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Fantasy football: Start Seahawks' Wilson

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson runs against the Bears during last Sunday's win.

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Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.

START WILSON IN PLAYOFFS

Week 14 brings us to the first round of the Fantasy Football playoffs. You're likely in if you gambled an early-round pick on Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning (offseason injury questions), or selected rookies Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as backup QBs only to realize they served you better as starters. And if you burned a first-round pick on LeSean McCoy or Ryan Mathews, and thought Michael Vick was a viable starting quarterback, then you're probably not agonizing over who on your roster makes a better flex option this week.

START

Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks: Luck and RG3 are getting the attention, but it's Wilson who has thrown the most TDs (14) in six of the last seven games.

Josh Freeman, QB, Bucs: Look for Freeman, who has multiple TDs in seven of his last eight games, to make it eight out of nine against an Eagles' defense that seems to get worse by the week.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: Murray returns just in time for the fantasy playoffs. He rushed for 83 yards and a TD last week should get carries aplenty against the Bengals.

Vick Ballard, RB, Colts: Donald Brown's ankle injury puts Ballard in the featured back role against the Titans' 27th-ranked run defense.

SIT

Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers: Mathews has yet to reach 100 yards in a game and has just one TD. That trend should continue against the Steelers' top-ranked defense.

Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: Expected to return to the lineup tonight, McFadden has a tough matchup against the Broncos and is likely to split carries with Marcel Reece.

Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers: Wallace, who's nursing a knee injury, has seen his numbers dwindle without Ben Roethlisberger, whose status this week remains up in the air.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals: Arizona's QB troubles are killing Fitzgerald's numbers as he has just five catches for 65 yards in the last three games.

— Doug Amador

The Press Democrat

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