It’s fantasy playoff time! Here is some line up advice to help you get through this week and inch closer to the ultimate goal of winning your league and beating all of your friends.
Start: Russel Wilson
Wilson has been playing well on a consistent basis this year and should continue to do so in week 14 as he is matched up against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles allow the fifth most fantasy points to QBs and should have trouble dealing with Beast Mode and Wilson on the ground. Look for Wilson to provide your fantasy team with at least 15 points and help you win this week.
Start: Matthew Stafford
Stafford has been frustratingly inconsistent for fantasy owners all season long. However, his matchup this week is too juicy to ignore as he goes up against the Tampa Bay Bucs and their atrocious secondary. Look for Stafford to capitalize on this matchup in a big way and give your team some much needed points to pull out the W.
Sit: Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger has not been playing as well lately as his stats seem to indicate. Last week he padded his stats nicely in garbage time and surpassed over 400 yards passing. This week he goes up against a tough Bengals secondary that has been solid all year. Look for the Steelers to pound the rock with Bell against the Bengals porous run defense and center their game plan around him. Roethlisberger has just too tough of a matchup and the Steelers will probably focus the game plan elsewhere, thus making him garner a spot on your bench.
Start: Isaiah Crowell*
Assuming he plays this week, Crowell is a very smart play at your RB2 or FLEX. His back up, Terrance West, is in the doghouse for fumbling issues, thereby opening the door for Crowell to have a feature back type role. However, he is hampered by a hip injury that he has been downplaying all week long. With his projected role against a porous Indian run defense, he is a smart play this week.
Start: Frank Gore
Frank Gore is having a rough 2014 fantasy campaign ranking outside of the top 20 overall backs in NFL.com standard scoring leagues. However, his matchup this week is too good to ignore. Gore is matched up against the Raiders who have just been gashed by opposing RBs all year long. Look for that trend to continue in week 14 with Frank Gore putting up double digit points.
Sit: Rashad Jennings
Jennings has an amazing matchup this week against Tennessee and has been playing well as of late. However, he is badly hobbled by an ankle injury that will affect the amount of carries he receives. This could lead to an uptick in the production of Andre Williams at his expense. Whether Jennings has a good day will be touchdown dependent.
Start: Golden Tate
He and the Lions are playing the Bucs. ‘Nuff said.
Start: Kelvin Benjamin
Benjamin has had a great rookie season and has done well for fantasy owners all season long. He is the clear cut number one option in Carolina and has a favorable matchup this week against New Orleans. Look for Benjamin to receive a lot of targets and find a way into the end zone for a good fantasy day. Starting him as a WR2 should pay dividends.
Sit: Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen’s play has been hot over these past few weeks. However, this week he gets the dreaded Darrell Revis assignment in New England. Find him a nice spot on your bench as he is not going to have a good day when he takes a trip to Revis Island.
Start: Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Rudolph finally found the end zone last week against Carolina, saving what would have been a meager fantasy output. This week the Vikings take on the Jets and their awful pass defense. Look for Rudolph to find the end zone again and provide your team with at least 8 points, making him a decent option to start.
Start: Antonio Gates
The Patriots boast one of the best cornerback tandems in the league with Brandon Browner and Darrell Revis. However, quarterbacks have been able to expose the secondary with one position, tight end. Look for Antonio Gates to be the main beneficiary of the tight coverage by the two excellent corners. Thus, he is a smart play this week and should help your team out big in the playoffs.
Sit: Dwayne Allen
Allen is a great option at TE when healthy. This week, however, is his first week back and he may be eased back into the offense. With the chemistry between Fleener and Luck really on display last week look for Allen to have a relatively quiet week unless he can find his way into the end zone.
Start: Houston Texans
The Texans are going up against Jacksonville. ‘Nuff said.
Sit: Cleveland Browns
Andrew Luck and the Colts travel to Cleveland this week to take on the Browns at home. The Indianapolis offense is quite potent and has been rolling. Look for them to put points up in bunches agains the Browns this week. Sit them in favor of another defense such as the Ravens.
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