Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 14 Studs to Start
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 14 Studs to Trust
December 7, 2013
Week 14 Studs to Trust
Tom Brady - Brady has finally found his true self again, and fantasy owners should completely forget about Brady's early season struggles. The Patriots do not have the most favorable schedule over the next few weeks, but that should not be a concern for fantasy owners. The Patriots finally have all their offensive weapons healthy, and Brady is taking full advantage of their talents. Brady is averaging 361 passing yards over his last four games, and he has also thrown 10 touchdowns in those games as well. Given the trouble the New England running backs are having holding onto the ball, it's not likely they will take the ball out of Brady's hands much going forward. Now that Brady has his full arsenal of weapons, he is matchup and weather proof, and fantasy owners should trust him to be their starting QB throughout the fantasy playoffs.
Drew Brees - Brees is the 2nd highest scoring fantasy QB this season, but he has given his fantasy owners cause for concern. Brees has been deadly at home as he has thrown for over 300 yards and in every game the Saints have played in New Orleans this season. Brees has an incredible QB rating of 121.4 in games played indoors, but he only has a moderate 83.3 QB rating in games played outside. While this will be a problem for Brees owners if they are still competing for a fantasy championship in week 16 when the Saints travel to Carolina, it is not a problem this week. Brees is a must start this week, especially since the Saints are playing at home, and despite the fact they are playing against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.
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Ray Rice - Rice has been an enigma all season, and now he will continue to toy with his owners for the rest of the fantasy playoffs. Rice has been terrible over the last two games, but fantasy owners need to remember his week 11 game against Chicago. The Bears have the worst rushing defense in the NFL, but the Vikings rush defense is also very bad as they are giving up an average of 120.6 rushing yards a game. Rice is still getting his hands on the ball despite his poor on field performances. Rice should be trusted for this week because he is a running back with a great track record who is going to touch the ball 15+ times and is playing at home against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
Demaryius Thomas - It is hard to imagine anyone benching Thomas this week, but when the fantasy playoff pressure hits, it is easy to over think things sometimes. Thomas has been Peyton's most trusted WR this season, and Thomas has also been the most consistent fantasy receiver in Denver. Thomas leads the NFL in yards after catch, and that means he is always a threat to produce fantasy points. The Broncos wide receivers have a tough matchup this week, but Thomas is Peyton's go-to guy who can produce yards no matter where he catches the ball. Don't over think this one this week, Thomas should be started in all leagues all throughout the playoffs.
49ers defense - The 49ers and the Seahawks are too extremely tough football teams, and they like to physically exert their dominance on each other. The 49ers were embarrassed last time these two teams faced off in Seattle, and San Francisco is now chomping at the bit and ready for revenge. It must be noted that the 49ers defense was having a bit of internal turmoil when these teams met in week 2, but now that Aldon Smith seems to be back in the swing of football things, the 49ers defense is a much improved unit. The Seahawks offense has been hot lately, but that should not stop fantasy owners from starting the also red hot 49ers defense. This game is downright personal for the 49ers. Revenge is a great motivator for a NFL defense and it usually translates into a nice fantasy score.
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