The arrival of Week 14 marks the beginning of the playoffs in most fantasy football leagues. Congratulations to those owners who qualified.

But the advice being doled out here isn’t just for fantasy players looking for an elusive championship. Dynasty or keeper leagues increasingly stage consolation playoff brackets to prevent owners from tanking in an effort to improve their draft position for next season.

Either way, for those with games this week, I’m here to help.

We’ve combed the far reaches of the Internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice. Below you’ll find easily digestible nuggets addressing some of the critical situations fantasy owners will face from week to week.

Dig in. And dominate.


Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles: Philadelphia’s season is hanging in the balance after failing to beat Miami in Week 13. The Eagles get the Giants in Week 14. New York’s secondary has been extremely generous to opposing wideouts, especially those who line up in the slot. Agholor is owned in 10 percent of ESPN leagues. Agholor missed Thursday’s practice with a knee injury. This is a tough development for anyone considering using him since the Eagles play on Monday night so the hope is he sees some practice time on Saturday.

Patrick Laird, RB, Dolphins: The Miami offense has been much better since Week 8. The backfield has been a mess most of the year and last weekend’s starter, Kalen Ballage, is now on injured reserve with a leg injury. Laird figures to get a decent amount of touches this week and beyond. Laird was more of a pass-catcher in college, but given the team’s depth issues, he should see a fair amount of carries. The Dolphins’ opponent in Week 14 is the Jets. New York has been decent against the run, but has allowed 10 rushing touchdowns. For owners in a pinch, Laird could provide a solution. He’s owned in 1 percent of ESPN leagues.

Auden Tate, WR, Bengals: Tate has received fewer than six targets in just one game since Week 3. A neck injury forced him out early in Week 11 and limited his production in Week 12. Tate responded with four receptions for 66 yards last weekend. In Week 14, Cincinnati visits Cleveland, which has been pretty good in pass defense since having some issues at the outset of the season. Still, even a sluggish Bengals offense should be able to move the ball at times. Tate has just one touchdown all season; the hunch here is he’s due for another. At best, Tate is a flex consideration. He’s owned in 16.5 percent of ESPN leagues.

Fringe Starters

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins: Parker entered the league with a lot of promise, but has usually fell short of said promise. Until this year. Despite all the losing in Miami, Parker has made his presence felt in fantasy. After several games of double-digit targets, Parker shows no signs of regressing in the upcoming weeks. Parker hauled in four catches for 57 yards and a TD in the first meeting with Sunday’s opponent, the Jets. Start him with confidence.

James Washington, WR, Steelers: While Washington is still widely available (owned in just 23.5 percent of ESPN leagues), we’ve bumped him up from sleeper status given that he’s reached 69 yards or more in four of five contests while scoring three touchdowns. While Pittsburgh’s offense has been a flicker of its former self, Washington has to get some consideration facing a vulnerable Arizona secondary. Washington does rely on the big play, but he has a good chance to deliver again this weekend.

Injury Decisions

James Conner, RB, Steelers: Conner will sit out for a third straight week with a shoulder injury. His primary replacement, Benny Snell, should be at least a flex consideration for lineups. Arizona has simply been too generous to opposing offenses.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings: A chest injury forced Cook to leave Monday night’s game early. But everything appears all and well for Week 14. It’s a great matchup at home vs. the Lions. On the more cautious side, should Minnesota jump out to a comfortable lead, the Vikings could rest the running back. Cook owners obviously can’t go away from him if he’s active, but it might be good to temper expectations. For Cook owners who are nervous about his status, pick up his backup Alexander Mattison.

Derrick Henry, RB, Titans: Tennessee listed Henry with a hamstring injury in Week 13, then he proceeded to carry the ball a season-high 26 times. He was limited in Wednesday’s practice, but all signs points to another productive outing vs. the Raiders in Week 14.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Hilton will miss Week 14 with the calf injury that has sidelined him for weeks.

Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons: Hooper has been out a few weeks after spraining his medial collateral ligament. He is set to return after practicing all week. His owners will love to have him back for what shapes up as an appealing matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders: The rookie tailback was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable. He has apparently been playing with a fractured shoulder; he’s looking like a game-time decision in Week 14.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Jones (shoulder) missed Week 13 but is set to play in Week 14.

Marlon Mack, RB, Colts: Mack is set to return in Week 14 in a road game at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers own the league’s top run defense. It’s obviously not a great matchup, but to suggest Mack is not an RB2/flex play is probably too strong. If you have better options, certainly consider them.

Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers: Pittsburgh’s top wideout was dealing with a concussion and a knee injury. He has been cleared on the concussion, but is being held out as his knee continues to limit his mobility.

Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings: Minnesota hasn’t had Thielen on the field since Nov. 3 as he battles a hamstring injury. Thielen didn’t practice this week so owners that have been getting by without him should continue to seek alternatives.

Damien Williams, RB, Chiefs: Williams has been ruled out as he is dealing with a rib injury. LeSean McCoy stands to inherit the touches in the backfield in a not-so-great matchup against the stalwart New England defense.

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