywhere after starting fantasy superstar Alvin Kamara, only to watch him take an awkward hit and leave the game and not return.
Well now that I’ve taken some deep breaths, and have told myself millions of times already that it’ll be okay, let’s get ready to look ahead to the full slate of games for Week 14. Also if you started Matt Ryan I’ve got no words for you, instead I’ve got laughs, jokes, and even more laughs!! If you read my Man Up piece yesterday I told you not to start him. So sorry, not sorry. Regardless of Alvin Kamara there some interesting players this week, and others who many will start, not because they want to, but because they need to, and that might not work out either. Regardless here’s to a wonderful week of fantasy football, as the road to the fantasy Lombardi, or the 💩 Bowl might continue for some of you.
Cooks was absolutely horrendous last week, and probably cost you a shot at the playoffs, after exploding in Week 12. No Gronk on the Monday night game, although you may have to temper expectations with Chris Hogan returning to the lineup, because we all know how that situation played out when both Cooks and Hogan were on the field. But the difference here is that Cooks hasn’t taken a break, so look for him to bounce back with a solid performance.
Finally Flash Gordon has returned to the fantasy kingdom and into our lineups, and while he only had 85 yards on 4 catches, he was targeted 11 times! Now the Browns host a struggling Packers team, and this should be a great spot for Gordon to make the splash we’ve all been waiting for.
This is a must-win situation for the Panthers. Sure they can lose to the Vikings and have nothing to be ashamed about, being the Vikings are the better team, but I’ve seen Cam in this situation before. Go back weeks ago when they needed a big win early in the season and they defeated the New England Patriots. I know that was long ago, and times have changed, but the point is not shy away from starting Cam this week.
The Colts looked decent and competed at times in the season, but the Colts are at the bottom when it comes to defense, and the Bills at least have something to play for here.
Whether Eli plays or not, there’s proof that Engram is the best offensive weapon for his team. Not to mention the Cowboys have struggled when it comes to stopping those big tight ends.
Agholor went nuts last week against the Seahawks, and this should be another tough close battle between two of the NFC’s elite teams this week. Start Agholor again, because Wentz looks for him every time he needs a playmaker, and Alshon might be doubled up in this game.
We all know it’s been Keenan Allen who has single-handedly been getting owners into the playoffs, but Gordon is due for a monster game sometime, and against Washington it’s a great spot for him to do just that. Last time we saw the Redskins on the road, Alfred Morris carved them up for 127 yards, now they travel across the country to face a Chargers team who’s on a hot streak.
This is a tough call, but the Bears for some reason have abandoned the run game, which was their only way of scoring points early in the season. The Bengals have also had their share of ups and downs, one thing we know that they’re good at is defending the run. I get that many have to start their first/second rounder here, but don’t be surprise if Jordan ends up with another dud.
Since Week 6 Mariota has been outside the Top 20 in QB rankings, and that’s including games against Cleveland, Houston, Indy twice, and now they travel to Arizona to face the fifth best defense when it comes to defending the pass. Obviously you’re betting on the rushing as well, but I’m looking for other options if you’re lineup is suffering from weaknesses.
Collins is going to be hard to bench here, and rightfully so. Since Week 11 Collins has four touchdowns and has been a huge part of owners winning their weekly matchups. Here’s what worries me, his migraines! Collins might suit up for this game, but one hard hit could have Collins stretchered out early.. okay okay no more jokes, but usually these AFC North battles are low scoring slug fests to begin with, so pay attention to Collins’ status.
Come on now. He’s on the road at Jacksonville.
First of all I’m a Kareem Hunt lover and believer, so this is hard for me, but Kareem Hunt is a bench player. Look last week if you started Hunt he probably cost you your Week 13 matchup, a chance at the playoffs, or if you somehow survived with Hunt in your starting lineup it simply wasn’t because of Hunt. You would’ve been better off starting Rex Burkhead, Jerrick McKinnon to name a few, and now in a juicy matchup with the Raiders I’m still benching him until I see the Chiefs give the man the carries he deserves.
Williams has been a man on a mission, especially in fantasy, but with everything going on with Cleveland and them replacing some people, the Browns are in need of a win, which I fully believe comes this week. Back to fantasy the Browns flat-out suck, but if there’s anything they’re good at it’s defending the run.
Just like Hunt, I’m also a huge fan of T.Y, but the Colts have a tough matchup here, and don’t be fooled by his touchdown last week against the Jags. If you have Hilton on your team we all know the roller coaster he’s provided the entire season. Hilton isn’t at fault, but the Colts are basically looking forward to the offseason at this point.