Week 14 of the NFL season is upon us, meaning it is time for playoffs in fantasy leagues, a good time to go over your respective roster and gear up for a run at your league’s championship. There are many intriguing options across the board in a loaded slate of games this week.
We found success once again in our picks a week ago. Jared Goff threw for 351 yards and a score in the Rams’ victory over the Cardinals, Baker Mayfield enjoyed a career day in the Cleveland victory over the Titans, and Jordan Reed added in a receiving touchdown on Monday Night Football. With just four weeks remaining in the 2020 season, let’s dive into this weeks picks.
Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys
In his first game back against his former team, play Dalton this week in a road matchup with the Bengals. Playing better over the past few weeks, he has completed over 67 percent of his passes for an average of 234 pass yards per game. Struggling against the pass this season, Cincinnati has allowed 23 passing touchdowns, the eighth-highest total in the NFL. Along with this, Zac Taylor’s group has also been unable to generate any pressure on opposing signal-callers with a sack on just 2.95 percent of all drop backs. With three of the team’s past seven quarterbacks faced finishing in the top ten for the week, look for Dalton to find success on Sunday. A risky option for owners, he has QB2 value in deep leagues.
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
Seeing a larger target share in the Chargers offense as the season winds down, Williams has seven-plus targets in each of his last four games. The University of Clemson alum remains the primary deep option for the team, which should set him up for success in a matchup with the Falcons. Unable to hold up against the pass all season long, Atlanta gives up over 9 yards per target to opposing pass catchers. There have also been 23 opposing wideouts who have finished inside the top-40 against the Falcons, setting Williams’ stage on Sunday. An alluring option for the Chargers offense to get back on track, play Williams as a WR3 or flex option this week.
DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars
After a disappointing performance in the Jaguars’ loss to the Vikings on Sunday that saw him haul in just two catches, look for Chark to bounce back this week. Near the bottom of the league all season long, the Titans have allowed opposing passers to average over 274 yards per game. Tennessee is also allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing pass catchers. Historically bad against the deep ball, the team has also allowed the sixth-most passes of 20-plus yards in 2020. While he may be a dicey option at his current WR31 ranking, the 24-year-old should be in for a high-volume day against Mike Vrabel‘s team. He offers boom or bust potential so is best played as a high-end WR4/low-end WR3.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys
Settling in nicely in the Cowboys offense, Schultz posted a four reception performance in the Dallas loss to the Ravens on Tuesday Night. Averaging over 5.6 points per game in fantasy this season, Schultz should offer a solid floor in a matchup with Cincinnati. Struggling against the tight end position all season long, the Bengals have allowed a league-high 7.8 targets per game, leading to over 800 receiving yards. Additionally, they have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. A go-to option for players in PPR leagues, Schultz has posted at least four catches in three straight games. He should be a strong TE2 option for those streaming at the position this week.
Mike Glennon, Jacksonville Jaguars
A boom or bust option to round out our list for the week, Glennon has completed over 62.7 percent of his passes since taking over Jacksonville’s starting job. With a road matchup on deck in Week 14 against the Titans, play the veteran as a QB2 this week. Slumping against the pass over the previous few weeks, Tennessee has allowed 797 yards through the air. Furthermore, Mike Vrabel‘s group has also allowed 27 passing touchdowns in 2020, with nine of 12 passers posting at least two scores against them. Owned in just four percent of all major fantasy leagues, he has top-20 potential if the Jaguars offense begins to roll.