Week 14 fantasy feedback

» There is officially a timeshare in New York after David Wilson’s huge day. That’s bad news for Ahmad Bradshaw owners since the Giants never seemed all that keen on using Bradshaw around the goal line. If Wilson keeps ripping off big runs in the middle of the field as well, Bradshaw might have a hard time getting any kind of serious production.

» In the past two weeks, Drew Brees has been more of a hindrance than a help for anyone trying to win a fantasy title, throwing seven interceptions and just one touchdown. It couldn’t come at a worse time for fantasy owners. And it’s affecting the production of guys like Jimmy GrahamMarques Colston and Lance Moore.

» Larry Fitzgerald had just one catch for two yards. Please join me in a moment of silence for his fantasy value.

» I’m not ready to proclaim “Start your defense against the Arizona Cardinals” as a hard and fast rule just yet. But you have to at least consider it a strong working hypothesis.

» It was a big day in Maryland for running backs. Ray Rice picked up 121 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Alfred Morris finished with 122 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. It might be a quarterback’s league, but when you feed your running backs, they can produce for you. Are you paying attention, Cam Cameron?

» Nick Foles finished the early games as the second-highest scoring fantasy quarterback of Week 14. Just like we all predicted, right? The rookie torched the Buccaneers for 381 passing yards and two TD passes. He added 27 rushing yards and a score as well. I’m not ready to proclaim him as a guy to throw in your lineup right away, but it was certainly a fine performance today.

» When we break down the end of the year surprise stories, Danario Alexander will rank highly on that list. He posted 88 receiving yards, snagged a pair of touchdowns and solidified himself as Philip Rivers’ top target — even over Antonio Gates. And somehow he’s still available in a ton of fantasy leagues.

» Because so much of the talk surrounding the Bears has been about the defense, it has somewhat overshadowed how great Brandon Marshall has been this season. For the second straight week, he posted 160 receiving yards — this week capping it with a touchdown — and is the third-leading fantasy receiver in 2012.

» There is a legitimate timeshare in the Jets’ backfield between Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell. Both players produced well today, combining for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Next week’s game against the Tennessee Titans actually make them intriguing plays — if you have the guts to start them.

» Where has this been all season, Kenny Britt?

» BenJarvus Green-Ellis was over 100 scrimmage yards for the fourth consecutive week. A touchdown would have been nice, but fantasy owners can’t complain too much about his level of production in recent weeks.

» After a bad start, Matt Ryan salvaged his day with nearly 20 fantasy points. There’s nothing like garbage time to help pad fantasy stats.

» No one can stop C.J. Spiller like Chan Gailey and his staff. How in the world does Spiller get just eight touches? And that’s with Fred Jackson leaving the game late with an injury. It boggles the mind.

» Remember early in the season when fantasy owners couldn’t dump Cam Newton fast enough? Over the past month, you’d be hard pressed to find a hotter fantasy quarterback. Today he contributed 310 fantasy yards and four touchdowns. Maybe we shouldn’t have tugged on Superman’s cape.

» The magic is gone for Bryce Brown. After two huge games, the Buccaneers have clamped down him this week, limiting him to just four yards on 11 carries.

» The loss of Percy Harvin is evident in the Vikings passing game. Christian Ponder has completed just nine passes for 83 yards, but not a single one to Kyle Rudolph. Without Harvin to open up the field, there’s just not enough talent to scare opposing defenses.

» After a flurry of early touchdowns, things have gone pretty quiet in fantasy land. Injuries to Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe haven’t help. And then there’s Jets-Jaguars…yikes.

» Where have you gone, Matt Ryan? Just 40 passing yards in the first half? Against the Panthers? The name “Matty Ice” has taken on a whole new meaning in the second half of the season. He’s just been flat out cold.

» Joe Flacco has been awful on the road this year. But he has come to play in Washington, throwing three first half touchdowns against the Redskins. Maybe we’ll just start referring to D.C. as “Baltimore adjacent”.

» Brent Celek left the game early with a concussion. The Eagles offense isn’t doing much anyway today. It’s doubtful that many people started him this week.

» Just when you give up on Kenny Britt, he shows up out of nowhere. After being a disappointment for much of the season, he has erupted for an early four catches for 81 yards.

» It finally happened. Jamaal Charles found the end zone. It came on an 80-yard run to start the ballgame. He had been seeing plenty of carries over the last few weeks and was posting good yardage totals. He just hadn’t been able to score. If things keep up this way, it could be a huge day for Charles.

» Adrian. Peterson. That is all.

» The morning inactives brought one surprise — Greg McElroy is sent back to the bench one week after being the hero of New York. Beyond that, there are a few notable names that will sit it out this week. Among them are Danny Amendola, Rashard MendenhallCecil Shorts and Jonathan Stewart. Plan accordingly.

– Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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