2009 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice: Week 14

12/10/2009 3:23 am by in Start Bench Advice

Here is our Week 14 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice for the 2009 Fantasy Football Season. Start ‘EM & Sit ‘Em Advice was meant to be bold, yet calculated. We know that and we understand that. We also understand that fantasy owners aren’t looking for answers to the obvious questions, which is why we have addressed more dilemma-like situations entering Week 14 of the 2009 fantasy football season.


Smitty’s Week 14 Take

Smitty’s Start Of The Week

If you were considering benching Pierre Thomas in week 14, you might want to rethink that approach. That Saints coaching staff is counting on Thomas more and more as the season moves along, and Mike Bell is very questionable for this one. Recent news suggest Bell could play now, but we still believe that Thomas might produce strong fantasy RB2 numbers in this Week 14 battle against the Faclons (23rd against the run).

More Random Week 14 Thoughts By Smitty

If you own Kevin Smith, consider using other alternatives in Week 14 if you have any. Smith and the Lions face the Ravens this week, a rushing defense that currently ranks 6th in the league against the run. The thing is, Daunte Culpepper is starting Week 14, as Matthew Stafford has been ruled out with a shoulder injury. The Ravens should get out to an early lead, which will force Detroit to abandon the running game… Even if given the touches in this one, Smith will likely have a tough time producing. All that said, being down early in the game will be a good thing for Calvin Johnson owners.

Moving to a bigger name player, I think Steven Jackson owners might end up being disappointed in Week 14. The Titans aren’t the top ranked rushing defense in the league, but they are in the league’s top eight. With Jackson’s back still bothering him, and because Tennessee and Chris Johnson will likely dominate early and often in this one, the Rams will be "trying" to pass their way back into this contest. "Trying" being the key word. A good rushing defense + a back injury + the odds of playing from behind early = bad game for Jackson. Don’t bench the Rams rusher for just anyone, as lucky field position could have Jackson punching in a score, or something, but jump on our forums and get some Week 14 advice if you appear to have a competitive alternative.



More Week 14 Start & Bench Advice


Should I start Knowshon Moreno (@IND) or Joseph Addai (vs. DEN) ?

xyz is a Fantasy Football Xtreme contributor Joseph Addai has been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2009 season based on his preseason draft position. Most saw him splitting carries with rookie Donald Brown and eventually losing his job by midseason, but it hasn’t happened. Instead, Addai has been a model of consistency. This week he gets a home matchup with Denver and should be good for 80+ total yards and a score. Knowshon Moreno is a little tougher to peg because of the split with Correll Buckhalter, but for the most part I think you can expect similar numbers to Addai. When all is said and done, these two could be easily be within a point or two of each other, but if I have to make a choice I’ll take the home player and go with Addai.

Should I start LaDainian Tomlinson (@CLE) or Fred Jackson (vs. NYJ)?

xyz is a Fantasy Football Xtreme contributor This choice is a lot closer than the production of these two in week 13 would make it seem. Rookie LeSean McCoy was barely involved in the Eagles trouncing of Atlanta, only putting up 26 total yards, while Brandon Jacobs had a monster game for the Giants, putting up 113 yards and two TDs. However, a closer look at those numbers reveals more than 2/3 of Jacobs yards came on a single play – a 74 yard TD catch that is a major anomaly in Jacobs stats. Take away that play and you are looking at a very pedestrian game for him, maybe 45 total yards and a single TD on 14 touches. Bottom line – I am going against the numbers with this one and I will take McCoy. He is the more dynamic player and I expect him to bounce back this week and have a great game against the Giants.



2009 Defensive Rankings Against The RUN Entering Week 14

Here are the defensive ranks against the run through Week 13.

Rk
Team
G
Yds
Avg
Yds/G
TD
1
Pittsburgh Steelers
12
933
3.6
77.8
3
2
Cincinnati Bengals
12
981
3.8
81.8
6
3
Minnesota Vikings
12
1,011
4
84.2
3
4
Green Bay Packers
12
1,046
3.6
87.2
4
5
San Francisco 49ers
12
1,150
3.6
95.8
9
6
Baltimore Ravens
12
1,168
3.5
97.3
7
7
Philadelphia Eagles
12
1,186
3.8
98.8
8
8
Tennessee Titans
12
1,204
4.2
100.3
11
9
Dallas Cowboys
12
1,230
4.2
102.5
5
10
New York Giants
12
1,231
4
102.6
15
11
Jacksonville Jaguars
12
1,245
4
103.8
7
12
Arizona Cardinals
12
1,257
4.4
104.8
8
13
Seattle Seahawks
12
1,271
4.3
105.9
9
14
Miami Dolphins
12
1,284
4.1
107
14
15
New England Patriots
12
1,295
4.3
107.9
3
16
Denver Broncos
12
1,304
3.9
108.7
7
17
New York Jets
12
1,313
4
109.4
9
18
Indianapolis Colts
12
1,340
4.2
111.7
8
19
Detroit Lions
12
1,361
4.1
113.4
9
20
New Orleans Saints
12
1,367
4.5
113.9
14
21
San Diego Chargers
12
1,414
4.4
117.8
8
22
Houston Texans
12
1,427
4.6
118.9
14
23
Atlanta Falcons
12
1,437
4.3
119.8
10
24
Washington Redskins 
12
1,462
4.2
121.8
6
25
Chicago Bears
12
1,517
4.4
126.4
10
26
Carolina Panthers
12
1,600
4.6
133.3
12
27
Kansas City Chiefs
12
1,725
4.4
143.8
13
28
St. Louis Rams
12
1,754
4.6
146.2
17
29
Cleveland Browns
12
1,850
4.5
154.2
14
30
Oakland Raiders
12
1,904
4.6
158.7
18
31
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
12
1,921
4.8
160.1
13
32
Buffalo Bills
12
2,065
4.9
172.1
16

