Check the Wire – Week 14

Hey, hey! Nothing wrong with a Consolation Championship! Stiffen that upper lip up. Even if you missed out on the playoffs, we still have 4 weeks of fantasy football remaining, so keep working the waiver wire. Just think about all of these football-less days of summer we have to look forward to when you’re ready to call it quits… And, for all of you who did make the playoffs, don’t drop the ball now!

*All players available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues

Running Back
Kenneth Dixon – BAL

I know, Terrance West caught a TD, and ran for another. However, TDs aside, Dixon once again looked like the better back. West went for 50 yards, on 10 carries, 56 on 6 for Dixon. In PPR leagues, Dixon has gone for double digits in 3 of the Ravens last 4 games, so even if he doesn’t overtake West as the #1 back, he still holds value.

Jacquizz Rodgers – TB

Remember him? He came out of nowhere in weeks 5-8 before going down with an injury in Week 9. Doug Martin suffered an undisclosed injury in Week 13, so keep an eye on the injury report. If Martin should miss any more time, Quizz becomes a nice flex option.

Wide Receiver
Malcolm Mitchell – NE

No, I’m not late to the party, I just didn’t want to buy into Mitchell (sorry)… It’s tough not to now. With Gronk out for the season, and Amendola suffering a high-ankle sprain, Mitchell becomes the de facto #2 option for Tom Brady. Not a bad option to be. Mitchell has 3 TDs over the Pats last 4 games, and is averaging 5.6 catches to go with 74 yards. He looks like the outside receiver Brady has been missing.

Dontrelle Inman – SD

TDs in back-to-back weeks. Double-digit fantasy points in four of the Chargers last 5 games (PPR). A bevy of targets… Pick him up.

Brandon LaFell – CIN

I’m not ready to suggest the Bengals offense is legit, but they looked pretty damn good Sunday. LaFell will continue to see a decent amount of targets (while A.J. Green is sidelined), and Cincy has some favorable passing match-ups down the stretch.

Other streaming options: Adam Thielen – MIN, Joshua Bellamy – CHI, Paul Turner – PHI

Tight End
Ladarius Green – PIT

Will we finally see Green live up to that potential we saw from him in San Diego? It sure looked like it Sunday. Big Ben needs another weapon in the passing game, and with Antonio Brown commanding so much attention, Green’s ceiling is extremely high.

Dennis Pitta – BAL

It’s highly unlikely Flacco experienced a revelation, and will close out the season looking like the redneck Drew Brees. So, pump the brakes. Pitta is a consistent target, however, and should continue to be a factor in the red zone. 

Cameron Brate – TB

Let’s chalk Week 11, and 12 up to matchup. Outside of those 2 “down” games, Brate has been one of the best fantasy tight ends. Cecil Shorts just tore everything in his knee, and Humphries sustained a concussion, so there’s Mike Evans…. And, Brate. He’s as safe a bet at TE, as anyone else at this point.

Defense/Special Teams
Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have an interception in 6 straight games, and face a Browns team who’s thrown the 5th most on the year… Oh, and the Browns offense is averaging a deplorable 16.4 points per game.

Detroit Lions

I was under the impression that the Lions defense was playing well solely because they’d faced the Jags, and Vikings (twice) over the past 3 weeks… I was wrong. Maybe they’re actually good? I mean, they did just force Drew Brees into a performance we hadn’t seen since Week 5 of 2007 – 0 TDs, and multiple INTs at home, and now they get the Bears.

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