Kerwynn Williams, RB, Cardinals- Week 14 Stats: 19 car, 100 rush yds
When news broke that Andre Ellington was taking a trip to the IR list, fantasy owners flocked to the wires to scoop up Stepfan Taylor, Ellington's presumed heir. But it was Kerwynn Williams who ended up seeing the lion's share of the carries in the Cardinals backfield. Williams cracked the century mark on 19 carries, helped to ensure Arizona became the first team in the league to reach double digit wins. He has got a tough task ahead of head, and a short week of rest, but if you're happy with a starting someone who is guaranteed 12 touches, Williams is your guy.
Charles Johnson, WR, Vikings- Week 14 Stats: 4 rec, 103 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Johnson earned the start Sunday over struggling second year wide out Cordarrelle Patterson, and shined in his absence. The 6’2” speedster out of Grand Valley State caught four balls for 103 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings overtime victory over the Jets Sunday. He’s now put up fantasy startable numbers in three of his last four games and appears to be Teddy Bridgewater’s most trusted target. I don’t like the week 15 matchup against the Lions stout defense, but if you are desperate, there are certainly worse options out there.
Marquess Wilson, WR, Bears- Week 14 Stats: 2 rec, 19 rec yds
The door for potential is definitely open for Marquess Wilson. The second year receiver out of Washington State is expected to carry much of the burden left in the wake of Brandon Marshall’s season ending rib and lung injury. He’ll get the start alongside Alshon Jeffery Monday night versus New Orleans. And though it would be foolish to bank on the Marshall’s level of production, Wilson is still an intriguing flex/WR3 play for your semifinal matchup.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers- Week 14 Stats: 20 car, 155 rush yds, 1 rush TD
Stewart ran all over a pathetic Saints defense in the Superdome last weekend, carrying the rock 20 times for a season high 155 yards a score in the Panthers 41-10 win. The win snapped a six game losing streak and shows flashes of what could have been, if not for a constant committee backfield split between Stewart and the now-injured DeAngelo Williams (finger). If Williams sits out this week’s contest again the lowly Buccaneers, have fun riding Stewart all the way to your league’s championship game.
Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs- Week 14 Stats: 1 car, 4 rush yds
This is the ultimate lottery ticket play, as first string back and fantasy savior Jamaal Charles deals with a swollen knee and ankle issues. Charles is listed as questionable as of Tuesday, but should he miss this week’s game against the Raiders Davis will immediately become an unquestioned top 10 fantasy play in week 15. At this point in the season it’s better to look for long shots that can swing a game for you, rather than dead weight depth that you’re never going to play at the end of your bench.