“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.”
-1 Samuel 17:1-25:7
Don’t fret, you are still at the Dynasty League Football website and not a weekly Bible study. The story of David and Goliath is oft quoted to describe any underdog situation. As a society, we are enamored with cheering for people to not only defy the odds, but doing so in simplistic yet spectacular fashion. Hollywood has capitalized on this desire as movies like the Mighty Ducks or the Karate Kid (the 80s version, not the nonsense remake with Jayden Smith!) highlight a person or team defying all odds to bring home the trophy.
David’s slingshot, the Flying V of the Ducks, or Danielson’s Crane Kick all highlight an important idea; sometimes it only takes a simple action to bring down a giant. Enter the below list of players. Now let me be perfectly clear about one thing, I am NOT advocating starting anyone mentioned in this article over any reliable, consistent fantasy contributor or a stud player who has had a few down weeks. Please read my article from a few weeks ago if you’re considering this at ANY point during this stretch run.
These players are designed for those dynasty degenerates who may be facing long odds in their playoff matchup and/or are searching for that last starter in a Flex spot in leagues with no kickers or defenses (the preferable way to operate a dynasty league).
Ok, everyone just take a deep breath… you’ve made it through one of the craziest opening round playoff weeks in recent memory. Either you had one or more of Derrick Henry, Amari Cooper, George Kittle, or JuJu Smith-Schuster in your lineup; weren’t facing a team with any of those four players; or had a bye week.
No matter the road traveled, you’re here in the semifinals of your league playoffs (or the opening round if your commissioner hates you). The players listed below (with the exception of Justin Jackson) are not recommended for those with heart conditions as they are extremely risky. To repeat from the opening vignette, DO NOT PLAY THESE PLAYERS OVER AN ESTABLISHED STARTER.
A victory this week and you’ll be one win away from the holy grail of dynasty football and losing… is unacceptable!
Week 14 Slingshot Plays
Josh Allen, QB BUF: 18/36, 206 Yards, 2 INTs; 9 Att, 101 Yards, 1 TD, 1 Fumble – Hit (QB8 as of Monday night)
Jeff Wilson Jr., RB SF: 23 Att, 90 Yards; 2 Targets, 1 Rec, 6 Yards – Hit
Jaylen Samuels, RB PIT: 7 Targets, 7 Receptions, 64 Yards; 11 Att, 28 Yards – Hit
Stevan Ridley, RB PIT: 5 Att, 4 Yards, 1 TD – Miss
Chris Godwin, WR TB: 10 Targets, 1 Rec, 13 Yards – Miss
Ian Thomas, TE CAR: 11 Targets, 9 Recs, 77 Yards – Hit
(Note: For our purposes, a QB scoring over 20 points in a four-point passing touchdown league and a skill position player finishing with ten PPR or more.)
Allen’s rushing stats are literally saving his fantasy stat lines (QB8 in week 14) from being terrible. Keep streaming him at your own risk as sooner or later he’s going to hit his floor, and I’d hate for it to end your season. The rushing yardage total for Wilson Jr. was great, but the game flow (the 49ers jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first half) made his receiving upside near non-existent. If Matt Breida is out, fire up Wilson as a low-end RB2 in a game against a streaking Seattle team which should resemble the matchup two weeks ago where he scored 19.4 points.
Samuels’ day was solid, but he couldn’t reach his full potential with Ben Roethlisberger sitting out the majority of the second half. He’s a rock-solid RB2 for as long as James Conner is sidelined. Ridley is absolutely useless unless both Conner and Samuels are out of the lineup.
If I would have told you on Sunday at 12:55 pm that Godwin was going to have a team-leading ten targets, you would have felt good about the final product. Godwin remains a solid flex play as the week 14 results were more of a fluke. Thomas led his team in targets and is a low-end TE1 for the remainder of the season.
Week 15 Slingshot Plays
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