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Full disclosure from week 13
Let’s take a quick look at the players we called out last week to see how they performed to keep us honest. In Week 13 we got blown out with only 2 of our 5 our over-valued players right. We are now at 43 out of 60 on the year so far.
Charcandrick West ($6,700) – 5.4 FDP
West was part of a timeshare and saw the goal line carries being given to Ware. He played roughly 70% of the snaps but wasn’t able to do much with what he was given.
Jeremy Hill ($6,600)
Hill looked great in his third consecutive good week and is now firmly on the RB2 radar. Ankle woes that looked to have played up the previous week were a non factor.
Martellus Bennett ($5,200) – 2.9 FDP
Bennett saw only 4 targets and was unable to do much with them. He reinjured his ribs in the 3rd quarter and was placed on IR on Tuesday.
Danny Amendola ($6,700) – 17.14 FDP
We’ve seen a lot from Amendola over the years. Spectacular catches, great touchdowns and of course the never ending litany of injuries. What we have not seen is Amendola the quarterback which is what we got to see this last Sunday. He looks rejuvenated with Edelman out of the lineup and has taken on the role of target hog and gadget guy just in time to help you out with season long fantasy playoffs looming. He looked healthy and soaked up targets in Gronk’s first game out since 2013
Frank Gore ($6,200) – 16.9 FDP
After being described as “beat to hell” by Colts owner Jim Irsay last week, Gore responded by turning in 94 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
Questionable players for week 14
This is the second week in a row where we don’t have any notable injuries to top tier players. What you’re seeing now is known as “survivor bias”. Those who have made it this far in the season have “survived” and their outlook for the rest of the season is pretty good.
Larry Fitzgerald ($7,200)
There isn’t any mention of what is bothering Fitz but he is listed as questionable. He has cooled off considerably since his scorching hot start to the year. The last time he found paydirt was week 8 and he has been held under 100 yards since week 9. Jonathan Bales did some interesting research last year that pointed to older players cooling off as the season progresses and this could be what we are seeing here.
Steve Johnson ($5,800)
Johnson has put together some solid performances of late but had to leave without a catch on Sunday against the Bronco’s after suffering a groin injury of unspecified severity. It would not be surprising if he is ruled out this week at some point but even if he plays look elsewhere for production on the Chargers.
Tyler Eifert ($6,300)
There is a very good chance he does not play this week but if he does it may be for decoy purposes only. Originally said to be suffering from a “stinger” he missed last week’s game (red flag – stingers usually last for a very quick period of time) and was sent for an MRI on Monday (another red flag indicating some other concerns).
Matt Hasselbeck ($6,600)
Hasselbeck has played well enough in the last few weeks stepping in for Andrew Luck to be seen as a reasonably good start against a less than so-so Jaguars defense. He was forced from last Sunday’s blowout loss to the Steelers with what is being called a “stiff, sore neck and mild rib separation”. I’m guessing that the only time refer to rib separation as “mild” is when it’s not you that you’re talking about. At 40 years old it is unlikely he will be able to shake it off in time to produce meaningful numbers on Sunday.
CJ Anderson ($5,900)
At this price it’s less about Anderson being over-valued and more about him having no value. This is what we have come to with this year’s premier first round bust in season long leagues. He has suffered from ankle injuries since week 1 and the latest one to take him out of last week’s tilt against the Chargers could mean that he misses time. Even if he plays you can do better at the position.