Another thin late slate for Week 14, with just 4 games outside of the 1pm starts today. The Patriots-Texans matchup has been bumped to the night game given its AFC playoff implications. In the NFC, the 5-7 Giants enter the week in a 3-way tie for the division lead and head to Miami for a shot at sole possession of the NFC East (pending losses by the Redskins and Eagles). The spotlight in this game will be on the top receivers from each squad.
Odell Beckham Jr., NYG @ MIA, $9,100 – The highest priced player of Week 14, Beckham Jr. has compiled the stats to support the hype. He has been on a torrid pace with over 100 yards receiving in 5 straight games, with 6 TDs over that span. Most impressively, he has nearly matched his 12-game rookie campaign where he finished with 91 catches, 1,305 yards, and 12 TDs, posting comparable numbers in each category. You will pay a premium for his production, but if you can swing it he should have another big game ahead against Miami’s pass defense that ranks 22nd in the NFL, allowing 255 YPG. ODB seems to rise to the occasion under the bright lights, and will have another chance to shine on Monday Night Football. His 23 PPG puts him in elite company at 4th overall among WRs.
Jarvis Landry, NYG @ MIA, $6,300 – ODB’s former LSU roommate sits on the opposing sideline as the two faceoff for the first time in their young careers. Landry is coming off a forgetful performance that is by far his worst career game as a starter. With Tannehill throwing for just 86 yards in the game, this outlier shouldn’t sully his Week 14 outlook. Facing the Jets a week earlier, Landry exploded for 13 catches, 165 yards, and a score and has already tallied 78 catches this season with 4 games to go. He continues to establish himself as a PPR machine and should have extra motivation to upstage his best buddy. Landry has an ideal matchup on paper against a Giants defense that is the only team in the NFL allowing 300-plus pass yards per game (315 YPG).
Brian Hoyer, NE @ HOU, $5,200 – Despite the back-and-forth early on with former Texans QB Ryan Mallett, Hoyer has quietly posted some very respectable numbers. It doesn’t hurt to have a beast WR to rely on in DeAndre Hopkins, who ranks 3rd at his position in TDs (10) and yardage (1,169), and 4th in receptions (86). He has registered 2 or more TDs in 7 of 9 games this season, and has scored 20-plus fantasy points 4 times. Hoyer should have a little extra motivation against his former team, who has been riddled with injuries and is coming off 2 consecutive losses. If this game becomes a shootout, it could benefit Hoyer’s numbers at the low-cost price of just $200 above the position minimum.
Ronnie Hillman, OAK @ DEN, $4,700 – On Friday, Hillman was declared the starter with C.J. Anderson likely out battling a sore ankle all week. The biggest challenge for fantasy owners has been determining which of the two to plug in, but this week the decision looks clear-cut. Hillman inherits a great matchup against an Oakland defense that allows the 8th most yards in the NFL (378 YPG). Splitting time with Anderson over the past 3 weeks, he has still averaged 18 carries per game and that number should be easily over 20 in this contest. His price is $900 cheaper than his Week 2 tag, and he’s a nice value play this week outside of the Top-20 RBs.
James White, NE @ HOU, $4,100 – Ever since Dion Lewis went down in Week 8, the Patriots have been back to their unpredictable ways utilizing RBs, with a various mixes of LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, and White. After essentially redshirting last season as a 4th round pick from Wisconsin, White’s number has finally been called. Last week, he finished with a career-high 10 catches on 13 targets for 115 yards and a score, demonstrating similar elusiveness to Lewis. Although he is being used primarily as a receiving threat, this performance should give the Patriots confidence to increase his role. With the Texans stout defensive front, we may see less of Blount up the middle and more of White on the edges in open space. Although he’s priced at his highest of the year, he is still very much of a low-cost upside play this week.
Will Tye, NYG @ MIA, $2,800 – With Larry Donnell being placed on IR, Tye has immediately stepped in as a productive starter showcasing far more effectiveness stretching the field vertically. Over the past 3 games, he has established himself as a favorite target of Eli Manning, with 14 catches for 200 yards. The undrafted rookie from Stony Brook has emerged as a reliable option for the Giants, and should continue to benefit moving forward as defenses gameplan to limit ODB. Priced just $300 above the TE minimum, he is a strong low-cost option, who is due for his first career NFL touchdown.
More to Consider
Aaron Rodgers, DAL @ GB, $7,000
Dez Bryant, DAL @ GB, $6,800
Lamar Miller, NYG @ MIA, $5,700
Danny Amendola, NE @ HOU, $5,200
Darren McFadden, DAL @ GB, $5,000
Scott Chandler, NE @ HOU, $3,800