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Bad weather didn't do much to deter some great performances in Week 14. Despite rain, sleet and snow in a good number of venues, the players listed below delivered big-time production for their team and fantasy owners.
Josh McCown, Chicago - McCown has been nothing short of a miracle for fantasy owners as a replacement for injured Jay Cutler and he saved his best game of the season, in fact of his career, for the first round of this year's playoffs. In frigid Soldier Field with temperatures in the single digits, McCown masterfully dissected the Cowboys' pass defense for 348 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a fifth score worth 41 fantasy points.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis - Falling behind early, Luck threw 46 times for 326 yards and four scores. It wasn't enough to lead his team to a win, but perhaps he helped a few fantasy lineups get to the second round with 37 points.
Running Backs -
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia - When you break a franchise record for a team that has been in existence since 1933, you had a very good day. Sunday, playing in ankle deep snow, McCoy destroyed the Detroit Lions' hopes of a victory with 217 yards and two scores, including 148 yards in the final stanza. He broke the old mark set by Steve Van Buren (205 yards in 1949).
Shane Vereen, New England - Hard as it is to believe that a running back who rushed for just nine yards can make the list, it's true. Vereen was the primary target for Tom Brady as the Pats made another furious second-half comeback. Brady threw Vereen 17 passes and the back caught 12 of them for 153 yards. Add in a short touchdown run and you have a 30-plus point day.
Wide Receivers -
Josh Gordon, Cleveland - The statistics say no one has played better over a four-game span and it would be hard, and foolish, for me to try and say otherwise. Gordon's 774 receiving yards in his last four games is an NFL record. Add in five touchdowns and fantasy owners have to be jumping for joy. Well, except for the never-satisfied owners who are wondering what if he had not been suspended for the first two weeks of the season. Sunday he totaled 185 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
Marques Colston, New Orleans - Given up for dead halfway through the season, Colston's Week 14 results are nothing short of spectacular. After scoring single digit fantasy points for the seventh time this season in Week 13, Colston rebounded with his best game of the year, getting into the end zone twice among his nine receptions for 125 yards.
Tight Ends -
Charles Clay, Miami - Though inconsistent, Clay has been a nice find for fantasy owners. On Sunday he posted his sixth double-digit performance of the season and highest total with 24 fantasy points (7-97-2).
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland - Cameron was a fantasy stud over the first four weekends, but mostly faded into the background over the last nine games. He reappeared Sunday with a nine-catch, 121-yard, one-score effort worth 24 fantasy points.
Matt Prater, Denver - Prater's season has been primarily one of kicking extra points after the latest Peyton Manning touchdown pass and he did do that six times on Sunday. But he also went 3-of-3 on field goal attempts, including a record-breaking 64-yarder. Prater is now 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) on field goals of 50 yards or more. Ignore the thin air argument, he's pretty good at what he does.
Defense/Special Teams -
Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs' special teams outscored the Redskins by themselves on Sunday, returning a punt 74 yards for a score and a kickoff 95 yards. The six sacks and two turnovers were just icing on the cake.
And the winner of the TSN NFL Fantasy Player of the Weeks is ... Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. This is McCoy's first award of the season, but he's been a top fantasy player all along. McCoy leads the league in rushing (1,305) and in yards from scrimmage (1,744). Apparently, the new Chip Kelly offense is very much to his liking.