BUY / SELL / STEAL FOR WEEK 14
Emptying out the notebook:
— Fantasy Playoffs start this week for most yearlong leagues.
— Eli Manning is back as the starter for the Giants.
— New Orleans at Atlanta kicks the week of on Thursday night.
— New England at Miami closes the week on Monday night.
Ravens Fantasy Outlook
Mike Wallace: In his last three games against his former team, Wallace has averaged 15 points.
QB: Eli Manning: This is a redemption game for Eli. A week after getting benched he has something to prove at home against the Cowboys, who have allowed two or more passing TDs in five straight games.
Alex Smith: The run game has become non-existent in KC as evidenced by Smith throwing 30+ times in five straight games. Make it six straight and another big day against Oakland, who has allowed the highest passer rating in the league (108.2)
RB: Kenyan Drake: In his first game as the feature back, Drake went off for 120 yards and a TD. I like him to replicate that performance at home against the Pats and their 26th ranked run defense.
Jordan Howard: Howard is in line for a big day against the 28th ranked rushing defense. The Bengals have allowed RBs huge fantasy days all year.
Other names: Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Williams, Orleans Darkwa, Latavius Murray, Christian McCaffrey, Lamar Miller, Carlos Hyde, Samaje Perine, Le’Veon Bell, Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, Melvin Gordon
WR: Josh Gordon: Gordon’s first game back saw him targeted 11 times, hauling in four of them for 88 yards. He will get his first 100-yard game against a suspect Packer secondary.
Cooper Kupp: Kupp has four straight double-digit games and has seen 17 targets over his last two contests. He is the number one option in LA and the volume will be there again this week.
Other names: Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, Adam Thielen, Michael Crabtree, Golden Tate, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Robby Anderson, Larry Fitzgerald, Keenan Allen, A.J. Green, Alshon Jeffery, Antonio Brown, Brandin Cooks
TE: Cameron Brate: Winston returned last week and Brate caught two passes, both for TDs. Brate’s value rises with Winston back in the line-up.
Ricky Seals-John: RSJ has posted double digits in two of his first three games and will have another double-digit day against the Titans, who have giving up an average of 16 points a game to TEs over the past three weeks.
Def: New Orleans, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Houston, Tennessee, New England, Denver, Jets
QB: Ben Roethlisberger: Over the last four games, the Ravens defense have seven INTs and have allowed an average of 14 points. The Steelers are coming off a physical game on a short week and the Ravens are rolling, so sit Ben this week.
Andy Dalton: The Bears are holding opposing QBs to an average of 13 points over the last five games.
RB: Todd Gurley: While you won’t bench Gurley in the playoffs, just be aware Philly has the best rush defense, allowing just 68 yards a game and 3.5 a carry.
Leonard Fournette: Fournette has rushed for 60 or more yards once in the last four games. The Seattle defense wants Bortles to throw the ball and will make sure Fournette is a non-factor in the game.
WR: T.Y. Hilton: He is on this list because he gave owners false hope last week with 51 yards and a TD. Hilton’s day was saved by his 40-yard reception and he just cannot be trusted in the playoffs.
TE: Julius Thomas: The Pats defense has come alive recently, holding teams to under 20 points in eight straight games. Thomas is TD dependent and the Pats are not giving them up easily.
Kyle Rudolph: The Panthers have been one of the best defenses against TEs this year, and will make sure Rudolph is a non-factor.
Steals (DFS ONLY!)
QB: Trevor Siemien: The Jets secondary has allowed 24 TD passes and 234 yards per game. I like Siemien at home this week.
RB: Alfred Morris: Morris had his best game last week and now gets the 32nd ranked rush defense.
WR: Cordarrelle Patterson: Patterson has posted eight or more points in three straight games. His role could expand if Cooper does not play.
TE: Stephen Anderson: Anderson saw 12 targets last week and with all the injuries on offense in Houston, he is the number two option.
Def: Tampa Bay