The NFL’s leading rusher and receiver will both be held in check in Week 14.
[Editor’s Note: This article was submitted Thursday morning but was not posted until Friday.] With Week 14 being the first week of fantasy playoffs in most leagues, this is not a headline owners of Adrian Peterson and Julio Jones want to read. It’s almost impossible to bench your studs, especially in the playoffs, but I’m not expecting big games out of either guy. Both players have terrible matchups on the road. Peterson is at Arizona tonight, while Jones is at Carolina on Sunday. It’s hard to find much room to run on Arizona and we all know how good Carolina cornerback Josh Norman has been this season. You have to start both these guys, but don’t expect 20 point games.
LeSean McCoy torches his old team for 150 total yards.
There have been a lot of “revenge games” this season, but perhaps none have been bigger than McCoy’s return to Philly. McCoy has been an absolute beast since Week 9, averaging just under 98.0 yards rushing per game with three touchdowns. And, he will get even more touches if Karlos Williams remains sidelined with a shoulder injury. You can be sure that Rex Ryan will pump the ball to Shady early and often in this one, giving him every chance to spurn his old team. If Williams doesn’t play, I see McCoy getting at least 25 touches and putting up over 150 total yards with a touchdown.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay
ASJ returned last week in a limited role, playing 21 snaps and catching three of six targets. He shook the rust off in Week 13 and should be primed for a very solid day on Sunday against the Saints. New Orleans happens to allow the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and just let Greg Olsen shred them for 129 yards. Seferian-Jenkins should see a lot more playing time and more red-zone targets making him a solid play this week. The tight end position has been limited in fantasy so ASJ is in the TE1 discussion.
Tim Hightower, RB, New Orleans
With news breaking late last night that Mark Ingram would be placed on IR and will miss the rest of the season, Hightower now becomes a must-add in all formats. Now I don’t think he’s going to come right in and get 20 touches a game like Ingram, but he should receive most of the carries and all goal-line work for a potent offense. C.J. Spiller will remain the passing-down back, but I don’t trust starting him in any format until I see how the Saints use him now that Ingram is out. In any case, Hightower is worth a start in most leagues this week against Tampa Bay with a floor of at least 12 touches.
Lock of the Week
Julius Thomas, TE, Jacksonville
Thomas has now caught a touchdown in three straight games and has 23 targets over that span. Blake Bortles is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league right now and this trend should continue into Week 14 with a home game against the Colts. Indianapolis is allowing around 280 passing yards per game and just got torched by Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense, so I like Thomas’ chances here to see around eight targets and score for a fourth week in-a-row.
Who’s on Revis Island?
Revis missed his second week in a row with a concussion, so we never got to see him matchup against Odell Beckham Jr. He is questionable to return in Week 14, but it looks promising. Revis will have an easier matchup if he does return against a soft Titans receiving corps. He will likely follow around Kendall Wright (who is questionable with a rib injury) or rookie Dorial Green-Beckham, who is coming off his best game as a pro (5-119-1). Either way, you’re not starting any Tennessee wide receiver this week.