Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Week 14 lineup advice, matchups, DFS picks
Plenty of fantasy football owners missed out on their playoffs last week because of surprise duds from Russell Wilson, Justin Herbert, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Terry McLaurin, among others. Meanwhile, unexpected breakouts from borderline starters like Matthew Stafford, Cam Akers, and Cole Beasley could have vaulted lots of teams into the postseason. There are sure to be more out-of-nowhere sleepers and busts this week, and we’re here to help you spot them ahead of time with our Week 14 fantasy start ‘em, sit ‘em lineup advice.
And if you didn’t make your fantasy playoffs, don’t worry — we didn’t forget about you. We also have DFS tips so you can recoup some of your fantasy losses ahead of the holiday season.
Fortunately, the byes are officially over, and there haven’t been any games rescheduled because of COVID (yet). There are still some other factors to take into account — injuries, weather, short rest for more teams, the 49ers playing “home” games in Arizona — but based on what we know right now, here’s who looks startable in fantasy leagues this week.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Start: Quarterbacks
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (at MIA), Russell Wilson, Seahawks (vs. NYJ), Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at DET), Justin Herbert, Chargers (vs. ATL)
Josh Allen, Bills (vs. PIT). Normally we wouldn’t feel the need to recommend starting Allen, but some owners might be worried because of his matchup with Pittsburgh. Don’t be. Allen is rolling too much to sit.
Lamar Jackson, Ravens (at CLE). He should begin a big fantasy playoff push against a limited pass defense after his literal get-well game against the Cowboys.
Tom Brady, Buccaneers (vs. MIN). He’ll come back dealing after the bye against a secondary with massive holes against his weapons.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (at BUF). He and Josh Allen will be locked into a nice shootout with high passing volume.
Taysom Hill, Saints (at PHI). Here’s to another running QB turned awesome dual threat. The boom will conitnue in Philadelphia as long as Drew Brees (ribs) remains out.
Matthew Stafford, Lions (vs. GB). Stafford will be stuck chucking a ton here, and the Packers can give up big digits in those scenarios.
Philip Rivers, Colts (at LV). They will have plenty of success running the ball, setting up comfortable deep shots for him.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans (at JAX, $6,700 on DraftKings, $7,900 on FanDuel). Tannehill is red hot again, and the Titans should be able to do anything they want offensively with him and Derrick Henry in Jacksonville. He’s not dirt cheap, but he will deliver a solid return on investment.
Jalen Hurts, Eagles (vs. NO, $5,100 on DraftKings, $6,600 on FanDuel). The rookie is making his first start over Carson Wentz, and let’s remember that Wentz put up back-end QB1 numbers in fantasy despite his real-life struggles. Hurts’ running is intriguing, and he has a strong arm that can get the ball to his wideouts downfield.
Mitchell Trubisky, Bears (vs. HOU), Daniel Jones, Giants (if he returns, vs. ARI).
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Sit: Quarterbacks
Kyler Murray, Cardinals (at NYG). He pieced together decent production in a tough spot at home against the Rams, but this is arguably equally tough on the road in the elements.
Deshaun Watson, Texans (at CHI). His overall numbers against the Colts disapopinted thanks to his late lost fumble, and this feels like another potential dud against an angry Bears’ defense.
Matt Ryan, Falcons (at LAC). You so want to play him with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, but the numbers and the matchup don’t make you feel very good about it.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings (at TB). He is facing a one-dimensional situation against a good pass-rushing team, and that doesn’t bode well for him to stay hot.
Derek Carr, Raiders (vs. IND). You never know what the heck you’ll get from him, and this seems like a rebound game for the Colts’ defense.
Cam Newton, Patriots (at LAR). Not against this nasty defense.
Jared Goff, Rams (vs. NE). The Super Bowl 53 rematch feels like a QB-unfriendly game.
