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Week 14 Upgrades/Downgrades


QB David Garrard - JAX

He had a key 28 yard run on 3rd and 19 with the game on the line. His running ability improves his chance each week to have a decent game. He is not as skilled as Byron Leftwich but draws some favorable matchups down the stretch.

QB Trent Green - KC

He is averaging 265 passing yards and 2 TDs a game over the last 3 weeks. With Priest Holmes out, this team passes a bit more. The addition of tackle Willie Roaf also frees Tony Gonzalez to run a lot more routes.

QB Rex Grossman - CHI

Kyle Orton is regressing. He has just 338 yards passing (and 2 TDs) over the last 3 games. The Bears are winning despite his bad play. This team is playoff bound, but doubtful they will be able to do much with Orton behind center.

QB Brad Johnson - MIN

Johnson is producing decent stats these days. He could be huge this week against the Rams.

QB Jamie Martin - STL

Martin doesnít excite us, but Act 2 of the Ryan Fitzpatrick Show was a flop. Jamie, how many fingers am I holding up? Thatís correct Ė get back in there son.

QB Sage Rosenfels - MIA

Gus Frerotte left the game with a concussion, and Sage rallied the team to an impressive win. Frerotte was never a long-term answer here so we could see Sage getting the start very soon.

QB Marques Tuiasosopo - OAK

The word is that Tuiasosopo will start this week in place of the struggling Kerry Collins.

QB Kurt Warner - ARI

Warner and the Cardinals passing game are flourishing now. Over the last three weeks, he has put up top three fantasy QB stats.

RB J.J. Arrington - ARI

Marcel Shipp is hobbled, so Arrington is getting the vast majority of the work. Of course Arizona doesnít exactly grind out rushing yardage, but Arrington is still the main ball-carrier.

RB Tiki Barber - NYG

He has not scored in the last three weeks, but he is putting up huge yardage numbers. He has 436 combined yards over the last 3 games.

RB Michael Bennett - MIN

Mewelde Moore was hurt returning a punt and Bennett responded in a big way. He finished with 79 yards on 22 carries and scored a TD. He also caught 3 passes. Moore will likely return to the starting lineup, but Bennett is at least a viable option should he go down again.

RB Domanick Davis - HOU

Davis gained 171 total yards against the Ravens. Over the last three weeks, he has put up top ten fantasy RB numbers.

RB Corey Dillon - NE

Finally healthy enough to play, Dillon managed only 84 total yards, but he did find the end zone. With New Englandís easy schedule (Buffalo, Tampa Bay, NY Jets, and Miami), Dillon and the Patriots should score well to end the season.

RB Kevin Faulk - NE

In his first game after spending eight weeks on the sidelines, Faulk was given 14 touches (four catches) and gained 81 total yards. Those arenít outstanding numbers, but he could help you in a point per reception league.

RB DeShaun Foster - CAR

Foster was huge against the Falcons as he went for 180 total yards and a pair of TDs. He has easily surpassed Stephen Davis in productivity. As long as Foster remains healthy, heíll be a quality fantasy back.

RB Frank Gore - SF

The team has just two wins (and we arenít sure how they got that many). It is now playing just to see who makes the team next year. Barlow was out this past week with a sore knee. We would not be surprised to see the team use a lot more Gore down the stretch for evaluation purposes (especially with Reggie Bush likely coming out and being a top draft pick).

RB Larry Johnson - KC

Johnson has a monster day against a very good Broncos defense as he gained 140 rushing yards and scored twice. He has definitely joined the ranks of LaDainian Tomlinson and Shaun Alexander as the premier fantasy backs.

RB Rudi Johnson - CIN

Johnson has put up excellent numbers lately. Over the last three weeks, he has gained 288 rushing yards and scored six TDs.

RB Julius Jones - DAL

Jones didnít have a great rushing day (23 carries for 74 yards), but he made up for it by catching 9 balls for 88 yards. Plus, Marion Barber III was only given two carries.

RB Artose Pinner - DET

Kevin Jones was unable to go and Pinner shined in relief. He may have moved ahead of Bryson when Jones returns. Pinner had 103 combined yards and a TD (on just 14 carries and 3 receptions) on Sunday.

RB Chester Taylor - BAL

Lately, when Taylor and Jamal Lewis are both healthy, Taylor has been the one getting more looks. That was the case Sunday when Taylor slightly out-touched (12 to 11) and out-produced (46 yards to 40) Lewis. At worst for Taylor, this is a time sharing situation. At best, Taylor will get more and more looks as the season winds down

RB Ricky Williams - MIA

On Sunday, Williams had more carries (11 to 9), more receptions (six to two), and more yards from scrimmage (78 to 52) than Ronnie Brown. Simply put, right now Williams is the more productive back in Miami.

