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THE DIVE: Week 14 “Playoff Push”

How was your Thanksgiving? Better yet, did your fantasy team leave you stuffed and feeling great because they feasted in Week 13 or were you left hungry, disappointed, confused and wishing you could have a “redo?” Week 13 lived up to the hype with a back-and-forth heavyweight battle in the rain between powerhouses Baltimore and San Francisco, which may be a potential Super Bowl preview. Not only did Baltimore defeat San Francisco, but Baltimore also became the top seed in the AFC after New England fell to Houston on Sunday night. Cincinnati finally won its first game as it ended the New York Jets’ three-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Chargers continued their trend of losing close games as their nightmare season continues.

If you started James White, DeVante Parker or Aaron Rodgers in Week 13, then there was a good chance you earned a victory! Let’s take a dive in Week 14, which is the first round of the playoffs in many league formats. The weather will be cold for many of this week’s games, but no forecast of rain or snow yet. However, keep a close eye on the weather for any forecast changes.

QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia

Remember when Carson Wentz was a surefire fantasy stud and a “must start?” It’s been awhile as Wentz has not appeared elite in 2019, which can be blamed on accuracy issues and receiver injuries. Although Philadelphia lost to Miami in Week 13, Wentz played one of his best games of the season and should encore when the New York Giants visit on Monday. The Giants have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season (14 total touchdowns over the last five games). If Wentz is on your bench or available in the free agent pool, this may be the week to start him.

Week 14 forecast: 275 passing yards, 2 TD

RB Alexander Mattison, Minnesota

If you handcuffed Alexander Mattison or scored him on the waiver wire, this is his week. With a questionable tag currently, expect starter Dalvin Cook to be either limited or sidelined for Week 14. Regardless, Mattison should serve as a key component of the offense and has averaged almost 5 yards per carry as well as been active in the passing game in his backup duties. Minnesota welcomes Detroit, who has given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Consider Mattison as a low-end RB1 with a high ceiling!

Week 14 forecast: 100 total yards, TD

WR Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia

After missing two weeks, Alshon Jeffery made a massive impact in his return in Week 13 with nine receptions from 16 targets totaling 137 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery should go off again in Week 14 when Philadelphia welcomes the New York Giants, who have surrendered the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers (three scores to Green Bay receivers last weekend). Jeffery will be a solid WR2 or strong flex, and even more valuable in point per reception formats.

Week 14 forecast: 75 receiving yards, TD

TE Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

With starting tight end Gerald Everett questionable for Week 14, Tyler Higbee may have another big week after his seven-catch, 107-yard and a touchdown breakout performance in Week 13. The Rams offense also appeared more in sync last week. Higbee draws a home matchup against Seattle, who has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Consider Higbee a TE3 with upside if Everett misses Week 14.

Week 14 forecast: 50 receiving yards, TD

D/St Houston Texans

Houston’s defense has been inconsistent much of the season. Sure, the loss of Jadeveon Clowney and injury to J.J. Watt may be partially to blame, but Houston did appear improved in last weekend’s win against New England. This may be the week to start Houston’s defense as they host Denver, who has allowed the 12th-most points to offenses this season and should be a solid play against third-string quarterback Drew Lock.

Week 14 forecast: 11 points

 

Week 13 Results: Another mixed bag …

QB Nick Foles, Jacksonville

Week 13 forecast: 250 passing yards, 2 TD

Week 13 results: 93 passing yards, INT (bad call)

RB Kareem Hunt, Cleveland

Week 13 forecast: 75 total yards, TD

Week 13 results: 65 total yards, TD (good call)

WR A.J. Brown, Tennessee

Week 13 forecast: 80 receiving yards, TD

Week 13 results: 45 receiving yards (bad call)

TE Jack Doyle, Indianapolis

Week 13 forecast: 50 receiving yards, TD

Week 13 results: 73 receiving yards, TD (good call)

D/ST New York Jets

Week 13 forecast: 12 points

Week 13 results: 2 points (bad call)

Good luck luck in Week 14!

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.