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Week 14: Colts, Saints Go To 12-0 - 11 comments

By Nick Hopkins

At this point of the season, many leagues will have started their playoffs in order to avoid playing the championship in Week 17. (It’s a good idea if you ask me, I’ve been burned before by teams resting their starters…) In other leagues the playoffs may be just around the bend. In any case, the Cafe’s Start & Sit is here to make your lineup decisions a little easier. This week, Drew Brees tops our QB rankings after his 400+ yard performance in a comeback win against Washington, Chris Johnson leads the RBs as he continues his record-setting pace, and Andre Johnson ends up our #1 receiver after catching seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown last week. Now, to the rest of the rankings!

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Drew BreesNOat ATL97.50
2Aaron RodgersGBat CHI90.50
3Matt SchaubHOUSEA89.50
4Kurt WarnerARIat SF84.00
5Philip RiversSDat DAL83.00
6Tom BradyNECAR81.00
7Peyton ManningINDDEN80.00
T-7Brett FavreMINCIN80.00
9Donovan McNabbPHIat NYG78.50
10Ben RoethlisbergerPITat CLE78.00
11Carson PalmerCINat MIN77.00
12Joe FlaccoBALDET74.00
13David GarrardJACMIA73.00
14Tony RomoDALSD72.50
15Eli ManningNYGPHI69.00
16Jay CutlerCHIGB68.50
T-16Vince YoungTENSTL68.50
18Alex SmithSFARI66.00
19Jason CampbellWASat OAK65.50
20Matt HasselbeckSEAat HOU64.00
21Chad HenneMIAat JAC60.00
22Kyle BollerSTLat TEN59.50
23Kyle OrtonDENat IND59.00
24Ryan FitzpatrickBUFat KC56.50
25Kellen ClemensNYJat TB56.00
26Matt CasselKCBUF53.50
27Bruce GradkowskiOAKWAS52.00
28Daunte CulpepperDETat BAL51.00
29Matt MooreCARat NE50.50
30Brady QuinnCLEPIT48.00
31Josh FreemanTBNYJ45.00
32Chris RedmanATLNO42.60
33Matt RyanATLNO39.60

 
Start: Matt Schaub, Texans. Schaub suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder last week, but it appears that he will play this Sunday and is safe to start. Based on his matchup, you could say Schaub is more than just a “safe” start, as his opponent, Seattle, is 25th in the NFL in terms of passing, and has allowed 22 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions.
 
Start: Joe Flacco, Ravens. Joe Cool has struggled recently. He’s only thrown three touchdowns in his last six games, and last week’s Monday Night Game displayed his struggles on a national stage. However, most of those games were against pretty good defenses (Denver, Cincinnati, Indy, Pittsburgh, Green Bay). This week Flacco gets the Lions, statistically the league’s worst pass defense. If there was ever a chance for a bounce-back game, this is it.
 
Sit: Eli Manning, Giants. Manning has been pretty solid this season from a fantasy perspective, and is coming off a good game against Dallas to get New York back into the playoff picture. This week is another big game for the Giants against Philly. This matchup does not bode particularly well for Eli’s fantasy numbers though, as the Eagles have a tough pass defense that has recorded more interceptions (20) than touchdowns allowed (18).
 
