Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver
Sutton finally had a breakout game last week, catching four balls for 85 yards and a score. Many were expecting these type of games to happen regularly after Demaryius Thomas got traded, but it hadn’t happened until Week 13. Sutton should be in line for even more work now that Emmanuel Sanders is out for the rest of the season with an injury. He gets a great matchup on the road against San Francisco and should see a healthy amount of targets. Get him in your lineup this week.
Tom Brady, QB, New England
Maybe Father Time is finally starting to catch up with Brady as he’s really seen a decline in his fantasy numbers over the last five games. His last 20-point fantasy performance was all the way back in Week 7 against Chicago. In the five games since then, he’s only thrown a mind-blowing four touchdown passes. It’s clear that New England has gone to a run-heavy and short-pass game plan, which hurts Brady big time. Owners need to look elsewhere at the quarterback position moving forward.
Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh
Samuels is the big waiver wire pickup for Week 14 as he’s been named the starter with James Conner out. The crazy thing is, he also has position eligibility at tight end on some platforms so this will give the lucky owner some real flexibility during the first week of playoffs. Not that I agree with that, but it’s a loophole this year for sure. He should be started in all formats, and even though Stevan Ridley will get some touches, Samuels should see the majority of the work for Pittsburgh. He has lowly Oakland on deck also, so 100 total yards and 15-plus touches shouldn’t be too hard to achieve.
Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco
Pettis has put together solid performances in back-to-back weeks for San Francisco and has worked his way into the WR3/FLEX conversation. Over that span, he’s snagged nine passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Very impressive numbers to say the least. He does have a tough matchup this week with Denver, but stud corner Chris Harris is out for the season so this will open things up more for Pettis and company. He’s available in about 60 percent of leagues so take a look.
Lock of the Week
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay
With Green Bay in disarray, Aaron Jones has been one of the only bright spots for the team. He’s found pay-dirt in five of the last six games and is proving to be a solid pass catcher. Jones still isn’t getting enough touches, though, as he only received 11 carries last week in a close game against a bad Arizona defense. Hopefully this changes now that Mike McCarthy has been fired. Jones should have a big game on the ground and through the air this weekend against Atlanta in a game where offense should be showcased on each side.