Week 14 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Surprise Must Starts and Benches

Ralph Longo@https://twitter.com/RalphLongoAnalyst IIIDecember 4, 2012

Week 14 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Surprise Must Starts and Benches

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    We've reached Week 14 of the NFL season, meaning that for fantasy owners, the playoffs have arrived. I hope that, like me, you're all in the fantasy playoffs and are in a good position to make a deep run. 

    So, every team inevitably is going to have some difficult decisions to make depending on the matchups. So, here are six players that you should either start or sit in Week 14. And good luck in the fantasy playoffs as well. 

1. Start 'Em: Jacob Tamme, TE

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    After being somewhat of an afterthought in the Broncos offense for a number of weeks, Tamme has come on strong as of late and is getting a lot of looks from Peyton Manning. Tamme was targeted 13 times in the Broncos win against the Bucs on Sunday. 

    Tamme is still somewhat risky, but he's beginning to become one of the focal points of the Denver offense. If you're in need of a TE, look Tamme's way for Week 14. He's got a great matchup against the Oakland Raiders as well, which certainly helps his cause. 

2. Sit 'Em: Jake Locker, QB

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    Jake Locker was one of the sleeper QBs coming into this season, but as of late he's been pretty awful. Locker's not exactly playing his best football, and if you have him on your squad and are in need of a QB, or are looking to pick one up, don't look his way. 

    Locker's certainly capable of putting up good fantasy numbers, but he's just way too unreliable, and he also has injury risk attached to him as well. At this point in the year, when fantasy games are so important, absolutely do not start Jake Locker. 

3. Start 'Em: Bryce Brown, RB

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    Bryce Brown had another absolute monster game against Dallas on Monday night, and with LeSean McCoy unlikely to return for at least another week, Brown is a total must-start for Week 14. Brown showed a lot of explosiveness and running ability in McCoy's absence. 

    Will Brown make it three stellar games in a row? It's hard to bet against this guy at this point. He's tearing apart NFL defenses and is a nightmare matchup right now if you're an NFL defensive coordinator. You don't really have a choice right now; if you have Brown, start him. 

Sit 'Em: Jordy Nelson, WR

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    Jordy Nelson's taken a backseat to Randall Cobb as of late, and it doesn't look like his hamstring injury is going to help him get back into the mix as quickly as his owners would like. Nelson's an extremely risky option right now at best. 

    Even if he does play, he'll be hampered by an injury and could wind up having a really bad game. With the stakes so high this late in the season, start someone else if you can and steer clear of Nelson for this week.  

Start 'Em: Colin Kaepernick, QB

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    Colin Kaepernick is rapidly becoming a very viable fantasy threat, and with his Week 14 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, you should consider him if you're in a pinch at the QB position. Kaepernick's been great, for the most part, the past four weeks, and he doesn't look to be slowing down. 

    Kaepernick's almost a lock to get you at least 15 fantasy points, and he could very well get up to 25 if he breaks loose for a rushing TD. Kaepernick's basically a RGIII-lite version right now, so start him with confidence. 

Sit 'Em: Darren McFadden, RB

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    This was a really tough call to make. McFadden is always a player that can break out at any moment, but he's struggled with injuries lately (what else is new) and is flat out hard to trust. And with the Raiders having a short week and playing this Thursday, it makes it even more difficult to put him in your starting lineup. 

    And with Marcel Reece playing well in relief of McFadden, he might suffer from limited touches even if he does play. If you're desperate, you can start McFadden, but if you have an alternative option, leave him on your bench for at least another week. 

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