Who’s ready for the playoffs? Heck! Who’s ready for a championship run? I know I am and I’m going to get you off on the right foot. The bye weeks are done (finally) so there’s one less thing to deal with. Now let’s see which players can bring you a ticket on the playoff train. Choo choo!
WR T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts
We all had higher hopes for T.Y. Hilton this fantasy season as he was being selected in the 5th or 6th round of drafts as Philip Rivers was supposed to bring back stability to the Colts’ passing game. While Rivers has been serviceable most weeks, Hilton was not and ended up on the waiver wire in most leagues. With 12 catches for 191 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in his last two games, things seem to be trending the right way for the former All Pro.
The Colts will face off with Las Vegas in Week 14 for a good wide receiver matchup. The Raiders have allowed four scores to wide receivers in their last two games and T.Y. Hilton is still on the waiver wire in nearly 55% of fantasy leagues. Better late than never for Hilton as he gets back onto the fantasy radar.
QB Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders
It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride with Derek Carr over the last few weeks. He stunk against Denver before going wild against Kansas City. He bombed in Atlanta before blowing up in New York. Carr threw only 2 interceptions in the first 10 weeks while having great performances against the Saints, Bills and Chiefs twice. With the uncertainty of Josh Jacobs and the running game, the Raiders will look to the pass to compete in future matchups.
Las Vegas has a Week 14 matchup with the Colts. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 291 yards against them in the last three weeks. Carr is still available in nearly 50% of fantasy leagues. The reliability of Darren Waller and big play chance of Henry Ruggs make Carr a worthy play on any given Sunday.
RB Ty Johnson – New York Jets
It seems like every week we have another Jets running back with fantasy potential. In Week 13, Ty Johnson took over after Frank Gore left with a concussion. Johnson took 22 carries for 104 yards and looked pretty good doing it. With La’Mical Perine on injured reserve for at least one more week and Gore’s availability unknown, Johnson should see the bulk of carries with Josh Adams sprinkled in here and there.
Seattle provides an average matchup for the Jets in Week 14. The Seahawks just surrendered 134 rushing yards to Wayne Gallman, which bodes well for Johnson’s outlook. He is virtually un-rostered in all leagues. His opportunity this week makes him a worthy addition for teams looking for a fill-in running back.
TE Anthony Firkser – Tennessee Titans
Jonnu Smith was inactive for the Week 13 game against Cleveland and his outlook for Week 14 doesn’t look good as his knee continues to heal. Anthony Firkser hauled in 5 balls for 51 yards against the Browns in his place. His fantasy thunder was taken away by MyCole Pruitt, who’s only catch was a 22 yard score – who also picked up a fumble and took it in for another touchdown. But Firkser has been a go-to option for Ryan Tannehill whenever he needs to unload the ball quickly.
In a positive Week 14 matchup, the Titans battle the Jaguars; nine tight end touchdowns have been allowed by Jacksonville this season. Should Smith miss another contest, Firkser is a very good streaming option at tight end. He is over 90% available in fantasy leagues.
QB Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts
The wily veteran is at it again. Philip Rivers has thrown for over 260 yards and multiple touchdowns in 5 of his last 7 games – including each of his last three games. With T.Y. Hilton showing his old form, three sure-handed tight ends and Nyheim Hines making catches out of the backfield, there is no shortage of reliable targets in Indianapolis.
The Colts will head out to Las Vegas for a Week 14 showdown. The Raiders have allowed quarterbacks to throw for at least 326 yards and multiple scores in 4 of their last 7 games. Of those other three games, one was the bad weather game against Cleveland and another was against Drew Lock. Rivers availability varies a bit based on platform but it’s between a healthy 60-85%. He’s the kind of quarterback you can lean on in his nice upcoming matchups but also be aware that he requires off-season foot surgery and is playing through the injury.