2011 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 14 Last Minute Suggestions

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Forum Question: Which WR would you start in Week 14, Torrey Smith (vs.Ind) or Doug Baldwin (vs.StL), or Jeremy Maclin (@Mia)? (view post by rickeyp)

FST_Brent: I would rank them accordingly. Maclin – if he plays and regardless if Vick plays or not (really looking like he is a go). Smith – he has had almost as many points per game as Boldin but he is a big hit or miss guy and I like the match up this week. Baldwin – Hit or miss but much more often miss than hit.

FST_Dustin: Baldwin is too risky at this point so I am between Maclin and Torrey Smith. If Maclin plays I think he is your man. He has a decent matchup and he is clearly the favorite target of Vick (assuming Vick plays). If Maclin doesn’t play then I think Smith is a decent option. One guy I do like more than Smith this week if he is available is Heyward-Bey. There are a lot of banged up Raider receivers this week and Heyward-Bey might get a few more targets as the Raiders try to keep up with the Packers.

FST_Mike: I agree, it’s between Smith and Maclin for the top spot. Since Smith is more of a deep threat, he has been hit or miss this season, but against the Colts this week I think it will be a hit. Obviously keep a close watch on the injury report for Maclin, but if it sounds like he’ll be ready to go I would start him over Smith.

Forum Question: Which QB would you start in Week 14, Matt Ryan (@Car) or Michael Vick (@Mia)? (view post by conorn98)

FST_Brent: I am not a big fan of Matty Ice’s match-up and if you drafted Vick in the first or the second round it is due to this blow-up potential. I would not leave that upside on my bench and start Vick.

FST_Dustin: If the pre-game reports sound like Vick is pretty much 100% then I don’t see how you can pass on his upside. Those extra points he adds with his legs add so much to his potential each week. The Dolphins D has been playing ok lately, but I don’t think Vick and the Eagles will have a hard time moving the ball. The thing that scares me with Ryan is that we might get a heavy dose of Turner week 14 since Carolina is terrible against the run.

FST_Mike: Very close call here. I like Vick’s upside, but Miami’s underrated defense is hot right now, which makes him a very risky start this week. Also, keep in mind that Vick only had three TD passes and four picks in four games before his latest injury. I think Matt Ryan is a safer start but that comes with a lower ceiling.

Forum Question: Which WR would you start in Week 14, Damian Williams (vs.NO) or Dwayne Bowe (@NYJ)? (view post by Reggie6801)

FST_Brent: Tyler Palko is just terrible and will continue to start and be terrible this week since Orton will be out with a finger injury. Combine the fact that Revis will be on Bowe and I just don’t see how you can start him.

FST_Dustin: I really like Williams this week. The Titans should be playing catchup and throwing a ton and I like the potential of Williams getting a lot of targets. Bowe should get a lot of targets as well, but I think Williams has a much bigger upside and a better chance of finding the endzone.

FST_Mike: I think I’d rather take my chances with Williams. Tyler Palko at QB with Revis Island equals bench for Bowe in my opinion. Williams also has a nice matchup against the Saints since the Titans will likely have to pass a lot to keep pace in that game.

Forum Question: Which RB would you start in Week 14, Roy Helu (vs.NE) or Willis McGahee (vs.Chi)? (view post by mdy18)

FST_Brent: It is a match-up thing for me as well. I would roll with Helu (who got a million touches last week) vs a bad Pats Defense.

FST_Dustin: This is a close one I am going to add this as a poll question on our homepage. I think McGahee is the much safer play, but I think Helu has the bigger upside. The Patriots give up a lot of yards on D and I expect Helu to get a ton of receptions. I normally like to take the gamble, so my pick would be to go with Helu.

FST_Mike: I like Helu this week, especially in a PPR league. Even if the Skins go down early, he’ll be heavily involved in the passing game. McGahee is still a decent start and a safe bet for 20 touches a game, but I like Helu’s upside more this week.

Forum Question: Which WR would you start in Week 14, Santana Moss (vs.NE) or Damian Williams (vs.NO)? (view post by NyanCat)

FST_Brent: Out of the two WRs I think I would roll with Moss – everyone just seems to blow up vs the Pats.

FST_Dustin: I love Williams this week, but I think Moss is the safer play. The Redskins are going to have to pass a ton and with Davis out they are going to have to rely on Moss even more.

FST_Mike: Both have nice matchups this week since I think both the Redskins and the Titans will have to throw a lot to keep pace with the Patriots and Saints. However, I think the safer play is Moss, especially with Fred Davis out of the lineup.

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