Monday, December 8, 2014


The fantasy football season is quickly coming to its high point with the playoffs weeks in full force.  Here are the game-changing performances in a wild Week 14. 

Cam Newton:  Historically a second half monster, Cam Newton did what he could salvage what has been a horrific season for him Sunday in completing 21-of-33 passes for 226 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He added another 12 carries for 83 yards on the ground for a fourth score.  Where was this all season?  That is what Newton's burned owners surely are asking and truth be told it is doubtful many either still own him or didn't have him on the bench in this game.  Frustration all around.

A.J. Green:  We are up to three weeks and counting now with regards to A.J. Green posting a monster game.  Green caught 11 passes for a ridiculous 224 yards and a touchdown Sunday in a tough loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Green has been an impossible matchup to contain since he got over his injured toe and he is doing his part to make up for aall the missed snaps earlier. 

St. Louis Defense:  For the second straight week, the St. Louis Rams defense pitched a shutout.  One week after giving up zero points to the Oakland Raiders, the Rams defense were all over Colt McCoy and the Washington Redskins in pitching another bagel.  Amazing stuff out of Jeff Fisher's crew right now as the veteran coach is finally molding the Rams into the type of team he coached with the Tennessee Titans.  A clear difference-maker down the stretch of this season.

Zach Mettenberger:  If you are a Tennessee Titans QB this season, you have more than taken your lumps.  Rookie Zach Mettenberger was forced out of the team's blowout loss to the New York Giants Sunday with a re-injury of his throwing shoulder.  Once again Jake Locker came on in relief and one has to think he will be the guy the rest of the way as the Titans don't want to jeopardize their future passer in Mettenberger. 

Arian Foster:  Once again when healthy, virtually no one not named Le'Veon Bell or DeMarco Murray has been better at running back than Arian Foster in 2014.  Foster rushed for 127 yards on 24 carries Sunday with 1 touchdown and caught 2 passes for another 21 yards.  The best news is that Foster came out of the game 100 percent healthy which is the biggest factor in his value going forward.  He looks good to go for the seminal weeks 7 days from now.

Le'Veon Bell:  Speaking of Bell, the Pittsburgh Steelers second-year monster is seriously challenging Murray for the top overall running back in fantasy football after he rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries Sunday to go along with six catches for 50 yards and another score.  To think we actually worried in the preseason that LeGarrette Blount would take a way a chunk of Bell's value.  No one has been better since the calendar flipped to November and that includes Murray.  In the conversation as a top overall pick next season.

Odell Beckham Jr.:  Beckham Jr. has been a staple in the wrapup since coming back into the lineup from his hamstring injury.  He had another highlight reel catch Sunday as part of his 11 reception day for 130 yards and a touchdown.  We continue to pump Beckham Jr. as a stud in the making and right now he looks like he is already there.  He will remain a WR 1 for the rest of the season and well beyond.

Brian Hoyer:  Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine has a lot of questions to answer Sunday after stupidly sticking with Brian Hoyer Sunday which cost his team a crushing late loss against the Indianapolis Colts.  In a game that was there for the taking, Hoyer was abysmal in missing open receivers all day and tossing two more interceptions.  On the day Hoyer completed only 14-of-31 passes for 140 yards and no scores.  That makes it almost a certainty that the Johnny Manziel era will begin next week.  Those desperate for a QB 2 should take a look.

Jonathan Stewart:  On the rare occasions he is on the field, Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart can really run the football as he did Sunday in picking up 155 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown.  Stewart does not have a ton of mileage on him due to all the missed games and he clearly is capable of RB 2 numbers when all is right.  Start him again next week.

Andre Williams:  The Boston College Heisman Trophy candidate had his best game of the season by far Sunday in powering for 131 yards and 1 score on 24 carries in the New York Giants' blowout win over the Tennessee Titans.  Williams is a pure power back all the way and he took most of the reps in place of a gimpy Rashad Jennings.  The big game by Williams is not good news for Jennings owners going into next week as Tom Coughlin could go with a "if it ain't broke, why fix it" mode. 

T.Y. Hilton:  The big-play T.Y. Hilton had it going for the Indianapolis Colts Sunday as he caught 10 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the comeback win over the Cleveland Browns.  Hilton continues to show the knack for getting deep and making the difficult catch.  He is fully arrived now as a WR 1.

Charles Johnson:  We told you all two weeks ago to pick up emerging Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson and those who listened were rewarded with a four catch game for 103 yards and a touchdown Sunday.  Johnson is building a nice rapport with rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater and it is he and not Cordarelle Patterson that has become the best wide receiver on the team.  Continue using as a WR 3.

Peyton Manning:  Now was the week to face whoever owned Peyton Manning in your league as the Denver Broncos QB was shut out when it came to touchdown passes for the first time since 2010.  Manning completed only 14-of-20 passes for 173 yards and two interceptions against the ferocious Buffalo Bills defense.  The flip side is that those who play Manning next week will likely pay big time as there is no chance he will have two successive duds.

C.J. Anderson:  The incredible show that is C.J. Anderson continued on Sunday as he rushed for three touchowns in the Broncos' win over the Bills.  Anderson picked up 58 yards on 21 carries as he gets the soft San Diego Chargers defense next week.  Already in play as one of the best values in the game.

Kerwyn Williams:  A nice surprise in Arizona this week as Kerwyn Williams, fresh off the practice squad, picked up 100 yards on 19 carries in place of the injured Andre Ellington for the Cardinals.  With Ellington being placed on IR, Williams will get the nod next Thursday against the dominant St. Louis Rams defense.  Obviously any starting back warrants a look but Williams is facing an awful matchup this week which we could avoid altogether.

Latavius Murray:  Recovered from the concussion he suffered two weeks ago, Latavius Murray was the clear lead back for the Oakland Raiders Sunday as he picked up 76 yards on 23 carries while also catching 2 passes for 9 yards.  While the big plays weren't there, Murray is worth starting as a RB 2 due to the volume of work he will be getting.

Derek Carr:  A week after a truly horrific shutout against the Rams, Derek Carr responded with perhaps his best game as a pro Sunday in throwing for 3 touchdowns in the team's upset win over the San Francisco 49ers.  Carr completed 22-of-28 passes for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns as he was in complete control.  Still despite the big game, Carr is not one to touch with the playoff weeks arriving.

Travis Kelce:  It was a horrible loss by the Kansas City Chiefs but tight end Travis Kelce did his past in catching 7 balls for 110 yards against the Cardinals.  Kelce has really taken off as a trustworthy tight end 1 in fantasy football leagues this season and remains so for the playoffs.

Julian Edelman:  The slot dynamo for the New England Patriots caught 8 passes for 141 yards and a score in Sunday night's win over the San Diego Chargers.  To think the Pats wasted all that money on Danny Amendola to do what Edelman is doing right now.  Great stuff.


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