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Week 14

It’s week 14 so chances are you’re in the playoffs or it’s the final week of the regular season. Matchups are key from this point on, so be sure to check your bench players to see if they should start over one of your “regulars”. Good luck and make the Sharks proud!

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.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!

 

Quarterbacks

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota vs. Seattle
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Washington
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Houston

Start

Brett Favre, Green Bay (vs. Detroit): Don’t expect a repeat performance of Favre’s 14-29 for 131 yards, 0 TDs, and 2 INTs from last week. He’ll have much greater success against the Lions secondary and should be worthy of a start.

David Carr, Houston (vs. Indianapolis): Playing at home, Carr should improve upon the numbers he posted the last time he faced the Colts back in week 10 (22-41, 215 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs). You know the Colts will be scoring, so the Texans will throw often to try and keep pace.

Bench

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (vs. N.Y. Jets): Big Ben posted his best fantasy numbers of the season last week, but even those weren’t that impressive (14-17, 221 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs). Manning usually has those numbers in the first half. Roethlisberger will continue to be a below average start against the Jets this week.

Patrick Ramsey, Washington (vs. Philadelphia): Ramsey looked solid last week against the Giants throwing for three scores and no INTs, but if the Eagles can shut down Brett Favre, just imagine what they’ll do to Ramsey & Co. Don’t take the chance. Keep Ramsey on the pine.

 

Running Backs

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. Pittsburgh
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Tampa Bay
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. Minnesota
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Baltimore
Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. Dallas
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Philadelphia
Ahman Green, Green Bay vs. Detroit

Removed from Studs list:

-Priest Holmes, K.C.: Doubtful, knee
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore: Questionable, ankle

Start

Corey Dillon, New England (vs. Cincinnati): Dillon has been the model of consistency rushing for 100 yards in six of the past seven games scoring eight TDs over that time. Facing a Bengals team that allows the second most rushing yards per game in the NFL should allow Dillon to continue his hot streak.

Julius Jones, Dallas (vs. New Orleans): Jones has posted pack-to-back weeks of 150 & 198 yards on the ground and five TDs combined. This week he faces the Saints who give up the most yards rushing per game in the league. You do the math.

Reuben Droughns, Denver (vs. Miami): Droughns was held in check last week against a tough Chargers defense, but prior to that game, he rushed for over 100 yards in six of the previous seven games. Expect him to reach the 100-yard plateau again this week against a Dolphins team just begging for the season to be over.

Bench

William Green, Cleveland (vs. Buffalo): Green has not capitalized on the opportunity to take hold of the starting RB job in Cleveland with Lee Suggs injured. Whether Suggs returns or not this week, don’t think Green’s numbers will suddenly turn around against a tough Bills run defense.

Travis Minor, Miami (vs. Denver): Minor got the majority of the carries last week, but it won’t matter who carries the ball for Miami this week in Denver. No Dolphin RB will have much success.

Amos Zereoue, Oakland (vs. Atlanta): With Wheatley hurt, the Famous One got the nod as the starter last week and failed to impress. This week, the Raiders head to Atlanta to face a Falcons team who were embarrassed by the Bucs last week. The Falcons defense will respond and hold Zereoue to a below average day.

 

Wide Receivers

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Terrell Owens, Philadelphia vs. Washington
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Indianapolis
Javon Walker, Green Bay vs. Detroit
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis vs. Carolina
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Carolina
D
errick Mason, Tennessee vs. Kansas City
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina vs. St. Louis
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Houston
Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Dallas

Removed from Studs list:
-Randy Moss, Minnesota: hamstring injury
-Hines Ward, Pittsburgh: too inconsistent
Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville: ditto

Start

Randy Moss, Minnesota (vs. Seattle): Moss still might not be 100%, but even at 80% he’s better than most of the WRs in the league. Seattle is a mess right now and after watching the Cowboys come from behind on Monday night, there’s no doubt the Vikings and Moss will have an easier time moving the ball in the air on Sunday.

Jerry Porter, Oakland (vs. Atlanta): Ronald Curry was posting big numbers in the Raiders passing attack, but he’ll be out for the reason of the season with an injury. Expect Collins to look Porter’s way more often and he’ll need to pass as Atlanta has played well against the run this season.

Darrell Jackson, Seattle (vs. Minnesota): Jackson finally posted the numbers last week everyone was expecting on draft day (9-113, 1 TD). Assuming he doesn’t catch another case of the dropsies, Jackson should have another solid day against the Vikings.

Eddie Kennison, Kansas City (vs. Tennessee): Kennison has become the WR threat the Chiefs have so desperately been searching for the last couple of years. He’s had three 100-yard receiving games in the past five weeks and should reach that mark again this week against the Titans.

Bench

Travis Taylor, Baltimore (vs. N.Y. Giants): Just as quickly as Taylor emerged as a potential fantasy option, he faded back to the pack of mediocre WRs. The Ravens will continue to pound Chester Taylor leaving this Taylor with nothing but scraps of offense.

Keenan McCardell, San Diego (vs. Tampa Bay): You can bet certain members of the Bucs will be looking for McCardell when he comes over the middle on a crossing pattern. With Brees expected to struggle for the second straight week, there’s no reason to believe that McCardell will post big numbers against his former mates.

Justin McCareins, N.Y. Jets (vs. Pittsburgh): It’s tough to recommend any offensive starters when they face the Steelers at home, never mind when they play in Pittsburgh. Expect a quiet day from McCareins and the rest of the Jets passing attack.

Amani Toomer, N.Y. Giants (vs. Baltimore): Toomer continues to play the role of the invisible man in the Giants passing attack. Facing the Ravens this week, will not be the cure for Toomer’s transparency.

 

Tight Ends

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Tennessee
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Tampa Bay
Eric Johnson, San Francisco vs. Arizona
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Oakland
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. New Orleans
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. Denver

Start

Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota (vs. Seattle): Wiggins has only had four catches in each of the past two games, but he’s made the most of those catches piling up a total of 128 yards. Those are WR numbers and anytime you can get that type of production from the TE spot, you take it.

Marcus Pollard, Indianapolis (vs. Houston): With Dallas Clark’s status still up in the air, Pollard should be a target well used for the Colts this week. The big man hasn’t caught a TD pass in two games, so with Manning throwing 5 TDs a game, it’s bound to come Pollard’s way soon.

Bench

Desmond Clark, Chicago (vs. Jacksonville): Consider Clark’s numbers last week (6-58, 1 TD) an aberration and not a sign of things to come. The Bears passing attack will have a tougher time finding openings against the Jaguars this week.

L.J. Smith, Philadelphia (vs. Washington): Smith posted solid numbers last week in a blowout against the Packers. The Skins linebackers will play Smith tight keeping his offensive chances to a minimum.

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