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Fantasy Football Week #14

Week #13 is in the books and fantasy football teams are looking forward to week #14. There is a lot to discuss this week so let’s jump right in to the action.

Every team in the NFL has at least two losses except the Panthers who remain undefeated. It was amazing how quickly the Patriots fell out of grace. Hold on because the last few games of the season will create a roller coaster ride for fantasy football teams.

Bye Week

No byes for the rest of the season. You are in the clear and can relax about starting a player on a bye week.

Mismatches

Panthers vs. Falcons, Jets vs. Titans, Chiefs vs. Chargers, Broncos vs. Raiders, Packers vs. Cowboys, and Patriots, vs. Texans

At this point in the season there is a lot of data available. Start your best players based on 13 games of data.

Quarterbacks

This is the best week for ranking QB’s that I have seen this season. One glaring problem is Big Ben. After scoring 33 fantasy points last week does he really deserve to be ranked 14th in most polls. I would place Big Ben in the top five at the very least. With three great receivers expect another great week even against a decent Bengals defense.

Running Backs

RB polls are a different story than QB polls. I agree Johnson should be in the top five, but ranked #1. He is a relatively unknown commodity and is going against a decent Vikings defense. Sure you should start him, but don’t think for a second he is secure #1 RB.

Rawls should do well this week against the Ravens. The Seahawks are finally starting to put an offense together. He did well last week against a stout Vikings defense and he should do well against a Ravens defense that is not as good as it has been in recent years.

Peterson just killed fantasy team owners last week. One point. OUCH! Only 8 attempts? What? Do the Vikings realize they have the best RB on their team? Sure they are playing catch up a lot and need to throw the rock, but give Peterson the ball. Trust me they will not make the same mistake this weekend.

Tight Ends

Eifert #2 against the Steelers this week? Hell NO! The Steeler’s defense held him to 39 yards in week #8. I personally would not start Eifert this week unless you have no other choice. He is returning from an injury and going against a decent defense that has his number.

Kelce #3? Again I don’t think so. Sure he is going against a Charger’s defense that is favorable to TEs making a lot of fantasy points, but Kelce is not producing decent points. Check your bench and waiver wire, because Kelce should not be started unless you have to.

Do you start Chandler or not? That is the question. The answer is no. He will probably start and Gronk will probably miss another week due to injury. However, don’t be tempted to start him because the Texans have done well against TEs this year. Look hard for another TE starter.

Wide Receivers

Hopkins is having an amazing season and is playing the porous Patriots secondary. However, if you dig deeper and really look at his fantasy point’s production he has not been that impressive. He has scored 17 points over the last two weeks. Is he an automatic start? No he is not. Look at who else you have on your roster or whom sitting on the waiver wire.

Jones has been a good starter for most of the season and ranks seventh in several polls, but don’t start him. He is a good flex player this week, but he is going against Norman and it will not produce a lot of fantasy points for owners that have Jones on their roster.

Megatron has been all over the board this season. Against a good Ram’s secondary give him a nice cozy seat on the bench.

Defenses

Starting a defense is always a slippery slope. In a tight matchup a defense can be the difference between a win or a loss. The top five ranked defenses this week look pretty good. After 12 games of stats solid decisions can be made about which defense to start.

One defense that ranks towards the top of every poll every week is the Jet’s defense. Take a solid look at the Jet’s points production. OK I will save you the time. It is not impressive, especially over the last few weeks. Don’t start the Jet’s defense this week unless you have to because you will not gain a lot of points.

Conclusion

We are starting into week #14 games. The playoff picture is starting crystal clear. Start thinking trading and picking up players on the waiver wire that will be in the playoffs. At this point it is obvious the Bengals, Broncos, Cardinals, and Panthers are going to be in the playoffs. The Packers and Vikings are battling for the have moved to In fact in most divisions the playoff picture already complete. There is a good race going in the wild card positions. Start making some trades for players on these teams.

Good luck this week and kick some ass this week in your league!

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