2009 Defensive Rankings Against The PASS Entering Week 14

Here are the defensive ranks against the pass through Week 13.

Rk
Team
G
Yds
Yds/G
TD
Int
1
New York Jets
12
2,004
167
7
12
2
Denver Broncos
12
2,163
180.2
10
10
3
Green Bay Packers
12
2,236
186.3
22
21
4
Buffalo Bills
12
2,258
188.2
10
21
5
Washington Redskins 
12
2,282
190.2
13
8
6
Carolina Panthers
12
2,309
192.4
12
17
7
New York Giants
12
2,388
199
21
9
8
San Diego Chargers
12
2,453
204.4
17
11
9
Chicago Bears
12
2,454
204.5
21
11
10
Philadelphia Eagles
12
2,463
205.2
18
20
11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
12
2,468
205.7
24
13
12
Cincinnati Bengals
12
2,538
211.5
13
14
13
New England Patriots
12
2,568
214
21
14
14
Houston Texans
12
2,572
214.3
16
10
15
Baltimore Ravens
12
2,580
215
15
14
16
St. Louis Rams
12
2,610
217.5
16
8
17
Pittsburgh Steelers
12
2,635
219.6
15
8
18
Oakland Raiders
12
2,643
220.2
12
8
19
Indianapolis Colts
12
2,689
224.1
11
14
20
Dallas Cowboys
12
2,711
225.9
17
8
21
Minnesota Vikings
12
2,726
227.2
18
9
22
New Orleans Saints
12
2,760
230
12
23
23
Jacksonville Jaguars
12
2,905
242.1
20
12
24
Miami Dolphins
12
2,915
242.9
15
12
25
Seattle Seahawks
12
2,922
243.5
22
10
26
Cleveland Browns
12
2,953
246.1
18
6
27
San Francisco 49ers
12
3,007
250.6
13
11
28
Kansas City Chiefs
12
3,010
250.8
21
8
29
Atlanta Falcons
12
3,056
254.7
20
8
30
Arizona Cardinals
12
3,094
257.8
18
13
31
Tennessee Titans
12
3,204
267
26
11
32
Detroit Lions
12
3,297
274.8
28
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Week 14 Fantasy Football Roundtable Debate:

Each week Fantasy Football Xtreme is a part of a fantasy football roundtable debate (also known as "4th and 1 Debate"), where a group of fantasy Sites attack the same question and we interlink the content within each of our Sites. This week’s question for debate is:

The Sites involved include: FantasyFootballXtreme, rotoprofessor.com, JunkyardJake.com, lesterslegends.com, fantasypros911.com, kffl.com, top-fantasy-football.com, footballjabber.com, HattyWaiverWireGuru.com

Question: Which unheralded player is going to make a huge splash in the opening round of the 2010 fantasy playoffs?

Smitty’s answer to the question for this week:

UPDATE: Early Reports suggest that Hines Ward will in fact start in tonight’s Week 14 Thursday night game, but Mike Wallace is still a solid fantasy WR3 play this week, as Hines Ward is said to be far from 100 percent.

ORIGINAL POST: If you’re looking for an unheralded hero in Week 14, consider giving Steelers WR Mike Wallace the green light for your third wide receiver spot. He shouldn’t be anyone’s fantasy WR2 heading into round one of the 2009 fantasy football playoffs, but with Hines Ward a long-shot to play in Week 14 (Thursday night game), Mike Wallace could see a grip of targets against the Browns. Wallace is a rookie, and he has a lot of learning to do, but he has shown flashes of brilliance at times this season. In Week 3, Wallace pulled in seven passes for 102 yards, and he also looked good in Weeks 5-9 (bye in Week 8), where he scored touchdown in three out of those four games. Take advantage of the match-up and the situation if you own Wallace and expect a a good 4-5 receptions, 70-80 yards and a score in this one. This kid has a bright future in Pittsburgh if he can stay healthy and refine his game.

>> Read The Entire Week 14 Roundtable Debate HERE









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