2013 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Eliminator/Survivor Pool Picks
Week 13 picks included no article but did consist of the Broncos, Jags and Patriots. Boom! 3 for 3. Let’s see if we can keep the hot streak going for Week 14:
SAFE PLAY: Patriots- Since the return of Rob Gronkowski, the Pats are 4-2 while averaging 33 points per game. The Patriots run D is suspect (allow 138.2 rushing yards per game- 31st in the league) but none of the Browns running backs (Willis McGahee lead the Browns with 244 rushing yards but with a 2.8 clip) light fear in anyone’s heart. The once hot Browns have now lost three straight and six of their last seven. Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell are dealing with concussions, leaving Sunday’s starting quarterback uncertain. For that reason they added Alex Tanney last week and Caleb Hanie this week. Regardless, whoever is under center probably can’t do much worse than Weeden the last two weeks as he turned the ball over five times in 70 pass attempts (3 INTs, 2 fumbles lost). The Browns do have a bright spot in sudden fantasy superstar Josh Gordon (623 yards, 4 TDs last three weeks). Fortunately when choosing the Patriots you aren’t going just against Gordon.
GET THEM OUT OF THE WAY PLAY: Bucs- The Bucs and their Week 14 opponent, the Buffalo Bills, have combined for only 7 wins on the season. The three wins that the Bucs mustered up have come in the last four weeks. The strength of the Bucs D is stopping the run. They allow 107 rushing yards per game and only have allowed 6 rushing TDs. They will need channel every bit of that to stop Fred Jackson (4.2 yards per carry, 7 TDs) and the fresh C.J. Spiller (149 rushing yards, TD last week vs Atlanta). The Bills are only 1-4 on the road with that road in coming in October (vs Miami) but this trip to Florida shouldn’t have the same outcome.
MY PLAY: Chiefs- Sure the Chiefs have lost three straight but nothing like a team with a worse losing streak to cure those ills. Surprisely, during Kansas City’s losing streak Alex Smith has been playing well. Smith has 817 yards, 7 TDs and only 2 INTs. Even more surprising, the Chiefs D has just one sack and only three takeaways in that timeframe. For Washington, they have lost four straight by a total of 43 points. The defense is Washington’s biggest problem. They are 31st in the league in points allowed per game, giving up 30.2. They do so by allowing 265 yards per game through the air and 109 yards per game on the ground. Pressure and turnovers also don’t come easy for Washington as they stand in the lower have of the league in both sacks (30) and INTs (11). The pickings are slim this week so hopefully the Chiefs get back on that playoff track.
Safe Play: 9-4
Out of the way Play: 8-5
My Play: 9-4