Travis Kelce leap
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 14 tight end rankings.
1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
3. Evan Engram, New York Giants
4. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
5. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
6. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
7. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
8. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
10. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
11. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets
12. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
13. Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots
14. Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins
15. Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins
16. Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals
17. Tyler Croft, Cincinnati Bengals
18. Stephen Anderson, Houston Texans
19. David Njoku, Cleveland Browbs
20. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
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2017 NFL Picks – Week 14

6 December 2017

Here are the Lester’s Legends NFL Picks. These picks are straight up and for fun. I went 9-7 last week and my Lock Pick (Chargers) won. I’ll take the Bengals for my Winner Lock.
Overall Record: 120-72 (.625)
Lock Picks: 12-1 (.923)
Winner Locks: ATL (W), OAK (W), GB (W), SEA (W), PITT (L), HOU (W), TENN (W), PHI (W), NO (W), DET (W), JAX (W), NE (W), LAC
Atlanta over New Orleans
Indianapolis over Buffalo
Cincinnati over Chicago (Winner Lock)
Green Bay over Cleveland
Kansas City over Oakland
Dallas over New York Giants
Detroit over Tampa Bay
Minnesota over Carolina
Houston over San Francisco
Denver over New York Jets
Tennessee over Arizona
Los Angeles Chargers over Washington
Philadelphia over Los Angeles Rams
Seattle over Jacksonville
Pittsburgh over Baltimore
New England over Miami
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Julio Jones flying
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 14 wide receiver rankings
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
5. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
6. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
7. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
8. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
9. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
10. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
11. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
12. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
14. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
15. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
16. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
17. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
18. Devante Adams, Green Bay Packers
19. Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns
20. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
21. Robby Anderson, New York Jets
22. Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams
23. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
24. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
25. Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins
26. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
27. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
28. Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
29. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
30. Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers
31. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
32. Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
33. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
34. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
35. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
36. Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins
37. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
38. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars
39. Ted Ginn, Jr., New Orleans Saints
40. Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets
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Le'Veon Bell ball flip
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 14 running back rankings.
1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
3. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
4. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
5. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
6. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
7. Devonata Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
8. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
9. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
10. Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
11. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
12. Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins
13. Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders
14. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
15. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
16. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
17. Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys
18. Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots
19. Kenyon Drake, Miami Dolphins
20. Demarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
21. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals
22. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
23. Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
25. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
26. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
27. Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
28. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
29. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
30. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthes
31. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
32. Mike Davis, Jacksonville Jaguars
33. Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia Eagles
34. Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
35. Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions
36. Matt Forte, New York Jets
37. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
38. Bilal Powell, New York Jets
39. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
40. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
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Tom Brady blue
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 14 quarterback rankings.
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
3. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
6. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
8. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
9. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
10. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
11. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
12. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
13. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
14. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
16. Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings
17. Josh McCown, New York Jets
18. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
19. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
20. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Mike Davis
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
Get ‘em
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals – 96 total yards. Good add if Joe Mixon is out.
Mike Davis, RB, Seattle Seahawks – 101 total yards. It’s Davis’ turn on the Seattle Running Back Carousel.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins – 3 of 5 targets for 26 yards, TD. Scored in consecutive weeks.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers- 8 of 8 targets for 99 yards. Averaging 86.7 yards in his last three games.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns – 4 of 11 targets for 85 yards. If he isn’t owned already, get him.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets – 9 of 10 yards for 157 yards. 16 catches for 262 yards in last two games.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 7 of 10 targets for 86 yards, TD.
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets – 331 yards, TD.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins – 5 of 13 targets for 98 yards, TD. Averaging 98 yards in his last four games.
Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens – 5 of 8 targets for 116 yards. At least four receptions in his last four games.
Don’t Sweat ‘em
Stephen Anderson, TE, Houston Texans – 5 of 12 targets for 79 yards, TD.
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 136 total yards (95 rushing, 41 receiving). Grab if Doug Martin is out again.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars – 309 yards, 2 TDs passing, 27 rushing yards.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 3 of 3 targets for 49 yards, TD.
Ryan Grant, WR, Washington Redskins – 5 of 9 targets for 76 yards, TD. Nice game, but not someone you can count on down the stretch.
Tion Green, RB, Detroit Lions – 51 yards, TD.
Johnny Holton, WR, Oakland Raiders – 3 of 7 targets for 39 yards, TD.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, Chicago Bears – 2 of 2 targets for 21 yards, TD.
David Njoku, 4 of 6 targets for 74 yards, TD. Decent desperation play though if you’re hurting at TE.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Oakland Raiders – 4 of 4 targets for 97 yards. Only consider if Amari Cooper is out again.
Tom Savage, QB, Houston Texans – 365 yards, TD.
Rod Smith, RB, Dallas Cowboys – 27 yards and a TD. Score came in garbage time and was only targeted once in the passing game.
Trent Taylor, WR, San Francisco – 6 of 6 targets for 92 yards.
Julius Thomas, TE, Miami Dolphins – 3 of 3 targets for 20 yards, TD.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 6 of 9 targets for 78 yards. Daily Fantasy option.
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Cooper Kupp
Los Angeles rookie wide receiver Cooper Kupp is coming off season-high in receptions (8), targets (11) and yards (116) in the Rams’ 26-20 win over the New Orleans Saints. The Los Angeles Rams betting odds for the next game, along with Kupp’s outlook gets a little more difficult this week as the Rams travel to face the Arizona Cardinals. With Robert Woods out again, that could mean that Kupp could see his share of shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson.
A saving grace for Kupp has been Sammy Watkins picking up his game. Last week Watkins caught four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, giving him three scores in the last four games. Given Watkins’ speed and size, he’ll likely be the one drawing the majority of Peterson’s attention.
Kupp has been particularly active in the last three games, racking up 20 receptions on 25 targets for an average 75.7 yards per game. In the last five games he’s averaging 66.4 yards, including four receptions for 51 yards and a score in the first meeting with the Cardinals.
One slight against Kupp is the fact that three of the five remaining games, including the weekend’s game along with three of the next four, come on the road.  He wraps up his season at home, but many fantasy leagues end in Week 16. In six home games Kupp is averaging 4.7 receptions for 61.2 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. In five road games he’s averaging 3.6 receptions for 45 yards and 0.2 touchdowns. Despite the disparity, three of Kupp’s top five yardage totals have come on the road so perhaps it’s not as ominous as the numbers reflect.
A bigger issue could be the caliber of his opponents. Arizona ranks 19th both with pass yards allowed (232.5 yards per game) and passing touchdowns allowed (18). Philadelphia ranks 17th (226.5 ypg) and 11th (14 TDs). Seattle ranks 10th (213.4 ypg) and 8th (13 TDs). Tennessee, in week 16 gives him the most hope. They rank 20th (234.3 ypg) and 26th (21 TDs). The Niners rank 26th (244.6) and 23rd (20 TDs), but Week 17 is always tricky. Plus, as I mentioned many leagues are already wrapped up by then.
If you are in a point-per-reception league, Kupp should still be a viable option down the stretch. In non-PPR leagues, however, given the fact that all of the bye weeks are behind us and three of his next four games come on the road, my outlook on Kupp is half empty.

