Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Week 14 in fantasy football serves as the first round of the playoffs for many leagues and the last week of the regular season for the rest.  Here are the prime pickups for this week's slate of games.

Johnny Manziel:  Yes Brian Hoyer is getting the start Sunday but that is likely a temporary deal as Manziel is breathing down his neck.  Johnny Football ran for a score on his first series in Week 13 in relief of Hoyer and seemed to show that spark that made him such a highly sought after draft commodity.  The fact Manziel can help both on the ground and through the air makes him an intriguing QB 2 in two-passer formats.

Ryan Fitzpatrick:  Well that was impressive.  Fresh off the bench after Ryan Mallett was lost for the season with injury, Fitzpatrick tossed a ridiculous six touchdown passes in Week 13's win over the Cleveland Browns.  The Texans are loaded with receivers in star-in-the-making DeAndre Hopkins and still dependable Andre Johnson so Fitzpatrick is likely going to continue slinging it as a QB 2 guy.

Andre Williams:  Rashad Jennings didn't practice on Wednesday due to a sprained ankle suffered last week and that means the powerful and developing Williams could get the start against the truly awful Tennessee Titans run defense.  While Williams won't be a PPR help, he can score from in-close and be a quiet sleeper with the rushing yards.

Marion Grice:  A hip pointed sent the slight Andre Ellington to the bench early in Week 13 which meant sixth round pick Marion Grice took over the starting running back duties.  Grice can catch the football so those who own Ellington in PPR formats should be extra interested.

Donte Moncrief:  The deep-play Moncrief caught two touchdowns on his three catches last week which makes him sort of a boom-or-bust candidate.  Still those who are desperate at this point can't be picky.  The offense is a prime passing attack which at the very least puts Moncrief in line for more big plays.

Robert Woods:  Woods continues with his late-season run as a solid enough PPR weapon in the Buffalo Bills passing attack.  Still a young player, Woods is getting better and better each week and is now the outlet guy while Sammy Watkins is the deep threat.

Minnesota Vikings:  The Vikings get the awful New York Jets offense this week.  Two words:  Geno Smith.


  1. Who are the top 3 defenses of weeks 15 and 16? I've clinched for the playoffs but was hoping to load up now on good defenses in anticipation. Thanks for the help!

  2. I think you mean, the Vikings get the awful Jets offense...