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Corner Lockdown – Week 14

Running Wild

In a week where there were plenty of rushing touchdowns, both
DeMarco Murray

Ben Tate

led the charge with three apiece. Owners smart enough to keep Tate in their lineups were rewarded and I’m sure everyone started Murray. Although it was great to see Dallas run the ball in the red zone, keep in mind that Murray only got 17 carries and 63 yards against a suspect Oakland defense, so the scores saved his fantasy day. He does have favorable matchups the rest of the season, but the Dallas Cowboys are a passing offense so don’t expect anymore huge games out of Murray. He only has seven touchdowns on the season and three of them came last week. Tate, on the other hand, is getting more than 20 touches a game since he became the starter, and, even though he had just one score before Week 13, he should be solid the rest of the way. Houston draws Jacksonville this week, so Tate is a must start in all formats. I’m not saying I don’t like Murray in the fantasy playoffs, I just like Tate more.

C.J. Spiller

finally played like a first-round fantasy draft pick and it only took 13 weeks! Coming off the bye week, Spiller took advantage of the great matchup against Atlanta, rushing for 149 yards on just 15 carries. He showed off his speed on a career-long 77-yard scamper in the first quarter and scored on a 36-yard run in the second half as well. This was vintage
C.J. Spiller

. He was cutting, juking and running past defenders. He did tweak his ankle, but was able to come back and finished the game without major injury. The bye week was exactly what Spiller needed to rest that ankle. Owners who have been patient with him should get rewarded for the playoff run as he still has matchups left against Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Miami and New England. Start him every week from here on out.

Shark Sleepers

Ladarius Green, TE, San Diego

Green is turning into the new
Antonio Gates

in San Diego as it is clear that he is the best receiving option at tight end. Over the past three games, Green has seen a lot more targets from
Philip Rivers

, especially in the red zone. He has just nine receptions, but has recorded 206 yards and two touchdowns with those nine catches. The tight end position has been a crap shoot all season with the exception of Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski, so if you’re looking to improve here, take a look at Green for the final few weeks of the season. He has the New York Giants and Oakland coming up on the schedule so he’s worth a spot start if you’re struggling at the position.

Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit

Many owners were disappointed on Thanksgiving when Burleson put up a goose egg. He was coming off a 10-target week and looked to be a nice compliment to
Calvin Johnson

. Well forget about Week 13; receivers get neglected from time to time. The point is, Burleson is still the No. 2 receiver for the Detroit Lions and should see plenty of action against Philadelphia on Sunday. He is a possession receiver, and even though he doesn’t rack up a ton of yards, he does rack up the receptions. Johnson will certainly get his first, but Detroit has been throwing the ball 40 times a game so there are plenty of balls to go around. Look for Burleson to have a game closer to his Week 12 production rather than his Week 13.

Lock of the Week

Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona

Floyd has been on an absolute tear over the last three games. He has just less than 400 receiving yards and two scores with 18 receptions. The scary part is that he is still just the No. 2 wideout in Arizona and will continue to get plenty of targets while defenses double team
Larry Fitzgerald

. Floyd has a solid matchup in Week 14 against St. Louis so start him with confidence as a WR2 or flex play in all formats. But be wary because he ends the season against Tennessee, Seattle and San Francisco. All three of those contests do not favor receivers at all, so this may be the last week to cash in on Floyd’s production. Nonetheless, he should put up another 90-yard and one score type of day on Sunday.

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