Luke Kuechly interception
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 13 team IDP rankings.
1. Luke Kuechly, Carlina Panthers
2. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers
3. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
4. C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
5. Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars
6. Zach Brown, Washington Redskins
7. Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers
8. Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
9. Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10. Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Christian Kirksey, Cleveland Browns
12. Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons
13. Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles Rams
13. Joe Schobert, Cleveland Browns
14. Landon Collins, New York Giants
15. Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings
16. Demario Davis, New York Jets
17. Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans
18. Preston Brown, Buffalo Bills
19. Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins
20. K.J. Wright, Seattle Seahawks
21. Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati Bengals
22. Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons
23. Nick Vigil, Cincinnati Bengals
24. Mark Baron, Los Angeles Rams
25. Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints
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Jimmy Garoppolo
Sometimes because of match-ups you have to roll out less than ideal lineups, especially when your players are nicked up. That’s the nature of the beast. Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here are some of the under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Brett Hundley, QB, Green Bay Packers
Geno Smith, QB, New York Giants
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos
J.D. McKissic, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Oakland Raiders
Seth Roberts, WR, Oakland Raiders
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinals
Julius Thomas, TE, Miami Dolphins
Chicago Bears Defense
Miami Dolphins Defense
Oakland Raiders Defense
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Calais Campbell
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 13 team defense rankings.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
2. Los Angeles Chargers
3. Denver Broncos
4. Los Angeles Rams
5. Tennessee Titans
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Philadelphia Eagles
8. New England Patriots
9. Baltimore Ravens
10. Oakland Raiders
11. Chicago Bears
12. Kansas City Chiefs
13. Minnesota Vikings
14. Miami Dolphins
15. Washington Redskins
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