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THE DIVE: Week 14 “The New Season Begins”

Are you in? Or did your team come up short? In many fantasy league formats Week 13 is the final week of the fantasy football regular season with playoffs beginning in Week 14. If your team fell short, stay in the loop in your league and also keep an eye on any late season breakouts, injuries, etc. which may be a factor next season. If you successfully earned a playoff seed, congratulations and get ready for a wild roller-coaster ride! With COVID-19 resurging across the country, it is likely that unpredictability will be a key theme over the next few weeks. Roster depth, flexibility and luck will certainly come into play for the teams that are victorious and advance into the next round.

After getting embarrassed in Week 12, Las Vegas kept its thin playoff hopes alive with a victory over the winless New York Jets and monster performances from Derek Carr and Darren Waller. Quarterbacks led the way for highest fantasy points with Baker Mayfield, Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Tannehill and Matthew Stafford rewarding their fantasy owners in Week 13. Wideouts Corey Davis and Davante Adams were also stellar and generously rewarded their fantasy owners.

Take a dive with me as we prep for Week 14, which is the opening round of playoffs in most leagues. Keep a close eye on COVID-19 updates as it appears Carolina may be affected this week. Although continuing to cool down, weather does not appear to be a factor this week except for rain forecast in Seattle.

Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas

Remember me? Is it a revenge game? Not really, as it appeared that Cincinnati and Andy Dalton parted ways peacefully after last season. However, bank on the idea that Dalton is going to raise his performance against his former team in Week 14 as Dallas’ playoff homes hang on by a thread. Dalton has multi-touchdown performances in two of his last three games, which should continue this week. Consider Dalton a low-end QB2 this weekend.

Week 14 forecast: 250 passing yards, 2 TD

Adrian Peterson, RB, Detroit

Whether D’Andre Swift plays this weekend or not, look for a full dose of Peterson. The veteran back continues to defy age as he has improved later in the season with more work. Although his yards per carry could be better, he has scored a pair of touchdowns in each of the last two games. With a juicy home matchup against Green Bay, which has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing backs, Peterson is an RB3 with solid upside and a high floor.

Week 14 forecast: 75 total yards, TD

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis

Better late than never! If you drafted T.Y. Hilton and still own him on your roster, you deserve an award for patience! After a sluggish start, Hilton has averaged six catches, over 95 yards and a score in the past two games. Consider Hilton as an WR3 or FLEX in a neutral road matchup against Las Vegas, which has allowed four touchdowns to wideouts over the last two games.

Week 14 forecast: 80 receiving yards, TD

Tyler Eifert, TE, Jacksonville

If you are truly desperate at tight end, give veteran Eifert an opportunity. With Mike Glennon now quarterbacking Jacksonville, Eifert has pulled together two double-digit scoring performances in a row and has a favorable home matchup against Tennessee, which surrenders the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Historically, Eifert has been a red zone target as well so look for him to score another this weekend.

Week 14 forecast: 50 receiving yards, TD

Carolina D/ST

The Carolina defense has struggled much of the season, but has begun to turn the corner recently. In fact, it has scored double-digit fantasy points in its last two games where it accrued seven sacks, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns. With a home matchup against Denver, which gives up the second-most fantasy points to opposing defenses, Carolina is a great plug-and-play this weekend.

Week 14 forecast: 12 points

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.