Week 14 Start’em Sit’em – Playoff Edition
It’s time to get ready for the fantasy football playoffs as many leagues will start this week. For many fantasy owners, the best advice, I can give you is to keep rolling with the studs that have gotten you this far. Some may have doubts about players on the Broncos because of the firing of Josh McDaniels but I’m sure fantasy owners can expect Brandon Lloyd and Knowshon Moreno to stay productive.
Speaking of Moreno, the new head coach is supposed to be the former running backs’ coach, so I would imagine you will see him get twenty plus touches a game moving forward.
Kyle Orton @ Cardinals: Staying with the Broncos, I would keep Kyle Orton in the lineup if only because of the team he faces this week. The Cardinals are horrible and that won’t change coming into this contest. Look for Orton to put up respectable numbers even with a new head coach.
Eli Manning @ Vikings: The Giants have had their problems with the Vikings over the past few seasons and Eli Manning hasn’t posted big numbers of late. Look for the Giants to keep the football on the ground, even if they do get Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks back from injury.
Ray Rice @ Texans: Fantasy owners with Ray Rice have to be fed up with his production by now. If your team is in the playoffs after his bust numbers, consider it a reflection of your fantasy IQ to find other players that can make your team a winner.
Rice isn’t an every week play at this point, but he is a must start against the Texans as he should post a touchdown and well over 100 total yards.
Jonathan Stewart vs Falcons: It’s December and that means Jonathan Stewart is ready to show up and play some great football. This has been a lost year for the Panthers but their rushing attack has been strong over the past few weeks and Mike Goodson will be slowed from a knee injury against the Seahawks.
Look for Stewart to have over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown score.
Cedric Benson @ Steelers: The Bengals are horrible and might not even put up a fight against the Steelers this week. With a defense that can’t stop the run or the deep ball, Pittsburgh will gash this team early and often.
Sidney Rice vs Giants: The Vikings’ star receiver Sidney Rice broke out with a huge game against the Bills last week. With over 100 yards and two fantastic touchdown grabs, it looks like Rice is back to normal and should be viewed as a top twenty-five receiver going forward.
Steve Smith (NY) & Brandon Marshall: Both receivers could come back to action this week, but you should give them a week to prove they are fully healthy. Expect Marshall and Smith to have problems playing every snap for at least one week.
NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com