Alshon Jeffery turned again the clock final week along with his finest fantasy efficiency in 4 years … whereas being began in fewer than 25% of ESPN leagues.
Greater than 80% of ESPN fantasy homeowners additionally missed out on latest surges from James Washington, Anthony Miller, Cole Beasley and Dede Westbrook — all of whom ranked as top-18 receivers in fantasy scoring over the previous two weeks.
However can they stick with it? Are you able to really belief any of those guys sufficient to make use of them in your beginning lineups now that we’re into the fantasy playoffs?
As at all times, our NFL Nation reporters are right here to assist:
Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery had 9 catches for 137 yards and a landing final week. Eric Espada/Getty Photographs
Jeffery: The 29-year-old went off with 9 catches for 137 yards and a landing final week after lacking the earlier two video games. It will be exhausting to anticipate a repeat of that caliber. However Philadelphia Eagles reporter Tim McManus really helpful Jeffery as a fantasy starter “if you happen to’re on the lookout for stable however unspectacular numbers.” McManus mentioned the hot button is simply to verify he’s going to be energetic each week, as a result of he has been restricted by calf and ankle accidents this season.
“He jogs my memory of a veteran energy ahead who doesn’t have the outdated burst however will get by due to his dimension and savvy,” McManus mentioned. “He may not mild it up, however he’ll nonetheless generate some offense for you, particularly given the Eagles’ favorable closing schedule.”
Washington: The second-year professional has been a little bit of a fantasy tease prior to now. However Pittsburgh Steelers reporter Brooke Pryor mentioned he’s at the very least worthy of a roster spot as a result of “nobody has benefited extra from the Steelers’ quarterback change than Washington.”
“The chemistry he was alleged to have with Mason Rudolph has as a substitute been discovered with Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges,” mentioned Pryor, who wrote concerning the bond Washington and Hodges have shaped whereas looking collectively. “Since Hodges took over the job simply after halftime in opposition to the Bengals [in Week 12], Washington has two touchdowns and 203 receiving yards.
“[Coach Mike] Tomlin, although, mentioned this final sport wasn’t a breakout efficiency, hinting that Washington’s remains to be to come back. With JuJu Smith-Schuster out and Diontae Johnson going by a tough patch in his rookie season, Washington is rising because the Steelers’ No. 1 man.”
Miller: The second-year professional had career-highs of 9 catches and 140 yards in Week 13. Then he adopted up along with his first TD catch of the season on Thursday evening for his fourth straight double-digit fantasy week.
Jeff Dickerson wrote concerning the Chicago Bears’ cautious optimism in Miller’s growth final week. However Dickerson additionally warned that it’s nonetheless “a tad tough to utterly belief Miller since coach Matt Nagy has gone on report — a number of instances — saying that the second-year receiver usually struggles to be in the proper spot.”
“Miller is an attractive fantasy play, and he has undoubtedly been extra concerned recently with Taylor Gabriel sidelined due to a concussion. However there’s danger concerned,” Dickerson mentioned. “Bear in mind, Chicago’s victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving was solely Miller’s second 100-yard receiving sport of his profession.”
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Beasley: The eighth-year veteran most likely qualifies as one other solid-but-unspectacular selection. However he has 12 catches for 186 yards and two TDs over the previous two video games. He has 5 touchdowns over the previous seven weeks. And he’s on tempo for career-highs of 847 yards and 7 TDs in his first 12 months with the Buffalo Payments after having his greatest sport but final week in opposition to his former staff, the Dallas Cowboys.
“Beasley is a sneakily productive receiver as Buffalo’s perceived No. 2 possibility,” mentioned Payments reporter Marcel Louis-Jacques, who identified that the “alternative is there” for Beasley, who’s averaging almost seven targets per sport. “With formidable cross rushes arising within the Payments’ subsequent three video games, Josh Allen will look to get the ball out rapidly — which makes Beasley much more invaluable. In case you’re on the lookout for flex assist in a PPR league, you are able to do worse.”
Westbrook: The Jacksonville Jaguars’ newest quarterback change most likely gained’t make a significant distinction for Westbrook, who caught a complete of 10 passes for 112 yards from Nick Foles over the previous two weeks earlier than catching three passes for 17 yards and a TD from Gardner Minshew off the bench.
However Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco nonetheless considers Westbrook a low-end flex possibility as a result of he hasn’t proven this stage of consistency all through the season. His solely different TD got here in Week 1.
“He did have an 82-yard sport and a 103-yard sport with Minshew, and the offense actually has been more practical with Minshew on the sphere,” DiRocco mentioned. “However Minshew additionally likes to focus on DJ Chark and generally pressured balls to him that he shouldn’t. Possibly the previous three video games he sat the bench will give him a greater perspective.”
Now for the remainder of our weekly tour across the league:
Buffalo Payments: Louis-Jacques additionally wrote concerning the Payments’ No. 1 receiver, John Brown, who’s breaking out in his sixth NFL season along with his third totally different staff as a result of “they’re letting me be a receiver right here.”
Matthew Berry has John Brown on his hate listing and outdoors the highest 25 as he will get set to face the Ravens protection in Week 14.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs: Tight finish Travis Kelce has been the one fixed for the Chiefs this 12 months, wrote Adam Teicher. Kelce is on the verge of changing into the primary TE in NFL historical past with 4 straight 1,000-yard seasons.
Los Angeles Rams: As Lindsey Thiry wrote, Sean McVay gave a concise rationalization for why RB Todd Gurley’s workload has elevated: “Me not being an fool,” McVay mentioned.
Matthew Berry explains why he has some optimism about Sony Michel’s fantasy prospects vs. the Chiefs.
Miami Dolphins: Receiver DeVante Parker ought to actually have his personal class on this column as a result of he has turn out to be a weekly staple. Cameron Wolfe wrote about how Parker has been shedding the “bust” label.
New England Patriots: If Sony Michel is ever going to come back by for fantasy homeowners, now is perhaps the time. Mike Reiss questioned if the Patriots may return to the “ground-and-pound” strategy they used after they ran for 176 and 173 yards in two wins over Kansas Metropolis final 12 months.
Matthew Berry and Daniel Dopp element Devante Parker’s fantasy efficiency this season, coming in because the fourth finest WR in fantasy when it comes to whole factors since Week 7.
New Orleans Saints: Imagine it or not, no receiver has ever gained the NFL’s MVP award. However Michael Thomas is perhaps making essentially the most compelling case of anybody since Jerry Rice.
New York Jets: Coach Adam Gase appears to have misplaced religion in working again Le’Veon Bell primarily based on his utilization final week, wrote Wealthy Cimini.
San Francisco 49ers: What may very well be extra Shanahan than an unpredictable RB rotation? Raheem Mostert grew to become the third Niners again to run for greater than 100 yards this season when he busted free for 146 final week, wrote Nick Wagoner.
Mike Clay likes Ryan Tannehill’s matchup in opposition to the Raiders’ protection, which has struggled to defend the cross.
Tennessee Titans: At his present price, QB Ryan Tannehill will turn out to be simply the third quarterback in NFL historical past to finish greater than 70% of his passes whereas averaging at the very least 9.zero yards per try, wrote Turron Davenport. The others? Some dudes named Joe Montana and Sammy Baugh.
Washington Redskins: Now wholesome after two vital knee accidents over the previous two years, RB Derrius Guice confirmed the persistence, imaginative and prescient, pace and violence that the Redskins have been ready for — multi functional run, wrote John Keim.