NFL fantasy football: New players available to target in Week 14 – The Charlotte Observer

If you’re perhaps starting your league’s playoff match-ups this week you may have a set lineup, but if needed there are players to consider here to boost your lineup (or potentially block your opponent from adding improvements to their lineup).

▪ Matt Breida (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 14 leaving Jeff Wilson (San Francisco) in-store for another big workload after a 134-yard game last week along with eight receptions.

▪ Likewise, James Conner (ankle) has also been ruled out in Week 14 though his workload is likely to be split between Jaylen Samuels (Pittsburgh) and Stevan Ridley (Pittsburgh). Both could be used this week against an Oakland defense that has allowed 190 yards rushing per game over its past three games (NFL high) though Samuels has the higher upside.

▪ Justin Jackson (LA Chargers) will again get a share of the Chargers’ backfield with Melvin Gordon (knee) likely out. Jackson has averaged 8.0 yards per carry over the past two weeks.

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▪ With the season-ending injury to tight end Greg Olsen, Ian Thomas (Carolina) will start going forward. The rookie contributed five receptions last week after moving into the starting lineup.

▪ Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) is out for the season and his role will be filled by DaeSean Hamilton (Denver). Hamilton left college as Penn State’s all-time leading receiver.

Other Play ’Em

▪ It’s on the road cross-country, but keep your Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) and your Steelers in the lineup against an Oakland defense allowing 30.6 points per game (second-most).

▪ Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) could be in store for an emotional boost (and much-needed fantasy bump) with Mike McCarthy fired as head coach while Atlanta

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