Fantasy football review, and NFL Week 14 picks

While Minnesota Vikings fans might be looking ahead to 2012, those that play fantasy football may not be ready to close the door on the NFL season just yet.

Week 14 means in most leagues that the fantasy football playoffs are about to get under way. How was this year for me? Solid, but not spectacular. My team in a 10-team league has been dominant, thanks to waiver-wire adds like Cam Newton, Victor Cruz and DeMarco Murray, and a midseason Vick-for-Chris Johnson swap. Grabbed the No. 1 seed for playoffs in that league.

The team in my 16-team league will not be defending its title. That squad sputtered to 6-7, never recovering from the loss of Jahvid Best at running back (a top-1o back prior to his latest concussion). Injuries are a killer in leagues that deep since there isn’t much on the waiver wire. Was actually fifth in scoring among the 16 teams, so there was some bad luck there as well. That team has also gotten great production from waiver-wire add Tim Tebow, who will be a keeper option to consider going forward.

Anyway, before the season, I posted some players I liked for fantasy football. Let’s review:

What did I get right

I actually performed better with my deep sleeper picks than my list of undervalued players. I nailed the Matthew Stafford selection much like many people did, although even his performance has tailed off in the last few weeks.

James Starks likely gave you solid production, though John Kuhn has prevented Starks from realizing his full potential by poaching many TDs. Ryan Grant certainly has not been a factor.

Looking at the deep sleeper list, a few names jump out. Murray has been an outstanding add in any-sized league. Eric Decker has had a very good season. Ben Tate has been a sneaky play despite being a back-up on his own team (I managed to get him thrown into the trade I mentioned earlier in this post). Even Denarius Moore has provided a couple of really good games.

What went wrong

Well, almost everyone in my undervalued list. Knowshon Moreno, Felix Jones, Austin Collie and Lee Evans have proven to be train wrecks of fantasy picks, and I don’t blame you for never taking my advice again if you selected those four.

I always figured Aaron Hernandez – not Rob Gronkowski – was the tight end to own for the Patriots, thinking that Gronkowski’s TD total from last season was a bit of a fluke. Boy was I wrong!

Week 14 NFL picks

Another strong showing two weeks ago, going 4-1. I didn’t make picks last week while I was on vacation. Regardless, I need to quit procrastinating and add up my totals. I have to be doing pretty well for the season.

  • Saints by 4 at Titans: Saints
  • Falcons by 3 at Panthers: Panthers
  • Patriots by 8 1/2 at Redskins: Patriots
  • Bengals by 1 vs. Texans: Texans
  • Cowboys by 3 1/2 vs. Giants: Cowboys

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