Scott Engel is in his 11th season as the official Fantasy Football writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and a 10-time nominee, including being a finalist for the 2020 FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year Award, which he won previously. Scott was the No. 1 most accurate fantasy football draft ranker at tight end and No. 6 at running back on fantasypros.com in 2021. You can find more of his fantasy football analysis at The Game Day including additional lineup and roster tips for fantasy football Week 9.
Scott was the No. 2 overall fantasy football accuracy ranker for Week 9 on fantasypros.com.
We have arrived at a very important point of the schedule for the Seahawks and fantasy football players. While the Seahawks look to build momentum off a stirring win over the Rams on the way to the NFC playoffs, the postseason will begin next week in many fantasy football leagues. In some leagues, the playoffs do begin in Week 14.
Whether this is the critical final week of your league's regular season or the first round of the playoffs, it is a stiff challenge to earn a win when six NFL teams are on a bye. The Bears, Falcons, Packers, Commanders, Colts and Saints are all off this week. We help you formulate the ideal lineup with top fantasy football waiver wire pickups and starting lineup choices from various player tiers. We open with a look at the Seahawks running back situation for fantasy purposes.
Add Travis Homer and Tony Jones Jr: As noted by John Boyle here on Seahawks.com, Kenneth Walker III and DeeJay Dallas, who suffered ankle injuries in Week 13, are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Carolina. Travis Homer has been able to practice in full after recovering from a knee injury and he has the potential to be a strong Fantasy flex play for Week 14.
Fantasy players who roster Walker should continue to check seahawks.com about the availability of the running backs as gameday approaches, while also following John on Twitter @johnpboyle for the latest updates. The fantasy contingency plan for now should be to roster both Homer and Jones while also monitoring updates on Dallas, too.
I will also provide continued fantasy tips on the situation on Twitter @scotteTheKing. Homer looked very good in the preseason when operating in an expanded role, running with good authority and much burst. His versatility was on display in the exhibition finale, when he totaled 77 scrimmage yards on six touches.
Jones stepped into a larger role in the Week 13 win over the Rams and played on 34 percent of the snaps. He has good size at 5-11, 224, and he may be useful in deeper leagues. Carolina ranks 21st in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to running backs.
Add James Cook: The rising rookie RB played on a season-high 43 percent of the snaps in Week 13, he led the Bills with 64 rushing yards on 14 attempts, and he caught all six of his targets for 41 yards. Cook is surfacing as a viable flex option just in time for the most important stretch of the fantasy season. He is a versatile performer who can be very efficient while working in one of the NFL's best offenses.
Add Cam Akers: The Rams running back is available in some leagues, and can also be started in Week 14 with so many teams on a bye. He has carried 25 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. Akers played on a season-high 72 percent of the snaps in Week 13 and it appears he may be settling back in as the featured ball carrier for Los Angeles.
Add Jordan Mason: He rushed for 51 yards on eight carries in Week 13, and the rookie seems to be the main complement to Christian McCaffrey. He is also an essential fantasy football insurance pickup for those who roster McCaffrey.
Start D'Andre Swift: He had his best game of the season since the opener in Week 13, totaling 111 yards from scrimmage with a rushing TD. The Vikings have allowed the most receiving yards to RBs among NFC teams, so Swift is a must-start now that he is showing his better form again.
Start Miles Sanders: The Eagles will meet the Giants in a key NFC East clash, and the matchup bodes well for Sanders. New York has allowed the most rushing yards among NFC teams over the past four weeks, while also allowing five rushing TDs during that span. Sanders is up to a career-high nine rushing TDs, with three over the past two games.
Start Isiah Pacheco: The rookie running back has emerged as the main fantasy RB option in the NFL's highest-ranked offense. Pacheco has rushed for TDs in each of his past two games and he is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. The Broncos rank 20th in rushing yards allowed to RBs and Pacheco can provide respectable fantasy production in Week 14.
