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Fantasy Football: 50 Most Valuable Assets for Week 14 (Sunday/Monday)

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterOctober 12, 2016

Fantasy Football: 50 Most Valuable Assets for Week 14 (Sunday/Monday)

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    The following countdown touts the 50 most valuable fantasy assets for Week 14, citing Sunday/Monday games only.

    To clarify, this listing doesn't project the 50 highest scorers for the weekend in standard-scoring or points-per-reception leagues. If that were the case, we'd have quarterback after quarterback occupying the penthouse spots, and that would be extremely boring to read...and write (especially since The Fantasy Blog already has a top 30 countdown for quarterbacks).

    This slideshow went heavy on running backs, wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends—the lifeblood positions of fantasy champions—but there was also room for one defense. (Sorry, kickers.)

    Enjoy the show!

50. QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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    2012 Stats: 888 Yards Passing, 7 TD (4 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Miami (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Colin Kaepernick has tallied 250-plus total yards in all three of his career starts for the 49ers. Last week, he accounted for 292 total yards against the Rams.

    2. The second-year quarterback's pass attempts have increased with each successive start.

    3. In the mold of Cam Newton, Kaepernick has the capacity for 50 rushing yards and one running TD every Sunday.

    4. For what it's worth, the 49ers have outscored AFC East opponents by a whopping 79-3 margin this season.

49. TE Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 88 Catches, 818 Yards, 1 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Cincinnati (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Jason Witten is on pace for his first-ever 100-catch campaign. He's also in line for the fourth 1,000-yard campaign of his stellar career. (Hall of Famer?)

    2. Witten currently stands as the only NFL tight end with 100 or more targets (heading into Week 14).

    3. The Cowboys star rolled for six catches and 108 yards against the Eagles last week.

    4. Through 12 games, Witten has crossed the tight end-elite threshold of six catches, 85 yards and/or one touchdown nine times.

48. QB Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

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    2012 Stats: 1,473 Yards Passing, 8 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Indianapolis (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Jake Locker accounted for 347 total yards (38 rushing) and one touchdown last week, becoming the third straight quarterback to throw for 300 yards against the Texans. (He was also responsible for five turnovers...but hey, this is a fantasy countdown.)

    2. Locker has attempted 85 passes in his last two games. And with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains leading the Titans now (replacing Chris Palmer), Locker should remain a 35-pass asset over the next four weeks as well.

    3. The Titans' cast of high-upside playmakers (Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Jared Cook) are healthy and seemingly primed for a solid finish.

47. WR Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 68 Catches, 1,023 Yards, 4 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Carolina (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. With standard-scoring leagues, Roddy White currently ranks as the No. 14 fantasy wideout.

    2. Through 12 games, White has collected seven or more targets 10 times. For the season, he has five outings of double-digit targets.

    3. White has yet to score a touchdown on the road this year, which should explain his middling ranking. Away from the Georgia Dome, he has averaged five catches and 84 yards.

46. WR Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

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    2012 Stats: 53 Catches, 890 Yards, 2 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Atlanta (Home) 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Last week, Steve Smith rolled the Chiefs for five catches, 120 yards and one touchdown.

    2. Barring injury, he will easily claim his seventh 1,000-yard receiving season with the Panthers.

    3. Smith is on the short list of wideouts with 100 or more targets (heading into Week 14). Since Week 5, Smith has tallied seven-plus targets in every outing.

    4. In his last six games against the Falcons (2009-12), Smith has averages of 4.7 catches, 71 yards and 0.3 TDs.

45. WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    2012 Stats: 50 Catches, 1,014 Yards, 7 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Philadelphia (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Vincent Jackson currently ranks as the No. 6 fantasy receiver.

    2. Jackson is one of only six wideouts with 200 receiving yards in a single game this season (Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Brian Hartline, Justin Blackmon).

    3. For the season, he has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one TD six times.

    4. Against NFC East foes this year (three games), V-Jax has collected 12 catches, 28 targets, 257 yards and three TDs.

44. QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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    2012 Stats: 2,344 Yards Passing, 19 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Arizona (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Last Sunday, Russell Wilson's overtime touchdown pass to Sidney Rice clinched the Seahawks' road win over the Bears.

    2. Rounding up fractionally, Wilson was one of three quarterbacks to register 30 points for Week 13 (standard scoring).

    3. Wilson has accounted for multiple touchdowns in five straight games. Within that span, he has a sterling TD-to-interception ratio of 11/1.

