Losman got the start in Week 14 against a bad Miami pass defense and not surprisingly he played poorly. Losman threw for a meager 123 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT. If Trent Edwards can't return from his groin injury, Losman will get another start against a soft secondary but there's no reason to believe he'll exploit it. He lacks talent and the instincts to play the QB position at a high level. Stay far away from him this week.
Lynch never got going in Week 14 against Miami, rushing for only 31 yards on 13 carries. He also had just one reception in the passing game. The matchup isn't a good one for him this week against a Jets' run defense that allows 96 yards a game. The Jets swallowed up Frank Gore on the ground last week before he got hurt and Lynch hasn't exactly excelled consistently this season. He's talented enough to generate strong production at any time but he's looking worse than usual this week so if you have another option with a better matchup, sitting Lynch this week is a prudent move.
Jackson didn't receive a single touch in the loss to the Dolphins. That marked the third straight game his carries had declined. He's received only 14 rushing attempts in his past three games and at this critical juncture of the season you simply can't start him in any league because you can't trust him to be involved or produce. Keep him benched.
Evans was a victim of Losman last week. Despite a sweet matchup against a very forgiving Miami pass defense, Evans managed only three receptions for 23 yards. With Losman at QB, Evans' fantasy value takes a major hit. He certainly has a chance this week against a poor Jets' pass defense but he doesn't have a tremendous amount of upside. If anyone is going to score a touchdown for the Bills this week, Evans is the best bet. But if Losman starts again, then sitting Evans becomes a viable play if you have a stronger WR option available. Proceed with caution.
Reed continues to deliver solid results in PPR leagues. He has five receptions in each of his past three games but the downside is he's only scored once this season and he hasn't topped 60 yards receiving in any of the past three games. So Reed does just enough to not really hurt you, but lacks the upside to really help you. At best, he's a decent WR4 in larger PPR leagues again this week.
Schouman continues to fill in for the injured Robert Royal, but he offers no fantasy value. He caught only one pass last week against the Dolphins and with Losman at QB, the Bills' passing game lacks upside so there's no reason to stretch this far for a TE in a critical fantasy playoff week.
Lindell continues to offer little help for fantasy owners. He managed just one FG last week as the Bills' offense was shut down by Miami. The Losman Effect will be in full force again this week if Losman is forced to start for the injured Trent Edwards. That means Lindell will have little upside. You can do better with your kicker spot this week.
The Bills' defense ranks 11th in the league in total defense and is allowing 21.2 points per game. They are dealing with major injuries - especially in the secondary - and on paper this is a poor matchup. On the plus side, Brett Favre has not taken advantage of several great matchups this season so the Bills could surprise with a decent day. But given their injuries and inconsistent fantasy production and the fact they're playing on the road, it's not the best week to roll the dice with them. Look elsewhere for a fantasy defense this week.
Just when you start feeling good about the Jets' offense they throw up a dog of a game in a sweet matchup against the 49ers in Week 14. Favre struggled badly against the woeful 49ers, throwing for only 137 yards and 0 TDs. That marked the second straight game he failed to throw a TD pass with both coming against terrible defenses. He gets another gift matchup this week against a Buffalo pass defense that allows 203.1 yards a game. On paper, Favre should get it done. But at this point, he's very hard to trust so he's not a slam-dunk start by any means. If you have a more productive QB, go in that direction this week.
The mark of a great RB is he finds a way to deliver for his fantasy owners even when his overall production isn't great. Jones did that last week against the 49ers. He only rushed for 56 yards in the loss at San Francisco but he scored for the seventh straight game and eighth time in his last nine games. The Bills' run defense has sagged in recent weeks and they now give up 110.2 yards a game. Jones is a Must Start against any defense and he'll deliver again at home on Sunday.
Washington didn't do much in Week 14, rushing only once for a yard. However, he was a decent flex option in PPR leagues as he caught six passes for 31 yards. He has caught 12 passes in his last four games and has scored three times in that span. He's just a flex option in PPR formats but if you need him there he will be solid once again in this very favorable matchup.
Cotchery was a gigantic disappointment in Week 14. He caught only one pass in the loss to the Niners as Favre rarely looked for his top two WRs the entire game. Cotchery has now been held under 60 yards receiving in each of the last three games and he's only caught one TD in his last nine games. This is another great matchup for the Jets' passing game so Cotchery clearly has plenty of upside. But the past few weeks have been dismal so he's become very difficult to trust. He isn't a lock by any means so bench him if you have a more productive option.
Like Cotchery, Coles has become a non-factor in the Jets' offense. He caught only one pass last week and has only three receptions in his last two games. Like Cotchery, he's no longer a sure-fire starter when the matchup is right because Favre has been too hit or miss when it comes to making plays with his wide receivers. I love the matchup for Coles, but I don't trust him to deliver. You shouldn't either so only start him this week if you have nobody else producing for you.
Stuckey re-emerged for a brief time in Week 14, catching four passes against the 49ers. That's not the start of a trend, however, as he's been generally a non-factor in the passing game since some early season heroics. There's no way you should gamble on him in any league in this critical playoff week.
Keller was another Jet disappointment in Week 14 as he caught only two passes for 14 yards in the loss at San Francisco. That ended a trend of several strong performances in a row for Keller but unlike Coles and Cotchery, he's done enough lately to warrant a return to your starting lineup this week. The Bills will struggle to match up with him and Favre will continue to target him. That will result in a solid day for Keller on Sunday.
Feeley was a victim of a poor outing by the Jets' offense in Week 14 as he mustered only two extra points. Back at home, the Jets should be smoother offensively and that will help Feeley deliver for his fantasy owners. He's a solid start if you need him.
The Jets were embarrassed by San Francisco in Week 14 as Shaun Hill passed all over them in picking up the upset victory. The Jets remain stingy against the run, but their poor pass defense is a key reason why they give up 22.5 points per game. The good news is they have a great matchup if Losman is the starting QB. The Dolphins feasted on Losman in Week 14 and the Jets will do the same at home this week. They're a quality start if you need them.