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Buffalo, LeSean McCoy at Philadelphia offer big opportunities

That face you make when they ask if you’re excited to play your former team? Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is making it.
That face you make when they ask if you’re excited to play your former team? Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is making it. AP

LeSean McCoy (Buffalo) is perhaps the must-watch player of the week. McCoy is returning to Philadelphia for the first time after six seasons as an Eagle and going against Chip Kelly, who traded him. McCoy has at least 100 yards from scrimmage in six consecutive games, while Philadelphia allows the fantasy points to opposing running backs over the past three weeks.

Additionally for Buffalo, Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins both offer high upside. Philadelphia ranks 31st against the pass over its past three games and has allowed a league-worst 13 passing TDs over that stretch. Watkins has been ripping off big plays and he faces a Philadelphia defense that allows the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season.

This is also a week to make sure Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay) and the Buccaneer passing targets are in your starting lineup. The Saints have allowed 35 passing touchdowns this season, the most ever through 12 games in NFL history. Winston to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins could make for a sneaky hook-up. After missing 11 weeks, Seferian-Jenkins was targeted six times last week in his return. New Orleans also allows the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

▪  Doug Martin (Tampa Bay) is also an elite start. New Orleans also ranks last against the run at 137.8 yards per game (183.7 yards allowed over its last three games).

▪  Keep Blake Bortles (Jacksonville) dialed into your lineup. Bortles comes off a career-best five-touchdown game, and Indianapolis allows the third-most passing yards per game in the NFL (280.4). Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas also remains a high-end option. Thomas has a touchdown in three straight games.

▪  The Cincinnati-Pittsburgh game has the potential to be a track meet the way these two offenses are operating. The Bengals have scored 99 points in the past three games while the Steelers have 105 points in its past three. A.J. Green and Marvin Jones (Cincinnati) go against a Steeler defense that allows the 3rd-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this year.

▪  Javorius Allen (Baltimore) has a very difficult draw against Seattle on the road. Still, Allen is worth starting as he will add stats via the passing game. Allen comes off a 12-catch game and he is the No. 2 fantasy running back over the past three weeks.

▪  Doug Baldwin is the surprise No. 1 fantasy receiver over the past four weeks and good times should continue this week against a Baltimore defense that allows the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, plus with quarterback Russell Wilson in the zone (11 touchdowns in his past three games). Baldwin is a must start.

Other Week 14 sleepers

▪  Cleveland will turn back to Johnny Manziel and if he can keep his head on straight he’ll start the remainder of the season. Manziel passed for 372 yards in his last start in Week 10 and he has some upside this week at home against San Francisco, which ranks 26th against the pass. I would give serious consideration for Manziel over Derek Carr and Matt Ryan, who are both in tough spots this week.

▪  With Mark Ingram out for the year, many will add C.J. Spiller (and he should see more carries and targets), but Tim Hightower (New Orleans) is the back most likely to replace Ingram. Hightower is better built for the between-the-tackles and goal-line work. Hightower has missed three seasons, but he brings fresh legs and high motivation at the chance to play again.

▪  Also for the Saints, Brandin Cooks suffered a mid-week concussion and his status is in doubt. Consider adding Brandon Coleman, a player who should have a larger role down the stretch regardless. The Saints have nothing but dome games remaining.

▪  DeVante Parker (Miami) has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and that trend could continue this week at home against the Giants Monday night. The Giants allow 314.5 passing yards per game, most in the NFL.

▪  If only Ted Ginn Jr. (Carolina) could catch the ball more consistently, but nonetheless he does have three touchdowns in his past three games. Ginn remains a worthy third wide receiver fantasy option with upside.

Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.