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Looking good for Jamaal Charles
With 90-plus rushing yards in back-to-back games and three of his last four,
The Redskins rank an unremarkable 14th against the run, allowing 108.8 yards per game, but they've surrendered a league-leading 17 touchdowns on the ground. And as a result, they've given up the fourth-most Fantasy points to running backs this season.
Granted, they haven't allowed a 90-yard rusher since Week 7 against the Bears, but of course, for Charles, it's not all about the rushing yards. He's third among running backs in receiving yards with 452.
Between the two, he should get enough yardage to go along with however many touchdowns he scores. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard certainly expect a big performance. They rank Charles No. 1 among running backs for Week 14.
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Matchup doesn't bode well for Redskins DST
The last time the
Unfortunately, the trend is unlikely to end Week 14 against Kansas City. The Chiefs are far from an offensive juggernaut, ranking ninth in total points and 16th in total yards, but they play efficient football. As a result, they've allowed the third-fewest Fantasy points to DSTs this season.
Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura don't see any reason for you to gamble on the Redskins DST in Fantasy this week. None of the three even bothered to rank it.
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Spot duty likely won't be enough for Roy Helu
Judging by the numbers, the
But most of the damage was isolated to two games -- Week 3 at Philadelphia and Week 9 at Buffalo -- so don't get any ideas about
Coach Mike Shanahan has made it clear that Helu is his preferred backfield option in obvious passing situations, so if the Redskins fall behind big, the backup could catch enough passes to make a relevant contribution in points-per-reception leagues. But he most likely won't be in a situation where he's helping the Redskins run out the clock, and he most likely won't find much running room even if he is.
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Not such a bad matchup for Alfred Morris
At first glance,
But statistically, the Chiefs haven't fared well against the run this season. They rank 21st, giving up 117.3 yards per game and an eyebrow-raising 4.6 yards per carry. As with their suspect ranking against the pass, the Chiefs' poor performance against the run is mostly isolated to two games, Week 3 at Philadelphia and Week 9 at Buffalo, but still, they've shown they can be beat.
So is Morris a candidate to beat them? Well, he doesn't have the big-play ability of a LeSean McCoy or C.J. Spiller and is coming off a couple miserable weeks against the 49ers and Giants, but he remains the
Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all seem willing to trust in Morris this week, ranking him among their top 15 running backs.
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Logan Paulsen waiting on Jordan Reed
Granted, Reed would certainly be the preferrable option for Fantasy owners. He had emerged as quarterback Robert Griffin III's go-to guy in the four games leading up to Week 11, when he suffered the concussion, averaging 6.8 catches for 80.8 yards. But Paulsen did at least score a touchdown in his absence in Week 13, catching three passes for 41 yards.
Of course, he'll have a hard time matching even those modest numbers in Week 14. The Chiefs have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Reed would be a must-start against him just because of the kind of numbers he puts up at a position where they're still relatively scarce. But Paulsen? Better steer clear in Fantasy.
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Wrong time for Pierre Garcon rebound
Though he's been targeted as much as usual and hauled in his share of passes,
In Week 14, Garcon will face a Chiefs defense that technically ranks only 21st against the pass, allowing 249.0 yards per game, but two recent matchups against the Broncos' Peyton Manning have influenced that ranking. The Chiefs have a good pass rush and an opportunistic secondary, which together could give a mistake-prone quarterback like Robert Griffin III fits.
And his struggles would likely trickle down to his top wide receiver. With all the targets he gets, you probably couldn't justify sitting Garcon in Fantasy, but you shouldn't expect a big resurgence this week either.
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Robert Griffin III could be in for long day
Griffin has faced mostly suspect defenses this season, but in one of his tougher matchups Week 12 against San Francisco, he threw for just 118 yards and ran for just 27.
Statistically, the Chiefs haven't been quite as effective against the pass as the 49ers, but they put consistent pressure on the quarterback and have a knack for forcing turnovers. As prone to mistakes as Griffin has been this season, he's at risk for ugly numbers.
Of course, with his rushing ability, he's more capable than most quarterbacks of salvaging a poor passing performance. None of Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura rank him lower than 13th among quarterbacks this week, but I'd be inclined to start Philip Rivers or even Matt Ryan over him.
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Chiefs DST looks to get back on track
After having to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos two of the last three weeks, the
The Redskins haven't been a disaster offensively, but they've allowed the 10th-most Fantasy points to DSTs this season and have averaged just 16.5 points during their four-game losing streak. And quarterback Robert Griffin III has committed his share of mistakes. The Redskins rank 11th in both giveaways and sacks allowed.
The Chiefs DST gave its Fantasy owners reason for doubt the last three weeks, but now that it's past the unfavorable portion of its schedule, it's back to being a must-start option. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rate it a top-five unit for this week.
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Jacquizz Rodgers becoming less of a factor
Though he remained a fairly consistent part of the offense when
In Week 14 at Green Bay, they'll be facing a team that ranks 26th against the run, allowing 125.9 yards per game, and has given up the ninth-most Fantasy points to running backs. The Packers allowed a combined 211 rushing yards to the Lions' Reggie Bush and Joique Bell last week, but the Falcons don't figure to pull away in this game quite like the Lions did, leaving fewer opportunities for their backup running back.
With Jackson likely to take advantage of the favorable matchup himself, Rodgers is a long shot to get more than a handful of carries in this one. In most cases, you'll want to keep him reserved in Fantasy.
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Steven Jackson making most of matchups
After going six games without a touchdown to kick off his first season in Atlanta,
Matchups most likely have something to do with Jackson's turnaround. In his first four games back from a hamstring injury beginning in Week 8, he faced the Cardinals, Panthers, Seahawks and Buccaneers, who all rank in the top 15 against the run. In Week 12, he faced the Saints, who rank 16th, and in Week 13, he faced the Bills, who rank 24th.
In Week 14, he visits the Packers, who rank 26th against the run, allowing 125.9 yards per game. They've given up the ninth-most Fantasy points to running backs this season and allowed a combined 211 rushing yards to the Lions' Reggie Bush and Joique Bell last week.
Chances are Jackson won't rush for 211 yards against the Packers, but he should build off his performance of the last two weeks and has a decent chance of finding the end zone again. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him among their top 12 running backs for this week, which is saying something.
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December 4, 2013
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