Yards Per Gretch: Week 14
Ben Gretch, Editor in Chief of Fantasy Insiders, takes an ultra-high resolution look at the upcoming NFL week. If you haven’t yet been introduced to Ben’s level of thinking, get ready for great takes loaded with analytical insight.
We’ve reached the part of the season where teams start to make decisions on player availability based on where they are headed. Teams going nowhere might see no need to rush back an injured player. They might start to play younger guys in favor of veterans. The Bucs showing no urgency to put a timetable on DeSean Jackson probably fits both.
Teams that are comfortably headed toward the playoffs may add reinforcements or weigh bringing injured stars back for the end of the regular season against having them healthy for a possible Super Bowl run. The Chiefs adding Kelvin Benjamin or how the Chargers and Steelers will handle Melvin Gordon and James Conner all come to mind.
Similar shuffling has led to a number of memorable fantasy football performances late in past seasons, as lesser-known names get a chance to shine in expanded roles for a brief spell in December. Here in 2018, it all seems to be coming to a head in Week 14, a 13-game slate marked by available touches in numerous offenses and plenty of value in DFS if you can identify where that opportunity will go.
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