Week 14 Fantasy Football Projections: Bold Predictions for Tim Tebow and More

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 10, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws the ball against the San Diego Chargers during the Broncos 16-13 overtime win in their NFL Game on November 27, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow is headed for a solid fantasy performance this week against the Chicago Bears. Tebow is coming off his best game, statistically. Against the Vikings, Tebow threw for a season high 202 yards. He also connected for 2 TD passes. Oddly enough, he had his worst game rushing; he only had 13 yards on four attempts. 

This could be a signal that Tebow is getting a little more freedom to throw the football. Beyond that, I project Tebow to have a solid performance this week because of the scheme he faces. The Bears Cover-2 look gives up the intermediate throws.

The Bears defense has allowed the fifth most passing yardage of any defense in the NFL, yet they don't rank higher than 13th in any big play passing category (passes of 20+ or 40+ yards). 

If Tebow can live in the 10 to 15 yard range, he'll put up decent passing numbers. The Bears' anemic offense also figures to give Tebow plenty of opportunities, as they will struggle to sustain a drive against the stout Broncos' defense.

All this equates to a fruitful game for fantasy owners of Tim Tebow.

Tebow's projected stat line:

14-22 180 yards, 2 TDs, INT and a rushing TD, approximately 23 fantasy points (depending on the league)

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs as  Da'Norris Searcy #25 of the Buffalo Bills comes in for the tackle at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.Tennessee won 23-17.  (Photo by Ric
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Chris Johnson

CJ has finally found his stride. He has hit for back-to-back 100 yard performances, three in his last four games and he hasn't had less than 130 yards in any of them.

The Saints' defense that opposes him is only ranked 16th in the NFL against the run. The Titans will look to control tempo on the ground—that means a lot of CJ. 

The Saints run defense has been victimized from a fantasy standpoint by the last two elite RBs they faced. Atlanta's Michael Turner went for 96 yards in Week 10 and the Rams' Steven Jackson exploded for 159 yards and two TDs in Week 8.

The Titans are back to riding their bread-and-butter. Johnson will have a big game and key a moderate upset of the Saints.

Johnson's projected stat line: 

25 attempts 145 yards, 2 TDs approximately 28 fantasy points


TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 04:  Receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass during warmups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Steve Smith

The Panthers are going to pull the upset over the Atlanta Falcons. I expect a huge game from Cam Newton and that will include Steve Smith. In their first meeting, the Falcons forced Newton into three INTs as they tried to take away Smith's big play impact.

Smith tallied a pedestrian five catches and 66 yards with no TDs. That game was in Atlanta but Newton has shown tremendous growth since then. He has thrown INTs in only two games since, totaling only five picks over six games. He will perform better at home.

Smith is probable for the game and he figures to take advantage of an injury depleted Falcons' secondary. Both Brent Grimes and Kelvin Hayden are likely out of the contest. Smith and the Panthers will gain revenge and he will shine in fantasy.

Smith's projected stat line:

Eight receptions for 130 yards, 2 TDs, approximately 28 fantasy points


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