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Fantasy Football: 10 biggest reactions to NFL Week 14

2TC54NN Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice (4) scores a touchdown against Buffalo Bills cornerback Cam Lewis (39)during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Peter Aiken)

• Multiple backfield changes: Some teams have started getting fresh running backs more involved.

Kansas City Chiefs make changes at wide receiver: The Chiefs' wide receiver rotation has evolved all season, but there were bigger changes than usual in Week 14.

• A big day for tight ends: Several tight ends found the end zone in Week 14, but two tight ends played more than most fantasy managers expected.

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These are my 10 biggest reactions to the games from the Sunday slate. To get a more in-depth breakdown, check out my full Sunday recap.

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The Chargers tweak their backfield: Before the game, there was plenty of talk of the team moving more toward a committee or going with the hot hand. 

  • Ekeler had been held under 3.6 yards per carry in all but two games this season and averaged just 1.3 yards per carry last week.
  • Isaiah Spiller was inactive for each of the last five games as the team stuck with two active running backs. Spiller was active for this game, which was the first change.
  • Ekeler started the game as usual, with Joshua Kelley rotating in on the first drive. The Chargers ran 12 plays on the first three drives and reached a fourth drive at the end of the first quarter. Spiller started mixing in during the fourth drive.
  • Ekeler played only half of the snaps in the first quarter but took the backfield over by the second quarter. He played 23 of 34 snaps in the second and third quarters, with Spiller taking over as the backup and playing nine snaps in those two quarters. Kelley was only on the field twice in that time.
  • Ekeler finished the game by taking all 18 snaps in the fourth quarter.
  • This was Ekeler’s best game in a month. He can safely remain in fantasy starting lineups. If anything, this might mean Spiller will be the handcuff going forward instead of Kelley.
  • There is also a chance the Chargers are looking ahead to next season and want to know what they have in Spiller so they know how much to prioritize running back in the offseason.

D’Onta Foreman returns to Chicago: Foreman had missed the Bears' Week 12 game due to an ankle injury.


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