Marry, Cheat, Dump – Week 14
I’m not sure if Roy Cooke (Professional Poker Player & Author) plays fantasy sports or not, but if he does, I’m sure that he’d include the 30+ million people playing fantasy football in this quote as well.
“Only in love do I see more self-denial, lack of honesty with oneself, and bad decisions based on emotion than at poker.” – Roy Cooke – Card Player Magazine Columnist
If you’ve managed to trap yourself in the middle of a sticky, fantasy football love triangle; PigskinBoss.com Featured Writer – Marcus Katkin is here to help!
Our resident love guru, is going to discuss a few players that you should Marry (hold on to and start for the foreseeable future), Cheat with (players that you should start because of their recent production but feel dirty in doing so) and Dump (players you should trade away or drop).
Marry, Cheat, Dump – Week 14
QBs (Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton)
Marry – Andrew Luck
I wrote about how I loved Andrew Luck back in Week 9. Hopefully you heeded my words and have been starting him ever since!
It’s very possible that you drafted Luck to be your backup QB or part of a Quarterback by committee with the likes of Rivers, Romo, or Roethlisberger. Here’s why you should start him throughout the rest of the year over these guys…
First, he faces the Titans, who have given up multiple passing touchdowns in 9 out of 12 games this year. Tennessee has arguably the worst pass defense in the league.
Next on the schedule are the Houston Texans. While they have been known for their strong pass defense they have actually given up 1,128 passing yards in their last three games. That’s an average of 376 yards a game! That’s also considering that 2 of the 3 QBs were Chad Henne and Jake Locker!
Week 16 he faces a soft Kansas City pass defense that has allowed multiple passing TDs in 11 of 13 games this year. QBs are averaging over 18 points a game against them.
Cheat – Cam Newton
Cam’s been in the Marry section of my previous articles.
If you didn’t like him before, Cam’s got serious fantasy appeal for the next 4 weeks (Falcons, Chargers, Raiders, Saints). He’s coming off a 28 point game last week against KC and a 37 point performance the week before that. Superman is back and just in time for your fantasy playoffs.
Dump –Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan has fallen from my good graces and fallen hard!
In the last three weeks, against 2 reasonably easy pass defenses, Ryan has thrown 6 INTs and only 2 TDs and is averaging only 9 fantasy points.
Chances are if you have him, you’re starting him because you haven’t needed another QB up until now and don’t have a better option.
If you had Luck on your bench, or a guy like Colin Kaepernick is somehow still available on your waiver wire, then get Ryan out of your lineup.
RBs (Jamaal Charles, Michael Turner, Bryce Brown)
Marry – Jamaal Charles
Another guy that I’ve been talking up all year in my Marry, Cheat, Dump articles.
His main concern this season has been his workload. Certainly the last 4 weeks have answered that call as he had 23, 21, 23, and 31 touches. He’s got an easy schedule and will be a lock for 100+ total yards each week if this workload keeps up.
Cheat – Bryce Brown
LeSean McCoy will be back this year and will be the bell cow when he does, but in the meantime, how about Bryce Brown? 372 total yards in the last two weeks, 51 touches and 4 TDs – that’s quite the performance!
He has had fumbling problems, but with numbers like that who cares?!?
He’s an every week must start until McCoy returns.
Dump – Michael Turner
Turner hit the wall in the second half of last year and has hit it again this year.
Over the last 4 games he only has 1 game with more than 13 carries. He’s still getting more carries than Jacquizz Rodgers and the TDs have been saving your fantasy weeks but he only has 1 game over 50 yards in those 4 games and is averaging just 3.0 YPC during those 4 games. He just cannot be trusted throughout your fantasy playoffs.
WRs (Cecil Shorts, Denarius Moore, Chris Givens)
Marry – Chris Givens
You know that girl in high school that was never popular and never really got much attention, then 10 years later you find her on Facebook and she’s blossomed into this beautiful woman who you can’t believe you passed on? Meet Chris Givens.
He’s done consistently well all year. Exactly what you want during the fantasy playoffs…consistency.
He has scored at least 8 fantasy points in all but 2 games he’s played in this year.
Since week 10, when the Rams suspended him for the game, he’s 16th in the NFL in targets and has more targets than the following notable players: Vincent Jackson, Hakeem Nicks, Marques Colston, Denarius Moore, Jimmy Graham, Miles Austin, and Victor Cruz.
He’s caught at least 3 passes in every game since week 6 and has had at least 63 yards in all of those games but one. If you’ve been ravaged by injury, you can do far worse than Chris Givens.
Cheat – Cecil Shorts
Chad Henne took over as the QB mid-way through the week 10 game vs. the Colts and Shorts has been Henne’s main target ever since. Many will point to Justin Blackmon’s breakout game in week 11 as Henne’s main squeeze but look at the numbers in all 4 games.
Shorts has out targeted Blackmon 38 to 30. He’s scored at least 13 points in each of those four games and has had 368 receiving yards and 4 TDs in those games. It should come to no surprise that the Jaguars will continue to be behind throughout much of their remaining games. Now on their 4th string RB, it’s quite evident that they will abandon the run even earlier allowing for more targets and more yards for Shorts.
Continue to monitor his concussion situation but if he’s in the game you must start him.
Dump – Denarius Moore
It should come as no surprise that Moore was benched during their week 13 game against Cleveland. In the last 3 games he’s caught just 4 of his 19 targets for just 60 yards. He’s been battling a case of the “dropsies” all year.
He’s elite talent with elite speed and could be a game changer in the NFL very soon, but for now he needs to regain his coach’s confidence and stop dropping balls. Until he does, he should remain on your bench too.
Good luck this week!
About the Author – Marcus Katkin has been playing Fantasy Football for the past 20 years. If you’re having fantasy football trust issues – send your start/sit questions to Marcus at PigskinBoss.com or on Twitter @MarcusKatkin