Fantasy Football Week 14 Start em’ Sit em’ QB Edition

Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 14

Luck or Clutch?

Fantasy Football playoffs are starting to tremble the minds of managers throughout the country as we head into week 14. Decisions made this week could either make or break your 2012 fantasy football year. If you’re in as many leagues as I am (7), or even near it, then you have quite the amount of moves to make before Sunday comes around. I’m going to give you a list of all QB’s as I believe the quarterback spot is the most important position on any fantasy football team.

Start/Sit

 

Start:

Andrew Luck: Luck absolutely torched the Lions secondary last week for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did throw 3 INT’s, but that’s not new for Luck and he should be able to learn off his mistakes and build on them to make himself a better QB. Luck faces a battered Titans pass defense this week that he tore up in week 8 for nearly 300 yards on 1 TD and 1 INT. The Titans rank 26th in the NFL against the pass giving up an average of 257.5 yards and are tied for 2nd worst in the league in touchdowns given up to QB’s. Luck has been somewhat of a life saver (especially for me) for fantasy football owners who drafted the likes of Phillip Rivers, Roethlisberger, Vick, and Romo. Continue to roll with Luck through the playoffs as he faces a bad secondary in week 15 against Houston and week 16 against Kansas City. Luck is playing at home and has the ability to toss for 300+ and 3 TD’s this week.

 

Josh Freeman: I will go out on a limb and say this is a must start if you have the option. Due to the lackluster performance and pure inability to defend against the pass, Freeman should have a field day against the Eagles. Philadelphia’s secondary has given up back to back 300+ yard games to Tony Romo and Cam Newton. I don’t see Freeman doing any less than that. Freeman has since cooled off after his 6 week long run of 22 fantasy points or more, but the matchup against the Eagles is just too desirable. Play fantasy games to summon Freeman from your bench to your starting QB spot will not only launch yourself into the playoffs, but it will give you a great option in the playoff upcoming weeks. Freeman should overpass 300 yards and 3 TD’s with ease this week.

 

Colin Kaepernick: Since Harbaugh has named Kaepernick the starter, he hasn’t underperformed or over performed in any way. Has he overachieved? Definitely. Miami ranks 27th in the league against the pass giving up 257.7 yards per game while ranking 8th in the league against the run. Given Miami’s stingy run defense, Kaepernick should have many opportunities to prove what he can do with his cannon of an arm. Kaepernick has the Vick gene in him and can rip up the grass for 75+ yards on the ground along with his passing ability. In the past 2 games, Kaepernick has rushed for over 100 yards and has passed for over 500. This week against Miami should give Kaepernick 200+ passing yards and 2 TD’s alongside 70+ rushing yards.

 

Sit:

Matthew Stafford: Coming off two straight weeks with 300+ yard games, one with over 440 yards, Stafford looks to continue his hot streak against a mediocre pass defense at Lambeau field against the Green Bay Packers. In their last matchup in week 11, Stafford was held to only 260+ yards with 1 TD and 2 INT’s where he only completed 40% of his passes. Given that Stafford has been one of the hottest QB’s as of late, he’ll likely come back down to Earth and buckle with the pressure as it is a nationally televised game Sunday night. Stafford will definitely throw for nearly or more than 50 passes this game, but I do not see him throwing for 300 yards and 2 TD’s,  expect a below average game from Stafford.

 

Tony Romo: Romo has also been quite the fantasy football stud these past two weeks against the Eagles and the Redskins, but then again, those are two of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. He matches up against a stingy Bengals defense who have been hard on QB’s this year. In the Bengals last 9 games, only one QB has surpassed 20 fantasy points and that’s the almighty Peyton Manning. The Bengals secondary ranks eleventhin the NFL only giving up 221 yards per game with an astonishing low 13 TD’s on the year. Do not expect a big game from Romo or you will be highly disappointed. Expect 225 yards and 1 TD with 3 interceptions.


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