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Sunday, December 11, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 14 WRAPUP

-Detroit Lions QB Matthews Stafford has always been a favorite of mine and the rocket-armed passer made his hay Sunday as he completed 21-of-35 throws for 223 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT's against the Tennessee Titans.  He also added a rushing score to make his day somewhat decent but far from dominant.  He gets a Giants defense next week without their best pass rusher so Stafford should be queued up again.

-With Theo Riddick a late scratch, it was Dwayne Washington who picked up the slack most prominently for the Lions Sunday as he rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries, while adding 1 catch for ten yards.  We told you earlier in the day to avoid the Detroit mess without Riddick and hopefully you listened.

-If there was any doubt that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is the number 1 player in fantasy football, then we present to you the insane day he had Sunday in the team's win over the Buffalo Bills.  Bell was a man possessed as he rushed for a video-game 236 yards on 38 carries and 3 touchdowns in the snow.  He also caught 4 passes for another 62 yards,  With the weather being so bad and passing very tough, the Steelers rode Bell all game long.  This was as old school as it gets in terms of Bell's insane workload and there is a bit of concern that he could "bounce" next week after so many carries but it would be tough to find any Bell owner who did not win today.

-Cameron Meredith came back out from the Witness Protection Program for the Chicago Bears Sunday as he caught 6 balls for 72 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions.  Meredith has been quiet the last few weeks after emerging for a mini-boost in mid-October but is is tough to trust him in the playoff weeks with Matt Barkley at QB.

-Tyrod Taylor could be on the verge of losing his starting QB job for the Buffalo Bills after he completed just 15-of-25 throws for 228 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT.  Rex Ryan refused to commit to Taylor next week but this is somewhat surprising since his QB was not bad by any means and the game was played in moderate snow.  We all know Taylor is not a pure passer and is more of a run-pass guy and that makes him almost useless in fantasy football outside of two-QB formats.

-When Philip Rivers is bad, he is godawful.  That is what happened Sunday as the San Diego Chargers veteran completed 21-of-39 passes for 236 yards with 2 TD and 3 INT's.  He also lost two fumbles as part of his five turnover day.  While we always have a soft spot for Rivers, he royally screwed his owners in Week 14.

-Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III is absolute garbage which he showed in his return to active duty Sunday by completing just 12-of-28 passes for 104 yards with 0 scores and 1 INT.  He also rushed for 31 yards and a score on 7 carries but Griffin was miserable from start to finish.  He looks like one of the biggest one-hit wonders of all time.

-Isaiah Crowell can hold his head up from the awful Cleveland Browns performance Sunday and for the whole season actually.  Crowell rushed for 113 yards and a TD on just 13 carries, while also catching 1 pass for five more yards,  A standard league guy only, Crowell is still nothing more than a low-end RB 3 on this brutal team.

-Cam Newton has regressed this season just like I said he would coming off his MVP 2015 campaign.  That season is looking like an outlier as Newton was bad again Sunday in completing just 10-of-27 throws for 160 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT in the team's win over the Chargers.  Newton has not lived up to his first round billing in drafts this season and again we remind you never to buy a player coming off a career campaign.

-A nice September start has dissolved into a ridiclouly poor comeback campaign for Panthers wideout Kelvin Benjamin who caught just 1 pass for 11 yards Sunday against the Chargers.  Benjamin has been a non-factor in the offense since mid-October and he got benched Sunday for his awful outing.  While Benjamin was playing like a WR 2 earlier in the season, he is nothing but waiver fodder at this point given his awful outings of late.

-Tyler Eifert is back to being a TD monster as he caught five passes for 48 yards and 2 TD's Sunday in the Cincinnati Bengals' win over the Cleveland Browns.  Now fully healthy, Eifert is the biggest TD threat tight end in the game now that Rob Gronkowski is out for the season.

-The tremendous rookie season of Chicago Bears rookie back Jordan Howard continued Sunday as he rushed for 86 yards on 13 carries, while also catching 2 passes for another 24 yards.  Howard has been terrific since becoming the starter once Jeremy Langford went out injured and he looks to have a bright future.  A clear top RB 2 the rest of the season.

-No Adrian Peterson has not come back yet for the Minnesota Vikings and so speedster Jerrick McKinnon is still the guy.  He was so-so Sunday as he rushed for 31 yards on 14 carries but also caught 6 balls for another 38 yards.  McKinnon could work as a RB 2 in a pinch in PPR formats but you want to do better.

-Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz tends to have big Decembers and he went back along wiht that trend Sunday against the Washington Redskins by catching 10 balls for 113 yards.  Ertz has always torched the Redskins and today was no different.  He has been the epitome of inconsistent this season and overall disappointing but Ertz is a guy you should ride when hot.

-Sorry Devontae Booker owners.  Sunday was a rough one as freaking Justin Forsett of all people out-touched Booker in rushing for 17 yards on 6 carries.  Overall Forsett out-touched Booker 9-5 and so now the latter is looking useless and a complete bust for Week 15.  Yes Booker has not been great since becoming the starter but we have seen the Forsett show before and it is not pretty.

-I really like this Adam Thielen as the Minnesota Vikings wideout continued with his nice breakout campaign Sunday by catching 4 balls for 101 yards.  There is nice PPR usage here and Thielen is showing he should continue being a major part of the offense.

-The owners of Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed were pumped when they found out he would return for Week 14 from the shoulder injury he suffered back on Thanksgiving but he was better off sitting another game as he caught just one measly pass for 10 yards.  In other words, it was a complete no-show.  Clearly Reed is not 100 percent and his status for Week 15 is now quite dicey considering the stakes.

-Marquise Lee has made strides in 2016 to become the player who was a decent prospect coming out of USC.  Strong since October, Lee caught 5 passes for 113 yards Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.  Lee has developed into a nice slot receiver who has a bit of WR 3 value in PPR but that is as far as things go here.

-T.J. Yeldon was the guy again Sunday for the Jacksonville Jaguars with Chris Ivory out again and he rushed for 59 yards on 17 carries, while also catching 7 passes for 31 yards.  Yeldon has just PPR value and not a great amount of it since he is not a very productive runner.

-Aaron Rodgers was so good in Sunday's blowout win over the Seattle Seahawks that he took a seat for the fourth quarter.  That had to annoy his owners but overall Rodgers was very good as he completed 18-of-23 throws for 246 yards and 3 scores.  While Rodgers was not at his past vintage self the first half of the season, he has been as dominant as ever since the end of October which is where you want him to be during the playoffs.


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