Week 14 fantasy feedback

» The list of players who are producing long after everyone has given up on them can now add Hakeem Nicks. The mostly-disappointing wideout had 135 receiving yards in the loss today. No other Giant had more than 42 (the equally-disappointing Victor Cruz).

» No matter the matchup, it’s hard to count out Frank Gore. He didn’t score a touchdown, but the veteran finished with 110 yards — including a big 51-yard run late in the ballgame.

» Speaking of players having nice late-season totals, Justin Hunter had another big day. He’s a name to keep an eye on as you start thinking about next season. Although a Week 16 matchup against the Jags could make him an interesting prospect — if you’re fortunate enough to still be playing.

» Even better — Manning got all of his primary pass-catchers involved. Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker all had TD catches. The bad news is that Welker left the game with a concussion and could struggle to be ready on a short week.

» Peyton Manning is trying to make us all forget about the “struggles in cold weather” narrative. That’s good news with next week’s game being a Thursday night affair at home.

» A few different players are enjoying some late-season success — including Brandon Myers, who caught another touchdown today.

» Ben Roethlisberger continued his solid run of fantasy play with a three-TD game against a Dolphins defense that has been tough on QBs all season.

» We’re not sure if Kansas City’s defense turned up or if Washington is just that bad right now, but either way, the Chiefs looked like the defense we saw over the first few weeks of the season.

» The Lions offense is a finely-tuned machine. But it apparently can’t perform with any alterations. Remove a part (Reggie Bush) or put it in adverse conditions, and it sputters. That could be important to remember through the rest of this month.

» BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a pair of touchdowns, but it was Gio Bernard, who did most of the work. Bernard posted 148 scrimmage yards and is asserting himself as Cincinnati’s primary running back. TDs are fluky things, feel good knowing the rookie is getting touches.

» Something shook loose for Andrew Luck. After a poor first half, he came back with four TDs in the second half. If you sat him, know that based on the matchups, it was the right call. It probably won’t make you feel any better. But we tried.

» If you’re still alive in the postseason, Toby Gerhart might be worth picking up. Especially if Adrian Peterson’s injury is serious. Next week’s matchup with the Eagles is a nice one … and it’s indoors.

» It was a return to fantasy relevance for Vincent Jackson and Bobby Rainey. Jackson wasn’t a shock against the Bills poor pass defense, but Rainey going against Buffalo came out of nowhere — even if 75 percent of his yards came on one play.

» So much for that vaunted Jets run defense. Marcel Reece had his way with them, running for 123 yards and a touchdown. Oh, and as long as Matt McGloin is on the field, Rod Steater is a fantasy factor.

» Not a lot of superlatives from the Falcons and Packers today. But with Green Bay still mathematically alive, it means Aaron Rodgers is still a possibility for the fantasy playoffs.

» Josh Gordon. That is all.

» Remember what we said about Shane Vereen? Yeah, scratch that. Just another reminder that games are four quarters long.

» As a reminder that a game is four quarters, we present Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy. After slow starts, both players have come on big.

» File this under #Belitricks: Just when you thought it was safe to start Shane Vereen, he has just one carry and three catches. LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley have six carries apiece.

» Add Rob Gronkowski to the list of players going down with an injury today. Took a nasty (but legal) hit on his knee and is being carted off the field.

» Adrian Peterson is being carted into the locker room. I don’t need to explain to anyone why this is bad news.

» Dwayne Bowe has become fantasy relevant again, scoring double-digits in three of his past four games. That includes today, in which he’s already snagged a TD pass. It would have been nice for him to do this before all fantasy owners gave up on him.

» Bad news coming late in warmups. Reggie Bush slipped in some snow and appears to have injured himself. All things considered, you might want to put him on your bench.

» No surprises in the early set of inactives. That means your fantasy stars will be on the field. However, the new worry for today will be the inclement weather that is likely to affect a string of games across the country. It might be fun to look at (especially from your couch), but it probably won’t be a ton of fun to play in.

» One piece of news for the morning … Rashad Jennings has been ruled out of today’s game with against the Jets. With Darren McFadden already unavailable for the contest, that leaves Marcel Reece as Oakland’s top running back. It’s not a matchup you want to toy with. Look elsewhere for RB help.

– Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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