Hot and Not – Week 14
Each week, Dave B will compile a list of Hot and Not Hot players based on their past performances and future matchups.
The second season of Fantasy Football has officially arrived – playoff time will separate the men from the boys. Who is going into the Fantasy playoffs on fire and who has cooled significantly at the most important time of the year?
Below is a list of players that are sure-fire starters for your Fantasy squad and others to be wary of on your quest for the Fantasy crown.
Enjoy and Good Luck!
Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints - Brees has been on fire of late, throwing for 1,027 yards with a 9-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio over his last three games. He has now thrown for 300 yards in nine games this season – scorching Hot!
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – Rodgers has now thrown four touchdown passes in four games this season and has 39 combined scores (37 passing, 2 rushing) on the year. He has accounted for at least two scores in every game thus, while also logging eight 300-yard passing games over that stretch. He is absolutely Money in the Bank!
Tom Brady – New England Patriots - Brady has passed for 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last 4 games. He has averaged 304.25 yards per game over that stretch – Hot!
Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – Johnson had his third 100-yard rushing performance in his last four games during a 23-17 win over the Bills in Week 13. Johnson went for 153 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday to follow up a Week 12 performance that he rushed for 190 yards. That`s 343 yards in two games – Hot!
Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – Lynch has been outstanding over the last month, leading the NFL with 591 rushing yards and five run TDs in five games since Week 9. Next Sunday, the Seahawks host St. Louis, which is last in the league against the run, allowing an average of 159.0 yards.
Willis McGahee – Denver Broncos – The Broncos are playing VERY well and McGahee is producing. He has gone over 100 yards win his last two games and has touched the ball at least 20 times in each. Denver is going to ride McGahee and why not?
LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia Eagles - McCoy rushed 17 times for 84 yards with a touchdown and caught four passes for a season-high 49 yards with a score in Thursday’s 31-14 loss to Seattle. The dude has 15 touchdowns this season – Hot!
Wes Welker – New England Patriots – Wes Welker had 11 receptions for 114 yards during the Patriots’ 31-24 victory over Indianapolis in Week 13. Last week he had 8 catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Guess who is heating up again?
Victor Cruz – New York Giants – Victor Cruz registered his third straight 100-yard receiving game in Week 13 against the Packers. Cruz finished with seven receptions for a team-high 119 yards. He has at least six catches in each of his last six games – Hot!
Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – Harvin has been a beast since Adrian Peterson went down with injury. He had 175 total yards and two touchdowns on Sunday and he had over 100 all purpose yards and a touchdown last week. He is the only playmaker on the Vikings right now – Hot.
Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – Flacco threw for 158 yards and had no touchdowns or interceptions on Sunday – yuk! This is after a Thanksgiving day that he threw for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Ravens appear committed to running the crap out of the ball making Flacco Not Hot.
Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – Palmer’s 273 yards, two touchdown performance, one interception performance looks OK but Palmer didn’t on Sunday. His numbers all came in garbage time – for 50 minutes of the game he was brutal. Palmer has lost his starter status, is a very risky start going forward and is Not Hot.
Michael Turner – Atlanta Falcons – Michael Turner ran for only 60 yards on 19 carries last week against the Vikings and followed it up with 14 carries for 44 yards against Houston. Turner has a reputation for wearing down as the season goes along. Could it be happening again?
Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – Jackson was up against the best run defense in the NFL so we will excuse the 19 yards rushing. But Jackson averaged just 53 yards rushing in the previous two games with no touchdowns. The Rams are a mess and they must now face a Seattle team that is looking very good at the moment.
DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – It’s hard to believe it but Jackson has not scored since Week 5! In Seattle he just wasn`t right. His head is somewhere else. The Eagles are done and Jackson is Not Hot!
Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – Check these numbers out – in the last four games combined, Boldin has 9 catches for 152 yards and 1 touchdown – Not Hot!