Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 14
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1. Matthew Stafford (@PHI): Been smokin' hot lately. Burleson's back and Megatron is unstoppable. One of the better QB matchups this week to boot.
2. Peyton Manning (vs. TEN): The Titans are actually solid vs. opposing QBs, but if Manning can dismantle the Chiefs in KC, there's no reason to think he can't manhandle the Titans at home.
3. Nick Foles (vs. DET): Detroit is tough against the run; more reason to think the Eagles will be passing to keep up with the Lions. This bodes well for the ever-improving Foles.
4. Drew Brees (vs. CAR): Facing the Seahawks in the cold and rain with the 12th man in the background is one thing, facing the Panthers at home is vastly different, despite both defenses being excellent.
5. Andy Dalton (vs. IND): Dalton is simply a different QB at home. Even away, he puts up good yardage. But at home - especially against a soft D - he should explode.
6. Cam Newton (@NOS): This Sunday night game should feature a ton of scoring, despite both defenses generally playing solid ball. Newton's legs could be the factor that makes him extra productive this week.
7. Carson Palmer (vs. STL): Palmer has been solid over the past few weeks and produced well against STL on the road. No reason to think his streak won't continue this week.
8. Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. DEN): QBs facing the Broncos have no choice but to throw. Mix in Fitzpatrick's scrambling (and hence running) ability and his value takes a nice jump up.
9. Tom Brady (vs. CLE): Brady is looking a lot like... well... Tom Brady these days. Who cares if Joe Haden's on the other side? He can't cover everyone.
10. Robert Griffin III (vs. KCC): The Chiefs' D has been bad lately, and this is not just due to facing Peyton Manning twice. They're allowing plenty of points to opposing QBs and have been soft against the run. Those factors mean RG3 could be huge.
Running Backs (points per reception)
1. Jamaal Charles (@WAS): The Redskins are simply horrible against the run and Charles gets his through the short pass too. Big. Game. Ahead.
2. Matt Forte (vs. DAL): Even with Sean Lee due back, no team is worse at defending opposing RBs out of the backfield against the pass. Forte should be huge in PPR.
3. Eddie Lacy (vs. ATL): C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson tore this Falcon defense up last week. Lacy will be leaned on heavily this week if Rodgers is out. Packers need a win here.
4. DeMarco Murray (@CHI): The Bears have not been playing great defense and are susceptible against the run. Just ask AP. Lance Dunbar could be out so Murray should be used even more.
5. Knowshon Moreno (vs. TEN): The Titans can't stop the run, so perhaps once Manning has tossed his 4 TDs, they'll lean on Moreno even more. The presence of Ball is only a minor deterrent.
6. Le'Veon Bell (vs. MIA): Assuming he's good to go after last week's concussion, Bell's matchup against the Fins is good enough to get him into the top-10 in PPR formats.
7. Chris Johnson (@DEN): He's been on a scoring streak and will be used more as a receiver in this matchup. If the Titans have any chance at keeping up with the Broncos, Johnson will be the focus.
8. LeSean McCoy (vs. DET): The Lion front seven is straight-up tough, but McCoy's use as a receiver will keep him PPR relevant. Just don't expect huge rushing yardage, unless he can break a long one.
9. Steven Jackson (@GBP): S-Jax is starting to hit a stride for this Falcon offense. They may not have a lot to play for but Jackson has a lot to prove.
10. Bobby Rainey (vs. BUF): Steven Jackson torched this defense last week and Rainey will get the lion's share of the carries for a Buc team that's throwing less these days.
Wide Receivers (points per reception)
1. Calvin Johnson (@PHI): No reason to move Megatron from the top spot, especially given his cherry matchup. He should produce triple digit yardage and multiple scores.
2. Brandon Marshall (vs. DAL): Last week he was blanketed by up-and-coming CB Xavier Rhodes. This week, Marshall will go back to his double-digit targets and will likely score.
3. Vincent Jackson (vs. BUF): Mike Glennon hasn't been throwing for many yards, but the bulk of his yards still go to Jackson. Excellent matchup.
4. A.J. Green (vs. IND): The Bengals' passing game improves at home and this matchup favors Green. We should see at least one TD from Green this week.
5. Torrey Smith (vs. MIN): Joe Flacco has been up and down (mostly down) this year, but against the Vikes, Smith should break free for big play chances.
6. DeSean Jackson (vs. DET): Both Jackson and Riley Cooper should see big plays against this aggressive Lion defense.
7. Larry Fitzgerald (vs. STL): Carson Palmer is finally connecting with Fitz and this matchup favors the Arizona passing game.
8. Kendall Wright (@DEN): Wright has been a PPR stud the past several weeks. And with the matchup against Denver, he may be used even more.
9. Demaryius Thomas (vs. TEN): Tougher matchup here but you must start all of your Denver WRs. His big play ability makes him the best bet.
10. Wes Welker (vs. TEN): See above. Welker's the PPR guy, so he should see plenty of targets. Don't forget about Eric Decker, especially after last week. Start 'em all.
1. Rob Gronkowski (vs. CLE): This guy is back to being uncoverable and Tom Brady is looking sharp. Will Joe Haden try to cover Gronk? Maybe. But so what?
2. Jason Witten (@CHI): This is a good matchup for Witten who will face less-than-stellar LBs and DBs in coverage.
3. Jimmy Graham (vs. CAR): The Saints offense, despite facing another tough D, should be firing on all cylinders in this must-win at home.
4. Jared Cook (@ARI): The Cardinals are simply horrible against opposing TEs. Cook has been a huge disappointment but this should be a great week to start Cook.
5. Heath Miller (vs. MIA): He's been pretty steady yardage-wise and is coming off a good game against Baltimore. The matchup's good so he's a solid play.
6. Greg Olsen (@NO): The Saints were burned by Zach Miller last week, so expect Olsen to shake free in space in what should be a high scoring game.
7. Tony Gonzalez (@GB): Gonzo - if he's really done at the end of this season - will want to go out big so here's his first opportunity for a nice outing.
8. Coby Fleener (@CIN): The Bengals have been pretty tough against the pass this season but Andrew Luck will be looking to his safety valve a lot this week.
9. Jordan Cameron (@NEP): The Browns may be down early and despite the huge question mark at QB, Cameron should be involved early and often.
10. Antonio Gates (vs. NYG): Even with Ladarius Green breaking out, Gates is still part of this pass-heavy offense. Should be productive in PPR.
1. Matt Prater (vs. TEN)
2. Phil Dawson (vs. SEA)
3. Josh Brown (@SDC)
4. Caleb Sturgis (@PIT)
5. Josh Scobee (vs. HOU)
6. Adam Vinatieri (@CIN)
7. Shaun Suisham (vs. MIA)
8. Garrett Hartley (vs. CAR)
9. Jay Feely (vs. STL)
10. Ryan Succop (@WAS)
1. New England (vs. CLE)
2. Arizona (vs. STL)
3. Seattle (@SFO)
4. Oakland (@NYJ)
5. Baltimore (vs. MIN)
6. Jacksonville (vs. HOU)
7. Houston (@JAC)
8. Kansas City (@WAS)
9. Chicago (vs. DAL)
10. Denver (vs. TEN)