Start Raheem Mostert: The Miami running backs had a tough matchup against the 49ers last week, but they can bounce back against the Chargers. Los Angeles ranks 30th in rushing yards allowed to running backs overall and has allowed the most rushing yards to the position over the past four weeks. Mostert and Wilson are both worthy of consideration as lineup streamers.
Add D.J. Chark: He had his best game in a Lions uniform in Week 13, catching five of his six targets for 98 yards. The Lions do their best work at home, where Jared Goff has thrown 17 of his 19 TD passes. Minnesota ranks 31st in FFPG allowed to WRs, so you can add Chark and start him this week if a WR or flex streamer is needed.
Add Michael Gallup: The Dallas WR finished with five receptions for 63 yards in Week 12, and he caught two TD passes in Week 13. Gallup appears to be getting back into the flow of the Dallas passing game as the Cowboys aim to finish strong while jostling for playoff positioning in the NFC.
Add Chase Claypool: He is now the No. 1 WR for the Bears, and should be stashed for WR depth for the fantasy playoffs. When the Bears return from their Week 14 bye, Claypool might start to provide satisfactory fantasy production as Justin Fields continues to look like an ascending standout.
Add Corey Davis: Davis finished with a season-high 85 receiving yards on five receptions as he was targeted 10 times in Week 13. Mike White has boosted the outlook of the Jets' passing game and Davis is back on the fantasy radar as a viable depth add at WR.
Start Zay Jones: Two weeks ago, Jones had a career-high 145 yards on eight receptions. He is a quality fill-in at WR or a flex spot in Week 14. The Titans allow the most FFPG to WRs and they have allowed a league-high 17 TD receptions to the position. Jones has been targeted 31 times in the past three games.
Start Isaiah McKenzie: We will be treated to frequent matchups between Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner and Stefon Diggs when the Bills face the Jets. Gabe Davis may also see a lot of former Seahawk D.J. Reed. McKenzie can make his mark out of the slot again this week. He is available as a free agent in some leagues and can be added and started in Week 14.
Start Mack Hollins: This is a nifty and deeper play, yet as we saw last week in the Seahawks' win over the Rams, Los Angeles' secondary can be vulnerable. Davante Adams will square off often against Jalen Ramsey in the featured WR/CB matchup, and Hollins can make some notable plays against the other Rams DBs. Los Angeles ranks 26th in FFPG allowed to WRs.
Start Jerry Jeudy: The Denver WR returned from an ankle injury in Week 13 and caught all four of his targets for 65 yards. In his last three games played when he was healthy, Jeudy has 17 receptions on 22 targets with a TD and a 93-yard outing. He can supply adequate fantasy production against the Chiefs, who rank 29th in FFPG allowed to WRs.
Quarterbacks And Tight Ends
Start Jared Goff: As previously indicated. Goff is a good fantasy starting option in games at Ford Field. Minnesota's pass defense ranks last in the league and Goff has 580 passing yards and four TD passes in his last two games, both at home.
Start Derek Carr: The Rams have allowed the second-most FFPG to QBs over the past four weeks, including 22.9 to Geno Smith last Sunday. He was the third-highest scoring QB in fantasy football in Week 13. Carr has passed for two-plus TDs in each of his past five games.
Add Tyler Huntley: Lamar Jackson (knee) is not expected to play in Week 14, and Huntley will get the start against the Steelers. Pittsburgh's pass defense ranks 28th in the NFL and Huntley has rushing upside, so he is a viable streamer, especially if you need to consider a replacement for Justin Fields (bye). He is good starting choice in leagues that require two starting QBs or feature a "superflex" lineup option, where you can start a second QB in an additional flex spot.
Start Hunter Henry: The Cardinals have been the best fantasy TE matchup for opponents throughout the season. They have allowed the most FFPG to TEs along with a league-high nine TD receptions to the position. Henry can be added from free agency in many leagues.
Start Foster Moreau: The Raiders TE has two TD receptions in his past four games. The Rams have allowed three TD receptions and the second-most FFPG to TEs over the past four weeks.
Add Greg Dulcich: He caught all eight of his targets for 85 yards last week, and Dulcich faces the Cardinals in Week 15 and the Rams in Week 16.
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