The Pats are rolling, the Broncos are bucking, KC is coming back to Earth and Seattle looks unbeatable. Pieces are falling into place but there’s still fantasy value to be found as your team (hopefully) gears up for a playoff run. Here are a few players we at Footballguys.com see moving up and down the value charts for Week 14.
The Green Bay medical staff is conservative and it’s not hard to envision them holding Rodgers out another week. One thing is clear, though: Dude has a sweet moustache.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Yes, he looks like Tate Donovan, but this selection is about matchups as Tannehill will be facing favorable games with the Patriots and Bills in Weeks 15 and 16. If you’re scrambling for a quarterback, Tannehill could be your guy.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts
Trent Richardson finally received the official benching, something fantasy owners have seen coming for a while. Brown isn’t great. But he’s the primary running back for the Colts and they’re trying to run, so that’s worth something.
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins
As Tannehill goes, so goes Hartline. Mike Wallace gets the attention, but Hartline could be available and is quietly producing. With a favorable schedule coming up, he could be a nice addition for the playoffs.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Following a trend here of identifying team’s no. 2 receivers, Sanders can deliver great value in Pittsburgh. As our Sigmund Bloom notes, Ben Roethlisberger appears to be on his game and he clearly trusts Sanders. He won’t carry your team but can be a nice WR3 type guy.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Don’t sweat a down game against the Ravens. As Big Ben finds his groove, Brown remains the best receiving option on the team. Throw in a favorable late schedule and he’s a guy we’ll hold onto.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
At a press conference Tuesday, coach Mike McCarthy said: “Aaron Rodgers has not been cleared from medical staff. He will practice in a limited fashion tomorrow, not ruled out for game yet.” As our Dr. Jene Bramel has noted, the Green Bay medical staff is conservative and it’s not hard to envision them holding Rodgers out another week. One thing is clear, though: Dude has a sweet moustache.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Jacquizz is another Rodgers trending the wrong direction. We all thought he’d be the guy to emerge as Steven Jackson wore out, but Jackson has caught a second wind. Throw in the fact that Jacquizz is losing touches to Antone Smith, and Rodgers is quickly losing value.
Green Bay Packers Receivers
When Aaron Rodgers is healthy and under center, Jordy Nelson, Jarrett Boykin and James Jones are excellent plays. Without Rodgers, not so much. Keep a close eye on Rodgers’ injury status this week and if he can’t go, push the Packers receivers way down the list.
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