Corner Lockdown - Week 14
Dec 6, 2012
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Oakland tight end Brandon Myers had a huge game last week against Cleveland. He caught an amazing 14 balls for 130 yards and a touchdown. Even more impressive was he received 15 targets, so he hauled in all but one pass. Myers has been solid in the second half of the season and has been Carson Palmer’s go-to guy. He has put up more than 11 fantasy points in three of the last five weeks and has four touchdowns and 38 receptions in that time. He may still be available in some leagues, but that window is closing fast. Grab him if you can, as tight end production has been hard to come by this season.
Peyton Manning is having a great season after missing all of 2011, but it looks like Adrian Peterson is poised to win the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award. Peterson had another huge day in Week 13, rushing for 210 yards on just 21 carries with a touchdown. The score came on an incredible 82-yard sideline scamper in which he broke a few tackles and outran the Green Bay defense.
On the season, Peterson already has rushed for 1,446 yards and scored eight touchdowns, and there are still four games left. If he can average just under 139 yards a game he will reach 2,000 yards less than a year after tearing his ACL. It would be one of the most amazing feats the NFL has ever seen.
It was another start and another huge week for Philadelphia running back Bryce Brown. Brown ran the ball 24 times for 169 yards and two scores Sunday night against Dallas. He also had four receptions and did an excellent job of finding holes. His only flaw was that he lost a fumble in the fourth quarter on the potential go-ahead drive. The fumble was returned for a touchdown and subsequently lost the game for Philadelphia. LeSean McCoy might be returning for Week 14, so Brown’s production will obviously drop. Monitor this situation as the week goes on.
Montell Owens, RB, Jacksonville
Well, Owens is getting the start this weekend by default for the Jaguars since three running backs ahead of him are all injured. That doesn’t mean that Owens cannot be serviceable for owners looking for an edge as the playoffs start. He gets to square off with the New York Jets, so he should find some space to operate and will see close to 20 carries. Owens could be a nice flex option since the Jaguars offense is starting to move the ball with new quarterback Chad Henne.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland
Gordon has had a nice little run over the last three weeks for Cleveland. He is averaging five catches a game and has at least one 20-plus yard reception in each contest over that span. He’s certainly a solid option in Week 14 as the Browns go up against Kansas City. Gordon is getting about seven targets per game over the last six weeks and has shown he has a knack for hauling in the long ball, so look his way if you need some receiver help.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina
Williams should get the start for the second straight week with Jonathan Stewart still nursing an injury. He was less than spectacular in Week 13, gaining 67 yards on 12 carries, but he has a chance to do some damage against an Atlanta defense that is susceptible to the run. Williams is a good flex play in Week 14 as long as he can get more than 12 rushes. Since we aren’t fortune tellers, that is a risk you have to take if you decide to start him.
Lock of the Week
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta
White has had a rough few weeks for fantasy owners as he has not found the end zone in the last six weeks. That surely has been hurting those who have him as their No. 1 receiver. To make matters worse, he is coming off his worst game of the season in which he caught just one pass for 20 yards against a terrible New Orleans defense. Look for White to bounce back in a big way in Week 14 when he matches up with Carolina, a team he crushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4.