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Week 14 is here to roller coaster your emotions. Besides keeping my teams in line and writing about football I’ve also got this real job thing with the teaching of art school nerds (I was one too so I can make fun of them and do often). We are just finishing up the semester and I can tell you that I am ready to watch some football without grading or lesson planning hanging over my head!  Today will be the last day of the take my real job work home with me football Sunday so that’s pretty awesome.  Yeah real jobs suck. If writing about fantasy football was a real job it would start to suck as well. And that kind of sucks. But thankfully we have real and fake football to distract us from those kinds of things today! So I’m going to sit back and yell at my TV while Rex Grossman is picked 8 times and throws for negative yardage because I am starting his dumb arse! And that will lead to me drinking my newly purchased Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and then burning my students papers in a ritual bonfire in protest.

Here are some sleeper types who are no longer sleepers because people have been talking about them as sleepers all week long but I don’t care I’m going to call them sleepers anyway:

Damian Williams: Nate Washington is hurting and hasn’t practiced. He still may gut it out but Williams is the guy to play this week. He’s been leading in targets for the Titans and gets a Saints’ pass defense that is giving up huge yardage. In the last 4 games wide receivers are averaging a league high 236 receiving yards a game. Drew Brees should be able to do his normal slaughtering of the laws of physics and passing ability and throw on the Titans which will mean Matthew Hasselbeck will need to throw a lot to pretend like he can keep up.

Rexroth Grossman: Yeah, you all know he’s a sleeper this week due to the fact that Dan Orlovsky threw for a crap-ton of yards and even a couple touchdowns in garbage time. I do wish Fred Davis was still playing but I think Roy Helu will get plenty of dump off passes and his ability after the catch will help Grossy get some unearned yards and Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney are both capable especially against the Patriots.

Golden Tate: Talk about a turn of fortune for Mr. Tate. Ok, I will. He’s been a bust so far in his short career but last week he had a decent game but the real news from that game is that he was the #1 receiver. With Sid Rice gone Tate was the only receiver who was on the field for almost every play. The WR2 was split pretty much like a running back by committee. St. Louis has actually been fairly tough on #1 receivers but they aren’t Revising them and it’s not often you can find a #1 receiver just lying around in the scrap heap.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: I was impressed with his game against the Jets a couple weeks ago which was really just beyond amazing. The emergence of Brad Smith has helped and the loss of Fred Jackson actually helped force them to throw more (remember we are talking fake football here). In the last 7 weeks San Diego is giving up over 2 passing touchdowns a game and they are the 3rd worst in fantasy points given up to quarterbacks in that span. The Chargers are also the only team to give up 2 passing touchdowns to Blaine Gabbert.

Brad Smith: For the reasons above.

Nate Burleson: I think Matthew Stafford is going to destroy the Vikings pass defense and Calvin Johnson will be the guy but there should be plenty to go around and Burleson and Pettigrew both will have a good chance to get into the end zone (someone hobble Scheffler for me please).

Pierre Thomas: This one is kind of dicey sense even with Mark Ingram out there are plenty of backs in New Orleans who will take looks from him but he did get a touchdown both week 8 and 9 while Ingram was out last time. Darren Sproles and Chris Ivory get some looks but I think PT will be able to help your teams.

Michael Crabtree: The Cardinals have given up a ton of yardage to #1 receivers but not a lot of touchdowns. You could see that exact thing with Crabtree the last time the met in week 11 he had 7 receptions for 120 yards and no touchdowns. That to me is more luck than much else. Of course teams tighten up in the red zone but the 49ers have opened up their offense lately to test out their passing game now that they’ve got the division won.

Hot Links:

Evan Silva gives us his awesome Week 14 Matchups article once again all for the low low price of free!

Chuck Klosterman takes a look at what is up with all the Tim Tebow hate.

Some nerd looks at NFL receiver targets. I bet it takes him all day to put that shizz together. I’d bet a lot of money.

If you’ve ever spent even a half-second looking into how our brain works you’ve decided humans are really effed up. Renee Miller takes a looks at the intersection of neuroscience and fantasy football.

It’s always worth reading Pete Prisco’s film review of the past week.

The New Yorker meets Jon Gruden. That’s worth a read no matter where you’re from.

This is one of Carl’s better Locks this season. I laughed, I cried, I shared socially with media.

  1. Clueless says:
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    PPR….need to start 2 of these 4 RB’s

    M Bush
    S Greene
    D Sproles
    T Gerhart

    Thanks

  2. Joe from pt pleasant says:
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    need help with my lineup this week – PPR league

    RB2 – Grant, B Tate, Ivory, Saine (Pick 1)

    FLEX – S Moss, L Robinson, Manningham, Golden Tate (Pick 1)

    And for my other league non PPR:

    Who do u like better in a WR/TE spot… Steve Smith or Jermichael Finley?

    Thanks!

  3. Brian says:
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    Damian Williams, Manningham, or Robinson?

  4. barker says:
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    need help with wr3 spot and flex

    pick one wr manningham decker simpson

    then one flex kevin smith jacobs gresham manningham decker simpson
    ricky williams ( already starting ray rice )

  5. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    @Doc:10 team non ppr flex….Lloyd or Spiller?

    16 team non ppr flex….Donald Brown or DHB?

