The Cowboys ended up being down all game, which gave Dak Prescott incentive to target Michael Gallup 10 times. If the Rams play like they did on Monday night against Dallas next week, we can see a similar thing. With Jalen Ramsey likely shadowing Amari Cooper, Gallup can see more looks.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
Joe Mixon’s turning it on right in time by leading the league in rushing in Week 14. Unfortunately, he’s a very tough start against the Patriots next week. Luckily, he has Miami in Week 16 if you can make your way there without him.
OBJ only saw 5 targets, catching 2 of 39. He’s apparently going to have sports hernia surgery after the season. Neither him or Jarvis Landry (4/76) had great games, but it’s possible Baker Mayfield couldn’t get it going because of his hand injury. It’s really tough to trust OBJ right now after back to back duds, but the matchup against Arizona next week might be too good to pass up.
Split between Chubb and Hunt: Chubb played on 71% of snaps and 16 opportunities, while Hunt played on 65% of snaps with 12 total opportunities.
Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills
Devin Singletary finished the game with 23 touches, and had a solid outing against a good Ravens defense without scoring. Even in a tough matchup next week, Singletary should be a solid RB2 start in PPR leagues. His potential volume in the passing game every week is what keeps his floor/ceiling alive; he caught 6 passes on Sunday for the third time this season.
Mark Andrews suffered a leg contusion in the first quarter. It doesn’t seem like a major injury, but it’s possible he misses a game.
Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
DJ Moore’s 6 targets was a bit disappointing; it was the first time in 8 weeks that he had less than 8.
Ian Thomas ended up stepping in for Greg Olsen and leading the team in targets with 10. He would be a streamer once again in Week 15; hope you took advantage of the cheap price in DFS.
Austin Hooper caught 2 of 6 targets in his return, but will remain at the top of the tight end fantasy rankings next week a week removed from his MCL injury.
Calvin Ridley went down with what’s being called an abdominal injury, and it’s possible he misses time. Russell Gage will get a boost in targets in his absence, but starting anyone outside of Julio next week against the 49ers is a tough bet, despite what Drew Brees was able to do on Sunday. The Ridley injury can be a blessing in disguise; he might have saved you from a dud against the 49ers defense.
Washington Redskins @ Green Bay Packers
Derrius Guice left the game with a sprained MCL; it’s the same knee where he tore his ACL last preseason. Adrian Peterson had 20 carries in his absence, but is a tough start against Philly’s run defense next week. Chris Thompson is a a desperation add and play against Philly, who have been in the top-10 in terms of giving up receptions to RBs; Thompson caught 7 of 8 targets on Sunday.
Terry McLaurin caught 4 of 7 targets, including an amazing one handed catch in the end zone. He sees Philly next week, so this week’s encouraging performance makes him an upside WR3/flex start in Week 15.
Aaron Jones had 23 touches for a total of 192 yards against the Redskins. You’re going to have your duds with Jones, but his ceiling is too high to bench. He led the team in targets too, but you have to assume Davante Adams’ targets would go up from 6 going forward.
Denver Broncos @ Houston Texans
Noah Fant once again showed his big play ability catching 4 of 4 for 113 yards and a TD. He didn’t show much with Drew Lock in Week 13, but Lock seemed to trust Fant more often. Unfortunately, Fant was carted to the locker room after sustaining a foot injury. Jeff Heuerman will get a bump up, and will be in streaming consideration next week against Kansas City.
Courtland Sutton led the team in targets, but gained only 34 yards on his 5 receptions.
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Bo Scarbrough got his carries once again with 19 total attempts. He’s averaging 19 carries over his last three games, but has a really though matchup against Tampa Bay next week.
It was a disappointing day for the Lions’ WRs against an extremely vulnerable Vikings secondary, as both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones totaled less than 100 yards receiving. Golladay saved his day with a TD, but we have to keep in mind that Detroit is on their 3rd string undrafted rookie QB.
Dalvin Cook ended up paying off this week despite his shoulder injury, leading the backfield with 20 total touches and a score. Alexander Mattison had 16 touches himself, which was worthy of a flex play. Detroit stepped up against a good running game. Cook’s workload gives us confidence to keep him in our lineups against the Chargers next week.
