Fantasy Football 2014: Week 14 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Favorable Week 14 Matchups in Fantasy
December 3, 2014
With the fantasy football playoffs starting this week in many leagues, it’s more important than ever to examine the matchups for the upcoming NFL games. In Week 14, there are a few promising scenarios out there, so with that in mind let’s take a look at a few lower-end players who might be able to play above their means in this round of games and help get your fantasy team that all-important victory.
St. Louis Rams Defense: We’ll start things out today with probably the hottest defensive unit in the fantasy game right now. The Rams just got finished gutting Oakland to the tune of six sacks, three picks, two fumble recoveries, a touchdown and a 52-0 final score.
That was the Rams’ third straight double-digit fantasy performance, and they’re primed for another one this weekend in Washington. They’re a team to ride down the stretch.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Houston Texans: Did you see Fitzpatrick’s Week 13 performance coming? Neither did we. He was balling against the Titans, tossing up 358 yards on 24-of-33 passing for a whopping six touchdowns.
Don’t laugh, but Fitzpatrick might be a decent option down the stretch, assuming he starts every game. Here’s why: he gets Jacksonville this weekend, then Indianapolis, Baltimore and Jacksonville again. He won’t toss six scores again, but could provide some low-end value.
Stedman Bailey, WR, St. Louis Rams: Let’s head back to that Rams-Redskins matchup for a second and look at Bailey. He posted 10 fantasy points on an even 100 yards receiving last week, hauling in five of his six targets. That was his second consecutive double-digit fantasy outing.
Bailey has emerged as a potent weapon in the St. Louis passing game, and he’s got a fairly permissive matchup this weekend against the Redskins.
Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants: We’re calling Williams a near must-own guy this week. It’s not because of the eight carries for 21 yards he had against Jacksonville, but thanks to an injury to starter Rashad Jennings, he’s suddenly on the map as a viable pickup.
Williams will get the putrid Tennessee run defense this week, and even if Jennings plays he probably won’t be 100 percent. That should open up lots of holes for Williams.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins: Another must-own player this week is Landry. He’s come on the past five weeks or so, putting up at least 8.6 fantasy points in three of those appearances. He had 11 targets against the Jets, hauling in eight for 68 yards.
Landry will get a pristine matchup this week against the Ravens, who are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. That makes him a 1a option behind Mike Wallace for this game.
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