Team of the Week
QB: Trevor Lawrence, JAX
Despite being questionable during the week with a toe injury, Lawrence was phenomenal in a huge win over the Titans—throwing for 368 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for another short score. There is definite midrange QB1 potential for Lawrence in the fantasy playoffs, including for a possible shootout versus Dallas in Week 15.
RB: Jerick McKinnon, KC
The receiving production for McKinnon (7/112/2) fueled the Kansas City offense yesterday, and the 28.9 fantasy points were easily a season-high for the veteran. For those looking ahead to the fantasy championship in Week 17, McKinnon will get a chance for a repeat performance by facing Denver again.
RB: Christian McCaffrey, SF
McCaffrey wasn’t far behind McKinnon with 28.3 fantasy points in 0.5 PPR leagues—and it could have been a bigger day if he wasn’t rested to close out the game. Overall, McCaffrey rushed 14 times for 119 yards and a touchdown while also hauling in two passes for 34 yards and another score.
WR: Jerry Jeudy, DEN
No Courtland Sutton (hamstring) opened the door for Jeudy to be the clear No. 1 target for Russell Wilson—and he took full advantage by catching eight-of-nine targets for 73 yards and three touchdowns (the last of which came from Brett Rypien). The former first-rounder should see a boost in the rankings next week against Arizona.
WR: Justin Jefferson, MIN
Jefferson was contained in the first matchup versus Detroit with 14 scoreless yards—but that certainly wasn’t the case on Sunday as he caught 11 passes for a career-high 223 yards. Now up to exactly 1,500 yards on the season, Jefferson will get a chance to extend his lead over Tyreek Hill (1,460) this Saturday against Indy.
TE: Evan Engram, JAX
A short score last week ended the cold streak for Engram, and he took things to another stratosphere in Week 14 by catching 11 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win over Tennessee. Pure athletic talent has never been the question for him, so Engram can stay hot the rest of the way with the trust he how has from Trevor Lawrence.
FLEX: Miles Sanders, PHI
It’s crazy that Sanders essentially told fantasy owners not to draft him over the summer because of Philadelphia using a committee, but that hasn’t really been the case—with a 144-yard, two-touchdown day boosting the Penn State product over 1,000 rushing yards and double-digit scores on the season. In a contact year, Sanders gets another dream matchup next week in Chicago.
Kansas City didn’t play great defensively by allowing 320 yards and 28 points to a previously struggling Denver offense, but the sacks (six) and a pick-six by Willie Gay gave them 15.0 fantasy points to lead the position. They’ll arguably be the top unit of Week 15 for a trip to face Houston.
K: Ka’imi Fairbairn, HOU
Kicker was somewhat upside-down last week, and Fairbairn’s 16.0 fantasy points—in a tough spot versus Dallas—led all scorers while being followed by Riley Patterson and Eddy Pineiro with 13.0 fantasy points each.
Surprise of the Week: Russell Wilson
Wilson could have had an even bigger day if he wasn’t forced to leave with a concussion, but he had 25.58 fantasy points thanks to 247 yards and three touchdowns through the air (one interception) and four carries for 57 yards on the ground. Prior to the performance, Wilson hadn’t scored 15.0+ fantasy points since Week 4, and he did it without Courtland Sutton in the lineup.
Disappointment of the Week: Tee Higgins
As is usually the case, there were a ton of disappointments—but it’s tough to top a star wideout not even recorded a stat because of an early injury, which is what happened to Higgins (hamstring). Fantasy owners could now be in a difficult spot with three games on Saturday and Cincinnati not kicking off until the late-afternoon window next Sunday.
Rookie of the Week: Brock Purdy
Jameson Williams deserves an honorable mention for scoring his first career touchdown, but Purdy was sensational in a win over the Buccaneers—completing 16-of-21 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns while also adding a rushing touchdown. Not having Deebo Samuel (ankle) until perhaps the postseason will limit the upside of Purdy and the San Francisco offense, but he’ll be worth considering as a QB2 option against Seattle on Thursday night to kick off the fantasy playoffs.
Week 14 MVP: Evan Engram
The MVP decision came down to Engram (33.7 fantasy points) or his quarterback Trevor Lawrence (33.42 fantasy points), but the overall struggles at tight end gives the edge to the pass-catcher because of how much of a difference he made for those who played him at a frustrating position. As stated, the Jags could have a shootout on deck versus Dallas, and Engram will be worth considering as a TE1 option.