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Michael Floyd continues to be a strong yardage play
St. Louis has been average against opposing wide receivers, allowing them to score 21.50 Fantasy points per game. In 12 games, the team has allowed 18 passing touchdowns. Twelve of those touchdowns have gone to wide receivers. Floyd had a solid game when the two teams met earlier in the year, catching four balls for 82 yards.
Floyd has been been Carson Palmer's safety blanket in recent weeks. Over the past three games, Floyd has caught 18 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns. Despite his success, Larry Fitzgerald continues to be the bigger threat in the red zone. Still, Floyd's performance has been impressive, giving the team a tandem of strong Fantasy receivers. Floyd remains a decent start against St. Louis Week 14.
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Larry Fitzgerald looking for another score Week 14
St. Louis has been middle-of-the-pack against opposing wide receivers, allowing them to score 21.50 Fantasy points per game. The Rams have allowed 18 passing touchdowns in 12 games, 12 of which have gone to wide receivers. The first time these two teams met this season, Fitzgerald was able to find the end zone twice.
Fitzgerald has benefitted the most from Carson Palmer's recent hot streak. Through the last five games, Palmer has tossed 11 touchdowns, five of which have gone to Fitzgerald. Michael Floyd may have emerged as a stronger yardage threat lately, but Fitzgerald remains Palmer's focus in the red zone. Fitz is a strong play against St. Louis Week 14.
Elvis Dumervil sidelined Friday for third straight practice
Three strikes usually means you're out in the NFL and that doesn't bode well for
Dumervil has been used mostly as a pass-rushing specialist. He has started just two games this season, but has 9 1/2 sacks.
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Rashard Mendenhall looking at strong matchup Week 14
St. Louis has had a tough time defending opposing running backs this season, allowing them to average 20.50 Fantasy points per game. In 12 games, the Rams have allowed 13 rushing touchdowns. In the first matchup between the two teams, the Cardinals failed to score a rushing touchdown.
With Andre Ellington out last week, Mendenhall was able to rush for a season-high 76 yards. It's starting to look like Ellington could return Week 14. He was upgraded to limited practice Thursday, which bodes well for him to play. That could eat into Mendenhall's workload, but he should still be the team's primary option once they get into the red zone. All five of Mendenhall's touchdowns have come from within five yards out. He would be a strong play if Ellington wasn't coming back, but Mendenhall still has a fair chance at scoring Week 14.
Jason Campbell nearing green light for Sunday game
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The Panthers best running back in Week 14 will be ...
Williams missed Week 13 against Tampa Bay with a quad injury, but he's expected to return against the Saints. And Stewart, despite missing practice time this week with an ankle injury, is also expected to face New Orleans. Of the three, Tolbert is the only running back for the Panthers to consider in Fantasy play. The other two are just too inconsistent to trust.
Tolbert has scored at least eight Fantasy points four times in his past seven games. Stewart has struggled since making his debut in Week 9 with six Fantasy points or less the past five games. And Williams has six Fantasy points combined in his past two games.
Now, all three running backs have a good history against New Orleans, and the Saints have allowed nine touchdowns to running backs this season and nine to reach double digits in Fantasy points. But Tolbert would have the best chance to score of this trio, and he should be considered a flex option.
Consider Williams and Stewart just options in deeper leagues, but we'd bench them in Week 14 if possible.
Kevin Zeitler back on practice field
Champ Bailey admits to role in departure against Chiefs
Bailey has struggled all year with a foot injury that has limited him to three games. "They definitely weren't pulling me out," he said. "It's more my body was just not ready to go back out there."
He added that his foot still hurts, but not enough to prevent him from playing, and that he just must overcome the fear of the pain.
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Cam Newton marches into New Orleans
Newton has scored at least 21 Fantasy points in three games in a row coming into this game, and the Saints just got beat up by Russell Wilson for 34 Fantasy points in Week 13. But Wilson is only the third quarterback to score at least 20 Fantasy points against New Orleans -- the other two were Jay Cutler in Week 5 and Matt Ryan in Week 1 -- including matchups with Colin Kaepernick, Tony Romo and Tom Brady since Week 6.
Newton has done well against the Saints at home with two games of 20-plus Fantasy points, but he's struggled in New Orleans with 15 points or less in two games. That said, Newton is playing at a different level than ever before in his career, and we expect him to be fine.
He might not dominate the Saints like Wilson did, but he's still worth starting in most formats. Consider Newton a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in Week 14.
Aaron Dobson in doubt for Sunday after missing Friday session
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