It’s playoff season for most fantasy football leagues in Week 14, and many fantasy owners may find themselves in need of a legitimate starting option at running back or wide receiver this week due to injury or a poor matchup. New York Jets running back Bilal Powell and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd are two plug and play options for fantasy owners in Week 14 that should be able to put up solid starting numbers at the second running back position, flex spot, or second receiver position this weekend.
New York Jets RB Bilal Powell
New York’s backup running back has only scored two touchdowns this season behind Matt Forte, but that could change quickly in Week 14 with the Jets traveling to San Francisco. Forte is a sure-fire starter for fantasy owners against the 49ers poor rush defense this weekend, but Powell could also be set for a big day against San Francisco’s last ranked rush defense.
The 49ers have surrendered the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if both Forte and Powell went off for fantasy owners in Week 14. Multiple teams have had two backs succeed when facing the 49ers this season, such as Patriots running backs LeGarrette Blount and James White in Week 11 or Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower in Week 9.
There is clearly some risk in starting Powell given his erratic snap count, but with Forte nursing some injuries, New York’s backup running back could see an extended role. Powell is less than 45 percent owned in most leagues and has boom potential for Week 14, particularly in point per reception leagues.
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd
Cincinnati’s rookie wide receiver has seen a minimum of at least six targets in each of the team’s past three games, and has seen an increased role since the team lost star receiver A.J. Green to a hamstring injury in Week 11. Green has officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, which should make Boyd a legitimate plug and play option for fantasy owners with high-upside potential against a struggling Browns pass defense.
Cleveland has surrendered the eighth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season, and Cincinnati’s 6-foot-2, 197-pound receiver has recorded a minimum of at least 50 receiving yards in each of the team’s past three games. Boyd is currently less than 55 percent owned in most fantasy leagues, and should serve as a solid starting option for fantasy owners at the flex spot or second receiver position in Week 14.