We hope you all had a fun, safe and satisfying Thanksgiving weekend. It was quite an interesting slate of games. Exciting match ups, big upsets, crazy surprises – and that’s just the beginning. Most of you will be starting your fantasy playoffs this week, so let’s break down some of the more interesting pick ups you can make this week.
QB Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
With the Ryan Finley experiment coming to an end, Dalton started Week 13 and led the Bengals to their first win of the season. Before being benched for Finley, Dalton was leading the NFL in completions and only had one game with less than 235 passing yards. He has quite a history with Week 14 opponent Cleveland, throwing multiple touchdowns in each of his last six complete games against them.
We should expect Cincinnati to continue to play from behind – which means more passing for Dalton. He’s an easier find as he is unrostered in over 90% of leagues.
WR Kenny Stills – Houston Texans
While he doesn’t have the highest target share, Stills can succeed with limited opportunities. Against the Patriots, Stills tallied 61 yards on 3 receptions topped off by a 35 yard touchdown strike – something very few players have done this season. While the Broncos – whom they face in Week 14 – are a tough defensive opponent, they have surrendered scores to 4 different receivers in their last 3 games as well as 100+ yards performances to Stefon Diggs and Mike Williams in that span.
Stills is in the 75-85% range of availability in leagues. His big play ability makes him a big boom candidate every week.
RB Bo Scarbrough – Detroit Lions
Since becoming the main ball carrier for Detroit, Scarbrough has been very solid. In each of his 3 games, he has either scored or ran for over 80 yards. Against the Bears on Thanksgiving, his 83 yards were the fourth most they have allowed by any running back this season. The Lions face the Vikings in Week 14, who are even tougher against the run. His opportunities, however, make him a viable play.
Scarbrough has been very consistent in his three games. He is about 55% available in leagues, making him harder to acquire in larger leagues.
TE Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts
Up until Week 13, Doyle and Eric Ebron‘s combined stats would be a top-6 tight end in point per reception formats. With Ebron hitting the injury shelf for the season, Doyle will be funneled all those extra targets. Doyle took advantage of his first ‘solo’ week of the year with 6 catches for 73 yards and a score. Tampa Bay has been especially weak against tight ends this year, which should lead to another good game in Week 14.
Doyle will likely be the top tight end added for Week 14. He is available in about 45-55% of leagues.
RB Derrius Guice – Washington Redskins
Guice had his big breakout performance in Week 13 with 10 carries for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. While he still followed behind Adrian Peterson‘s 13 touches, Guice made better use of his chances. The Redskins have another positive match up in Week 14 against the Packers who have given up five touchdowns in their last four games.
Guice is a little harder to come by as he is just under 50% available. Going forward, it seems the second year back will continue to get an equal or greater share of carries.