Week 14 Top Fantasy Performers

Looking at the best of the best in another week of great football.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Welcome to the playoffs; fantasy football style. If you are still hanging around with us then let me give you one piece of advice: don't get cute with your lineups.

If you are in the playoffs there is a reason for it, so I wouldn't change anything you've done this late in the game. Play the studs; the match-ups; but whatever you do, don't play yourselves out of advancing with poor last minute changes. That only leads to a whole off-season of second guessing.

Trust me, I know first hand.

Now on to the best from week 14.

Quarterback

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: 23 of 35 287 yards 2 TDs. 9 rushes 116 yards, 1 TD (40 points)

After committing 17 turnovers in his first nine games, Cam Newton has now went four straight games without one. Week 14 also marked the third straight game that he has scored at least three touchdowns. This late season production is a reward for owners who were patient with the second year man.

Running Back

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: 11 rushes 128 yards 3 TDs. (30 points)

Lynch exploded onto the fantasy scene last year with a career high 12 touchdowns. So far this season, Lynch has nine scores and is on pace to eclipse his 2011 totals. With Lynch set to face Buffalo in week 15, he remains a must start in all formats.

Wide Receiver

Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers: 7 receptions 112 yards 2 TDs. (23 points)

What a difference a quarterback makes. After three games in which Wallace was practically nonexistent, he exploded back in relevancy this past Sunday with a multiple touchdown game. As along as Ben Roethlisberger is under center, Wallace is a must start. Of course, his production would be even more if he could overcome the inexplicable drops he has had this season.

Tight End

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: 4 receptions 55 yards 1 TD. (11 points)

Greg Olsen has been a major beneficiary of the resurgence of quarterback Cam Newton. While not the most consistent part of the Panthers passing game, he has scored at least one touchdown in four different games this season. He remains a red-zone threat and is considered a solid start heading forward.

Kicker

Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks: 3 for 3 with 7 extra points (16 points)

When the offense gets as many scoring opportunities as the Seahawks' did this past Sunday in their 58-0 spanking of the Cardinals, the kicker is bound to gain his fair share of points as well.  For the season, Hauschka is 19 of 22 with his only misses coming from 50-plus yard attempts. While not elite, he is a solid start against the Bills in week 15.

 

Rookie Watch

Nick Foles, Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles. 32 of 51 381 yards 2 TDs. 3 rushes 27 yards 1 TD. (35 points)

With rookie quarterbacks taking center stage and all the headlines this season, is it surprising that Nick Foles lit it up for over 300 yards and three scores this weekend? The Philly starting gig is Foles' for the remainder of the season and the foreseeable future.Sso long term, Foles might be worth a look. As for week 15, he faces a stingy Bengals defense that allows the 11th fewest passing yards per game. Only start him if you don't have a better option.
 

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.

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