Welcome to bold predictions for Week 14 of fantasy football! Let’s get to it.
1.) Cam Newton is a top 7 QB this week.
Justification: This is not how Cam assumed his return to Carolina would look like. 3 TDs, 2 INTs and a grand total of 289 yards across three games. Well, he gets Atlanta who has been generous to opposing QBs and the last time Cam faced the Falcons as part of the Panthers he had 335 yards and 3 TDs. It was a while back but I think he can catch quasi-lightning in a bottle.
2.) Mike Evans falls outside the top 15 WRs.
Justification: Mike has a tendency to be up and down. He has three weeks this year with under 30 yards receiving but he also has three games this year with multiple TDs. Buffalo is one of the toughest secondaries and I think there’s a chance of a low reception total coming his way.
3.) Evan Engram (31% rostered) is a top 10 TE this week.
Justification: Engram has a combined 15 targets and nine receptions for a total 110 yards over the last three games combined. He is getting the targets and yards, but what he’s missing are the TDs and that’s where his opponent (the Chargers) could help. Los Angeles has allowed a combined five receiving TDs from opposing tight ends across the last four games.
4.) James Conner is a top 10 RB this week.
Justification: I know Chase Edmonds is back and the Rams have a strong rush defense, but only one RB had multiple rush TDs against the Rams this season: James Conner. It’s unlikely to see lightning strike twice, but Conner also has four games this season with multiple TDs. And while he was finally stopped a bit at goal line against the Bears last week, I think we see at least 1 TD from him this week.
5.) Seattle @ Houston over/under is 40.5, give me the over at 43
Justification: Seattle since Russell’s return – 0 points, 13 points, 15 points, 30 points. He’s now healthy and firing on all cylinders. Houston’s last three home games: 0 points, 14 points and 22 points. I see Houston only scoring about 14 here, but Seattle should lay it on thick.