Week 14: Sit 'em
Rivers torched the beleaguered Ravens' secondary for 383 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers' come-from-behind Week 13 victory. He's averaging 268 yards per game and is on pace to approach his career high of 34 touchdown passes in a single season. The Chargers' passing game will likely find it much more difficult to move the ball via the pass this week when they host New England. The Patriots have allowed just six passing touchdowns in their past four games, which included matchups with some of the league's best aerial attacks (Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit and Green Bay). Although weather won't likely be a factor in sunny San Diego, a trip to Revis Island won't be a vacation worth taking for Rivers' fantasy owners.
Sanchez entered Week 13 tied with Brian Hoyer for the league lead with 20 completions of 20 or more yards over the past four weeks. He continued his solid production on Thanksgiving as he rushed for a touchdown and passed for a score in the Eagles' blowout win in Dallas. The Sanchize has filled in admirably for Nick Foles (broken collarbone), averaging 281 passing yards with a respectable 8:6 touchdown-to-interception ratio in five games, including four starts. Despite the borderline-QB1 production, he should be parked on the bench in advance of his clash with the Legion of Boom. The defending Super Bowl champions will enter Lincoln Financial Field as the stingiest defense against opposing signal-callers in fantasy. They have allowed just 15 touchdowns in 12 games and a league-low 207 passing yards per contest. Most everyone knows about Sanchez's error-prone past, and some of those bad habits have followed him to Philly. Despite the improvement in his play compared to his days with the Jets, he has committed eight turnovers in five games. Meanwhile, Seattle's defense has been very opportunistic during that same span, registering six fumble recoveries and five interceptions. This game could easily feature another butt fumble or two.
Jackson missed two games with a groin injury but was not listed on the injury report last week and reemerged as the Bills' bell cow in their triumph over Cleveland. He finished with 21 carries for 70 yards and added three receptions for another 27 yards. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown received a combined total of only nine touches in Week 13 and will continue to be handcuffs at best. Despite the increased workload, Jackson's production has left a lot to be desired as he's has failed to average more than 3.3 yards per carry in any of his previous three games and has scored just three touchdowns this season. He remains a solid option in PPR leagues due to 43 receptions, but Sunday's meeting with Denver's stout defense is cause for concern. The Broncos are yielding the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, including a league-low 57 yards per game on the ground.
Miller owners have to be wondering when the schedule will break in their favor as the Dolphins are preparing for their sixth consecutive opponent who ranks among the top 10 in run defense. Baltimore slots fourth in that category and has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing lead running backs, according to our Defense points allowed by position tool. Miller has battled knee and shoulder injuries but has yet to miss a game during his third season. He remains a decent RB2 option but with limited upside as the Dolphins' continue to monitor his workload - he's topped 15 carries only once this season. His PPR value is also capped considering that he has two catches or fewer in five straight contests.
For the first time in his brief, three-year career, Vereen has remained healthy through the first 12 games of a season, but his production has left some fantasy owners feeling a bit ill. Vereen has just 25 touches over the Patriots' past three games as New England's backfield continues to be unpredictable on a weekly basis. LeGarrette Blount has 22 carries over the past two weeks. Last week, Brandon Bolden saw his first carries since Week 6 and vultured a short-yardage touchdown in the loss to Green Bay. Vereen remains a solid RB2 in PPR leagues as he's currently tied for fourth among running backs with 44 catches, but his lack of scoring opportunities and workload concerns make him a risk in standard leagues. This week's matchup with San Diego won't be a picnic as the Chargers have allowed only one rushing touchdown and 15 receptions to the running back position over their last four games.