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NFL fantasy football: Top picks for 2014

Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles

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WEEK 16 OUTLOOK

GAME OF THE WEEK

Bears at Eagles: The Bears rank seventh in offense and 27th in defense. The Eagles rank second in offense and 30th in defense.

GAME OF THE MEEK

Browns at Jets: You’re still not playing any Jets, and only Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron are start-worthy for the Browns.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

QB Colin Kaepernick, 49ers: With Michael Crabtree rounding into form, Kaepernick should exploit a Falcons defense that was torched by Kirk Cousins.

RB Le’Veon Bell, Steelers: The Packers have allowed a
100-yard rusher in five of their last seven games. Bell’s
receiving adds bonus points.

WR Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers: He has touchdowns in back-to-back games, and the yards should follow against the Rams’ 27th-ranked pass defense.

PLAYERS OF THE MEEK

QB Andrew Luck, Colts: He hasn’t thrown for more than 200 yards in three of his last four games. The supporting cast just isn’t there to trust him.

RB Andre Brown, Giants: Take out LeSean McCoy’s ridiculous snow game, and the Lions have allowed an average of 40.8 rushing yards since Week 10.

WR Michael Floyd, Cardinals: His production has plummeted, he’s nursing an ankle injury and the Cardinals face the Seahawks’ top-ranked pass defense.

WEEK 15 PICKS

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

QB Matt Ryan: 210 yards, TD, INT

RB Alfred Morris: 98 rushing yards, 2 fumbles

WR Andre Johnson: 18 yards

PLAYERS OF THE MEEK

QB Andy Dalton: 230 yards,
2 TDs

RB Chris Johnson: 40 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards,
TD catch

WR Victor Cruz: 25 yards

Updated: December 18, 2013 11:02AM



Jamaal Charles didn’t need to score five touchdowns Sunday to make his case for the top spot on the 2014 draft board, but it didn’t hurt. Charles already had an 18-point lead over LeSean McCoy for the most standard-scoring points among running backs. It ballooned to 60 with his 51-point output.

Charles has been one of the most consistent scorers this season. He has only one game with fewer than 96 total yards. That means he has given owners double-digit scoring in 12 of 14 games. Overall, he has averaged 17.3 points. That kind of production at a position with a dearth of bell cows makes Charles the No. 1 player going into next season.

Charles always has been a yardage king, but scoring had kept him from joining the elite. His career high had been nine touchdowns (in his second season, 2009). This season, he leads the league with 18 touchdowns, including 11 rushing.

Charles will remain the focus of coach Andy Reid’s offense, which always has emphasized the running back in the running and passing games. He’s third in the league with 311 touches and still has tread on the tires. Charles turns 27 on Dec. 27.

Here’s a look into my crystal ball at the top players for 2014, with a top-12 overall ranking in parentheses:

QUARTERBACKS

1. Peyton Manning, Broncos

2. Drew Brees, Saints

3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

4. Matthew Stafford, Lions

5. Russell Wilson, Seahawks

6. Cam Newton, Panthers

7. Tom Brady, Patriots

8. Nick Foles, Eagles

9. Andrew Luck, Colts

10. Tony Romo, Cowboys

RUNNING BACKS

1. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs (1)

2. Adrian Peterson, Vikings (2)

3. LeSean McCoy, Eagles (3)

4. Matt Forte, Bears (4)

5. Eddie Lacy, Packers (5)

6. Alfred Morris, Redskins (8)

7. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks (9)

8. Doug Martin, Buccaneers (10)

9. Giovani Bernard, Bengals

10. Reggie Bush, Lions

WIDE RECEIVERS

1. Calvin Johnson, Lions (6)

2. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos (11)

3. Brandon Marshall, Bears (12)

4. Dez Bryant, Cowboys

5. A.J. Green, Bengals

6. Josh Gordon, Browns

7. Antonio Brown, Steelers

8. DeSean Jackson, Eagles

9. Alshon Jeffery, Bears

10. Jordy Nelson, Packers

TIGHT ENDS

1. Jimmy Graham, Saints (7)

2. Julius Thomas, Broncos

3. Jordan Cameron, Browns

4. Vernon Davis, 49ers

5. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots



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