Start ’em, Week 14

This is possibly the most important week for your fantasy team thus far, so choose wisely when assembling your lineup this week. Without further ado, here are the must-starts for week 14:

Start ’em

QB

1. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay has taken two tough losses in consecutive weeks, and Freeman has not played spectacular. However, against an Eagles defense that has made Tony Romo and Cam Newton look like hall of famers in the past 2 weeks, Freeman should be able to get back on track, and then some. OPPONENT – Philadelphia Eagles (3-9)

2. Russell Wilson – The rookie out of Wisconsin has been absolutely terrific throughout his past 4 games, throwing for 9 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. It is very hard for a rookie to not throw an interception in a game, much less 4 in a row. This mistake free football coupled with a home game against the Cardinals should make for a stellar fantasy performance. OPPONENT – Arizona Cardinals (4-8)

Russell Wilson highlights from his signature win in week 13

Russell Wilson highlights from his signature win in week 13

3. Sam Bradford – The Rams are coming off of a big win against the division rival 49ers, and the game against Buffalo this week should be an easier one. Bradford has been pretty average this year, but I expect him to break out against the NFL’s 24th ranked defense. His team has momentum and all the pieces are in place for a signature game for the former number 1 overall pick. OPPONENT – Buffalo Bills (5-7)

RB

1. Alfred Morris – Like I have said before, a game against the Ravens seems like a tough one for the opposing offense based on reputation alone. However, Baltimore actually owns the 25th ranked defense in the NFL, and news just got worse with Terrell Suggs out for the year. Morris has been sensational during the Redskins 3 game winning steak, rushing for 313 yards and a touchdown. Expect more of the same to continue against a weak Ravens defense. OPPONENT – Baltimore Ravens (9-3)

2. Michael Turner – I am a big believer in trends, and Turner has one working in his favor lately. While he has not gotten the yardage that his fantasy owners have wished, he has scored a touchdown in 3 straight games, and this almost always makes a running backs week worth a start. He also ran for 83 yards on 6.9 yards per carry last week against New Orleans, so I envision a similar output against the Panthers. OPPONENT – Carolina Panthers (3-9)

Michael Turner scores the go ahead touchdown against the Buccaneers

Michael Turner scores the go ahead touchdown against the Buccaneers

3. Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw took full advantage of the absence of Andre Brown under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. Despite a Giants loss, Bradshaw had over 100 yards rushing, and now he gets to play the Saints and their league worst defense this week. New Orleans will be reeling after a terrible performance last Thursday night, Andre Brown is not coming back any time soon, and Bradshaw looked very explosive against the Redskins. All of these reasons will combine for another productive week for the Giants running back. OPPONENT – New Orleans Saints (5-7)

WR

1. Demaryius Thomas – It has been a busy week for Thomas. Less than a week after he found out that he was on fantasysportslockerroom’s Start ’em list for week 13, he goes out and scores 21 fantasy points. Now he has a quick turn around against the Raiders on Thursday night. His monster game against Tampa Bay plus a game against an even worse defense this week should provide the way for an automatic start for Thomas. I expect nothing less than another outstanding performance from the Broncos wide-out. OPPONENT – Oakland Raiders (3-9)

2. Lance Moore – Moore has been a stud in his past 4 games, becoming one of Drew Brees’ favorite targets along the way. He caught 7 passes for 123 yards in Brees’ dreadful performance against Atlanta. However, Brees will turn things around against the Giants defense that looked to be some form of incompetent against RGIII on MNF. This means more good things (catches, touchdowns, etc.) will come Moore’s way on Sunday. OPPONENT – New York Giants (7-5)

3. Anquan Boldin – Though Boldin has not showed incredible production this year, he has been a solid option, and he is getting looked to by Joe Flacco a lot. Anquan has been targeted 32 times in their past 3 games, and playing a suspect Redskins defense in week 14, I believe those targets will turn into what all owners hope for: catches, yards, and touchdowns.The Ravens are going to need to throw the ball to keep up with RGIII, and Boldin will be the recipient of a lot of Flacco’s passes. OPPONENT – Washington Redskins (6-6)

Good luck this week in your first playoff game that will ultimately lead to a fantasy championship!

-Fantasy Sports Locker Room

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