Week 14 fantasy projections

Josh Freeman, Eli Manning and Steven Jackson look like good starts

Originally Published: December 5, 2012
By Danny Tuccitto | Football Outsiders

Josh FreemanJ. Meric/Getty ImagesJosh Freeman has a favorable matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles this week.

The tables are relatively small this week, and it's fantasy playoffs time for most of you, so I'm going to try to run through as many favorable and unfavorable Week 14 matchups as I can today. Each player capsule will be shorter than usual, but the basics of Football Outsiders opinion will get a full accounting.

Here are the best and worst fantasy matchups of Week 14:

Quarterbacks

Josh Freeman (plus-5 points)

Philadelphia's pass defense has been in a free fall for months now. The Eagles are ranked 31st in pass defense DVOA, and give up the third-most points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks. And since Tampa Bay's pass offense is predicated on the deep ball this year, it's worth noting that the Eagles' pass rush ranks 24th in adjusted sack rate (explained here), and their secondary has given up the eighth-most receptions of 40 yards or more.

Eli Manning (plus-4 points)