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Week 14: Playoffs?!? - 8 comments

By R.J. White

If you’re still emotionally invested in our Start/Sit article, it likely means you’ve made the playoffs in your league. Well done. No matter how many sites you read religiously, how many sets of rankings you follow or how many people you ask for advice on a weekly basis, you deserve all the credit. So take a moment to revel in your accomplishment. Done? OK, let’s get busy.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentScore
1Aaron RodgersGBvs. OAK100
2Drew BreesNOat TEN95
3Cam NewtonCARvs. ATL90
4Matthew StaffordDETvs. MIN89
5Tom BradyNEat WAS86
6Tony RomoDALvs. NYG82
7Philip RiversSDvs. BUF77
8Eli ManningNYGat DAL75
9Michael VickPHIat MIA74
10Matt RyanATLat CAR73
11Tim TebowDENvs. CHI71
12Rex GrossmanWASvs. NE66
13Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. CLE65
14Carson PalmerOAKat GB61
15Joe FlaccoBALvs. IND58
16Matt HasselbeckTENvs. NO56
17Matt MooreMIAvs. PHI54
18Ryan FitzpatrickBUFat SD52
19Mark SanchezNYJvs. KC50
20Alex SmithSFat ARI50
21Andy DaltonCINvs. HOU46
22Christian PonderMINat DET40
23Tarvaris JacksonSEAvs. STL38
24Blaine GabbertJACvs. TB37
25Caleb HanieCHIat DEN35
26Colt McCoyCLEat PIT34
27Kevin KolbARIvs. SF29
28Dan OrlovskyINDat BAL25
29T.J. YatesHOUat CIN24
30Josh JohnsonTBat JAC24
31Tyler PalkoKCat NYJ23
32Tom BrandstaterSTLat SEA15

Start: Rex Grossman. He’s had weeks of fantasy relevance this year, and even without Fred Davis, he should be in line for a big effort against the turnstile defense of the New England secondary.

Sit: Ben Roethlisberger. As pointed out by Eli Ricke in this week’s Weekly Weakling, most quarterbacks don’t pass for big numbers against the Browns because they don’t have to. Try and get Ben on your bench.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentScore
1Arian FosterHOUat CIN100
2Ray RiceBALvs. IND96
3Marshawn LynchSEAvs. STL92
4Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. TB91
5Ryan MathewsSDvs. BUF85
6DeMarco MurrayDALvs. NYG80
7Michael TurnerATLat CAR80
8Rashard MendenhallPITvs. CLE80
9Chris JohnsonTENvs. NO79
10Michael BushOAKat GB79
11Reggie BushMIAvs. PHI79
12LeSean McCoyPHIat MIA78
13Roy HeluWASvs. NE72
14Darren SprolesNOat TEN72
15Steven JacksonSTLat SEA66
16LeGarrette BlountTBat JAC63
17Shonn GreeneNYJvs. KC62
18Kevin SmithDETvs. MIN60
19BenJarvus Green-EllisNEat WAS58
20Beanie WellsARIvs. SF57
21Mike TolbertSDvs. BUF57
22C.J. SpillerBUFat SD55
23Cedric BensonCINvs. HOU54
24Ben TateHOUat CIN54
25Frank GoreSFat ARI53
26Ahmad BradshawNYGat DAL53
27Marion BarberCHIat DEN52
28Peyton HillisCLEat PIT50
29Jonathan StewartCARvs. ATL49
30Willis McGaheeDENvs. CHI49
31Brandon JacobsNYGat DAL49
32Mark IngramNOat TEN48
33Donald BrownINDat BAL46
34Ryan GrantGBvs. OAK46
35DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. ATL45
36Isaac RedmanPITvs. CLE44
37Adrian PetersonMINat DET43
38Brandon SaineGBvs. OAK42
39Dexter McClusterKCat NYJ40
40Danny WoodheadNEat WAS38
41Maurice MorrisDETvs. MIN36
42Felix JonesDALvs. NYG36
43Toby GerhartMINat DET35
44Daniel ThomasMIAvs. PHI35
45Montario HardestyCLEat PIT34
46LaDainian TomlinsonNYJvs. KC34
47Marcel ReeceOAKat GB33
48Thomas JonesKCat NYJ32
49Jackie BattleKCat NYJ32
50Pierre ThomasNOat TEN32

Start: C.J. Spiller. He was much better than expected last week as the Bills’ new feature back, and with the rest of the offense grinding to a halt, Spiller should see plenty of work again this week.

