NFL Week 14 Game of The Week (Fantasy Style)

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IDecember 12, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass against the New York Giants on December 6, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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With Week 14 of the NFL season fast approaching, it is once again time for the Bruno Boys to pick a Game of the Week, with a fantasy football twist. Each week we will choose one NFL game that we feel will have a lot of impact on the fantasy football world.

We all know the old saying “things are bigger in Texas” and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones obviously believes that, as we have all seen pictures of the new Cowboys Stadium. Not only is the stadium big, there will also be a very big game played there this weekend when the 9-3 San Diego Chargers travel to Dallas to face the 8-4 Cowboys.

The Chargers currently hold a one-game lead over the Denver Broncos in the AFC West, while the Cowboys sit in a first place tie with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

By NFL standards this should be a great match-up and one heck of a game to watch, not to mention with the offensive talent in this game it should be entertaining for fantasy owners.

Points should be plentiful in this game, which should lead to big points for fantasy owners at this crucial point in the season. Not only should this be a very good NFL game, it is also the Bruno Boys Game of the Week .


Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers has passed for more then 300 yards in back-to-back games, including a 373-yard two touchdown performance in Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns .

It was his second highest yardage output since topping 400 yards in Week 2. Over his last four games he has passed for 1,066 yards with seven touchdowns without an interception.

During his fourth season as the starting quarterback in San Diego, Rivers is having another very good season, as he has passed for 3,311 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.

He is ranked No. 3 on the Bruno Boys Quarterback Rankings this week and in this match-up he will be facing a Dallas defense that is ranked No. 20 against the pass. Rivers is a must-start QB1 this week as he should be in line for a big game in Texas.

Like Rivers, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has passed for more then 300 yards over his last two games and in Week 13 he completed 41 of 55 passes for a career-high 392 yards against the New York Giants .

He also passed for three touchdowns in the game without an interception. It was the sixth time this season that he passed for more then 300 yards and the fourth time that he has thrown for three touchdowns without an interception in a game.

Romo has built a reputation for starting the season hot, but choking with the playoffs on the line in the month of December. He started the month of December with a career-high stat line in Week 13 and he will look to continue his hot streak this week against the Chargers No. 8 ranked pass defense.

Romo is our No. 8 ranked quarterback this week and he should be used as a fantasy starter but remember he has just 17 touchdown passes in 14 December games.


Running Backs

For just the second time in his nine-year NFL career, San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson will return home and play the Cowboys in Dallas.

He is a Waco, Texas, native and his boyhood idol was the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith . He will likely have a lot of family and friends in attendance and he should be in line for a good game.

He will look to build off his recent success as he has rushed for eight touchdowns over his last six games. Use Tomlinson as a No. 2 fantasy running back this week against the No. 8 ranked rushing defense of the Cowboys and he is ranked No. 18 on the Bruno Boys Running Back Rankings .

After being held without a touchdown for five games Chargers No. 2 running back Darren Sproles found the end zone in Week 13 on a 31-yard reception.

He finished the contest against the Cleveland Browns with his best game in several weeks as he had his first double digit fantasy outing since Week 7. Consider Sproles a low-end flex option this week against a good Cowboys run defense.

With Dallas quarterback Tony Romo passing the ball 55 times in Week 13, the Cowboys only rushed the ball 23 times, which limited running back Marion Barber to just 15 carries.

He finished the game with just 36 rushing yards and he also lost a fumble in the game. Barber hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 8 and he has scored just four touchdowns all season.

Barber has 152 carries for 669 yards in 11 games and he is our No. 15 ranked running back this week. He should be used as a RB2 when facing a San Diego rush defense that is allowing 117.8 yards per game this season.

Coming off a game in which he scored 13 fantasy football points, Felix Jones had just six carries for six yards in Week 13 and he added one catch for 13 yards.

He has not lived up to preseason expectations heading into his sophomore season and he has only received more than eight carries just once this season. Use Jones as a RB3 or flex option this week as he is our No. 33 ranked running back this week.


Wide Receivers

In a Week 13 victory over the Cleveland Browns , Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson had two receptions for 54 yards. It was the second game in a row in which he managed just two receptions.

Through his first eight games of the season he was one of the most productive wide outs in the NFL , as he had 42 receptions for 722 yards with seven touchdowns. He has cooled off substantially of late as he has had nine receptions for 147 yards without a single touchdown over his last four games.

Jackson will look to get back on track this week against a Dallas pass defense that is allowing more then 225 yards per game and has yielded 17 passing touchdowns this season.

He is ranked No. 20 on the Bruno Boys Wide Receiver Rankings and still has value as a low-end No. 2 fantasy wide receiver. With the release of wide receiver Chris Chambers earlier in the season, Malcom Floyd has done a mediocre job playing as the starter alongside Jackson in San Diego.

He has 26 receptions for 478 yards with one touchdown in 12 games this season, although he has started the last five. He does not post consistent numbers each week and should not be used as more than a WR4 in deeper leagues.

If the Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo are going avoid a December collapse that has plagued them over the last couple of seasons, they are going to need to get continued production at the wide receiver position.

Miles Austin has stepped into the No. 1 wide receiver role in Dallas, as he has posted six double digit fantasy outings in his last eight games; including 17 receptions for 249 yards with two touchdowns over the last two weeks.

He has started six of 12 games this season and has 52 receptions for 928 yards with nine touchdowns.

Austin is our No. 6 ranked wide receiver this week and he should be used as a WR1 against the Chargers who are allowing less than 205 passing yards per game, while giving up 17 passing touchdowns.

Roy Williams is coming off of one of his best fantasy football performances this season in which he had six receptions for 60 yards with two touchdowns last week against the New York Giants .

He now has 32 receptions for 504 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games played this season. He likes to consider himself the Cowboys No. 1 wide receiver, but in all reality he is no better then a WR3 or flex option in this game. 

Tight Ends - In most preseason publications (including the Bruno Boys ) both San Diego tight end Antonio Gates and Dallas tight end Jason Witten were ranked among the top-four players at the position.

Fantasy owners were disappointed early on this season with the production of both of these former Pro-Bowl tight ends, but owners who have stuck with them have been rewarded of late.

Gates has taken advantage of opposing defenses focusing on Vincent Jackson and he has 25 receptions over his last four games, including 15 receptions for 285 yards with two touchdowns over his last two games.

After not gaining more then 77 receiving yards in a game over his first 10 games, Witten has gained more then 100 yards receiving in each of his last two games.

In Week 13, he had a season-high 14 receptions for 156 yards and appears to be back playing at an elite level, although he has not scored a touchdown since Week 2 and has just one touchdown this season.

Witten and Gates are ranked No. 2 and No. 4 respectively on the Bruno Boys Tight End Rankings and they both should be used as must-start No. 1 fantasy football tight ends in this match-up.



San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding has been very good this season. He has posted double figure fantasy points in seven games this season, including his last three. He is the No. 1 ranked kicker by the Bruno Boys this week and is a must-start.

Dallas kicker Nick Folk has not been nearly as reliable, as he has missed as least one field goal in each of his last four games and has scored just 14 points during that four-game span. He is not a recommended starting option this week. 



Both team’s D/ST units have had some good games this season, but in a game in which we expect a lot of points to be put on the board neither are recommended as anything more then No. 2 fantasy football D/ST units. Avoid starting either of these defenses this week if possible.





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