Week 14 Fantasy Preview: Early Slate Part 2

  • Eagles (-285) @ Giants (+6.5): O/U 45

    Ravens (+2.5) @ Steelers (-140): O/U 37

    Jaguars (+4) @ Titans (-200): O/U 41

     

    Eagles vs. Giants

    Key storylines/What to Watch

    The divisional matchup between the Eagles (11-1) and the Giants (7-4-1) has some pretty big playoff implications. With a win, the Eagles clinch a playoff berth and would be one game away from claiming the division title as their own.  Meanwhile, the Giants are sitting as the 6-seed in the NFC and a victory would play massive dividends in their playoff aspirations. The Giants have been a very difficult matchup for opposing QBs this season, so if they are able to slow down the explosive passing attack of the Eagles, they may have a shot of winning this game.  There are a bundle of fantasy relevant players in this contest that will play very valuable roles in helping fantasy GMs clinch playoff berths.

     

    Top Starts 

    Jalen Hurts:  Hurts has been incredible this season, ranking as the QB2 and only 1.1 fantasy points behind Patrick Mahomes from the top spot. Whether the Eagles decide to go run or pass heavy in their offensive game plan, it does not matter, Hurts finds a way to get the job done for his fantasy GMs. All but two weeks this year Hurts finished inside the top-6 at the position, maintaining his tremendous value to fantasy GMs during their playoff push.

     

    A.J. Brown:  Much like Hurts, Brown has been great this year.  He only has three games this season with single-digit fantasy points, earning himself the overall WR5 ranking this season.  He gets a matchup with the Giants that just allowed 8-105-1 to Terry McLaurin last weekend and 6-106 to CeeDee Lamb the week prior.  Brown should have no problems reaching a similar fantasy output in a very crucial weekend for his fantasy GMs. 

     

    DeVonta Smith:  Ever since the Eagles placed TE Dallas Goedert on IR, Smith has taken a nice leap forward in the receiving game, plus, they may be without Quez Watkins against the Giants.  Smith is a must-start option in all leagues at this point in the season, thanks in part to his WR21 ranking.  He has at least 13.8 fantasy points in three of his last four games and should be able to produce around that mark against the Giants

     

    Saquon Barkley:  Barkley has been the focal point of the Giants offense throughout the entire season so far and has dominated their red zone opportunities. Outside of one rough game, Barkley has tallied at least 11.8 fantasy points in every game this year.  Although he has only had one massive high-scoring game, he has been incredibly reliable.  The Eagles have a very strong defense this year, but have been more susceptible to opposing rushing attacks.  Barkley’s ability to get heavily involved in the passing game every week, which keeps him as a very safe option for fantasy GMs in PPR formats. 

     

    Boom/Bust Dart-Throw

    Miles Sanders: Sanders has turned into a very interesting fantasy play over the past month, having his fantasy value relying heavily on the Eagles game script.  If the Eagles go run heavy, Sanders has a big game, but if the Eagles exploit the opponents pass defense, Sanders becomes a very touchdown-reliant play. The Giants have allowed a higher than normal yards-per-carry rate than most defenses in the NFL, which should allow Sanders to be a safe play this weekend.

     

    Darius Slayton: Since Week 7, Slayton is the WR22 in PPR formats, averaging 13.8 fantasy points per game.  He is essentially the only healthy WR on the Giants roster and has become Daniel Jones’ go-to option for the deep ball.  He has scored at least 9.3 fantasy points over his last six and should be a fairly safe WR2/3 option against the Eagles in a very important matchup for fantasy GMs.

     

    Daniel Bellinger: Bellinger has surprisingly been a fairly important part of the Giants’ passing offense.  Although his numbers aren’t going to blow away fantasy GMs, he still has maintained a fairly safe floor in PPR formats.  In his six healthy games this year, he has tallied at least 7.4 fantasy points in five of those contests. He returned in Week 13 after an extended absence due to being grossly poked in the eye and hauled in five receptions for 24 yards, finishing as the TE15 on the week.  With six teams on bye in Week 14, Bellinger is an interesting option in 12-team leagues. 

     

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    Ravens vs. Steelers

    Key storylines/What to Watch

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