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Week 14 Fantasy Football Pass Targets Winners And Losers

Fantasy Alarm Post Week 14 Fantasy Football Pass Targets Winners and Losers for wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends

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Week 14 Fantasy Football Pass Targets Winners and Losers

Week 14 will go down as one of the all-time wackiest weeks in Fantasy Football history. We were greeted with a few games that were met with some of the crappiest weather we have seen in a long time, including a Lions/Eagles where we could barely see what was going on at the start of the game (and the Lions did not seem to see what was going on in the second half). But, as nasty as the weather was, ironically, we witnessed the most touchdowns scored in a week in the history of the NFL, I still can’t believe that. And what will make this past week stick out in our minds the most is that amongst all that, it was the first round of the Fantasy Football playoffs for many of us. Well hopefully you benefited more from all the touchdowns that were scored, rather than have been hindered by the weather conditions, (or someone deciding it was more fun to slide in the snow rather than score a touchdown), and advanced into the next round of your Fantasy League Playoffs or cashed in your DFS contests. So with that, I have a few more things that stood out in the action from Week 14, and that is your Target winners and losers of the week.

Wide Receiver Target Winners

Andre Johnson 21 13
Marques Colston 13 9
Larry Fitzgerald 12 12
Eric Decker 12 8
Pierre Garcon 12 5
Marlon Brown 11 7
Stevie Johnson 11 5
6 players with 10 targets    


* Andre Johnson continues to be a regular weekly target winner, despite inconsistent quarterback play, and he and the Texans will be facing a Colts defense that has allowed the seventh most Fantasy Points to receivers and have allowed multiple touchdowns to receivers in five of their last seven games. (The Titans were the only team not to have a receiver reach the end zone in this span of seven games).

* Marques Colston almost cost me a spot in the next round of our Fantasy Alarm in-house league as my opponent, Wayne Bretsky, had the nerve to start a receiver who had just one touchdown since Week 1, and was facing one of the best defenses in the league in the Carolina Panthers. (Anyone who has won or lost by less than a point you may enjoy the final score between Bretsky and I another reason Week 14 will a thing of Fantasy lore). As for Colston, it appears he may have earned himself another start this week as a WR3.

* Larry Fitzgerald will have a tough matchup this week, but regardless you are gonna roll with a guy who has scored at least one touchdown in five of his last six games, including five scores in his last four games.

* As if Eric Decker’s stock could not get any higher, (16 receptions on 24 targets for 291 yards receiving and five touchdowns over his last two games), now the Broncos will be without Wes Welker (concussion) for Thursday’s matchup against a Chargers defense that is allowing the sixth most Fantasy Points to receivers on the season. 

* I would not trust Marlon Brown, who was Fantasy relevant for only the second time all season, but it seems like you may want to trust Stevie Johnson this week against a Jags team that has allowed 565 yards receiving and four receiving touchdowns over their last two games.

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Running Back Target Winners

Shane Vereen 17 12
Matt Forte 9 7
Le'Veon Bell 9 5
Knowshon Moreno 7 6
Joique Bell 7 4
Fred Jackson 7 4
Fozy Whittaker 7 3
Trent Richardson 6 5
Donald Brown 6 4
6 players with 5 targets    


* Shane Vereen finished in the top two of running back targets for the third week in a row. Unfortunately Vereen did not see more rushing attempts in Week 14, (actually less, just three, compared to 10 in each of the previous weeks), but we are just splitting hairs here, and with Gronk out, you should view Vereen as worthy of a start in standard leagues going forward, as well as PPR leagues.  

* Le’Veon Bell should merge his way into your PPR leagues, if he has not already, as he has seen nine targets in each of his last two games for 12 receptions for 88 yards receiving.

* Now that Joique Bell is healthy he is again worth a FLEX play whether Reggie Bush plays, or not.

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Tight End Target Winners

TIGHT END                          TARGETS      RECEPTIONS
Garrett Graham 14 8
Greg Olsen 12 8
Jimmy Graham 11 6
Dennis Pitta 11 6
Charles Clay 10 7
Jordan Cameron 9 9
Coby Fleener 9 5
Mychal Rivera 8 5
Andrew Quarless 7 6
Julius Thomas 7 5
Brandon Myers 7 4
5 players with 6 targets    


* Garrett Graham has seen double-digit targets in three of his last four games and has scored a touchdown in two of them, thus should be one of the tight ends you target on the wire, if he is still available.

