It’s week 14 and if your still reading this, you’re either in the playoffs or you have a chance to make the playoffs. There have been plenty of injuries to shake up your fantasy roster, but don’t worry as I’ve outlined a few players this week to help give your fantasy team that last extra push it needs to extend your season at least one more week.
I utilize statistical analysis combined with over 15 years of fantasy football experience to give you an inside look of how players will perform on a week-to-week basis. The Studs list will be updated on a regular basis as players emerge and injuries occur, but be patient with those players listed early in the season. They were ranked and selected high in your draft for a reason.
When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:
1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions.
2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Oakland
Drew Brees, New Orleans at Tennessee
Tom Brady, New England at Washington
Cam Newton, Carolina vs. Atlanta
Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Minnesota
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants at Dallas
Tony Romo, Dallas vs. N.Y. Giants
Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Buffalo
Matt Ryan, Atlanta at Carolina
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland
Rex Grossman, Washington vs. New England: I know what you’re thinking, “Starting Rex Grossman in Week 14 of the fantasy season is a recipe for disaster!”. Normally, I would probably agree with you, but the matchup dictates otherwise. The Pats’ pass defense is dead last in the NFL averaging 310 passing yards allowed per game. Grossman has averaged 276 yards passing with 4 TDs and 4 INTs over the past three weeks including games against the Jets and the Cowboys, both of which are ranked in the top half of defenses in passing yards allowed. With the emergence of Roy Helu, don’t be surprised when the field opens up nicely for Grossman this week and he posts very solid numbers against a struggling Patriots’ defense.
Carson Palmer, Oakland at Green Bay: Palmer has thrown for at least 273 yards in four of the past five games with at least 2 TDs in three of those games. This week, Palmer and the Raiders face the Packers who seemingly get into a shoot-out every week. Maybe it’s because their offense is practically unstoppable or maybe it’s because their pass defense is second to only New England in passing yards allowed. The Packers have also allowed 22 passing TDs on the season which bodes well for Palmer and the Raiders’ receivers. If you’re looking for defense in this matchup, look the other way. If offense is what you fancy, tune in to this one and enjoy. Palmer has a big day at the expense of the Green Bay secondary.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Houston: It’s been a rough stretch for Dalton as of late. In the past four weeks, he’s played the Steelers twice, the Ravens, and the Browns who have one of the best pass defenses this season. It doesn’t get much easier for Dalton this week against the Texans who are third in the NFL in passing yards allowed averaging just 183.4 on the season. The Texans have been very opportunistic in pass defense intercepting 17 passes this year which is 2nd in the league only to the Packers. Look for the Bengals’ passing game to struggle once again as the tough late season schedule continues to plague Dalton.
Mark Sanchez, N.Y. Jets vs. Kansas City: After throwing a season-high 4 TDs in week 12, Sanchez followed that game up with a mediocre 165 yards and 1 TD last week against the Redskins. This marked the sixth time this season that Sanchez failed to reach the 200-yard passing mark. The Jets got a big game from Shonn Greene last week and he should have no problem matching those numbers against a poor Chiefs’ run defense. Look for “Ground and Pound” to be in full effect this week minimizing the chances for Sanchez as he makes it three weeks in a row with less than 200 yards passing.