Sit: Frank Gore. He’s getting through games despite being nicked up, but he doesn’t have a whole lot of fantasy points to show for it. Gore seems likely to sabotage a fantasy season this December.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentScore
1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. MIN94
2Victor CruzNYGat DAL89
3Percy HarvinMINat DET87
4Jordy NelsonGBvs. OAK87
5Wes WelkerNEat WAS86
6Vincent JacksonSDvs. BUF84
7Roddy WhiteATLat CAR79
8Greg JenningsGBvs. OAK79
9Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. SF78
10Brandon MarshallMIAvs. PHI77
11Dez BryantDALvs. NYG76
12A.J. GreenCINvs. HOU74
13Hakeem NicksNYGat DAL72
14Steve SmithCARvs. ATL72
15Michael CrabtreeSFat ARI69
16Santana MossWASvs. NE68
17Jeremy MaclinPHIat MIA66
18Mike WallacePITvs. CLE65
19Mike WilliamsTBat JAC64
20Miles AustinDALvs. NYG64
21Nate BurlesonDETvs. MIN62
22Damian WilliamsTENvs. NO59
23Golden TateSEAvs. STL59
24Anquan BoldinBALvs. IND58
25DeSean JacksonPHIat MIA58
26Antonio BrownPITvs. CLE57
27Malcom FloydSDvs. BUF56
28Laurent RobinsonDALvs. NYG56
29Marques ColstonNOat TEN55
30Julio JonesATLat CAR55
31Torrey SmithBALvs. IND54
32Reggie WayneINDat BAL53
33Santonio HolmesNYJvs. KC53
34Pierre GarconINDat BAL53
35Jabar GaffneyWASvs. NE52
36Steve JohnsonBUFat SD51
37Brandon LloydSTLat SEA49
38Plaxico BurressNYJvs. KC49
39Lance MooreNOat TEN47
40Johnny KnoxCHIat DEN46
41Darrius Heyward-BayOAKat GB46
42Brad SmithBUFat SD43
43Nate WashingtonTENvs. NO43
44Doug BaldwinSEAvs. STL43
45Dwayne BoweKCat NYJ42
46Deion BranchNEat WAS42
47Anthony ArmstrongWASvs. NE40
48Donald DriverGBvs. OAK39
49Eric DeckerDENvs. CHI38
50Andre RobertsARIvs. SF38
51Early DoucetARIvs. SF38
52Jason AvantPHIat MIA38
53Titus YoungDETvs. MIN38
54Denarius MooreOAKat GB38
55Greg LittleCLEat PIT37
56Brian HartlineMIAvs. PHI37
57Legedu NaaneeCARvs. ATL36
58Harry DouglasATLat CAR35
59David NelsonBUFat SD35
60Ben ObomanuSEAvs. STL35
61Demaryius ThomasDENvs. CHI34
62Jacoby JonesHOUat CIN34
63Roy WilliamsCHIat DEN34
64Davone BessMIAvs. PHI33
65Kyle WilliamsSFat ARI33
66Vincent BrownSDvs. BUF32
67James JonesGBvs. OAK31
68Earl BennettCHIat DEN30
69T.J. HoushmandzadehOAKat GB30
70Austin PettisSTLat SEA29
71Devin AromashoduMINat DET27
72Steve BreastonKCat NYJ26
73Jerome SimpsonCINvs. HOU26
74Kevin WalterHOUat CIN26
75Josh CribbsCLEat PIT25

Start: Golden Tate. The former Golden Domer with a nose for the end zone has replaced Sidney Rice as Seattle’s No. 1 receiver, and that makes him a solid play the rest of the way.

Sit: Brandon Lloyd. The Rams are dealing with injuries to both Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley, leaving practice-squad player Tom Brandstater to get the first-team reps this week. Expect nothing from Lloyd if Brandstater starts.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentScore
1Rob GronkowskiNEat WAS100
2Antonio GatesSDvs. BUF81
3Jimmy GrahamNOat TEN80
4Tony GonzalezATLat CAR74
5Kellen WinslowTBat JAC66
6Jason WittenDALvs. NYG64
7Dustin KellerNYJvs. KC59
8Jermichael FinleyGBvs. OAK58
9Aaron HernandezNEat WAS57
10Anthony FasanoMIAvs. PHI51
11Ed DicksonBALvs. IND51
12Vernon DavisSFat ARI50
13Brandon PettigrewDETvs. MIN48
14Brent CelekPHIat MIA47
15Heath MillerPITvs. CLE47
16Jake BallardNYGat DAL43
17Jermaine GreshamCINvs. HOU42
18Owen DanielsHOUat CIN42
19Tony SchefflerDETvs. MIN40
20Dennis PittaBALvs. IND39
21Kevin BossOAKat GB36
22Marcedes LewisJACvs. TB35
23Dallas ClarkINDat BAL34
24Greg OlsenCARvs. ATL32
25Joel DreessenHOUat CIN30
26Visanthe ShiancoeMINat DET30
27Delanie WalkerSFat ARI30
28Logan PaulsenWASvs. NE30
29Evan MooreCLEat PIT29
30Jared CookTENvs. NO29
31Kyle RudolphMINat DET26
32Ben WatsonCLEat PIT25

Start: Anthony Fasano. He’s been very solid over the last few weeks, and he gets an Eagles squad short on talent at the linebacker position. That makes Fasano your best desperation play at tight end.

