Six Free Agents with Favorable Fantasy Matchups for Week 14: Fan’s Take

When setting weekly starting rosters, it is always important to consider your players' opposing teams. While some matchups are historically bad at some positions, there are also some teams in the NFL that you want to have your players face each week. Here's a look at players who may be available in your fantasy leagues at each position who have favorable matchups in Week 14.

Oakland Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
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Washington Redskins QB Rex Grossman(notes) (12% owned)

Matchup: New England Patriots, 2nd most fantasy points to quarterbacks

The top performing quarterback from each team facing the Patriots average 19.79 fantasy points a game. This season, the top performances by quarterbacks playing the Patriots are Chad Henne(notes) of the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 (35.54 points; 416 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 59 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown) and Vince Young(notes) of the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12 (23.00 points; 400 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 interception, 40 rushing yards).

Green Bay Packers RB Brandon Saine(notes) (5% owned)

Matchup: Oakland Raiders, 6th most fantasy points to running backs

The top performing running back from each team facing the Raiders average 14.18 fantasy points a game. This season, the top performances by running backs playing the Raiders are Willis McGahee(notes) of the Denver Broncos in Week 9 (28.3 points; 163 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns) and Fred Jackson(notes) of the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 (26 points; 117 rushing yards, 23 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns).

Oakland Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) (24% owned)

Matchup: Green Bay Packers, 2nd most fantasy points to wide receivers

The top performing wide receiver from each team facing the Packers average 14.86 fantasy points a game. This season, the top performances by wide receivers playing the Packers are Vincent Jackson(notes) of the San Diego Chargers in Week 9 (32.1 points; 1411 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns) and Hakeem Nicks(notes) of the New York Giants in Week 13 (20.8 points; 88 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns).

Denver Broncos TE Daniel Fells(notes) (1% owned)

Matchup: Chicago Bears, most fantasy points to tight ends

The top performing tight end from each team facing the Bears average 8.69 fantasy points a game. This season, the top performances by tight ends playing the Bears are Jermichael Finley(notes) of the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 (26.5 points; 85 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns) and Antonio Gates(notes) of the San Diego Chargers in Week 11 (12.3 points; 63 receiving yards, 1 touchdown).

Minnesota Vikings K Ryan Longwell(notes) (10% owned)

Matchup: Detroit Lions, 4th most fantasy points to kickers

Kickers facing the Lions average 9.75 fantasy points a game. This season, the top performances by kickers playing the Lions are Robbie Gould(notes) of the Chicago Bears in Week 10 (16 points; 1 30-39 FG, 1 40-49 FG, 1 50+ FG, 4 PAT made) and Longwell/Dan Bailey(notes)/David Akers/Matt Bryant(notes) in Weeks 3, 4, 6, and 7 (13 points).

St. Louis Rams team defense (10% owned)

Matchup: Seattle Seahawks, 3rd most fantasy points to team defenses

Team defenses facing the Seahawks average 11 fantasy points a game. This season, the top performances by team defenses playing the Seahawks are the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 (24 points; 17 points allowed, 5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries) and the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8 (24 points; 12 points allowed, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown).

*Point totals determined through standard Yahoo! scoring structure; player percentage owned data accurate as of December 7, 2011.

Sources:

Fantasy Points Against, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against New England Patriots Quarterback, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against Oakland Raiders Running Back, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against Chicago Bears Tight End, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against Detroit Lions Kicker, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against Seattle Seahawks Defense, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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Updated Thursday, Dec 8, 2011