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Week 14 fantasy sleepers

A look at the fantasy landscape for the first week of playoffs

December 09, 2017 - 11:50 am

Joe DiBiase reporting

It's finally playoff time in the world of fantasy football. For most it's win or you're out, while some have two week matchups to consider. Once the playoffs hit, there's a couple things to do different strategically.

For one, you want to start stashing defenses with great matchups in the next few weeks. For instance, the Detroit Lions defense plays the Buccaneers this week. Not the greatest matchup, but next week Detroit plays Chicago. In this example, you'd want to find a FLEX player you don't plan on using for the rest of the year, cutting him, and stashing the Lions D/ST.

Another thing you'll want to do is check weather forecasts. The Bills-Colts game is supposed to be incredibly windy and cold. Not a great day to play any kickers, or receivers. However, an increase in rushing attempts could mean upgrades for LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore.

As always, each player is followed by his consensus average position ranking from fantasy experts across the web, computed by

1.) Frank Gore - RB - Indianapolis Colts
- Ranked: 24th

Gore is always the forgotten man in fantasy circles. He's consistently been an RB2 throughout his career. This year his production has dropped, in large part because of the struggles of the offense as a whole. A poor Bills run defense that could be without Kyle Williams, and some rough weather could mean a lot of carries for Gore.

He has just one game this season with less than 10 carries, and has at least 50 rushing yards in five straight weeks. Gore's upside is attached to whether or not he finds the endzone, as rookie Marlon Mack has taken the touches out of the pass game.

2.) Danny Amendola - WR - New England Patriots
- Ranked 50th

It's never an awful idea to take a flier at the Patriots offense. Especially when Rob Gronkowski won't be playing, and Chris Hogan is just returning from a shoulder injury. With Gronkowski out, opportunity over the middle is up for grabs. Immediate instincts would say Dwayne Allen will pick up the slack at tight end. The only other game Gronkowski missed this year, Allen had just one catch, so don't count on it. Tom Brady has shown to trust Amendola going over the middle, so especially in PPR leagues, he's a low end WR2 for this week.

What did Amendola do in that game against Tampa that Gronkowski didn't play? He had eight catches for 77 yards. Roll with him against a weak Miami secondary and expect similar results.

3.) Ricky Seals-Jones - TE - Arizona Cardinals
- Ranked: 14th

It's time to unleash Seals-Jones. He's played just 3 games this year, all in the last three weeks, and currently has nine catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns. All this, playing just 41 snaps. The targets are there, last week Blaine Gabbert threw to him on five of his 15 snaps. There's a connection between the two, but that may not be enough. If Bruce Arians doesn't increase Seals-Jones' snap count, it'll be hard for him to continue to succeed like he has, but until he doesn't, he's a solid TE2.

4.) Josh McCown - QB - New York Jets
- Ranked: 17th

Why people haven't latched on to McCown in fantasy is beyond me. Last week he put up over 30 points against the Chiefs, has a decent matchup this week against the Broncos, but is still only owned in 45-percent of leagues. McCown is the 10th ranked quarterback on the year. He gets the attempts, he hasn't turned the ball over a lot, and surprisingly has been adding points with his legs. McCown has five rushing touchdowns on the season. Yes you read that correctly. Josh McCown has five rushing touchdowns this season. Over 300 yards or multiple touchdowns in eight of 12 games is exactly what you need from your fantasy starter, and if he is your starter, stick with him in the playoffs.

Good luck in your fantasy playoffs, and if you have any last minute questions tune in and call in to Breakfast with the Bills - Fantasy Style, Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on WGR!

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