Fantasy Football: Playoff Pickups Week 14
James Starks: To my surprise, Starks was finally active in Week 13 and even more surprising he carried the ball 18 times for 73 yards. This is a big deal. I have written about Starks’ talent before and with that kind of workload in GB’s offense, the sky is the limit. Starks is a must add, although workload isn’t solidified his potential is worth it. Don’t be fooled by Jackson’s four carries because he will remain part of the offense. In fact, unofficially Starks played 23 snaps and ran the ball on 18 of them. He is the most complete back and it was great to see him return in this fashion after missing his senior season in Buffalo. Detroit seems like the great opponent for the Packer’s to continue to expand the rookie’s role. Best case scenario: Jackson could move back to 3rd down role and Starks becomes lead back.
Anthony Dixon: Love Westbrook this week and Dixon could be good for 50 and a score as well. The Seahawks are very poor against the run and the run-game is the focal point of the 49ers offense. Westbrook is a great start and Dixon a solid flex.
James Davis: Davis is clearly the better running back in one of the league’s weakest tandems (40 yards on nine carries and catching three passes for 41 yards). Torain is set to practice in full on Wednesday, whose return would make Davis much less attractive. Nevertheless, banking on Torain to stay healthy has cost many.
Cadilliac Williams: Since losing his job has played well as a change of pace back. Even in that niche role he could produce against Washington who looked pathetic against the Giants.
Roy Williams: Owned in a lot of leagues already, but with Bryant’s injury is now the clear cut number two wide receiver. Has made more plays this season than he has in his previous seasons in Dallas. His production dropped with Kitna but that was primarily due to the amount of passes Dez got. Worth a roster spot, has good chemistry with Kitna from DET days and could be a good play against the Eagles who are thin at CB after Asante Samuel.
Ear Bennett: QB Jay Cutler has had a rapport with Bennett going back to their college days at Vanderbilt. Cutler hit him a ton last week with the Lions getting tons of pass rush (104 yards). The Bears O-Line has allowed more sacks each game the past few weeks and Cutler is confident his man Bennett will hold onto the ball.
Anthony Armstrong: Third receiving option on the team, relies on the big play. Not very consistent but he could be a sneaky play in Weeks 15 & 16 against Dallas and Jacksonville.
Chaz Schilens: Another surprise from Week 13 was that Schilens was active. Talent wise this guy could be Oakland’s best WR. Injuries have killed his career so far but this guy has the size and skills to be good in this league if he can stay healthy. While Oakland receivers are usually less than stellar plays, he definitely worth a look in deep leagues with upcoming matchups with Jacksonville and Denver on deck.
Emmanuel Sanders: The rookie appeared to take over the #3 job on Sunday night after playing 52 snaps. He was thrown to six times catching three for 49 yards. Could be useful down the stretch pending on matchup and league size.
Ben Watson: If he’s available, go get em! Has been pretty solid this year and has a very favorable schedule the rest of the way. Buffalo is next who always seems to struggle versus TE, then he gets the 3 division teams which he had solid outings against earlier.
Ed Dickson: The solid receiving TE got a chance to play after Todd Heap was injured on the first play of the game. Dickson was target seven times, catching 3 for 21. He can get deep and has the ability to put up big numbers again Houston if Heap can’t go.
- M. Thomas
Coming Back This Week….
If their availible, go get em:
Stewart, Rice, Torain, Smith, Driver
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