Week 14 Studs and Duds
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Week 14 is almost in the books – Fantasy Playoff Week 1 is winding down. There were some tremendous efforts this week to help owners get to the next round. Unfortunately, there were some brutal performances that may have sent owners packing!
Dave B breaks down all such performances in the Week 14 edition of Studs and Duds.
Studs of the Week:
Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – No doubt about this one! MJD was an absolute beast on Sunday rushing for 85 yards and two touchdowns while racking up 51 receiving yards and two scores. Four touchdowns in a game will make you Stud of the Week any time!
Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – Ryan was the man against Carolina, guiding his team back for an absolutely crucial win. Ryan threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns in his Stud of the Week performance.
Tom Brady – New England Patriots – Ho hum – Brady makes the list again! He had 357 yards and three touchdowns in a shootout against Washington. Brady is a Stud –no doubt about it!
Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – Brees continues his assault on the yardage record and passed for 300 yards for the 10th time this season – 337 yards and two touchdowns in a road win in Tennessee – Stud!
Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – Rivers was effective and efficient on Sunday – 2 words that haven’t been part of his résumé lately. He tossed three touchdowns on 240 yards passing to barely become a Stud.
Honourable Mention: Eli Manning, Tony Romo
Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens – Rice was a monster for the second straight week on Sunday. He had 103 yards rushing and a touchdown while adding 6 catches for 46 yards in a win over Indianapolis. Rice is a Stud no doubt for sure!
Shonn Greene – NY Giants – Greene is coming alive at the right time for his owners and was a Stud for the second straight week. Greene had 129 yards and a touchdown on the ground while adding 58 yards receiving.
Ryan Grant – Green Bay Packers – Grant is the only healthy running back in Green Bay and looks like he doesn’t want to give up the starting gig. He had 85 yards on just 10 carries with two touchdowns and one catch for 13 yards – an unlikely Stud performance
Honourable Mention: Ryan Matthews, Roy Helu, Brandon Jacobs
Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – Gronk set the NFL record for touchdowns by a TE on Sunday – reason enough to call him a Stud. The dude had 6 catches, 160 yard and 2 touchdowns this week! Gronkowski was very nearly a Stud of the Week but he’ll have to settle for plain old Stud status.
Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – Colston was huge in a road win for the Saints on Sunday. He had 7 catches, 105 yards and two scores to become a Week 14 Stud.
Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – It seems to be all or nothing for Julio Jones this season but thankfully for his owners he was a Stud in Week 14. On Sunday Jones hauled in three balls for 104 yards and two scores – Stud!
Duds of the Week:
Plaxico Burress -NY Jets – Zero catches, zero points – Mega-Dud!
Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – ditto!
Ahmad Bradshaw -NY Giants – You call yourself a pro and you violate a team rule. Bradshaw was benched for the entire first half of the game and ended up with 8 carries for 12 yards. Welcome back to the lineup Dud!
Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Freeman had a very juicy matchup against a brutal Jacksonville pass defense. He managed just 181 yards passing, ZERO touchdowns and two interceptions in a truly Dud performance.
Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – Everyone has been lighting up the Packers pass defense lately. Sunday was Carson’s turn- right? Wrong! Palmer had 245 yards passing (mostly in garbage time), one touchdown and four huge interceptions. Palmer has been going downhill for weeks and it culminated with a thud in Week 14.
Willis McGahee – Denver Broncos – 17 carries for 34 yards? I know that Chicago’s defense is good but C’mon! I am sorry if you were depending on Willis this week!
Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – Wow, way to come back down to earth Chris. After two straight 150+ yards effort, Johnson was held to 23 yards on Sunday. His 43 yards receiving was nice but not enough to keep Johnson off the Dud list!
Arian Foster – Houston Texans – Foster was a Top 5 RB play this week and was supposed to be the only thing going for the Texans. He managed only 41 yards rushing and a fumble on Sunday in one of the more disappointing Week 14 efforts.
Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – Has anyone seen the REAL Megatron? Johnson has tailed off in a big way this season and on Sunday he was a Dave B Dud for the first time. 3 catches for 29 yards made it easy to add him to the Duds!
Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Williams had a dream matchup against an injury riddled Jaguars team but had only 3 catches for 35 yards. I am getting used to Williams being a Dud!
Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – When Maclin was declared good to go for Week 14 his owners were ecstatic! How did he reward his patient owners? 1 catch for 13 yards – Dud!