Week Fourteen (14) Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em for the 2012-2013 Fantasy Football season by Koopafantasy.
Have questions? Find me on Twitter: @Blackie_Mike
You can also watch/listen to me ramble about the players here if you prefer!
(IND) Andrew Luck vs. (TEN) – Week fourteen is here and while some people may have the playoffs locked up, others still have a chance to fight and claw there way in and can’t afford any mistakes. When making a list of top-12 quarterbacks for this weekend, Luck make his appearance surprisingly high. The Titans have allowed 25 passing touchdowns so far this season and are a great opportunity for Luck to keep the momentum going. I don’t expect him to throw for another four touchdowns, but would not be at all surprised by three. * ahem * If you need some luck this weekend getting a win, Luck could be your guy…
(NYG) Ahmad Bradshaw vs. (NO) – With Brown out Bradshaw saw a very healthy workload of 24 carries and was able to put up over 100 yards with it. This weekend Bradshaw gets the Saints and should be able to top that, hopefully with a score provided he gets around 20 carries.
(DEN) Knowshon Moreno vs. (OAK) – Moreno is likely to be a ton of start lists this week, and for good reason. Moreno is poised to a full workload (24 carries last week) against a very bad defense in the Raiders. I am not a huge fan of Moreno, but would be surprised if he doesn’t find a way to put up double-digit fantasy points this weekend.
(PHI) Jeremy Maclin vs. (TB) – This one is a little worrisome, as Maclin only really has one food game under his belt with Foles throwing the ball, but still I think I will take my chances with him in week fourteen against the Buccs. Jackson is out, the Buccs are solid against the run so Bryce Brown might not be as effective as his first two starts. Maclin could see a high number of targets in this game; owners just have to trust Foles (as scary as that sounds) to get the ball to him.
(DEN) Eric Decker vs. (OAK) – Decker was extremely disappointing last week in what looked like a good matchup for him, and in his last four starts has little more 100 or so yards with one touchdown; and it has looked a though Demaryius Thomas has proved himself to be the teams obvious number one. Despite this, I think I would give Decker another shot this Thursday night against Oakland, one of the worst teams in the league right now. Manning should be able to throw for 2-3 touchdowns, so hopefully Decker can catch number nine in the process.
(BAL) Torrey Smith vs. (WAS) – I have had terrible luck with Torrey Smith this season, as he seems to enjoy tough matchups. While the Redskins are a pretty easy fantasy matchup for wide receivers, they are also a pretty tough matchup on the field. Despite, Flacco being on the road where he routinely sucks, I still think he can get Torrey the ball rough times for a solid fantasy outing.
(STL) Chris Givens vs. (BUF) – Only three touchdowns on the season for Givens, but he has been fairly consistent putting up 50 or more yards in most games and seeing more targets with Danny Amendola not playing. On Sunday, hopefully with Amendola out again if you do plan on starting him, Givens will be able to have another solid game against a bad Bills defense.
(TEN) Kenny Britt vs. (IND) – Britt has touchdowns in back to back weeks now though he has had less than 50 yards in both games. Indianapolis however has been one of the worst teams against the pass this season and could be a chance for Britt to make it three in a row with a better yardage total.
(OAK) Brandon Myers vs. (DEN) – Myers just keeps on producing and is one of the top tight ends over the last couple of weeks, including a 130-yard game last week that came with a touchdown. He is getting a lot of his value in garbage time, but with Oakland likely to be down to Denver this weekend, the trend shouldn’t change.
(SD) Philip Rivers vs. (PIT) – Rivers only has two three-touchdown games so far in 2012 and only has three touchdowns in his last three games. I would not be expecting a whole lot from Rivers come this Sunday against the Steelers. Despite a banged of defense (as usual) the Steelers are still playing well and limiting opposing quarterbacks very well.
(MIA) Reggie Bush vs. (SF) – Bush has been a tough puzzle to solve in recent weeks, having some of his best outing against tough defenses (Seahawks) and having some bum efforts against bad ones (Bills). Despite this trend, I would not be trusting Bush as anything more than a flex play in week fourteen against the ‘49ers.
(NE) Stevan Ridley vs. (HOU) – The Patriots are on a six game streak and will be at home to the Texans, but they still have a very solid rush defense and could limit Ridley’s value this coming Monday night. I don’t see Ridley rushing for more than 80 yards and might need a goal line carry to get double-digit fantasy points.
(PIT) Mike Wallace vs. (SD) – Wallace doesn’t have a touchdown in the last three weeks, and although he has still seen seven targets in each of those games, Batch is just not the kind of quarterback to go deep often; where Wallace gets a lot of his value. I am keeping Wallace on the bench until Big Ben comes back.
(GB) James Jones vs. (DET) – With only two touchdowns in his last six games and Greg Jennings working his way back into the rotation, I don’t have much faith in Jones to be a very productive fantasy starter at this point. It is looking as though you are going to need a touchdown from Jones to get much out of him going forward.
(DAL) Miles Austin vs. (CIN) – Austin was able to come up with a touchdown catch last week, but only had two catches for 20 yards to go with it. Dez Bryan is playing exceptional lately, making the oft-injured Austin a second option more often. On the road against the Bengals this coming Sunday, I would not be expecting much from Miles Austin.
(SEA) Golden Tate vs. (ARZ) – Tate has been a very good fantasy starter the last month, catching four touchdowns with about 200 yards over that span, but could disappoint owners who stick with him in week fourteen against the Cardinals. The Cardinals have been dismal, losing eight straight since their 4-0 start, but that is largely due to the almost complete lack of offence, not defense. Tate might be left with a very poor fantasy day as the Seahawks have a low scoring game with Arizona.
(SD) Antonio Gates vs. (PIT) – As someone who targeted Gates in quite a few leagues, expecting to be able to get him much later than elite level tight ends and expecting a bounce back year from him; that has not been the case. Gates has a measly 400 yards on the season with only four touchdowns, two of them coming in one game; I am ready to look elsewhere for a tight end this week with Gates getting the Steelers.