Fantasy Focus: Start’em and Sit’em tips for week 14

The Miami Dolphins still have a sliver of hope that the postseason is still a possibility.  For some fantasy football owners, the playoffs are much more of a reality.  As we head down the home stretch, we want to keep you posted on the best fantasy advice we can offer.  That’s why we’re sharing the below post from James Morris, one of the best in the business.  James knows his stuff, so we thought it would be helpful to share his insights with you, during your playoff stretch.  So here you go, everything (except for the picture) below is courtesy of James Morris, fantasy football guru:

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Week 14 of the NFL marks the first round of the fantasy playoffs for most leagues, while a few leagues don’t start their playoffs until next week. I prefer leagues that have the playoffs in weeks 14, 15 and 16 over leagues that play until week 17 due to stars resting up for NFL playoff runs or not playing to avoid possible injuries. The title run starts over this week, so put everything you knew from the first 13 weeks of the season out of your mind and start fresh here.

Start ‘em

Josh Freeman – QB Buccaneers: Freeman and the Bucs get to take on an Eagles team that is a far cry from the teams people thought they were when the season started. The defense is now allowing the 5th most fantasy points (FP) to QBs at 22.5 PPG, and their 23 passing TDs allowed is 3rd most in the NFL. Freeman might have a top 5 day when all is said and done in Tampa Bay.

Tony Romo – QB Cowboys: Romo isn’t someone I get excited about because he has never lived up to the hype that seems to follow him around by the big-box websites. Last week they allowed Philip Rivers to throw for 280 yards, and Romo has more weapons (Dez Bryant, a healthy Miles Austin, andJason Witten) to throw to. You might be surprised to know that 35.1 percent of owners (more than 1/3 of teams) have Romo on their benches every single week in fantasy leagues.

Ahmad Bradshaw – RB Giants: Bradshaw isn’t someone I own in any of my leagues because someone always takes him as a low-end RB1 or a high-end RB2 in the draft, and he isn’t worth that much. Right now he ranks #15 in PPR scoring, but I expect him to put up RB1 numbers against a Saints defense that gives up the most FP to RBs this season at 29.5 PPG. With Eli Manning slumping, I am looking for Bradshaw to turn back the clock and put up some big fantasy numbers in this one.

Steven Jackson – RB Rams: Jackson is another one of those RBs I put on my Do Not Draft list because father time has him at the top of his NFL list. He currently sits at #23 for RBs this season in scoring, but he too gets a favorable match-up this week against the Buffalo Bills. They give up 25.8 PPG (6th most in NFL) and have allowed the most rushing TDs this season at 14. I think solid RB2 numbers are within reach for Old Man River in this one.

Vincent Jackson – WR Buccaneers: Like I said with Freeman, the Eagles are ripe for the plucking and we are in the season for plucking. The Eagles have given up 15 TDs to WRs this season (3rd most) and allow 23.8 PPG in PPR formats. Someone should call the Coast Guard, because the Bucs look like some sharks and the Eagles are dropping blood in the water by coming to town!

Torrey Smith – WR Ravens: Smith is a solid WR2 most weeks (#18 in PPR leagues), but this week I think he has a chance to jump into the elite WR1 club as the Ravens take on the Redskins. Not only do the Redskins 28.0 PPG to WRs (2nd most), but their 15 TDs to WRs is 3rd worst in the NFL this season. Smith needs Flacco to be on top of his game, and if he is I see big things from him in this one.

Owen Daniels – TE Texans: Daniels’ owners are disappointed after his 43-yard performance last week against a soft Titans defense 15.1 PPG to TEs, 4th most in NFL). This week he draws a Patriots defense that gives up 17.1 PPG, 2nd most in the NFL. While I don’t like Schaub a whole lot in this one, I do think what little production he gets may come in the way of Daniels or another TE.

Cleveland Browns defense: It was a nice story last week when the Chiefs pulled out a tough win after the tragic events of Saturday morning. But, now the team has had a full week to think about it and I think it weighs heavier on their minds this week than it did last week. The Browns defense is currently ranked #12 in scoring, and they are only owned in 12.6 percent of their leagues.  (cont’s on page 2, click below)

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