The three best games on week 14 of the National Football League schedule are all in prime time. The Oakland Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. The New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night and the New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
There is one word that can best describe the Chiefs defense as a unit—inconsistency. Kansas City has looked outstanding defensively this season in dominant victories over the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts, but were horrible earlier this year against the Pittsburgh Steelers and have been subpar the last two weeks to the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons.
Tonight it will be interesting to see what kind of a Chiefs defensive unit shows up. Kansas City faces a strong offensive attack that is going on all cylinders at the moment. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and running back Latavius Murray have enjoyed excellent seasons as Oakland is looking to get into the postseason for the first time since 2003 when they reached the Super Bowl and lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It will be interesting to see how well the Raiders offense does in frigid Kansas City weather conditions.
The Giants meanwhile did not play well against the Pittsburgh Steelers at all last week in a 24-14 defeat. The score was a lot closer than the game because Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 26 seconds left and the game out of reach. One area of concern for the Giants last week was their running game. Paul Perkins had 38 rushing yards and Rashad Jennings only had 19 rushing yards. The Giants will simply need a more balanced offensive attack for their offensive stars to be successful in fantasy.
One Giants player owners should not worry about however is wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Last week he caught ten passes for 100 yards. He now has 1015 receiving yards on the season and eight touchdown catches.
The Ravens meanwhile had their offense clicking last week against the Miami Dolphins. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had an outstanding game as he had 381 yards passing and four touchdowns. Even though Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta had 90 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season, you need to realize the fact that he still fumbled and had zero touchdown catches in 11 games prior to Baltimore’s 38-6 triumph over Miami. My words of wisdom is do not pick up Pitta yet on your fantasy team.
My projected fantasy studs of the week are New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson. In choosing quarterbacks and wide receivers, I encourage everyone to choose players who are playing in warm weather conditions because the passing game can be unpredictable when players are battling the elements.