2011 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 14 Quick Hits

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  • I want to see Jason Garrett’s Princeton diploma. I cannot imagine how someone who is that smart would make one of the dumbest calls EVER! Why would he possibly want to ice his own kicker by calling timeout? Why would he not drive down the field to get closer for the game winning FG? As for kickers, Dan Bailey’s shanks yesterday should prove that there is no reason to take a kicker early in any Fantasy draft.
  • Michael Bush owners need not panic: the Miami Dolphins run defense is very good. The Dolphins are joined by the 49ers, Seahawks, and Bengals as run defenses to avoid.
  • Say it with me, Te-Bow, Te-Bow. Was there a reason that WR Demaryius Thomas was that open all game long. You would think that former CB, and now Vikings Coach, Leslie Frazier would figure out to put a man on him.
  • Where have the Colts been hiding QB Dan Orlovsky? He looked so good Sunday that there is a small chance they may win a game. Then again, the Patriots pass defense is truly horrific.
  • The Bengals are going to be good, but the Steelers are just a bit better right now. Mike Wallace’s and Rashard Mendenhall’s two TDs each should prove to Fantasy owners that studs cannot be benched regardless of the matchup.
  • Texans QB T.J. Yates played better than I expected, but if he keeps throwing the ball high over the middle, he is going to get one of his receivers badly injured.
  • The biggest difference in the Cardinals this week was that QB Kevin Kolb was able to get his other WRs, specifically Andre Roberts and Early Doucet, into the flow of the game. This can only help Larry Fitzgerald in the long run.
  • Looking for two sneaky RB pickups: take a close look at Brandon Saine of the Packers and Khalil Bell of the Bears. Saine will gain time from James Starks’ injury and Ryan Grant’s ineptitude while Bell will benefit from Matt Forte’s injury.
  • Speaking of Matt Forte–he really dodged a bullet with the MCL injury. Bet you that he doesn’t return this year until the Bears take care of his contract situation.
  • Raheem Morris’ job is hanging by a thread in Tampa. The Buccaneers got blown out at home, couldn’t generate any offense, and looked pathetic in trying to stop the Panthers’ running attack. Buccaneers backup QB Josh Johnson looked decent though and may have a chance to earn a full-time job next year after free agency.
  • I am not as concerned about Falcons RB Michael Turner’s groin as you might think. He suffered yesterday not because of injury, but because the Texans sustained 19 play drives and the Falcons were forced to pass more than they wanted.
  • Big game for the Detroit Lions next week. If they want to beat the Vikings, the will have to avoid silly penalties (Nate Burleson’s three pass interference calls), and QB Matthew Stafford is going to need to regain his early season form.

The Doctor is out…

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