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#289 The Top Performances From Week 14

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter we recap all the Week 14 action, take an initial pass on injuries, and preview Monday Night Football. It's 12/13. Take it away, Peter Overzet…

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Week 14 was another weird, low-scoring week for fantasy. Hopefully you were able to squeak into your league playoffs or earn a bye. Here’s everything that caught my eye yesterday…

* It was a rough day for the Washington Football Team. They were able to manage a little comeback after being down 24-0 at half, but Terry McLaurin (concussion) and Taylor Heinicke (knee), both got banged up in the process. Amari Cooper (5-51-1) scored the Cowboys only offensive TD.

* The Jaguars (2-11) are so broken. The Titans didn’t need to do much in their shutout victory. D’Onta Foreman (13-47-1; 2-15) led the three-man backfield, Julio Jones (4-33) had a quiet return to action, and Ryan Tannehill got to do his Air Tanny celebration after a rushing TD.

* The Chiefs managed to wallop the Raiders 48-9 and yet the fantasy production was frustratingly concentrated around the RBs and defense. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (10-37-2), Derrick Gore (9-66-1), and Darrel Williams (3-31-1 receiving) all scored. Travis Kelce now has two straight games with less than 30 receiving yards. I suppose I should also mention the AFC West Cooper Kupp, Hunter Renfrow, went 13-117-1 in the loss.

* The Seahawks had no problem with the Texans. Tyler Lockett (5-142-1) won the weekly rock-paper-scissors game with DK Metcalf for who could score a bunch of fantasy points and Rashaad Penny (16-137-2) looked slick out of the backfield.

* Lamar Jackson left the game early, but Mark Andrews (11-115-1) and Rashod Bateman (7-103) put up nice lines with Tyler Huntley at QB. Jarvis Landry (5-41-1) and Austin Hooper (5-30-1) both scored for the Browns. 

* Alvin Kamara (27-120-1; 4-25) returned in a big way and Taysom Hill did extremely Taysom Hill things—175 yards passing, 73 yards and 2 TDs rushing. The Jets have zero playmakers with Michael Carter and Elijah Moore out. 

* Cordarrelle Patterson (16-58-1) scored a TD because this man always produces. Cam Newton was in and out of the game while having a rough day. Robby Anderson somehow had 84 receiving yards and a TD. These teams are depressing to recap. Happy Monday.

* The Chargers and Justin Herbert (3 TDs) had no problems moving the ball on the Giants. With no Keenan Allen, Jalen Guyton (3-87-1), Josh Palmer (5-66-1), and Jared Cook (2-8-1) all scored. Austin Ekeler (12-67-1; 2-17) and Saquon Barkley (16-64; 3-31-1) both had solid days, as well.

* The Broncos ran roughshod all over the Lions. Melvin Gordon (24-111-2) and Javonte Williams (15-73-1; 1-10-1) proved a 50-50 backfield doesn’t matter when you are playing a paper mache defense. Oh, Adam Schefter wasn’t joking about Craig Reynolds (11-83; 2-16):

* The Bills continue to unravel, losing 33-27 to the Bucs in OT. Lombardi Lenny aka Playoff Lenny aka Regular Season Lenny aka All The Time Lenny (19-113-1; 4-19) continued his league winner tour. Josh Allen had 300+ yards passing and 100+ yards rushing, but is now dealing with a foot injury. Stay tuned.

* George Kittle (13-151-1) strung together his second massive performance and Ja’Marr Chase (5-77-2) shrugged off some recent struggles. Deebo Samuel (8-37-1; 1-22) played limited snaps, but still contributed as he always does.

* It always feels like late-season Divisional games are either underwhelming duds or total shootouts. The Packers and Bears gave us the latter on SNF with 75 total points scored. Aaron Jones (5-35-1; 3-30-1) and Davante Adams (10-121-2) put fantasy teams on their backs. Damiere Byrd (2-76-1) and Jakeem Grant (1-46-1) outscored Darnell Mooney (1-19) and Allen Robinson (2-14) because we can’t have nice things.

 

 

🏆 STAY THIRSTY, MY FRIENDS

 

 

🚑 THE INJURY WARD

 

Here are a few of the notable injuries that we will be monitoring throughout the week…

* Aaron Rodgers (toe), Josh Allen (turf toe), Taylor Heinicke (knee), Austin Ekeler (ankle), Lamar Jackson (ankle), Kareem Hunt (ankle), Terry McLaurin (concussion), Emmanuel Sanders (knee), Rex Burkhead (groin), Gio Bernard (hip), Sammy Watkins

 

 

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🔮 MNF PREVIEW

 

Tonight we get a super fun MNF game with the Cardinals hosting the Rams as 2.5 point favorites and a juicy 51.5 point over/under. 

Over on Sharp Football Analysis—part of the Rotopass network—Alex Bigderman thinks the Cardinals will be able to handle the Rams pass rush:

A small additional reason to endorse the Cards here is that Kyler Murray has done quite well in the face of interior pressure over his career. Since 2019 he’s in the top five in Total Points per play when he’s been pressured by someone lined up at 3T or inside. This year he’s ranked first. And is that Aaron Donald I hear coming?

We’ll be back tomorrow with Week 15 waiver adds. We got some fun games on tap.

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