Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: Projecting the Week's Biggest Duds

Ryan Bothmann@tripleCfanSenior Analyst IIDecember 3, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Running back Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots fights off Kyle Wilson #20 of the New York Jets during the second half of a game at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Patriots defeated the Jets 49-19. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The playoffs are finally upon us for most fantasy football leagues. Hopefully you all had an outstanding regular season and are ready to bring home a championship. To do that though, you will need to be researching all week to find all the best matchups.

Here are three plays that you should stay away from, because they will be the biggest duds of Week 14.

 

Ryan Mathews

Things have been a disaster in San Diego this season, and they appear to only be getting worse. Therefore, it is no surprise that its running back, Ryan Mathews, is expected to be a dud this week.

Many people expected a breakout year for Mathews, who rushed for over 1,000 yards in his second season last year. A breakout has certainly not happened though. The San Diego back has run the ball for only 620 yards and has only one touchdown.

Many people have kept Mathews in at a flex back spot this year, hoping that he has a big game, but with the struggles in San Diego and the Steelers as its next opponent, maybe it is time that Mathews finds a permanent spot on the bench.

 

Stevan Ridley

New England running back Stevan Ridley has had an outstanding year so far for the Patriots. He has already rushed for over 1,000 yards on the season and has recorded nine touchdowns, including one in each of his last five games.

This will not be a good week to start Ridley though, as the Patriots will be squaring off with the Houston Texans.

 

Houston features the second-best rush defense in the NFL, allowing only 87 yards per game, and they will hold Ridley down as well. Look for the Patriots to use mostly an aerial attack to try and beat the Texans.

Ridley will get some carries in the game, but it is unlikely that he will find the end zone against the Texans.

 

Stevie Johnson

Stevie Johnson has had a great year for the Buffalo Bills so far. As the team continues their push to try and make the playoffs, Johnson will be a key contributor down the stretch, but I expect him to struggle this week against the Rams.

The Rams are ranked twelfth in the NFL in pass defense, and cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins have been locking down receivers over the past few weeks. In fact, Jenkins himself has taken two interceptions and a fumble back for touchdowns over the past few games.

Johnson has been a reliable flex-position wide receiver this season because he has the capability to produce big games, but with the way the Rams have been playing defensively, do not expect a big day from him this week.