Fantasy Football 2013: Week 14 Start-Sit
Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football Week 14
December 5, 2013
It’s time for the playoffs in many fantasy football leagues out there, and with Week 14 in the NFL comes another slew of rough lineup decisions for us owners. The stakes are extra-high in this round of games, as one wrong move can mean the difference between moving on and taking a season-ending loss. With that in mind, let’s take a look at our weekly dose of start-sit recommendations for the upcoming round of games.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans: Let’s forget about Fitzpatrick’s ugly stat line against the Colts (three picks and a fumble). He’s still a consideration for this weekend against the Broncos. Most quarterbacks don’t have too much trouble with Denver’s defense, so Fitzy should be able to find some success. As an added bonus, he could get you some rush yards as well. He had 54 (and a TD) against Indy.
Andre Holmes, WR, Oakland Raiders: We’re digging a bit here, but if you’re in a deeper league and need help at the WR spot, Holmes could be your guy. He’s coming off a career outing on Thanksgiving, with seven receptions for 136 yards. Holmes’ matchup this week is great: he’ll be facing the woefully incompetent Jets secondary, who have given up some big yardage to opposing wide receivers. He could be in for another huge day.
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots: Vereen missed most of 2013 with an injury, but he’s been making up for lost time in a big way. In the past two games, he’s got 20 rushes for 69 yards and 13 catches for 97 yards and a score. In a busy backfield, Vereen is just about the only name you can count on right now. Start him if you’ve got him.
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: We’ll give Romo a pass on his sketchy Thanksgiving outing (225 yards, one TD); he was apparently battling some sort of stomach flu. That said, he probably won’t do too much better this Monday, as he’s facing a Bears defense that’s very good against the pass. They’re not so good against the run, and that’s where the Cowboys will be focused. Expect a DeMarco Murray-heavy day and another subdued performance from Romo.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins: Speaking of defenses that are good against the pass, Pittsburgh falls into that category. Wallace may have had a good line against an ugly Jets team (82 yards, TD), but won’t find that sort of success against the Steelers. We foresee a defensive, low-scoring game here.
Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers: Mathews has been so unpredictable this season, he’s frustrated fantasy owners everywhere. After three double-digit fantasy outings in a row, he didn’t fare as well against Cincinnati last week, posting 61 rush yards and 31 through the air. Mathews has a bad matchup this week against a stout Giants rush defense, and probably won’t improve on those numbers if he even gets close.
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