2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Trends

by Mike LaPlant
2021 Fantasy Football Running Back Busts

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Trends!

It was Jalen Hurts' first official start for the Philadelphia Eagles today against the New Orleans Saints. Doug Pederson made the call earlier this week that he was benching Carson Wentz after his poor play. Who knew that Hurts would come out and upset the Saints to get his first win in the NFL for his young career.

Then the New York Giants blew their division lead in the NFC East after losing to the Arizona Cardinals 26-7. The Washington Football Team capitalized against the 49ers 23-15 to take the lead in the NFC East for now. Then Justin Herbert was finally able to lead a game-winning drive to beat the Atlanta Falcons. He drove down and got them in position for a field goal as time expired to win 20-17.

Let's jump into the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Trends to see what I found!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Trends

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1. Jonathan Taylor is heating up!

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In the past three games, Jonathan Taylor has proven why he was worth a 2nd round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He had his best game of the season today against the Las Vegas Raiders with 150 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on 20 attempts. In two out of the last three games, he's received 20 rushing attempts twice with 55%+ offensive snaps.

His next matchups include the Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The only one that scares me is the Steelers matchup. But in both the Texans and Jaguars games, he should continue to feast, as they are bottom in the league in defending against the run. He should continue to help people in the fantasy football playoffs.

2. Brandon Aiyuk is the real deal.

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Did you know that Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel have only played in five games together this year? Would you believe me if I told you that in those five games Aiyuk has outscored Samuel four times out of five? Well, it's true - even when Samuel has been on the field Aiyuk has still been fantasy relevant. With Samuel leaving on the first play of the game today, Aiyuk received a season-high 16 targets.

He also had a season-high in receptions with 10 for 119 yards receiving. Aiyuk has shown he can be productive with or without Deebo Samuel on the field. It time we start seeing him as a high-end WR3, maybe even a low-end WR2 with Samuel not being able to stay on the field consistently.

3. Cam Akers gives the Rams the best chance of winning.

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Now hear me out, it's been two straight weeks where Cam Akers has received 20+ carries and he's looking really good. In his first game, he was only on the field for 62% of the offense's snaps which isn't impressive. But this last game against the New England Patriots he was out on the field for an astounding 81% of the team's snaps. That is by far the most snaps any running back in this offense has seen all year.

Akers amassed 171 rushing yards against the Patriots on Thursday night as well, which is the most by any rookie running back this season. Hopefully, Sean McVay has seen enough from his rookie to make him the bell-cow back down the stretch of the season. If he can get the full workload he would be a league winner for some people.

4. Dan Arnold is becoming an option for Kyler Murray.

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With the Tight End position having such a drop off this year after players like Travis Kelce and Darren Waller, Dan Arnold is emerging as a touchdown-dependent tight end. He doesn't see a lot of targets only getting 12 in the last four games, but he makes the most of those targets.

Arnold is mostly being looked for in the red zone with Deandre Hopkins taking all the attention. He's caught four touchdowns in the past 3 games with a 61-yard receiving game in there as well. It's nothing special, but if you're looking for a tight end to plug in for the playoffs Arnold could be that guy.

Come back next week at the same time and we will build off of the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 14 Trends!


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