Brian Westbrook Is The Top Fantasy RB Again In Week 14 [Fantasy Football Studs And Duds]
Reminder, the points are based off ESPN’s standard league settings. Anyway, I bring you the week 14 fantasy studs and duds!
QB: Matt Schaub(24 Points). 414 passing yards and 2 TD against a Packers pass defense that had been very good coming into this game. Unfortunately, few people played Schaub because he had missed the previous 4 games with a torn MCL, and it was a tough matchup in frigid Green Bay against a good pass defense. He has a matchup you want to avoid though Sunday against the Titans, but people were saying the same thing this past week so who knows?
Matt Ryan(23 Points). Although his team lost to Drew Brees and the saints, the rookie out of Boston College got more fantasy points than Brees did. He threw for 315 yards and a touchdown, completing 72.7% of his passes. In the Falcons’ first 5 games of 2008, Ryan threw for under 200 yards, which is understandable as they were trying to ease him in as a rookie quarterback. Since then, he’s thrown over 200 yards in all 8 games. This guy could be a fantasy stud for a long time and people in keeper leagues are thrilled they drafted him this year.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Peyton Manning(23 Points), Seneca Wallace(22 Points), Philip Rivers(21 Points), Jeff Garcia(20 Points).
RB: Brian Westbrook(32 Points). He was “Questionable” all week with knee and ankle injuries that have bothered him for awhile, but it certainly hasn’t shown on the field the last 2 weeks. Last week he led all players with 39 fantasy points against the Cardinals, and he led(well, tied with Antonio Bryant) fantasy players with 32 fantasy points this week against a terrific Giants defense. Very impressive performance with 33 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown, and 6 catches for 72 yards and a receiving touchdown. 39 touches for a guy that’s been banged up. You absolutely must start him against the Browns in Philadelphia this week.
DeAngelo Wiilliams(30 Points). Like Westbrook, Williams had 30+ fantasy points for the second straight week. This was a particularly remarkable performance in a huge game against the great Tampa Bay defense, racking up 186 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns. Now at home against Denver’s bad run defense? He should have another monster week.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Jonathan Stewart(23 Points), Chris Johnson(22 Points), Pierre Thomas(22 Points).
WR: Antonio Bryant(32 Points). What a game this dude had on Monday night, with 9 receptions for 200 yards, and 2 touchdowns. 17 fantasy points was his previous high this season.
Deion Branch(20 Points). Well this was nice to see. He only had 4 catches, but cashed in on 2 of them for touchdowns. He has another opportunity to have a good game at St. Louis this week.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Brandon Marshall(21 Points), Kevin Walter(20 Points), Vincent Jackson(20 Points).
TE: Tony Gonzalez(13 Points). He loves Tyler Thigpen. Double-digits in fantasy points in the last 3 games, which is tremendous for a tight end. The 32-year-old Gonzalez had 5 catches for 73 yards and got in the end zone once in Denver. He’s the best fantasy tight end to play right now.
Didn’t Forget Ya: John Carlson(12 Points), Visanthe Shiancoe(12 Points, and scored some fantasy points of another kind with Fox’s female viewers last Sunday).
K: Stephen Gostkowski(13 Points). 3 for 3 on field goals. He hit a 50 yarder for her longest field goal of the season.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Garrett Hartley(12 Points)
D/ST: Indianapolis Colts(26 Points). 20+ plus fantasy performances in the last 2 games, but they came against the Browns and Bengals so it’s to be expected. Only 3 points allowed, along with getting 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 touchdown against the Bengals. The sad thing is, the offense they’re facing this week is even worse: the Lions.
Didn’t Forget Ya: Arizona Cardinals(23 Points), Pittsburgh Steelers(23 Points), Baltimore Ravens(18 Points).
QB: Brett Favre(9 Points). After he was awful against the Broncos, you had to figure he’d bounce back with a good game against the 49ers. Wrong. Only 137 passing yards, no touchdowns, and 1 interception. He at least ran in for a touchdown for the first time since 2006, so that prevented him from having just 3 fantasy points.
Tony Romo(4 Points). The toughest matchup you can have, going up against the Steelers’ #1 ranked defense in Pittsburgh. Still, 3 interceptions was a bit disappointing.
You Stunk Too: JaMarcus Russell(-4 Points), Gus Frerotte(-2 Points), Eli Manning(8 Points).
RB: Joseph Addai(2 Points). Only 3 points for the second straight week against bad defenses. 10 carries for 26 yards against the Bengals in Indianapolis is not what you thought you were getting when you put him in your lineup. It’s tough to bench him against the Lions at home this week though. I certainly wouldn’t.
Willie Parker(3 Points). His knee seems to be a problem still as he didn't show good burst against the Cowboys. 12 carries for 25 yards at home isn’t getting it done. Until he's 100%, the Steelers are better off giving Mewelde Moore the ball. Do not play Parker against the Ravens this weekend.
You Stunk Too: Clinton Portis(3 Points), Larry Johnson(3 Points), Marshawn Lynch(3 Points), Brandon Jacobs(5 Points).
WR: Marques Colston(3 Points). After he had a solid week 13 with 6 catches for 106 yards, it seemed maybe he might be able to turn it up right in time for the fantasy playoffs. He was targeted 8 times by Brees against the Falcons, but only caught 3 passes for 26 yards.
Bernard Berrian(2 Points). As a wide receiver, Berrian's a superb deep threat, but not much else. Therefore he’s a hit or miss in fantasy football. Against the Bears for example in week 13, he had 4 catches for 122 yards, 99 of those yards came on a single reception. When he doesn’t catch a deep ball, his numbers usually aren’t sexy. Berrian only had 3 catches for 29 yards, and he definitely missed Frerotte in the second half, as Tarvaris Jackson isn’t very good at throwing deep passes(or any passes for that matter).
You Stunk Too: Hines Ward(0 Points), Laveranues Coles(0 Points), Donnie Avery(1 Point), Ted Ginn Jr. (1 Point), Lee Evans(2 Points), Braylon Edwards(3 Points), Lance Moore(3 Points).
TE: Chris Cooley(1 Point). I know it was against the Ravens, but 1 catch? In every game except for the opener when he only had 1 catch as well against the Giants, Cooley’s had at least 4 catches. He usually gets at least a few dump off passes each game, making him a stud in PPR leagues if not regular leagues each week. He should get back track against the Bengals this week.
You Stunk Too: Bo Scaife(1 Point), Vernon Davis(2 Points).
K: John Carney(2 Points). The Giants kicker was 0 for 1 on field goal attempts, and only had 2 extra point opportunities.
You Stunk Too: Jay Feely(2 Points), Mason Crosby(3 Points).
D/ST: Tampa Bay Buccaneers(-2 Points). In week 6, the Bucs got 21 fantasy points against the Panthers in Tampa Bay. Now the teams meet again, and the Panthers run for 300 yards. The worst fantasy output of the season for the Tampa Bay defense.
You Stunk Too: Washington Redskins(3 Points), Philadelphia Eagles(3 Points), New England Patriots(3 Points).
Feel free to leave any comments and ask any questions. It's also very possible I left out some studs & duds and post away about who I should've had on here. You can read more of my stuff at my blog, Sharapova's Thigh. I'll have the Week 15 Fantasy Football Roundup there soon, and will let you know about the important injuries for fantasy football this week in the next couple days right here on FanIQ.