FANTASY FOOTBALL: Week 14 studs and duds

6:43 AM, Dec 6, 2012   |    comments
Overshadowed by the hype of fellow rookies Andrew Luck and RGIII, Russel Wilson has quietly been posting solid number this season. (Photo: US Presswire)
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Week 14 starts and sits to help you as you push towards the fantasy postseason.

Studs

QB Cam Netwon, Carolina Panthers: Poor, inconsistent play plagued Newton earlier this season, but he is rewarding fantasy owners who stuck by him with outstanding performances (seven total touchdowns in the last two games) down the stretch. In Cam we trust.

QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: The knock on Wilson earlier in the year was that he only played well at home. After back-to-back flawless performances on the road against Miami and Chicago, Wilson has earned fantasy owners' trust. He will play three of his final four games in the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field.

RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles appear to have something special in Brown, who has rushed for 347 yards and four touchdowns in two games since taking over the starting job. As long as LeSean McCoy remains out, Brown is a must-start, elite top-10 fantasy option.

WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: The rookie wide receiver has developed quite the connection with quarterback Andrew Luck, eclipsing 100 yards receiving in three of the last five games to go along with four touchdowns. Hilton is worthy of a flex play in all fantasy leagues.

Duds

RB Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders: Reece's impressive run as the Raiders featured back appears likely to come to an end after a sub-par seven carry, 36 yard performance last weekend and the imminent return of fantasy stud Darren McFadden.

RB Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys: With DeMarco Murray back in the mix, there just aren't enough carries for Jones to have a major fantasy impact. He is worth holding onto in case Murray gets hurt again (which is always a possibility), but Jones belongs on fantasy benches until further notice.

RB Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints: Sproles has not had a single carry since returning from a hand injury two weeks ago and unless you play in a point-per-reception league, there is no way you can start Sproles with your fantasy season on the line.

WR Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers: With just 13 catches for 91 yards and a single touchdown in the last four games, it's difficult to envision a scenario in which fantasy owners feel confident starting Wallace, especially if Ben Roethlisberger continues to miss time with a rib injury.

TE Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers: QB Philip Rivers is struggling and Gates has just 10 catches for 78 yards and no touchdowns in the last three games. It's time for fantasy owners to find another option at tight end. This Gates of old just isn't coming back.

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