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2018 Fantasy Football Week 14 Drop List: Bold and Bright


This was another crazy week of relatively low scoring games. For most, the playoffs are coming up next week and it’s time to finalize rosters. As I mentioned last week, it is important to separate your feelings from the facts when deciding between players.

This week I will be making bold accusations while offering some sleepers that could help you advance deep into the playoffs.

Remember, make sure you look at strength of schedule, volume, and red zone looks as well as trending confidence before making your decisions.


2018 Fantasy Football Week 14 Drop List

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Eli Manning, Quarterback, New York Giants
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Eli was 19/35 for 170 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT in week 13 against the Bears stout defense. Eli’s performance on the field was probably worse than his stat line, as he did not look athletic or comfortable under center all game. During the fantasy playoffs he faces @ Washington, home against Tennessee, and @ Indianapolis.

Eli has only had one game with over two touchdown passes and this marks his second straight game with at least one interception. While New York is full of play makers, I would not like to rely on Eli to quarterback my playoff team going forward.

Doug Baldwin, Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks
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Baldwin finished the day with two catches on four targets for 22 yards and a lone touchdown grab. While no receiver had more than four targets in the game for Seattle, his stat line is an underwhelming letdown for a team that just put up 43 points against division rival San Francisco.

I know I just spoke high praises for Doug on our podcast, but I haven’t liked what I am seeing lately with regards to injuries and lack of big plays for the Stanford product. Seattle faces Minnesota at home, @ San Francisco, and is home against Kansas City for the fantasy playoffs. I am finding production elsewhere and moving on to a more reliable option.

Tevin Coleman, Running Back, Atlanta Falcons
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Mediocrity has been an ongoing trend for Coleman. Over the past two weeks he has 14 carries for 14 yards and only four catches out of the backfield. This is not something you want out of anyone on your roster, and it doesn’t look to be improving. Ito Smith had more rushing attempts this week on a team that has been struggling to move the ball downfield.

Atlanta has Green Bay on the road, Arizona at home, and Carolina on the road for the fantasy playoffs. I don’t have a good feeling about a guy who looks like he is running through mud this late in the season. Time to move on!

Trey Burton, Tight End, Chicago Bears
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Less than seven points over the past three weeks will not cut it in the playoffs. With only 11 catches since week nine, Burton has seen his fantasy value drop more than anyone in Chicago. Over the next three weeks the Bears face the Rams at home, Green Bay at home, and then at San Francisco. While the schedule doesn’t look too dangerous, I have little confidence in a bounce back before the end of the year.

With zero fantasy points this week, no catches on one target, I am cutting ties with Burton and looking for new blood.

Baltimore Ravens Defense

This is another bold statement. The Ravens just sacked the Falcons three times while only giving up 10 points in week 13. They are a solid team, I know, but remember to look at match ups during the fantasy playoffs. Over the next three weeks the Ravens are at Kansas City, home against Tampa Bay, and at the Chargers. All three of these teams can crush on offense and are teams I do not want to face off against.

This is a prime example of cutting ties with a good squad to find juicy match ups elsewhere.

Good luck to everyone! Follow me @LuftCT on twitter! Until next week…

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About Christopher T. Luft

Christopher Luft is from Connecticut and graduated from Providence College with a BS degree in Biology. He went to Optometry school at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed an ocular disease residency at the Wilmington, Delaware VA. Chris loves to cook, spend time with his wife, practice and study jiu-jitsu, and of course, fantasy sports.

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