    4. Since Week 8, Wilson is a perfect 5-of-5 in recording 20-plus fantasy points.

43. RB Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

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    2012 Stats: 1,032 Total Yards (836 Rushing), 5 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: New Orleans (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Ahmad Bradshaw has accounted for 235 total yards and one touchdown in his last two games.

    2. In his four home outings, Bradshaw has rolled for 461 total yards and three touchdowns for averages of 115 yards and 0.75 TDs.

42. Defense/Special Teams, Chicago Bears

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    2012 Stats: 32 Sacks, 20 INTs, 14 Fumble Recoveries, 7 Defensive TDs 

    Week 14 Opponent: Minnesota (Road) 

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. The Chicago Bears currently rank as the No. 1 scoring defense in fantasy.

    2. They lead the NFL in defensive touchdowns (seven) and safeties (two).

    3. Chicago has collected multiple sacks in 10 games.

    4. The Bears have held the opposition to 13 points or less five times this season.

    5. With Percy Harvin (ankle) done for the year, the Vikings don't have a dangerous No. 1 receiver for Sunday's game. That might help the Bears load up the line for running back Adrian Peterson.

41. QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    2012 Stats: 3,003 Yards Passing, 23 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Philadelphia (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. With standard-scoring leagues, Josh Freeman ranks as the No. 14 fantasy quarterback.

    2. Through 12 games, he has either thrown for 299 yards or multiple touchdowns nine times.

    3. Freeman has averaged 303 yards passing and 1.8 touchdowns in his last five home outings.

    4. The Eagles have allowed 195 points in their last six games for an average of 32.5 per outing.

40. RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

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    2012 Stats: 963 Total Yards (749 Rushing), 4 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Minnesota (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Matt Forte accounted for 96 total yards and one touchdown against the Seahawks last week.

    2. On the road this season, Forte has rushed for 100-plus yards twice.

    3. For most weekends, Forte would be a top-25 pick here. But in his last eight meetings with the Vikings, Forte has averaged only 84 total yards and 0.3 TDs.

39. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 976 Total Yards (885 Rushing), 5 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Dallas (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, BenJarvus Green-Ellis currently ranks as the No. 15 tailback.

    2. Green-Ellis has rushed for 100-plus yards in three straight games—the longest streak of his career.

    3. Of his last five games, Green-Ellis has accounted for 100 yards and/or one touchdown four times.

38. WR Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

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    2012 Stats: 64 Catches, 675 Yards, 8 TD (1 Kick Return) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Detroit (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. For the season, Randall Cobb has rushed 10 times for 132 yards.

    2. Through 12 games, Cobb has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown nine times.

    3. From Weeks 5-11, spanning six games, Cobb tallied 36 catches, 412 yards and seven TDs.

    4. With Jordy Nelson (hamstring) out for Week 14, Cobb could post top-10 numbers among his positional brethren.

37. TE Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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    2012 Stats: 59 Catches, 654 Yards, 8 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: N.Y. Giants (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Jimmy Graham has collected six-plus targets in 10 out of 11 games.

    2. For the season, Graham has crossed the tight end-elite threshold of six catches, 85 yards and/or one touchdown seven times.

    3. Against the Giants last year, Graham notched five catches, 84 yards and two scores.

36. QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 2,980 Yards Passing, 27 TD (3 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Dallas (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Andy Dalton currently ranks as the No. 11 fantasy quarterback (standard-scoring leagues).

    2. Of his six home games, Dalton has accounted for 299 yards passing or three touchdown four times.

    3. Against the NFC East this season (two games), Dalton boasts superb averages of 264 yards passing and 3.5 touchdowns.

35. RB Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

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    2012 Stats: 1,188 Total Yards (993 Rushing), 4 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Indianapolis (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last three road games, Chris Johnson boasts averages of 147 total yards and one touchdown.

    2. From Weeks 6-12, Johnson rolled for 100-plus total yards in all six games.

    3. Within that span, the Titans star has logged at least 17 touches in each outing.

    4. Of his last five games against the Colts (2010-12), Johnson boasts superb averages of 105 total yards and 0.4 TDs.

34. QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 3,062 Yards Passing, 21 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: New England (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last three games, Matt Schaub has averaged 350 yards passing and 2.7 touchdowns.