Sit: Jay Cutler, Bears. Cutler has not thrown for more than 200 yards in any of his past three games. Maybe he’s been completing fewer passes to the other team, but he isn’t finding his own receivers much either. This week Cutler faces Charles Woodson and the Packers. Green Bay owns the third best pass defense in the NFL in terms of yardage, and are coming off a great game in which they picked off Joe Flacco three times.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Chris JohnsonTENSTL97.50
2Steven JacksonSTLat TEN88.50
3Ray RiceBALDET87.50
T-3Maurice Jones-DrewJACMIA87.50
5Rashard MendenhallPITat CLE83.00
6Adrian PetersonMINCIN82.50
7Thomas JonesNYJat TB81.00
8Frank GoreSFARI80.00
9Pierre ThomasNOat ATL79.50
10Jamaal CharlesKCBUF76.50
11Ryan GrantGBat CHI76.00
T-11Ricky WilliamsMIAat JAC76.00
13Joseph AddaiINDDEN75.00
14DeAngelo WilliamsCARat NE72.50
15Cedric BensonCINat MIN72.00
16Fred JacksonBUFat KC71.00
17Laurence MaroneyNECAR70.00
18Marion BarberDALSD68.00
19Kevin SmithDETat BAL67.00
20Knowshon MorenoDENat IND66.00
21LaDanian TomlinsonSDat DAL65.00
22Marshawn LynchBUFat KC64.50
23Beanie WellsARIat SF64.00
24Tim HightowerARIat SF63.00
T-24Brandon JacobsNYGPHI63.00
26Matt ForteCHIGB62.50
T-26LeSean McCoyPHIat NYG62.50
28Julius JonesSEAat HOU62.00
T-28Jonathan StewartCARat NE62.00
30Quinton GantherWASat OAK61.50
T-30Mike BellNOat ATL61.50
32Jerome HarrisonCLEPIT61.00
33Chris BrownHOUSEA60.50
T-33Rock CartwrightWASat OAK60.50
35Ahmad BradshawNYGPHI60.00
36Felix JonesDALSD59.00
37Jason SnellingATLNO57.50
38Cadillac WilliamsTBNYJ57.00
39Kevin FaulkNECAR56.00
T-39Justin ForsettSEAat HOU56.00
41Jerious NorwoodATLNO55.50
42Shonn GreeneNYJat TB55.00
43Sammy MorrisNECAR54.50
T-43Reggie BushNOat ATL54.50
45Correll BuckhalterDENat IND53.00
46Justin FargasOAKWAS52.50
47Darren McFaddenOAKWAS51.50
48Ryan MoatsHOUSEA50.50
49Darren SprolesSDat DAL50.00
50Larry JohnsonCINat MIN48.50
T-50LenDale WhiteTENSTL48.50
52Tashard ChoiceDALSD47.00
53Michael TurnerATLNO44.10
54Michael BushOAKWAS43.50
55Chris JenningsCLEPIT42.00
T-55Derrick WardTBNYJ42.00
57Chester TaylorMINCIN34.50
58Lex HilliardMIAat JAC34.00
59Willis McGaheeBALDET29.50
60Chad SimpsonINDDEN23.00
T-60Mewelde MoorePITat CLE23.00
62Leonard WeaverPHIat NYG22.50
63Willie ParkerPITat CLE22.00
64Arian FosterHOUSEA20.50
65Kahlil BellCHIGB17.50

 
Start: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs. Charles had a relatively tough test last week against the Broncos, and I would say he passed that test (59 total yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble). Now Charles gets a much easier matchup against the league’s worst rush defense, the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are allowing a whopping 172.1 yards on the ground and have given up 16 rushing touchdowns.
 
Start: Ryan Grant, Packers. I’ve called Grant one of the NFL’s most boring runningbacks, but while he may not be that exciting, I will say that he has been relatively consistent this year. Against the 25th-ranked Chicago rush defense, Grant should be able to manage his customary 80-to-100-yard game with a decent chance for a touchdown.
 
Sit: Matt Forte, Bears. I just realized it kinda seems like I’m piling on Chicago this week for some reason. I guess that’s the result of the Bears having lost 4 of their last 5, while Green Bay is riding a four game winning streak. In any case, Forte is not a great start against the Packers and their #4 ranked rush defense. The Packers allow under 100 total rushing yards per game, and have given up only four rushing touchdowns all year.
 
