In a pinch for a skill player that will produce at a high level for you this week, but not sure what route to go? Well, no need to fret the small stuff because the Bruno Boys will help make your lineup decision easier. From Quarterbacks to Defenses we have you covered on who you should feel comfortable about plugging into your Week 14 lineup. Now, it’s time to cut to the chase and read our Fantasy Football Week 14 Start 'Ems advice.
Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Detroit
After a sloppy performance in Green Bay, in which he threw two costly interceptions, Flacco is in need of a good performance in the worst way possible. Fortunately, he is playing a Detroit Lions’ team that allows the most fantasy points to opposing QBs per game at 18.6.
Having allowed 28 TDs (1 rushing) to opposing QBs on the year, the Lions have had a difficult time stopping anyone this season. Heck, even Brady Quinn posted his best game as a professional (304 yards and 4 TDs) versus Detroit. With the Ravens needing a win big time in order to move to 7-6, you can bet the Ravens and Flacco show up with their A-game.
Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) @ Cleveland
Playing against the Cleveland Browns is always a blessing especially during the fantasy playoffs. As such, with Thursday Night Football just hours away, make sure Big Ben is plugged into your line-ups as Roethlisberger should be a viable option for you against Cleveland.
On a per game average, Roethlisberger has been the fifth best standard fantasy QB (tied with Brett Favre with 18.5 points per game), so he doesn’t lack reliability. Even when average as he was in week 13 against the Oakland Raiders , he posted 278 yards and 2 TDs compared to 1 INT.
RB Rashard Mendenhall should have a field day against the Browns, which will open things up for Roethlisberger, who should be a reliable 18-20 point contributor as long as the wind cooperates some.
Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) vs. Seattle
Matt Schaub has averaged 287 yards and 1.8 TDs per game this season, which is impressive, but not nearly as impressive as his ability to finally stay healthy (The Texans’ QB even returned to the field of play after suffering a shoulder injury early in week 13’s games).
Averaging 18.4 fantasy points per game, he has been reliable, even without a reliable rushing attack keeping team’s honest. However, while still riding a streak of four straight games with double digit fantasy points, Schaub has been a bit turnover prone in those games with 5 INTs and 1 fumble lost, which has led to just average QB play from your fantasy stud.
He should get back on track in week 14 versus a Seattle Seahawks’ team that allowed Alex Smith to throw for 310 yards and 2 TDs in week 13.
RUNNING BACKS—START ‘EM
Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Buffalo
The Bills have not let fantasy owners down for those who have been starting opposing RBs against them. Just last week, New York Jets’ RB Thomas Jones recorded 109 yards against them, while the Jets totaled a convincing 249 rushing yards on them as a team. Without many other options than Charles, the Chiefs figure to steadily move the ball against the Bills by relying on their ground game.
Even against a tough Broncos’ defense in week 13, Charles put up 59 total yards and a TD (though he did also fumble the ball away) reaffirming that he has value for fantasy owner’s playoff runs. The Bills allow almost 26 points per game to fantasy RBs, so make sure to start Charles this weekend.
Laurence Maroney (New England Patriots) vs. Carolina
Crunch time has come for potential playoff teams, and New England is one of them. After struggling the past two weeks, expect the Patriots to come out firing against the Panthers this weekend. That means that Tom Brady should fare well as well as the running game which has been successful in weeks past.
Even though Maroney’s ypc average (3.9) has been less than spectacular, he should get things going in this one. The Panthers have allowed 16 TDs (5 receiving) to opposing RBs, and we believe Maroney is poised to have a solid 12+ point day in Foxboro.
Thomas Jones (New York Jets) @ Tampa Bay
Thomas Jones has been a reliable source of fantasy points from week one through week 13. In fact, he hasn’t had less than 10 fantasy points since a week three matchup with the Tennessee Titans .
In week 14, he faces a Buccaneers team that is 1-11 and is allowing 20.8 fantasy points per game to opposing RBs, including 18 fantasy points to RB Jonathan Stewart in week 13. Thomas Jones should be in for a solid week 14 performance, helping to keep your hopes for a fantasy championship alive one more week.
