FIRST AND TED:Digging deep pre-playoffs

Week 14 Tiered Rankings


December 04. 2013 1:01AM
By Ted Black Special to the Weekender




QB

Tier 1: M. Stafford, N. Foles, C. Palmer, P. Manning

Tier 2: T. Brady, D. Brees, A. Smith

Tier 3: R. Fitzpatrick, R. Griffin III, C. Newton

Tier 4: T. Romo, M. Ryan, C. Keenum, P. Rivers, A. Luck

RB

Tier 1: K. Moreno, J. Charles, M. Forte

Tier 2: D. Murray, M. Lynch, A. Brown, A. Peterson

Tier 3: B. Tate, C. Johnson, L. McCoy, L. Bell

Tier 4: Z. Stacy, A. Morris, B. Rainey, E. Lacy, R. Rice

Tier 5: S. Vereen, F. Gore, M. Jones-Drew, R. Jennings

WR

Tier 1: C. Johnson, J. Gordon

Tier 2: A. Jeffery, B. Marshall, L. Fitzgerald

Tier 3: P. Garcon, D. Jackson, A. Johnson

Tier 4: A.J. Green, T. Smith, M. Floyd, D. Thomas

Tier 5: E. Decker, W. Welker, A. Brown, R. White

Tier 6: V. Cruz, R. Cooper, V. Jackson, D. Bowe, J. Nelson

TE

Tier 1: R. Gronkowski, J. Graham

Tier 2: D. Walker, V. Davis, J. Reed (if healthy), J. Cook

Tier 3: C. Fleener, G. Graham, L. Green

Tier 4: J. Witten, T. Gonzalez, A. Fasano, J. Cameron, M. Bennett



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Well, the time has come. For most of us, Week 14 is the final week before the playoffs begin. This week hasn’t seen many breakout players on the waiver wire, so I had to dig a little bit deeper for you guys. If you have any questions about your team or you could use some start/sit advice before your playoff match-ups, feel free to send me an e-mail and I’ll do what I can to help!


Get ‘em while ya can:


Donald Brown (RB-Indianapolis): Donald Brown has been teaching Trent Richardson a thing or two about how to make the most of your opportunities in the Colts’ backfield. The only problem is that Richardson hasn’t been able to grasp any of these concepts. In Weeks 10, 11, and 13 Brown put together solid games with 12, 21, and 12 points. Brown seems to have earned most of the carries in the Colts’ backfield, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.


Ledarius Green (TE-San Diego): Green has been BURIED on the Chargers’ depth chart behind future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates. The young seam threat has made the most out of every opportunity the coaching staff has given him. Typically, when I evaluate players for this list I spend a lot of time focusing on percentage of snaps played and number of targets. Green hasn’t had many of either. I’m breaking my own rules here, but I absolutely LOVE what Green does when he gets the ball. He is an absolute beast and has speed that most tight ends can’t match. He is worth an add for a possible tight end boost in the playoffs.


Michael Crabtree (WR-San Francisco): I wasn’t going to include Crabtree this week because he feels like a bit of a no-brainer, but I noticed he is owned in only 47 percent of all Yahoo! fantasy leagues. He was actually only owned in 29 percent of leagues a day ago. I’m sure Crabtree will be eased into San Francisco’s offense, but in the midst of a battle for a playoff berth I don’t think San Francisco will hold him back too much. Look for him to be a high-end WR3/Flex play over the next few weeks.


Leave ‘em behind:


Zach Ertz (TE-Philadelphia): Ertz is one of the players I hate adding to this list. I liked Ertz last year when he played for Stanford and I think his ability is much better than his stat lines show. I just have a hard time trusting a guy with so many zeroes and ones on the fantasy scoreboard. Ertz only has three weeks this season where he scored more than three points. He makes a great redzone target and he seems to have great chemistry with Nick Foles, but I would stay away at this point. Nobody wants to see zeroes and ones come playoff time.


Rod Streater (WR-Oakland): Rod Streater has been a player many people have asked me about for the past few weeks. The Raiders have been getting plenty of local attention since Matt McGloin took over as starting quarterback, and this has led to increased interest in the Penn State alum’s offensive weapons. Streater has had a few solid games this year, but they seem to be few and far between. If I’m in a playoff hunt I don’t want to have my faith in a guy like Streater. There are surely better options on the waiver wire.


Stepfan Taylor (RB-Arizona): Taylor has gotten a few looks from fantasy managers this week solely based on the injury to Andre Ellington. He put together 60 all-purpose yards but won’t see much playing time unless Ellington’s knee gets worse or if Mendenhall misses time due to injury. I know Mendenhall has a history of injuries, but you can surely find a better option someplace else.


Hot start of the week: Look for Nick Foles and Matthew Stafford to go head to head in a high-scoring affair this week. Both teams are fighting for playoff positioning and neither has been shy about putting the ball in the air. I expect huge scoring output from both quarterbacks this week.


Sit ‘em this week: Anyone in a Packers uniform. There’s a chance Lacy can get you a touchdown and a possibility Jordy Nelson can break a few tackles to find paydirt, but this Matt Flynn-led offense has been a mess. I would call it a trainwreck, but I think that might be insulting to all the actual trainwrecks out there. Like I said, you can get lucky with one of these guys, but I just don’t have confidence in Flynn and you probably shouldn’t either.


- Ted is a Miami fan through and through and has been fumbling and stumbling his way through fantasy leagues for 9 years now. If you have questions or suggestions, shoot Ted a message at [email protected]


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