LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) = The first round of the fantasy playoffs is finished, and it was filled with big performances and ended with a ‘game of the year’ candidate as well. As usual, tons of rage filled the air as people were knocked out of the competition. However, those who came out victorious are pumped up for round two. Let’s check out Week 14’s big playmakers. Welcome back to Fantasy Football Leader Breakdown, where the top three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends will be analyzed and broken down from their latest matchup.
Quarterback #1 – Lamar Jackson = 34.92 Fantasy Points (STD)
What. A. Game. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had the best game his season on an unforgettable Monday Night Football victory over the Cleveland Browns, 47-42. The MVP went 11 for 17 passing for 163 yards and a touchdown during the nail-biting contest. Jackson also added 124 yards and two more scores off nine rushes. The 23-year-old likely advanced several teams to the second round of the playoffs, as he secured 34.92 fantasy points. The mobile quarterback will look to tack on more points as he takes on the Jaguars in Week 15, a team that has struggled to slow down opposing quarterbacks this season. Keep Lamar Jackson rolling!
Projected Points for Week 15 = 21.6
Lucas’ Projections = 24.9
Quarterback #2 – Aaron Rodgers = 30.9 Fantasy Points (STD)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the second-best fantasy quarterback in Week 14. The vet dominated once again, completing 26 of 33 passes for 290 yards, three passing touchdowns, and one rushing score in the 31-24 victory over the Lions. Rodgers got it done for his fantasy owners, providing 30 fantasy points in the first round of the fantasy playoffs. The QB now has an astounding 10 games this season with three or more touchdowns. Rodgers is on fire right now and will look to continue his hot streak in Week 15 as the Packers will host the Carolina Panthers in Week 15.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 22.2
Lucas’ Projections =27.5
Quarterback #3 – Baker Mayfield = 30.02 Fantasy Points (STD)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield makes it back on the fantasy leader list for the second time in a row. Mayfield had an outstanding game in the wild Monday night showdown. The QB completed 28 of 47 passes for 343 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the heartbreaking loss to the Ravens. Mayfield also added 23 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries in the contest. The QB had some downs this season when it came to fantasy value, but when there is proper weather and confidence injected in Mayfield’s mind, he will provide a decent fantasy point pile! Mayfield will look to stay hot for the third game in a row as he takes on the Giants in Week 15. The QB can be started with confidence.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 15.4
Lucas’ Projections = 14.9
Honorable Mention – Tua Tagovailoa = 27.04 Fantasy Points (STD)
Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looked strong in his matchup against the reigning Super Bowl champs. Tua was slinging the ball through the air all day long over the Chiefs defense and Tua fans were loving it. The QB completed 28 of 48 passing attempts for 316 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the 33-27 loss. Tagovailoa also added six rushing attempts for 24 yards and one touchdown on the ground. It was overall an impressive contest by the rookie despite the close loss. Take note that there are several offensive players injured on the Miami side, and this could hinder Tua’s performance for next week as they take on the New England Patriots.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 16.0
Lucas’ Projections = 10.4
Running back #1 – Derrick Henry = 34.2 Fantasy Points (STD)
Derrick Henry reminded why everyone should have drafted him early on. The Tennessee Titan went absolute wild in the first round of the fantasy playoffs. The RB rushed the ball 26 times for 215 yards and two touchdowns in his Week 14 win over the Jaguars. He also added two receptions for seven yards. Last week was a huge bust for Henry, but he bounced back in a huge way, likely leading his fantasy owners to the second round of the playoffs. In the matchup, the RB ripped off three rushes of more than 20 yards including a game-long 47 yarder and a 36-yard touchdown. The Titan looks crisp heading into his Week 15 matchup over the Detroit Lions. Fantasy owners should be salivating as Henry should have another huge day. Make sure to start him, obviously.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 21.7
Lucas’ Projections = 18.6
Running back #2 – Jonathan Taylor = 28.5 Fantasy Points (STD)
Indianapolis Colts rookie running back Jonathan Taylor had his best game of the season. Taylor had a career-high in rushing yards, putting up 150 on the day. The rook averaged 7.5 yards per carry and also picked up two touchdowns in the 44-27 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Taylor had two catches for 15 yards as well, which gave him 165 total yards on the day. The RB now has 331 rushing yards over his last three games. Taylor can be considered a league winner, as he is emerging as the main RB option for the Colts and is making the most of his opportunities. Taylor will take on the Houston Texans in Week 15, and he should be started as a RB2.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 14.5
