4 Star Free Agents - Week 14
No Byes this week.

 
Quarterbacks:

 
Alex Smith (KCC) Smith had a rare turnover last week, and I point that out first because he doesn't do that very often.... meaning chances are low it happens two weeks in a row. I'm not sure if that's sound logic, but it sounds good right? In all seriousness, the Chiefs have a chance to tie the Raiders for the division lead this week and the Raiders are not a bad matchup for him. ESPN 27% Yahoo 27% NFL 22%

 
Joe Flacco (BAL) A holdover from last week, his availability makes him a solid pickup. His WR corps delivers week after week, and it can honestly be said the Ravens are one of the few teams that aren't intimidated by the Patriots. The Ravens dearly need this game to continue their playoff push, so even if a victory doesn't happen you know for sure they'll be giving it their all. ESPN 28% Yahoo 23% NFL 18%

 
Running Backs:

 
Mike Gillislee (BUF) While he most likely won't swipe two touchdowns from McCoy again, having a piece of the NFL's #1 rushing attack this time of year is not a bad thing. Keep in mind he got those touchdowns because he's the guy they use in close to spell McCoy. There is definite upside here: touchdowns in 3 of the last 4 games demonstrates that. ESPN 25% Yahoo 23% NFL 8%

 
Dion Lewis/James White (NEP)  A rare double-single entry. Blount is the power back no doubt. But in PPR leagues, these guys are available pretty handily and if either one is out there in a PPR league are worth a pickup for this week moving forward. ESPN 52% Yahoo 50% NFL 30%

 
Kenneth Dixon (BAL) His has a consistency that can certainly be handy right now: at least 77 total yards in his last 3 games. He has yet to find the end zone this year, which begs the question: is he someone who will struggle to find it in his career, or is he due? In any event I like that Flacco and the wideouts will give him room to work this week because they have to be respected. ESPN 48% Yahoo 46% NFL 15%

 
Wide Receivers:

 
Anquon Boldin (DET) He is a bit of hit and miss lately, but against the Bears at home this week I think he's a solid choice. The Lions are turning into a legitimate team this season very quietly, and although recently Boldin hasn't been that productive, he was essential earlier this year. If they are to continue their playoff push (weird to say about the Lions, right?) then he'll need to get back on track, and this is where it begins. ESPN 38% Yahoo 35% NFL 15%

 
Will Fuller (HOU) Yes, Osweiler has destroyed the promise of Hopkins' 2016 season. But be that as it may, the fact that Fuller was out for a while allowed defenses to key on him. Fuller is FAST and was pretty widely drafted then dropped after his injury. I like him for a late season resurgence as they work him towards a 2017 campaign. ESPN 45% Yahoo 43% NFL 32%

 
Adam Thielen (MIN) Another “Out of Nowhere” candidate for 2016: over the last 4 games he has 2 touchdowns and over 50 yards in his last 3. The Vikings have hit a bit of a skid, but he's been putting up some WR3 numbers the past month despite that. ESPN 16% Yahoo 16% NFL 2%

 
Tight Ends:

 
Cameron Brate (TBB) After catching some attention earlier this season, he was a non factor through much of the middle weeks bu has emerged now as a solid option. The Bucs are clearly surging, and he now has 4 TDs in the last 6 games. Winston is clearly looking his way, and he is delivering. A matchup against the Saints this week is an added bonus here as well. ESPN 50% Yahoo 54% NFL 29%

 
Defense:

 
Cincinnati “Streaming” is one of the newer fantasy terms to emerge in the last year or so. Here's one I've been using for a while: chasing. Many of my D/ST picks this season have been chasing the Cleveland Browns. And we're doing it again this week. There's no reason to think this isn't a great match up in the Battle for Ohio. The Browns are an absolute dumpster fire on offense, and this week will be no different. And if RG3 returns, that's just better in my opinion. ESPN 50% Yahoo 33% NFL 50%

 

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