    2. New England has allowed 277.5 yards passing in its last four outings.

    3. For what it's worth, Schaub threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots in 2009 (regular-season finale).

33. RB Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 778 Total Yards (675 Rushing), 8 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Carolina (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Michael Turner currently ranks as the No. 17 fantasy tailback (standard-scoring leagues).

    2. Turner has scored a touchdown in three straight games and four of his last five.

    3. Check out Turner's absurd history against the Panthers: In his last eight games against Carolina (dating back to 2008), Turner has amazing averages of 115.4 total yards and 1.5 TDs.

32. WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

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    2012 Stats: 88 Catches, 1,156 Yards, 3 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Tennessee (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Reggie Wayne has already crushed last year's totals in catches (75) and receiving yards (960). He's also a shoo-in to match or eclipse his TD tally (four).

    2. Wayne currently ranks as the No. 8 fantasy wideout in standard-scoring leagues.

    3. Through 12 games, Wayne has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one TD 10 times.

    4. Wayne has racked up double-digit targets nine times this season.

31. QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 3,660 Yards Passing, 20 TD (1 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Cincinnati (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Tony Romo has accounted for 744 yards passing and six touchdowns in his last two outings.

    2. On the road this season, Romo has rock-solid averages of 263 yards passing and 1.7 TDs.

    3. Since Week 8, Romo has racked up 20 fantasy points five times (standard-scoring leagues).

    4. Against AFC North foes (2012), Romo has averaged 287 yards passing and 1.5 TDs.

30. WR Wes Welker, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 92 Catches, 1,064 Yards, 4 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Houston (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Wes Welker could clinch his fifth 100-catch season in six years on Sunday.

    2. Since Week 2, Welker is a perfect 11-of-11 in collecting eight or more targets.

    3. Against the Dolphins last week, Welker rolled for 12 catches, 103 yards, one touchdown and a season-high 18 targets.

    4. For the season, Welker has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one TD 11 times.

29. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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    2012 Stats: 1,287 Total Yards (1,138 Rushing), 6 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Arizona (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last seven games against divisional foes, Marshawn Lynch boasts stellar averages of 114.6 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns. (On the flip side, he has never crossed the 100-yard threshold in six career meetings with the Cardinals.)

    2. Lynch currently ranks as the No. 5 tailback in standard-scoring leagues.

    3. The Seahawks star trails only Adrian Peterson for the NFL lead in rushing yards (1,138).

28. RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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    2012 Stats: 1,148 Total Yards (1,106 Rushing), 6 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Baltimore (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Alfred Morris and Doug Martin are currently tied for third place in NFL rushing yards (1,106).

    2. Morris has rushed for 100-plus yards in back-to-back outings—the second time he's pulled off the feat.

    3. Through 12 games, Morris has accounted for 89 total yards and/or one touchdown nine times.

    4. For the Redskins' three-game winning streak, Morris has 320 total yards and one touchdown.

    5. At home this season, the rookie rusher boasts solid averages of 92 total yards and 0.3 TDs.

27. RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 1,061 Total Yards (1,010 Rushing), 9 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Houston (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Let's start with the ultimate good news/bad news proposition involving Stevan Ridley: The Patriots back has scored a touchdown in five straight outings...but he doesn't have one catch or receiving yard in that span.

    2. For the season, Ridley already has six outings of 97 or more rushing yards.

    3. The Patriots averaged 47.5 points per game from Weeks 8-12.

26. QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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    2012 Stats: 3,596 Yards Passing, 22 TD (5 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Tennessee (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Andrew Luck currently ranks as the No. 4 fantasy quarterback in standard-scoring leagues.

    2. Since Week 8, the Colts rookie has accounted for 297 yards passing or multiple touchdowns five times.

    3. At home this season, Luck boasts stellar averages of 293 yards passing and two scores.

    4. Luck is just days removed from the signature performance of his career: a 391-yard, four-TD outing against the Lions, which included the game-winning TD pass with no time on the clock (Donnie Avery).

25. QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 3,590 Yards Passing, 23 TD (1 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Carolina (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Matt Ryan gets a free pass from last week's victorious clunker against the Saints (165 yards passing, one TD). Here's why: For Weeks 8-12, spanning five games, he averaged 334 yards passing and 1.4 touchdowns.

