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Thursday, 04 December 2014 21:20

Fantasy Football Week 14 Preview

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Playoffs? PLAYOFFS??? Yes, it’s the playoffs.

Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears

Both team has poor Thursday games last week, I don’t think that happens again this week. I do rank Alshon (WR1) higher than Marshall simply because the latter has played better lately, but I can’t imagine you’re sitting Marshall if you have him. Martellus Bennett had a huge game while Jason Witten had an extremely bad one, but I think both guys will have similar stats:  about 50 receiving yards and maybe a TD. Both RBs should be key here.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

Cam Newton played horribly in their 1st matchup and he hasn’t been very good lately. I’m sitting Cam, as well as anyone on the Panthers other than Kelvin Benjamin (WR2) and Greg Olsen (TE1). With Brandin Cooks out Kenny Stills has played well and he’s a WR2 for me. I can’t fathom how Jimmy Graham had 0 targets last week, but I’d bet my life on that not happening this week. Jimmy had 83 yards and a TD in their 1st matchup and the defense hasn’t gotten any better. Pierre Thomas had 3 carries to Mark Ingram’s 23, this isn’t a shuffling backfield anymore. Start Mark Ingram.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Some late game TDs saved Big Ben’s fantasy value, and he should connect well with Antonio Brown here. Markus Wheaton has cooled off and is a Flex for me here. Every few weeks we get bad Andy Dalton, but the Steelers secondary hasn’t been good in the last 2 weeks so Dalton may have a decent day here. The only Bengal I’m truly confident in is AJ Green (WR1). Gio Bernard looked good last week, but he’s still pretty much in a 50/50 split with Jeremy Hill. Both are borderline RB2/Flex plays for me.

St. Louis Rams at Washington Football Franchise

Last week was a fluke for the Rams, let’s just get that out of the way. Sure I like Tre Mason at RB2, but I’m not saying he’s a top-10 RB all of a sudden. As bad as Washington lost, Colt McCoy had a great day. I don’t think he’s a starter, but there’s still value in DeSean Jackson (WR2) and Jordan Reed (TE1). I’m surprised Alfred Morris didn’t run better, but he should be fine Sunday.

NY Giants at Tennessee Titans

Huge game from Rashad Jennings (RB1) and Odell Beckham (WR1) continues to be a bright spot for a team that is just struggling. Another struggling team are the Titans, who’s best option in my mind is still Delanie Walker (TE1). Nate Washington has had 3 consecutive good weeks so he’s a Flex play, but I’m leaving the Titans alone otherwise.

NY Jets at Minnesota Vikings

The Jets suck. The Vikings just played great against the Panthers. I’m going to go ahead and name the Vikings DST a Sleeper Selection here. I’m also going to advise you stay away from both teams, unless you’re really desperate at TE in which case I say Kyle Rudolph may not be a bad fill in. The Jets ran 49 times on Monday. Not only can I not see that happening again, but I also don’t see Chris Johnson averaging 6.2 yards per carry for a consecutive week. I like Chris Ivory more than CJ0K, but I’m not using either.

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins

I think we can safely say the Steve Smith revival is over and Torrey Smith (WR2) is once again the star of the Ravens. Justin Forsett (RB1) had another productive week and should do a great this Sunday. Jarvis Landry has been a bit better than Mike Wallace lately, so I have him slightly higher although they’re both Flex plays. You should feel good about Lamar Miller at RB2, I’m surprised he only got to run the ball 13 times against the Jets.

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer hasn’t played well lately, which can only mean good things for the Colts DST. If Dwayne Allen is out, Coby Fleener will remain a TE1. Reggie Wayne is a Flex play, really bad 2 weeks for him, but I expect the veteran to bounce back. The Browns RBs had an off day, but overall I think they’re both good. Terrance West only had 7 carries last week, and him lost fumble doesn’t help his cause so the RB to start seems to be Isaiah Crowell (RB2). Still love Josh Gordon, you’re using him.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions

Use Mike Evans (WR2). Do not use Doug Martin (NOT FALLING FOR IT). Use the Lions DST. Use Megatron. Use Golden Tate. Use Joique Bell. Use Matt Stafford. If your 2 year old baby cousin is playing against the Bucs, use him/her too. If Reggie Bush is back, I probably wouldn’t use him, simply because I think it’s more likely he’ll get injured again then put up a performance worthy of being in your lineup. Yes, I did just tell you to start your 2 year old baby cousin over Reggie Bush.

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars

DeAndre Hopkins is the #1 WR on the Texans, can we please finally end any debates about that? Andre Johnson is a WR2, Arian Foster is a RB1, Denard Robinson is a RB2, and I expect the Texans DST to score more than any other Jaguar.

Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos

This game shouldn’t be anywhere near close, and Kyle Orton should have to throw a lot. Sammy Watkins has struggled, but the volume I think makes him worth a Flex play. I know Robert Woods has done well lately, so he’s a Sleeper Selection, but he’ll have to work hard for his yards against this defense. Fred Jackson (Flex) will likely struggle on the ground, but short passes should keep him somewhat valuable. If Julius Thomas is out then roll out Jacob Tamme (TE1). Not much needs to be said about the Broncos, we know who they are.

Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals

The Chiefs are 3rd in the AFC West, and the Cardinals are on their way out of the top spot in the NFC West. The Chiefs really only hold fantasy value in Jamaal Charles, as Travis Kelce has joined the rest of the receiving game in struggling. If Larry Fitzgerald is out again, and Andre Ellington sits, the Cardinals will have serious problems. Fitz (Flex) is expected to play, but Ellington has a serious hit pointer, so even if he does get the start I can’t imagine he does very well this week. I can’t trust the Cardinals WRs right now, there’s no telling who will play well anymore.

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

You can’t trust the Seahawks passing game, but you can continue to trust Beast Mode. Russell isn’t lighting up the box score lately, but he’s still a top-10 fantasy QB. The Eagles are firing on all cylinders, but someone will have an off week against the Seahawks. I think Jeremy Maclin is a safe play, and since LeSean has played so well lately I’m not too worried about him. Jordan Matthews may be the one to encounter some trouble Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders

Colin Kaepernick looked like a struggling rookie against the Seahawks last week, but he might look like one of the top QBs in the league going against the Raiders. You may have been hesitant to start these guys lately, but I like Frank Gore (RB2), Anquan Boldin (WR2), and Michael Crabtree (Flex) this week. I’m taking the safe route and sitting all Raiders.

New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers

Can Keenan Allen score for the third week in a row? I don’t think so while he’s stuck on Revis Island. Malcom Floyd is my Sleeper Selection, as I think he and Antonio Gates (TE1) will benefit from Allen being wrapped up. Look for Ryan Mathews (RB2) to have more than 12 carries a game, but I wouldn’t expect as much from Jonas Gray. It’s certainly possible that Gray could go off, but I’m not using the Patriots backfield other than Shane Vereen (Flex). LaFell (WR2) and Gronk (TE1) are your best bets in the Pats passing game, but don’t let LaFell’s off week scare you away from him, especially if you’re in a PPR league.

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

If Roddy White plays I’d consider playing him at the Flex spot, but the only Falcons player you can really trust is Julio Jones (WR1). Steven Jackson had his best rushing game of the season, but if the Packers start off hot I don’t think he’ll get many touches. If you need to play it safe, I’d sit Jackson. Davante Adams took advantage of the Patriots’ focus on Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, but I think the latter two are really the guys you want to play. Adams gets a Flex nod from me, but Rodgers shouldn’t have any need to look for his 3rd option against the Falcons. Eddie Lacy (RB1) just can’t be stopped right now.

 

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