Weekly Fantasy Football: How Can You Not Use Foles?
By Jake Ciely
Weekly Fantasy Football
Go from getting destroyed to dominating last week. That's how fantasy football goes, and it's why we love and hate it at the same time. It's also why the daily/weekly games have a bit more appeal these days. You can make great lineup moves, such as starting Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Reggie Bush, Ben Tate and Alshon Jeffery last week, where in typical leagues, you would never own half or be able to slot in a Jeffery if you missed on him from waivers.
Five Card Stud(s)
Nick Foles (Ace in the Hole) – At what point does it stop being a fluke? Now, maybe? Foles has yet to throw an interception (thanks to a penalty) and has made Chip Kelly's offense look spectacular. Foles is clicking in every facet of the game, and with his being just $12.4 million (less than several running backs), Foles must be in your lineup… no question. Add in a matchup with the Lions pass defense, and even without such a good price, you have a quarterback with Top Five potential again this week.
Ben Tate – This isn't just based off last week's game – even though you have to love that output – as Tate has one of the best matchups in Week 14. The Jags have only had two games where the opponent hasn't reached double-digit points and have five games allowing over 20 fantasy points. There is still risk with Tate given his injury concerns, but Tate is only $7.3 million, making him a potential Top 10 running back with a price outside the Top 40.
Matt Forte – Forte is second only to Jamaal Charles in PPR scoring for running backs. The Cowboys are second to… well… none when it comes to PPG allowed for running backs. The Skins (second place) allow over a point less per game, and Forte has extra time to ready up for those Boys with a Monday night game. Forte is expensive at $13.7 million, but that is still only sixth on the list and $2.5 million less than Adrian Peterson at the top. Forte is our "big play" option of the week.
Keenan Allen – If Allen can put up a big game against the Chiefs, what do you think he can do against the Giants secondary? The Giants have to travel west for this game, and their defense is back to struggling (mostly… Justin Tuck's freak game doesn’t count). Allen has six games with more than 100 yards receiving in his last eight and is primed to add a seventh.
Rob Gronkowski – If there is one thing Rob Gronkowski knows how to do, it's score touchdowns. Gronk is on a four-game streak for reaching the end zone, and Tom Brady is locked back in with his favorite option. Gronkowski is averaging 22.8 PPG in those last four games, and even with a $9.2 price, he's a great play again this week. Then again, when Gronk is healthy, when is he not?
Colin Kaepernick – Or did you not see the way the Saints handled (see: dominated) Drew Brees? That was Brees' worst game this year, and then some. So, when Kaepernick is priced at $16.9 million and facing those Seahawks – that held Kaep to five points with four turnovers – you have no reason to have Kaep approach your squad.
Alfred Morris – It's not that I don't like ALF – I actually think Morris lacks the respect deserved in fantasy football – it's that Morris doesn’t have as much upside in PPR scoring. Morris ranks 10th in standard, but just 18th in PPR. When you set a career high in receptions with three, you know it's bad. With a $12.2 million price and a game against the Chiefs, Morris is not a quality option for Week 14.
Danny Amendola – The Browns are solid against the pass, and that is mainly due to Joe Haden. While Amendola might not draw Haden's coverage the entire game, he will see a good amount of Haden at the least, which means Amendola might as well be standing on the sidelines. Haden is one of the league's premier shutdown corners, and Amendola has failed to live up to the hype of moving to New England. The price is what truly kills Amendola, as being $8.0 million makes his cost outweigh the potential.
Tempting to go with the Panthers after what the Seahawks did to the Saints defense, but can we really go against the Broncos at this point? The Chiefs have been putting up some decent points of late, and they get the Skins this week. Color me intrigued. You can pretty much coin flip the Lions and Eagles or just go with who you think will win. That should be a high-scoring affair. If the Packers get Aaron Rodgers back, it's impossible not to like them at home against the Falcons defense, but if we see Matt Flynn again, the Steelers are a decent play. Don't touch the Jets… just don't. And the Rams, Redskins and 49ers all have tough goes of it in Week 14.