Start Em Sit Em Week 14: Fantasy Studs Who Will Come Up Clutch in Big Games
The 2012 fantasy football season, like the NFL's regular season, is getting down to the wire, and more than ever, a big performance from a marquee player can make or break a fantasy owner's entire year.
Heading into the weight of Week 14's slate of games, there are a number of intriguing matchups that pit teams in desperate need of wins and feature fantasy standouts who will be counted upon to lead their teams to key victories.
Here's a look at the star-caliber talents that will come up big for their respective teams, as well as those who own them in fantasy leagues, when things matter the most.
Robert Griffin III
At this point, what more can be said about the Redskins rookie signal-caller?
In his last three games, Robert Griffin III has thrown for nine touchdown passes, run for more than 180 yards and picked up Rookie of the Week honors for three consecutive weeks.
On Sunday, his 6-6 'Skins will take on a depleted Baltimore Ravens defense that is statistically among the league's worst against both the pass and the run, so the table is set for Griffin to have another big game, offensively.
He's led Washington to three straight wins and has come up big in clutch situations whenever his team's needed him.
There's no reason to believe that this trend will end now.
With the Seahawks coming off an all-important overtime victory over the Bears last weekend, Seattle will need another big game out of Marshawn Lynch in their Week 14 matchup with Arizona.
Lynch has been dominant as of late, racking up three 100-yard games in his last five outings, and has found the end zone in four of his last five.
The Cardinals, who boast the league's third-ranked pass defense, will force the Seahawks to run the ball, which is fine by Lynch.
He will feast upon Arizona's dreadful run defense.
The Seattle running back has put together a season to remember thus far and will add to his already impressive 1,138 yards rushing on Sunday.
It's been a tough season for Jimmy Graham, as the All-Pro tight end was hampered by an ankle injury early on. Since then, he hasn't been able to put up the gaudy, record-setting numbers he did a year ago.
That being said, Graham's due for a breakout performance. Arguably Drew Brees' favorite target, he's simply too talented to go three games without a touchdown.
On Sunday, with the Saints taking on the Giants and their struggling secondary, Graham has the perfect opportunity to rebound, and in doing so, will help New Orleans stay on the fringe of the postseason hunt.
With Graham, a 100-yard day is never out of the question, but 75-80 yards and a touchdown will do.
The 6-6 Buccaneers desperately need a win over Philadelphia on Sunday to keep their playoff dreams alive, which means they'll need star running back Doug Martin to be at his best.
Fortunately for the 'Bucs and fantasy owners, ESPN's Fantasy Spin is calling for a big week out of Martin:
It has been feast or famine over the past several weeks for Martin, who has rushed for less than 70 yards in three of the past four games following his ridiculous four-score game against Oakland in Week 9. Expect a big day as the Eagles deal with both the departure of Jason Babin and a new D-line coach calling the shots.
Martin, an unheralded rookie out of Boise State, has been the engine that has driven Tampa Bay's offense all season long and put up big numbers consistently through the first nine weeks of the season.
With Tampa set to take on the depleted Eagles defense, Martin should be good for somewhere close to 100 yards, which will in turn be good enough to get the Buccaneers to 7-6 heading into Week 15.
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