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Fantasy Sports Empires - Week 14 Game Plan
Top Waiver Wire Pickups of The Week
Michael Crabtree (WR – SF) – Crabtree is owned in 47% of Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues. He made his season debut in week 13 with 2 receptions for 68 yards. Stash him on your bench until week 16 when he faces the Atlanta Falcons.
Donald Brown (RB – IND) - Brown is owned in 44% of Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues. Trent Richardson is pretty much benched for the rest of this season due to poor performance. Brown rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in week 13.
Weekly Start/Sit/Sleeper Recommendations
Nick Foles (PHI vs. DET) – Over the past 4 games, Nick Foles has averaged 35.2 fantasy points per game. He is going up against a Detroit defense that gives up the 11th most fantasy points to the QB position.
Colin Kaepernick (SF vs. SEA) – It’s hard to say that you should sit a stud QB in the first week of the playoffs, but if you have a better matchup this week, then I would bench Kaepernick. He goes up against Seattle where he had 8.8 fantasy points back in week 2.
Josh McCown or Jay Cutler (CHI vs. DAL) – Jay Cutler returns from 3 missed games and may have an opportunity to have a big fantasy game at Minnesota this week, but has not yet been medically cleared. Both McCown and Cutler have 2 great wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Minnesota gives up the 2nd most fantasy points to the QB position. Keep monitoring this situation all week.
Jamaal Charles (KC at WAS) – Over the past 2 games, Charles has averaged 1.5 TDs per game, and 25.8 fantasy points per game. He faces a Washington Defense that gave up to rushing TDs to the New York Giants’ Andre Brown. And let’s face the face that Washington is done for this season after the loss to the Giants.
Rashard Jennings (OAK at NYJ) – Jennings has averaged 19.9 fantasy points in the last 5 games since taking over for the injured Darren McFadden, but he suffered a concussion on the final drive of the Thanksgiving game against Dallas. Not only does he need to clear the NFL concussion protocol testing this week, but he faces the New York Jets who give up the fewest fantasy points to the RB position.
Montee Ball (DEN vs. TEN) - Montee Ball rushed 13 times for 117 yards for 13.1 fantasy points in week 13 against Kansas City. He is a nice compliment to Knowshon Moreno in the Denver running game. Tennessee gives up the 3rd most fantasy points to the RB position.
Alshon Jeffery (CHI vs. DAL) and Josh Gordon (CLE at NE) – In week 13, Jeffery had 48.9 fantasy points (249 yards and 2 TDs), while Josh Gordon had 48.1 fantasy points (261 yards and 2 TDs). These guys are a must start the rest of the season.
Hakeem Nicks (NYG at SD) – Only 2 receptions for 34 yards in week 13 at Washington. Number of TDs on the season = 0. He should be dropped in every league that he is owned in. Why is he still owned in 84% of Yahoo Fantasy Football Leagues?
Julian Edelman (NE vs. CLE) – Owned in 54% of Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues, Edelman has emerged as one of Tom Brady’s favorite receivers. Edelman has averaged 16.5 fantasy points over the past 2 weeks.
Jimmy Graham (NO vs. CAR) – Graham was held in check on Monday night football at Seattle, but look for him and Drew Brees to get back on track at home this week against Carolina. Over the past 4 weeks, Graham is 2nd in fantasy points for a TE with 36.2.
Charles Clay (MIA at PIT) – Clay has been inconsistent all season and the matchup at Pittsburgh is not a favorable one. Pittsburgh gives up the 10th fewest fantasy points to the TE position.
Dennis Pitta (BAL vs. MIN) – He could be activated by the end of this week. It is a risky play, but Pitta could have a big fantasy day in his return against a Minnesota defense that gives up the 5th most fantasy points to the TE position.
Kansas City Defense (vs. WAS) – Kansas City leads all defenses this season with 156 fantasy points, but recently ran up against Peyton Manning twice and Philip Rivers once. They travel to play the hapless Redskins this week.
Carolina Defense (at NO) – They have been a good defense all season, ranking 2nd overall with 147 fantasy points, but have to travel to New Orleans. The Saints are coming off an embarrassing loss at Seattle and the New Orleans home crowd will play a factor. This is one matchup I would avoid this week. New Orleans gives up the fewest fantasy points to the DEF position.
