Rob Sullivan | Dec 7, 2018 | 0
Week 14 Duds, Matthew Stafford, Spencer Ware
Matthew Stafford at ARI
It feels like it has been the year from hell for Matthew Stafford, and he’s lived through 0 and 1 win seasons with Detroit. Their offense has suffered a number of injuries throughout the season and traded arguably their best wide receiver in Golden Tate. Star quarterbacks are supposed to overcome those types of adversity but Stafford has done anything but. He’s currently the QB20 and is averaging just 14.3 FP/G. It’s inexplicable that he’s still owned in 66% of Yahoo leagues at this point. It should be obvious that you cannot start him the rest of the way but the name value has kept him afloat. The Lions are heading to the desert this weekend for a showdown of bottom feeders against the Cardinals. Arizona, however, allows the 2nd fewest FP/G to quarterbacks this season. They even managed to hold Aaron Rodgers to 15.3 fantasy points in Lambeau last week. Don’t let the record fool you. Sit, or even better, drop Matthew Stafford.
Spencer Ware vs. BAL
Dynasty owners of Spencer Ware received an early Christmas present when the Chiefs cut Kareem Hunt last Friday. It’s a horrible story and certainly not a laughing matter but it had monumental fantasy implications. Hunt owners in playoff contention have been scrambling to acquire replacements and Ware owners have been able to capitalize with massive bounties for the Chiefs backup running back. It no doubt seemed prudent at the time, but is Ware really worth it? He bailed you out last week with a touchdown but he was not good in that game against Oakland. He finished the game with 14 carries for 47 yards and 1 reception for 5 yards. That’s a far cry from replacing what Kareem Hunt was doing in the offense. The Baltimore Ravens are coming to town this week, who boast the third best run defense in the league. If Ware was that ineffective against the Raiders I don’t feel good about his chances against the Ravens. Hopefully, you were able to snag Jaylen Samuels or Jeff Wilson Jr. off the wire because the Chiefs seem likely to spread the backfield touches around, rendering Spencer Ware a low-end RB2 or worse if he doesn’t reach pay dirt.
Adam Thielen at SEA
Everybody loves a breakout story and I’m particularly fond of this one as a Vikings fan. I was exceedingly skeptical of Thielen’s production last season and overlooked him in every draft as result. He’s currently the WR1 in PPR formats so that hasn’t worked out too well for me but he’s subtly trending downwards. Since Thielen’s historic run of eight straight 100-yard games, he’s recorded just one. In two of the last four games, he’s finished with less than 30 yards receiving but bailed owners out with a touchdown in both those contests. The targets have still been there so I could be overreacting but the average depth of target is shrinking and the offense has been less than stellar. Seattle is a very difficult place to play and they are on a roll right now. I think they slow Minnesota down once again and Thielen finishes with less than 10 fantasy points for the first time this season.
Alshon Jeffery at DAL
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The defending Super Bowl champs have suffered a nasty hangover in 2018 and a date with Dallas on the road is not what the doctor ordered. The Cowboys shocked the world by shutting down one of the best offenses in the league last Thursday night in the Saints. That means they will be coming off 10 days of rest as opposed to a short week for the Eagles, who played the Redskins Monday night. In a matter of just a few weeks, Dallas has appeared to have ascended from a middle of the road unit to a defensive juggernaut. They held a league MVP candidate to 127 yards passing last week and the Saints have a much better supporting cast than the Eagles. Alshon Jeffery has been sluggish for most of the season, failing to eclipse the 50-yard mark in his last five games. I don’t think he gets off the schneid in this one either. As I previously mentioned with Stafford, don’t let the name value fool you. Jeffery is a flex option at best this week.