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Dec 9, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) runs the ball after a latteral play to score a touchdown to defeat the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football – What We Learned in Week 14

1. Everybody Hates Your Fantasy Team

You know what Week 14? Smash weeks for Derrick Henry, Josh Johnson, Brandon Bolden, Damien Williams, and Zach Pascal. WTF? Johnson has not started an NFL game since 2011. He went 6 years and 363 days between NFL passes. According to @EliasSports, that’s the longest drought between passes since Doug Flutie went 8 years and 277 days between passes (Dec. 1989 to Sept. 1998). Waiver wire anyone? 👀 What is this world that we are living in? Switching gears to my Kill, Marry, Chill article here’s the scoop. I hit on Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Derek Carr, Spencer Ware, DaSean Hamilton, and Kenny Golladay. Hopefully, in DFS you paid up at running back with a combination of Ezekiel Elliott, Saqoun Barkley, and Christian McCaffrey so you still shoulda cashed 😎. Also in disbelief ths Miami Dolphins beat MY PATRIOTS. MAKE THE TACKLE GRONK. 

2. Amari Super Cooper

Dec 9, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper (19) celebrates an overtime touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

49.7 fantasy points in PPR formats. What the f*ck. 10 receptions for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns by god that Eagles pass defense is terrible. Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 455 passing yards. Prescott has never thrown for 400 yards in a game. The signal-caller is averaging 285.7 passing yards in six games with Cooper, compared to 202.4 yards per game over the previous seven contests. Michael Gallup has also seen an increase in production with the gain of Cooper and he had nine targets which ranked third on the team. I would not expect Prescott to see nearly as high of passing volume as he did today next week versus the Colts. The Colts at home allow the 6th-fewest passing attempts per game (32.3), 240 passing yards per game, and 1.5 passing touchdowns per game. Indianapolis gives up the 15th fewest fantasy points to the QB position. However, with the addition of Cooper, Prescott has yet to finish with less than 14 fantasy points over the past six weeks. If you are looking for a TE stream also, my boy from the offseason Blake Jarwin is making a comeback! Seven receptions on seven targets for 56 yards. The Colts just last week gave up 5 for 80 stat line to Texans’ tight end Ryan Griffin. As for those Eagles, they are playing the Rams on the road. The Rams are going to bounce back in a big way after a Thursday night loss. 

3. Derrick Henry: YOU ANIMAL

Dec 6, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs for a touchdown during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

If you were already tilted going into Sunday then you know what is about to happen here. Henry exploded on Thursday night football scoring 47.8 fantasy points. 238 rushing yards and four touchdowns. As fluky as this might be, I am going to buy Henry moving forward. Over the past eight weeks, Henry has scored double-digit fantasy points in six of them. He is out-carrying Dion Lewis as of late. And his next two match-ups are against two of the worst run defenses in the NFL. The New York Giants give up the 8th most fantasy points to the RB position. The Washington Redskins have allowed 85 plus rushing days to opposing RBs in five of their last six games.  Also worth noting that Taywan Taylor the receiver for the Titans has scored double-digit fantasy points on 12 targets since returning from his injury. 

4. George Kittle: Taste the Painbow

Dec 9, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs with the ball against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

If you were facing George Kittle this week in fantasy football. We shall pour one out for ya’ll. His opponents felt the pain this week as Kittle went OFF for 210 yards on seven receptions and one touchdown. Dante Pettis continues to be the main wide receiver with seven targets with a 3-49-1 stat line. And Jeff Wilson Jr. who I was fading this week, got FED. 23 rushing attempts for 90 yards for 3.9 yards per carry. Nick Mullens has now thrown for over 300 yards in back to back games and the 49ers will take on Seattle in Week 15. Seattle has allowed at least 17 fantasy points to each QB position over the past six weeks pending Monday night football. Seattle does not do well versus outside wide receivers so Pettis along with Kittle is a startable option. 

5. We Love JuJu

Dec 9, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) catches the ball, originally called out of bounds later reviewed as a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers? Trending 📉. JuJu Smith-Schuster though? 📈. He has now had monster games in two of his last three going for 33 fantasy points in Week 15. Eight receptions for 130 yards, and two touchdowns on 12 targets. With at least nine targets in five of the last six contests, Smith-Schuster’s prospects are very high for next week versus the Patriots’ defense at home. And even though Jaylen Samuels did receiver the majority of carries (11) versus Stevan Ridley (5), my dude Ridley got the TD 👀. Keep in mind that with the Patriots up next week Ridley could be in play for this sole reason. LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis, and Brandon Bolden all ex-Pats running backs performed above expecations agaisnt their old team.