WR Anquan Boldin - ARI

Another week goes by with Boldin turning in another huge performance. Over the last three weeks, he leads the league in receptions, receiving yards, and WR fantasy points.

WR Antonio Bryant - CLE

Bryant had become Clevelandís #2 WR, but he gets the upgrade because Braylon Edwards suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. Without Edwards, Bryant will be counted on to produce in the passing game.

WR Chris Chambers - MIA

Usually, when we talk about 26 targets, we take about a three week period. For Chambers, weíre talking about week 13. He hauled in 15 catches for an eye-popping 238 yards and the game-winning score.

WR Mark Clayton - BAL

We are hesitant to upgrade a WR from Baltimore, but there has been talk recently of getting Clayton more involved. Judging from his week 13 performance (seven catches for 86 yards), it is happening. Those arenít outstanding numbers, but Clayton is a guy that could be decent down the stretch.

WR Lee Evans - BUF

Evans had five catches for 117 yards and three scores. We think he might be J.P. Losmanís favorite WR.

WR Larry Fitzgerald - ARI

While Anquan Boldin is getting the majority of the work, Fitzgerald is turning out excellent production as well. He has been a top ten WR all season long.

WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh - CIN

Not just a sidekick of Chad Johnson, Houshmandzadeh has been a top 15 fantasy WR this season, but he has really turned it on lately (19 catches for 282 yards and three TD over the last three weeks). Truthfully, weíd upgrade him more often, but typing his name is just too much of a burden.

WR Eddie Kennison - KC

The Kansas City passing attack is clicking well right now. Kennison is drawing single coverage often as defenses look to stop Larry Johnson and Tony Gonzalez. Over the last three weeks, he has put up 230 yards and 2 scores.

WR Eric Parker - SD

He has emerged as the #2 WR and is someone Drew Brees is actively targeting. Over the last 3 games, he has 216 combined yards and 2 scores.

WR Koren Robinson - MIN

Something tells us that the only reason Koren Robinson hasnít easily been the top WR in Minnesota is because he signed with the team too late in the preseason. As the weeks have ticked off, Robinson has been more involved and more productive. With Nate Burleson ďnot NateĒ according to HC Mike Tice, Robinson is easily the teamís most explosive WR.

WR Hines Ward - PIT

To paraphrase Sterling Sharpe, Ward just keeps having special games when special games are needed. He was huge against the Bengals (nine catches for 135 yards and two TDs).

TE Bryan Fletcher - IND

Fletcher doesnít catch a lot of balls (only 13 all season), but he has scored in three straight games.

TE Zachary Hilton - NO

Hilton has been a top 10 fantasy TE over the last three weeks. He is likely a free agent in your league.

TE Jeb Putzier - DEN

He is becoming more and more active in the passing game. He caught 4 passes for 50 yards on Sunday.

TE Ben Troupe - TEN

Erron Kinney left the game due to injury. If this is a prolonged injury, Troupe could see a lot more action. He caught 5 passes for 67 yards on Sunday.

PK Kris Brown - HOU

The Texan's are starting to actually move the chains decently. They struggle in the redzone though (with a small offensive line) which helps out Kris. He had 5 FGs yesterday to lead all kickers.

PK Robbie Gould - CHI

The Bears are all about defense these days. The offense often stalls, but the defense creates a short field which is a kicker's dream. He had 4 FGs and 1 extra point on Sunday.

PK Nate Kaeding - SD

The Chargers are scoring a lot of points each week. We expect Kaeding will continue to see a lot of chances in the kicking game.

PK Nick Novak - ARI

Novak went three for three in his first game in place of the injured Neil Rackers. Itís apparent that whoever kicks for the Cardinals will be a top fantasy PK.

PK Lawrence Tynes - KC

The Chiefs offense is absolutely rolling, and Tynes is kicking well (12 PATs and six FGs with no misses) in the last three weeks.

TD Cincinnati Bengals - CIN

They gave up 474 yards but continued to get turnovers. They had 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery and had 2 sacks on Sunday.

TD Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TB

Four interceptions and 2 sacks while allowing just 3 points. Now that is impressive.

TD New York Giants - NYG

They had 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, and 4 sacks frustrating Dallas at every turn. They were the big reason the Giants won on Sunday as Eli Manning struggled.


