Matt Hicks, Staff Writer
Week 14 saw a lot of quarterback injuries; including Wentz, Savage, and McCown. Out of the back-up options, Foles is by far your best option. Although Foles doesn’t have the most successful career, he does have significant experience; with 36 career starts. More importantly, Foles has a ton of weapons to support him. Look for Ajayi to turn into the workhorse back he should be; and Foles to throw short, safe passes up the field. With Agholor, Jeffery, and Ertz Foles has decent touchdown potential. He has no long-term value, but if you need a streamer just for the playoffs take Foles over Yates or Petty. Foles is available in 99.9% of ESPN leagues.
Watch out fantasy world; Kizer might just be here to stay. He’s finished as a QB1 3 of the last 5 weeks, including in Week 14 when he nearly led the Browns to there first win of the season. Kizer has shown the ability to score touchdowns (4 in the last 2 weeks) and has the ability to run; he has 6 games this season with at least 25 rushing yards and has 5 rushing touchdowns. At this point, I think the Browns will keep him for the 2018 season, making him a worthwhile dynasty stash. He’s available in 95% of fantasy leagues and could benefit greatly from an off-season of development.
I won’t go deep into this one, since I wrote about Bortles last week, but I will say this; you need to throw away the negative connotations of his name and play this extremely hot quarterback option. In the last two weeks, including Week 14 against Seattle, he’s thrown for 576 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. He’s still available in 80% of fantasy leagues and can help you this season, and in the future; as the Jaguars continue to develop into a potent offense.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Riddick is officially a streaming option. With Abdullah out, Riddick finished as RB9 last week. Over the last two weeks Riddick has found the end zone 3 times and has 155 total yards from scrimmage. In those two weeks Riddick is averaging 9.5 carries/game and 5.5 receptions/game. He has two decent match-ups in Chicago and Cincinnati coming up; they’ve allowed the 17th and 13th most fantasy points to opposing running backs, respectively. Riddick can be played in PPR leagues as a solid flex. He’s available in 43.5% of leagues.
Williams finished as a RB2 for the second straight week, while filling in for Adrian Peterson. Without much information on when Peterson will return, it seems Williams is the viable option moving forward in Arizona. Williams is averaging 18 carries and 85 yards/game since Week 13. Williams has a great match-up in Week 15 when he faces off against Washington, who has allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
Westbrook has been a potential dynasty stash for awhile now, for his dynamic skillset. The reason I’m getting excited about him is the volume he’s being given; he’s been targeted 27 times over the last three games. He’s translated those targets into 17 receptions, 210 receiving yards and a touchdown. He’s owned in just 15.8% of leagues and is worth a roster spot on your dynasty team, whether or not you’re still in the playoff chase.
Kupp’s recent success is flying under the radar. He has at least 5 receptions in every game since Week 10 and has two games above 115 receiving yards. Since Woods went out with an injury, Kupp has 18 receptions (on 24 targets) for 306 yards and a touchdown. Kupp is owned in 70% of leagues, however, he should absolutely be owned in 100% of them. In PPR dynasty leagues, consider trading for this rookie before people figure out this isn’t just a hot streak.
Ross’ miserable rookie season officially came to an end in Week 14, when the Bengals placed him on IR. The 9th overall pick has had a rocky relationship with the Bengals from the start, and it appears that has jeopardized the dynamic skillset that had so many fantasy owners excited. This is the perfect buy-low opportunity. The Bengals made a big investment in him, so they’re either going to have to feature Ross in their 2018 offense or trade him to a team where he can shine. Join the 1.2% of fantasy owners who are smart enough to hold onto him.
Celek is a low-profile fantasy play. In a year of unstable fantasy options, I look for volume as the top priority for this position. Celek has 4 targets the last two weeks and has at 4 targets tin 4 of his last 5 games. Celek has 97 receiving yards since Week 13 and has a touchdown. It appears that Celek may be a key target in Garoppolo’s offense; making him a worthwhile stream and potential dynasty stash. He’s available in 99.6% of leagues.
The Bears rookie hasn’t had a huge presence this season, however, he’s been an impact player in both games where he has at least 4 targets. In each of those games, he scored a touchdown and had at least 40 receiving yards. With Zach Miller out, it appears that Shaheen could grow with fellow rookie Mitch Trubisky to be a dynamic duo for years to come. Shaheen is available in 99.6% of leagues and is absolutely worth a roster spot in the most shallow and unstable position for fantasy owners.
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