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Fantasy Football: Rising and Falling for Week 14

Here's a look at some players who are trending in the right direction and some that you should probably worry about heading into Week 14.

RISING


Quarterbacks


Jalen Hurts, Eagles: If Hurts starts throwing for more than 300 yards per game, it's over in terms of QB1 talk. He threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for another in the win over the Titans. Hurts hadn't thrown for even 200 yards in the previous three games.


Joe Burrow, Bengals: He's starting to look like the cool Joe from last season after defeating the Chiefs for the third straight time in '22. Burrow's accounted for at least three touchdowns in two of his last three games and having Ja'Marr Chase back should help him keep it up.


Geno Smith, Seahawks: His season has been beyond impressive and so unexpected. Smith has thrown at least two touchdown passes in six straight games. He's also coming off of back-to-back performances of at least 328 passing yards.


Running backs


Christian McCaffrey, 49ers: He rushed 17 times for 66 yards, but the key here is that new QB Brock Purdy is utilizing the running back, who caught eight passes for 80 yards and scored through the air. The absence of Elijah Mitchell means CMC's high volume will continue.


Tony Pollard, Cowboys: Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott are perfectly matched in making the backfield work. Pollard had 91 yards on just 12 carries with two rushing touchdowns in the win over the Colts. He and Zeke get to face the Texans next.


Samaje Perine, Bengals: While Joe Mixon could return soon, Perine is definitely on a roll and could probably see more touches with Mixon active. Perine had his first 100-yard rushing game this season in the win over the Chiefs. He's had at least 35 receiving yards in each of the last three games.


Wide receivers


Davante Adams, Raiders: Since his grumbling after a poor Week 8 performance, Adams has been fantastic for fantasy. He had eight catches for 177 yards and two scores in the win over the Chargers. He's surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark in four of his last five games.


Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions: Ever since the Week 7 dud against the Cowboys, St. Brown has been on fire. He caught 11 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns and has three 100-yard games in his last four times out. A matchup with the Vikings is upcoming.


A.J. Brown, Eagles: After a goose egg against the Commanders in Week 10, Brown has been building up his production. He caught eight passes for 119 yards and two TDs in a "revenge game" against the Titans on Sunday.


FALLING


Quarterbacks


DeShaun Watson, Browns: There was definitely rust on Watson's game as he threw for 131 yards and an interception without any scores. We'll see if he gets more comfortable against the Bengals.


Russell Wilson, Broncos: For the third straight game, Wilson logged a single-digit fantasy score. That's pretty hard to do at the quarterback position in most scoring formats. He has two great matchups upcoming, but can you trust him at this point?


Kirk Cousins, Vikings: Since Week 10, he hasn't thrown for 300 yards and has struggled in two of the last three games. Cousins had 173 passing yards against the Jets and one TD, but he gets to face the Lions' pass defense next, which he did well against in Week 3.


Running backs


Gus Edwards, Ravens: Unfortunately, he couldn't follow up his 62-yard, 1-TD performance from Week 12 with a similar result in the Week 13 win over the Broncos. He had just six carries for 12 yards and Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill took some touches away.


Kenneth Walker, Seahawks: Hopefully this downward trend doesn't continue, especially since it's not really his fault. He left Sunday's game early with an ankle injury after having already 36 yards on just three carries. Monitor his situation, but he may have to go easy if he plays.


Derrick Henry, Titans: He once had a five-game, 100-yard rushing streak, but the last time he hit the century mark was in Week 9. Henry gained just 38 total yards in the loss to the Eagles. He's got three great matchups coming up, so he may bounce back.


Wide receivers


Elijah Moore, Jets: Despite the Jets' receivers having renewed viability for fantasy as Mike White took over at QB, Moore disappointed in Week 13 after having 64 yards and a TD in Week 12. He had just two catches for seven yards against the Vikings.


Chase Claypool, Bears: The move from the Steelers to the Bears has done nothing good for his fantasy production. He had five catches for 28 yards and fumbled in the loss to the Packers. The Bears have a bye in Week 14 and face the Eagles after that.


Adam Thielen, Vikings: He had just two catches for 27 yards against the Jets and has had just one solid game in the last four weeks. Let's see if he bounces back against the Lions who he did well against in Week 3.




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