SSSQ is a weekly have a look at under-the-radar fantasy gamers you need to contemplate beginning and potential busts you need to go away in your bench. We additionally determine breakout candidates to stash in your roster and gamers you may safely lower.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
Over his first three NFL begins, Jackson tied for the 12th-most fantasy factors amongst quarterbacks regardless of by no means throwing for greater than 178 yards in any recreation. That is as a result of he additionally eclipsed 70 speeding yards in every outing, giving him a strong fantasy flooring together with a ceiling he hasn’t come near hitting but.
The Chiefs have been a top-five matchup for opposing quarterbacks, however they’ve performed higher at residence and are favored by almost a landing towards the Ravens. That makes Jackson a extra unstable choice this week, particularly with Joe Flacco probably being lively because the backup. Alternatively, Jackson affords extra upside than anybody else on this listing in case you’re keen to take the danger.
Boone’s projection: 202 passing yards, TD, INT, 68 speeding yards, TD
Different QBs to start out
- Dak Prescott vs. Eagles
- Baker Mayfield vs. Panthers
- Josh Allen vs. Jets
Sony Michel, RB, Patriots
Fantasy house owners may be down on Michel after his powerful battle with the Vikings’ protection – speeding 17 occasions for simply 63 yards – however the excellent news is that New England continues to feed him when wholesome. In Week 14, Michel will get a floundering Dolphins squad that he broke out towards within the first month of the season with 25 carries, 112 yards, and a landing. As a heavy highway favourite, count on New England to lean on its floor recreation as soon as once more.
Boone’s projection: 96 speeding yards, eight receiving yards, TD
Different RBs to start out
- Austin Ekeler/Justin Jackson vs. Bengals
- Jeff Wilson Jr. vs. Broncos
- Jaylen Samuels at Raiders
Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos
It is vital that fantasy house owners acknowledge simply how invaluable Sutton will probably be with Emmanuel Sanders out for the season. Sanders leaves behind the 25 p.c of targets that he’d been seeing following the Demaryius Thomas commerce. In the meantime, Sutton posted 78 yards or extra in three of his final 5 video games and is now the unquestioned No. 1 receiver in Denver. This might be the start of a league-winning fantasy stretch for the rookie.
Boone’s projection: 92 receiving yards, TD
Different WRs to start out
- Chris Godwin/Adam Humphries vs. Saints
- Jarvis Landry vs. Panthers
- Anthony Miller/Taylor Gabriel vs. Rams
Trey Burton, TE, Bears
Burton’s manufacturing fell off over the previous few video games, partially because of Chase Daniel filling in at quarterback. However with Mitch Trubisky returning to the lineup this weekend, Burton’s outlook brightens towards a Rams protection that is been unable to cease tight ends. Some latest stat strains towards Wade Phillips’ crew embody: George Kittle 5-98-1, Ben Watson 3-62-1, Travis Kelce 10-127-1, and final week’s 4-90 by Levine Toilolo. It is protected to belief Burton on Sunday evening.
Boone’s projection: 67 receiving yards, TD
Different TEs to start out
- Vance McDonald at Raiders
- Jimmy Graham vs. Falcons
- Ian Thomas at Browns
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
Wentz seemed to be rounding into kind previous to the Eagles’ bye, however for the reason that arrival of Golden Tate, Philly’s passing assault has been inconsistent at finest. A divisional matchup on the highway in Dallas will not be the treatment. The Cowboys have solely permitted 16 passing touchdowns this season – one off the league lead – they usually held Drew Brees to 127 passing yards, one landing, and one interception final Thursday.
Boone’s projection: 249 passing yards, TD, INT
Different QBs to sit down
- Kirk Cousins at Seahawks
- Russell Wilson vs. Vikings
- Matthew Stafford at Cardinals
Marlon Mack, RB, Colts
Mack’s taken benefit of straightforward matchups whereas struggling towards extra formidable opponents. To reverse that development in Week 14, he’ll seemingly want to extend his receiving numbers, because the Texans have not allowed a again to publish greater than 60 speeding yards since Week 6. Sadly for Mack, he is recorded only one outing with 20-plus receiving yards this season. That drops him into the RB3/flex vary for the primary week of the fantasy playoffs.
Boone’s projection: 47 speeding yards, 9 receiving yards
Different RBs to sit down
- Chris Carson vs. Vikings
- Tevin Coleman at Packers
- Josh Adams at Cowboys
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles
The Tate commerce’s had the most important influence on Jeffery, who was averaging almost 9 targets per recreation earlier than the transfer in comparison with simply 5 per contest over the past month. He is not doing a lot with the targets, both, as Jeffery’s been held beneath 50 yards in all 4 video games for the reason that cope with zero touchdowns. Towards the aforementioned Cowboys move protection that is particularly laborious on exterior receivers, he needs to be thought of a touchdown-dependent WR3.
Boone’s projection: 53 receiving yards
Different WRs to sit down
- Devin Funchess at Browns
- DeVante Parker vs. Patriots
- Sterling Shepard at Redskins
Chris Herndon, TE, Jets
With all of the accidents at tight finish, it is nearly not possible to advise sitting any notable participant. Herndon is not precisely a family identify, however since Week 6, the rookie’s amassed the ninth-most fantasy factors on the place. This advice is extra concerning the opponent, because the Payments excel at limiting tight ends, which Herndon skilled in Week 10 (3-34).
Boone’s projection: 31 receiving yards
Different TEs to sit down
- Antonio Gates vs. Bengals
- Matt LaCosse at 49ers
- Nick Vannett vs. Vikings
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Ravens
Dixon’s seen a shocking quantity of labor since being activated two weeks in the past, tallying 22 touches for 87 yards and a landing. Gus Edwards is seemingly over his ankle damage, however Dixon would take the early-down function if there’s any future ailment. Moreover, Jackson’s presence beneath middle provides the Ravens’ floor recreation a big increase, which implies each piece of their backfield needs to be rostered, together with pass-catching again Ty Montgomery.
DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Broncos
Sutton advantages essentially the most from the Sanders damage, however fellow rookie Hamilton is not far behind. With few choices left in Denver’s passing assault, Hamilton will emerge because the No. 2 receiver, making him an upside WR4 in fantasy. He is nonetheless accessible in 95 p.c of leagues.
John Brown, WR, Ravens
Brown’s numbers have dramatically decreased since his scorching begin. The decline started with Flacco beneath middle, but it surely’s hit one other degree of futility with Jackson. The speedy Brown has simply two receptions over his final three video games regardless of seeing 12 targets.
Duke Johnson, RB, Browns
In need of handcuffing Nick Chubb, there’s not a lot purpose to personal Johnson at this level. He had couple good video games in the course of the season, however Chubb is a workhorse who’s taken over a big chunk of the passing-down duties, too.