Sunday Football Fantasy Versus | Week 14
Every week fantasy owners struggle with a few tough calls on their fantasy rosters, and each week we do our best to answer some of those difficult situations with this column.
With the fantasy playoffs underway for most leagues, now is the time when a lot of owners panic and/or face their most crucial decisions.
Here are some of the toughest fantasy calls for Week 14, along with our analysis and picks:
Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders vs. Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos
Tebow is a safe bet for 16-20 fantasy points each week, but he gets the Bears this week, which has to be his toughest matchup to date. Palmer has been shaky lately, but he’s facing a weak Packers pass defense that keeps giving up yardage through the air. I’ll take Palmer by a hair.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas Cowboys vs. Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders
Murray faces a pretty suspect Giants run defense, while Bush gets yet another start in place of the injured Darren McFadden. Murray was off last week, but I think he’ll be relied on again in a big game for the Cowboys. Give the start to Murray.
Toby Gerhart, RB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Darren Sproles, RB, New Orleans Saints
Sproles will be very active today with Mark Ingram out, but after a solid outing last week, I’m going with Gerhart this week against a slouching Lions run defense. Adrian Peterson remains on the sidelines, giving Gerthart nice value.
Miles Austin, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs. Laurent Robinson, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Austin is back and Robinson is dealing with an injury. Austin should be your guy, if only by default this week.
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers vs. Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins
I like both receivers this week, as they have very solid matchups. However, I anticipate the Redskins having to throw more in a potential shootout with the Patriots. I’d go with Moss this week.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets
Michael Vick is back, which means Celek’s value could see a small spike. Keller is hit or miss, so I’ll go with Celek this week.
Chicago Bears Team Defense vs. Seattle Seahawks Team Defense
You’d think the Bears defense is the logical choice, but the Rams may be without a competent quarterback on Monday night. Seattle’s defense is tough enough as it is, so I think they’re a sneaky play this week. Besides, Chicago’s defense doesn’t get bonus credit for shutting down Tyler Palko last week.