Sunday Sidepiece: NFL Week 14

We’ve finally reached the playoffs in fantasy football, and while you’ve likely relied upon studs such as Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook and Lamar Jackson to get you this far, you’re not fooling me if you tell me you haven’t needed an under-the-radar player to come through at some point this season to put you in the position you currently find yourself in.

So that’s why I’m here.

You’re obviously playing your McCaffrey’s, your Cook’s, and your Jackson’s, but I’ve got a few guys that may currently be keeping your bench warm that may just give you that little extra to put you over the top in order to make it to the next round in your fantasy playoffs.

Time for a little sidepiece action – let’s do the damn thing.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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It pains me to have to label Sony Michel as a sidepiece, considering how much stock in put in him leading up to this season, but we’ve definitely reached the point where Michel cannot be relied upon as a week-to-week starter. Michel hasn’t reached double-digit fantasy points or scored a single touchdown for the last five weeks. However, if there was ever an opportunity for Michel to breakout, it would be this week against the Chiefs’ 31st-ranked run defense. Along with a juicy matchup, the Patriots’ offense hasn’t been clicking like we’ve grown accustom to seeing, and it would be wise to take some pressure off Tom Brady and the team’s underperforming passing game. If Michel is currently riding your bench and you find yourself questioning the matchup for the running back your currently have in your starting lineup, give Michel some last-minute consideration.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders

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Ever think you’d start Ryan Tannehill in a fantasy football playoff matchup? Me either, but that’s exactly where I find myself this week. How much do I believe in this play? In one of my own personal leagues, I’ve decided to roll with Tannehill over both Dak Prescott and Drew Brees. Yes, matchups have everything to do with this decision as I prefer either Prescott or Brees to Tannehill in regards to overall talent, but I can’t pass up this matchup against the league’s fourth-worst passing defense. If I have a player such as Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson – who have less than ideal matchups – I’m still using them over Tannehill; but if you don’t feel comfortable using guys like Brees, Baker Mayfield, or Kyler Murray, using Tannehill this week may just save your season.

Benny Snell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals

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If you’re a weekly reader you know that I also recommended Benny Snell last week. However, I have to roll with him again after posting 63 rushing yards and a touchdown last week and with James Conner once against ruled out. The Cardinals have given up the 10th-most fantasy points to running backs this year, and if there’s a team that should rely on its running game to take pressure off an inexperienced quarterback, it’s Pittsburgh. In games Snell has received double-digit carries this season he’s posted 8.9, 10.3 and 12.7 fantasy points. Expect him to continue this trend against Arizona this week while also being a candidate to be the highest scoring sidepiece for Week 14.

Have a Sunday Sidepiece that didn’t make the list? Let us know which sleepers you’re rolling with on Twitter or in the comments below!

Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as we give our picks both straight up and against the spread for each game on the Week 14 schedule!

Ben Morgan is a co-host and blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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