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Week 14: Hot & Cold

Here is a quick overview of some guys who are hot and some guys who are cold, as you prepare your teams for the playoffs.


RB Michael Turner (ATL): I was down on Turner earlier in the year, but he has proven me wrong. And on top of that, now that DT Pat Williams and DT Kevin Williams have been suspended by the NFL, his matchup against Minnesota in week 16 is looking much more attractive.

RB Thomas Jones (NYJ): Jones has over 1000 yards and 11 TDs rushing on the year, and he still has 4 games to play. He is having one of his best seasons ever, and you likely drafted him much later than most guys who are scoring much less. Look for him to continue to play well, as he has some easy matchups down the stretch.

RB Peyton Hillis (DEN): Hillis is a very unlikely late-season fantasy hero, but he has certainly delivered for those who were astute enough to grab him off waivers. He is the only RB to rush for 100 yards on the Jets this year, and the Broncos are willing to give him the ball near the goal line.

RB DeAngelo Williams (CAR): His 4-TD performance against Green Bay was nice. But overall, he has been playing pretty well. Most thought RB Jonathan Stewart would steal his carries, but Stewart (predictably) has been unable to stay healthy. Williams has scored more than 20 points in each of his last 4 games.

WR Domenik Hixon (NYG): With WR Plaxico Burress out for the rest of the year, Hixon steps into the lineup. And he should do pretty well. The Giants have a great offensive line and a great running game, which opens things up for the WRs. Look for Hixon to perform very well over the next few weeks.

WR Lance Moore (NO): He is currently the 9th highest scoring fantasy WR. And no one had even heard of this guy until after the first few weeks of the season. Think of everyone out there who drafted Devery Henderson or Robert Meachem. Or even Marques Colston. And Moore is the best WR in New Orleans.

TE Tony Gonzalez (KC): Many thought he was over the hill (or left him for dead due to the QB issues in Kansas City), but Gonzo has proven us all wrong. He leads all TEs in scoring and has put up some pretty impressive numbers lately. I expect the trend to continue.


RB Clinton Portis (WAS): A couple weeks ago, most thought he was the MVP of the league. But injuries and tough matchups have crushed those dreams. He has scored less than 10 points in 2 of his last 3 games, and has some tough matchups down the stretch. Hopefully he will bounce back.

RB Marion Barber (DAL): Barber only scored 10 points in his last 2 games, and now is dealing with a toe injury. On top of that, he faces Pittsburgh, New York Giants, and Baltimore in his next three games. Brutal.

WR Braylon Edwards (CLE): Easily the biggest bust of the year.

WR Reggie Wayne (IND): Despite easy matchups, Wayne has not performed well lately. He does have easy matchups ahead, as well, but my confidence in his ability to be a top WR is not nearly as strong as it was early in the year.

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