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Week 14: Widening the Gap

Wide receivers are going off! In points per reception leagues, Week 13 was owned by wide receivers, three of which even outscored Peyton Manning’s five touchdown performance. Both Alshon Jeffery and Josh Gordon topped 200 yards receiving with a pair of touchdowns, while Eric Decker earned 174 yards receiving and four touchdowns! These amazing performances helped shape the playoff picture in many fantasy leagues.

In many leagues, Week 14 is the first of playoff action. Whether you are battling in the playoffs, wrapping up the regular season, or sitting with your feet up enjoying your bye week, take a dive with me as I review several key difference makers for Week 14.

Quarterback

Despite quarterbacking the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens,
Joe Flacco has maintained a relatively low profile this season. Flacco has thrown 10 touchdowns to six interceptions over his last seven games, which is decent but certainly not jaw dropping. This weekend, Flacco will feast on the Minnesota Vikings’ weak secondary that surrenders the most points to opposing quarterbacks. Although the weather may be cold and a bit dank, Flacco will post one of his best lines in Week 14.



Week 14 Forecast: 225 passing yards, 2 TD


Running Back

Andre Ellington was a hot mid-season topic in Arizona until his knee injury.
Rashard Mendenhall has capitalized on this opportunity as he will continue to receive the bulk of work again in Week 14. Despite duds against Jacksonville and Seattle, Mendenhall has been running well and may be a difference maker if you are in need of a running back, especially against the St. Louis Rams, who allow the fifth-most points to opposing backs.


Week 14 Forecast: 75 total yards, TD


Wide Receiver

How can I recommend a wide receiver that had zero catches despite playing nearly all the snaps in Week 13? After a solid return from injury in Week 12 with 77 yards receiving,
Nate Burleson earned a big, fat zero for fantasy owners leaning on him on Thanksgiving Day. With a matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles secondary, which allows the most targets, receiving yards, and touchdowns to opposing wideouts, Burleson will compliment Calvin Johnson nicely in Week 14.

Week 14 Forecast: 75 yards, TD

Tight End

When you envision a San Diego Chargers’ tight end, Antonio Gates is the first name that comes to mind. Due to Eddie Royal’s injuries and Gates’ nagging hamstring, tight end
Ladarius Green has made the most of his increased playing time and has impressed over the last three weeks. Green has gotten at least five targets, scored twice and averaged more than 68 yards over his last three games. With a matchup against the New York Giants, who have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends over the last two games, Green will score for the third game in a row this weekend in sunny San Diego.



Week 14 Forecast: 60 yards, TD

Defense/Special Teams

Except for the absolute debacle against Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9, the
Oakland Raiders defense has been relatively solid. Over the last four games, they have averaged two sacks and a fumble recovery despite losing three of the last four. Oakland visits the struggling New York Jets and will be pressuring Geno Smith as soon as they get off the airplane. Expect a great outing from Oakland’s defense and a likely victory in Week 14.

Week 14 Forecast: 13 points

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Week 13 Results

QB Matt Flynn

Week 13 Forecast: 275 passing yards, 2 TD
Week 13 Results: 139 passing yards, INT (bad call)


RB Bilal Powell

Week 13 Forecast: 100 total yards, TD
Week 13 Results: 59 total yards (bad call)


WR Michael Floyd

Week 13 Forecast: 100 yards, TD
Week 13 Results: 99 yards, TD (great call)


TE Jordan Cameron

Week 13 Forecast: 75 yards, TD
Week 13 Results: 43 yards (bad call)


Defense/Special Teams – Buffalo Bills

Week 13 Forecast: 13 points
Week 13 Results: 7 points (decent call)

Good luck this week!

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