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2017 Fantasy Football Week 14 Recap: Winners, Losers & Injuries

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Week 14 started off with some NFC South action. The Falcons defeated the Saints to make things more crowded in that division. Saints star Alvin Kamara suffered a concussion in the first quarter, ending his night prematurely. For fantasy owners, this one hurt, especially during playoff time. Hopefully, for Kamara owners, he did enough to make your team go to the playoffs and earn your team a first-round bye.

The Browns failed to capture a win after leading the Packers by 14 at one point. The Bills and Colts played in one of the most outlandish games in recent memory. A touchdown by LeSean McCoy helped secure the Bills a critical win.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 14 Recap

Congratulations to the teams that have made it this far. It’s been one of the most erratic seasons in fantasy in recent years. There is a lot to digest and I’m sure there are a lot of “what ifs” after this week. Let’s not waste any more time, here are some winners and losers from Week 14.

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Winners

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

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Just when you needed him to have his best game of the season, huh? Michael Thomas caught a season-high 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night. After Matt Ryan threw an interception early in the second half, Brees connected with Michael Thomas for a touchdown on the next drive.

Thomas has now scored touchdowns in back-to-back games for the second time this season. The 100-yard performance was also his second this season – the first since week 10. The Drew Brees to Michael Thomas connection has been ample all year; expect it to keep producing for your fantasy team next week against the Jets

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

The 11 catch 149 yard and two touchdown performance Sunday against the 49ers was a season-best for Hopkins. He often makes it look too easy with ridiculous grabs on a weekly basis. Even with Tom Savage leaving the game early, T.J. Yates had his eye on Nuk all game long.

His performance was a boost to fantasy owners in playoff time. Even if Savage is unable to suit up next week, the big play ability Nuk possesses makes him an elite WR1. He gets a tough matchup against the Jaguar’s elite defense next week; a defense in which he caught seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown Week 1.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers

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This is a guy who impressed many people with his recent play in Green Bay with a spectacular performance against the Browns. He ran the ball 15 times for 49 yards and a touchdown, while also catching seven passes for 69 yards and another touchdown.

It was a season-high in fantasy points as the rookie has now topped 20 touches for the fifth straight week. The backfield is completely his at this point with Aaron Jones only seeing four carries.

Williams may be one of the playoff saviors this season for fantasy owners if he keeps up the stellar play. He figures to stay heavily involved with a matchup against the Panthers next week.

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

Adams had himself a great second half to the game against the Browns. After not doing much in the first half, Adams exploded for a season-high 10 catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He has built in a special chemistry with Hundley the past couple of months since Rodgers has been out.

Whether Hundley returns next week or if Rodgers comes back, it’s safe to say that Adams is the safest play each week within the Green Bay receiving corps. He is fantasy relevant even without Rodgers throwing him the football.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

This performance from the veteran Stewart will give Christian McCaffrey owners nightmares. Stewart was running wild during the win against the Vikings, rushing for three scores. His day got off to a hot start as he flared through a hole for 60 yards on the first possession of the game for the Panthers – which would lead to his first touchdown of the day.

Things wouldn’t stop there as he was used heavily in the red zone, where he ran in for two more touchdowns. The 100-yard performance was just the second time he’s been able to accomplish that all season. Although he hasn’t been able to run for many yards recently, the usage for Stewart remains consistent as he has run 10 or more times in every game but one.

This was surely a performance that shocked the fantasy community all around. Heading into Week 15, Stewart can be viewed more as a touchdown-or-bust RB3 in a matchup against Green Bay.



Losers

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

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Grinding out 32 yards on nine carries didn’t sit well for fantasy owners. This performance was the worst Coleman has had since week nine against the Panthers. The big thing for him was not catching a pass Thursday night, just the third time he’s failed to catch a pass in a game this season.

During the past two games, Coleman has 17 carries go for 54 yards, while catching three passes for 27 yards as well. In just his second game back from injury, Devonta Freeman carried the ball a season-high 24 times. He was the preferred play as expected, but him handling that many carries probably wasn’t expected either. Leaving Coleman on your bench next week will be the optimal move.

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings

In a game where the running game couldn’t get going, Murray ran for just 14 yards on nine carries. He saw two more touches than Jerick McKinnon, but was out-gained by 35 yards. After rushing for more than 60 yards since week 10, the streak came to an end at a bad time for fantasy owners.

A big reason for the recent success of Murray was from his touchdown production. He can be viewed as a touchdown-dependent RB2 if you are confident enough to start him against the Bengals next week.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The second half slump has continued for Cameron Brate. He caught his only target for 11 yards during the loss to the Lions. He has now caught just one pass in five of his past six games. After starting the season red hot, it has seemed that Brate took a backseat to rookie O.J. Howard.

He has also failed to register at least 40 yards receiving during his last six games. He cannot be trusted as a viable starting tight end, especially this late into the season. He’ll be a low-end TE2 in a matchup against the Falcons Week 15.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos

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Emmanuel Sanders saw four targets during the loss, but caught just one of them for 16 yards. After being shut out in the first half, Sanders was quiet in the second half as well. He has now been held to under 20 yards receiving in his last four games.

It’s been a very inconsistent year for Sanders as the poor quarterback play, as well as health issues, have been the main issues for a down year. He gets a juicy matchup next week against the Colts. Given the way he’s performed lately, it’ll be tough to trust him in your starting lineup.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

The first goose egg Jimmy G has put up all year. After catching at least three catches in 11 of the first 12 games this season, Graham failed to catch a pass on just two targets during the loss to the Jaguars. In fact, the last time Graham failed to catch a pass in a game was back in week 13 of the 2014 season.

We knew heading into this matchup that he was a touchdown scoring machine. Having scored a touchdown in seven of the last eight games prior to Week 14, touchdowns were a big part of his consistent fantasy scoring.

This performance hurt big time for owners who started him, but there is no reason to dismay. A bounce back week will be in full view with a matchup against the Rams in Week 15.

Injuries

Caron Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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The MVP caliber quarterback went down in the third quarter yesterday with a knee injury. He actually stayed in the game immediately after the injury and even tossed a touchdown, his fourth of the game.

After that, he was sent to the locker room and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Eagles now fear there is an injury to his ACL, which would end his season.



Fantasy owners will have to scramble to find a replacement for him, so look to this week’s Waiver Wire article for help there.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a big time NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for years now. He goes in depth with stats and numbers to make his audience understand more not just about fantasy football, but about overall teams and players in the game. You can learn more about him by following him on twitter @Mike_Triv

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