    2. In his last five games against the Panthers, Ryan has averaged 263 yards passing and 2.4 TDs.

    3. Ryan has attempted 163 passes in his previous four games—or nearly 41 per outing.

    4. The Falcons likely won't encounter one bad-weather game from this point forward. On the flip side, the 11-1 club might have home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs wrapped by Week 15, so it's a wash.

24. WR Victor Cruz, New York Giants

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    2012 Stats: 68 Catches, 883 Yards, 8 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: New Orleans (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In the last two seasons (28 games), Victor Cruz has combined for 150 catches, 2,419 yards and 17 touchdowns for per-outing averages of 5.4 receptions, 86.4 yards and 0.6 TDs.

    2. Against New Orleans last year, Cruz rolled for nine catches, 157 yards and two scores.

    3. The Saints have the NFL's 30th-ranked pass defense, allowing 287.4 yards per game.

23. WR Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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    2012 Stats: 58 Catches, 931 Yards, 6 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Carolina (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. On the road this season (six games), Julio Jones has superb averages of six catches, 102 yards and one touchdown.

    2. Through 12 games, Jones has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one TD six times.

    3. Last December (Week 14), Jones torched the Panthers for three catches, 104 yards and two scores.

22. RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

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    2012 Stats: 1,246 Total Yards (907 Rushing), 6 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: St. Louis (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Even in a relative time share with Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller still ranks as the No. 7 fantasy tailback (points per game).

    2. From Weeks 6-12, Spiller racked up 100 total yards in all six outings.

    3. Spiller (84 total yards, one TD) amassed 14.4 fantasy points last week (15.4 in PPR leagues) on only 15 touches.

    4. With receiver Steve Johnson (hamstring) ailing this week, the Bills might earmark 45 combined touches for Jackson and Spiller against St. Louis.

21. QB Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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    2012 Stats: 2,660 Yards Passing, 23 TD (6 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Baltimore (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Robert Griffin III already has 714 rushing yards this season, tops among all quarterbacks.

    2. Griffin boasts a TD-INT ratio of 9/1 in the last three weeks.

    3. Through 12 games, he has crossed the QB-elite threshold of 275 total yards and/or three touchdowns eight times.

    4. Griffin is a prime candidate for fantasy rookie of the year and fantasy MVP.

20. RB Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

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    2012 Stats: 970 Total Yards (772 Rushing), 2 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Buffalo (Away)
     

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Of his last six games, Steven Jackson has notched 100 total yards and/or one touchdown four times.

    2. Against the 49ers last week, Jackson posted season highs in catches (five) and receiving yards (69). Against San Fran this season, Jackson has combined for 244 total yards and one score.

    3. The Bills currently rank as the NFL's 30th-ranked rush defense, allowing 139.2 yards per game.

19. WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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    2012 Stats: 76 Catches, 1,107 Yards, 10 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Dallas (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, A.J. Green still ranks as the No. 1 fantasy receiver.

    2. From Weeks 2-11, spanning nine games, Green registered a touchdown in every game (10 overall).

    3. For the season, Green is a perfect 12-of-12 in crossing the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown.

    4. Against NFC East foes this season (two games), Green has amassed 16 catches, 268 yards and two scores.

18. RB Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

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    2012 Stats: 1,129 Total Yards (972 Rushing), 7 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Miami (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Frank Gore has now tallied 1,000 total yards for the 49ers in seven straight seasons (2006-12).

    2. Gore currently ranks as the No. 9 fantasy tailback in standard-scoring leagues.

    3. The 49ers star has accrued 100 total yards and/or one touchdown in three of his last four outings.

    4. In two games against the AFC East (2012), Gore has 181 total yards and two scores.

17. QB Eli Manning, New York Giants

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    2012 Stats: 3,170 Yards Passing, 16 TD

    Week 14 Opponent: New Orleans (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Matt Schaub (Week 11) and Eli Manning (Week 2) are the only two quarterbacks to pass for 500 yards in a game this year.

    2. Through six home outings, Manning has rock-solid averages of 282 yards passing and 1.8 touchdowns.

    3. New Orleans has the NFL's 30th-ranked pass defense, allowing 287.4 yards per game.

    4. Against the Saints last season, Manning threw for 406 yards and two scores.

16. QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 3,742 Yards Passing, 19 TD (3 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Green Bay (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. After a sluggish start to the season, Matthew Stafford currently ranks as the No. 10 fantasy quarterback.