    8 team ppr flex(assumming AP DOESNT START)….Gates,Helu or Murray?….

    same league,if AP starts,he will probably be limited to some degree.Do I still have to start him ahead of any of these three?

    thnks.

  6. Howard says:
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    @Doc I’m going up against Brees in the playoffs and have to choose between Matt Moore and Hasselbeck or is it tomato/tomahto?

  7. Albert says:
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    Hey Doc, a little help, I’ve got to play 3 of these clowns:

    b. Lloyd (without Bradford?)
    laurent robinson
    miles Austin
    Deion branch
    lance Moore

    what do you think?

  8. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Ppr league, miles Austin or Willis McGhaee?

  9. elwood blues says:
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    Yeah, but would you start Damian over DeSean Jax?? (.05 ppr):

    QB-Rivers
    RB-Rice, MJD
    WR-Dez, V-Jax, and ???
    TE: I think I’ll go Fasano over Daniels here

    Thanks and Good Luck to Everyone in the Playoffs.

  10. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    12-team, 0.5ppr

    Pick THREE for this week:

    DJax @MIA
    Lloyd @SEA
    Laurent Robinson vs NYG
    Mike Williams (TB) @JAX
    Michael Crabtree @ARI

    Thanks!

  11. Mr2Bits says:
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    Doc : Need some last minute help on who to play in my PPR league.

    Pick 3
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    JStew
    Dexter McCluster
    Maurice Morris
    Toby Gerhart

    Pick 3
    Roddy White
    Santonio Holmes
    Michael Crabtree
    Damian Williams

    Again PPR league and thanks in advance.

  12. CL says:
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    Is Laurent Robinson playing in the 8pm game today? Or safer to go with Pettigrew at 1pm in my flex?

    10 team, 1 pt PPR.

    Thanks!

  13. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Mr2Bits: Morris, Bradshaw, Stew unless we hear that AP is out. White, Crabtree, Holmes

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Williams, Crabtree, DJax

    @elwood blues: I think I would lean Williams.

    @Frank Rizzo: McGahee

    @Albert: No easy answer there. I’d sit Moore and Branch

    @Howard: That is close for sure. Like the way Moore has been playing.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Spiller, DHB, Helu and I would play AP if he goes.

    @barker: Manny, Jacobs

    @Brian: Williams

    @Joe from pt pleasant: Saine, Moss, Smith

    @Clueless: Greene, Sproles

  14. principal blackman says:
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    Who do you bench out of these three in PPR?
    Nicks @ DAL
    White @ CAR
    Marshall v PHI

  15. The G says:
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    Doc,

    Cam Newton vs ATL or Tom Brady at WSH?

    Mendenhall did me dirty on Thurs, and i know im gna get Sonuvabenched by Demarco or Helu, but who wld u start, Demarco vs NYG or Helu vs NE?

    Thanks Doc! By the way, thank you for ur advice all season. I tied for first place, scored the most points, and picked Cam, Demarco, Helu, M Bush, and Pettigrew on waivers throughout the season.

    As a fellow teacher of 6th graders, drink up and burn all the papers!

  16. beardown says:
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    Mike Tolbert or DeSean Jackson in a standard league. Only FAs are Damian Williams, Demariyus Thomas and Aromashodu

  17. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @principal blackman: That’s really tough. I’d probably sit Marshall

    @The G: I like Newton but it’s insanely close. I’m starting Helu but it’s a toss up as well. Good luck!!

    @beardown: I think I’d lean Williams but Tolbert might be safer. Hard to trust DJax

  18. Antonio romonio says:
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    It all comes down to today. Non ppr flex spot: Laurent, Julio Jones, Stevie J or TB Mike Williams?

  19. Mr2Bits says:
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    @Doc:

    Looks like AP is out so I guess it would be Morris, Bradshaw and Gerhart?

  20. Vaporizers says:
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    Brad Smith or Chaz Schillens for today????

  21. jon jon says:
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    Hey Doc,
    Pierre Thomas or Laurent Robinson in the Flex. Non-PPR. Big thanks.

  22. Anthony says:
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    @Doc: Do you know a good site for fantasy football mock drafts? I know about mockdraftcentral but your only allowed 3 a week unless you have a paid subscription. My limit is up and so now im looking :| – Please let me know asap.

  23. CL says:
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    Doc: You miss my question #12? Thanks!

  24. Vaporizers says:
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    Thanks Doc, one more for you.

    Laurent Robinson or Golden Tate?

    Its my PM decision for the day.

  25. Doc

    Doc says:
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    @Vaporizers: Tough call. Tate is safer for looks.

    @jon jon: PT

    @CL: I think he’s playing but it’s hard to know how much work he’ll get. I’d lean Pettigrew.

  26. Anthony says:
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    @Doc: Do you know a good site for fantasy football mock drafts? I know about mockdraftcentral but your only allowed 3 a week unless you have a paid subscription. My limit is up and so now im looking :| – Please let me know asap.

  27. danimal35 says:
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    Last minute lineup advice…

    Bowe vs NYJ
    J Stewart vs ATL
    Boldin vs IND
    Fitzgerald vs SF

    pick two for a non-PPR league at WR and Flex spots

  28. Mr2Bits says:
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    You have got to be freaking kidding me with Morris getting injured. This is un-freaking believable. I have managed to own every injured back in the league this year. DMac, Forte, Bradshaw and now Morris….what a cursed year

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