Welcome back, fellow fantasy footballers! D-Swerve here and it’s week 14 of the fantasy season and most importantly, it’s week 1 of the fantasy playoffs in majority of leagues. Three weeks of the swerve report so far and we are a whopping six out of nine so far. This week with it being the start of the playoffs, we’re gonna go three out of three and get you guys into the second round. So without further ado let’s get into the week 14 swerve report.
Showing up first on this week’s swerve report is Kareem Hunt. Let’s start with the simple reason why I’m swerving Hunt this week. Nick Chubb is back and has reasserted himself at the head of this backfield. Another reason would be the Browns look awesome over the last three weeks, and in those weeks Hunt was featured very little in the game plan. At the start of the season the Browns were trailing in most games which led to Hunt getting a lot of passing work. Recently with the Browns playing better and trailing less, Hunt’s receptions and receiving yards have became spotty and very inconsistent. Hunt is also coming off a stretch of three straight games with less than 10 fantasy points. In those three games he hasn’t went over 65 yards rushing or 25 yards receiving. Hunt had three receiving touchdowns in the first five games and has logged only one since. Hunt scored three rushing touchdowns in the first five games, but since then he only has one. Some would say Hunt is due for a breakout game, but based off the play as of late and Chubb’s return, on top of it being win or go home time, you have got to swerve Hunt this week to avoid a catastrophic let down.
This next swerve seems to have hit the rookie wall head on. Clyde Edwards-Helaire broke on to the scene with a monster week one performance. Logging twenty five carries with one hundred thirty eight yards and a touchdown. Helaire has since then crashed back down to earth. He has had over 65 yards rushing only twice since then, and has only gotten into the end zone four times in 12 games. What looked like a lock top 10 finish at running back after week one, has now turned into a year where he might not finish in the top 15. He is currently the RB 13 with an average of 13.9ppg. CEH takes on a Miami defense this week that is ranked in the top half against the run. With that being said, I see Helaire struggling again this week. Quite possibly falling out of the top 15 after this week. I would swerve Edwards-Helaire to avoid losing your playoff matchup.
Devante Parker is up next on this week swerve report. Parker finds himself on this list due to no fault of his own, though. With Tua getting the start Parker becomes completely untrustworthy. The Dolphins get the Chiefs this week and Kansas City is ranked fourth against the pass. I think with Gaskin back and Tua under center, Miami will take a run first approach to this game. Trying to keep the score low and keep Mahomes off the field is a great strategy just not for fantasy football. Miami’s defense is good enough to keep the game close in my opinion and I believe that keeps the ball in Gaskins hands and provides less opportunities for Parker. As stated earlier, Devante Parker is a different player with Ryan Fitzpatrick than he is with Tua. With Tua taking back over the starting role, you must swerve Parker for the foreseeable future in order to stay in the race for the ‘ship.
Best of luck to you all this week! Get those wins and check back in here next week. The race for the championship and cash is in the home stretch, so let’s put the pedal to the metal and take care of business!