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Fantasy Flash Week 14: Pickups, starts and sits

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Week 14 Pickups:

QBs

Jay Cutler – I still doubt Cutler will be back this week. He still hasn’t even been cleared yet. However, he still has a good matchup in week 16, and as soon as he is healthy, he will replace Josh McCown, who I might add, has been GREAT this year.

RBs

Montee Ball – Every week he is getting in the game more and more and last week was his best overall game of the year. He will continue to be the goalline back and get more of the trust of Peyton Manning, especially if he pass blocks well.

Donald Brown – He has already replaced Trent Richardson as the starter and he ran pretty well against a bad rush defense in Tennessee last week. He’s not the biggest playmaker, but when healthy, he can be above average.

WRs

Michael Crabtree – There is not much available at WR this week. If Crabtree is out there, you may be able to use him in week 16. In most leagues, you have to roll with the WRs you currently have on your roster.

TEs

Ladarius Green – The Chargers used mostly 2 TE sets last week with Green playing 61 of 67 plays and Gates playing 62 of 67 plays. He looks like he is slowly taking the torch for the aging Gates. He could easily have an impact for owners that have Jordan Reed or Julius Thomas.

Defenses

Houston – I know you can’t completely pick on Jacksonville anymore, but I still feel Houston defense, on a short week, can keep Jacksonville from putting up much damage. If you want this defense, you’re mainly getting them for points allowed, not turnovers.

Ravens – The Vikings can’t move the ball unless Adrian Peterson goes nuts and with the Ravens being a pretty good rush defense, it’s a good mix if you want big points. With the QB issues Minnesota has, this could be the #1 defense this week.

Rams – The Arizona Cardinals can score, but they also turn the ball over a lot. The Rams can get to the QB and the Cards have problems protecting the QB, so the combination could end up being a sneaky top 5 type defense this week.

Starts: (outside of top 10 players of that position):

QBs

Josh McCown – As I said earlier, McCown has been great for anyone that has used him during Jay Cutler’s injury. They have another good matchup against the Cowboys on Monday night. Let him send you into the seimis.

Joe Flacco – This is a matchup that Flacco can really take advantage of. The Vikings secondary has been bad and Flacco is the type of QB that you can trust in good matchups because of his experience and he’s not in danger of being benched at any point.

RBs

Ben Tate – He killed me when he completely bombed out against Jacksonville 2 weeks ago. I’m going to try this again. It’s just too juicy of a matchup to ignore. If he runs like how he did last week against New England, he could put up similar numbers, over 120 and 3 TDs.

Eddie Lacy – Rodgers is still 50-50 as to if he will play, but even if he doesn’t, Green Bay will center their offense on the run. Tolzien isn’t good, Flynn is even worse, and if Rodgers does play, they won’t ask him to carry the offense. This is Lacy’s 1st plus matchup in a month.

WRs

Torrey Smith – Since I had Flacco in the starts for QBs, why wouldn’t I have his #1 WR in the starts for the WRs? He has the ability, plus the great matchup, to put up 2 TDs and big yardage on Sunday. You better hope you aren’t going against him.

Riley Cooper – A lot of sites had him doing well last week, I didn’t, wasn’t a good matchup. Now this week, they soured on him and have him being average, while I like Nick Foles #1 WR to have a huge game. Don’t listen to the ESPN 5 point projection.

TEs

Antonio Gates – Even though he seems to be sharing the middle of the field with Ladarius Green, there is more than enough yards to go around with Philip Rivers. He has a good matchup against the Giants who can’t seem to stop any TEs, so start with confidence.

Sits:

QBs

Colin Kaepernick – The only 2 things you need to see to realize why you shouldn’t be starting Kaepernick this week is their 1st game against each other in September and Seattle’s game last week against Drew Brees. Keep him on your bench this week.

Andrew Luck – He’s been running through a rough stretch of opponents lately with St Louis, Tennessee, Arizona, and Tennessee. He has been limited to 2 TDs and 5 INTs during that stretch. Now he faces a Cincinnati defense that is also very good.

RBs

Frank Gore – The 49ers are starting to use their other RBs more to keep Gore fresh for the end of the year. Unfortunately, he’s not as effective when he doesn’t get over 15 carries. Against a hungry Seahawks defense, it’s a boom or bust type of day.

Zac Stacy – Arizona has 1 of the best rush defenses in the league and Stacey may not be completely healthy. Will this game be like their earlier matchup to being the year or with the 2 good defense settle in early? He’s another boom or bust pick.

WRs

TY Hilton – After his 1st couple weeks as a starter, Hilton has come back to normal and is showing why he’s a better slot wideout than an every week starter. With the matchup being bad, this is not the right spot to start him, not for the playoffs.

Julian Edelman – One person that has been getting some hype this week is Edelman, but I don’t like him. Brady has made his money the past couple weeks with Gronkowski and Vereen. That doesn’t leave many targets for Edeleman unless the defense just completely leaves him open.

TEs

Jordan Reed – He is on a couple of my teams, but with how I got stuck with him in my lineup last weekend when he was supposed to play, and now facing a KC defense that defenses TEs well, I can’t endorse him. I will be starting the likes of Jared Cook and Antonio Gates over him this week.

 

That was your Football Fantasy Flash pickup, start, and sit information for week 14 info.

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