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Fantasy Football Rankings Week 14: Tashard Choice Safe To Start

Most fantasy football leagues have their playoffs starting this week and it's do-or-die for those participating. Of course, that makes your decision to start or sit players that much more important. Obviously, nobody is going to be sitting all-pro players such as Arian Foster, Roddy White or Tom Brady - even despite the potential blizzard-like conditions in Chicago tomorrow - but the decisions in the WR2, RB2 and flex spots can be the difference between moving on in the playoffs or sitting at your computer angry on Monday night.

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The Cowboys are taking on the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, though it is definitely worth noting that the Eagles will be without cornerback Asante SamuelRotoworld lists Jon Kitna as the 15th rated quarterback this week, and that seems appropriate - though he is behind Matt Cassel who doesn't look likely to start. I would also drop Jay Cutler below Kitna as well given the forecast in Chicago tomorrow. The Eagles only have the 17th ranked pass defense in the NFL, and since they're going to be without Samuel, Kitna looks like a good bet to put up solid but not spectacular numbers. 

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Neither Felix Jones or Tashard Choice look to be RB1 type starts this week, though Jones is definitely an RB2 while Choice looks like a solid flex play. Dallas has been running the ball much more with Jason Garrett as head coach and that trend should continue on Sunday. Choice should receive a respectable amount of carries again since Marion Barber is out. Jones is ranked 20th by Rotoworld this week while Choice is ranked 28th.

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Now that Dez Bryant is out for the season, only one Cowboys wide receiver is worth starting. Austin Miles is ranked as the 13th best wide receiver this week, and I would even bump him up a couple slots now that Samuel is out for the Eagles. Roy Williams is the next highest Dallas receiver ranked - coming in at No. 43. Williams has had a few games this year where he has put up solid numbers, but I still do not advocate starting Williams unless you are extremely desperate. 

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Nothing has changed at tight end really where Jason Witten is the fifth ranked tight end. You can maybe expect his targets to increase now that Bryant is out of the picture. Witten did score his fourth touchdown of the season last week, his first since Week 8, so maybe that's a sign of things to come for his fantasy owners.

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As always, avoid David Buehler and the Cowboys defense. There are better options unless you play in a 32 team league.

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