It’s week 14 of the the NFL season, which means for many that it’s fantasy football playoffs time. Did you make it in? Are you playing in a consolation bracket first next year’s top pick? Either way I’m sure there are plenty of game day dilemmas. With such high stakes you need to make sure your playing the right guys. The Fantasy God is here to help. Post any questions or comments that you may have below this article and The Fantasy God will answer them.
Make sure you start your studs for the playoffs. The last thing you want to do is get knocked out because you had a hunch about James Jones and sat Calvin Johnson. You also need to look for consistency. It’s smart to start guys that have put up a certain number of points over the past few weeks. Just like any other sport, fantasy football is a game of splits. If a guy has done well over the last few weeks then it’s probably a good idea to start him. If you have a guy who was pretty strong weeks ago, but has slipped as of late, then you probably don’t want to start that guy this week. Go with guys who have higher probabilities of putting up points based on what they have done lately.
Also pay attention to splits against teams. Last week I was big on Crabtree because he had very impressive career numbers against STL. I was right about him and he ended up with 96 yds and a TD. He is a good example again this week because of his success against ARI. He averages 70 yds/gm against them and has scored in 2 of the 4 games he’s played them. That means he should get at least 7 points in a non PPR with a chance to add TD points to that. Combine that with his success lately and he becomes a solid risk for a WR #3 this week.
A few good pickups this week: Matt Moore, Dan Orlovsky, Kevin Kolb, Damian Williams, Marion Barber, Brandon Saine
Some guys that performed well last week that I wouldn’t touch this week are: Demaryius Thomas, Christian Ponder, Robert Meachem, Dexter McCluster, Golden Tate
Cut: Vince Young, Matt Forte, Fred Davis
Hold onto: Toby Gerhart- Peterson says he’s going to play this week, but it doesn’t mean that he will. Just in case he doesn’t, hold onto Gerhart. You don’t want to cut him too early and for no reason.
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I am the commissioner in my league and this is also my first year doing fantasy football. For the playoffs I have 6 teams going with the #1 and #2 having bye weeks for week 1 playoffs. I am starting the playoffs week 15 so it will end week 17. Someone told me that’s not a good idea cause they sit all the studs to get ready for playoffs. Is this true? Should I start the playoffs week 14? The reason I ask is because I am playing this guy that said that and week 14 I have a harder schedule then him and in week 15 when the first playoff game starts I have an easy schedule. What should I do as commissioner? Your reply back will help out A LOT. Thanks.
I think its too late this year to change anything. It is a good idea to cut out the last week because guys like Brady and Gore will probably be rested. However changing major settings like that during the season is never a good thing to do. Tell them that you are aware and will make the change next year to cut out the last week.
You should adjust your playoffs if everyone or a majority approve.
Its never a good idea to take playoffs in ffb to week 17. You can keep track of individual player points and draw the match ups yourself.
But then your gonna screw over someone. It’s too late. Good thing this isn’t the ask Trent forum lol
I need to start 2/3 RB’s for week 14…
Ryan Mathews SD, Reggie Bush Mia, Demarco Murray Dal,
I think your safe with any of them really. Reggie Bush is the #1 guy in. He is getting 16+ carries every week plus lot’s of receiving yards. The Bills are easy to run on and are giving up a lot of points to the RB the last few weeks. The Giants are a slightly tougher matchup, but they are banged up. Mathews vs Murray is a toss up, but my gut says Mathews because of how good he’s looked the last 2 weeks. But if you went with Murray over Mathews I wouldn’t blame you because he is a bit more trustworthy.
So I need to start three WR’s this week, who would you go for: Maclin, Crabtree, Harvin, Julio Jones? I am leaning towards Crabtree and Harvin but just not sure who to start as my third.
We are in similar positions I have 3 of those guys myself. I really like all 4 this week. Maclin or Jones is the guy to bench. I guess Jones but I think he will produce too.
I’m in a ppr flex and lost Jamal Charles then Fred Jackson. I have to start either Brandon Saine or Marion Barber. Any advice?
If I can go for two, I’m also torn between Garcon or Gaffney as my #3 receiver this week (my top two are Nicks and Jennings.)
I like Barber this week. Good start. Gaffney will produce against NE and the skins will have to throw all day.
Ok Fantasy God-dead on for week 14. Now what the heck do I do without Jennings?!
I’ll start Nicks, but that leaves me with 2 of these 4
Devery Henderson (only included because of the Vikes horrid secondary)
I also have Demarryus Thomas and Eric Decker, but who knows what to think with Tebow. (Did I mention I’ve been decimated with inuries and just picked up Henderson, Driver, Gaffney and Thomas in the last week?) I actually wish I could play two tight ends with Graham and Hernandez!
Any input is awesome!
You gotta go with Gaffney. I think he will do fine again this week. He’s getting all the receptions that usually went to Fred Davis. I’d go with Demaryius Thomas too. He’s averaging 111 yards the last 2 games with 3 TD’s. He is clearly Tebow’s favorite target and NE has an awful defense. Tebow could have the biggest game of his career. He’s going to throw and rush a whole lot. And I’d want his #1 guy in there. Garcon and Driver are decent options this week, especially in a PPR. But I like Thomas and Gaffney better. Henderson and Decker are not options at all. I would feel pretty good about Nicks, Thomas, Gaffney actually. That’s actually not too bad.
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