A brief peek back at what went right and what went wrong in Week 14:
Dez Jackson predictably ran wild against TCU to the tune of 118 yards and a TD, easily smashing value at his miniscule price point. Fellow Value RB Bijan Robinson went absolutely nuclear against Kansas State, amassing 223 yards and 3 TDs on just 12 touches. Kyle Pitts was great as usual with 7 catches for 128 yards, but couldn’t get into the endzone to have a truly great fantasy game. Rhamondre Stevenson, while not excellent, was similarly acceptable with 98 yards and a TD.
Despite his Chanticleers pulling off the win over BYU, Gayson McCall was not impressive, putting up just 8.2 fantasy points. My Value QB did indeed get his first career start, and while Harrison Bailey performed admirably in showing future potential and leading the Vols to a TD, he sat much of the game, only managing to earn 6.54 fantasy points. Value WR Cade Otton did not continue his brilliant run, finishing with just 46 yards as his Huskies lost at home to Stanford. I also suggested Spencer Sanders could be a strong play, which as an emotional hedge and reverse jinx was quite effective, but was objectively poor fantasy advice
Let’s look forward to the best plays for Week 15:
Reminder: your Main Slate roster will include 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, and a Super Flex (any offensive player, including QB). Even with all the preemptive cancellations, the Main Slate this week features 14 strong games, which will give opportunity for varied lineups. As Florida and Alabama are both huge favorites in with the highest totals on the slate, you probably want to fit as many of those players into your lineups as you can. However, maybe you think they’ll both rest easy before their shown next week in the SEC Championship and you’re looking for other options. I’ll highlight my favorites from the slate, excluding the Gator and Crimson Tide players.
Brennan Armstrong ($10,200): Virginia (+3) vs. Virginia Tech, O/U 63 – I tried touting Armstrong previously, but his game against FSU got canceled, hopefully we’ll get a chance to see him perform in this one. Armstrong is essentially the entire Cavaliers’ offense – getting the job done with his legs and through the air. His worst fantasy game this season where he played a full game was against Miami where he still put up 22.74 fantasy points. His floor is incredibly high due to his usage in the run game, while also having a high ceiling in a game as a short underdog with a high total. There are flashier names on the slate, but as a likely low-owned pivot, Armstrong could catapult your lineup with a big day.
JT Daniels ($7,600): Georgia (-13.5) vs. Missouri, O/U 54.5 – I am going back to the JT Daniels well - last time I touted him in his first start as a Bulldog and he went crazy for 400+ yards and 4 TDs. He didn’t have to do anything in a cruising win over South Carolina his last time out, but should be back to putting up big numbers. Despite a solid record, Mizzou trots out a defense ranked 103 overall in EPA/play, and that’s even with a shutout vs. lowly Vandy. Daniels and the UGA offense should have plenty of opportunity to succeed and pay off a reasonable price tag.
Demetric Felton ($9,500): UCLA (+2.5) vs. USC, O/U 62 – While Felton isn’t exactly the sole ball-carrier for the Bruins, especially with Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s return at QB, but he has mostly excelled when given the opportunity. Even nursing an injury last week against Arizona State, he still got 10 carries and scored a TD. The USC defense has been quite strong this season, but their vulnerability has been to a strong running game. If Felton is fully healthy and unleashed vs. the Trojans, expect a big day.
Christian Beal-Smith ($6,800): Wake Forest (+1) vs. Louisville, O/U 63 – When the opt-outs close one door, they open a window. The Deacons’ primary RB all season has been Kenneth Walker III, but he opted out for the remainder of this season, so now CBS will get primary billing in the backfield. He’s been very solid in support duty behind Walker all season, but now Beal-Smith should thrive when given the full bell-cow workshare.
Dyami Brown ($8,600): North Carolina (+3) vs. Miami, O/U 68 – This is the spot that’s most difficult to avoid Bama and Florida players – DeVonta Smith, Kyle Pitts, and Kadarius Toney have been some of the most exciting players this season. Setting them aside, we look to a game with a massive total, a duel of star QBs and minimal competition for targets. Dazz Newsome has continued to perform at a high level as well, but Brown remains QB Sam Howell’s favorite target. It’s possible the star Tar Heel RBs score all the TDs in this one, but think in a shootout, Brown should get plenty of action.
Kayshon Boutte ($6,400): LSU (+23) vs. Florida, O/U 68.5 – I actually really like many of the players in the range from $6,200 (UGA’s Jermaine Burton) to $6,800 (Auburn’s Anthony Schwartz), there are many interesting combinations and opportunities for upside. I’m choosing Boutte over those as the 5-star true freshman will get another opportunity to take center stage against a top opponent. Last week he had 8 catches for 111 yards against Alabama and now gets to take on a significantly worse Florida defense. With fellow Tiger WR Racey McMath already ruled out with an injury and superstar Terrace Marshall opted out to the NFL Draft, Boutte will be the top target. And although LSU looks to be turning to fellow true freshman Max Johnson at QB this week, I’m looking for them to develop an early connection as the Tigers attempt to keep pace with the high-scoring Gators.
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