Fantasy Football 2014: Patriots at Chargers 12/7/14 Week 14 Preview
New England Patriots (9-3) at San Diego Chargers (8-4)
Sunday, December 7, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
Rounding out the NFL’s Week 14 Sunday schedule on “Sunday Night Football” we have a promising matchup between the Patriots and the Chargers. New England (9-3) is coming off a loss to the Packers, while the Chargers (8-4) were able to edge out Baltimore by one point in Week 13.
There will be lots of viable fantasy football players out on the field for this one, so let’s take a look at some of the key names who will be active here so that we can get a feel for what’s going to happen to our lineups in this first week of fantasy playoffs.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: The Packers-Patriots game was billed as a duel between Brady and Rodgers, and both quarterbacks were able to deliver some heroics. Brady posted 245 passing yards and a pair of scores, giving him at least two touchdowns in the last eight games straight.
It was another pretty good performance from Brady, who has turned into quite the reliable fantasy QB lately. Look for more of the same here.
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Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: After three straight weeks of bad fantasy stats, Rivers came back in the Ravens game for a nice line. He posted 383 yards and three touchdowns in the come-from-behind win, marking the first time in a month he’s thrown for multiple scores.
Whether or not Rivers can do the same thing to the Pats defense remains to be seen. We’d trust him as a low-level start here.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots: In fantasy terms, the New England backfield is a complete mess. One week it’s Jonas Gray, the next it’s Shane Vereen, then it’s Blount or even Brandon Bolden (who vultured a TD in Week 13).
For the record, Blount rushed 10 times for 58 yards against the Packers, but realistically trying to guess what the Pats will do on offense each week is a lost cause. He’s a low-end flex at best due to the uncertainty.
Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers: It seems the Chargers are being relatively careful with Mathews since he got back from his injury, but he’s still getting the meaningful touches when they count. He posted just 40 yards on the ground against Baltimore, but also managed a touchdown, his second in as many weeks.
Mathews seems to be the Chargers’ choice around the goal line, so he’s worthwhile in fantasy due to that fact. He’ll likely have to score to put up good numbers, though.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Brandon LaFell caught both of Brady’s touchdown passes against the Pack, but Gronk was active, too. He nabbed seven passes for 98 yards, his best total since the Denver game.
Gronkowski failed to score for the second straight appearance, but that drought shouldn’t last too long. He’s obviously a must-start each and every week.
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers: Allen has emerged as Rivers’ go-to guy over the past few games, and it’s evident in his numbers. He posted 121 yards on 11 catches, yielding two touchdowns in the Baltimore game. That gives him three scores in two weeks.
If Allen has to contend with Darrelle Revis, Rivers may shy away a bit, but he’ll likely still get the targets. He’s a good start with the shootout potential this game has.
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