Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 14 Deep Sleepers
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 14 Gutsy Gameday Starts
December 8, 2013
Week 14 Gutsy Gameday Starts
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick at Denver - There is really only one reason that Fitzpatrick should be singled out from the other QB's on the waiver wire this week, and that is garbage time. It is a bad maneuver to count your chickens before they hatch, but its hard to believe the Titans will be able to slow Manning and Co. down this week. Fitzpatrick played at Harvard, and the cold weather should not be a problem for him. That means Fitzpatrick will be airing the ball out most of the day, and that is the type of scenario that makes for solid fantasy production from a QB.
RB: Montee Ball vs Titans - Sticking with the belief the Broncos will be able to put the Titans away fairly early, Montee will see more carries in this game than Moreno. Moreno has been getting too many carries lately for a running back with a long injury history. The Broncos are gearing up for a Super Bowl run, and they want their top players to be 100% healthy for playoffs. Ball will get carries throughout the whole game, but once garbage time rolls around, this game could turn into the Ball show. The Titans have been strong against the pass this year, but they have been weak against the run. If you're in a pickle and need help at running back or flex, you could do a lot worse than playing a running back who should get a lot of garbage time carries that is playing at home against a poor rush defense.
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WR: Justin Hunter at Denver - Hunter is availible in virtually every fantasy league, and he makes for a very risky rookie option with really high upside this week. Hunter had a breakout type game two weeks ago against the Raiders when he had 6 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Hunter's targets have increased as the season has progressed, and now that Kenny Britt is truly being phased out of the offense, Hunter is emerging as the Titans deep threat receiver. Tennessee is going to have to take some shots downfield in this game, and Hunter will be the target of several of those shots. If he connects on at least one, than he will be in for a great fantasy day. Hunter is by no means a sure thing, but he will be given the opportunity to make big plays this week.
TE: Jared Cook at Arizona - There are many reasons to start Jared Cook this week, and only one reason not to start him. The reason not to start Jared Cook is because when things are too good to beleive they usually come with a catch. Cook rocked the Cardinals during the first game of the season to a tune of 7 catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Cook has been mediocre since then, but the Eagles tight ends rocked the Cardinals last week to a tune of 9 catches for 97 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Cardinal have given up the most fantasy points to tight ends this year as they have allowed tight ends to score 14 touchdowns in 13 games. This matchup screams, "play Jared Cook."
DEF: Steelers vs Dolphins - Weather is going to be a huge factor this week, and there are lots of defenses on the waiver wire that will be playing in cold slick conditions. The Steelers seem to have the best scenario for success because they are in a must win game against a team from Florida. The Steelers have been hit or miss this season, but they have produced several solid games this year. If you don't trust the defense on roster for this week, the Steelers make for a nice replacement option.
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