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Tuesday, 10 December 2013 21:51

Fantasy Football Week 14 Recap

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104 touchdowns scored this week. 104! A lot went on this weekend and the snow didn’t seem to limit many of the stars playing. The Fantasy Football playoffs are in full swing, and with that in mind it’s time to shift focus a bit. Less focus on what I got right, less focus on what I got wrong, and more emphasis on what you all should do going forward to win your league’s fantasy title. Let’s get to it.

Win Some

·         Jordan Cameron’s fantasy value isn’t dead yet folks. Jason Campbell finally gained some chemistry with Cameron and brought him back to levels previously seen early in the season. With defense focusing more on Galvatron (Josh Gordon) now, Campbell will be a pivotal part of keeping this offense moving.

·         The Saints get the job done at home. Unfortunately there aren’t any home games left for them this year, but this week against the Rams should be a solid outing for the vastly improved defense. The Rams OL isn’t too good, and Cameron Jordan is having a career year.

Lose Some

·         Maybe Ladarius Green isn’t as involved as I thought he would be. That being said, he has a matchup this week against the Broncos that could bode well for him. He remains a sleeper, but for those with championship aspirations he may not be worth the risk.

·         The Colts obviously still have some life, so my pick on the Bengals DST was horrid. Also, leave it to the Raiders defense to make the Jets look good. Just when the whole “play the DST against Geno” thing was really proving true.

Players to Add

If you have Jamaal Charles and LeSean McCoy you may want to pick up their handcuffs. Knile Davis in particular has looked good in his short time on the field, and the Chiefs are pretty much locked in the 5th spot, so resting Charles may be an option soon. The final three games for the Chiefs are all pretty good matchups for the RB, so if you own Charles you’ll definitely want his backup going forward.

Other guys to add:

·         Toby Gerhart – Adrian Peterson will most likely miss the next game, and there’s a chance he misses even more time with his sprained foot. Gerhart isn’t exactly healthy himself, but he looked great against the Ravens and the Eagles are giving up about 17 fantasy pts per game to opposing RBs.

·         Julian Edelman – With the loss of Gronk, the top receiving option on the Patriots is Shane Vereen, yes, the RB. The next best option is Julian Edelman, who has double digit fantasy pts in each of the last 3 weeks and is looking like what we expected from Amendola. Expect more targets and catches for Edelman for the rest of the season.

·         Dennis Pitta – First game back and Pitta notches 48 receiving yards and a TD. Flacco went to Pitta a lot last year, and was expected to be one of Flacco’s top options going into the season, so picking him up if you want some TE depth (or a cheap keeper) isn’t a bad idea.

·         Daniel Thomas – Lamar Miller suffers a concussion and Daniel Thomas (unexpectedly) comes in and runs for 105 yards and a score. This week the Dolphins face the Patriots who are one of the worst teams against the run, and Miller has a big chance of missing this game if he can’t pass his tests. If Miller misses next week as well then even better. The Buffalo Bills are 26th against the run this season.

·         Jay Cutler – Have you seen what Josh McCown has done with this offense? Marc Trestman stated that once Cutler gets a full week of practice in he’ll be the starter, and I think that happens next week (short week this week). The emergence of Alshon Jeffery boosts the value of Cutler who I believe is on par if not better than McCown.

·         Marcel Reece – I’m a big Marcel Reece fan, and if you remember how he played in his time in the starting role last year, then what he did on Sunday shouldn’t surprise you. Rashad Jennings is expected to be back this week so Reece isn’t a huge add, but if Jennings has a setback (which is entirely possible with concussions) you should jump on Reece.

Players to Drop

Playoffs are where you clear your bench for players you feel confident in using if your stud gets hurt, or for guys you want to hold onto as keepers for the next season. Below is a list of guys that I think aren’t worth keeping, nor have they done enough to gain your trust to use them if your stud goes down.

·         Matt McGloin

·         Mike Glennon

·         Panthers RBs

·         Ray Rice

·         Darren McFadden

·         Nate Burleson

·         T.Y. Hilton

·         Terrance Williams

·         Rueben Randle

·         Titans WRs

·         Raiders WRs

·         Jets WRs

·         Jordan Reed

·         Jared Cook

Injury Update

·         The two biggest injuries come to Adrian Peterson and Rob Gronkowski. With the Vikings out of playoff contention and the severity of AP’s foot injury unknown, it isn’t out of the question for him to be shut down for the season. Gronk on the other hand we know is gone, and if you’re in a keeper league you may really need to weigh whether he’s worth it (based on what you’d have to give up).

·         Jay Cutler could start as early as this week, but Trestman mentioning he needs a full week of practice leads me to believe he’ll return next week.

·         Lamar Miller and Wes Welker suffered concussions over the weekend and Welker in particular isn’t expected to play this week (Thursday). Lamar will need to pass his concussion tests to play this weekend, so Miller owners will want to handcuff Daniel Thomas just in case.

·         Reggie Bush re-aggravated his calf in warm-ups, causing him to miss the game. With no setbacks he should be fine to play the Ravens on Monday, but for now this is a wait and see scenario.