It’s Week 14 of the NFL season, which means that this is likely the first week of your league’s playoff. If not, then this is the last week of your regular season. If you are still reading this article, you’ve had a successful season. Congratulations! Now, let’s get on with the final issue of this article.
Last week I told you to pick up Taylor Gabriel and although he only had 44 yards and no touchdowns, he saw an increase in targets, which is a good sign for the future. Marquess Wilson saw just one target, and he did not catch it. Dion Lewis didn’t do much better, gaining just 38 yards. In other bad-week news, Vernon davis had just 47 receiving yards. Rounding out my worst week of the season was Tyreek Hill, who had 53 yards. I told you to avoid Tavon Austin, and he sat out with an injury. Jerick McKinnon ran for 41 yards and caught a touchdown, outperforming his projections. Call it 0.5/7 for last week. On this, the final week of Malmin’s fantasy finds, I will do better.
Taylor Gabriel (Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons): I still believe in Gabriel. Though last week he didn’t match his previous week’s production, he was close. In fact, he was half a yard short of a touchdown, which would have been his sixth in as many weeks. He saw an increase in targets, and with Julio Jones a little banged up, he should get back to producing next week.
Malcolm Mitchell (Wide Receiver – New England Patriots): Mitchell has caught 17 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in the last three weeks, and with Gronk out the rest of the year he will only see more targets. The only downside is he plays for Tom Brady, who has no favorite targets and will throw to a new guy every week.
Mike Gillislee (Running Back – Buffalo Bills): Gillislee poached two touchdowns from starter LeSean McCoy and added 49 rushing yards. These touchdowns probably won’t happen again, but he is seeing an increase in touches and has upside if McCoy goes down.
Alshon Jeffery (Wide Receiver – Chicago Bears): Chances are his owner dropped him in your league following his suspension and although he won’t be back until next week, he should certainly be picked up if you are in the playoffs. Alshon is extremely talented and he will have fresh legs, a dangerous mix for any defense he will face.
Dontrelle Inman (Wide Receiver – San Diego Chargers): Inman didn’t have as good of a week in Week 13 as he did the week before, but he still had 49 yards and a touchdown. With San Diego’s playoff chances now below one percent, the Chargers will likely try to get the ball around to more guys, something Inman will benefit from.
Derrick Henry (Running Back – Tennessee Titans): Like Gillislee, Henry is currently a number two back behind a starter whose job is not in question. However, he is seeing an increase in touches, and one of those will eventually find him in the endzone. DeMarco Murray has seen a lot of work this season and it wouldn’t surprise me if he loses some carries to Henry.