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins (vs. KC), Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers (vs. DEN)
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Start: Running backs
Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (if he returns, vs. DEN), Alvin Kamara, Saints (at PHI), Dalvin Cook, Vikings (at TB), Aaron Jones, Packers (at DET), Derrick Henry, Titans (at JAX), Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (at CIN), James Robinson, JAX (vs. TEN), Josh Jacobs, Raiders (if he returns, vs. IND), Nick Chubb,, Browns (vs. BAL), Austin Ekeler, Chargers (vs. ATL), Raheem Mostert, 49ers (vs. WAS), Chris Carson, Seahawks (vs. NYJ), JK Dobbins, Ravens (at CLE), Jonathan Taylor, Colts (at LV), Kenyan Drake, Cardinals (at NYG)
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins (vs. KC). He went back to big volume right away against the Bengals and should be busy in multiple capacities again.
Wayne Gallman, Giants (vs. ARI). Don’t worry too much about Alfred Morris when Gallman is still getting featured. He will return to the end zone this week.
Melvin Gordon, Broncos (at CAR). He had a vintage game against the Chiefs, and Denver should continue pounding away on the road.
D’Andre Swift, Lions (vs. GB). He is the type of back who gives the Packers problems, so expect a solid game if he can return from a three-week absence. Adrian Peterson also has some value behind him.
Cam Akers, Rams (vs. NE). The Patriots aren’t as good against the run as you think, and the Rams are blocking at a high level to make sure the rookie stays productive.
Ito Smith, Falcons (at LAC). Here’s a thought that Smith will get more run in a strong matchup over worn-down Todd Gurley.
Giovani Bernard, Bengals (vs. DAL). Cincinnati has done nothing in the running game of late, but Bernard should get decent volume in this highly favorable matchup.
Ronald Jones, Buccaneers (vs. MIN, $6,100 on DraftKings, $6,200 on FanDuel). RoJo will be rising after the bye as the Bucs roll the Vikings and he plays more over Leonard Fournette.
David Montgomery, Bears (vs. HOU, $6,500 on DraftKings, $6,600 on FanDuel). Monty up one more time in another smash spot against another weak run defense at home.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Sit: Running backs
James Conner or Benny Snell Jr., Steelers (at BUF). The Steelers are struggling to run and will once again opt for a lot of short passes against the Bills.
Kareem Hunt, Browns (vs. BAL). The Ravens don’t give up a lot of receptions to RBs, plus Nick Chubb is rolling. Hunt is very TD-dependent in this one.
Damien Harris, Patriots (at LAR). The Rams can stuff him, plus he’ll give up some more touches to Sony Michel and James White again.
Miles Sanders, Eagles (vs. NO). It’s hard to think his usage will suddenly increase, and the matchup is awful.
Devin Singletary, Bills (vs. PIT). The Bills will join the Steelers in going pass-happy downfield to wideouts and tight ends.
David Johnson, Texans (at CHI). The Bears don’t allow much in the passing game to backs, and Johnson hasn’t been particularly effective on the ground.
Ty Johnson, Jets (at SEA). He could have some flex value based on volume, but the matchup is rough despite the Seahawks springing leaks of late.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Start: Wide receivers
Davante Adams, Packers (at DET), DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals (at NYG), Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (at MIA), Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Falcons (at LAC), Michael Thomas, Saints (at PHI), Stefon Diggs, Bills (vs. PIT), DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (vs. NYJ). A.J. Brown, Titans (at JAX), Allen Robinson, Bears (vs. HOU), Keenan Allen, Chargers (vs. ATL), Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, Vikings (at TB), Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (vs. MIN), Terry McLaurin, Washington (at SF), Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. NE), Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers (at BUF), Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb Cowboys (at CIN), DeVante Parker, Dolphins (vs. KC), Deebo Samuel, 49ers (vs. WAS), Brandin Cooks, Texans (at CHI), D.J. Moore, Panthers (if he plays, vs. DEN)
Marvin Jones Jr., Lions (vs. GB). Jones came through in a tough spot in Chicago and will get good volume to burn another familiar division foe.
Robby Anderson, Panthers (vs. DEN). The Panthers may be down to him at wide receiver, and that means huge targets from Teddy Bridgewater.
Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers (vs. WAS). Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel remain a dynamic duo.
Jarvis Landry, Browns (vs. BAL). He’s red hot and fully healthy, so keep rolling with him.
Cole Beasley, Bills (vs. PIT). He’s killing it in the slot and busier without John Brown (ankle).
