Rock And A Hard Place - Week 14
Dec 7, 2012
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Below, I’ll list the player, their week 14 matchup, and the percentage of leagues in which he is owned according to our friends at fleaflicker.com.
The hope is that you don’t find yourself in a situation like this. The hope is that you dodge the bullet. But hope won’t help you come Sunday.
Let’s move on to this week’s targets, keeping in mind that these aren’t every week starters. Instead, these are guys that should only be used if you’re in some kind of roster emergency, whether it be related to bye weeks or injuries.
Brandon Weeden vs KC – 22%. Weeden has been better than you’d thing, especially lately. Last week against Oakland, Weeden threw for 364 yards. While he threw just one touchdown to two interceptions, he’s starting to make defenses pay when they attempt to load up against Trent Richardson. The Chiefs seem to give up 20+ points every week to opposing quarterbacks, and with Weeden improving, I like him even better in the dog pound in Cleveland. The FantasySharks.com staff has projected him for 250 yards and a score, and I like him to surpass those conservative numbers.
Colin Kaepernick vs MIA – 42%. Kaepernick had a hiccup last week against a beatable Rams defense. I suppose it’s to be expected for a young quarterback, although I'm not happy with how much he struggled against a fairly average pass defense, I still like him as he's leading a competent offense. Add to it his rushing ability and goal line potential, and there’s a lot to be optimistic about. If you’re looking for a fill-in or need a better option or matchup, the Fantasy Sharks staff projects 215 yards passing, 40 yards rushing, and two scores (one rushing).
Bilal Powell @JAC – 10%. Powell and running mate Shonn Greene are now splitting carries. With Mark Sanchez inexplicably still under center, the two backs will get plenty of work against Jacksonville’s porous run defense. While Greene is still probably a slightly better option, I do like Powell quite a bit. He’ll get enough work to be productive, and the Jaguars have given up plenty of yards on the ground. I like him to reach the 60 yards and touchdown projected on our site.
Montell Owens vs NYJ – 4%. Who? I know. Look, our site even states that even without Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings active, Owens is still a desperation play at best. That said, he’ll start at running back for the Jaguars against a Jets defense that has struggled all season against the run. Last week was only one of three times this season the Jets held an opponent under 100 yards rushing. That said, it was the Cardinals with Ryan Lindley at the helm. I like Owens reach 60-80 total yards this week, and if he gets in the end zone, that’s not bad.
Kenny Britt vs IND – 51%. Britt’s biggest challenge this season has been staying healthy. It seems that he’s finally there, scoring in each of the past two weeks. Jake Locker has a much stronger arm than backup Matt Hasselbeck, which usually translates to a couple of deep balls thrown Britt’s way. Given the fast track in Indianapolis, along with a weak pass defense, I like Britt’s chances of hitting our projected 6/75/1 stat line.
Josh Gordon vs KC – 45%. Gordon is still available in too many leagues, and since I touted his quarterback in a great matchup with Kansas City, I figured I’d double down with Gordon. Gordon has proven worthy of being a supplemental second rounder, catching 34 passes for 646 yards and five touchdowns. Last week, against Oakland, he had the best game of his young career, with six receptions, 116 yards and a score. The Chiefs are only slightly less terrible, and we project him for four catches, 70 yards, and a touchdown.
Good luck in week 14.
Drew Magyar is a FantasySharks.com staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. “What Did We Learn” will be posted each Tuesday morning during the season, and “Rock and a Hard Place” will be posted each Friday morning.