Be sure to sit these top 10 players as you head into the fantasy football playoffs.
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Dec 4, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
This is the moment fantasy football owners have waited for all season. You researched all summer to draft the best team. You spent the season trading, drafting and putting in wire waiver claims to land the most productive fantasy players. And now, your hard work has paid off; unless your season is over but, I can assume if your reading this you’re still surviving in your league.
With no bye teams, the playoffs couldn’t have come at a better time! You no longer have to go with the luck of the draw.
You have the option to start your star players and bench the mediocre ones. But, who are the players your going to want to bench? That’s the easy part!
After researching the weekly matchups, team performances, and playoff hunt teams, I have identified the invaluable players for this week. Be sure to sit these 10 players heading into Week 14 if you want to be your league’s fantasy football champion.
Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) celebrates his touchdown during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Although the tight end position isn’t the highest-scoring position in fantasy football, Dwayne Allen hasn’t even come close to being fantasy football relevant this season.
Allen has only earned double-digit points three times this season. One of those performances came last week against the New York Jets.
Allen scored three touchdowns in last week’s showdown. He earned over 30 points in standard leagues. However, this week’s matchup won’t offer the same results. Allen takes on the Houston Texans who rank top five against the position.
Also, keep in mind, the Indianapolis Colts also have Jack Doyle who has been a great end zone target. With the possibility of Doyle getting action, you can’t trust Allen will have another amazing week. Sit him!
Dec 4, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill (not pictured) in front of Baltimore Ravens defensive back Jerraud Powers (26) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Dolphins have had a shockingly decent season. Unfortunately, DeVante Parker hasn’t. Parker has only earned double-digit fantasy points four times. Last week, Parker completed 3-of-4 targets for a little under 35 yards and a touchdown; he earned 10 fantasy points if you were lucky.
Parker has found the end zone in two of his last three games but, is still not a reliable fantasy football option. Not only is he dealing with a back injury but, this week he takes on the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals have surrendered the fewest touchdowns in the league. It’s not the week put your faith in Parker.
Tyrod Taylor isn’t QB1 material. However, if you’re in a QB2 league he can earn your team some decent fantasy football points but, not on a weekly basis. And, last week’s performance is a great example.
Taylor completed 18-of-35 passes for about 190 yards. He had no touchdowns and one interception. Luckily for fantasy owners, he received a few extra points after adding 30 rushing yards. But, he still only managed to earn about 10 points.
This week the Buffalo Bills take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not only have they held their opponents to 15 touchdowns this season but, last week the Steelers held Eli Manning to less than 200 yards and only about 11 fantasy points.
If you want to win, don’t start Taylor in his Week 14 matchup.
Nov 20, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Zach Brown (53) watches as New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) runs the ball during the second half at New Era Field. The Patriots beat the Bills 41-25. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
When Rob Gronkowski was ruled out for the rest of the season, fantasy football owners immediately looked for Martellus Bennett on the waiver wire. However, he hasn’t produced the numbers we expected.
Bennett has only earned double-digits three times this season. Last week he barely earned one point! He completed 2-of-4 targets for just four yards. This touchdown-dependent player just isn’t pulling through.
This week the New England Patriots take on the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are only offering opponents 220 yards per game which, isn’t looking for Bennett.
With Julian Edelman being Tom Brady’s main and favorite target, Bennett’s fantasy value has dropped over the last two weeks. He is a must sit this week and in my opinion for the rest of the season.
Dec 4, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) throws his hands in the air after failing to make a catch against the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Bills 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) catches the ball in front of the defense of Baltimore Ravens defensive back Kyle Arrington (24) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
4. Baltimore Ravens D/ST
The Baltimore Ravens D/ST has had a productive fantasy football season. There were only three games in which they didn’t earn double-digit points.
In six of their matchups, the Ravens even managed to earn over 30 fantasy football points. And, the Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith came back from injury last week which aided in their Week 13 win against the Miami Dolphins.
However, this week the Ravens take on the New England Patriots. The Los Angeles Rams D/ST was held to less than 10 fantasy points last week against the Patriots. The week before, the Jets D/ST was held to about four fantasy points.
Given the past histories with D/ST against the Patriots, I am just not confident in starting the Ravens D/ST in Week 14. Play it safe, sit them this week.
Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs after a catch to score on a thirteen-yard pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Coming into the season everyone expected Rashad Jennings to explode. The explosion he had been when he injured himself in Week 2.
Since his Week 6 return, Jennings has only earned double-digit fantasy football points three times. Last week was one of those performances as he rushed six times for a little under 20 yards. But, it was his six pass completions and touchdown that offered owners points.
This week, Jennings takes on division rivals the Dallas Cowboys. In their Week 1 matchup, Jennings carried the ball 18 times for 75 yards. He added three receiving yards on a lonely completion earning about seven six fantasy points.
Jennings also lost playing time to rookie Paul Perkins. With Jennings sharing time and the Cowboys ranking fourth against the run, Jennings is a must sit for this week’s fantasy football playoffs.
Tight end Coby Fleener is as inconsistent as they come. As the New Orleans Saints prepare to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Fleener continues to be the odd man out.
Make no mistake about it, he isn’t getting the job done and hasn’t scored a touchdown in two weeks. There was a ton of optimism that Fleener would be the next big thing on the Saints offense but he hasn’t live up to such hype.
It’s best to sit Fleener this week since the Buccaneers will be able to keep him contained and then some. He hasn’t been targeted for more than 10 attempts since Week 3.
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Fantasy football owners would be wise to sit Fleener this week. He’s too risky to start in the grand scheme of things, especially for a rather unproductive tight end.