As part of our week 14 fantasy football analysis, we are looking at four players on the rise who should be considered in fantasy lineups in the next week or two.
Mike Davis – RB SEA
The Seahawks have not been able to find a consistent, week-in and week-out running back ever since Marshawn Lynch (temporarily) retired. Part of this is due to injuries to some promising young backs, and part of it is having their chosen backs under-perform.
Well the current back-du-jour is Mike Davis, who had a season-high 16 carries for the Seahawks last week. He was able to juice 64 yards out of those 16 carries, and he also added on 4 catches for 37 yards. This is the most committed the Seahawks have been to a single running back this year, and he is likely to get the majority of the carries again next week. Could be a good depth piece for the playoffs, and if his production continues, could be a great flex or solid RB2 in week 14 fantasy football lineups.
Aaron Rodgers – QB GB
Maybe the highest profile injury of the season, only really comparable to OBJ’s, was the broken collarbone for Aaron Rodgers. He has been out for two months, and he is finally getting back into practice. Rodgers can’t play this week, but there is a solid chance that he could play Week 15, which for many fantasy leagues is the first week of the playoffs. He shouldn’t have much detriment to his game, as he has had ample time to heal. Even coming off the lengthy sideline period, he is still probably a top 10 quarterback. He should be owned in all leagues, and everyone should consider dropping their worst flex player for Rodgers.
Josh Gordon – WR CLE
Josh Gordon has been one of the most interesting, and unfortunate, stories to follow in football over the last few years. It is a well known story that Gordon has been struggling with abuse violations for years, and he has not played football since 2015. The talent was always there, as he had one of the best rookie seasons for a wide receiver in NFL history. The question was whether he could make a comeback after not playing for so long.
Well so far, the answer looks like yes. He didn’t have a gigantic game in his first game back, but he was pretty solid, catching 4 passes for 85 yards. The amount of targets is the most impressive thing, as he had 11 targets for the Browns. If he keeps getting that many targets, it is only a matter of time before he brings up that efficiency and puts some touchdowns on the board.
Jameis Winston – QB TB
After dealing with a shoulder injury for the majority of the season, including missing 3 straight games, Winston was back in the lineup for the Buccaneers. Winston really needed the time off, as he was struggling in his previous games. In three of his last four games before getting sidelined, he averaged 113 yards, and he had two interceptions, a fumble, and no touchdowns. But in his first game back after the time off, he threw for 270, two touchdowns and no interceptions (although he did have a fumble). We don’t need evidence that Winston is good, he has already proven that in the past. But we did need proof that he was actually healthy, and he provided that. With a completely healthy wide receiver and tight end crew, this would be a good depth piece to pick up for teams looking towards the playoffs.
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