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Fantasy Football Week 14 Waiver Wire
Congratulations on making the fantasy playoffs! Now, here’s some help to get you a step closer to glory.
Last week on John Halpin’s Fantasy 15 podcast, I mentioned that it didn’t matter who was the quarterback for Chicago, you needed to start him against the Vikings. Same goes for this week as the Bears host the Cowboys on Monday night. While Minnesota allows the second-most points per game to opposing QBs, Dallas allows the most at 24.8 ppg. After missing the last two games with a high ankle sprain, Jay Cutler wants back on the field but hasn’t been cleared to practice (as of Tuesday). Monitor the situation and be prepared to start Josh McCown in the first round of your playoffs.
RB – Montee Ball, Broncos (46.9 percent)
Montee Ball’s best game of his NFL-career couldn’t have come at a better time. With Knowshon Moreno banged up from the week before, Ball stepped in and ran for 117 yards on 13 carries. Even though he fumbled for the third time of the season last week, Ball was used to ice the game away on the final drive. In the remaining four games of the season look for Ball’s role to expand, allowing Moreno to rest his legs for the playoffs.
The postseason is virtually a pipedream in Cleveland, why not give the younger talent some reps (and anyone on the roster is younger than Willis McGahee). The Browns travel to New England and face a defensive front that has been gashed for 138.2 rushing yards per game (second-most). Who knows who will be under center for Cleveland this week, so keeping the ball away from Tom Brady and controlling the clock will be the game plan. Lately, Chris Ogbonnaya has been in a time-share with McGahee and Fozzy Whittaker. However, “OGB” has more receptions than the rest of the Browns running backs combined (even when adding Trent Richardson’s seven catches).
Before you “boo” me for posting about Nate Burleson for the second-week-in-a-row, let me explain. Yes, he notched a total of zero catches on Thanksgiving against the Packers. However, he still recorded seven catches the week prior. This Lions offense needs a second receiver to function and Burleson is the guy. This week, his team travels to Philadelphia to face a secondary that is 32nd in passing yards allowed per game (297 yards) and 32ND in fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers per game (29.7 points). I know Calvin Johnson is great, but I don’t think he’ll achieve those totals on his own.
For a while now, whether it’s through the Start/Sit Gallery or the Waiver Wire pieces, I’ve been advising owners to start the tight end that faces the Cardinals. The defense seems content with allowing TEs to torch their linebackers. This season, Arizona has allowed over 14 points per game to opposing tight ends. The Rams travel to University of Phoenix Stadium this Sunday and Jared Cook is owned in 55 percent of leagues. However, there are two other teams that allow double-digit points to TEs: Miami and Jacksonville. The Dolphins head to Pittsburgh where Heath Miller is owned in 48.8 percent and the Jags host Garrett Graham and the Texans. I was shocked to see how low Graham’s ownership is in fantasy leagues. Though he only caught three passes for 36 yards last week, Graham was targeted 11 times and had 33 targets the past three weeks combined.