Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 14 Matchups to Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 14 Matchups to Watch
December 6, 2013
Week 14 Matchups to Watch
With the fantasy playoffs beginning this week, fantasy owners will be watching games with a lot more intensity. There are several big games this week that will have a major impact of the NFL playoff standings, but here is a look at some games that could have a major impact on the fantasy football playoff landscape.
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos - This game does not look like much on the surface. The Broncos are 10-2 and playing at home against the 5-7 Titans, but when you take a second glance, there are some interesting matchups that could cause some major disruption to fantasy lineups. First off, the weather is supposed to be extra cold, and we have learned that there is a chance Peyton Manning will not be able to sling the rock like he normally does. The Titans have also held wide receivers to the fewest fantasy points this season. Is it possible a tough Titans secondary combined with very cold weather can lead to a stalling of the Denver Offense? All the Broncos key receiving weapons will be active in fantasy leagues this week, but there is a good chance at least half of them perform poorly.
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There are also two top 10 fantasy running backs going head to head in this matchup, but one of them could pose a great risk to his fantasy owners. Chris Johnson has been an up and down performer this season even though he has produced enough fantasy points over the course of the season to be called a top 10 fantasy running back. The Broncos rush defense is not a bad matchup for CJ, but fantasy owners are concerned about how Johnson will be utilized once the Broncos get the lead. Will the Titans still get their most explosive player the ball if they fall behind in Denver?
On the other side, Moreno looks to be a very strong play. The Titans have tough against receivers this year, but they have not been strong against the run. Moreno owners will not be concerned about the Titans, but they might be concerned about Moreno's injured ankle and his backup stealing his Thunder. Moreno had 15 carries last week, but Montee Ball had 13. Ball was also the 4th leading rusher in the NFL last week with 117 yards compared to Moreno's 18 rushing yards. Moreno is the main man in Denver, but if the Broncos get up big early, then Ball could see the majority of the carries.
Does it matter that the Titans have been the toughest team against opposing WRs?
What happens to CJ when the Titans get behind?
Who will have more rushing yards for the Broncos: Moreno or Ball?
Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears - This is another key fantasy matchup because both teams have big time offenses, but since the weather is supposed to be mega cold for this game, it could be the defenses that end up the best fantasy plays for these teams. The Bears have two stud WRs in Marshall and Jeffery, and now fantasy owners will be betting that McCown can sling the rock in 10 degree weather. The Bears should be used to this type of cold, and there is reason to be optimistic about their offense. Fantasy owners that are counting on the Cowboys should be a little more nervous. This game could potentially be the coldest game in Dallas history, and that is not good news for a team that plays in a dome. Demarco Murray played well last week, and the question to ask is will the Cowboys rely on Murray to shoulder the load on Monday night? This is the last game during the first round of the fantasy playoffs, and the weather could actually be the reason the fantasy championship chase ends for some teams.
How much of an impact will the extremely cold weather have on this game?
Can both Bears WRs have huge games?
Will the Cowboys let Murray run all over the Bears like everyone else has?
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