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

The playoffs are finally upon us! Some unkowns came through in Week 12 including Russell Gage who found the end zone and Tyler Higbee who put career bests against Arizona.

If you’re in the playoffs it’s time to rely on some blats from the past! Check out who should be a Week 14 start or sit!

Players who will shine

Devonta Freeman (Car@Atl 1pm est)

Back to a familiar face we go for the first round of fantasy playoffs. He is clearly the alpha for the Falcons and is seeing an average of 16.5 touches in every game played in 2019. Despite the touches, rushing scores have been evading him all season. Carolina has allowed the 4th most rushing yards (1650), LAST in yards/attempt (5.3), and LAST in td’s allowed with 22! (5 more than next worst).

Fantasy owners have been waiting for a blowup game and if you’ve been patient with Devonta, he is about to reward you with his best performance of the 2019 campaign.

Prediction: 15 car 76 yards 2 td, 5 rec 36 yards: 26.1 pts

Kareem Hunt (Cin@Cle 1pm est)

If you were concerned about the role Kareem would play in Cleveland, you’re beyond ecstatic at what we’ve seen so far. He is playing over 50% of the offensive snaps, seeing an average of 11 touches, is the preferred passing down back, and has found the end zone 3 times already. He is clearly being treated as a 1B to Nick Chubb and this week they get to face the Bengals who despite defeating the Jets, still rank dead last in total rushing yards allowed on the season.

The ground game will be a focal point as high winds and some rain are likely on Sunday meaning there will be plenty of fun to go around between the two Browns runners. If you’re hunting for that playoff victory, have faith in Kareem to help you.

Prediction: 7 car 41 yards 1 td, 4 rec 42 yards: 16.3 pts

Mike Williams (LAC@Jax 4:05pm est)

He has already surpassed his yardage total from last season (778) and is currently leading the NFL with a ridiculous 20.5 yards/reception. With these numbers, a handful of scores should be expected but NO! After recording 10 touchdowns in 2018, he has a big fat goose egg, nada, nothing, ZERO!

If the Chargers have any plans of staying competitive in 2019 and building towards 2020, Big Mike will have to be more involved in the red zone. This starts in week 14 as Williams will have advantageous matchups all game while towering over every defender and with A.J. Bouye likely following Keenan Allen. It’s almost like predicting the inevitable, but we’ll finally get to see Williams show off his dancing skills just in time for the fantasy football quarterfinals.

Prediction: 6 rec 94 yards 1 td: 18.4 pts

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Ride the Pine

Bo Scarbrough (Det@Min 1pm est)

Do you know Bo? Scarbrough, not Jackson has been a delightful surprise for those who jumped on board after his performance against the Cowboys. He has 39 carries for 181 yards over the last 2 games while playing behind a practice squad quarterback.

This week his matchup is much more difficult as he and the Lions visit the Vikings in what is a crucial game for Minnesota. Scarbrough might be a bruising runner but he is a non-factor in the passing game with only 1 pass intended for him. J.D. Mckissic and Ty Johnson handle passing game duties and Detroit is going to be passing often on Sunday.

They’re a 13-point dog in Minnesota and will find themselves down early thus limiting Bo’s impact on the game. He was fun for 2 games and might have helped get you to the playoffs but, plant him on the bench during the quarters.

Prediction: 12 car 44 yards, 1 rec 11 yards: 6 pts

Redskins receivers (Was@GB 1pm est)

171 yards. No, that isn’t their rushing total, it is embarrassingly their highest passing total since week 3. Washington is averaging a minuscule 121 yards passing over the last 9 games and as they continue to help Dwayne Haskins grow don’t expect much more out of this run first offense.

10-20 mph winds are expected in Lambeau this weekend and the Packers are coming off a game where they intercepted Daniel Jones 3 times. Green Bay is a 2-touchdown favorite and will put constant pressure on the rookie Haskins. Stay away from this offense all together but especially their wide receivers.

Prediction: Don’t trust anyone

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