Oakland and San Diego are the Thursday night game, then the rest of the games are on Sunday except for the Buffalo-Miami matchup in Toronto on Sunday. Speaking of that, reports are that J.P. Losman might be getting the start with Trent Edwards nursing a groin injury, and Edwards is officially a game-time decision. Same goes for arguably the best running back in the league this year, Clinton Portis, so make sure to follow his status. When they're getting the game-time decision tag this early in the week, that's usually not a good sign, but Portis will play through pain and the Redskins need this game this game to stay in the NFC playoff picture.
Also, a foolish ruling is allowing Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, the stud defensive tackles for the Vikings, to play this weekend against the Lions after originally being given 4 game suspensions. The judge felt he didn't have enough information to make a decision yet, gave their fat asses a temporary restraining order, and the hearing won't be held until next week at the earliest it sounds like. So, if you thought you were going to be able to squeak some points out of Lions running back Kevin Smith, that probably be the case anymore.
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Alright, here's the links as well as some picks of my own:
- Rankings: ESPN, Rotoworld, Yahoo, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, KFFL, NFL.Com, Bruno Boys, Junkyard Jake, Fantasy Football Toolbox, Fantasy Football Jungle, Fanhouse, Bleacher Report, What If Sports.
- Projections: ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, Fantasy Sharks.
- Injuries: Brian Westbrook(Questionable, Likely To Play), Joseph Addai(Questionable), Clinton Portis(Game-Time Decision), Marion Barber(OUT), Willie Parker, Ryan Grant, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub, Trent Edwards(OUT), Matt Hasselbeck(Doubtful), Derrick Mason, Mark Bradley(OUT), T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
- My week 13 Studs and Duds at Fan IQ.
- Week 14 injuries to watch from me at Fan IQ.
- Pickups to make this week from Matthew Berry of ESPN.
- Waiver Wired from Rotoworld.
- Sleepers and Busts from KFFL.
- Bench/Start from Not Qualified To Comment.
- Start/Sit from Fantasy Football Cafe.
- Start/Sit from Fantasy Football Maniaxs.
- Lineup Calls from Fox Sports.
- For those of you in IDP(Individual Defensive Players) leagues, here's some nice week 14 IDP notes from Fantasy Football Today.
- "Bringin' The Noise" from Brad Evans of Yahoo.
- Matchups to exploit from KFFL.
- Studs, Duds, and Sleepers from USA Today.
- 10 Most Intriguing Players of week 14 from Pro Football Weekly.
- Sleepers from NFL Gridiron Grab.
- Last minute sit/start analysis from me at Fan IQ
QB: Kurt Warner. The #2 ranked fantasy QB has a tremendous matchup against the Rams. He lit them up in week 9, throwing for 342 yards and 2 TD. The one worry I have is that the Cardinals want to try to get the running game back on track with Tim Hightower, and this would be a perfect opportunity to do so against the Rams 30st ranked run defense. But let's face it, the Cardinals are a passing team and few teams have been able to stop them at that, so why even worry about it?
RB: Adrian Peterson. AP(or AD, whatever) against the Lions seems like the lock of the year to be a huge fantasy day, but he was unable to get into the end zone against them week 6 at home, only scoring 7 fantasy points. As a Bears fan, I wish that could happen again, but I don't see it. Additionally since I'm a Bears fan, I don't know how anybody stops this dude. I'm sick of him killing my Bears(crying).
WR: Anquan Boldin. He had his worst game of the year last week at Philadelphia, and he'll make up for it. The only thing that I believe could preven that from happening is if the Cardinals decide to run the ball more as I explained above with Warner.
TE: Antonio Gates. 3 straight crapfests for the Chargers tight end, scoring 1, 2, and 2 fantasy points in those games. I like him to get back on track tomorrow night against the Raiders, who he caught 5 passes for 58 yards and a TD against in week 4.
K: Ryan Longwell. What I said about Rob Bironas at Detroit last week: "A very good kicker, indoors, and his offense should get into scoring position quite a bit."
D/ST: Tennessee Titans. 20 fantasy points against the Lions on Thanksgiving, and now they get to face a struggling Browns offense that will be led by Ken Dorsey at home.
QB: Shaun Hill. The 49ers QB's actually playing pretty well, and has recorded double-digit fantasy points in all 5 games he's started. The Jets have the #4 run defense in the league, but they're ranked 30th against the pass, so the 49ers will surely try to exploit that. Jay Cutler threw for 357 yards against them last week. This is the type of waiver wire pickup that might win you a fantasy playoff game.
RB: Pierre Thomas. With Deuce McAllister out for the last 4 games due to a suspension, Pierre Thomas is a must-own in all fantasy leagues. He's gotten double-digit fantasy points in each of the last 3 games, and his touches should only go up with Deuce out.
WR: Devin Hester. The Jaguars lost stud CB Rashean Mathis for the season with a sprained MCL, and the Bears will look to attack the Jaguars secondary. Hester had his best fantasy output of the season last week with 3 catches for 67 yards and a TD.