Sit: Jermaine Gresham. He’s been a borderline TE1 all year, but this week he faces a very good Texan defense in what should be a low-scoring game. You run the risk of a goose egg with Gresham this week.

RankKickersTeamOpponentScore
1Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat GB70
2David AkersSFat ARI70
3Dan BaileyDALvs. NYG67
4John KasayNOat TEN66
5Robbie GouldCHIat DEN65
6Billy CundiffBALvs. IND64
7Jason HansonDETvs. MIN63
8Mason CrosbyGBvs. OAK62
9Stephen GostkowskiNEat WAS62
10Nick NovakSDvs. BUF62
11Neil RackersHOUat CIN58
12Matt BryantATLat CAR54
13Mike NugentCINvs. HOU52
14Connor BarthTBat JAC50
15Rob BironasTENvs. NO50
16Phil DawsonCLEat PIT48
17Steven HauschkaSEAvs. STL47
18Dave RaynerBUFat SD46
19Olindo MareCARvs. ATL46
20Dan CarpenterMIAvs. PHI46
21Shaun SuishamPITvs. CLE46
22Alex HeneryPHIat MIA45
23Josh ScobeeJACvs. TB44
24Nick FolkNYJvs. KC42
25Graham GanoWASvs. NE38
26Matt PraterDENvs. CHI34
27Lawrence TynesNYGat DAL34
28Ryan SuccopKCat NYJ32
29Jay FeelyARIvs. SF30
30Ryan LongwellMINat DET30
31Josh BrownSTLat SEA28
32Adam VinatieriINDat BAL24

RankTeam DefenseTeamOpponentScore
1Seattle SeahawksSEAvs. STL76
2Denver BroncosDENvs. CHI73
3San Francisco 49ersSFat ARI71
4Baltimore RavensBALvs. IND70
5Chicago BearsCHIat DEN69
6Green Bay PackersGBvs. OAK69
7New England PatriotsNEat WAS67
8New York JetsNYJvs. KC63
9Miami DolphinsMIAvs. PHI63
10Detroit LionsDETvs. MIN60
11St. Louis RamsSTLat SEA60
12Jacksonville JaguarsJACvs. TB58
13Houston TexansHOUat CIN54
14Kansas City ChiefsKCat NYJ53
15Pittsburgh SteelersPITvs. CLE52
16Dallas CowboysDALvs. NYG44
17Philadelphia EaglesPHIat MIA44
18Arizona CardinalsARIvs. SF43
19Minnesota VikingsMINat DET43
20Atlanta FalconsATLat CAR41
21Cincinnati BengalsCINvs. HOU37
22Tennessee TitansTENvs. NO35
23Indianapolis ColtsINDat BAL35
24Carolina PanthersCARvs. ATL31
25Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBat JAC31
26New York GiantsNYGat DAL29
27New Orleans SaintsNOat TEN27
28Cleveland BrownsCLEat PIT27
29Oakland RaidersOAKat GB26
30San Diego ChargersSDvs. BUF25
31Washington RedskinsWASvs. NE21
32Buffalo BillsBUFat SD19

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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8 Responses to “Week 14: Playoffs?!?”

  1. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Wow! Broncos are ranked high! I own both the Bears and Broncos (picked them up this week). The way I see it, no Forte + no Cutler = no Bears offense and, as a result, a Bears defense that will underperform.

    So, I’ve thought about starting DEN over CHI here. Especially since DEN is at home. But I’m not sure I’ve got the guts to pull the trigger. If you’ve got more insight, R.J., I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts on it.

    (incidentally, can DEN DST break a punt/kick return?)

    Thanks!

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  2. JJGBPD says:

    I agree with you! Von Miller returning and Hanie playing with no Forte… Denver has a great matchup. I do think the Bears D will cause havoc for Tebow, but, he finds a way to get it done each week and the matchup favors Denver.

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  3. User avatar Smipims says:

    That’s a really high ranking for Golden Tate. He’s playing against STL, but I don’t know if SEA is a good enough team to take advantage of the matchup.

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  4. User avatar daullaz says:

    @joejlitz: The Broncos just aren’t turning the ball over with Tebow under center. It would be shocking if the Broncos don’t win the turnover battle against road Hanie. He got the vote-of-no-confidence after the loss last week, and I seriously doubt he’s bringing his A-game. Hanie’s been sacked 11 times over his two starts. If not for the Rams starting a practice squad QB, the Broncos would be far and away the No. 1 play this week.

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  5. JackedSierra says:

    i have baltimores d.. seattle is sittin on the waiver. grab em and start em???

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  6. User avatar daullaz says:

    Baltimore’s obviously a great play as well, but I personally prefer Seattle.

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  7. dirtbags13 says:

    CJ Spiller or Willis McGahee? 1 pt PPR league

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  8. JONWALKER says:

    Gould or Janikowski for today as my kicker?

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