Lucas’ Projections = 18.9
Running back #3 – Miles Sanders = 25.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
After having several disappointing fantasy performances, Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders had an outstanding performance in the upset victory over the Saints. Sanders scored two touchdowns and ran for over 100 yards in Week 14’s victory. As rookie quarterback, Jalen Hurts took over the starting position, a spark lit in the Eagles offense, creating big plays from all of the offense. Sanders ran the ball 14 times for 115 yards and added four catches for 21 yards on five targets. Fantasy managers were pleased with Sanders’ performance, especially from that 82-yard run for a touchdown in the first half of the game. Despite the poor fantasy performances beforehand, Sanders should be started as an RB1 next week against the Arizona Cardinals.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 13.0
Lucas’ Projections = 15.5
Wide receiver #1 – Tyreek Hill = 23.1 Fantasy Points (STD)
Oh, look! It’s Tyreek Hill on the leader list once again! No one is surprised. The Kansas City Chief remains hot as he provides another huge performance for his fantasy managers. Hill caught only three of his seven targets in the victory over Miami. However, those three catches turned into 79 yards and a touchdown in the Week 14 matchup. Something different, the WR also scored a rushing touchdown on his only carry of the day. Tyreek Hill remains to be one of the best receivers in the game and has now scored 16 touchdowns this season! Hill will look to have another big day as he will take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 14. This should be a great matchup.
Projected Points for Week 14 = 13.8
Lucas’ Projections = 18.9
Wide receiver #2 – T.Y. Hilton = 20.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton put together another solid fantasy performance against the Las Vegas Raiders. The vet WR caught five balls on seven targets for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Hilton now has 23 targets and 17 receptions over his last three contests. The Colt had a rough season when it came to fantasy value, but now is heating up for the fantasy playoffs. Hilton will look to stay hot as he will take on the Texans in Week 15. Last time he scored two touchdowns on them, so it would be a great idea to start the hot wide receiver.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 8.2
Lucas’ Projections = 15.8
Wide receiver #2 – K.J. Hamler = 20.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Tied for the second-best wide receiver in Week 14, is Denver Broncos rookie K.J Hamler. The rook had by far the best game of his first season in the NFL as he came up big with two touchdowns in the victory over the Panthers. Hamler might have caught only two balls, but those two receptions turned into 86 yards and two touchdowns in the 32-27 victory. The Penn State alum made the most of his opportunities and used his quickness to his advantage. Hamler and the Broncos will take on the Bills in a Saturday Week 15 matchup. It would be a high-risk high reward starting this young WR.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 5.8
Lucas’ Projections = 2.9
Tight end #1 – Travis Kelce = 19.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
It’s no surprise that Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce makes it to the leader list once again this season. Kelce can be considered a league winner with his consistency and huge point-piles in the tight end category. The tight end put together another massive performance in the 33-27 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Kelce went bananas, having one of his best fantasy impacts of the year. The tight end caught 10 targets for 136 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy managers are extremely pleased with Kelce’s performance and will hope for another big game when the Chiefs take on the Saints next week. Kelce will look to have another huge game for his fantasy owners.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 12.7
Lucas’ Projections = 16.5
Tight end #2 – Mike Gesicki = 18.5 Fantasy Points (STD)
Despite a nasty shoulder injury in the fourth quarter, Mike Gesicki had a massive game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Miami Dolphins tight end put together another solid outing, hauling in five of his six targets for 65 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. The tight end was quiet for several weeks, but it is clear to see that Tua Tagovailoa loves his tight ends. Gesicki has become a big red zone target, collecting three touchdowns over his last two games. If he can stay healthy, Gesicki remains a TE1 and should be started next week against the New England Patriots.
Projected Points for Week 15 = Questionable
Lucas’ Projections = Questionable
Tight end #3 – Irv Smith Jr. = 12.3 Fantasy Points (STD)
Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. had a decent game when it comes to the tight end category. Smith caught all four of his targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings 26-14 loss over the Buccaneers. The Vikings will take on the Bears next week, and Smith would be a decent streamer if tight end Kyle Rudolph is out.
Projected Points for Week 15 = 3.2
Lucas’ Projections = 6.0
After an action-packed Week 14 of fantasy football, it is time to get ready for the second round of the fantasy football playoffs. Good luck to all who advanced!