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Quarterback, Buffalo Bills (35% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Going into a tough matchup against a resurgent Houston team, Tyrod had a heck of a game with four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) and has now thrown for six touchdowns over the past two games with no interceptions. He has gained at least 28 yards rushing over the past two games as well. Taylor is performing like he did earlier in the season before his shoulder injury and doesn’t seem to be fazed by whoever he is playing. He faces an Eagles squad that still gave up over 300 yards and three touchdowns to Tom Brady with very little to throw to. He will be a low-end QB1.
Quarterback, New York Jets (44% owned in Yahoo! leagues): After throwing for four touchdowns last week against the Dolphins last week, Fitz had another great game throwing for nearly 400 yards and two scores. He burned a pathetic Giants secondary and continues to dominate since his thumb surgery. He’ll look to continue his hot streak against a Titans team that just gave up 322 yards passing and five touchdowns to Blake Bortles (without Allen Hurns). Fitz will be a mid-tier QB1 in week 14, especially with both Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker healthy.
Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (40% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Winston is coming off an average week, throwing for 227 yards with a touchdown and interception. He also had 15 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown as well. Winston finally has Austin Seferian-Jenkins (see below) back, along with Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, and a solid run game from Doug Martin. He faces New Orleans in week 14 that gave up 331 yards passing, 49 yards rushing, and five touchdowns to Cam Newton. Winston is a strong bet to finish within the top 12 this week.
Running Back, New England Patriots (26% owned in Yahoo! leagues): White is coming off a terrific game against the Eagles, rushing only twice for four yards, but catching 10 receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets (which tied him for first on the team with Danny Amendola). He has a date against the Texans in week 14, who have been red-hot as of late. If Gronk isn’t able to go, White could be in for another big outing with Amendola and White dominating the short passing game, which is Brady’s comfort zone. His role is expanding and he could catch hot late. He could be a solid RB3 / FLEX play in PPR leagues this weekend.
Running Back, San Francisco 49ers (54% owned in Yahoo! leagues): In his first four games as a 49er, Draughn has had at least 75 yards combined & 18 touches per game. He continues to operate as the bell-cow for San Francisco with Carlos Hyde not coming back anytime soon. He scored his first touchdown with SF on Sunday, and while he won’t have too many opportunities for more touchdowns, he has put up great numbers in the pass game (22 receptions over the past four games on 27 targets) and has had at least 12 rushing attempts in all four games. Draughn gets a tasty matchup in week 14 against the Browns and should be treated as a RB2, no matter the scoring format.
Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans (14% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Green-Beckham had a breakout game on Sunday, finishing with five receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. Kendall Wright and Mike Mularkey both heaped praise on DGB following his performance, and this could be the start of something for the talented rookie as he and Marcus Mariota seem to be building chemistry. He faces the Jets in week 14 and with no certainty that Darrelle Revis will play, so DGB could be in for another good game against a secondary that is very burnable sans Revis. He is a high-upside WR4 but could be a decent WR3 / FLEX option if Revis doesn’t play.
Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins (30% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Parker has gone for at least 63 yards receiving in the past two games now and has scored in both of those games. With Rishard Matthews out for the foreseeable future with broken ribs, Parker looks to be the number two wide receiver for the team now and at the worst, the number three target for Ryan Tannehill. Parker still gathered in 63 yards and a touchdown with Tannehill only throwing for 86 yards and one touchdown. Parker has a date with the Giants and their porous defense next week and Parker is a solid WR3 / FLEX play.
Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks (63% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Baldwin has been on a torrid pace over the past few weeks. He has scored five touchdowns over the past two games and six over the past four. He has finished with at least 90 yards receiving in three of the past four games and has quickly become the go-to target for Russell Wilson and the resurgent Seahawks that lost Jimmy Graham last week. Baldwin is putting up a great string of games and faces the horrible Ravens secondary in Week 14. He has the chance to be a top 20 wide receiver.
Tight End, Green Bay Packers (42% owned in Yahoo! leagues): Rodgers had a career game this past Thursday, catching all eight of his targets for 146 yards and a touchdown. He has scored four touchdowns in his past five games and has at least five receptions in three of the past five games as well. He has proven to be a reliable target for his big brother Aaron Rodgers (duh) and with a lackluster run game along with poor play from the wide receiving corps, Rodgers could have another great game against a Cowboys team that can’t seem to win without Tony Romo.
Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (36% owned in Yahoo! leagues): ASJ is finally back after missing nine games with a shoulder injury and had a decent game for a tight end with three receptions and 31 yards on six targets. Those six targets was tied for second most on the team and ASJ will be at worst, the third target on his team. Greg Olsen just burned the Saints, who are the Bucs’ Week 14 opponent, and with Tampa Bay probably going to rack up points against New Orleans, ASJ has a chance to put up solid stats. Treat him as a top 15 tight end going forward with the chance for weekly low-end TE1 upside.