PFF's fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 14
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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.
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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.
- Week 14 fantasy rankings
- Snaps, pace and stats
- Notable WR/CB matchups
- Week 14 streaming defenses
- Week 14 fantasy stats to know
- Week 14 IDP waiver wire
- Week 14 IDP start/sit
- Week 14 Dynasty Stock Watch
- Week 14 dynasty/developmental check
- Top fantasy takeaways from Week 13’s action
- Are the low fantasy scores of Week 13 the new normal?
- What’s wrong with the tight ends in fantasy?