At this point in the season, you might be more concerned with getting to the playoffs than succeeding once you get there Thats okay Take it one week at a time. Ill waitBut if you have the true heart of a champion, some good luck, and if youve been doing your research, youve probably go a nice spot on the mantel dusted and ready for this years fantasy football championship trophy. Its okay if we block this photo of the in-laws, rightIn that case, its best to start planning for your future, and were not talking about your kids college funds or your financial plan to navigate this tough economy.Its even better. I give you a fantasy football roundtable of epic proportions. This weeks Fourth & 1 Debate was mine to rule, and I chose to look ahead at who might blow up or sink your battleship during Weeks 14-17.By the way, if you have a playoff schedule that puts your championship game in Week 17, slap your commissioner, reschedule that game immediately, slap your commish again, and never speak of playing in Week 17 again Week 17 isnt NFL football Its just not right to win your league with Jim Sorgi. The chances to acquire players through sell high or buy low opportunities are few are far between. First, Id look to acquire Tim Hightower.Kurt Warner has been fond of the check-down passes thus far this season, and Hightower has been the beneficiary.Even against tough rushing defenses, Hightower never fails to stay involved in the passing game and take advantage of short-yardage and goal line opportunities.Itd be great to have both Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower on your roster to hedge your bets against any late-season shifts in Beanies favor, but I believe Hightower will remain the primary receiving back on passing plays, which the Cardinals should be running plenty of in the fantasy playoffs.The Cardinals face San Francisco, Detroit and St Louis in the fantasy playoffs.
In Week 1 against the 49ers, Hightower ran just eight times for 15 yards, but he caught 12 passes for 121 yards.A similar performance in Week 14 wouldnt surprise me, and, well, the Lions and Rams are what they are, great matchups for a team with a powerful offense. All have a chance to succeed late in the season, and they all carry a fairly low price tag at this point. Bargain bin!And, for those of you playing at home, I would try to unload DeAngelo Williams before the fantasy playoffs.Williams finished the year as the No. 1 fantasy running back after a slow start, and hes once again been inconsistent to start the year in 2009. Its not just Jonathan Stewart stealing time and touches from him.
This year, Jake Delhomme has developed a bad habit of throwing to players in other jerseys.While Williams is come on strong the past three weeks, he should hit a slump starting in Week 11 against Miami and continuing, outside of a brief practice session against the Bucs in Week 13, into the fantasy playoffs.In Week 14, Williams faces the Patriots in New England, followed by the Vikings at home and the Giants in New York for the Giants last home game of the season.If youre a proud Williams owner, you should deal him away to the highest bidder this week or next before you get stuck in the dumps with him during the playoffs.Smitty from Fantasy Football Xtreme says:Every season, a grip of players step up during Weeks 14-16, while others shockingly disappoint. Its a tough business predicting either, but I have come up with two names.I have talked a lot about running backs and wide receivers over the past few weeks, so this week Im going to focus on quarterbacks.One quarterback worth talking about before we even sniff Weeks 14-16 is Kurt Warner. His Week 7 stats are making him look strong, but Im predicting that he and the Bengals struggle down the stretch. I say unload Palmer now and take a lateral step into a quarterback with less risk.Trade Palmer for a Ben Roethlisberger or a Matt Ryan.
Both quarterbacks probably have similar perceived value, yet I like both better than Palmer down the stretch (especially in Weeks 14-16). Junkyard Jake says:Glancing ahead to the fantasy playoff weeks this year, it appears that Drew Brees and the Saints passing game could benefit from a very favorable set of defensive matchups. During Weeks 14 through 16, the Saints face Atlanta on the road and then Dallas and Tampa Bay at home.As if Brees needed an additional advantage, all three of these games will be in a dome. Moreover, all three of these defenses currently rank in the bottom third of the league in terms of points allowed by opposing quarterbacks.In contrast to Breess favorable playoff schedule, it looks like the Bears Matt Forte could have a tougher time.Forte is already having a slightly disappointing season, and it doesnt appear that he will catch a break during the fantasy playoff Weeks of 14, 15 and 16 when he is slated to face Green Bay, Baltimore and then Minnesota.Green Bay has been allowing only 91 rush yards per game, and they have yielded just 3 rushing touchdowns so far. Fortes Week 15 opponent, Baltimore, has allowed just 79 yards per game on the ground. Forte then faces the Vikings in Week 16, a team that touts the No.