Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders--8:20 PM (THURS)
, RB (OAK)
Reason--It appears the Raiders will be with the services of Darren McFadden for the first time since Week 9, but considering the Broncos gave up just 56 yards on the ground in their previous matchup, this isn't too appealing. It will be nice to see him back on the field, but go with a different option if one is available.
St. Louis Rams at Buffalo Bills--1:00 PM
, WR (STL)
Reason--The Bills secondary has been playing better as of late, allowing only three touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the last five weeks, but it won't stop me from recommending Chris Givens. Sam Bradford connected with Givens 11 times for 92 yards in Week 13, and with Danny Amendola likely out again this week, Givens should be a good start once again.
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers--1:00 PM
, TE (CAR)
Reason--In Week 4, Greg Olsen finished with six receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons, but over the last three weeks he has just seven catches total. While the matchup looks appealing, the Falcons defense has been solid against opposing tight ends over the last three weeks, so it isn't looking good for Olsen to duplicate his Week 4 production.
Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals--1:00 PM
, QB (DAL)
Reason--This may come as a surprise, but the Bengals defense has allowed just one touchdown to opposing quarterbacks over their last four games, including games against Eli Manning, Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers. The Cowboys passing game is clicking on all cylinders right now, and it is hard to go against Tony Romo, but it may be the safe play this week.
Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns--1:00 PM
Start--Cleveland Browns Defense/Special Teams
Reason--The Chiefs offense has scored over 20 points just one time since Week 5, and that came last week against the Panthers. The Browns defense had been playing better as of late, so expect a solid showing from this group come Sunday.
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts--1:00 PM
, WR (TEN)
Reason--Kendall Wright has been targeted 18 times over the last two weeks hauling in 11 receptions for 126 yards in two Titans losses. Since Jake Locker regained the quarterback position the Titans offense has evolved into a pass-first offense, so Wright should continue to be heavily targeted, making him a good start this week.
New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars--1:00 PM
, WR (JAC)
Reason--Last week Justin Blackmon was a major disappointment, finishing with just one reception for nine yards in a loss to the Bills. At this point, the only player that can be trusted in the Jaguars passing game is Cecil Shorts, so don't take a chance on Blackmon if it isn't necessary.
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings--1:00 PM
, TE (MIN)
Reason--For the third consecutive week, Kyle Rudolph found the endzone and has now found his way back into fantasy stardom. To add to his touchdown streak, Rudolph has hauled in 18 receptions over the last three games, so as of now he is a must-start.
Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins--1:00 PM
, QB (BAL)
Reason--It's hard to start Joe Flacco on a weekly basis, and this week it is time to get him back into starting lineups. The Redskins defense has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points-per-game to opposing quarterbacks, so the matchup is there if Flacco shows up to play.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers--1:00 PM
, RB (PHI)
Reason--This guy is the real deal. Since taking over for injured LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown has rushed for 347 yards and four touchdowns and faces off against a weak Buccaneers run defense this week, making him a must-start in Week 14.
San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers--1:00 PM
, QB (SD)
Reason--Arguably the most disappointing quarterback this season, Philip Rivers has failed to live up to the expectations set for him this season. Although the Steelers defense is banged up, my trust in Rivers is totally gone, so use a different option if one is available.
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers--4:05 PM
, RB (MIA)
Reason--Reggie Bush is averaging well over four yards-per-carry over his last two games, but this week faces off against a strong Niners defense. Over their last three games, the Niners have not allowed more than 72 yards rushing to opposing running backs and have allowed just two rushing touchdowns all season, so don't expect too much from Bush this week.
New Orleans Saints at New York Giants--4:25 PM
, WR (NO)
Reason--Last week, Lance Moore finished with seven catches for 123 yard in a loss to the Falcons, after being targeted 11 times. In Week 14, the Saints take on a vulnerable Giants secondary, so an encore of last week is not out of the question.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks--4:25 PM
, RB (ARI)
Reason--In Week 13, Beanie Wells proved to his fantasy owners that his production the week prior was a fluke. Wells rushed for just 22 yards on 15 carries against a poor Jets defense, so going against a solid run defense this week, it is hard to believe he will do much better.
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers--8:20 PM
, WR (GB)
Reason--With Jordy Nelson likely out this week, Randall Cobb will resume wide receiver No. 2 duties making him a good play Sunday night. The Lions defense has allowed five touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the last four weeks, including three touchdowns last week against the Colts, so the matchup favors Cobb a lot this week.
Houston Texans at New England Patriots--8:30 PM (MON)
Sit--Houston Texans Defense/Special Teams
Reason-- The Texans defense entered the season as one of the highest ranked groups in all the league, but they seemed to have lost their way over the last few weeks. In Week 11 and Week 12, the Texans gave up 37 and 31 points to the Jaguars and the Lions, with that said, the Patriots should be able to pass at will on Monday night.
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