Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: Position-by-Position Breakdown

Gordie Gold@ggold3Correspondent IDecember 5, 2012

Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: Position-by-Position Breakdown

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    Fantasy Football playoffs: Win and move on, lose and your fantasy season is done for the year.

    From here on out, every player you start has to put up big numbers if you want to hoist your league's trophy and have bragging rights over your opponents.

    With many fantasy football leagues playoffs starting up this week, here is a position-by-position breakdown for Week 14.


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    Best Matchups

    Eli Manning vs. New Orleans Saints

    Manning has been back on track in his last two games, throwing for 529 yards and four touchdowns. Going up against the Saints 30th ranked pass defense this week, expect him to top 300 yards and throw for at least two touchdowns.

    Matt Schaub vs. New England Patriots

    In what appears to be the "Game of the Week," fantasy football owners should expect to see Schaub airing the ball out. The Patriots have the 29th ranked pass defense, while their run defense ranks in the top-10.

    Worst Matchups

    Carson Palmer vs. Denver Broncos

    In Palmer's last game against the Broncos, he was less than spectacular with no touchdowns and only 202 yards. The Broncos pass defense ranks 6th in the NFL and, lets face it, the Oakland Raiders are horrible.

    Chad Henne vs. New York Jets

    After throwing seven touchdown passes in his last three games, Henne's going to run into trouble this week. Despite the joke of an offense the Jets have, their pass defense still ranks fourth in the NFL and is allowing less than 200 passing yards per game.

Running Backs

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    Best Matchups

    Steven Jackson vs. Buffalo Bills

    Even though Jackson ran for only 48 yards last week against the 49ers, he still had 21 carries. With the St. Louis Rams taking on a 30th-ranked Buffalo run defense this week, Jackson will have a much better outing.

    Shonn Greene vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

    Greene had one of his better games this season last week, running for over 100 yards on 24 carries. If Greene gets at least 20 carries against the Jaguars, expect a stat line of 100-plus yards and a touchdown.

    Worst Matchups

    Bryce Brown vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    It's hard to call this a bad matchup because Brown has been a beast the last two weeks. However, don't expect him to put up a ton of fantasy points against the Bucs No.1-ranked run defense.

    Reggie Bush vs. San Francisco 49ers

    Bush has been solid the last two weeks, running for 151 yards on 29 carries while scoring one touchdown. Look for the 49ers defense to shut him down and force Ryan Tannehill to beat them through the air.

Wide Recievers

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    Best Matchups

    Demaryius Thomas vs. Oakland Raiders

    In his last game against the Raiders, Thomas caught five passes for 103 yards. Thomas has scored four touchdowns in his last three games and that streak is going to continue into Week 15.

    Torrey Smith vs. Washington Redskins

    The Redskins pass defense is susceptible to the big play, ranking 31st in the NFL. Smith is Joe Flacco's go-to receiver when the Baltimore Ravens need a big play. Look for Smith to catch a few deep balls this week.

    Worst Matchups

    Sidney Rice vs. Arizona Cardinals

    Despite Rice scoring five touchdowns in his last five games, the Cardinals defense should have no trouble stopping the Seattle Seahawks offense. The Cardinals pass defense ranks third in the NFL and they have nine interceptions in their last three games. Rice is coming off of a concussion, so it is still uncertain whether he will play this week.

    Danario Alexander vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Since Alexander's significant increase in playing time, he has been one of the best receivers in fantasy football. However, I would keep him on the bench this week as the San Diego Chargers go up against the Steelers' No.1-ranked pass defense. Philip Rivers is going to struggle against a secondary that allows an average of only 166.7 passing yards per game.

Tight Ends

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    Best Matchups

    Brent Celek vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Last week against the Dallas Cowboys, Celek caught seven passes for 73 yards and was Nick Foles' go-to receiver (eight targets). Celek should have another big game against the Bucs' last-ranked pass defense this week.

    Dallas Clark vs. Philadelphia Eagles

    On the other side of this matchup, Clark is another tight end that has come on strong towards the end of the season. In his last four games, Clark has scored three touchdowns. The Eagles defense has been in shambles and it seems like they are firing a different defensive coach every week.

    Worst Matchups

    Antonio Gates vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Gates has been one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football this year, with only 417 receiving yards and four touchdowns. I would be surprised if Gates has more than three catches this week against the Steelers defense.

    Rob Housler vs. Seattle Seahawks

    If you are looking to pick up a sleeper tight end in your waiver wire, wait on adding Housler. Despite 12 receptions and 17 targets over the last two weeks, the Seahawks have one of the best pass defenses in the NFL and will have no trouble shutting down the Cardinals receivers.