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Keenan Allen, James White Among 5 Essential Fantasy Football Must-Plays in Week 14

The fantasy football playoffs is well underway with many leagues either in the championship game or entering the semifinals in Week 15 action. There will undoubtedly be many tough decisions to make in your lineups with everything on the line once again. With that said, here are some suggestions to help make that process a bit easier this upcoming weekend.

5. Kenny Golladay

ESPN PROJECTIONS: 12.9 PTS

The Lions may have been and continue to be without star quarterback Matthew Stafford, but that hasn’t deterred the strong level of production from Golladay. The veteran wideout has been their most consistent option in the passing game, especially in the last couple of weeks with back-to-back double-digit outings.

Golladay has shown to have a promising connection with rookie quarterback David Blough as two have hooked up for touchdowns in each contest. That trend should continue against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who rank last in the league giving up 38.9 points to opposing wide receivers. That includes more than 30 points in five out of the last six games played.

4. Seahawks D/ST

ESPN PROJECTIONS: 7.6 PTS

The Seahawks have had their fair share of ups and downs defensively this season, but they have honed things in on that side of the ball as the season has moved along. Seattle has tallied at least five points in their last four games, including a pair of double-digit outings.

What has been most promising is their ability to create turnovers with 29 through the first 13 games played. That number should look to increase in Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers, who have fallen off track over the last few weeks. The Panthers are also currently 26th against opposing defenses, allowing 8.5 points per contest. That has seen opponents rack up more double-digit outings against them in three out of the last four games.

3. James White

ESPN PROJECTIONS: 12.7 PTS

The Patriots have been nothing short of abysmal offensively over the last few weeks that has created much cause for concern. However, it has seen greater dependency on White as a bigger factor in the game plan. White has notched back-to-back performances with double-digit outings. That has featured him being a prominent part of the passing game with at least five receptions in each contest.

New England has lined up a prime opportunity to bounce back going up against the Cincinnati Bengals, who are one of the worst teams in the league. Their defense has struggled tremendously, ranking 25th against opposing running backs, allowing 24.1 points per contest. It has seen opponents rack up north of 20 points in two out of the last three contests. All of this will mean a significant workload for White in a Patriots offense that is desperate to get back on track.

2. Keenan Allen

ESPN PROJECTIONS: 11.0 PTS

Yes, Allen is a name that won’t typically be on this list as he’s one of the top wide receivers in the league and best fantasy performers at his position. But the inclusion this week is to emphasize further that he should be in your starting lineup against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings have been one of the better teams in the NFC, but they have had some notable struggles against the pass, especially in fantasy against wide receivers, ranking 26th, allowing 31.6 points per contest. That should mean a strong outing for Allen that will see him get back into the end zone.

1. Ryan Tannehill

ESPN PROJECTIONS: 19.1 PTS

It would have been a longshot to predict that Tannehill would become a sure-fire fantasy starter heading into the 2019 season. He has done just that since taking over the starting job with the Tennessee Titans. Tannehill has tallied more than 19 points in five out of his six starts, including topping more than 20 points three times.

He has continued to prove to be the real deal and has a favorable matchup in Week 15 against the Houston Texans, who are 27th in the league allowing 20.9 points to opposing quarterbacks per game. That has seen quarterbacks tally more than 20 points in five out of their last seven games against them. That mark could reasonably be reached yet again for Tannehill on Sunday.