Fantasy Football Live Blog for NFL Week 14
Well, after a regular season of close calls and blowouts, injuries and breakout performances, we've made it to the end of another regular season in fantasy football and have moved on to that part of the season that turns Jim Mora into a raving loon.
Whether you're the top seed in your league and have this week off or the low man hoping for an upset, be sure to check back here throughout the day as we break down all the injuries and biggest news from around the world of fantasy football in Week 14.
The Green Bay Packers may have won Sunday night's game, but fantasy owners are no doubt bemoaning the paltry statistical production of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the win.
16 fantasy points, in the playoffs? Yikes.
It's 14-10 at the break in Green Bay, where the Lions lead the Packers in a game that's been pretty quiet from a fantasy perspective.
It may be cold and snowy, but you can bet that things will heat up offensively in the second half.
It was all about a rookie in the New York Giants win over the New Orleans Saints, as running back David Wilson set a franchise-record for yards from scrimmage while rushing for over 100 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-27 victory.
Waiver wire here we come!
The San Francisco 49ers downed the Miami Dolphins 27-13, and second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick salvaged a decent day for his fantasy owners by closing out the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run.
That's why mobile quarterbacks are gold in fantasy football...the equivalent of 275 passing yards with one play.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has zero catches for zero yards and zero fantasy points against the Seattle Seahawks.
That's just sad.
Blowout city in the late games.
Marshawn Lynch has 128 rushing yards and three scores as the Seattle Seahawks are pounding the Arizona Cardinals 45-0.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown three touchdown passes and the G-Men are all over the New Orleans Saints 35-13.
Oft-injured New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is nicked up again.
Bradshaw left the team's game with the New Orleans Saints with what is being called a knee injury. The sixth-year pro is questionable to return.
The Pittsburgh Steelers playoff hopes took a shot with a 34-24 loss to the Dan Diego Chargers, but the return of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spurred a return to fantasy relevance for wide receiver Mike Wallace, who caught 7 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
The 17-10 win by the New York Jets over the Jacksonville Jaguars was a festival of ugly, but for fantasy owners in need of playoff waiver wire help it's worth noting that Jaguars running back Montell Owens managed 91 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the game.
It's Adrian Peterson's world, and we're all just living in it.
In a game that the Minnesota Vikings desperately needed Peterson put the team on his back and nearly singlehandedly led the Vikes to victory over the Chicago Bears, rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 win.
The Washington Redskins have rallied to force overtime with the Baltimore Ravens, but the real news in D.C. from a fantasy perspective concerns quarterback Robert Griffin.
Griffin left the game in the fourth quarter and is receiving treatment for a knee injury after taking a shot from defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
Griffin's day is done according to the television broadcast, and depending on the severity of his injury so may be the fantasy season of many of his owners.
Injury was added to insult in the Buffalo Bills' loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Running back Fred Jackson, who had a miserable day with only 30 total yards, was forced from the game with what appeared to be a potentially serious injury after taking a shot to the leg.
We'll update Jackson's status as soon as more information becomes available.
Just in case you needed another sign of the Mayan Apocalypse, the Cleveland Browns have won three games in a row.
The Browns rolled the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 behind two Trent Richardson rushing touchdowns, but the star of the game from a fantasy perspective is Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who rolled for 165 yards and a score in the loss.
After being mostly invisible for much of the past several weeks Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has woken up against the Carolina Panthers, topping the 100-yard mark for the first time since Week 11 and catching his first touchdown since Week 6.
Falcons trail by 10 in the 4th.
In a week that's getting very weird very quickly one of the weirdest scores has to be in Pittsburgh, where a San Diego Chargers team that had appeared to have given up on the season in rolling the Steelers 20-3.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has completed fewer than half his passes but has two touchdown tosses, including a 39-yarder to wide receiver Danario Alexander.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is staking his claim to being the MVP of Week 14, as the second-year pro just rumbled 72 yards for a score and has topped 100 rushing yards on the day.
23-0 Panthers in a stunner over the Atlanta Falcons.
Can't say I didn't warn you.
I said in this very blog that rookie running back Bryce Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles could be in for some tough sledding against Tampa Bay's top-ranked run defense.
10 carries, 5 yards.
Not that Tampa quarterback Josh Freeman (5 for 16, 61 yards) and running back Doug Martin (34 rushing yards) are doing much better.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has been the hottest player at his position in fantasy football over the past several weeks.
Until Week 14 that is.
In a first half that has seen the Dallas offense sputter Bryant has been held without a catch, and the Dallas Cowboys trail the Cincinnati Bengals 13-10 at intermission.
It's trap game city in Carolina, where the 3-9 Panthers lead the 11-1 Atlanta Falcons 16-0 at the break.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has 178 passing yards, 45 rushing yards and a touchdown for Carolina, while the Falcons' star-studded wideout duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones has combined for one catch for eight yards.
A couple of early fantasy injuries to report.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was forced from their game with the Cleveland Browns with a rib injury, while Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek has exited their contest with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an apparent concussion.
If you're a fantasy owner of Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles you're all smiles right now.
The fifth-year pro has already exploded for 123 rushing yards against the Cleveland Browns, including an 80-yard touchdown scamper.
Hot start for the Washington Redskins offense in their matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
Quarterback Robert Griffin has passed for 122 yards and a touchdown, and running back Alfred Morris has pitched in 66 yards and a score of his own on the ground.
14-7 Redskins early in the second quarter.
Here he goes again.
Despite a poor matchup Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is tearing it up, with 10 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns...
In the first quarter.
Best of luck to everyone in the fantasy football playoffs!
(Unless, of course, I happen to be playing you, in which case get bent)
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN the New York Giants expect wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who is questionable with a knee injury, to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
The injury makes Nicks a bit of a risky fantasy play, even in a very nice matchup.
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