I hope you survived a wild and crazy Week 14 of the fantasy season. The cold weather looked like they only adversely affected the game in Philadelphia since the quarterbacks that played in every other cold weather game turned in excellent performances. Except for Robert Griffin III, but those issues are seemingly team-related. From what we've seen, weather is a variable to keep track of, but the larger issues to worry about are injuries and teams clinching playoff seeds.
Matthew Stafford did not throw a touchdown last week. That was not something we wanted to see in the first week of the playoffs, and it was unexpected as he had been averaging 302 yards and 2.8 touchdowns over his previous four games. If this didn't trip you up, Stafford is safe to use moving forward. His last three games are all indoors, two at home and one on the road. Another factor in his favor is that his team is fighting for its playoff life and will have to keep playing its best football right up until the end of the season. Stafford faces the Ravens on Monday night. Baltimore gave up 265 passing yards and two touchdowns to Matt Cassel, and I believe that Stafford will put up better numbers than that against Baltimore in the safe confines of Ford Field.
The last poor game Tom Brady had this season came against Miami in Week 8. Now that he has lost his star tight end for the rest of the season, what can we expect? At the beginning of the season, he was getting accustomed to a new group of receivers and had also lost Shane Vereen. Brady's relationship with his receivers has grown since then, and having Vereen back at full health has really been a boost. New England is still aiming for the first-round bye and can lock up the division with a win in Miami. The weather looks like it's going to be perfect. I think he'll pass for 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Nick Foles gets an awesome matchup, facing Minnesota indoors. The Viking secondary has been awful all season and this Philadelphia offense will have a field day. Minnesota has been allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to fantasy quarterbacks. Fole passed for 406 yards and seven touchdowns in Week 9 against Oakland. I'm not sure if he'll reach that level in this game, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did.
My sleeper of the week is Ryan Tannehill. Like Brady, he has gone over a month since a bad start. In the last three weeks, Tannehill has put together some really good passing games, averaging 280 yards and two touchdowns. I think he'll reach those numbers this week, as Miami looks to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.
Listed below are the top five quarterbacks for passing touchdowns:
And the top five quarterbacks for passing yards:
1. Peyton Manning - 4,522
2. Drew Bress - 4,107
3. Matthew Stafford - 3,973
4. Philip Rivers - 3,882
5. Ben Roethlisberger - 3,724
Quick Notes: Washington has reportedly decided on Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback for Week 15.........Cleveland waived Caleb Hanie.........Aaron Rodgers will practice Wednesday. Green Bay will see if he can be cleared to play, but it appears unlikely......Buffalo will scale down their offensive game plan to help EJ Manuel. Manuel has struggled since coming back from his injury......Jay Cutler will remain Chicago's starter, when he comes back from his ankle injury......Matt McGloin will start Oakland's final three games of the season, although Terrelle Pryor could see some playing time.......Case Keenum will remain the starter for the Houston Texans.....Christian Ponder has been cleared from his concussion. The team may decide to stick with Matt Cassel at quarterback.