Week 13 is in the books! Now it’s time to focus our attention on Week 14 and try to get some nice scores. My goal every week is to find you some solid options that fit in the flex position and provide some nice upside. Below I’ll go over some of those plays.
T.J. Yeldon ($4900) – Yeldon’s first 100+ rushing yard game of his NFL career came against the Colts in Week 4. Keep in mind, he has only eclipsed the century mark on the ground twice this season. The Colts struggle defensively across the board. They surrender 99.7 rushing yards per game and 4.2 rushing yards per carry, while giving up nine rushing touchdowns this season. They’re also yielding 4.8 receptions per game and have allowed three receiving touchdowns to opposing backs. Yeldon is averaging 4.1 targets per game and has caught four passes or more in three of his last four games. This is a really good spot for Yeldon and at an affordable price.
Shaun Draughn ($4800) – Draughn isn’t getting much done on the ground, but his involvement in the passing game has given him a really safe floor and some upside. In his four starts he’s averaging 6.8 targets and 5.5 receptions per game. He has scored more than 13 fantasy points in each of his starts and finally got into the end zone last week. The Niners take on the Browns this week who have surrendered the most rushing yards to running backs this season. They’re allowing 120.4 rushing yards, 42.5 receiving yards, and 3.9 receptions per game to backs. They’ve also yielded nine touchdowns and allow 4.6 yards per carry. There’s not much to dislike about Draughn this week.
Allen Hurns ($5500) – Hurns missed last week, but is fully expected to give it a go this week in a great matchup against the Colts. Receivers are averaging 193.7 receiving yards and 13.5 receptions against the Colts, and have scored 16 touchdowns. Last week we saw Allen Robinson catch three touchdown passes, but the Colts did a good job at slowing him down in Week 4. He caught four passes for 80 yards in that last meeting against the Colts. However, Hurns did most of the damage that day as he caught 11 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. That was good for 31.6 fantasy points. Blake Bortles is averaging 40 pass attempts in the last five games, he will throw the ball plenty this week and Hurns should see a decent amount of those passes. He averages 7.4 targets per game, but has seen eight or more targets in four of his last five games. Give him a go! (Please note, I also recommended Yeldon above, but would try not to roster both of them in the same lineup as that is a negative correlation.)
DeVante Parker ($4000) – Parker played in 82 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 12 and in 90 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 13. He actually tied Jarvis Landry for most snaps played amongst receivers for the Dolphins last week. Parker has scored a touchdown in his last two games and topped 15 fantasy points in both contests. He has received 15 targets in the last two weeks and has played in most of the offensive snaps, so the opportunity is there. This is a good matchup for him as he faces the Giants who surrender 190.8 receiving yards and 14.9 receptions per game to opposing receivers. Keep an eye on Landry’s status as he popped up in Friday’s injury report. If he misses this game (he’s not expected to), Parker could be in for an even larger role.
Scott Chandler ($3800) –Chandler is expected to get the start once again in place of injured Rob Gronkowski. Chandler is dealing with a knee injury, but is fully expected to play despite being questionable for Sunday’s game. He has now scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and has 18 targets in the last two weeks. This isn’t an ideal matchup as the Texans have been pretty good against tight ends, but at this low price and with the amount of targets he’s been getting, Chandler offers plenty of upside. Plus, bad matchups haven’t stopped him from getting in the end zone the last two games.
UPDATE: Be sure to watch Gronkowski’s status for Sunday. He traveled with the team and if he plays, it’s a big blow to Chandler’s potential value.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($2700) – Seferian-Jenkins played just 21 snaps last week, but was targeted in 29 percent of them (six targets). It’s possible that the Bucs were easing him in since it was the first game he played since Week 2. The Bucs are still in the hunt for an NFC wild card spot, so they’re going to need Sefarian-Jenkins to play. This is a great matchup for him as he faces off against one of the worst defenses in the league, especially against tight ends. The Saints surrender 84.7 receiving yards and 6.3 receptions per game to tight ends, and have given up 10 touchdowns (second most in the league). In the last four games, tight ends are averaging 111 yards and 8.5 receptions per game against the Saints, and have scored six touchdowns. I’m projecting more snaps for him this week which means more targets. He should smash value at this price.