Week 14: Sleepers
Hartline now has four straight games with at least five receptions and 57 yards. In fact, over that stretch, his stat line has improved each week. The former Ohio State Buckeye is peaking at just the right time after collecting nine passes for 127 yards and a score last week. Hartline's matchup against Pittsburgh in Week 14 was a tough one on paper just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately for the Steelers, they can't stop the bleeding. Over their last five games, they've allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to WRs, seven WR TDs and five WRs have gone for at least 93 yards. There are injuries all across this defense, although most aren't that serious. Age must be catching up to certain Steelers' defenders. It also helps that Ryan Tannehill is coming off back-to-back games with at least 310 passing yards. Lots of positive signs here for Hartline.
Sometimes when making a lineup decision, it's not all about matchup, stats and figures. Bar and line graphs don't win fantasy football championships. Sometimes guys outperform the expectation. That's why they play the game, right? Miller is going up against San Francisco and their second-best fantasy defense against opposing TEs. In fact, the Niners have only given up one TE TD since Week 4 and to make matters worse, Miller was shut down against San Francisco back in Week 2. He only caught two passes for 22 yards in that contest. Here's where the gut feeling comes from though: Seattle is on a hot, buttered roll. Russell Wilson is banging on all cylinders. They're moving the pocket, getting guys in open spaces and Miller was the huge beneficary. He even snagged a 60-yard reception, the longest of his career. FFToolbox's projections don't have much faith in Miller this week, but they're playing the averages. They're trying to make the safe bet. I'm going by what I've seen on the field. If you watched the Seahawks dominate on Monday night, do you doubt anybody on that team?