Without Adam Thielen again, Stefon Diggs led the Vikings offense with 9 targets; the next highest was Irv Smith with 4.
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints
What a game.
Jimmy Garoppolo performed like a star in this game, throwing for 349 yards and a 4 TDs.
Raheem Mostert led the backfield with 10 carries for 69 yards and a score, in addition to his 2 catches for 40 yards and another score through the air. Matt Breida was 2nd in line with 6 carries for 54 yards, and Tevin Coleman brought up the rear with only 6 yards on 3 carries. Mostert seems to be the 1a to Breida’s role as the 1b. Being this efficient on the ground against the Saints tough run defense is very encouraging moving forward. If Mostert hasn’t been picked up in your league, he’s a must pick up this week. He has Atlanta and the Rams over the next two weeks; two matchups we shouldn’t stay away from.
Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel, and George Kittle led the SF passing weapons in catches and targets. They all have good matchup next week against Atlanta at home.
Drew Brees passed for 349 yards and 5 TDs like he was playing against the Dolphins. The 49ers defense hasn’t allowed more than 2 passing TDs all year; Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers combined for 209 yards and 2 TDs passing against then. Russell Wilson only threw for 1 TD against them. Jameis Winston, who has averaged 315 passing yards in all other games this season, only threw for 194 yards against them. The last time Brees threw for 5 TDs was in 2015. This year, Brees threw 3 TDs three times: against the Cardinals, Bucs, and Panthers… three terrible passing defenses. In the rest of his matchups (Houston and Atlanta twice), he combined for 3 TDs. If you benched Drew Brees this week, the process was right; the result didn’t work out. It happens, and that’s why football is so fun to watch. It just sucks that something like this had to happen during your fantasy playoffs.
Michael Thomas is immune to tough coverage. 11 catches for 134 yards on 15 targets and a TD? Against the 49ers? Dude is a beast.
Jared Cook left the game with a concussion, so be prepared for the possibility he doesn’t clear the protocol by next week.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
Patrick Laird led the Dolphins backfield in attempts with 15, and caught 4 of 5 targets for 38 yards. He’s in PPR consideration the rest of the way.
DeVante Parker left the game with a concussion in the 2nd quarter. We gotta hope he’ll be cleared for the Giants matchup next week.
Robby Anderson led the Jets with 11 targets, catching 7 for 116 and a TD. This is the guy we were in search of all season long. That makes two straight 7-catch 10+ target games for Anderson. Still, he has a matchup against Baltimore next week that I’d personally be avoiding. Pittsburgh in Week 16 isn’t great either.
Jamison Crowder’s efficiency has taken a hit over the last two weeks; he caught only 5 of 16 targets. He’s a tough start against Baltimore next week after three straight bad weeks.
Bilal Powell led the backfield in Le’Veon Bell’s absence; he had 21 total touches, but didn’t get into the end zone. I would assume Bell will be back next week since he was out with just an illness… unless it’s mono. Keep in mind the Jets play on Thursday night, and Bilal Powell did sustain an ankle injury late. Ty Montgomery would be the next man up.
Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Bucs
Zach Pascal took advantage of a great matchup, catching 5 of 9 for 74 yards and a TD. Marcus Johnson caught 3 of 7 for 105 yards and a TD. Pascal has seen 9+ targets over the last two weeks, but New Orleans isn’t as good of a matchup, especially if he ends up being shadowed by Marshon Lattimore.
Mike Evans played only 23% of snaps because of a hamstring injury he sustained on his 61 yard TD. Keep an eye on the injury for next week. Breshad Perriman ended up playing 83% of snaps because of it. OJ Howard was on the field for 87% as well, so he can be a bigger part of the game plan next week if Evans misses; he caught 4 of 5 for 73 yards. Update: On Monday, Bruce Arians said he’d be shocked if Mike Evans is ready before the last game of the season, meaning he’d likely be out for the rest of the fantasy playoffs. Brutal blow to your fantasy team at the worst possible time. Chris Godwin’s target share will be even more guaranteed, while Breshad Perriman and OJ Howard should see a bump in usage. Justin Watson is an interesting name as well, and he was able to make due in a new role, catching 5 of 8 targets for 59 yards and a TD. If you need a flier next week, you can do worse. We don’t know exactly how this WR corp will shake out if Scotty Miller is back next week from his hamstring injury.
