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Week 14 – QB Rankings

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It’s been a tough season for fantasy owners who invested a high pick in Cam Newton. The second-year quarterback has struggled but based on his recent play it appears he’s ready to pull out his sophomore slump. Over the past two games Newton has 532-yards passing, five touchdown passes with zero interceptions to go with 130-yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.

Granted Newton has faced the Eagles and Chiefs while putting those numbers together and this week promises to give him a tougher matchup as Carolina heads back home to play the Falcons. Then again, perhaps not as one of Newton’s finer performances of the season came in Atlanta when he posted two touchdown passes, no interceptions with 86-yards on the ground and a touchdown run.

What I like about Newton in recent weeks is he appears to be playing with more confidence much like we saw from him last year. When playing well we know Newton can be one of the elite players in fantasy football leagues so let’s keep him in the lineup.

What Did We Learn From Week 13?

– We should never be disappointed with a three touchdown effort from a quarterback, but I was a little down that Peyton Manning only had 242-yards passing in what looked like a shootout on paper against the Buccaneers. After Manning threw his three touchdowns, it was a Von Miller interception return for a touchdown that played a big hand in Manning’s turning under 300-yards.

Another terrific matchup against the Raiders on Thursday, Manning will remain as a top five fantasy quarterback this week.

– While Colin Kaepernick didn’t throw an interception against the Rams and ran for 84-yards, he also failed to find the end zone on the ground or through the air. What Kaepernick did do was make a horrible toss back to Ted Ginn on a pitch play which resulted in a defensive touchdown, helping the Rams score their only touchdown of the game, and eventually giving them a chance to win in overtime.

Kaepernick will make some big plays, but we have to be a little cautious about using him in the fantasy playoffs at this point. Thankfully he plays a home game against a Dolphins secondary that can be taken advantage of, a be it they did a respectable job last week in a game against Tom Brady.

Unless you have another reliable option at the quarterback position, Kapernick’s upside is still worthy of placing in the lineup.

Sean’s Week 14 Watch List

– Matt Ryan has struggled to put the football in the end zone over the past month and thus he’s fallen out of the top six quarterbacks on my list for the first time this season. Playing against a suspect defense in Carolina, we should expect Ryan to rebound but then again, Carolina did a good job of roughing up Ryan in their first meeting.

Hopefully the extra time off helped Julio Jones because we need to see an effort from the second-year receiver that was more like his game against the Buccaneers week 12, rather than his Thursday night game against the Saints last week.

– Protection problems and a banged up receiving core keep Aaron Rodgers out of the top five quarterbacks going forward. Expect the Packers to continue to lean on the running game and Jermichael Finley more in up-coming games. With Jordy Nelson nursing a bad hamstring, Green Bay needs Greg Jennings to return to his Pro Bowl form soon.

Week 14 Standard Rankings – QB | RB | WR | TE | Flex | K | D | Waivers | Start – Sit |

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1 Tom Brady Texans
2 Peyton Manning @ Raiders
3 Drew Brees @ Giants
4 Robert Griffin III Ravens
5 Cam Newton Falcons
6 Matthew Stafford @ Packers
7 Aaron Rodgers Lions
8 Eli Manning Saints
9 Andrew Luck Titans
10 Matt Ryan @ Panthers
11 Matt Schaub @ Patriots
12 Josh Freeman Eagles
13 Andy Dalton Cowboys
14 Colin Kaepernick Dolphins
15 Carson Palmer Broncos
16 Tony Romo @ Bengals
17 Joe Flacco @ Redskins

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