Oakland Defense (at NYJ) – Over the past 3 week, the New York Jet offense has averaged 17.3 fantasy points to opposing defenses. For the season, New York gives up the 3rd most fantasy points to the DEF position. In only 3 games this season have opposing defenses had less than 10 fantasy points versus the Jets.
Justin Tucker (BAL vs. MIN) – Averaged 26 fantasy points over the past 2 weeks, so you must start him this week against Minnesota. The Vikings are the 5th worst team in fantasy against kickers.
Adam Vinatieri (IND at CIN) – Despite a 5 field goal performance last week, he has to travel to Cincinnati where they are one of the toughest defenses against kickers this season.
Garrett Hartley (NO vs. CAR) – Kicking indoors in New Orleans this week versus outdoors at Seattle last week will do wonders for a kicker.
Week 14 Schedule
Thursday, December 5 TIME (ET) TV LOCATION
Houston at Jacksonville 8:25 PM NFL EverBank Field
Sunday, December 8 TIME (ET) TV LOCATION
Indianapolis at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS Paul Brown Stadium
Buffalo at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM CBS RayMondayd James Stadium
Kansas City at Washington 1:00 PM CBS FedEx Field
Minnesota at Baltimore 1:00 PM FOX M&T Bank Stadium
Cleveland at New England 1:00 PM CBS Gillette Stadium
Atlanta at Green Bay 1:00 PM NBC Lambeau Field
Oakland at NY Jets 1:00 PM CBS MetLife Stadium
Detroit at Philadelphia 1:00 PM FOX Lincoln Financial Field
Miami at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS Heinz Field
Tennessee at Denver 4:05 PM CBS Sports Authority Field at Mile High
NY Giants at San Diego 4:25 PM FOX Qualcomm Stadium
Seattle at San Francisco 4:25 PM FOX Candlestick Park
St. Louis at Arizona 4:25 PM FOX U of Phoenix Stadium
Carolina at New Orleans 8:30 PM FOX Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Monday, December 9 TIME (ET) TV LOCATION
Dallas at Chicago 8:30 PM ESPN Soldier Field
How the Empire Evolved (About Jeff Boggis)
Eleven years ago I got my start playing fantasy baseball and football totally by chance as a way to make new friends at my company. I became instantly hooked, overly competitive, and learned a lot along the way to winning and sometimes not winning my fantasy leagues. I began to write content and provide analysis to Brendan Roberts at Sporting News (now at ESPN) and it lead to two years of providing guest articles about fantasy baseball and football. It was Brendan that gave me my nickname “The Sultan of Stats” and the name stuck. I then went on to write a weekly minor league column for Pro Fantasy Sports, and in 2007 created the Fantasy Sports Empires website, which features written articles and podcasts for both fantasy baseball and fantasy football. My niche is the creation of a fantasy football and fantasy baseball spreadsheet to help league managers prepare for their league drafts.
I have expanded my Empire from podcasting into radio. This is my sixth season as fantasy football commissioner of Atlanta’s top rock radio station (Rock 100.5 The Regular Guys Show) which features a number of celebrities. Please visit the website for details of the league mangers. Each fantasy football season I can be heard each Thursday morning at 8 PM ET for a weekly fantasy football segment on the T&A Morning Show in Myrtle Beach, SC. I have also appeared recently on the SiriusXM fantasy sports radio show as a guest on Lenny Melnick’s fantasy baseball show.
I am featured on the Fantasy Pros Website each season as one of the top 100 fantasy baseball experts.
My latest achievement is serving as the secretary for the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association Executive Committee. Said FSWA President Mike Beacom, "I've known Jeff for many years and trust he will do a fantastic job for us." My primary duties as FSWA secretary are generating content for the FSWA website and FSWA social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook. The best part of working for the FSWA is that I get to interview the top fantasy sports people in the business. I’ve interviewed Alex Beckey of Baseball HQ, fantasy baseball legend Lenny Melnick, and am interviewing Matthew Berry for his upcoming book “Fantasy Life”
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