2o15 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Buy/Sell
BUY – Dorial Green-Beckham – WR – Tennessee Titans
DGB had his best game, by far, this past Sunday as the Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-39. However, despite finishing with 119 yards on five catches and a touchdown, DGB also had perhaps the worst mistake of the season as well. Mariota hit DGB right in the hands on a comeback route in the first half, that hit right off of his hands into the hands of a Jacksonville defender for an interception. It was a tough luck break for Mariota, as he could not have placed the ball much better than where he put it. As noted, DGB made up for his mistake throughout the game, finishing with 119 yards while hauling in five catches, including a 47-yard touchdown. The Titans are hoping that there is more of this to come from the young rookies who have both been playing better and better as the season progresses. Green-Beckham has the highest ceiling of any receiver on the Titans roster, so we should see plenty more of him as the season progresses. DGB is just 17% owned in ESPN leagues and a very cheap option in DFS leagues as well. He faces a tough matchup this week, however, as the Titans travel to face the Jets at Metlife Stadium.
BUY – Javorius Allen – RB – Baltimore Ravens
Since taking over as the starter in Baltimore, Allen has had three straight games of double-digit fantasy points, including an outburst in week 13 against the Dolphins. Allen had a whopping 12 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown to go along with 17 carries. With Matt Schaub at QB for the Ravens, Allen will likely be targeted often throughout each game as his check down target. He hasn’t been able to show that he can produce much as a runner, and teams will likely defend the Ravens to make Matt Schaub beat them, but Allen has the ability to produce both on the ground and through the air. It has been a tough year for everyone in Baltimore, but Buck Allen has a chance to be one of the lone bright spots on the team this season. The Ravens will face four teams that are in the playoff hunt for their final four games, which will not make things easy for him down the stretch. However, anytime a player is the starting running back for a team with limited playmakers such as the Ravens right now, he has a chance to make an impact in fantasy terms.
SELL – Ted Ginn Jr. – WR – Carolina Panthers
Ted Ginn Jr. had a terrific game on Sunday, but who didn’t on the Panthers offensive side of the ball? Nevertheless, Ginn Jr. finished with five catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers win over the Saints. There is no doubt that Ginn Jr. has found a home in Carolina and settled in nicely, but he has not been able to find enough consistency as a receiver to make an impact moving forward. The Panthers have just four more games to go if they want to finish the regular season undefeated, and they are going to need impact from secondary players like Ginn Jr. and Devin Funchess. There may be more from TGJ in the next four games, but there are certainly better options elsewhere that will provide much more consistency. However, there is always the chance that Ginn Jr. will provide a touchdown from special teams, but there are still much better options, especially in standard scoring leagues.
BUY – Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB – New York Jets
Even though he has played for a new team just about every year, Fitzpatrick has somehow found himself as the starter each year. Fitzpatrick threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Giants, and he faces one of his former teams in a favorable matchup in week 14 when the Tennessee Titans come to town. The Jets are still right in the thick of things in the AFC playoff picture, and they are going to need to win their games against the Titans and the Cowboys before they finish the season with the Patriots and the Bills. The only game this season where Fitzpatrick did not throw a touchdown was week eight against the Raiders when he was injured and finished with just 46 passing yards for the day. He is more than reliable as a fill in quarterback if you are still looking for a Peyton Manning replacement, or possibly if your quarterback has a tough matchup this week.
SELL – Darren Sproles – RB – Philadelphia Eagles
It’s a shame that Sproles is so far down on the Eagles depth chart because of his ability as a third down back as a pass catcher. However, for whatever reason, the Eagles decided to give Sproles 15 carries against the defending world champion Patriots, totaling 66 yards on the ground. He added 34 yards on four catches and had a special teams touchdown as well. Sproles has proven over the years that, if you consistently give him the ball, he can make plays happen. There may not be a more explosive player in the NFL with the ball in his hands than Darren Sproles. If the Eagles continue to give him anywhere between 15-20 touches per game, he would be a must start each and every week. However, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to predicting what his role will be moving forward.