Welcome to the week 14 edition of the Brew Crew Corner. This week many leagues will kicking off the fantasy playoffs, while the rest of leagues will play the final regular season game. If you’ve made it into the playoffs, congratulations! However, this just the beginning. You didn’t work this hard just to qualify so make sure your setting those line-ups, snagging the last available options on the waiver wire and pay attention to match-ups.
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their owner.
Cam Newton – 12-for-21, 204 passing yards, one touchdown and 14 carries for 54 yards three touchdowns. Newton is still the top fantasy quarterback and with the playoffs starting, Cam may carry someone to a championship.
Percy Harvin – Eight receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Harvin is the Vikings best player. And although it seems as if he’s not going to play every week, you need to start him if he is in the lineup.
Pierre Garcon – Nine receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. This is Garcon’s best game since weeks 4 and 5. With the Ravens, Titans and Texans coming up, I don’t think you can count on Garcon helping you through the playoffs.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.
LeGarrette Blount– 11 carries for 19 yards. Against the Panthers 27th ranked defense Blount was shutdown. Blount had two productive back-to-back games before this dud.
DeMarco Murray – 12 carries for 38 yards. Murray was held in check by the Cardinals’ defense which has definitely hurt a ton of owners trying to secure a playoff spot.
Joe Flacco – 10-for-23 for 158 and no touchdowns with one fumble. Flacco failed to throw for a touchdown as he let Ray Rice carry the offense. Joe Cool has been Joe cold all season. I don’t recommend counting on him to win you any playoff games.
Good quarterback match-ups this week:
Tony Romo against the Giants. The Giants aren’t stopping anyone and they have had two games in a row with four touchdowns surrendered to Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. Romo will have Miles Austin back and will put up better numbers than he did last week. The Giants are now 29th in passing defense allowing 260.2 passing yards per game with 20 touchdowns allowed this season.
Matthew Stafford against the Vikings. Stafford had his first 400-yard game of the season last week and in his first meeting against the Vikings he threw for 378 with two touchdowns. The Vikings lead the league with 24 touchdowns given up and are 26th in yards per game allowed with 252.2.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Chargers. The Charges have struggled all season with giving up touchdowns as they are tied for the second most passing touchdowns allowed with 22. Fitzpatrick has played well the past two games to get back on track. I expect a big game this weekend.
Good running back match-ups this week:
Ray Rice against the Colts. Rice has been the best running back over the past three weeks with two games of 30+ fantasy points. He faces a Colts team ranked 30th in run defense allowing 144.2 yards per game and is tied with Tampa Bay for most rushing scores given up at 17.
Michael Turner against the Panthers. In Week 6 Turner ran all over the Panthers racking up 139 yards and two scores. Turner has rushed for over 100 yards against the Panthers in four of the past five games. The Panthers defense is allowing 132.5 yards per game with 15 touchdowns.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Roy Helu against the Patriots. Helu is coming off back-to-back games of 23 carries which has allowed him to rush for 100+ yards and a score in each of those games. The Patriots’ defense is giving up bigger plays against the pass, but they also give up scores on the ground with nine touchdowns surrendered this season.
Bad quarterback match-ups this week:
T.J. Yates against the Bengals. The Texans keep winning despite losing key players but they will have to rely on their running game and defense to win games. Cincinnati will be a tough defense to face as they are 10th in the league with 210.3 passing yards per game and 15 touchdowns allowed.
Kevin Kolb against the 49ers. Kolb didn’t play well in his return last week and a screen play that went for a score in overtime salvaged his stats. Kolb missed the first meeting against the 49ers.
Michael Vick against the Dolphins. The Dolphins have played well lately and has given up just four passing touchdowns over the past six games. Vick will try to return in this game, but the Eagles are on the outside looking in for the playoffs and the team is in disarray. Vick has not had a rushing touchdown all season.
Bad running back match-ups this week:
Steven Jackson against the Seahawks. Both Sam Bradford and A.J. Feely look to be out for this game, so if Tom Brandstater starts, Jackson is going to face as many in the box as the Seahawks can play. Jackson last week ran for just 19 yards on 10 carries and in his first meeting against the Seahawks he ran for only 42 yards.
Ahmad Bradshaw against the Cowboys. Bradshaw returned last week but was limited to just 38 yards. This week he’ll face a tough Cowboys’ defense giving up 100.5 rushing yards per game (9th) with just seven touchdowns given up. The Giants are last in the league in rushing and have played from behind in the fourth quarter for most of the season.
Willis McGahee against the Bears. McGahee has already rushed for more yards this year than he has in a season since 2007. He posted back-to-back 100+ yard games but will face a Bears team that has allowed just one rushing touchdown over the past four games and have not given up a 100 yard rusher since Week 5.
Week 14: The Playoffs are here so manage your team with your head and get to the next round.
Good Luck to everyone in Week 14. Follow @BrewCrewCorner