Week 14: Start 'Em

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Week 14: Start 'Em

While we're not projecting starting type stats for these players, they have good potential and could surprise. This week's picks include Profiled players include Lamar Miller, Giovani Bernard, Bobby Rainey, Dwayne Bowe, and Kendall Wright.

It seems that everyone that follows the NFL knows that the Dolphins should have been using Lamar Miller more often this season, but for some reason the Dolphins coaching staff had a man crush on Daniel Thomas and refused to hand the reins to Miller. Nothing like an injury to change that and force the coaches' hands. Last week (in the first game with Thomas out), Miami handed the ball off to Miller a career 22 times. Unfortunately it only went for 72 yards. It should be noted that he did this against the best rush defense in the NFL, the NY Jets, who are only giving up a paltry 77 total rushing yards per game. With Thomas done for the season, look for the Dolphins to continue to feed Miller the ball. If you need help at RB2 or flex, don't hesitate to get Miller in the game

The Bengals are doing everything they can to keep both of their running backs fresh and healthy for the stretch run and the playoffs, and due to this, Giovani Bernard has not had the breakout season some were hoping for. That being said, he is still on pace to finish with over 1100 total yards and nine total touchdowns, not too shabby for a guy splitting touches with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. This week Bernard and the Bengals face off against the fifth worst rush defense in the league, making this a really good time to start Bernard as either a flex or RB2.

Bobby Rainey had a breakout game (in the first game after Mike James' injury) with 163 yards and two touchdowns. Since then he has been very quiet, putting up only 98 total yards in his last two games, but that likely had more to do with facing two of the better run defenses in the NFL than his ability to produce. This week Rainey should have a much easier time finding holes to run, as Tampa Bay hosts the Bills who have the ninth worst rush defense in the league. Rainey makes for a good flex start this week and if you are weak at RB2 he could be worth a look there as well

In what seems to be a repetitious theme from year to year, Dwayne Bowe continues to disappoint fantasy owners as he falls short of their somewhat overly optimistic projections or hopes. Bowe looks on pace to put up one of his worst seasons since joining the league. All that being said, Bowe has been on a little bit of a streak the past four weeks, where he is averaging 4.75 receptions for 57.75 yards and 0.5 touchdown per game. While those numbers definitely don't jump out at you, they are still solid numbers (especially for a flex starter, which is what he should be for all owners this week). Bowe has a good matchup vs. the Redskins, so if you need help at flex, give Bowe a look.

Kendall Wright has definitely flown under the radar this season. Barely anyone talks about him, especially if you aren't in a point per reception league and that is just a mistake. Over the first 12 games Wright has already caught 71 passes for 840 yards, but has only scored two touchdowns, which might be why some aren't so high on him. Again, a mistake. Wright has been the model of consistency so far this season. Since week 2 he has only caught less than five passes once, and only had less than 55 yards once. Wright has been a lock starter in PPR leagues for some time now, but now it is time for non PPR owners to take notice, dust him off and get him in your lineup this week as he faces a Denver Broncos defense giving up 284 yards per game through the air. Wright makes for a good WR or flex start in all leagues.