FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar for Week 14

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Quarterback

Philip Rivers—Chargers vs. Giants

Rivers has a 23-to-9 touchdown pass to interception ratio this year. He is also averaging 35 pass attempts and 314 passing yards his last three games. The Giants have played against the pass much better the past few weeks however, not allowing a touchdown pass in four of their last six contests. It seems like a so-so match up, but with Rivers at home and the fact the Giants are due for a bad game, this is a favorable match up for Rivers. The Chargers may not reach the playoffs again, but Rivers is becoming a fantasy QB1. He will throw for multiple scores on Sunday.

Running Back

BenJarvus Green-Ellis—Bengals vs. Colts

Green-Ellis has averaged about 18 touches in the past two games. With the Colts being ranked 28th against the run— allowing 128 yards a game—the Bengals will focus on running between the tackles this week. This translates into Green-Ellis getting more carries and Giovanni Bernard being used more as a receiving back.

Ben Tate—Houston at Jaguars

When Tate faced the Jaguars a couple of weeks ago, he saw limited action. Last year when he faced the Jaguars on the road, he gained 74 yards and scored twice. While the Jaguars are playing better, they are still ranked 29th, allowing 130 yards per game on the ground. Houston will try to keep the ball on the ground and not ask Case Keenum to make plays on the road. Tate will get 25+ touches.

Wide Receiver

Andre Holmes—Raiders at Jets

In the late 1960’s, the top passing match-up was when Daryl Lamonica of the Raiders would face Joe Namath of the Jets. Unfortunately, Matt McGloin vs. Geno Smith just does not create the same type of excitement for fans. Holmes does have a favorable match up— the Jets have allowed Marquise Goodwin, Jacoby Jones, and Brian Hartline to score against them their last three games. As for pass coverage, Holmes should see similar schemes as those players; and he is coming off a 136-yard performance on Thanksgiving. The second-year player from Hillsdale will score his first NFL touchdown on Sunday at the Meadowlands.

Riley Cooper— Eagles vs. Lions

Cooper has averaged 81.5 yards receiving per game in his last four, and any receiver that Nick Foles is throwing to should be started. The Lions are allowing 262 passing yards per game and have given up a multiple-touchdown-pass game in two of their last three contests.

Tight End

Jared Cook— Rams at Cardinals

Based on statistics, this is the fantasy match-up of the week. When he faced the Cardinals in Week One, Cook had 7 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown. Since then, the Cardinals have allowed 10 touchdowns to the tight end in their last seven games. For the season, they have allowed five multiple touchdown reception games to the tight end. This should be a solid fantasy day for Cook.

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Kurt Backert
Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would...more

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