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Fantasy Football Fix Week 14: Ride Buck Allen, Avoid The Boom


The Fantasy Fix went two-for-three in Week 13, correctly predicting a huge output for running back Javorius Allen, and a down effort from tight end Crockett Gillmore (who left the game with a back injury). The Fix missed on wide receiver Kamar Aiken, who had a surprisingly slow day in the loss to the Dolphins.

START: RB Javorius 'Buck' Allen

Fantasy owners who were lucky enough to poach Allen off waivers were greeted with some serious bang for their "Buck."

In his second career start, Allen went off for an impressive 28-point performance, the highest output of any NFL running back this week. Allen benefited from a Ravens offense that was under pressure all day, forcing reserve quarterback Matt Schaub to rely on check-downs to move the chains.

Schaub desperately targeted Allen out of the backfield, leading to one of the most remarkable receiving outputs by a running back in recent memory. The rookie hauled in 12 receptions out of the backfield, totaling 107 yards and a touchdown through the air. With an additional 63 yards on the ground, Allen rewarded owners who put faith in the rookie in a pivotal week of the fantasy season.

Despite the fearsome 'Legion of Boom' heading to M&T on Sunday, Allen's usage and volume through the air makes him an asset regardless of the matchup. Seattle has been the stingiest defense against opposing fantasy running backs in 2015, so a Week 12 repeat performance shouldn't be expected. However, Allen should once again flirt with RB1 numbers, and should be a key asset down the stretch run for fantasy owners.

Week 14 Prediction: 30 rushing yards, six receptions, 40 yards, touchdown = 16 fantasy points

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SIT: All Ravens Not Named Javorius Allen

The matchup alone is enough to scare most fantasy owners. The Seahawks, led by cornerback Richard Sherman, are a terror for opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers. Making matters worse? The Ravens' decimated offense.

Schaub has four interceptions in two starts under center for Baltimore, and lost yet another major weapon in tight end Crockett Gillmore. The lead tight end left Sunday's game with a back injury and did not return, and his status is up in the air for Week 14. Backup Maxx Williams is still recovering from a concussion, and fellow rookie Nick Boyle was suspended for the remainder of the season on Monday, leaving little to be desired at the position fantasy-wise if Gillmore can't go.

The Seahawks have been vulnerable to tight end position in 2015, but this is still a matchup to stay away from. Taking a zero from any player is a worst-case scenario for fantasy owners, and with Gillmore and Williams battling injury, owners should be looking elsewhere. Additionally, Schaub's unfathomable streak of pick-sixes in six of his last nine NFL starts could have an already-aggressive Seahawks defense bringing even more pressure to force errant throws.

With Gillmore's status up in the air, a daunting matchup and Schaub's propensity for mistakes, the Ravens offense outside of Allen is shaping up to be a situation to avoid fantasy-wise in Week 14.

Kamar Aiken Week 14 Projection:  five receptions, 35 yards =  six fantasy points

Crockett Gillmore (if available) Week 14 Projection: five receptions, 40 yards = 6.5 fantasy points

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