FREE AGENT PICK-UP OF THE WEEK —Quinton Ganther (Washington Redskins) @ Oakland
Coming off a heartbreaking loss to the New Orleans Saints , the Redskins are facing the Oakland Raiders in week 14. The Raiders allowed 16 fantasy points to Rashard Mendenhall Quinton Ganther now being named the starter, we’re recommending him as a guy to keep an eye on in a great match-up versus Oakland.
Even in splitting time with Rock Cartwright , it would not be surprising to see Ganther accumulate 8-10 fantasy points this weekend, making him a nice flex start for many fantasy owners.
WIDE RECEIVERS—START ‘EM
Derrick Mason (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Detroit
Mason struggled against DB Charles Woodson on MNF, but how nice must it be to face the Lions’ secondary coming off a bad game. The Lions are the second worst team in the league when it comes to defending the WR position (the Titans are the worst, but they’re playing the Rams in week 14), so Mason should be able to post his 70-yard, 1 TD game that we’ve grown accustomed to.
The Lions allow nearly 25 points per game to WRs, and seeing that the Ravens only real threat at the wide receiver position is Mason, he is a promising start if you’re looking for WR help in week 14.
Michael Crabtree (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Arizona
Although Crabtree wasn’t around in the first game of this NFC West rivalry, he will be ready to make an impact for game two. Percy Harvin (15 fantasy points) and Sidney Rice (7) were both fantasy-startable against the Cardinals in week 13. This weekend, the Cardinals will face a 49ers team that has finally been able to move the ball through the air with Alex Smith under center.
Crabtree, having seven NFL games under his belt now, is finally getting in a groove. He has been unable to have that breakout game in 2009, but this could be the week that he shines, especially on MNF.
Terrell Owens (Buffalo Bills) @ Kansas City
The New York Jets and Darrelle Revis were able to shut down TO to the tune of just 31 yards on 3 catches in week 13 on Thursday Night Football. However, Owens’ week 14 opponent allowed Broncos’ stud WR Brandon Marshall to get 15 fantasy points with 94 yards and a TD. Owens could be in line to see some similar numbers, especially due to KC’s inability to cover opposing WRs (21 fantasy ppg allowed to the position).
TIGHT ENDS—START ‘EM
Kevin Boss (New York Giants) vs. Philadelphia
Kevin Boss goes up against a Philadelphia Eagles’ defense that ranks seventh in the NFL in total yards allowed per game, but is dead last when it comes to limiting the TE in fantasy points. The Eagles have allowed 9.8 fantasy points per game to the position, which is a number that Kevin Boss and his owners are excited to see.
Boss has 391 yards and 4 TDs through 12 weeks, which isn’t exactly what fantasy owners hoped for when drafting him, but he should be able to log at least 60 yards receiving this week and makes for a good waiver-wire option.
NOTE: On the other side of the ball, Brent Celek makes for another great start this upcoming weekend facing the New York Giants , who allow the second most fantasy points to TEs in the NFL at 9.7 per game.
Billy Cundiff (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Detroit
The Lions allow an average of almost 10 points a game to opposing kickers through 12 games this season. In week 13, Shayne Graham posted 11 points on 3 FGs and 2 XPs against the same Lions team that Cundiff will face this weekend. While Cundiff hasn’t done much to prove his worth as a fantasy kicker, going against the Lions should undoubtedly amount to 8-10 fantasy points.
Tennessee Titans D/ST vs. St. Louis
A matchup with the St. Louis Rams has led to many fantasy-worthy defensive performances for most of 2009. With the Titans on a roll in the second half, their defense should be good for a solid week 14.
The Rams have only averaged 11.6 points per game this season, which ranks them as the worst scoring offense in the NFL. The Rams are 20th in the NFL having allowed 28 sacks and have a TO differential at -6. As a result, the Titans are a must-start for week 14.
Other favorable D/STs match-ups: (New York Jets @ Tampa Bay, New England Patriots vs. Carolina, Baltimore Ravens vs. Detroit, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland)
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THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY JACOB LERMAN .