QB Drew Bledsoe - DAL

Bledsoe is struggling right now. Over the last three weeks, he has thrown for 488 yards and three TDs while also running in a score. Thatís not even good enough to be a top 25 fantasy QB.

QB Kerry Collins - OAK

Nothing has been announced, but it looks like Collins will get benched this week in favor of Marques Tuiasosopo in an effort to jumpstart the struggling Oakland offense.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - STL

So thatís what 15 minutes of fame looks like.

QB Gus Frerotte - MIA

An old veteran playing on a team that won't make the playoffs would already indicate a change could be in order. The fact that Sage Rosenfels led a great comeback is probably a dagger in the coffin.

QB Jeff Garcia - DET

As bad as Harrington has looked, Garcia is at least close. He had just 126 yards on 35 passing attempts. He did not score and threw an interception.

QB Kyle Orton - CHI

Six for 17 for 68 yards and an interception. He is regressing badly.

QB Chris Simms - TB

The Bucs allowed just 3 points so Simms managed the game perfectly (12 for 21 with no interceptions). But as a fantasy option, his 123 passing yards and 1 TD made him a terrible play again.

RB Marion Barber III - DAL

Barber was only given two carries against the Giants while Julius Jones went wild for 162 total yards from scrimmage.

RB Kevan Barlow - SF

He is nicked up and the team is likely going to evaluate Frank Gore a lot more in the coming weeks.

RB Ronnie Brown - MIA

Ricky Williams is getting more looks and is gaining more yards than is Brown. The rookie still has a role and will have a handful of touches each game, but he is not an every week starter.

RB Stephen Davis - CAR

Davis is definitely taking a back seat to the younger DeShaun Foster. The old man will still get the one-yard TDs, but right now, Foster is not stopping at the one.

RB Heath Evans - NE

With Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk back, Evans wonít see the ball very often.

RB Marshall Faulk - STL

Faulk had a carry and no catches against the Redskins - not much value there.

RB Jamal Lewis - BAL

With Chester Taylor healthy and the Ravens terrible on offense, Lewis wonít get enough looks to be productive.

RB Curtis Martin - NYJ

Martin has some easy games remaining on the schedule, but the Patriots were supposed to be easy for Martin to exploit as well.

RB Mewelde Moore - MIN

Moore had one carry before leaving with an ankle injury. The early word is that he will probably play this week and continue as the starter, but we are getting very tired of seeing Michael Bennett finish games for the Vikings.

RB Patrick Pass - NE

There wonít be many touches available for Pass now that Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk are healthy again.

WR Laveranues Coles - NYJ

The Patriots have been struggling badly in the secondary, but held Coles to only 35 yards on 4 catches. Brooks Bollinger is still wildly too inconsistent to trust anyone in the passing game to put up numbers each week.

WR Braylon Edwards - CLE

Edwards caught two TDs on Sunday, but he also tore an ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.

WR Joe Horn - NO

He has just 513 yards and 1 TD through 13 weeks. He was double-covered most of the day yesterday and when Brooks did try and get Horn the ball, the pass was usually intercepted.

WR Brandon Jones - TEN

Jones will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

WR Matt Jones - JAX

We know Jones is inconsistent, but we just canít get over zero catches.

WR Eric Moulds - BUF

If we knew that J.P. Losman would throw for 224 yards and three TDs, we would never guess Moulds would end up with zero catches.

WR Muhsin Muhammad - CHI

The Bears keep winning with defense and a solid ground attack. Thatís great for the team but terrible for Muhammad. Itís not that surprising that he didnít have a catch Sunday when you consider that Kyle Orton only completed six balls all day.

TE Desmond Clark - CHI

There just isnít enough passing game to go around to make Clark a viable fantasy start.

TE Bubba Franks - GB

He has been injured on and off all year. He left the game with a stinger in this one. He is too inconsistent to have in your lineup right now.

TE Erron Kinney - TEN

He left the game injured. We can see the team trying to get Ben Troupe a lot more involved in the passing game going forward.

TE Marcus Pollard - DET

Pollard has only seven catches for 37 yards in the last three weeks.

PK Ryan Longwell - GB

Longwell has only kicked five PATs and a single FG in the last three weeks. Horrible.

PK Neil Rackers - ARI

He will miss a few weeks with a calf injury.

TD Buffalo Bills - BUF

The Bills have forced three turnovers and only accumulated five sacks in the last three weeks. Even more worrisome is their psyche after giving up a 21-point lead against the Dolphins. This is not the defense we expected to see back in the preseason.

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