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Fantasy Football Sleepers and Busts: Week 14

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Welcome to Week 14 of your Fantasy Football Sleepers and Busts.  I'll review last week before going into this week's studs and duds.


  • Jeff Garcia:  119 passing, 1 TD/0 INT, 42 rush yds = 14 pts.  Garcia struggled mightily against the Saints, but still won the game.  Still not a win for me.
  • Darren McFadden:  13 yds rush, 50 yds rec = 6 pts.  I can't believe I hitched myself to such an awful franchise.  Against the Chargers, he touched the ball 2 times.  Why take a guy in the top 5, especially a RB, when you are only going to give him 2 touches a game?  Nothing surprises me anymore with the Raiders.
  • Josh Reed:  58 yards = 5 pts.  Another 0/3 on the sleepers.  Damn.


  • Aaron Rodgers: 298 yds passing, 3 TD/1 INT, 26 rush yds, 2 PT = 31 pts.  Carolina gave up big fantasy points to a QB, which has been rare this season, yet still won the game.
  • Matt Forte: 96 yds rushing, 29 receiving, 1 TD = 17 pts. This is what I get for only taking 5 minutes to come up with this list last week.  Forte's good.
  • Randy Moss: 45 yards = 4 pts.  At least I got 1 right.  Picking against the Steelers defense is usually a safe bet.

So I was 1/6 last week, and 41/81 for the season.  Here are you fantasy nuggets for Week 14:


  • Matt Cassel vs. SEA:  In a must win for the Patriots, Cassel returns to his Week 11/12 form, hammering an awful Seahawk defense (2nd worst against QB this season).
  • Tim Hightower vs. STL: Hightower had a big week the last time these two teams met up, and the Rams are bad against RB this season (worst in the league).  The Cardinals win the division with a win, and I think it's a safe bet that it will happen.
  • Laveranues Coles vs. SF:  The 49ers are bad against WR (worst in league).  I'm a little hesitant with picking a Jet here, as they seem to struggle against the bad teams this season.


  • Tony Romo vs. PIT: I need Owens to have a big week this week, but I'm not getting my hopes up.  The only team to throw for over 200 yards on the Steelers this season (counting sack yardage):  The Indianapolis Colts.
  • DeAngelo Williams vs. TB:  Another guy who killed me last week, will struggle on Monday night against the Buccaneers (3rd best against RB).  This should be a really good game.
  • Andre Johnson vs. GB: It's gonna be cold at Lambeau, and Sage is still the starter.  The Packers are a better team than their record indicates, and they are 5th best against WR this season, and expect it to continue against the league leader in catches and yards.

Bonus pick:  Gus Frerotte vs. DET. To be honest, I'll be ok if he doesn't have a big week, but Adrian Peterson scores 7 TDs.  I'm actually going to play both Peterson and Chester Taylor this week.  They better not screw me over.