PFF’s fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 14

Get ready for your fantasy playoff matchup with our top advice of the week, all available here.

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PFF’s fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 14


We’re in the middle of free content week here on PFF Fantasy. If this is your first trip to the site this week, everything we have written since Monday has been outside the paywall. Yeah, it’s because we want to entice you to like our stuff and become customers, but if nothing else, you get a free week of advice from some of the best minds in the fantasy business.

If it is your first trip to the site this week, well, you have some prep work to make up, as we’re staring down the barrel of the first week of the fantasy playoffs. Which brings us to the PFF Fantasy cheat sheet, our weekly roundup of our advice. Below you’ll find five of our top bits of advice for Week 14, along with links back to their source materials. Below that is the rest of our advice for season-long leagues this week. And at the bottom is our DFS content from the week.

Click. Read. (Buy? Up to you.) Get your team ready for its playoff matchup, even if it’s only a playoff consolation game. Good luck in Week 14, and hope you’re still alive for Week 15.

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Season-long fantasy

Stream Arizona QB Carson Palmer
(from Mike Castiglione’s look at QB streamers)

Palmer started the season pretty brutally, but since Week 8, he’s averaged 19.2 fantasy points per game, including multiple passing touchdowns in four of his last five games and 300-plus passing yards in four of six. This week, he and the Cardinals face the Dolphins, who have given up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks on the season.

Downgrade New England RB LeGarrette Blount
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s flex rankings)

Blount has 13 touchdowns and almost a thousand yards this season, including 10-plus fantasy points in every game but three, five-plus in all 12 games. This week, though, the Patriots face the Ravens, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, with Isaiah Crowell in Week 2 the only back to go for over 100 yards against them. The Patriots aren’t slaves to a gameplan; if the run isn’t there, they won’t force it. And that could lead to fewer touches and less work for Blount.

Use Cleveland TE Gary Barnidge
(from Tyler Loechner’s breakout candidates)

A year after finishing as the No. 3 fantasy tight end, Barnidge has fallen flat this season, sitting as the No. 24 tight end so far despite playing in every game. Barnidge has only one touchdown (the only tight end inside fantasy’s top 30 with only 1). But this week, he gets quarterback Robert Griffin III at the helm — and Griffin might not be his vintage self, but he can’t reasonably be worse than the ones who have been throwing Barnidge the ball so far — and faces a Bengals team that have allowed the third-most fantasy points per opportunity to tight ends on the season. Barnidge could have a rebound game.

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Sit Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota
(from Dan Schneier’s start/sit advice)

Mariota is the No. 4 fantasy QB on the season, trailing only the veterans Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. He has the most rushing yards and highest average depth of target of any quarterbacks in the top 10. But this week, he and the Titans run into the buzzsaw that is the Denver Broncos pass defense. The Broncos remain an absolute elite pass defense, but their run D has been less exciting, giving up the 11th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Titans could lean on DeMarco Murray this week, leaving less for Mariota.

Add Seattle WR Tyler Lockett
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s waiver wire check)

Lockett is finally healthy, and he showed it in Week 13 with a season-high 138 yards from scrimmage and his first touchdown of 2016 in the Seahawks’ Sunday night game against the Panthers. Just like last year, Lockett and the Seattle offense are clicking as the season winds down, and his upside and versatility make him a must-add for the fantasy playoffs.

Daily fantasy

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  • Bill Doerr

    AZs Offensive Line has been protecting Palmer far, far better ever since they moved 1st-rd pick LT DJ Humphries back to his natural position at LT. Humphries has been FAR better now back at his home position performing at a borderline ( PFF has graded him very very high last few games at LT) Elite level. Humphries is only going to get better n better at LT as well as this is his 1st year as a starter so Humphries is playing so good AZ will keep him at LT from here on out & move top 10 ranked LT big 6″8 Jared Veldheer to RT, which is his natural spot ive always thought, Veldheer would be an All-Pro/Pro-Bowl RT!!!!!
    With Veldheer down on IR , AZ has 6″5/310pd Ulrick John at RT who for a 7th round pick has been playing solidly at RT. Along the interior line AZ has an Excellent interior line. AZ has an Elite LG that is one of the NFLs best in 6″5/330pd Mike Iupati, at Center top 10 ranked via PFF A.Q Shipley is playing at a borderline Elite level excellent vs both pass n run & at RG Arizona moved 6″7/330pd John Wetzel to RG whos dominant run blocking & a solid pass protector. Now that uber athletic 6″4/320pd RG Earl Watford is healthy AZ might be moving him back to RG.

    AZ had suffered a ton of injuries along the O-Line earlier this year, now that they are protecting Palmer & protecting him well, Palmer is playing at the Elite level he has been playing at ever since the 2nd half of the 2013 season once he got the offense down.

    Over the last 2 games Palmer has thrown for 5TDs/1INT for 590 yards (294.5ypg) and is hitting on his deep passes again & hitting intermediate (15-21yds) with far more frequency. Last 3 games Palmer has 7TDs/2INTs. Palmer is on pace for almost 4,400 passing yds this season n has 19TDs-11INTs, with the weak secondarys down the stretch he easily could still throw for 30-32TDs..

    With Palmer having one of the top 3 best elite WR Cores in the NFL that is now 100% healthy with Fitz, Floyd healthy, Elite WR John Brown finally 100% (4.29speed), Excellent WR JJ Nelson w/ his elite 4.25 speed special and playing at an extremely high level!!!!!
    Palmer has two excellent dual threat RBs with Elite RB David Johnson the best RB in the NFL on pace for well over 2000+YDs from scrimmage n 20-21TDs & Palmer has 3 excellent receiving TEs!!!

    Palmer is an excellent fantasy pick because now that he is protected and has time to throw he is playing very well. AZ now has an excellent shot at the playoffs as well, with AZ last 4 games against MIA/NO/SEA/LA !!!! AZ should win 3 of those with no problem but I think the season is going to come down to beating SEA in SEA which AZ with it’s Elite 2nd ranked overall defense/2nd ranked overall passing defense, 11th ranked rushing defense & 9th overall offense, AZ can beat SEA though they need to bring their A game…. AZ plays very well in SEA as well, the two times AZ has played SEA in SEA with Palmer starting, AZ won both of those games.

    • Peter_Parker

      Would you play him over Colin Kaep???

  • Darcy Ward

    Brady or Ryan?