Fantasy Football Week 14: Predicting the Top Scorers at Every Position
Congratulations. If you're reading this, it likely means you haven't been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
It's imperative that you close out this season with a bang, and if you have one of the players in this slideshow, you're going to enjoy the spoils of having a fantasy stud completely take over the game.
It's a beautiful thing when one of your superstars squares off with a defense who doesn't have a pulse. Last week, we saw Skittles-powered Marshawn Lynch slip into beast mode and torch the Eagles for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
Christian Ponder torched the Broncos for 381 yards and three scores.
This week, there are several matchups that are going to create monster outings for some of the league's best.
Here are the players who will be the top scorers at their position.
QB: Carson Palmer vs. Green Bay Packers
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Carson Palmer has no chance at winning this game, but being down the entire day is going to force the Raiders to throw all game long, and we've seen the monster numbers Palmer is capable of putting up.
The turnovers are going to be there, but Palmer has eight touchdowns in his last five starts and has hit over 270 yards four times in five starts.
Some will say I'm picking the wrong quarterback in this matchup, but this is the perfect storm for Palmer owners.
RB: Marshawn Lynch vs. St. Louis Rams
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Beast mode will be in full effect on Monday Night Football. Marshawn Lynch is coming off his dominant performance against the Eagles and is now facing the league's worst run defense this week.
The Rams allow 157.8 rushing YPG. This is a team who has absolutely no answer on the ground, and with the entire nation watching, you can expect Lynch to be at his best.
Lynch has rushed for over 100 yards in four of his last five games. The one game he failed to do so, he racked up 88 yards and a touchdown.
This will be yet another dominating performance from Lynch.
WR: Victor Cruz vs. Dallas Cowboys
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Victor Cruz is on fire. With three consecutive games of over 115 yards and three touchdowns in that span, Cruz has become Eli Manning's go-to guy.
The Cowboys have a middle-of-the-road pass defense, allowing 230.2 passing YPG. While quarterbacks facing Dallas won't necessarily have it easy, they have a tendency to let a receiver break loose.
Notice a pattern? These aren't all superstar receivers, and with the hot streak Cruz is on, you can expect another ridiculous fantasy performance.
TE: Jimmy Graham vs. Tennessee Titans
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Jimmy Graham is an absolute animal. He's already got over 1,000 yards this season, and his eight touchdowns make it clear that in Drew Brees' second-ranked passing offense, Graham is the favorite target.
He's going up against a Titans team that is so-so against the pass, but Chris Johnson's recent resurgence is going to turn this into a shootout that renders huge numbers from both sides.
Graham has proven his worse and has turned into what Marques Colston used to be in the offense. He's a matchup nightmare, and another beastly performance is inevitable as the Saints look to close in on a first-round bye.
Defense: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
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Nobody has more takeaways than the 49ers' 28. No team has rushed for a touchdown against them all season, and the chances of Beanie Wells breaking out to a monster game are slim to none.
The Cardinals are going to have to throw to win, which is going to force more mistakes, just as it did last time they faced the Niners. With three picks in their last outing against San Francisco, the Cardinals aren't just going to fail to score, they're going give the ball away and fluff the 49ers' fantasy poiints.
The Cards scored seven points against the 49ers in their first matchup. The 49ers are coming off of a shutout, and even with Patrick Willis banged up, the 49ers are going to show the dejected Cardinals where they stand in the division.
Kicker: Neil Rackers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
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Kicker rightfully gets overlooked in fantasy football. It's nearly impossible to predict who is going to have a big day, but with Rackers' boot and the Bengals underrated defense, expect Houston to look to him to score a huge portion of the points on Sunday.