Week 14 two-quarterback leagues
It's fantasy playoffs time for many leagues. Translation: go with what got you here. Anyone who's gotten you to the playoffs should be rolled out in the playoffs. That's a nice, simple rule of thumb if the decisions are too close. In cases in which two players have played about equally and have similar values, stick with the hotter option or the one with the obviously more favorable matchup. Then cross your fingers, count your blessings that you have a shot, and hope like hell to make it all the way to that winner-take-all title game.
1. Matt Schaub at New England - The Texans won't be running their way to victory in Foxboro. In what's almost sure to be a contentious game with major AFC playoff implications, expect Schaub to take advantage of a poor Patriots secondary like the man who led the league in passing yardage in 2009 surely knows how.
2. Josh Freeman vs. Philadelphia - After getting blanked the week prior, Freeman returned to his multi-touchdown ways against a tough Denver defense. He now has at least two touchdowns in seven of the last eight games and gets a Philly defense coming into his building that just let Cam Newton and Tony Romo each throw for more than 300 yards and total seven scores.
3. Colin Kaepernick vs. Miami - Immediately following the 49ers' loss to the Rams, coach Jim Harbaugh announced that Kaepernick would remain his starter for Miami this week. Although he struggled against St. Louis and failed to get in the end zone, he's still a promising option against a Miami defense that remains among the league's worst in passing yards allowed.
4. Russell Wilson vs. Arizona - Wilson is growing up by leaps and bounds almost weekly. Although the Cardinals have one of the best pass defenses in the league, this mature-beyond-his-years rookie has all the tools and the receiving weapons (watch Sidney Rice's head injury, though) to have plenty of success against it. Wilson is working on a five-game streak with multiple passing scores and has just begun rushing it more. His 170 rushing yards in the last four weeks are gravy for this dynamic young talent.
5. Joe Flacco at Washington - The Redskins have been fairly stout against the run all year, and for a team that inexplicably likes to abandon the ground game, it bodes well for Flacco and Baltimore that Washington cannot stop the pass to save its life. If Ray Rice struggles to get going early or Robert Griffin III puts any points on the board in the first half, look for Flacco to sling often against a pass defense that's right there with the worst in the league in yards and scores allowed through the air.
6. Chad Henne vs. New York Jets - Henne was hindered last week by a steady downpour that made it very difficult to throw in Buffalo, and yet he still posted two scores (one on the ground). Assuming the weather remains sunny in Jacksonville, expect Henne to resume his strong numbers through the air, particularly with such a depleted backfield forcing him to throw a ton. Of course, when considering him for play, keep an eye on the status of Cecil Shorts. The breakout receiver was forced out of last week's contest with a concussion after registering his fourth consecutive game with a score.
7. Nick Foles at Tampa Bay - This is merely an "if you're desperate" option, but it's worth noting that Tampa is still the worst pass defense in the league. Moreover, Foles improved noticeably last week in going for 251 yards and a score on Dallas without registering a turnover. If the Bucs' top-ranked run defense can slow down the dynamo that is Bryce Brown and Tampa builds a lead at home, Foles will have to air it out in catch-up mode.
No. 2 QUARTERBACK RANKINGS
*Check injury status.
13. Matt Schaub HOU at NE
14. Josh Freeman TB vs. Phi
15. *Colin Kaepernick SF vs. Mia
16. Joe Flacco BAL at Was
17. *Jake Locker TEN at Ind
18. *Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. SD
19. Jay Cutler CHI at Min
20. Carson Palmer OAK vs. Den
21. Brandon Weeden CLE vs. KC
22. Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF vs. StL
23. Philip Rivers SD at Pit
24. *Nick Foles PHI at TB
25. Brady Quinn KC at Cle
26. Russell Wilson SEA vs. Ari
27. Ryan Tannehill MIA at SF
28. Sam Bradford STL at Buf
29. Chad Henne JAC vs. NYJ
30. Christian Ponder MIN vs. Chi
31. *Mark Sanchez NYJ at Jac
32. Ryan Lindley ARZ at Sea
33. *Charlie Batch PIT vs. SD
34. *Greg McElroy NYJ at Jac
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