Bench Julio Jones in Week 14.
Jones is dealing with turf toe which isn’t a minor injury. Even though he played through it last week and had a big game, most of his damage was done before he got hurt. The Falcons are saying it’s not a big issue, but they’d be wise to sit him this week and fantasy owners should look into doing the same. Best case scenario is Jones plays at less than 100% with a lot of situational and decoy snaps. I know it’s nearly impossible to bench your first round pick in the first round of the playoffs, but don’t expect a huge game if he suits up.
Dennis Pitta is fool’s gold.
Pitta had his biggest game of the season last week, catching nine balls for 90 yards and two scores. He was targeted 11 times and did lose a fumble, but overall had a huge day. The performance came out of nowhere and will result in Pitta being one of the most added players in fantasy this week. I know the tight end position is slim pickings, but stay away from Pitta moving forward. Last week was only the second time all season he’s scored double-digit fantasy points and he has two brutal matchups coming up at New England and home against Philly. He’s worth an add, but not a start.
Ladarius Green, TE, Pittsburgh
Green’s coming-out party occurred in Week 13 as he exploded for a stat line of 6-110-1 against the Giants. He was targeted 11 times and looked fully healthy. I know there are a lot of mouths to feed in Pittsburgh, but the tight end has always been an integral part of the offense. Green has now solidified himself as a TE1 for fantasy and should be added and started in all formats. He’s somehow still available in more than 50% of leagues so grab him immediately if you’re able to.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, New England
The rookie wideout has been building chemistry and trust with Tom Brady over the year and it looks like it’s finally paying off. Over the last three weeks, Mitchell has 17 receptions for 222 yards and three touchdowns. His targets have increased in each of those weeks and he will certainly benefit with Rob Gronkowski being lost for the season. Mitchell doesn’t have a great matchup this week against the Ravens, but he should be added. Even in the tough matchup, he’s home and will be a very useful FLEX option.
Lock of the Week
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington
Jackson has been a boom-or-bust player all season. He needs to catch bombs or score to be effective most weeks. He’s coming off a tough game where he only caught one of four targets for 59 yards. There are two words that will explain why you need to play Jackson in Week 14 and those two words are “revenge game.” Jackson and the Redskins travel to Philadelphia, his former team, on Sunday. You know he’s going to want to have a big game, especially since there’s talk that the Eagles want him back. Expect a big fantasy day.