Dolphins running back Lamar Miller didn't really take advantage of his first opportunity as a full-time starter last Sunday, and Week 14 against the Steelers doesn't seem likely to provide a better experience for him.
Miller is dealing with a pectoral injury that limited him Thursday, but it does not seem likely to keep him off the field this week. Unfortunately, coming off a 72 yards on 22 carries performance, Miller has to face a defense that has held opposing backs to just 69.8 rushing yards per game over the last four.
Miller hasn't developed as a feature back for the Dolphins this season, but they showed a willingness to give him a big role last week. Unfortunately, against a tough matchup, Miller should be considered a low-end starting option for Week 14.
49ers tight end Vernon Davis will look to extend his scoring streak to four games heading into Sunday's pivotal matchup at home against the Seahawks in Week 14.
In a Week 2 29-3 loss in Seattle, Davis suffered a hamstring injury and was limited to only three receptions for 20 yards. He has only four receptions over his last three meetings against Seattle.
Davis has four touchdowns over his last five games played and 16 catches for 239 yards over that span. Opposing tight ends have scored 7.00 Fantasy points per game this season. However, they have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends over the previous four games. All of our Fantasy experts have Davis ranked in the top 10 this week. Consider him a solid starting option in all formats.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell suffered a scary looking concussion in the team's last game, but a few extra days off appears to have been exactly what he needed to be ready for Week 14 against the Dolphins.
Bell was cleared for full practice Thursday, and looks to be on track to play this Sunday, barring a setback. He will have a great matchup to attack if he is able to take the field, as the Dolphins have been one of the league's worst defenses when it comes to stopping the run.
Opposing running backs have totaled just 22 points over the last two games, but that appears to be an outlier, based on the season as a whole. Miami ranks 25th in the league in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs this season, at 19.7 per game. The Dolphins have allowed 12 touchdowns to running backs this season, though none have come over the last three games.
Bell appears likely to play this week, though he does have to pass one more test before being cleared for Sunday. If he does play, he could be in line for yet another strong performance. At this point, Bell looks like he should be considered a solid starting Fantasy option in all formats.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill hasn't found consistent success in his second season, but he has been looking better over the last few weeks. Tannehill enters Week 14 against the Steelers with back-to-back 300-yard passing performances under his belt, and his head coach acknowledged his improvement Wednesday at practice.
"He's clearly playing better," Joe Philbin told ESPN.com Wednesday. "You can look [at it] on a piece of paper and say he's playing better. I think overall, he has more command of the offense, his decision-making has improved and this is an important game for everybody."
Despite his improvement, Tannehill might struggle to reach 300 yards for the third time, as he has to face a Steelers defense that holds opposing quarterbacks to 237 passing yards per game, the ninth-fewest in the league. Quarterbacks are averaging just 16.2 Fantasy points per game against the Steelers as well.
Furthermore, the weather in Pittsburgh Sunday calls for a chance of snow. Tannehill has never played in snow, but said he is not overly concerned about it affecting his game.
"If it's snowing, I've heard it's not too bad," Tannehill said. "It's actually nice to play in it. From the guys just in the locker room talking, Matt [Moore] played in the snow a few times. He said it's nice. It doesn't affect the ball."
Even coming off arguably the best stretch of his career, Tannehill isn't the type of quarterback you start against just any defense. With this matchup, Tannehill should probably be considered just a low-end Fantasy option for Week 14.
Finally healthy and out of the injury report, 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree will look to be more involved Sunday at home against the Seahawks in Week 14.
Crabtree was eased back into action after missing the first 11 games coming back from a torn Achilles. He played 42 snaps and caught two passes for 68 yards in Week 13 against the Rams. Crabtree has not fared well in the past against the Seahawks, as he totaled eight catches for 96 yards in two games last season. In fact, he has only racked up more than 65 receiving yards once in seven meetings.
Opposing wide receivers have scored 14.00 Fantasy points per game in CBSSports.com standard leagues this season. However, four wideouts have found the end zone over the previous four games against Seattle. Still, Crabtree may be too risky to depend on, especially for those in playoff situations. Consider him a low-end starting option in most formats.
The Steelers' season hasn't gone the way they hoped, but that doesn't mean quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is part of the problem. In fact, the Dolphins enter Week 14's matchup very wary of what Roethlisberger can do against them this Sunday.
"He's an excellent quarterback overall," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin told ESPN.com Wednesday. "He can make every single throw that you want to make. He is a big man. He has outstanding awareness in the pocket. He's hard to get on the ground because he's big and physical."
Roethlisberger enters Week 14 with 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his last five games, after a slow start that saw him throw just one more touchdown than interception in the first seven games of the season. Despite his strong play, the Dolphins might have some success slowing Roethlisberger down, as they have been one of the league's best defenses against the pass.
Only three teams allow fewer than the 13.5 Fantasy points per game the Dolphins are surrendering at this point. Roethlisberger puts a three-game streak without an interception on the line against a defense that has at least one pick in all but one game this season.
This isn't a great matchup for Roethlisberger, despite entering the week on a roll. Fantasy owners should consider him to be more of a low-end starting option for Week 14.
Anquan Boldin has not fared well in the past vs. Seattle
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin had his worst game of the season his last time out against the Seahawks. In a 29-3 Week 2 loss in Seattle, Boldin was shadowed by cornerback Richard Sherman and was limited to only one catch for 7 yards. He'll be looking to bounce back from his recent struggles against Seattle at home in Week 14.
Boldin has been rolling as of late, notching back-to-back games of at least 90-plus yards. He has also scored three touchdowns over his last three games. Boldin has 61 receptions for 822 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Opposing wide receivers have scored 14.00 Fantasy points per game in CBSSports.com standard leagues this season. However, four wideouts have found the end zone over the previous four games against Seattle. If Boldin will likely be shadowed by Sherman or Brandon Browner all game, so consider him a low-end starting option in most formats for Week 14.
49ers running back Frank Gore will look to get back on track at home against a stingy Seattle defense in Week 14.
In a 29-3 loss in Seattle earlier this season, Gore was limited to season lows in carries (nine) and rushing yards (16). He has totaled 15 carries for 44 yards over his last two meetings against Seattle dating back to last season. To make matters worse, Gore has been held under 50 yards on the ground over his last three game and has only one touchdown over his last four.
Gore will have a difficult matchup against a Seattle defense that has not allowed a touchdown over the previous five games. Seattle has allowed only 107.2 yards per game on the ground this season. Opposing running backs have scored only 13.50 Fantasy points per game. Consider him a low-end starting option for Week 14.
The Texans released a lengthy injury report for Week 14 against the Jaguars, but only one injured player ended up among the team's inactives Thursday. Defensive back Jawanza Starling (foot) was unable to play through his injury, but the rest of the inactive list featured healthy scratches.
Quarterback T.J. Yates, linebacker Ricky Sapp, defensive lineman Tim Jamison, and offensive linemen Alex Kupper, Andrew Gardner and Cody White make up the remainder of the list.