* Dennis Pitta made his 2013 debut this past week in grand fashion catching six of his 10 targets for 48 yards and a touchdown. Going back to last season, including the playoffs, Pitta has caught a touchdown in four of his last five games and should be your number one tight end target of waivers.

* Charles Clay has returned to our good graces over the past few weeks, including having caught 14 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns over his last two games, was the top PPR and standard league scoring tight end this past week, and will be facing a Pats defense that gave up 18 standard league points (27 PPR points) to Jordan Cameron in Week 14.

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Week 14 Target Losers

For this portion of the target report I am going to take a little different approach than you may be used to. The criteria going forward is that each player eligible to land in this "Land of Let Down" must have been on the field for 60% or more of their team's snaps (50% for running backs), had fewer than 60 yards receiving, and did not reach the end zone. For example, Cecil Shorts saw only four targets (two receptions), which was tied for the third fewest among receivers who saw 60% of their team's snap, but he did have get a touchdown, so he did not make our list of losers. So, I think we would agree that Cecil did not exceed our expectations, but at least he did not come up totally short. Get it? Got it? Good! Let's Get to this week’s disappointments...

Wide Receiver Target Losers

Kris Durham 3 0
Jarrett Boykin 3 2
Brandon Lafell 4 2
Robert Woods 4 3
Torrey Smith 4 1
Greg Little 4 2
Mike Wallace 4 2
David Nelson 4 4
Michael Floyd 4 2


* Jarrett Boykin appears worth dropping as he has seen just six targets for two receptions over his last two games.

* Robert Woods, Greg Little, and Vincent Brown are regulars on this list and should not be owned.

* Hopefully Brandon LaFell can get back on track this week against a Jets' team that are allowing the fifth most Fantasy Points to wide receivers on the season.

* Chalk up Mike Wallace’s poor performance to a tough matchup against his former team the Steelers, so hopefully he bounces back against a Bengals team that gave up four receiving touchdowns to the Colts this past week.

* The weather, and early crappy play by Joe Flacco, hindered Torrey Smith’s chances of having a good Fantasy day. A matchup against the Lions this week should help you forgive and forget this week.

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Running Back Target Losers

BenJarvus Green-Ellis 0 0
Rashard Mendenhall 0 0
Alfred Morris 0 0
Marshawn Lynch 1 1
Toby Gerhart 1 0
Frank Gore 1 0
Daniel Thomas 1 1
LeSean McCoy 1 1

* Not too many surprises on the list this week, a week removed where we saw Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, and Matt Forte appear as Target Losers.

* LeSean McCoy made this list in part due to the weather, and in part because he ran rough shed over the Lions breaking the Eagles single-game franchise rushing record. So we do not feel sorry for him or those of you who owned him and were hoping for more PPR value.

* Frank Gore has provided little, to no value in the passing game, so view him as low end RB2 in PPR formats if you do not have a better passing catching back that has been consistently providing solid Fantasy production.

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Tight End Target Losers

Brandon Pettigrew 2 1
Brent Celek 2 2
Ryan Griffin 2 1
Sean McGrath 3 2
Heath Miller 4 3
The next 6 caught a TD pass    


* Second week in a row Brandon Pettigrew has appeared in the top two on this list, granted the weather was not favorable. But even so, have to believe there is a better option on your waiver wire. View the Tight End Target Winners list for some suggestions.

* Heath Miller finished with 8.6 PPR fantasy points, it was not great, but we expected more from him since he appeared on the Winner's list the previous two weeks. You may want to consider an alternative option this week as the Bengals have defended the tight end position fairly well this season and Miller has not seen the end zone since Week 7.

And with that we bring this week's Target Winners and Losers to a close, but do not forget to join our Fantasy Alarm Sunday Morning Live Start/Sit Chat from 10am till game time every Sunday here: “Ask the Experts." and follow us on twitter.


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