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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 14

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Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Ekeler has been as consistent a fantasy player as you’ll find this season. He’s a good bet for 10-15 points week in and week out, which is impressive considering he’s the backup to Melvin Gordon. Ekeler does most of his damage in the passing game and has caught a touchdown pass in four of the last six games. He hasn’t been getting a lot of carries, but when he does, he’s a more than capable runner. Ekeler has a great matchup in Week 14 against the lowly Jacksonville defense and should see his normal 12-15 touches. If he finds pay dirt again then that will be good enough to be in the RB2 conversation.

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Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

My how the mighty have fallen. From Week 9 through Week 11, Crowder was on a massive fantasy run that included 18 receptions, 240 yards and three scores. But over the last two weeks, he’s totaled four catches for 26 yards. Those back-to-back games have killed a lot of fantasy owners. Crowder does get the Dolphins this week, a team he shredded earlier in the season, but he can’t be trusted as anything more than a WR3 at best right now.

Shark Sleepers

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee

What a difference a change of scenery has made for Tannehill. Since becoming the starter in Week 7, he’s gone 5-1 with 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He has lost three fumbles during that span as well, but also has run for three more scores. The Titans have been a different team with Tannehill behind center and he’s made his way back to the fantasy radar. In a plus matchup against the Raiders this weekend, Tannehill can be trusted as a nice streamer for Week 14.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota

Mattison is a monster in the making, but has been playing second fiddle to star lead back Dalvin Cook. When he does get touches, he’s been very impressive as both a runner and receiver. Cook didn’t play most of the second half last week due to a shoulder injury and Mattison shined, totaling 73 yards on eight touches. Cook has already said he’s playing this weekend, but you know how that goes. Monitor this one closely because if Cook does sit out then Mattison is an immediate RB1 who will most likely see 25 touches against a suspect Lions defense.

Lock of the Week

Sony Michel, RB, New England

The Patriots offense has been struggling the last month of the season. Tom Brady has noone to throw to and they haven’t been utilizing the run game enough. That’s going to change in Week 14 as New England will look to control the clock against the Chiefs and run early and often against their weak run defense. Michel has been underused all season, but should see 20 touches on Sunday and will find the end zone. Take a shot with him.

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