Fantasy football Player Projections -- Breaking down Week 14
Week 14 is upon us. For most fantasy owners, that means the playoffs have arrived.
Quite often, the playoffs are not about the stars, but the random players who pop up, give the fantasy community three strong weeks and are never heard from, at least in that way, again. Billy Volek and Drew Bennett did it in 2004. Samkon Gado did the next year. Last season, Knowshon Moreno swung a number of fantasy championships. This is a new season. It's not about who was the best over the previous 13 weeks. It's about who will be the best over the next three.
So will there be a Volek or Gado or Moreno this year? If so, will they kick it off this week? Find out in our Week 14 Projections.
Brady is back. He threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns last week, and now has 1,023 yards and six scores in his last three games. Expect a big game from him this week.
Manning's 403-yard, five-touchdown game represented the third time this season he threw for at least 400 yards and four touchdowns.
McCown lit up the Vikings for 355 yards and two touchdowns last week. He's a strong QB1 option against a Dallas team allowing the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Charles racked up 120 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown against the Broncos last week. Washington allows the seventh-most fantasy points per game to running backs this year.
The Bears would have trouble stopping just about any back who has ever played in the NFL at this point. Murray should be in for a huge game.
The Lions are tough against running backs, allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position, but McCoy is a strong play as always.
For your sake, I hope you aren't playing the owner who has Johnson this week. The Eagles allow the most fantasy points per game to receivers.
The Colts allow the eighth-most fantasy points per game to receivers. I wouldn't want to be playing against Green this week.
Peyton Manning has a way of evening things out, but Thomas is likely to see a ton of Alterraun Verner on Sunday.
Gronk had six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown last week. You know what to do here.
Even in a terrible game for the New Orleans offense, Graham had 10.2 fantasy points last week.
Green has been a stud filling in for Antonio Gates, and should be started with confidence against the Giants this week.
Henery made his only field-goal attempt last week and is 18-for-23 on the season.
Carpenter made his only field-goal attempt last week and is now 23-for-25 on the season.
Tucker had another huge game last week, connecting on all five of his field-goal attempts. He is 29-for-31 on the year.
The Patriots have struggled against the run since losing Vince Wilfork, but the Browns don't present that sort of challenge. New England can be streamed with confidence this week.
The Cardinals did well, all things considered, in holding the Eagles to 24 points. They are a very strong play this week.
The Bengals forced three turnovers and limited the Chargers to 10 points in San Diego last week. They should be universally started on Sunday.