We enter Week 14 with the Bucs in first place. I must say that I did not see that one coming. But their defense has held strong recently and their passing offense has been really good. Now the Saints come down to Tampa (in fact, the Bucs play the Saints two of the next three weeks) in what is the highest Vegas point total on the board.
Drew Brees and Jameis Winston highlight the QB list to no surprise. I am torn on Marcus Mariota. He has been playing so well and nobody will be on him this week. Eli Manning is due for one of those big games, but I just don’t know if he has it in him.
|QB||Drew Brees||NO||7400||Tampa will not keep the ball away like the Lions did|
|QB||Jameis Winston||TB||6700||Anyone vs. the Saints|
|QB||Philip Rivers||SD||6600||In a good spot|
|QB||Russell Wilson||Sea||6600||Packers pass defense not up to NFL standards|
|QB||Kirk Cousins||Was||6300||Looking to keep Redskins in race and guarantee money|
|QB||Marcus Mariota||Ten||6200||Bad spot but playing so well|
|QB||Eli Manning||NYG||5500||Makes me very nervous but in a good situation for points|
With a couple of cheap wide receivers, you can still fit David Johnson or Le'Veon Bell in your lineup. However, dropping down to LeSean McCoy to save the money does allow a ton of flexibility. As long as there are no vultured touchdowns.
|RB||David Johnson||Ari||9800||Not priced high enough yet|
|RB||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||9000||Not a good spot - but matchup proof catching passes|
|RB||LeSean McCoy||Buf||8200||Touchdown vulture hurting total - $1600 discount from Johnson|
|RB||DeMarco Murray||Ten||7000||Rest helps toe recover|
|RB||Matt Forte||NYJ||6800||As long as Jets don’t fall behind - in for big game|
|RB||Jeremy Hill||Cin||5800||Torched Browns on limited carries in first meeting|
|RB||Thomas Rawls||Sea||5700||Showed he is all the way back|
|RB||Carlos Hyde||SF||4900||Only legitimate 49er weapon|
|RB||Darren Sproles||Phi||4400||As long as Mathews is still out|
Mike Evans will be in my lineup this week at all costs. I will be surprised if Evans is not the highest scoring receiver in the league this week. Taylor Gabriel is also a recent favorite of Matt Ryan and should see more targets with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu banged up.
|WR||Mike Evans||TB||8900||How does he not have ten catches this week?|
|WR||Michael Thomas||NO||6700||Brees' top target|
|WR||Golden Tate||Det||6600||Fits right in with recent Lions short pass style|
|WR||Emmanuel Sanders||Den||5700||Can beat Titans downfield|
|WR||Jamison Crowder||Was||5600||Still not being taken as a legitimate threat|
|WR||Allen Robinson||Jax||5000||Price pick only|
|WR||Randall Cobb||GB||5000||With Sherman likely on Nelson - maybe this is the week?|
|WR||Tyler Boyd||Cin||4900||Filling the Green targets|
|WR||Dontrelle Inman||SD||4800||Scoring with good target numbers|
|WR||Taylor Gabriel||Atl||4300||Becoming a popular Ryan target|
|WR||J.J. Nelson||Ari||3600||Someone besides Fitz has to step up|
Jimmy Graham and Cameron Brate fit into my two favorite QB-WR-TE stacks this week. There is no “safe” place to go for tight end numbers.
|TE||Jimmy Graham||Sea||5500||Seahawks stack should be popular this week|
|TE||Zach Ertz||Phi||4900||Double digit targets in two of the past three|
|TE||Delanie Walker||Ten||4400||See Mariota above|
|TE||Cameron Brate||TB||4100||In the Bucs stack|
|TE||Ladarius Green||Pit||3900||Price going up but producing with Pitt short receivers|
|TE||Vance McDonald||SF||3000||Good goal line target|
I certainly can’t argue with going for any of the top three defenses but I am having trouble fitting one of them in my lineup, so I am looking further down the list at Miami and San Diego.
|DST||Vikings||Min||3900||Anyone vs. Jax is high on the list - but you pay a price|
|DST||Lions||Det||3600||Lions playing keep-away helping their defense|
|DST||Bengals||Cin||3500||Cleveland and RGIII|
|DST||Dolphins||Mia||2600||Should be better at home vs. QB who can't move|
|DST||Chargers||SD||2600||Carolina has pretty much mailed it in|
We will see if the Bucs stack can outscore the Seahawks stack.