Matt Hicks, Staff Writer
Rodgers returned to practice for this week, seeing the field for the first time since injuring his clavicle in Week 6. If things go well and Rodgers is medically cleared, he could be eligible to play in Week 15; giving you two solid fantasy starts from the best quarterback in fantasy. He was abandoned in 45.7% of ESPN leagues. If you’re in one of those leagues, make your claim this week; there’s no way he’s available next week.
Bortles is heating up at the right time; over the last two weeks he’s 45-68 for 469 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Since week 7, Bortles has been a solid fantasy option: throwing for 1,485 yards (247.5/game) and throwing for 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Bortles has the second easiest fantasy playoff schedule: he faces Houston is Week 15 and San Francisco in Week 16, they’ve given up the 3rd most, and the most fantasy points, respectively, to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Barber showed in Week 13 that’s he’s more than a touchdown vulture. He saw the majority of snaps in the absence of Martin, and it’s likely the Bucs will continue to evaluate him as the feature back for the rest of the season. Barber averaged 4.4 yards/carry on his 23 attempts last week. He’s available in 98.5% of fantasy leagues and could make for a solid flex play against a Green Bay defense that’s allowed the 9th most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.
Davis has taken over the role of feature back in an explosive Seattle offense. Davis had 16 carries in Week 13, compared to the 3 combined carries for McKissick, Rawls, and Lacy. Davis also saw more targets (4) than McKissick (3). Davis totaled 101 yards with his opportunities and it’s likely he continues to build on that momentum in an offense that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Davis is available in 97.1% of leagues.
Jones returned in Week 13, and saw a limited role. By limited role, I mean he only had one carry; that carry, however, was a game winning twenty-yard rushing touchdown. Earlier this season (Weeks 4-7), Jones was the favorite option in the Green Bay backfield; stealing that title from Ty Montgomery. With Montgomery on IR, Jones has to take his role back from the red-hot Jamaal Williams. Don’t expect Jones to immediately split carries evenly with Williams but he could slowly work his way back over the next two weeks and return to fantasy relevancy just in time to win you a championship. He’s available in 67.3% of leagues.
Like the fantasy myth he is, Gordon made a glorious return in Week 13. Gordon rewarded overzealous fantasy players that needed to feel the rush of rolling the dice on him. He pulled in 4 of his 11 targets for 85 yards. His volume in Week 13 and proven big-play ability make him a great flex play throughout your fantasy playoffs. He’s still available in 33.7% of leagues.
It appears that Weeks 8-11 were just a slight detour from the fantasy success that Agholor has had this season. He returned to his early season form in Weeks 12 and 13 when he combined for 10 receptions, 173 yards, and 2 touchdowns. He’s got great Week 15 (Giants) and Week 16 (Raiders) match-ups and could be a difference maker for your fantasy team as a great flex, or low-end WR2. He’s available in 37.9% of leagues.
Winston is back, and so is the Cameron Brate that fantasy owners have come to know and love. From Weeks 3-8, before Winston went down, Brate had 25 receptions for 381 yards and 4 touchdowns. In Week 13 Brate added on two more touchdowns to that total and proved he’s a must start throughout the fantasy playoffs. He’s available in 42.9% of leagues, but he will be claimed in the majority of those this week; so get him while he’s hot.
ASJ hasn’t been the tight end that excited us earlier this season, however, we do know he has the potential to be a difference maker. He faces Denver this week, who is currently allowing the 2nd most fantasy points per week to opposing tight ends. This combination makes ASJ a great streaming option for owners struggling with the unreliable tight end position. He’s available in 40.1% of leagues.
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