    2. Of his last six games, Stafford has crossed the QB-elite threshold of 275 total yards passing and/or three touchdowns five times.

    3. Since Week 6, he has accounted for 24 or more fantasy points five times (rounding up).

    4. Stafford is on pace for 4,990 yards passing—just short of becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in back-to-back campaigns.

    5. At Lambeau Field last season (Week 17), Stafford threw for a career-high 520 yards and five touchdowns.

15. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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    2012 Stats: 3,674 Yards Passing, 32 TD (1 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: N.Y. Giants (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Drew Brees currently leads all NFL quarterbacks with 31 touchdown passes (ahead of Peyton Manning).

    2. For the season, Brees stands as a perfect 12-of-12 in racking up 300 yards passing or multiple scores.

    3. Against the Giants last year, Brees threw for 363 yards and four TDs.

14. RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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    2012 Stats: 1,255 Total Yards (1,055 Rushing), 4 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Cleveland (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Jamaal Charles has racked up 100 total yards in each of his last four games.

    2. Charles has already cracked the century mark in rushing five times.

    3. For Weeks 3-5, he accounted for 564 total yards and three touchdowns—the most prolific numbers of any tailback in that span.

    4. Charles has logged 98 touches (90 carries) in his last four games.

    5. For the season, the Browns have allowed an average of 116 rushing yards per outing.

13. WR Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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    2012 Stats: 91 Catches, 1,182 Yards, 8 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Minnesota (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Brandon Marshall currently ranks as the No. 4 wideout.

    2. He trails only Wes Welker for the NFL lead in receptions. By extension, the Bears star is a virtual lock for his fourth 100-catch campaign (2007-09).

    3. Through 12 games, Marshall has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown 10 times.

    4. Marshall has racked up 17 targets twice this season—against the Jaguars in Week 5 (12 catches, 144 yards, one TD) and against the Vikings two weeks ago (12 catches, 92 yards).

12. WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 74 Catches, 1,114 Yards, 3 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: New England (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last three games, Andre Johnson has amassed 28 catches, 41 targets, 517 yards and three touchdowns.

    2. Since Week 6, Johnson has collected double-digit targets five times.

    3. For the season, he has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown seven times.

    4. Of his last four outings against AFC East foes, Johnson has racked up either 110 yards receiving or one touchdown three times. (The lone clunker came against the Jets nine weeks ago.)

11. QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    2012 Stats: 3,537 Yards Passing, 28 TD (3 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Houston (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Tom Brady has already matched his career-best total of three rushing touchdowns.

    2. For Weeks 8-12 (spanning four games), Brady averaged 298 yards passing and 3.3 touchdowns for the Patriots, who scored 47.5 points per outing during that span (all victories).

    3. Like Matthew Stafford, Brady is within shouting distance of becoming the first QB in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards in back-to-back campaigns.

10. RB Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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    2012 Stats: 1,281 Total Yards (872 Rushing), 8 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Washington (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Ray Rice currently ranks as the No. 4 tailback in standard-scoring leagues.

    2. Rice is on pace for a fourth consecutive season of 1,700-plus total yards. He's also primed for back-to-back seasons of double-digit touchdowns.

    3. For the year, Rice has accounted for 93 total yards and/or one touchdown 11 times.

    4. Rice has three outings of nine or more targets.

9. QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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    2012 Stats: 2,933 Yards Passing, 20 TD (6 Rush) 

    Week 14 Opponent: Atlanta (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Sophomore-slump talk be damned: Cam Newton currently ranks as the No. 7 fantasy quarterback in standard-scoring leagues.

    2. Newton has accounted for 668 total yards and seven touchdowns in his last two outings.

    3. The Panthers star totaled 301 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons in Week 4.

    4. With 3-9 Carolina out of postseason contention, this week's clash with 11-1 Atlanta serves as the Panthers' de facto Super Bowl. In other words, I would be shocked if Newton didn't have a monster fantasy game on Sunday.

8. RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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    2012 Stats: 1,239 Total Yards (1,102 Rushing), 15 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: New England (Away)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last 41 games (2010-12), Arian Foster has absurdly notched 5,300 total yards and 45 touchdowns—per-game averages of 129.3 yards and 1.1 TDs.

