Starts and Sits For Week 14

Dave SandersContributor IDecember 8, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Kevin Boss #89 of the the New York Giants fends off Erik Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons to score a touchdown on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Tired of fantasy "experts" that make predictions, but never are held accountable?  I'm going to change that.  Each Tuesday, I will go over my predictions with the results from the week.  We'll see what I predicted correctly and what picks failed.  

So let's get started.  Depending on your league, this is one of the last weeks before the playoffs or possibly even the start of the fantasy playoffs.  It's must win time now and I'm here to help you do that.

QB Starts for Week 14:

Joe Flacco (QB-Ravens) vs. Detroit Lions:  I know Flacco has struggled mightily recently, but what helps more than playing the Lions?  I would consider him a sleeper and someone who will be a top 10 fantasy QB this week.

Ben Roethlisberger (QB-Steelers) at Cleveland Browns:  Cleveland is terrible.  Enough said really.  Big Ben is playing in a must-win game for the Steelers as they try to get back on track.  He could be without Hines Ward this week, but I wouldn't worry.  Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace will still be able to get open easily against a poor secondary.

QB Sits for Week 14:

Carson Palmer (QB-Bengals) at Minnesota Vikings: Carson Palmer will be facing a tough pass rush led by Jared Allen.  I would go with another option this week.  I see this being a good game, but the Bengals will probably rely heavily on the run, even against a good run defense.  One thing to remember is that the Bengals haven't blown teams out this year when they do win.  They usually win close games, so while the perception of them is that they can't win big games, I see it being a close game and not very high scoring.

Tony Romo (QB-Cowboys) vs. San Diego Chargers: While I don't see him being completely terrible this week, I think you probably have better options than Romo this week.  The Cowboys have been terrible in December the past few years and San Diego is playing good football on both sides of the ball.    

RB Starts for Week 14:

LeSean McCoy (RB-Eagles) at New York Giants:  Obviously the guys playing poor defenses are good options, but I want to give you one that you might not think of.  The Eagles will need to run the ball to win this game.  I don't understand why he didn't get many carries last week, but that's Andy Reid for you.  He's not a must start if you have other great options, but I think he will get 10+ fantasy points which could be useful.

RB Sits for Week 14:

Brandon Jacobs (RB-Giants) vs. Philadelphia Eagles:  If you have other options, like McCoy, Charles, or  Fred Jackson (who I like this week), I would sit Brandon Jacobs.  He has not run well all season and it's not easy to run on Philadelphia.  Sure he broke off a long TD catch last weekend, but do you expect that to happen again?  I don't.  Sit Jacobs if you have decent options.  You'll thank me later.

WR Start for Week 14:

Steve Smith (WR-Panthers) at New England Patriots:  The Patriots secondary is struggling.  Chad Henne threw for 335 yards last week against them.  Steve Smith will get his yards and a score no matter who's at quarterback for the Panthers.  Start him with confidence.

WR Sit for Week 14:

Antonio Bryant (WR-Bucs) vs. New York Jets:  If you don't know that Jets CB Revis shuts down the opponent's best wide receiver each week than you just aren't paying attention.  He has shut down Colston, Moss, Andre Johnson, Terrell Owens, and others.  Bryant isn't as good as them and has a rookie QB Freeman throwing to him.  Have I sold you on sitting him yet?  Thought so.

TE Start for Week 14:

Kevin Boss (TE-Giants) vs. Philadelphia Eagles:  Philadelphia is one of the worst teams in the NFL against the tight end.  He's a top 10 TE for me this week and close to top 5.

TE Sit for Week 14:

Jeremy Shockey (TE-Saints) @ Atlanta Falcons:  I don't feel too great about this one, because all it takes for a tight end to have a good week is to get into the end zone, but David Thomas is taking some catches away from him.  I don't see a big yardage total here from Shockey.

Check back next Tuesday to find out how my picks did and what I have to say.  Feel free to praise or criticize these predictions.  Also, add my twitter name dsfantasynews where I'll answer your fantasy questions.