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Rock and a Hard Place – Week 14

Below, I’ll list a player with some upside for this week, their Week 14 matchup, and the percentage of leagues in which he is owned according to our friends at


DISCLAIMER – 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. In case of emergency, break glass.


Josh McCown
vs. Dallas – 28 percent. McCown will get at least one more start, as
Jay Cutler

has been ruled out for this week’s Monday Night showdown with Dallas. McCown has filled in nicely in Cutler’s absence, and he’s topped 350 yards passing and two touchdowns in each of his last two games. This week, he faces a Dallas defense that has been one of the most vulnerable against the pass this season. Our site projects McCown to keep it up, with 325 yards passing and three scores. I think he can hit those numbers, but even if McCown falls slightly short, he’ll still have quite a day.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
at Denver – 21 percent. Fitzpatrick struggled last week in Indianapolis. But that shouldn’t be held against him here. I mean … he is
Ryan Fitzpatrick

. But this week, he’ll face a Denver team that will obviously put up points, meaning Fitzpatrick will get plenty of opportunities to make plays. And because they’ve gotten leads early, the Broncos defense has given up plenty of points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks. We’ve projected 255 yards and two touchdowns for Fitzpatrick on Sunday in Denver, and I think you could do a lot worse

Running Back

LeGarrette Blount
vs. Cleveland – 15 percent. It seems that coach Bill Belichick is implementing some sort of double standard in his backfield. While
Stevan Ridley

is still in the doghouse with his fumbling issues, Blount has apparently been forgiven. As a result, Ridley can’t be trusted at all going forward, but Blount is now the best bet for a rushing score in New England. Despite facing a tough Cleveland run defense, we’ve projected 40 yards on the ground and a score, and that seems reasonable.

Chris Ogbonnaya
at New England – 18 percent. Even with
Willis McGahee

having a nice Week 13, Ogbonnaya is still the best bet for running back touches in Cleveland. This week, the Browns face a New England team that will attempt to get out in front early, and that could create the need to pass early and often. That plays right into Ogbonnaya’s strengths. We project 30 rushing yards and another 30 receiving yards, and that receiving total seems low. I like him to put up at least eight fantasy points this week.

Wide Receiver

Doug Baldwin
at San Francisco – 23 percent. With
Sidney Rice

out for the season and
Percy Harvin

still slowed in his return from injury, the Seahawks have turned to some younger guys.
Golden Tate

has been the more popular name, but
Doug Baldwin

has made his share of plays as well.
Russell Wilson

will find the open man, and he certainly trusts Baldwin to get it done. In his last four games, he’s scored three times, and he’s topped 60 yards in each. The projection is three catches for 40 yards, and I think he outperforms that.

Andre Holmes
at New York Jets – 3 percent. Holmes has been a real find for the Oakland Raiders in the past few weeks, finally breaking through in Week 13 with a seven-catch, 136-yard performance. He is a matchup nightmare with the size and speed to give defenses fits. This week, he faces a Jets defense that has been getting beat on a regular basis by opposing wideouts. We’ve projected four catches, 65 yards and a touchdown, and I think Holmes gets it done.

Tiquan Underwood
vs. Buffalo – 3 percent. Underwood has stepped up into a bigger role with
Mike Williams

on the shelf. He’s been able to get behind defenses for long balls, and quarterback
Mike Glennon

has had enough confidence to chuck it up to him. He’s made a number of plays in recent weeks, and he now gets a Bills defense that has been pretty bad against opposing quarterbacks and receivers. I like Underwood to top our three-catch, 50-yard projection on Sunday.

Good luck in Week 14.

Drew Magyar is a staff writer and member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He can be reached at

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