Sit: Jonathan Stewart, Panthers. Stewart got an opportunity to be the lead back last week against Tampa Bay, and took advantage, running for 120 yards and a touchdown. It looks like Deangelo Williams could be back this week, which would be bad news for Stewart’s fantasy prospects. The Panthers also have a tougher matchup this week against a New England defense that has only allowed three rushing touchdowns this year.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Andre JohnsonHOUSEA94.00
2Larry FitzgeraldARIat SF90.00
3Randy MossNECAR82.50
4Roddy WhiteATLNO81.50
5Marques ColstonNOat ATL81.00
6Wes WelkerNECAR80.50
7Calvin JohnsonDETat BAL80.00
8Reggie WayneINDDEN79.50
9Derrick MasonBALDET78.50
10Anquan BoldinARIat SF78.00
T-10Terrell OwensBUFat KC78.00
12Steve SmithCARat NE77.50
T-12Chad OchocincoCINat MIN77.50
14Vincent JacksonSDat DAL77.00
15Donald DriverGBat CHI76.50
16Brandon MarshallDENat IND75.50
17DeSean JacksonPHIat NYG75.00
18Mike Sims-WalkerJACMIA74.00
19Greg JenningsGBat CHI73.50
20Donnie AverySTLat TEN73.00
21Sidney RiceMINCIN72.00
22Miles AustinDALSD71.00
23Steve SmithNYGPHI69.50
24Robert MeachemNOat ATL69.00
25Michael CrabtreeSFARI68.50
26Jerricho CotcheryNYJat TB68.00
27Davone BessMIAat JAC67.50
28Lee EvansBUFat KC67.00
T-28Santana MossWASat OAK67.00
30Percy HarvinMINCIN66.50
T-30Mark ClaytonBALDET66.50
32Kevin WalterHOUSEA66.00
T-32T.J. HoushmandzadehSEAat HOU66.00
34Braylon EdwardsNYJat TB65.50
35Nate BurlesonSEAat HOU64.00
36Santonio HolmesPITat CLE63.50
37Jeremy MaclinPHIat NYG63.00
38Steve BreastonARIat SF62.00
T-38Devin HesterCHIGB62.00
40Devery HendersonNOat ATL61.50
41Kenny BrittTENSTL60.50
42Torry HoltJACMIA60.00
43Chris ChambersKCBUF59.50
44Brandon GibsonSTLat TEN59.00
45Pierre GarconINDDEN58.50
T-45Josh MorganSFARI58.50
47Roy WilliamsDALSD58.00
48Mohamed MassaquoiCLEPIT57.50
49Mike WallacePITat CLE57.00
50Muhsin MuhammadCARat NE56.50
51Earl BennettCHIGB56.00
52Jason AvantPHIat NYG55.00
T-52Antonio BryantTBNYJ55.00
54Greg CamarilloMIAat JAC54.50
55Malcom FloydSDat DAL54.00
56Kelley WashingtonBALDET53.50
57Johnny KnoxCHIGB53.00
58Mario ManninghamNYGPHI52.50
59Nate WashingtonTENSTL52.00
60Devin ThomasWASat OAK51.50
61Bernard BerrianMINCIN51.00
62Austin CollieINDDEN50.50
T-62Ted GinnMIAat JAC50.50
64Laveranues ColesCINat MIN50.00
65James JonesGBat CHI49.50
T-65Brian HartlineMIAat JAC49.50
67Eddie RoyalDENat IND48.50
68Bryant JohnsonDETat BAL47.50
69Andre CaldwellCINat MIN45.50
70Louis MurphyOAKWAS45.00
71Josh CribbsCLEPIT44.50
T-71Hakeem NicksNYGPHI44.50
73Patrick CraytonDALSD44.00
T-73Jordy NelsonGBat CHI44.00
75Chaz SchilensOAKWAS42.00

 
Start: Calvin Johnson, Lions. Megatron has scored in three straight games now, and he has a pretty good matchup against a weak Raven secondary. I can’t really imagine Domonique Foxworth, Frank Walker, or Lardarius Walker hanging with CJ. With Ed Reed still nursing an injury as well, Johnson could be met with very little resistance this weekend.
 
Start: Terrell Owens, Bills. A matchup this week against Kansas City must be music to TO’s ears after having Darrelle Revis in his hip pocket all day. The Bills have been throwing the ball TO’s way a lot recently, and before the Jets game they were having a lot of success with that. Expend that trend to continue, resulting in a big game for Terrell Owens this weekend.
 
