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Fantasy Football 2013 Kickoff Week 14 Picks: Start Johnson, Jones-Drew & Tate

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Subpar teams still have players worth starting in fantasy football games like Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson, Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew and Texans running back Ben Tate.

Since Case Keenum took over as Houston's starting quarterback, Andre Johnson has become the "go to" receiver. Johnson is the No. 8 wide receiver in fantasy football with 176 points, 82 catches, 1,123 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

Maurice Jones-Drew has been a reliable scorer in fantasy football for several years. Though he has fallen to No. 17 among running backs, Jones is expected to post 15 points against Houston's rushing defense.

Ben Tate is showing once again the value of a steady No. 2 running back. When Arian Foster went down with an injury, Tate stepped in to lead the Texans' running attack. Last weekend he carried the ball 22 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns against the New England Patriots.

If you are looking for "Sleepers" in Thursday night's game between Houston and Jacksonville, you should take a look at Case Neenum, Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts III and Houston tight end Garrett Graham.

Neenum should be looking for redemption, because he played his worse game as a starter when Jacksonville and Houston played in week 12. Expect at least 18 fantasy points from Houston's staritng quarterback.

With Justin Blackmon out, Cecil Shorts III has become Jacksonville's primary aerial target. Shorts has caught 14 passes for 135 yards in the last two games and is a steady No. 3 wide receiver on a fantasy football team.

Houston tight end Garrett Graham is a good "check down" receiver for Keenum. He should catch at least five passes for 70 yards against Jacksonville tonight.

Houston (2-10) will beat Jacksonville (3-9) and tighten the race for the 2014 No. 1 draft pick. Final score: Houston 21, Jacksonville 17.

Next Up - Picks for the rest of Week #14 of the NFL/fantasy football season.

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