4 Questions Heading Into Week 14 For CBS4’s Fantasy Football Pros

By Brett Heinzerling and Mark Ackerman, CBS4’s Fantasy Football Pros

Broncos … who to start, who to sit?

Brock Osweiler: He’s a toss up. He could put up big numbers against the Raiders, but he hasn’t been entirely prolific in his previous starts. He’s a good game manager, which is great for the Broncos, and bad for fantasy. Only put him in if you have no better options.

Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos reacts to scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 6, 2015 in San Diego. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos reacts to scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 6, 2015 in San Diego. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Demaryius Thomas: Start him. He and Brock have forged a bit of a repertoire, and he is one of the game’s best. He’ll get his.

Emmanuel Sanders: Start him. He’s a legit deep threat, and Brock looks for him. If they connect, you’ll be kicking yourself after an 80 yard score.

CJ Anderson/Ronnie Hillman/Juwan Thompson: Bench them all. The Broncos run game is getting much, much better, but they are a two-three headed beast. None will individually score much.

Defense: As always, start ’em, and watch them destroy poor Derek Carr, who’s prone to turnovers anyway. I expect huge points this week.

Who are the top waiver wire additions for Week 14?

James White – The Patriots love throwing to their running backs. White only had two carries in a week 13 loss to the Eagles, but he caught ten passes for 115 yards and a TD. Until Gronk returns, White and Danny Amendola are Tom Brady’s most reliable targets.

Dorial Green-Beckham #17 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 6, 2015. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Dorial Green-Beckham #17 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 6, 2015. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Dorial Green-Beckham – DGB has been on my list a few times this season. The rookie provides a big red zone target for Marcus Mariota and had a break out week 13. This week he gets the Jets where you will want to monitor Darrelle Revis’s health closely.

Luke Wilson – With Jimmy Graham down for the season look for Wilson to get more targets in a suddenly resurgent Seahawks offense.

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Tampa Defense – The Bucs have New Orleans, St. Louis and Chicago the next three weeks and are still in the wild card hunt.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Blaine Gabbert – It’s a proven formula. Find the team that’s playing the Browns and insert their quarterback into starting lineup. (By this time in the year I hope you have better options)

When (or if) they come back, what should I do?

Peyton Manning: Don’t get too excited if he makes his way back into the active roster. He hasn’t been healthy all year, and even if (and this is a BIG if) he gets on the field, he won’t put up big numbers. Don’t bother watching the waiver wire for 18.

Andrew Luck: A lacerated kidney has shelved him since the Broncos game, but he could reemerge in time for the fantasy playoffs. Frankly, he might be worth taking a flyer on if you need a boost at QB. He’ll be coming back to a team that has played pretty well with a 40-year-old Mat Hasselbeck, and a much more mobile Andrew Luck could fit slide in without missing a beat. If he is able to get healthy.

If I had to bet on it, I’d say Manning doesn’t come back, but Luck does.

Which defenses should you target now to help you through the playoffs?

Week 15: Seattle D, Kansas City D, Cincy D, Tampa D, New England D, NY Jets D

Week 16: Philly D, Kansas City D, Carolina D, Seattle D, Pittsburgh D, Houston D

Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Adrian Peterson and still won it all last year.

Brett Heinzerling’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. Bronco fan since birth. 7 years as a sports producer. Won the regular season twice, never won the big one. Call me Peyton. (I know, he won it all once, just humor me)

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