Week 14 Fantasy Surprises

winston-2387668988Week 13 was a decent one for my fantasy surprises as Ryan Fitzpatrick had a big day, Julius Thomas scored a touchdown, Dustin Hopkins capitalized on his chances and betting against Matt Schaub with the Dolphins defense paid off. For many, this weekend will be the start of the fantasy playoffs. This has been one of if not the oddest year for fantasy that I can remember in recent memory. So many players values have fluctuated over the course of the year for various reasons and chances are you’re only left if you drafted well late or struck gold on the waiver wire.

Like the previous weeks try not to overthink your lineups, don’t get cute and sit your proven players and then most importantly realize that regardless of how much research you do, once players hit the field it is all out of your control.

QB: Jameis Winston vs Saints: Winston has grown leaps and bounds as a player over the course of the season. Fortunately for fantasy owners, he now gets a fantastic matchup when you might be needing him the most. Granted, Winston doesn’t throw with the volume of many top quarterbacks. But in this matchup to go along with his supporting cast, he’s worth starting in all formats. Expect around 260 total yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Shaun Draughn vs Browns: This is exactly what I was referring to when I said this was one of the oddest years in recent memory. Draughn to this point has been a career journeyman but thanks to injury has been seeing a nice amount of touches as the 49ers starter. Now he gets a favorable matchup against a Browns defense who has proven to be vulnerable to the ground game. Play him with confidence just off volume alone in this one. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Doug Baldwin vs Ravens: For fantasy purposes, Baldwin had always been more of a third or fourth receiver type. You know you’re getting 7 to 800 total yards with maybe five or six touchdowns for good measure. But something got into him the past two weeks as he’s racked up a total of 239 yards and five touchdowns. This weekend provides another great matchup against a vulnerable secondary in the Ravens.

This one may get out of hand quickly, but it shouldn’t stop Baldwin from getting his numbers. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Ben Watson vs Buccaneers: Despite Brandin Cooks remarkably being cleared within a few days of entering concussion protocol, Drew Brees is going to need another pass catcher to step up in this possible shootout. Considering the Buccaneers have had their struggles in tight end coverage, Watson could be that guy. He’s more of a backend starter this week, but if you’re in need at the position is worth a shot if available. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Andrew Franks vs Giants: Franks hasn’t been a huge fantasy name this season, but in a game with shootout potential, could be worth a look. The Dolphins not having a great ability to turn red zone opportunities into touchdowns is just a plus. Expect around two extra points and two field goals.

DEF: Lions vs Rams: After a very rough start to 2015, the Lions defense has picked it up in recent weeks. A big part of this could be due to Darius Slay emerging as a shutdown corner and Ezekiel Ansah continuing to be a pass rushing force. Regardless of if it’s Nick Foles or Case Keenum starting at quarterback for the Rams, they’ve had a lot of difficulty throwing the football. That pretty much means the Lions like every other Rams opponent will be trying to limit Todd Gurley. While it isn’t the same group as last year, the Lions defensive line is a talented group so I think they’ll limit Gurley to the point this defense is worth streaming. Expect around four sacks and an interception.

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