Fantasy Football 2013: Week 14 Key Matchups
Matchup Plays and Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 14 in Fantasy Football
December 4, 2013
It’s playoff time in many fantasy leagues out there, so the lineup decisions have reached a do-or-die critical mass. It’s time to start really studying factors like weather and opposing teams, as they’ll have a heavy impact on your players’ final stat lines. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few widely-available players who have favorable matchups heading into Week 14.
Jay Cutler/Josh McCown, QB, Chicago Bears: We’re putting both Cutler and McCown here because the starter situation is still up in the air, and they’re actually both good options. Cutler has a chance at coming back Monday night, but if not, McCown will get the nod once again. He’s been great in replacement, throwing 350-plus yards and two touchdowns in each of his last two starts. They’ll be taking on the Cowboys at home, and Dallas is ripe for a dissection at the hands of whichever QB starts here.
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Jared Cook, TE, St. Louis Rams: If you need TE help and Cook is still available in your league, pick him up right now. Never mind his off-game against the 49ers last week (three grabs; 49 yards); he’s headed into the best possible matchup this weekend. He’ll be facing the Arizona Cardinals, who have given up the most fantasy points in the league to opposing tight ends. Last time Cook faced the Cards, he chucked up 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Jacoby Jones, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Two reasons you should like Jones this week: he’s hot and has a great matchup coming. Over the past two weeks, he’s racked up eight grabs for 156 yards and a TD, so QB Joe Flacco will be looking his way. Jones and company will be taking on the Minnesota Vikings, who are downright awful against the pass. Just last week, they gave up 355 yards to the aforementioned Josh McCown.
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks: The matchup against the 49ers isn’t so great, but with the way the Seahawks offense looked against the Saints, we’re willing to make an exception. Baldwin has been very consistent for a low-level fantasy name over the past four weeks. In that frame, he’s racked up 18 catches for 291 yards and a pair of scores. If he can burn the Niners on just one long pass, he’ll be worth the effort.
Oakland Raiders Defense: Okay, who’s playing the Jets this week? Oh, look at that; it’s the Raiders. They started things out okay against Dallas last week, but ultimately succumbed to the Cowboys’ running game. That probably won’t happen this week, because the Jets don’t have a passing game to fall back on. New York’s offense is hot garbage and they’ll be faced with a loaded box all afternoon long.
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