Week 14: Start 'Em
The Bengals are doing everything they can to keep both of their running backs fresh and healthy for the stretch run and the playoffs, and due to this, Giovani Bernard has not had the breakout season some were hoping for. That being said, he is still on pace to finish with over 1100 total yards and nine total touchdowns, not too shabby for a guy splitting touches with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. This week Bernard and the Bengals face off against the fifth worst rush defense in the league, making this a really good time to start Bernard as either a flex or RB2.
It seems that everyone that follows the NFL knows that the Dolphins should have been using Lamar Miller more often this season, but for some reason the Dolphins coaching staff had a man crush on Daniel Thomas and refused to hand the reins to Miller. Nothing like an injury to change that and force the coaches' hands. Last week (in the first game with Thomas out), Miami handed the ball off to Miller a career 22 times. Unfortunately it only went for 72 yards. It should be noted that he did this against the best rush defense in the NFL, the NY Jets, who are only giving up a paltry 77 total rushing yards per game. With Thomas done for the season, look for the Dolphins to continue to feed Miller the ball. If you need help at RB2 or flex, don't hesitate to get Miller in the game
Bobby Rainey had a breakout game (in the first game after Mike James' injury) with 163 yards and two touchdowns. Since then he has been very quiet, putting up only 98 total yards in his last two games, but that likely had more to do with facing two of the better run defenses in the NFL than his ability to produce. This week Rainey should have a much easier time finding holes to run, as Tampa Bay hosts the Bills who have the ninth worst rush defense in the league. Rainey makes for a good flex start this week and if you are weak at RB2 he could be worth a look there as well
Kendall Wright has definitely flown under the radar this season. Barely anyone talks about him, especially if you aren't in a point per reception league and that is just a mistake. Over the first 12 games Wright has already caught 71 passes for 840 yards, but has only scored two touchdowns, which might be why some aren't so high on him. Again, a mistake. Wright has been the model of consistency so far this season. Since week 2 he has only caught less than five passes once, and only had less than 55 yards once. Wright has been a lock starter in PPR leagues for some time now, but now it is time for non PPR owners to take notice, dust him off and get him in your lineup this week as he faces a Denver Broncos defense giving up 284 yards per game through the air. Wright makes for a good WR or flex start in all leagues.
The Falcons were in a bad way with Roddy White already banged up and not playing like himself and then Julio Jones (who was playing out of this world) got injured and was lost for the season. Who would step up was the question? In the past, Harry Douglas had been given the chance. Unfortunately, he was never able to play at a consistent level. Despite the Falcons not winning many games, Douglas has stepped up and done his part in helping out the team. In the seven games since Jones went down with injury, Douglas has caught 50 passes for 687 yards and two touchdowns. Roddy might be back from injury and starting to look like his old self, but that hasn't slowed down Douglas. IF you need help at WR or flex this week, Douglas should definitely be in your lineup.