What We Learned in Week 14
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Brock Purdy will keep 49ers stars alive
Brock Purdy was far from perfect in his first career start, but he was able to put up numbers that helped fantasy owners. Brock ended the day throwing 16/21 for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. Not only was he a solid fill in for Jimmy G, he was able to elevate CMC to a dominant day in fantasy. CMC ended the day with over 150 total yards and 2 TDs. Deebo Samuel had 4 receptions for 43 yards before leaving the day with an injury, and Aiyuk took his 2 receptions for 57 yards. Purdy is a great fill in who can keep the 49ers weapons in the elite category.
Jerry Jeudy is the WR1 in Denver
After an early deficit, the Broncos offense clicked into gear behind a dominant performance by Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy took 8 receptions for 73 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Chiefs, clearly making the most of Courtland Sutton's absence. Jeudy should be the lead weapon if Russ can continue to deliver to him as he did in this game. Jeudy can be used as a WR2 with some upside as long as Sutton is out.
Trevor Lawrence is him
T-Law had a day as he led the Jags to a 36-22 win over the Titans, throwing for 368 yards and 3 touchdowns in a big division rivalry game. Evan Engram was the biggest benefactor on the day, catching 11 passes for 162 yards, which could lead to more consistent usage going forward. Zay Jones and Christian Kirk also contributed in the win, but it was Lawrence that stole the show. He showed why he was worth a number one overall pick, and with further performances, could find himself being considered an elite QB option for fantasy.
Deshaun Watson hurts Nick Chubb's value
Watson's first performances as a Brown have been underwhelming to say the least, and worst of all, it has limited Nick Chubb's value on top of it. Nick Chubb has just over 110 rushing yards over the past couple weeks, a significant drop off for the elite RB, as Watson has ran the ball more effectively than Jacoby Brissett. Watson's legs have taken chances from Chubb and Hunt, but his inability to make big plays have also limited this offenses potential since his return. Jacoby Brissett was able to game manage his weapons into solid days, but Watson has been rough to start his Cleveland career. Hopefully Watson will regain his form soon, returning Nick Chubb and co. to their elite potential.
J.K. Dobbins flashed his old self
J.K. Dobbins finally flashed his old healthy self as he tore it up in a 16-14 win against the Steel Curtain. Dobbins took 15 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown, as he clearly edged out Gus Edwards for the lead back role. Dobbins out-carried Edwards 15-13, and was able to make the most of it. Dobbins should return to a weekly RB2, and with some red zone usage, could see some big upside in a run dominant offense.