by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
For many the time has finally come for the fantasy football playoffs to begin. While you don’t want to necessarily stray from your “star”, you also don’t want to make a mistake as it’s either win or go home. Who are the best options for Week 14? Who brings extra risk with everything on the line? Let’s take a look:
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Baltimore
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Seattle
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Green Bay
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Los Angeles
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Carolina
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Miami
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Buffalo
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. San Diego
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Denver
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at New England
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – at San Francisco
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Pittsburgh
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – at Jacksonville
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Arizona
- Over the past few weeks the Green Bay Packers have given up 1,205 passing yards (fifth most in the league). On the other side Russell Wilson has finally started to look healthy, having thrown for 270+ yards in four of his past five games and showing the ability and willingness to break some runs. He has just 2 TD over the past three games, which does have to make you a little skeptical, but there’s reason to believe in him as one of the better options in the league.
- In the same game you may want to downgrade Aaron Rodgers due to the matchup with Seattle. However this isn’t the same dominant Seahawks defense, while Rodgers himself is just behind Drew Brees (1,547 vs. 1,541) for the most yardage over the past four weeks. Don’t push him too far down your rankings due to matchup alone.
- Speaking of defenses that are no longer dominant, the Carolina Panthers just saw the Seattle Seahawks post 40 points against them… Of course Philip Rivers has thrown 7 INT over his past three games and has thrown for under 250 yards each of the past two. Obviously we wouldn’t flea from him, but there’s reason to be a little bit skeptical about his performance.
- Sure Eli Manning is coming off a poor performance, but the matchup against the Cowboys is a highly intriguing one. Dallas has struggled against the pass in recent weeks (league high 1,329 yards, 8 TD and 0 INT over the past four games) and we all know the Giants offense rests on the shoulders of Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. Feel confident using Manning as a low-end QB1.
- It was a “step back” for Kirk Cousins, but that’s what happens when you’ve thrown for 375+ yards in three of your previous four games. He was still solid (271 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) and draws a Philadelphia defense that has been struggling of late. The first time he faced off with them he threw for 263 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT, though he’s been playing at a higher level since then.
- It may seem odd to have Ben Roethlisberger dropped so far down these rankings, though the matchup with Buffalo isn’t particularly easy. He’s also been better at home (327.2 yards/game, 17 TD, 3 INT) as opposed to on the road (233.0 yards/game, 8 TD, 5 INT). In other words don’t feel obligated to utilize him.
- Before you lock Dak Prescott into your lineup, keep in mind that he’s thrown for under 200 yards in each of the past two games. They are going to try riding Ezekiel Elliot, especially against a solid Giants’ secondary, so he’s more of a QB2.
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