FINALLY! The Fantasy Football Playoffs are HERE! (In most Leagues)
If you made the tournament congrats & lets keep it movin, if not, learn from your mistakes and be better next year. Let’s look at a few matchups in Week 14 that are favorable & can help you on your way to the 2nd round & beyond.
PITTSBURGH STEELER WR DIONTAE JOHNSON is making the article for the 1st time this year. Unfortunately, Johnson has missed some time early in the year, but when he’s on the field, he’s a top WR in the National Football League. In his last 5 games Johnson is averaging over 12 targets per game and 8 catches, spread out over 16 games those are INSANE! This week is an AFC Showdown between the Steelers & the Buffalo Bills, and one that I like as a sneaky over. The Steelers will have an ax to grind after dropping a tough one to The Football Team last Monday Night & Buffalo is coming off a big Road win @ San Francisco. Buffalo is bringing a top defense to this match, but one that does allow the 9th most FPG to WR. Look for Diontae to continue being Big Ben’s #1 target en route to a top WR finish this week.
DALLAS COWBOY RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT is making the article for the first time as well this year, and that’s pretty crazy considering he is “Zeke”. But with all the ups and downs this year for Dallas, Ok maybe more downs than ups, Zeke is in a pretty good spot here if you’re still starting the 3-time Pro Bowler. Dallas travels to Cincinnati to take on the Burrow-less Bengals as a 3.5 point favorite and vs a Bengals defense allowing the 3rd worst YPC rate in the league at 5.0. Elliott is seeing an average of 18-20 rush attempts and 4 or so targets per game, so vs a defense like Cincinnati I think Zeke could be eating all day Sunday.
LOS ANGELES CHARGER WR KEENAN ALLEN must be loving the QB position for the Chargers now that Rookie Justin Herbert has taken over. Allen has received double digit targets in all but 2 of Herberts’ starts, went over 100 yards 4 times (1 game he had 96) and has scored 5 TD’s in the last 6 weeks. This week LA welcomes the Atlanta Falcons and an opportunity to redeem themselves from last week’s 0-45 whoopin by the NE Patriots. Although the Falcons are quite tough vs RB’s (ATL has yet to give up a 100 yard rusher all year) their secondary struggles. Having allowed 100 yards to a WR in 3 of their last 4 games and surrendering 26 or more FPG to Taysom Hill (twice) and Drew Lock over the last few weeks is enough evidence for me that Keenan Allen is a high end WR1 this week.