Sit: Santana Moss, Redskins. The Redskins’ pass offense has picked up in recent weeks, but Moss has yet to have a big game of his own. This is probably a result of defenses keying on Moss, and Campbell finding other receivers, such as second-year wideout Devin Thomas, and second-year tight end Fred Davis. This week Nnamdi Asomugha and the Raiders’ secondary will likely be focused on Moss again.
 
Sit: Steve Breaston, Cardinals. Breaston was once considered one of the league’s most prolific slot receivers, but his production has really fallen off these past three weeks. Breaston has only managed 0, 4, and 1 catches in those three games, and has not found the endzone. The Cardinal receiver has to be considered a risky start in any matchup at this point.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Vernon DavisSFARI95.00
2Brent CelekPHIat NYG89.00
3Antonio GatesSDat DAL86.50
4Jeremy ShockeyNOat ATL83.00
5Tony GonzalezATLNO82.00
6Jason WittenDALSD79.50
T-6Dallas ClarkINDDEN79.50
8Heath MillerPITat CLE77.50
9Greg OlsenCHIGB76.00
10Kevin BossNYGPHI75.50
11Visanthe ShiancoeMINCIN73.50
12Kellen WinslowTBNYJ72.50
13Jermichael FinleyGBat CHI72.00
14Todd HeapBALDET70.00
15John CarlsonSEAat HOU69.50
16Zach MillerOAKWAS69.00
17Dustin KellerNYJat TB66.50
18Bo ScaifeTENSTL63.50
19Joel DreessenHOUSEA62.00
20Marcedes LewisJACMIA61.50
T-20Ben WatsonNECAR61.50
22Anthony FasanoMIAat JAC60.50
23Sean RyanKCBUF59.50
24J.P. FoschiCINat MIN57.50
25Tony SchefflerDENat IND57.00
T-25Will HellerDETat BAL57.00
27Fred DavisWASat OAK56.50
28Shawn NelsonBUFat KC55.50
29Donald LeeGBat CHI55.00
30Dante RosarioCARat NE53.50
31Ben PatrickARIat SF50.50
32Robert RoyalCLEPIT48.00

 
Start: Brent Celek, Eagles. Celek has four touchdowns over his past six games, and could be in line for another this week against the Giants. Celek recorded 61 yards and a touchdown last time he faced New York.
 
Sit: Ben Watson, Patriots. What a tease that 77-yard, 2 TD game in Week 1 was… Watson has only three catches over his past four games. He shouldn’t be getting any consideration as a fantasy starter.

RankKickersTeamOpponentAverage
1David AkersPHIat NYG79.00
2Mason CrosbyGBat CHI78.50
3Matt PraterDENat IND77.00
T-3Garrett HartleyNOat ATL77.00
5Ryan LongwellMINCIN76.50
T-5Stephen GostkowskiNECAR76.50
7Billy CundiffBALDET74.00
8Jay FeelyNYJat TB73.50
9Dan CarpenterMIAat JAC73.00
10Lawrence TynesNYGPHI72.50
11Rian LindellBUFat KC72.00
T-11Jeff ReedPITat CLE72.00
13Neil RackersARIat SF71.50
14Kris BrownHOUSEA71.00
15Nate KaedingSDat DAL70.00
T-15Olindo MareSEAat HOU70.00
17Nick FolkDALSD69.00
18Shayne GrahamCINat MIN68.50
T-18Matt StoverINDDEN68.50
20Josh ScobeeJACMIA67.50
21Rob BironasTENSTL66.50
22Robbie GouldCHIGB66.00
23Sebastian JanikowskiOAKWAS63.50
24Jason HansonDETat BAL61.50
T-24Graham GanoWASat OAK61.50
26Josh BrownSTLat TEN61.00
27Matt BryantATLNO60.00
28John KasayCARat NE59.50
T-28Ryan SuccopKCBUF59.50
30Joe NedneySFARI59.00
31Connor BarthTBNYJ55.50
32Phil DawsonCLEPIT50.00

 
Start: Garrett Hartley, Saints. Hartley kicked four field goals last week in relief of John Carney. I don’t expect the Saints offense to slow down against a less-than-intimidating Falcon defense. The game will also be played in a dome. Hartley should be a good start again.
 
