Week 14, for most standard fantasy football leagues among websites, means the first week of FFL playoffs.
This week, in preparation for everyone’s playoff match-ups––if your team made the postseason, of course––we have teamed up with Rachel Wold. Rachel, also known to her fans and followers as Fantasy Football Chick, runs the website fantasyfootballchick.com, where she gives her readers daily news, insight and advice, among many other topics surrounding the crazy world of Fantasy Football.
She has taken time out of her busy schedule to answer some of our FF questions, which includes a few Week 14 waiver wire pickups and strategies to use for the first week of your playoff match-ups.
Q: With playoffs starting this week in most standard leagues, do you have any specific fantasy strategies that you like to use once the postseason rolls around?
FantasyFootballChick: Be sure to check the waiver wires for players who may have been dropped due to just a bad game or two. Also, check weekly matchups. For instance, the Raiders defense is not wonderful, but they play the Jets this week who give up the most fantasy points to defenses. In other words, go for match-ups with positive upside, but be prepared to switch gears the next week when the matchup for that same player might be so favorable.
Q: Give us a couple of key waiver wire pick-ups for Week 14 action…
FantasyFootballChick: Julian Edelman is a nice waiver wire pickup. He had some bad weeks earlier which may have caused him to land on the waivers. Tom Brady seems to target him more than any other wide receiver right now, so ride the hot hand.
Also, Ladarius Green from the Chargers is on many waivers. He’s stealing targets from Veteran tight end Antonio Gates and has back to back touchdowns.
Q: With Aaron Rodgers likely out again this week, who are the best backup QB options available this week for Rodgers owners?
FantasyFootballChick: If you need a backup for Aaron Rodgers this week, I would recommend Josh McCown from the Bears if you can get him. He’s got the best receiving duo in the NFL in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and he plays against a suspect Dallas defense.
Another solid quarterback option is Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Titans. He produces consistent fantasy points each week and since he’s been filling in for Jake Locker, and he’s got six passing touchdowns and two rush touchdowns in four weeks.
Q: Who’s your 2013 Fantasy MVP: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Calvin Johnson (or other)? And why?
FantasyFootballChick: At this point, I have to go with Peyton Manning. As the oldest quarterback currently playing in the NFL, he’s already on record with 41 touchdowns, over 13 more than the second place quarterback and has the highest passing yards as well. Manning is a legend in my opinion.
Q: If you own multiple receivers from the same team (Wes Welker/Demaryius Thomas or Victor Cruz/Hakeem Nicks) would you start them both on any given week, or do you advise against that?
FantasyFootballChick: In most circumstances I would not. It seems that one wide receiver from a particular team seems to shine more than the others in any given week. However, I wouldn’t play a sub-par guy from another team over one of two good receivers from the same team. For example, if I had Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas, I wouldn’t sit one to play Mike Wallace or Marques Colston.
Q: Are injured stars such as Arian Foster and Julio Jones worth holding onto as keepers for 2014 in standard keeper fantasy leagues?
FantasyFootballChick: I guess that just depends on their age, wear and tear and the projected outcome of their surgeries. I am not opposed to them on keeper leagues, but keep in mind fresh, healthy talent like Zac Stacy, Eddie Lacy, Giovani Bernard and Alshon Jeffery.
Q: Speaking of injuries, what are a few of the devastating injuries that you feel impacted fantasy leagues the most this season?
FantasyFootballChick: As you mentioned, Julio jones was probably one of the most detrimental injuries not only effecting fantasy leagues, but the Atlanta Falcons whole season. Other player injuries which have seriously impacted my leagues and those of my friends are Randall Cobb – a PPR machine last year, Aaron Rodgers, and David Wilson, who I had such high hopes for.
Q: What, or who, is your biggest surprise of the 2013 season so far?
FantasyFootballChick: Fred Jackson, is a major fantasy surprise who wasn’t drafted until late and who has completely outshined C.J. Spiller by miles. I use him every week in my lineup. Josh Gordon is also a huge fantasy surprise and bonus considering people were probably leery to draft him due to his early season suspension and sketchy quarterback situation.
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