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5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 14

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami  Miami might not be very good this season, but you can’t attribute much of that to the play of Fitzpatrick. Quite the contrary; for the past month, the Harvard alum has seen his weekly numbers steadily rising, from just 14 fantasy points in Week 10 to a robust 33 points in Sunday’s upset of Philadelphia. With Miami expecting to play from behind most weeks, Fitzpatrick can serve as a good streaming option with road games against the New York Jets and the New York Giants before a home-tilt with Cincinnati closes out the traditional fantasy playoffs.

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago – The Chicago quarterback has suffered his fair share of criticism in 2019, and most of it warranted. However, the past month has been pretty good to last season’s No. 2 overall pick. In three of the past four weeks, Trubisky has surpassed the 20-point mark in fantasy, and on Thanksgiving he just missed the 30-point mark, throwing for 338 yards and three scores against Detroit. If Trubisky is hoping to end the season on a high note, he’s got a good head start.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo – Since coming to Buffalo from Dallas as a free agent last spring, Beasley had failed to pay real dividends for his new club. But in the past two weeks, the Southern Methodist alum has discovered a spark, and on Thanksgiving he used it to show up his former club, hauling in 6-of-7 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Beasley and Buffalo figure to be playing from behind each week as the fantasy playoffs get underway, with a home game against Baltimore this week before back-to-back road games at Pittsburgh and New England close out the fantasy season.

James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh – Quite often in football, all a bench player needs to improve his lot is to get a fair opportunity. Such is the case for Washington, who, due to injuries to JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson, has been forced into a lead wide receiver role for Pittsburgh the past two weeks. In those two games, the Oklahoma State product has caught seven passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He has shown great chemistry with newly anointed starting quarterback Devlin Hodges during that time, leading some to speculate that Washington deserves to be the new WR2 once Smith-Schuster returns.

Tampa Bay D/ST – The Tampa Bay defense has mostly been a huge disappointment this season, but in the past two weeks it has truly stepped to the forefront. In back-to-back road games against Atlanta and Jacksonville, Tampa Bay has amassed quite a stat line, with three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two defensive touchdowns and 11 (yes, you read that right) sacks. Tampa Bay hopes to get at least one more defensive boost when it hosts Indianapolis and its injury-riddled offense this coming Sunday.

About David Verbanac

Hi guys, I've been a member of Fantasy Sharks since September of '08. If you've been a member here for the past few years, you have no doubt seen a few of my posts. Like most, I can usually be found trolling about in the Main Tank, commenting on all the hot topics involving fantasy football and the NFL. I am honored to be one of the "newbs" among the writing staff, and I hope that you find my columns to be both entertaining and informative. I have been a member of a private, 12 team PPR re-draft league for over 20 years. It is a league made up mostly of guys that I used to work with. I'm proud to say that I made the playoffs last year, finishing in the money in 3rd place. I, of course, am aiming for a shot at the title this season!!