Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 14 Start or Sit

Week 13 offered up some uninspiring performances all around the NFL. Indianapolis and the Jaguars scored a combined 6 points while the Falcons got dominated at home. Green Bay lost to the Cardinals at home and the Giants beat Chicago. A weird week left many fantasy players out of the playoffs and propelled some in. Week 14 start or sit highlights those who can lift into the next round of the playoffs or for some, secure that last spot. Check out last weeks results below and good luck.

Running backs who will shine

LeSean McCoy ([email protected]Buf 1pm est)

LeSean can show critics who the real Shady is this week against the same team he torched for 113 yards and 2 tds just 3 weeks ago. He hasn’t been the top-notch runner we’ve become accustom to seeing this year but with Josh Allen back at the helm, McCoy can dance again.

Prediction: 21 car 92 yards 1 td, 4 rec 26 yards: 19.8 pts

Justin Jackson ([email protected] 4:05pm est)

His performance last week may allow the chargers to rest Melvin Gordon one more week. Jackson has taken 15 carries for 120 yards over the last two weeks and should continue his success against the Bengals. If Gordon does sit, the Chargers will likely lean on Jackson and the ground attack as double-digit favorites.

Prediction: 14 car 80 yards 1 td, 2 rec 12 yards: 16.2 pts

Rashaad Penny ([email protected]Sea MNF 8:20pm est)

Healthy and seeing the field, Rashaad is running like his SDSU days. He has averaged 5.7 yds/car over the last 4 weeks and is challenging incumbent starter Chris Carson for playing time. Carson is now nursing a finger injury which could lead to ball control issues and more opportunities for Penny.

Prediction: 13 car 74 yards 1 td, 3 rec 21 yards: 17 pts

Put a splinter in their backsides

Derrick Henry ([email protected]Ten TNF 8:20pm est)

Simply put, Henry has not been good this season. His longest run is 16 yards this season and he has passed 50 rush yards only four times. Going up against a revitalized Jaguars defense fresh off their shutout of the Colts is not the matchup you want for week 1 of the fantasy playoffs. Sit the slow-mo runner Henry this week.

Prediction: 10 car 38 yards, 2 rec 7 yards: 5.5 pts

Adrian Paterson ([email protected]Wash 1pm est)

He’s still got it! As evidence by the 90 yards touchdown on Monday Night, AD is still capable of running past and away of defenses. Minus that long run, he averaged only ONE yard/carry for his other eight attempts. With Mark Sanchez now at the helm and Landon Collins sitting out this week, the Gmen will load the box and force Sanchez to beat them. This game could be an ugly one with a very low score. Leave Peterson on the pine to avoid disappointment.

Prediction: 17 car 59 yards, 1 rec 8 yards: 7.7 pts

Josh Adams (Phi@Dal 4:25pm est)

The defending Super Bowl champs have found their featured runner. Josh Adams has been handed 42 carries the last two weeks and averaged 4 yds/car while adding a td. This week Philly travels to the Jerry World to play the first place Cowboys! (Man, that feels great to say). Dallas hasn’t allowed over 100 rushing yards since their embarrassing loss against the Titans in week 9, and only surrendered 71 to the Eagles in week 10. He may be the lead back with ample opportunity but don’t expect similar numbers to his recent successes.

Prediction: 15 car 67 yards, 1 rec 5 yards: 7.7 pts

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Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight

Marquez Valdes-Scantling ([email protected] 1pm est)

R.E.L.A.X. is what Aaron Rodgers implored fans to do after starting 1-2 in 2014. Trying to do so this season will be almost impossible after losing to Arizona last week and currently sitting outside playoff contention. MVS has been a roller coaster since Geronimo Allison went down. He is however the fastest wide out and most explosive offensive player besides Aaron Jones for Green Bay. He and the Pack get the spiraling Falcons at home this week under interim head coach Joe Philbin. I’d assume, Aaron Rodgers may have more say in offensive play calling going forward and taking deep shots is something he’s always liked doing. Scantling will be the main target on these throws and a connection or two could be on tap this week during a must win game.

Prediction: 4 rec 84 yards 1 td: 16.4 pts

Amari Cooper ([email protected]Dal 4:25pm est)

The Boys new Ferrari, Amari has lived up to the first-round price tag they paid to acquire him. Since joining Dallas, Cooper has seen 32 targets while reaching 75 or more receiving yards in three of his five games. He plays an Eagles defense decimated in the secondary and a team he had 6 receptions for 75 yards just 4 weeks ago. I expect Cooper to find the painted area at least once with Philly committing to stopping Zeke.

Prediction: 7 rec 93 yards 1 td: 18.8 pts

Allen Robinson ([email protected]Chi SNF 8:20pm est)

The greatest show on tur….grass is coming to town and the Bears are going to need points. Allen Robinson is Chicago’s most athletic receiver and his skills match up well against the high-powered Rams. LA’s struggling pass defense will be attacked with some deep shots targeted for Robinson which may lead to an explosive game for him.

Prediction: 5 rec 101 yards 1 td: 18.6 pts

Splinter Time

Jets Receivers (NYJ@Buf 1pm est)

Face it, the JETS Stink!

Prediction: DO NOT START ANY

Kenny Golladay (Det@Ari 1pm est)

Traveling to Arizona during December is normally a vacation for visitors. This week will be no Holiday for Kenny Golladay however going up against Patrick Peterson. Detroit is averaging only 203 passing yards over the last 5 weeks and this week will be no different. Attacking Arizona’s weak rush defense will be on tap for possibly the lowest scoring game of week. He will be Stafford’s main target, but Peterson’s presence and game flow will limit his numbers.

Prediction: 5 rec 58 yards: 8.3 pts

Josh Reynolds (LAR@Chi SNF 8:20pm est)

Taking over the slot role in LA’s high-octane attack has been full of hills and valleys. Minus his 6 receptions for 80 yards and a touch during the shootout with the Chiefs, he hasn’t had more than 3 receptions in any other game. Josh is the 4th musketeer and being covered by Bryce Callahan like Reynolds wrap this week make him a desperation only play.

Prediction: 3 rec 37 yards: 5.2 pts


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