A.J. HOFFMAN

NFL fantasy football rankings for Week 14

Drew Brees should be money this week. John Grieshop/Getty Images

QB 

  1. Drew Brees @ TB
  2. Ben Roethlisberger @ OAK
  3. Aaron Rodgers vs. ATL
  4. Patrick Mahomes vs. BAL
  5. Philip Rivers vs. CIN
  6. James Winston vs. NO
  7. Deshaun Watson vs. IND
  8. Andrew Luck @ HOU
  9. Cam Newton @ CLE
  10. Matt Ryan @ GB
  11. Jared Goff @ CHI
  12. Tom Brady @ MIA
  13. Russell Wilson vs. MIN
  14. Mitch Trubisky vs. LAR
  15. Lamar Jackson @ KC

RB (Standard)

  1. Todd Gurley @ CHI
  2. Christian McCaffrey @ CLE
  3. Ezekiel Elliott vs. PHI
  4. Saquon Barkley @ WAS
  5. Alvin Kamara @ TB
  6. Phillip Lindsay @ SF
  7. Aaron Jones vs. ATL
  8. Leonard Fournette @ TEN
  9. Nick Chubb vs. CAR
  10. Tarik Cohen vs. LAR
  11. David Johnson vs. DET
  12. Sony Michel @ MIA
  13. James White @ MIA
  14. Calvin Cook @ SEA
  15. Mark Ingram @ TB
  16. Joe Mixon @ LAC
  17. Gus Edwards @ KC
  18. Jaylen Samuels @ OAK
  19. Lamar Miller vs. IND
  20. Justin Jackson vs. CIN
  21. Adrian Peterson vs. NYG
  22. Spencer Ware vs. BAL
  23. Chris Carson vs. MIN
  24. Jeffery Wilson vs. DEN
  25. Austin Ekeler vs. CIN
  26. Marlon Mack @ HOU
  27. Josh Adams @ DAL
  28. LeSean McCoy vs. NYG
  29. Tevin Coleman @ GB
  30. LeGarrette Blount @ ARI

WR (Standard)

  1. Michael Thomas @ TB
  2. Antonio Brown @ OAK
  3. DeAndre Hopkins vs. IND
  4. Davante Adams vs. ATL
  5. Julio Jones @ GB
  6. Keenan Allen vs. CIN
  7. Odell Beckham, Jr. @ WAS
  8. Adam Thielen @ SEA
  9. TY Hilton @ HOU
  10. Tyreek Hill vs. BAL
  11. Mike Evans vs. NO
  12. Juju Smith-Schuster @ OAK
  13. Amari Cooper vs. PHI
  14. Stefon Diggs @ SEA
  15. Robert Woods @ CHI
  16. Brandin Cooks @ CHI
  17. Adam Humphries vs. NO
  18. Josh Gordon @ MIA
  19. Julian Edelman @ MIA
  20. Courtland Sutton @ SF
  21. DJ Moore @ CLE
  22. Chris Godwin vs. NO
  23. Tyler Lockett vs. MIN
  24. Corey Davis vs. JAX
  25. Larry Fitzgerald vs. DET
  26. Kenny Golladay @ ARI
  27. Jarvis Landry vs. CAR
  28. Tyler Boyd @ LAC
  29. Josh Reynolds @ CHI
  30. Golden Tate @ DAL
  31. Mike Williams vs. CIN
  32. Alshon Jeffery @ DAL
  33. Allen Robinson vs. LAR
  34. Calvin Ridley @ GB
  35. Anthony Miller vs. LAR
  36. Demaryius Thomas vs. IND
  37. Tre’Quan Smith @ TB
  38. Doug Baldwin vs. MIN
  39. Zay Jones vs. NYJ
  40. Sterling Shepard @ WAS

TE (Standard)

  1. Zach Ertz @ DAL
  2. Travis Kelce vs. BAL
  3. Jaylen Samuels @ OAK (if eligible)
  4. Eric Ebron @ HOU
  5. Rob Gronkowski @ MIA
  6. George Kittle vs. DEN
  7. David Njoku vs. CAR
  8. Jared Cook vs. PIT
  9. Cameron Brate vs. NO
  10. Austin Hooper @ GB
  11. Jordan Reed vs. NYG
  12. Trey Burton vs. LAR
  13. CJ Uzomah @ LAC
  14. Kyle Rudolph @ SEA
  15. Vance McDonald @ OAK

D/ST

  1. Chargers vs. CIN
  2. Titans vs. JAX
  3. Steelers vs. OAK
  4. Bills vs. NYJ
  5. Broncos @ SF
  6. Jaguars @ TEN
  7. Rams @ CHI
  8. Texans vs. IND
  9. Cowboys vs. PHI
  10. Jets @ BUF
  11. Redskins vs. NYG
  12. Giants @ WAS
  13. Lions @ ARI
  14. Seahawks vs. MIN
  15. Chiefs vs. BAL

J.J. Watt is headed for illustrious but strange company

Maximize opportunity before Watt gets wasted

Houstontexans.com

Thursday the reality of what J.J. Watt is facing really hit me. The Houston Chronicle reported Watt had a minor offseason knee surgery. The last three years prove he's far from immortal, though the once incredible career is back on track. For how long, no one knows. Then I finally realized it.

J.J. Watt is on pace to be the greatest defensive player to never play for a conference championship or a Super Bowl.

I started digging into the lists of the all-time great defenders and the best pass rushers in the game's history. Most of the players who would easily be considered a great on defense have at the very least won a Lombardi. If they haven't won the big trophy they've either played or been one game away.

Two names stick out on the all-time greats list. Deacon Jones played three postseason games all in the divisional round. Dick Butkus never played in the postseason. You have to go to 24th all-time in sacks, Pat Swilling with 107.5, to find a sack leader who hasn't at least played in a conference championship or better.

It's a line on almost every great's resume and Watt's missing it.

Watt's only 30 sacks away from the top 20 in career sacks. His three defensive player of the year awards in four years cemented an era of dominance rarely matched in NFL history. He will put on the gold jacket one day. It would be bittersweet to find himself among those greats having never played in a game with that level of importance.

Unless he plays in one.

Brian Gaine and Bill O'Brien can't mess this up or they will be accessories to a sports crime: cementing Watt's place as the all-time great without a huge game to his name. The Texans enter one of the most important offseasons in franchise history. They have to find a way to protect Deshaun Watson as he's the key to making sure Watt's schedule pushes beyond 16 games each year. It's no easy task, but go do it. Make the defense's job just a little easier with some powerful offense.

Give Watt and company just a second more too with better secondary play. Help him out with a better pass rush next to him and not just opposite him. There's so many things the Texans have to get right with their massive cap space and three picks in the top two rounds.

It won't all be Gaine and O'Brien's fault if they don't do it, however they have a chance, with Watson and the rest of this team, to make sure a truly significant game appears on the schedule for Watt. Just one conference championship appearance, then, who knows. Maybe the big one and the Lombardi trophy.

Now here's a thought that will shake all Texans fans.

If the Texans don't nail it this offseason and show the next few seasons they're not legit threats, maybe Watt fills the hole in his distinguished career elsewhere. Reggie White left in his 30's. DeMarcus Ware found glory with the Broncos after a long Cowboys career. It isn't unheard of to see one franchise's legend don another team's colors.

I'm not sure what would hurt Texans fans more. Knowing Watt never played in the biggest games with the Texans or seeing him get to one of those games with another team. It's the hope neither of those things happen. There are almost never happy endings in football, but Watt's story deserves one or more of those chapters.

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