TE: Dallas Clark. Whaaaaa? Dallas Clark qualifies as a sleeper these days? I think you'd be surprised at his last 5 games' fantasy point totals(scoring based on ESPN standard league settings): 6, 8, 4, 3, 2. This isn't the elite fantasy tight end of last year. But, he's got the Bengals at home this week, and follows that up with the Lions at home. If somebody's for some reason dropped this guy in your league, pick him up now.
K: Connor Barth. The Chiefs kicker is 7/7 on the season, and his Chiefs will be able to get in scoring position frequently against the Broncos. These 2 teams played each other in week 4 before Barth was on the team, and the Chiefs kicker at the time was Nick Novak who put up 15 fantasy points.
D/ST: Arizona Cardinals. Yeah they looked like the worst defense on the planet last week, but now they get to face the Rams at home. There's a good chance somebody's dropped them and they should be a great play this week. They got 18 fantasy points against the Rams in St. Louis in week 9.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger. First of all, he's hurting, and we're not even sure if he'll be able to play yet. He hurt his knee in practice Wednesday, and had to leave. But if he does play, this doesn't look like a great matchup for him. The Steelers' offensive line has been awful this year in pass protection, and the Cowboys are 2nd in the NFL with 40 sacks. They'll put plenty of pressure on Big Ben in this one.
RB: Jamal Lewis. He'll be on the road against a very good Titans defense, and he has 17 total fantasy points in the last 3 games. There's about 30 other RB's I'd go with this week.
WR: Santana Moss. I don't think Jason Campbell will be able to get Moss the ball much against the outstanding Ravens defense. He hasn't found the end zone in the last 4 games either.
TE: Todd Heap. I'm expecting a down week from Joe Flacco(who's been outstanding lately) against the 7th ranked Redskins pass defense, therefore hurting Heap's production.
K: Kris Brown. Right now, the high in temperature for Sunday's game at Green Bay is predicted to be 18 degrees. Snow or not, that's going to likely slow the offenses down and won't make for an easy surface to kick on for Brown.
D/ST: Atlanta Falcons. Although they got 13 fantasy points against the Saints in week 10, I think it's very possible they get negative points this time around. Drew Brees will look to make up for the 3 interceptions he threw last week at Tampa Bay.
My Week 13 Picks(scoring based off ESPN standard league settings)...
Best: Tony Romo(24 Points), Ronnie Brown(10 Points), Terrell Owens(15 Points), Tony Gonzalez(11 Points), Rob Bironas(21 Points), Baltimore Ravens(19 Points).
Sleepers: Joe Flacco(20 Points), Darren McFadden(6 Points), Kevin Curtis(5 Points), Greg Olsen(0 Points), Dan Carpenter(12 Points), Buffalo Bills(9 Points).
Shit: Matt Cassel(-2 Points), Tim Hightower(3 Points), T.J. Houshmandzadeh(6 Points), Vernon Davis(0 Points), Matt Prater(10 Points), Carolina Panthers(2 Points).
I'll continue to add good fantasy links as I come across them, so keep checking back.
UPDATE(12/4, 6:10 PM ET): The Vikings' Williamses may in fact be out for Sunday, as a federal judge will have a ruling on it Friday. This will be important for you Kevin Smith owners, as he might actually be worth a play Sunday if those 2 guys aren't clogging the middle of the line.
Additionally, Mark Bradley missed practice today with a calf injury and is added to the injuries to watch. Marion Barber's status is very much in doubt, while not being a good play anyway against the Steelers #1 run defense.
Yahoo's rankings were added, as well as "Bringin' The Noise" from them.
UPDATE(12/5, 3:30 PM ET): Added Fanhouse and Bleacher Report's rankings and a few more articles.
Plus, Brian Westbrook and Joseph Addai are each "Questionable", so I added them to the injuries. Lorenzo Booker is Westbrook's backup with Correll Buckhalter "Doubtful", and Dominic Rhodes is Addai's backup and would be a great play against the Bengals at home.
Bills QB Trent Edwards is officially out, J.P. Losman will get the start for the Bills.
Furthermore, update on the 6 players suspended... a federal judge ruled that the NFL can't suspend those guys, so who knows what happens now. All we know is they can play this week. This is a mess.
UPDATE(12/5, 7:40 PM ET): Matt Hasselbeck is "Doubtful", so Seneca Wallace almost surely is getting the start against the Patriots on Sunday for the Seahawks. This hurts any Seahawks you might have on offense.
And like I said about the suspensions... Deuce McAllister can play this week, so that hurts Pierre Thomas' chances to be the sleeper I predicted if the Saints play Deuce, but it sounds like they might just sit him anyway considering the success Thomas has had, and since it changes their gameplan after preparing to be without Deuce all week.
UPDATE(12/6, 8:20 PM ET): It sounds like Marion Barber is out tomorrow against the Steelers, so pick up Tashard Choice if you need a running back. He's not a good play against the Steelers #1 run defense though.
Reports are Brian Westbrook will play, so keep him in your starting lineup.
Deuce McAllister is on the active roster for the Saints, so this should hurt Pierre Thomas.
Keep checking out the rankings and projections for more assistance as most of those sites should update them with this latest news.