Fantasy Football Bold Moves | Week 14
Week 13 did not treat me very well in Bold Moves. In fact, only one of my selections actually netted positive points on my end, as the rest failed big time.
Vince Young was harassed all night long by the Seattle defense, en route to him scoring just seven fantasy points, compared to Big Ben’s 15.
Rashard Mendenhall was useless against the Bengals outside of his two touchdowns, but they lifted him over Toby Gerhart’s solid 13 points.
Jordy Nelson was well worth the start, getting nine points compared to Steve Smith’s three, but starting Brent Celek over the struggling Jermichael Finley netted a 11 point loss.
Finally, the Patriots defense couldn’t do against Dan Orlovsky what they did to Tyler Palko, gaining just three fantasy points compared to San Francisco’s 16.
Surely I will rebound this week in Fantasy Football Bold Moves | Week 14:
Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins over Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Like we mentioned in Risk vs. Reward, Grossman’s match-up against the Patriots is quite solid.
The Patriots giving up over 350 yards to Dan Orlovsky tells the entire story, and Matt Ryan is unlikely to have a big game with Michael Turner hogging the ball on the ground.
Give me Grossman’s potential over the Falcons likely beating up on the Panthers with the running game. The Redskins will have to throw to win and keep up with New England’s offense.
Marion Barber, RB, Chicago Bears over Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams
This seems like a very poor choice, but the Seahawks have been all over opposing teams on the ground in the last two seasons.
Look for Barber to get a very solid amount of carries and take advantage of a Denver run defense that still has some holes and gave up over 90 yards against Toby Gerhart.
Jackson has been held to seven fantasy points or less in each of his last three match-ups, one of which came against Seattle who held him to five.
Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens over Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints
I can’t resist a match-up featuring Anquan Boldin over a team with zero cornerbacks. Jerraud Powers just went down for the Colts, leaving them with even less depth to cover the opposition.
Now this could be a brutal game for the Colts in terms of shutting down Ray Rice, but look for Flacco to find Boldin and Torrey Smith early on.
Marques Colston’s match-up against the Titans leaves more to be desired and we all know how the ball gets spread around in New Orleans. I wouldn’t take the risk if you have a guy like Boldin this week.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals over Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Even though Celek gets Michael Vick back, I still have to take Gresham this week. Andy Dalton is going to have to throw the football quite a bit to beat Houston, as we know Cedric Benson will do nothing on the ground.
If Cincinnati’s defense can remotely keep Arian Foster from getting consistent first downs, and create three and outs, they’ll have the ball more and Gresham should see more targets.
I think Philadelphia is going to take on Miami with the running game of LeSean McCoy, while Vick tries to resurrect DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin (assuming he plays).
Kansas City Chiefs Defense over New England Patriots Defense
The Chiefs defense has been quite solid in recent weeks and gets to face a mediocre New York Jets offense.
The Patriots have had some surprising fantasy numbers despite the fact that they are terrible, but this week the nod goes to the Chiefs.
While I don’t think Washington’s offense is that scary, the Patriots will likely fare worse than the Jets did, who gave up 19 points to them.
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