Whether you're a fantasy beginner or don't have as much time to devote to your fantasy team during the week, I'm here for you with the newest edition of Fantasy 101 - all your fantasy needs in 15 minutes or less. Because that's how long you'll need to digest this column and make your appropriate moves. If you are reading this, you're probably headed to the first round of the playoffs, so congratulations! (If not, it's the last week of your regular season which is just as important.) The main thing you need to do is keep trying to make your team better - as players get hurt or become ineffective, you have to look for alternatives so you're fielding the best lineup possible. Don't stay beholden to underachieving players just because you've had them all year. So here's what you need to know for Week 14
Big injuries to watch
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: He left Sunday's game with the Vikings with a hamstring injury. The team expects to be without him this week, but even so, I can't play him anymore. This is the second time in the last month he's returned from injury only to get hurt early in the first quarter of a game. Sit him on your bench until he proves he's healthy. If Golden Tate is available, pick him up as a replacement. He's scored four TDs in his last four games and could wind up being a decent producer for you in the playoffs.
Free agents to pick up
Not a big week from any new potential free agents - however if Ryan Fitzpatrick or Russell Wilson are available in your league, grab them as they're pretty good alternatives if you have a QB situation that needs some help. Especially Wilson, who's really coming on right now. Donnie Avery is too much of a hit-or-miss player to recommend picking him up, so I'd pass on him unless you're desperate.
Other notes of note
4) BenJarvus Green-Ellis is as close to a must-start as you can get at RB. He's peaking at the right time and honestly, is a No. 1 fantasy RB right now. In no way should he not be in your lineup.
Jason Smith hosts NFL Fantasy LIVE on the NFL Network and writes fantasy and other pith for NFL.com. Talk to him on Twitter @howaboutafresca, and listen to the NFL Fantasy LIVE podcast with Michael Fabiano and Elliot Harrison every week on NFL.com. He only asks you never bring up when the Jets play poorly.