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Fantasy Football Corner

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QB: Rex Grossman (WAS): As every Redskins fan is well aware, Grossman is not a good NFL quarterback. However, fantasy football is about numbers, and Grossman has a very juicy match-up this week against New England. The Patriots rank dead last in pass defense (310 yards allowed per game) and have also surrendered 18 touchdown passes (tied for 17th in the NFL). Washington should get behind early and be forced to throw it a lot, which should allow Grossman to rack up numbers in junk time and help your fantasy team.
RB: Reggie Bush (MIA): The former USC Trojan is resembling his former Heisman winning form (before they stripped it form him) in recent weeks. Bush has topped double-digit fantasy points in each of the last six games, with all five of his rushing touchdowns this year coming in that span. The hot streak shouldn’t let up this week, as the Dolphins face a friendly run defense in Philadelphia (115.6 rushing yards allowed per game and 11 touchdowns given up).
WR: Calvin Johnson (DET): In the four games since the Lions bye week, Megatron has been held in check by opposing defenses. Johnson is averaging just 72 yard receiving per game during that stretch with only one touchdown, and has posted three games of single-digit fantasy numbers. But this week is going to see the rebirth of the Megatron, as Detroit faces the 26th ranked pass defense in the Minnesota Vikings, who have also allowed an NFL worst 24 touchdown passes this season.
RB: Marion Barber (CHI)
WR: Michael Crabtree (SF)
TE: Dustin Keller (NYJ)
K: Billy Cundiff (BAL)
DEF: Seattle Seahawks

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QB: Andy Dalton (CIN): The Red Rifle has put up solid numbers this year to put Bengals on the fringe of a playoff berth and place himself in the Rookie of the Year discussion. But Dalton has seen a slip in production in his past four games (averaging just 14.3 points per game) and this week he faces a stiff Texans pass defense that is the third best in the league. Look for another mediocre game from Dalton this week.
RB: Willis McGahee (DEN): The media circus that has surrounded Tim Tebow has overshadowed how well McGahee has been this season (averaging 11 fantasy points per game this season). However, despite the eight-year NFL veteran’s resurgence, he is set to disappoint this week against a stout Chicago run defense. The Bears have the eighth best rushing defense in the league (99.8 yards per game allowed) and will surely focus in on the running game to force Tebow to beat them through the air.
WR: Mike Wallace (PIT): The Steelers’ speedster has had a phenomenal season, but Week 14 will prove to be a speed bump in his 2011 campaign. Pittsburgh will rekindle an old rivalry when they face the Cleveland Browns this week, and I’m sure it will shock many to hear that the Browns pass defense is the stingiest in the NFL (173 pass yards allowed per game). Wallace should see a lot of Cleveland CB Joe Haden, the man who has quietly taken the title away from Darelle Revis as the best cornerback in the NFL.
RB: Beanie Wells (ARZ)
WR: Marques Colston (NO)
TE: Owen Daniels (HOU)
K: Robbie Gould (CHI)
DEF: Tennessee Titans

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QB: Matt Moore (MIA)
RB: Toby Gerhart (MIN)
WR: Johnny Knox (CHI)
RB: Donald Brown (IND)
WR: Demaryius Thomas (DEN)
TE: Jake Ballard (NYG)
K: Nick Folk (NYJ)
DEF: Denver Broncos

Last Week: 10-6
Overall: 79-74-10