Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 14: Randall Cobb and Top Plays in Your Fantasy Lineup

Stephen Sheehan@@StephenPSheehanCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

Randall Cobb is one of the best playmakers in the NFL.
Randall Cobb is one of the best playmakers in the NFL.Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

For fantasy owners still alive and ready to make a playoff run, Week 14 features some juicy matchups for your lineup. 

Beginning at Lambeau Field, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers play host to the Detroit Lions. 

While the Packers haven't operated at full capacity this year—injuries have limited star playmakers Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley—one superstar has emerged: Randall Cobb. 

The second-year man out of Kentucky has picked up the slack for Green Bay's injury-depleted receiving corps, recording 58 catches for 613 yards and seven touchdowns. 

Cobb's value goes beyond just at wideout, as he's also carried the ball nine times for 127 yards, taken a punt back to the house and has averaged 26.1 yards per kick return. 

After posting 9/74/1 in Green Bay's 24-20 win against Detroit in Week 11, Rodgers' new favorite target is primed for another huge performance against the Lions. 

Detroit simply doesn't have a corner with the quickness to combat Cobb's impressive athleticism, and the Packers' leading receiver has unparalleled run-after-the-catch ability. 

Pencil Cobb in for at least six receptions for 80 yards and a score. 


Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning has turned Demaryius Thomas—a supremely gifted but occasionally inconsistent wideout—into a bonafide No. 1 receiver. 

Thomas, who measures in at 6'3", 229 pounds, has already doubled his 2011 production and leads the Broncos in catches (61) and yards (1,015). 

The king-sized wideout will be facing the Oakland Raiders' porous secondary, and with Manning playing at an MVP level, Thomas should be in line for a monster day. 


Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Like Thomas, Smith was one of the top receivers of his draft class because of his elite speed. 

While Thomas has started to develop into a more complete receiver, Smith is still more of a deep threat, but the 6'0", 205-pounder has been a game-changer more often than not. 

Through 11 games, Smith has recorded just 39 catches, but has made them count for 699 yards and seven scores. 

In drawing the Washington Redskins, Smith gets a juicy matchup against the No. 31 pass defense.

Could things be any better for Joe Flacco and his No. 1 target? 


Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns 

Richardson may be averaging just 3.6 yards per carry, but the Browns' first-round pick has been as good as advertised. 

The 5'9", 230-pounder has been a work horse for one of the league's worst offenses, racking up 755 rushing yards and six scores in addition to 41 receptions for 316 yards. 

In a battle of two of the league's cellar dwellers, Richardson gets to run against the Kansas City Chiefs' 24th-ranked rush defense. 

Although the Chiefs have a solid set of linebackers, their defensive line—which features former first-round picks Tyson Jackson and Dontari Poe—simply doesn't make enough plays. 

Expect Richardson to keep chugging along for over 100 yards and at least one touchdown.