Fantasy Football: Week 14 preview

A bounty of points await you

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Four games in Week 14 should offer a bounty of points for fantasy teams still trying to make the playoffs. Detroit at Philadelphia, Atlanta at Green Bay, Tennessee at Denver, and Dallas at Chicago are all good bets to light up the scoreboard like the Christmas tree you'll probably get stuck decorating instead of watching the games on Sunday. Each game offers either a defense among the worst in the league or else Peyton Manning at quarterback.

Detroit allows an average of 86.6 yards per game to the opposing team's No. 1 wide receiver and 61.4 yard per game to the No. 2 receiver which should mean Philadelphia wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper are good plays this week. On the other hand, Detroit's rush defense is just dirty. Expect them to shoot down LeSean McCoy.

Philadelphia's pass defense is just as bad as Detroit's, but their rushing defense is worse. They allow 83, 57, and 85 yards per game to the opponent's first, second, and third wide receivers respectively. Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush should find plenty of room to operate.

The status of Aaron Rodgers for Sunday's game against Atlanta is still up in the air, but you'll want to start Jordy Nelson, anyway. Even Matt Flynn should be able to put up decent stats against the league's second worst defense over the past few weeks. The Falcons gave up 163 yards to CJ Spiller last week, so put Eddie Lacy in your lineup, as well. On the other side of the ball, Roddy White may finally be healthy. Last week, he posted 143 yards on 10 catches against the Bills. Remember that Green Bay allowed Colin Kaepernick to scorch them for 412 yards. It's the only regular season game with more than 300 yards passing of his career. You may want to put Matt Ryan in your lineup too.

It's negative 7 degrees in Denver as I type this. The Titans are praying that the cold will linger because the weather is the only thing that will stop Peyton Manning. After two sub-par games, including less than 200 yards passing at New England, the temperatures across the country rose and so did Peyton's stats. He destroyed the Chiefs defense last week with 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. If it warms up again before Sunday, the only question with Denver is deciding which wide receiver he'll favor. Tennessee allows more passing yardage to tight ends and running backs than to receivers, therefore I expect Julius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno to get a good deal of the work even though both are dealing with injuries.

Finally, the Monday Night game features Dallas at Chicago. Both teams have skilled offense players and poor defenses. Dallas is the worst team in the league against No. 2 wide receivers, so Alshon Jeffery is a solid play once again this week. Josh McCown is proven that he's a quality backup in this league, and he should take advantage of the Dallas defense. Dallas' rushing defense is also very poor so the only thing that might keep Matt Forte from a big week is if Chicago falls behind and is forced to abandon the running game. That's a strong possibility considering Chicago's rush defense, so start DeMarco Murray this week. Their passing defense is a bit better but they still allow nearly 8 receptions and 80 yards per game to opponent's tight ends. Jason Witten might be up for a big game, too.

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