Fantasy Football Report: Week 14

Gourav Pany, Staff Writer

No one needs to be told to start Patrick Mahomes on their fantasy team. But what about the flex tight-end/wide-receiver position? What about that one running back on waivers that might be able to fill in a spot for a starting running back on a bye week? Well, this is the place to find the important information in terms of fantasy football, as well as to get a second opinion on who to start or sit this week.


QB: Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints

In last week’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, Hill put up a horrid performance that included four interceptions, much of which were due to a reported mallet finger on Hill’s throwing hand’s middle finger, which is an integral part of a quarterback’s throwing motion. However, Hill posted solid fantasy numbers because of his rushing output, which should continue against a much maligned Jets defense that lets chunk plays by on both rushing and passing plays. Hill will benefit from wide open receivers and the possible return of RB Alvin Kamara, who might eat into Hill’s passing production but will increase Hill’s chances of big plays in both the passing and rushing facets of the game, which will also increase his chances of scoring touchdowns. All-in-all, against a Jets defense that has struggled to stay competitive, the Saints should put Hill in plenty of comfortable positions that will make him a mid-range fantasy QB1.

Projection: 21.54 points (non-PPR)

RB: Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

While Gibson has flown under the radar in most fantasy leagues, he has quietly posted RB1 numbers ever since his return from the bye week. Gibson features in a rushing attack that has benefited from Washington’s run-first approach which has given an average of 27.25 touches per game for the last four games to Gibson. This trend is not expected to change given the fact that Washington faced the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14, who have been soft this season against the run, while their pass defense has been unwelcoming at worst. Washington will be highly encouraged to give the ball to Gibson, who may not be terribly efficient, but gets the necessary yardage to remain their go-to option in short yardage situations,

Projection: 12.30 points (non-PPR)

WR: Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

Johnson performed well against the Baltimore Ravens last week, with 105 yards and two receiving touchdowns that gave him the second-most fantasy points of the week for a wide receiver, though he could have had more if it weren’t for an abysmal drop on a deep touchdown that was reminiscent of his struggles last season for the Steelers. With a matchup against the Minnesota Vikings looming on the horizon, Diontae Johnson should be a definite WR1, especially with QB Ben Roethlisberger not being afraid to throw the ball deep, despite his struggles earlier in the season.

Projection: 11.40 points (non-PPR)

TE: Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After coming back from a rib injury that sidelined him for the better part of seven weeks, Rob Gronkowski has been a monster on the field, posting 84 yards each week on average and two touchdowns over a three game span. He draws a matchup against the Buffalo Bills, who will primarily focus on WR Chris Godwin and WR Mike Evans on the outside, which will leave Gronkowski matched up against linebackers and safeties in both zone and man coverage concepts, which is definitely a matchup that QB Tom Brady would like to exploit.

Projection: 9.70 points (non-PPR)

K: Dustin Hopkins, Los Angeles Chargers

Hopkins has solidified himself as a starter for a Chargers team whose kicking game has been dismal at best. The Chargers will face a New York Giants defense that is average against both the run and the pass, leading to the Chargers driving all across the field against the Giants, which will positively affect Hopkins’ number of attempts. The Chargers are second in the league with 2.58 points per drive, which speaks of the efficiency that the Chargers perform with when they do have the ball. Hopkins has been a benefactor of this statistic, as he is expected to at least kick a field goal about every drive that the Chargers take part in, which is extremely good for a kicker who is only picked up in 13% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues.

Projection: 10.00 points (non-PPR)

DEF: Tennessee Titans

One word to describe the Titans season can be ‘unpredictable’, as evidenced by their poor showings against the Jets and the Titans, while they have performed well against tougher opponents like the Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts. This week, they face the Jacksonville Jaguars, who don’t have the slightest feel of a team that could give problems to an otherwise stout Titans defense. The only playmaker on the Jaguars is RB James Robinson, who fumbled the football last week following a big hit by Rams’ DE Aaron Donald. The Titans are poised to have a big game following a bye week that should have helped them get healthy following a long and bettering stretch of tough games that left the Titans without many defensive playmakers.

Projection: 11.00 points (non-PPR)


QB: Zach Wilson, New York Jets

Wilson had a respectable day in terms of fantasy numbers last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, but those numbers were largely inflated because of his rushing production, which included a rushing touchdown. Wilson started off hot against the Eagles, before fizzling out because of poor play calling that caused too much of the offense to be on Wilson’s shoulders. Wilson faces a Saints defense this week that may seem like an easy matchup considering they have given the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. However, the Saints defense is stingy and big on their defensive line, which poses a matchup problem for the Jets. Added to that is the absence of WR Corey Davis, who is out for the season due to core muscle surgery. Wilson will have little to offer as a boom-or-bust quarterback play with little rushing upside.

Projection: 12.28 points (non-PPR)

RB: Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills

If it wasn’t apparent already, Singletary is not a viable option in fantasy, despite the amount of touches he gets in a crowded Bills backfield. Although he leads the Bills’ running backs in carries, he has not been able to do much with it, leading to one of the league’s worst rushing attacks. Singletary does not provide enough value on limited touches to help alleviate concerns of a 3-man backfield in Buffalo, and with a matchup against the best run defense in the NFL (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Singletary should be sat in all fantasy leagues, and should even be considered to be dropped, because of his inefficiency in both the receiving and running facets of his game.

Projection: 3.60 points (non-PPR)

WR: Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers

Aiyuk was poised for a breakout season this year after being a dynamic dual threat in his rookie season for the 49ers. However, he is currently experiencing a sophomore slump that has led to decreased production overall for fantasy managers. Though he provided a spark during their game against the Vikings, he has had a poor season overall that doesn’t seem to lead to many fantasy points against the Cincinnati Bengals, who have played amazing pass defense, with DE Trey Hendrickson causing many throwaways by opposing quarterbacks because of his pressuring skills. Aiyuk will not even cross into the WR3 range unless WR Deebo Samuel is back from injury, and even then he is a risky boom-or-bust WR3.

Projection: 3.70 points (non-PPR)

TE: Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks

Gerald Everett had a comedic game against the San Francisco 49ers last week, with four receptions for a grand total of seven yards, along with a dropped pass-turned-interception and an atrocious fumble that led to the Seahawks almost losing the game. First of all, the Seahawks coaching staff will likely not trust Everett after his turnover-prone game, which will lead to less targets and snaps in general, especially with TE Will Dissly waiting in the wings for an opportunity.

Projection: 1.20 points (non-PPR)

K: Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons

Koo was an absolute weapon last year for the Atlanta Falcons, as he was the highest scorer in the NFL and the most consistent fantasy producer last season, with an average of around 10 points per game. However, the Falcons have not been as good on offense this season, which has led to decreased opportunities for Koo, who has made the best out of his limited chances. The Falcons face the Panthers this week, who have been playing stout defense this whole year, which will also limit the chances Koo gets, which may very well make Koo a possible drop at the kicker position.

Projection: 4.00 points (non-PPR)

DEF: New York Giants

A talented defense often can be a great option in fantasy for the first few weeks, but if the offense isn’t good enough to alleviate pressure off the defense, then that defense becomes increasingly volatile in its fantasy production. The Giants have an immensely talented defense that can hang in games against a good offense, but they haven’t been able to last because of their offense’s inefficiency. The Giants will face the Chargers this week, who boast a big play offense headlined by QB Justin Herbert, WR Mike Williams and WR Keenan Allen, who will pose a nightmare for Giants defenders in a game that might go on to become a blowout.

Projection: 1.00 points (non-PPR)