    2. For the season, Foster has a slight edge over Adrian Peterson for most tailback points (standard-scoring leagues).

    3. He has scored a touchdown in 11 out of 12 games this season. And the one "clunker" (Week 11 vs. Jacksonville) entailed 92 total yards.

    4. Foster would usually warrant a higher ranking here, but the Texans' passing game has a supreme matchup with the Patriots defense.

7. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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    2012 Stats: 3,124 Yards Passing, 29 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Detroit (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Aaron Rodgers already has two home outings of four touchdowns this season: Week 4 vs. Minnesota and Week 9 vs. Arizona.

    2. From Weeks 4-9, spanning six games, he incredibly passed for 22 touchdowns—the most of any quarterback in that span.

    3. In three career home starts against Detroit (2008-10), Rodgers boasts averages of 282 yards passing and 2.7 TDs.

6. RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    2012 Stats: 1,480 Total Yards (1,106 Rushing), 10 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Philadelphia (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Alfred Morris and Doug Martin are currently tied for third place in NFL rushing (1,106 yards).

    2. Through 12 games, Martin has racked up 100 total yards and/or one touchdown nine times.

    3. Martin is just five weeks removed from his 272-yard, four-TD demolition of the Raiders—one of the best fantasy days of all time.

    4. An elite asset with PPR leagues, Martin has logged two, three or four catches in his last 10 games.

    5. The Eagles defense has collectively allowed 100-plus rushing yards in each of their last eight games.

5. WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

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    2012 Stats: 71 Catches, 978 Yards, 8 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Cincinnati (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Dez Bryant has already eclipsed last year's totals in catches (63) and receiving yards (928). He's a good bet to match or surpass his career-high tally in touchdowns (nine) as well.

    2. For his recent homestand against the Browns, Redskins and Eagles, Bryant notched 26 catches, 388 yards and five touchdowns.

    3. He has four TDs since Week 10—the most of any receiver in that span.

    4. Against AFC North foes this season (two games), Dez boasts superb averages of 12.5 catches, 120 yards and 1.5 TDs.

4. RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

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    2012 Stats: 521 Total Yards (488 Rushing), 4 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Tampa Bay (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. For Weeks 11 and 12, Bryce Brown posted back-to-back efforts of 160-plus rushing yards and two touchdowns (apiece). By a comfortable margin, he was fantasy's No. 1 tailback in that span.

    2. The explosive Brown could be a centerpiece of the Eagles' expected overhaul during the offseason. And yes, I am suddenly living in fear of the club trading LeSean McCoy before the 2013 campaign.

3. WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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    2012 Stats: 86 Catches, 1,428 Yards, 5 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Green Bay (Road)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. For Week 13, Calvin Johnson led all receivers in catches (13), targets (20) and receiving yards (171).

    2. In his last four games, Johnson has amassed 38 catches, 61 targets, 661 yards and four touchdowns.

    3. He's on pace for 1,904 yards—a mark that would eclipse Jerry Rice's single-season NFL record for receiving yards (1,848 in 1995).

    4. The Lions wideout has eclipsed the 100-yard mark eight times—the most of any pass-catcher this year.

    5. Johnson has rolled for 200 receiving yards in four of his last 16 games.

2. RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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    2012 Stats: 1,166 Total Yards (827 Rushing), 8 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Kansas City (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. With standard-scoring leagues, Trent Richardson currently stands as the No. 6 fantasy back.

    2. Richardson has racked up 100 total yards and/or one touchdown in five straight outings.

    3. In his last five home games, he boasts averages of 95.4 total yards and 0.6 TDs.

    4. A superb PPR asset, the rookie rusher already has seven games of four or more receptions.

    5. With the Chiefs and Redskins on the horizon, Richardson might have the friendliest slate of any elite tailback for Weeks 14 and 15.

1. RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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    2012 Stats: 1,641 Total Yards (1,446 Rushing), 8 TD 

    Week 14 Opponent: Chicago (Home)  

     

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. By a comfortable margin, Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing yards (1,446).

    2. Peterson has rushed for 100 yards in six straight games—the longest streak of his Hall of Fame-bound career.

    3. In that span, he has per-outing averages of 158 rushing yards and one touchdown. 

    4. With standard-scoring leagues, Peterson currently ranks as the No. 2 tailback (behind Arian Foster).

    5. In his last seven meetings with the Bears (2008-12), Peterson boasts averages of 107.4 total yards and one touchdown.

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