Fantasy Football: Week 14 Recap and Week 15 Preview

Graphic by Melanie Egan

By Jacob Denninger
Sports Columnist

Week 14 Stars

-QBs: Tom Brady (NE): 26 Pts, 406 Yds, 3 TDs, 1 Int.

-RBs: Le’Veon Bell (PIT): 47 Pts, 38 Rush, 236 Yds, 3 TDs, 4 Rec, 62 Rec Yds. What?!? That can’t be right. It says this running back scored two quarterbacks worth of fantasy points. Yes. It was that good a week for Bell.

-WRs: Chris Hogan (NE): 18 Pts, 5 Rec, 129 Yds, 1 TD. No wideout really stood out this week, but Hogan caught a 79 yard TD pass from Brady, putting him just ahead of the pack.

-TEs: Tyler Eifert (CIN): 16 Pts, 5 Rec, 48 Yds, 2 TDs

-D/STs: Falcons D/ST (ATL): 26 Pts, 14 PA, 2 Int, 3 FR, 2 TDs, 3 Sacks.

-Ks: Nick Novak (HOU): 5/5 FGs, 1/1 XPs.

Week 14 Busts

-QBs: Four different quarterbacks struggled mightily in week 14. Ben Roethlisberger was the worst, scoring only 2 fantasy points. Drew Brees, Derek Carr, and Russell Wilson all had 4 fantasy points.

-Dez Bryant, WR, DAL: Bryant had only 10 yards receiving and a fumble, resulting in -1 points.

-Allen Robinson, WR, JAX: Robinson’s 1 point week 14 was just another disappointing week in a disappointing season.

-Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL: Freeman couldn’t muster enough rushing yards for a fantasy point (6), but he got a point with 12 receiving yards.

-Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI: Fitzgerald had just 12 yards receiving for 1 fantasy point.

-Raiders WRs: Both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree had under 30 yards receiving and just 2 fantasy points.

-Seahawks D/ST, D/ST, SEA: While the Packers picked off Russell Wilson 5 times, the usually formidable Seattle Defense gave up 38 points, had only one sack, and didn’t force a turnover. They ended the week with -2 Fantasy Points.

-Jason Witten, TE, DAL: It was Witten’s second down week in a row. He had just 26 receiving yards for 2 fantasy points.

Week 15 Injury Concerns

-Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB: Rodgers injured his calf on Sunday. He played through it, but came out for most of the fourth quarter after earning his team a nice lead. Rodgers is currently questionable and expected to be held out of practice for most of this week, so monitor him closely.

-Melvin Gordon, RB, SD: Gordon is considered day-to-day with hip and knee strains he sustained in week 14. According to ESPN, he looks “pretty iffy for Sunday’s game” because of dual nature of his injury.

-Matt Forte, RB, NYJ: Forte is day-to-day with a knee injury. The Jets haven’t been very forthcoming with specifics, so monitor Forte closely.

-Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA: Tannehill’s absence will have a negative effect on Miami receivers. Plan accordingly if you own one.

-Randall Cobb, WR, GB: Cobb sustained an ankle injury in week 14, but he returned to the game, so there’s reason to think he will fully return to play this week; However, Cobb is still listed a questionable and he wasn’t 100% when he returned to the game, so monitor him closely.

Week 15 Pickups

-Tyrod Taylor, QB, BUF: A matchup against the Cleveland Browns is always a recipe for success. Taylor is owned in under 60% of ESPN leagues.

-Tyreek Hill, WR, KC: Hill is so much more valuable because of his return touchdowns. Unless your league only count those for D/STs, Hill should be your top wideout target this week. He has a great matchup at home against Tennessee.

-Redskins WRs: Both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon have a great matchup this week against a poor Carolina secondary. Jackson has scored a touchdown in three of his last four games. Garcon has scored one in two of his last four. Garcon probably has a slightly higher floor, but Jackson has a higher ceiling. I would target Jackson out of this duo, but Garcon is more readily available at under 45% ownership.

-Dontrelle Inman, WR, SD: Inman has had touchdowns and double digit points in three consecutive games. He has another good matchup this week against Oakland so there’s definitely a chance he’ll make it four. What makes it even better is that Inman is only owned in 27% of ESPN leagues. If you want him, you can probably get him.

Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK: The Oakland kicker has a great matchup this week against San Diego, is tied for sixth in fantasy points among kickers this season, and is owned in under 50% of ESPN leagues.

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