Week 14 Fantasy Football Matchups

Not everyone has Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees or Tom Brady to lean on at quarterback. Some people are struggling to get by with their signal callers.

And for those people, Rex Grossman should be an option this week.

We're taking "playing the matchups" a long way here -- Grossman is taking on a Patriots pass defense that has allowed eight of 12 quarterbacks to tally at least two touchdowns per game. Nine passers have had at least 300 yards passing against them. They rank 26th in Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. They've been using two wide receivers as defensive backs. Vince Young and Dan Orlovsky moved the ball on them in their most recent games. That's not a joke. Grossman himself had two straight games with over 290 yards and two touchdowns until running into the Jets' buzzsaw last week.

The argument against Grossman is just as easy to make. He lost his leading receiver and most targeted player, Fred Davis, and his left tackle, Trent Williams, to suspensions. He's completing 57.9 percent of his passes this season, and even though he's averaging 35 pass attempts per start, he's only getting 6.88 yards per attempt. Tack on his 18 turnovers versus 11 total touchdowns on the season, plus the snap decision-making of head coach Mike Shanahan (who could always pull Grossman if he stinks) and it doesn't paint a rosy picture.

There is a place for Grossman this week in Fantasy: If your team is fighting for a playoff spot or trying to advance in the playoffs and your quarterback situation is dire, take a roll of the dice. The Redskins are sure to play from behind in this game and Grossman, whether Shanahan will admit it or not, gives them the best chance to take advantage of their matchup against the Patriots' secondary. Given that opportunity, odds are he'll put up enough numbers to make Fantasy owners happy.

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Senior Fantasy Writer

Dave Richard has spent nearly his entire career covering the National Football League. Beginning with NFL.com at the boom of the Internet, Richard was that site's first Fantasy Football writer before transitioning... Full Bio

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