T.Y. Hilton and Michael Pittman, Colts (at LV). They both have great matchups outside again.
Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman, Jets (at SEA). They can be productive in garbage time.
Mike Williams, Chargers (vs. ATL). He makes a big-play TD this week.
Tim Patrick, Broncos (at CAR). He builds on his connection with Drew Lock.
Corey Davis, Titans (at JAX, $5,700 on DraftKings, $6,800 on FanDuel). Davis keeps doing damage everywhere for Ryan Tannehill, and he continues to be underpriced.
Antonio Brown, Buccaneers (vs. MIN, $5,500 on DraftKings, $6,500 on FanDuel). Brown and the rest of the Bucs’ wideouts can go off on the Vikings’ overmatched defensive backs.
Collin Johnson, Jaguars (vs. LV, $3,600 on DraftKings, $5,100 on FanDuel). He’s sneakily been the best target for Mike Glennon for two weeks and should use his size and speed to make plays in garbage time.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Sit: Wide receivers
DJ Chark, Jaguars (vs. TEN). Chark and Mike Glennon aren’t feeling it, so no.
Keke Coutee, Texans (at CHI). He steps into a much tougher spot outside this week.
Marquise Brown, Ravens (at CLE). He is too big-play dependent to trust.
Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, Bengals (vs. DAL). Even in a good spot you can’t trust them because of QB play.
Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard, Giants (vs. ARI). They have faded together in the offense while the defense and run game are dominating.
Jerry Jeudy, Broncos (at CAR). No punch here at all behind Patrick.
Christian Kirk, Cardinals (at NYG). He’s disappeared again after that hot stretch.
Nelson Agholor, Raiders (vs. IND). No to him and Henry Ruggs III downfield.
Sammy Watkins, Chiefs (at MIA). He doesn’t get enough targets for consideration anymore.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Start: Tight ends
Travis Kelce, Chiefs (at MIA), Darren Waller, Raiders (vs. IND), T.J. Hockenson, Lions (v. GB), Mark Andrews, Ravens (if he returns, at CLE), Robert Tonyan, Packers (at DET), Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers (vs. MIN)
Hunter Henry, Chargers (vs. ATL). He should rebound big-time in a plus matchup that’s way better than last week’s.
Eric Ebron, Steelers (at BUF). This is a smash spot on the road.
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (vs. KC). He’s back doing things, and the Chiefs can struggle with his athleticism.
Noah Fant, Broncos (at CAR). The Panthers are better against wideouts inside.
Hayden Hurst, Falcons (at LAC). The Chargers give up a lot to the position.
Jordan Reed, 49ers (vs. WAS). Revenge-game narrative will actually play out here.
Anthony Firkser, Titans (at JAX, $5,100 on DraftKings, $3,600 on FanDuel). He’s a no-brainer if the team should be without Jonnu Smith (knee) again.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Sit: Tight ends
Dallas Goedert, Eagles (vs. NO). The matchup is tough, and a QB change may limit his looks.
Evan Engram, Giants (vs. ARI). The Cardinals are more vulnerable elsewhere.
Logan Thomas, Washington (at SF). The 49ers are still stingy vs. the position.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (at CIN). This is more of a wide receiver game.
Tyler Higbee, Rams (vs. NE). Don’t go chase that TD from Week 13.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (at TB). He’s hard to trust after a zero and is now facing a tough matchup.
Jared Cook, Saints (at PHI). Don’t go chase that random TD he scored against the Falcons.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Start: Defenses
Seahawks (vs. NYJ), Rams (vs. NE), Saints (at PHI), Panthers (vs. DEN), Patriots (at LAR), Giants (vs. ARI), Titans (at JAX), Packers (at DET), Bears (vs. HOU), Chiefs (at MIA)
Buccaneers (vs. MIN, $2,900 on DraftKings, $4,100 on FanDuel). The Vikings will not be able to run well even with Dalvin Cook, and that opens up the possibility of a Tampa Bay teeoff in the second half.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Who To Sit: Defenses
Steelers (at BUF), Ravens (at CLE), 49ers (vs. WAS), Colts (at LV), Cardinals (at NYG), Cowboys (at CIN), Bills (vs. PIT), Washington (at SF), Broncos (at CAR)