Sit: Nick Folk, Cowboys. Folk has missed 5 of his last 7 field goals. This was so startling to the Cowboys’ coaching staff that they are apparently considering having Tony Romo go back to holding. That could be interesting, to say the least. In any event, Folk is probably not worth the trouble as a fantasy kicker right now.

RankDefenseTeamOpponentAverage
1SteelersPITat CLE93.50
2SaintsNOat ATL86.00
3VikingsMINCIN84.50
4PatriotsNECAR83.50
5RavensBALDET81.50
6EaglesPHIat NYG80.50
T-6ChargersSDat DAL80.50
8PackersGBat CHI78.50
T-8DolphinsMIAat JAC78.50
10RedskinsWASat OAK77.00
11JetsNYJat TB76.00
12ColtsINDDEN75.50
13TitansTENSTL75.00
14BengalsCINat MIN74.00
T-14SeahawksSEAat HOU74.00
1649ersSFARI72.50
17BroncosDENat IND72.00
18BillsBUFat KC69.50
19CardinalsARIat SF68.50
T-19GiantsNYGPHI68.50
21RaidersOAKWAS65.00
22BrownsCLEPIT64.50
T-22BuccaneersTBNYJ64.50
24BearsCHIGB62.50
T-24TexansHOUSEA62.50
26PanthersCARat NE61.50
27CowboysDALSD60.50
28ChiefsKCBUF60.00
29LionsDETat BAL57.00
30FalconsATLNO56.00
31RamsSTLat TEN50.00
32JaguarsJACMIA49.50

 
Start: Baltimore Ravens. Calvin Johnson is daunting, but the rest of the Lions’ offense isn’t scaring anyone, especially with Daunte Culpepper starting this week. The Ravens have had some injuries on their defense, but they still have a nose for big turnovers (6th in NFL with 14 interceptions, 3 defensive touchdowns). The Ravens should be able to the handle the Lions well enough at home to put up a good fantasy point total on defense.
 
Sit: Denver Broncos. Denver has been a top ten fantasy defense this year, but even the best defenses have trouble with the Colts. Look for a better option than the Broncos against Peyton Manning and Co. in Indianapolis.
 

 
Nick Hopkins is a Cafe member who has been contributing to the Start & Sit since 2006. He posts on the Cafe under the name terpfan. R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
 
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11 Responses to “Week 14: Colts, Saints Go To 12-0”

  1. pipyface23 says:

    Would you guys start regge Wayne over Wes welker. Espn fantasy says wayne will suck cuz of his foot wondering what you guys think.

    Thanks for the amazing rankings

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  2. ao1vw says:

    Should I start Sidney Rice or Terrell Owens this week?

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  3. JimDaMan76 says:

    Owens looks tasty this week.

    ReplyReply
  4. User avatar HomerJay says:

    Wow…Cutler over Smith and Young this week? That would take guts

    ReplyReply
  5. duckjm17 says:

    Which defense should I start? New Orleans vs ATL or New York Jets vs TB?

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  6. User avatar R.J. White says:

    I’d go with Welker there.

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  7. User avatar R.J. White says:

    Owens has a great matchup, but I’d still lean towards Rice.

    ReplyReply
  8. User avatar R.J. White says:

    I’d go with the Saints.

    ReplyReply
  9. ponyetr says:

    Should I start Quinton Ganther this week? My other choice is to play a third receiver, I have V Jax and Wayne, but actually leaning towards V Jax and not playing Wayne.

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  10. pipyface23 says:

    should i start kurt warner or tom brady. espn’s saying brady’ll start but he may not play that great because of his rib finger and shoulder problems.

    ReplyReply
  11. conVickted says:

    should I start Kurt Warner or Brett Favre? My opponent has Sidney Rice WR going

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