The Hail Mary, Week 14
The fantasy playoffs are finally upon us, and by now, everyone is playing week to week. One loss and you go home so the smallest transaction can make the biggest difference. You want to be one of the group still standing after week 14, and these three players will help you do that.
1. Willis McGahee, RB, Browns – I know. Believe me, I know. We have all been down the McGahee road at some point in the past decade and it never ends well. But hear me out… Willis goes up against a Patriots run defense starting two defensive tackles named “Joe” and “Chris.” Normally a DT has a cool name like Vince, Geno, or Ndamakong; but with Joe and Chris patrolling the middle, McGahee will have a chance to run free. Of course, if you are a Patriots fan then you have probably heard of Joe Vellano or Chris Jones, but the average fan hasn’t. So until one or both of those guys steps up in the run game, they will remain relatively anonymous to NFL fans which is a fancy way of saying: McGahee will get his. Just like Ben Tate and 28 fantasy points against the Pats did last week. Or Knowshon Moreno and his 28 the week before.
2. Montee Ball, RB, Broncos – Tis’ the season of injured running backs. That much is a fact. Whether it’s a concussed Le’Veon Bell, a banged up Zac Stacy, or a bench warming Trent Richardson, Montee Ball could be exactly the gift you need. He has gotten more run lately with Knowshon Moreno also feeling the wear and tear of a 16 game season, and if Ball doesn’t fumble, he’s an extremely talented back. I could see him finding the end-zone on Sunday in addition to his usual yardage output which would easily break the elusive double digit fantasy point mark.
3. Case Keenum, QB, Texans – Hopefully you have your quarterback situation figure out by now, but hey, I’m not judging. What I am judging is the Jaguars pass defense which just gave up 370 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Weeden who is (also judging) the worst quarterback in the NFL. If Weeden can do it, Keenum can too, which makes him a viable start in week 14.