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The Shot Caller's Report - WRs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 14
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks:

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Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon: Too good to sit.

Josh Gordon @ NE: Iím not sure whatís most astounding about Gordonís record-setting two-game run in Weeks 12 and 13 (24 receptions, 498 yards, and four TDsÖa fantasy season for many receivers). Is it the fact he didnít even lead the league in points one of those weeks (Eric Decker bested him last week)? How about the fact his team didnít win either game despite playing two sub-.500 teams? Or maybe itís the fact he amassed those video game-like numbers despite playing with two different quarterbacks, one of whom was named Brandon Weeden? The fantasy pundits are dubious Gordon can even come close to an encore performance in Week 14 and I probably agree. I donít, however, agree you could conceivably sit him down. Whether itís Weeden, Jason Campbell, Alex Tanney, or Bernie Kosar throwing him passes this Sunday, you gotta continue riding him. Heís too good and a New England blowout might even create more opportunities for gaudy stats.

A.J. Green v. IND: Until Gordon exploded onto the scene this year, Green was the resident alpha dog wideout in the AFC North. Heís probably still more reliable in the long term thanks to a more stable QB sitch and better surrounding talent, but his 2013 campaign has been slightly marred by some serious inconsistency. Following a stellar start to the season (162 yards and two scores in the opener), Cincyís young star averaged just 6.5 points over his next four games. Then, he caught fire, averaging 16.6 in his next fiveÖonly to come crashing back down to earth in his most recent two tilts (7.5). Itíd be nice to know what he might bring to the table in critical Week 14 matchups, but itís probably anybodyís guess. Hereís mine: He explodes against a Coltsí secondary that has been gashed for some very large numbers this year (25.2 points/game yielded to WRs, eighth worst). You donít quit Green either.

DeSean Jackson v. DET: I told you early on to expect the unexpected with Chip Kelly and the iconoclastic head man hasnít disappointed in his first year at the helm, even making a liar out of me. The Eagles arenít close to leading the league in plays per game (as I figured they would), but they certainly possess the NFLís most explosive offense, having recorded 61 pass plays over 20 yards and 16 over 40 yards, both league highs. Those are passing plays, mind you, not running plays. Still think Kellyís all about the zone read? Jackson is the most dangerous of Phillyís WR bunch and he squares off this Sunday against a Lions defense that has given up three of the six longest passing plays in the league this year. So, to recap: explosive receiver + explosive offense v. an incendiary secondary? Call it the formula for fantasy dynamite, students, and get Jackson in your lineups.

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Anquan Boldin v. SEA: Boldinís the third ĎFrisco player Iíve recommended you sit down in Week 14, but if I had more space, Iíd probably list them all. Thatís how strongly I feel about the way Seattle is playing these days. Iím no apologist for the only Pacific NW franchise, by the way, even though I call that corner of the country home. I actually loathe the ĎHawks and their nut job fans (primarily because they double as Husky and Sounders fans) and might be one of the very few people around who thinks Pete Carrollís good guy schtick is pure phony baloney. This much is fact, though: Dude can coach. He should have paid for his sins in Southern California, but that doesnít detract from what the former Trojan shot caller has done in the Emerald City. Expect very little from the 49ers offense this Sunday night and virtually nothing from the guy who will be blanketed by Richard Sherman Ė destroyer of wide receiver dreams and sporting decorum Ė all evening.

Greg Jennings @ BAL: Jennings is getting some love in fantasy circles this week after a 78-yard, one-TD performance against the Bears in Minnesotaís win last Sunday. Matt Cassel replaced Christian Ponder halfway through that contest and will get the start for sure this weekend, a development that seems to bode well for Jenningsí continued success (his two best games in 2013 have come with Cassel under center). Hereís what personally holds me back: 1) Baltimoreís pass defense is better than the numbers would indicate (they yielded more than 20% of their total points to WRs in the season opener against Denver); 2) Jennings still has fewer fantasy points than Julio Jones (Jones hasnít played since Week 5). Itís OK if you think Iím a Jennings hater (guilty), but just remember itís your fantasy butt on the line if you ignore this advice and not mine.

Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley v. MIA: Nope, you didn’t need to be told this, but can we just cogitate for a few about how crazy it is that Rex Ryan is sticking with Geno Smith as his quarterback? I mean, what possible reason could there be for trotting a guy out there who threw for 127 yards and two picks a couple weeks ago…and then performed about three times as poorly the following week (29 yards and one INT against the Fish in Week 13)? Starting Smith is a terrible idea, but starting one of the guys he theoretically plays catch with is downright horrifying. Only if you’re trying to embarrass an annoying relative/friend and have the manpower to cover for a goose egg.

Good luck, folks!