Austin Ekeler has managed to continue his ridiculous efficiency regardless of Melvin Gordon’s return as the RB1. Ekeler took his 8 carries for 101 yards and caught 4 balls for 112 yards. 12 touches. 213 yards. And a TD. Ekeler has averaged only 5 less PPR fantasy points when Gordon has been active this year. It’ll be tough to keep Ekeler out of your lineup against Minnesota next week, even in a perceived tough matchup.
DJ Chark’s performance of 9 catches on 10 targets for 75 yards is very impressive against Casey Hayward and this Chargers pass defense. He limped off with what appeared to be an ankle injury late in the game, but no word on severity as of yet.
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots
LeSean McCoy led the Chiefs backfield with 11 carries, followed by SPENCER WARE who took his 5 carries for 11 yards, following by Darwin Thompson. It’s amazing to think that Andy Reid would rather play Ware, who they just signed last week, over Thompson. Ware actually played the most snaps of all Chiefs RBs with 28. McCoy had 22, and Darwin ended with 18. Amazingly terrible for fantasy. Bright note or Darwin was that he led the backfield with 5 targets, and caught 4 of them for 36 yards. If Damien Williams is back next week, I would assume he’ll be back as the RB1.
In a prime matchup for the run game, Sony Michel took his 5 carries for 8 yards. James White had 6 carries on top of his 5 receptions, and Rex Burkhead led the backfield with 7 carries. Seems like a mess to me outside of James White.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals
Diontae Johnson ended up leading the Steelers in targets with 8; he caught 6 of them for 60 yards and a TD. Johnson is going to be a very good WR; he’s made due with less than ideal circumstances this year as a rookie.
David Johnson scored a TD! His snap percentage went up to 40% this week, and Kenyan Drake’s went down from 80% of 73%. As far as usage, Drake had 14 total opportunities with DJ getting only 5. Johnson did look a lot better this week health wise.
Christian Kirk’s 8 reception game against the Steelers perimeter defense is very encouraging. He has a beatable matchup next week against Cleveland at home.
Tennessee Titans @ Oakland Raiders
Derrick Henry has been a TD machine this year. Not only that, he’s had 4 straight 100 yard games, and has actually totaled 599 yards over that span. Despite not being involved much in the pass game, he has been able to get it done on the ground and is finding his way into the end zone.
AJ Brown took advantage of Oakland’s secondary, catching 5 balls for 153 yards and 2 TDs, including a 91 yard TD reception. Dude is going to be a baller in this league. His target volume hasn’t been there, but he’s been efficient. He has a decent matchup next week against Houston, but is still risky option.
Josh Jacobs was a late scratch, so DeAndre Washington carried the load for the Raiders with 14 carries and a TD. His 6 receptions gave him a total of 20 for the day. Washington is worth a pickup this week, as Jacobs is scheduled to get another MRI.
Seattle Seahawks @ LA Rams
Rashaad Penny seemed to have suffered an ACL injury, according to Pete Carroll, so this is solely Chris Carson’s backfield once again.
Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, and Jacob Hollister all had 6 targets each. Metcalf led the team with 78 yards. Russell Wilson had some trouble in this game, and Lockett continues to disappoint. If you benched him this week, you made the right call.
Tyler Higbee led the Rams in targets with 11; he caught 7 of them for 116 yards. He continues to be a good start while Gerald Everett is out. He has two straight games with 7 receptions and 100+ yards. He has a good matchup against Dallas next week.
Robert Woods continues to be the WR for the Rams right now; he caught 7 of 9 for 90 yards and a TD. Over his last 4 games, Woods is averaging 8 catches on 11 targets for 115 yards. He plays Dallas next week, but the good news is that he lines up on Chidobe Awuzie’s side most of the time. He’s a WR2 in that matchup.