NFC South Week 14 Fantasy Preview

Well, it was painful to watch Seattle crush my Saints. Very painful. And of course this week it does not get any easier as Carolina comes to town – but hey at least its on Sunday Night and the Saints are at home. Its also fantasy playoff time. This is the time to trust your studs. Players that have gotten you through the year and have been reliable. Don’t get cute! Buffalo heads into Tampa in what could be one of the most pointless games of the year. Atlanta heads to the cold in Green Bay which was probably one of those games on paper that looked great in the off season, until you know, both teams started to suck at football. Well, at least Green Bay has an excuse.

Buffalo at Tampa Bay

Matt Ryan could have had a far better game last week against Buffalo – threw for over 300 yards but just 1 TD. Mainly because his run game finally had some steam and had two TDs. I think this will be a nice game for Mike Glennon. A bit of a gamble in your playoffs, but if you employ the streaming strategy he could be a solid play this week.

Steven Jackson totaled 87 yards and 2 TDs on the ground against this defense last week. I have a hunch this could be a big week for Bobby Rainey. He was slowed down against the tough Carolina defense, but this could be a nice rebound. He exploded against a weak Atlanta defense, so I would not be surprised if he did the same this week.

Roddy White torched this defense last week, just torched it. Vincent Jackson was unimpressive last week, so I feel a big game for him this week. Roddy has been pretty bad this year and V-Jax has been much better, so the matchup is juicy for him. Tim Wright has fallen off a bit, though this could be a nice game for him. Deeper league play in my eyes as Tony G last week had a nice game with a score against Buffalo. Bad news is that Mr. Wright is not Tony Gonzalez.

Atlanta at Green Bay

Stafford ripped this defense last week (except for his couple INTs). The fact that GB won’t be dominating this game bodes well for Matt Ryan. If you’ve been riding him all year, this might be the big payoff. There could be better options out there, but if you’re in a 12+ team league or a 2 QB league, he could be a nice play this week.

So Reggie and Joique crushed this defense last week. Steven Jackson has a really nice matchup here and I’m thinking he will have a really good game. I’m expecting over 100 total yards and at least 1 TD.

Roddy White is no Megatron. But there’s no denying the Green Bay defensive secondary is weak. Roddy White is tough to trust after how this year has played out, but after seeing 14 targets and going over 100 yards last game, I think you can trust him this week. Harry Douglas had a decent game, but he’s better in PPR because he just simply doesn’t score. He has only 2 TDs this year but he does see a lot of targets. Tony Gonzalez looks like the 3rd option after last week, but he’s still a TE1 this week. He should see his share of looks and I think there’s a good chance he scores.

Carolina at New Orleans

I think this was just one of those games for the Saints. Playing outdoors on the road in arguably the toughest place to play in the NFL, I’m not surprised they didn’t show up. Well, maybe a little surprised but still. Good news is if you have Brees, he’s probably going to go off. Carolina’s defense has been excellent this year, but Brees is lights out at home and my guess is that him and Sean Payton want to send a message after they got thumped in Seattle. Going to Newton, I think he’s a great play this week as well. After watching the read option crush New Orleans, I think Newton could pile up the rushing yards. Also, the Saints shut down Marshawn Lynch last week, so Cam may have to (try to) win this with his arm and his legs.

Going to skip over the Carolina running backs because Tolbert is getting most of the snaps for Carolina. I’ll leave it there. Good news for Darren Sproles was that he was far more involved last week than in the past this season. Bad news is he did about zero with his touches (not really his fault). I like him to get involved a lot in this game, along with Pierre Thomas. Pierre normally gets the bulk of the carries (though minimal) which will help him in this game. However, the Panthers have been fantastic against the run this year so I wouldn’t expect much from him on the ground. He should get a few screen passes and hopefully a score, but he’s a tough start this week.

I think Jimmy Graham is really the only Saints pass catcher that you can trust. Obviously you’re starting him in any game, but its a statement against the rest of the New Orleans WRs. Its mainly that Brees spreads the ball around and finds the open man – a lot of the time Jimmy Graham due to his mismatches. Looking to Carolina, Steve Smith will be matched up with Keenan Lewis who has had a fantastic year. He had given up just 1 TD before last week against Seattle, according to Pro Football Focus. I think Steve Smith is a sit for me this week due to the match up and he also has not been that great all year. Greg Olsen is the only other mainly relevant pass catcher here – he didn’t score last week but he still had 5 receptions for 85 yards which is a really nice game for TE standards. Think he scores this week and if not, still has a nice game.

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