Fantasy football playoffs are well underway. Let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers in Week 14.
QB – Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Stats: 28/47 passing for 347 yards, two touchdowns and one interception; five carries for 23 yards and one touchdown
Week 14 projection: 14.6* Week 14 score: 30.02**
While Baker Mayfield’s Cleveland Browns team may have lost on Monday night, he won with his many happy fantasy owners. This marks two straight weeks that Mayfield has put up big numbers, and could be finding his groove just in time for fantasy owners with championship aspirations.
RB – Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
Stats: 26 carries for 216 yards and two touchdowns; two receptions for seven yards
Week 14 projection: 21.7 Week 14 score: 36.2
While I had the urge to go with someone more unexpected here, I simply cannot deny the monster game Derrick Henry had on Sunday. Henry averaged over 8.2 yards per carry and his 36.2 PPR score led all fantasy players in Week 14. This was a bounce back game for Henry, who earned only 5.9 points in Week 13. Impressively, this only is Henry’s third most points scored this year.
WR – T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
Stats: five receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns
Week 14 projection: 11.2 Week 14 score: 25.6
T.Y. Hilton has had a pretty disappointing year overall, but he has really come on over the last three weeks. He was the fifth highest scoring wide receiver in PPR leagues, but his low reception rate makes him even more valuable in non-PPR scoring leagues. It has been a slow process, but Hilton looks to be healthy and connecting with Philip Rivers at the right time, which is perfect for his fantasy owners.
TE – Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
Stats: five receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns
Week 14 projection: 9.7 Week 14 score: 23.5
Mike Gesicki’s performance comes with an asterisk, as he left the game late against the Kansas City Chiefs with a shoulder injury, which might keep him out of the game next Sunday. Still, it’s hard to ignore how Gesicki is emerging as one of Tagovailoa’s favorite targets as of late, scoring 20-plus points in back to back weeks.
D/ST – Washington Football Team
Stats: one interception, two fumble recoveries, two touchdowns, four sacks, 15 points allowed, 344 yards allowed
Week 14 projection: 6.6 Week 14 score: 23.0
Is the Washington Football Team’s defense elite? Well they sure have played like it during their current four-game winning streak. They have been more boom than bust over the last four games, earning double digit points in three of those games. Look to see this team racking up the sacks next week, as they play Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson has been sacked more than any other current starter in the league this year.
K – Greg Zuerlein, Dallas Cowboys
Stats: 2/2 field goals under 40 yards, 1/1 FG over 50 yards 3/3 on extra points
Week 14 projection: 7.0 Week 14 score: 14.0
Greg Zuerlein recovered nicely after a rough outing in Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens. He has been busy as of late, being given a good amount of field goal opportunities. That may continue through the rest of the season, and could be a good play for fantasy owners.
QB – Cam Newton, New England Patriots
Stats: 9/16 passing for 119 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception; seven carries for 16 yards
Week 14 projection: 15.1 Week 14 score: 4.36
Cam Newton took the offense to four red zone trips on Sunday, and came away with a grand total of three points in those trips. He did not help himself on the ground either, which is what normally makes him a viable play at starting quarterback for fantasy owners. Hopefully he can bounce back in his encore against the Miami Dolphins, a team he performed quite well against in Week 1 this season.
RB – Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
Stats: three carries for eight yards and one fumble; three receptions for 15 yards
Week 14 projection: 13.1 Week 14 score: 3.3
Giovani Bernard simply hasn’t cut it as a viable fantasy starter in any format since he replaced Joe Mixon as the starter. After an early fumble, Bernard was sidelined for the rest of the first half. At this point, fantasy owners have other, better options to start over Bernard.
WR – DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
Stats: zero receptions for zero yards
Week 14 projection: 15.2 Week 14 score: 0
DeVante Parker went without a reception through most of the first half, then got injured at the end of the half and didn’t return. This was assuredly a major blow to his fantasy owners, as Parker has been a viable WR2 or FLEX option for most of the season. He is questionable to play next week.
TE – Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons
Stats: one reception for seven yards
Week 14 projection: 9.5 Week 14 score: 1.7
It was a disappointing outing for Hayden Hurst, who was targeted a season-low three times. After performing consistently well in the middle of the season, Hurst has failed to reach double-digit scoring in his last four games, making him a risky start for fantasy owners going forward.
D/ST – Baltimore Ravens
Stats: one interception, one safety, 42 points against, 492 yards against
Week 14 projection: 6.1 Week 14 score: -4.0
Maybe it is foolish in hindsight to expect a strong performance against a red-hot Baker Mayfield and the two-headed running back monster that are Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. It is true that the Ravens have been dealing with players being put on the COVID list and not being able to practice a ton. The defensive line has also been banged up. However, the supposed-best secondary in the league got torched for 343 yards. Tyus Bowser’s interception and a last-minute safety prevented their score from being even worse.
K – Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings
Stats: 0/1 field goals <40 yards, 0/1 FG 40-49 yards, 0/1 FG 50-plus; 0/1 extra points
Week 14 projection: 5.5 Week 14 score: -3.0
Dan Bailey saw none of his kicks go in on Sunday in a brutal performance. He has now missed three extra point opportunities in the last two weeks. He may not be long as the Vikings starting kicker.
* All fantasy scoring projections for this article courtesy of ESPN ** All scoring stats are PPR scoring
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