Starters, Sitters, & Sleepers: Week Fourteen
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Every Sunday, Daniel, Bruce and Chris will be bringing you their “expert” fantasy football advice as you look for the player that will give you the edge in your weekly matchup. Here are our week fourteen selections.
Start: Mark Sanchez: Quarterback, New York Jets: Sanchez has been hot and cold all year but there has been one constant. At home, Sanchez plays extremely well, with atleast 17 fantasy points in each home game this year. The Chiefs have also allowed two or more passing touchdowns this year in six games this season. Kansas City also doesn’t have much of a pass rush outside of Tamba Hali. If the Jets offensive line can keep Hali off Sanchez, look for #6 to have a big day.
Sit: Beanie Wells: Running Back, Arizona Cardinals: This has to be a no-brainer. Yes Wells did have 228 yards on the ground two weeks ago, but that was against the Rams. This week, Wells and the Cardinals draw the 49ers who will not in the “giving” frame of mind. The 49ers are #1 in the league against the run, allowing a league low 3.3 yards per attempt, and 72 yards per game. Even more damning for Wells, is the fact that the 49ers have yet to allow a single rushing touchdown this season. Look for the only defense that has allowed less than 1,000 total rushing yards this season to stay under that number, and for Wells to be bottled up all day.
Sleeper: Rex Grossman: Quarterback, Washington Redskins: Call me crazy, but I expect Grossman to have some very nice numbers at the end of Sunday’s game with the Patriots. Grossman has played considerably better since replacing John Beck, and has 20 or more fantasy points in two of his last three games. Also, this just in, New England’s secondary isn’t very good. The Patriots rank dead last in the league against the pass, allowing a 64% completion rate, and 310 yards per game. They’ve also surrendered 18 passing touchdowns this season, which is tied for 17th in the league. Look for the Pats to get out front early, giving Rex and the Skins plenty of chances to air it out playing catch-up.
Start: Tony Romo: Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys: This is not only an important NFC East battle but a statement game for the Cowboys. An opportunity to send Tom Coughlin packing. Look for Tony Romo to lead the aerial attack that will put the New York Football Giants away early.
Sit: Cam Newton: Quarterback, Carolina Panthers: Normally the rookie is a stat monster, but I predict this game against Atlanta will be a hard hitting, tightly contested game that probably won’t have a lot of points on the board. Running backs and kickers in the game may be a better option.
Sleeper: Tim Tebow: Quarterback, Denver Broncos: The guy is a leader, on a roll, and going against a weak Bears defense. I’m going to say 200+ passing yards, 1 passing TD, 40+ rushing yards, & 1 passing TD.
Starter: Michael Crabtree: Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers: The Cardinals are the 24th ranked defense against wide receivers for fantasy points. They like to give up the long ball and with Crabtree being Alex Smith’s favorite target he could break off a big one in this game. Crabtree has 17 catches in the last three weeks and was 7 for 120 yards the last time they played Arizona.
Sit: Dwayne Bowe: Wide Receiver, Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe simply hasn’t been the player you spent an early round draft pick on this season. He hasn’t scored a touchdown or had double digit fantasy points since week five. It certainly isn’t going to happen this week against the Jets. The only real advice you need here is Revis Island, and Tyler Palko throwing it, no thank you.
Sleeper: Damian Williams: Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans: We all know the only way to hang with New Orleans is to throw the ball. The Titans are going to have to rely on passing game to even stay on the field with the Saints. Hasselbeck has been targeting Williams as of late and ever since Chris Johnson made immergence on the season in week ten it has opened up the passing game more. Since week ten Williams is averaging 54.5 yards a game and 8 fantasy points a week, he also has two touchdowns in the past four week as well. If you are look for a deep guy I like Williams this week.