Funny enough, there was no Thursday Night Football yesterday. So, I had more time to break down who you should start and sit in your fantasy lineups for Week 14 of the NFL season. Here is your Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em for Week 14.
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In week 11, Tayson Hill broke fantasy football. After Drew Brees was ruled out for several weeks, Hill was surprisingly named the starter over Jameis Winston. There was a lot of talk, and argument over whether this was a good decision. Well, it was. The New Orleans Saints have won both games with Hill under center and will look to continue that streak this week. The Saints will meet the Atlanta Falcons who rank second to last in the league against opposing quarterbacks. Start Taysom Hill this week.
Over the past two weeks, quarterback Kirk Cousins has been playing phenomenal. Since Week 11, Cousins has averaged 24 points per game. He has been playing incredible football, and this is due to Dalvin Cook. Over the past two weeks where Cousins has strived, Cook has not been the same player that he has been this year. Well, I expect the Minnesota Vikings to continue their good passing game. Kirk Cousins will have a great matchup this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ defense who ranks third to last in the league against quarterbacks. Kirk Cousins is a great start this week.
Since week 11, Matt Ryan has been nothing but terrible. Over this span, he has a combined 18 points and has not gotten over 13 once. The offense has been playing terribly, failing to score touchdowns and be at the elite level they usually are. Part of this is due to the inactiveness of Julio Jones, but that should not affect it this much. They will have another tough matchup this week against the Saints who rank 4 against quarterbacks. When the teams met in week 11, Matt Ryan scored a season-low five points. Sit Matt Ryan this week.
Carson Wentz has been embarrassing this year. Wentz had a perfect opportunity to have an MVP caliber season this year but has failed to do so. Much of this is due to injuries to his offensive line and receiving core. They have lost many crucial parts of the offense, but Wentz has still been terrible. Wentz has not surpassed 20 fantasy points once since Week 7, and won’t do so this week. The Philadelphia Eagles will have a tough matchup against the Packers who have played very nicely against the pass this year. Sit Wentz once again this week.
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Fantasy managers could not have been happier with Raheem Mostert’s first game back last week. After missing five games due to Injury, Mostert returned with a great 18 touches in a game where many thought he would be limited. Well, Mostert looked like the electrifying back he is. Mostert had a very impressive long touchdown run and looked great. This week, Mostert will be worked into the offense even more and has a very favorable matchup against a much weaker Buffalo Bills‘ defense. Be excited for Mostert this week.
Last week, David Montgomery was able to put together quite an impressive game. Montgomery scored 22 fantasy points and looked great. He had over 100 yards rushing on just 11 carries, and was able to receive very well, catching five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Montgomery looked like the running back we all drafted him to be. He was used a lot in the offense and will do so again this week. The Bears will face the Detroit Lions who rank last in the league against the run. Fire up Montgomery this week.
In Week 11, Todd Gurley had an awful game. Gurley posted eight carries for 26 yards. He posted a total of 2.6 points. An embarrassing game. Gurley has been great this year, ranking 13th among running backs. This week, I think Gurley will struggle again due to the matchup. Gurley will face the tough Saints defense that ranks the best in the league against the run. Gurley is not a good start this week.
Every week, Melvin Gordon is either boom or bust. Fans and analysts never know who in the backfield will get the carries or the touchdowns. We have seen both running backs in the Denver backfield show sparks of being the workhorse back, but neither has been given the opportunity. This week, Lindsay is expected to be active, which will take many carries away from Gordon. The running game will be against a very solid Chiefs defense. Due to the uncertainty of who will be getting the carries in the backfield, Melvin Gordon is a must sit this week.
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With Mitch Trubisky under center last game, Allen Robinson was amazing. Robinson posted a season-high 23 points. This shows the real Allen Robinson. When given a quarterback who will throw him the ball, Robinson can be a true number one receiver. He saw 13 targets and caught two touchdowns. This week, Robinson will look to build off his big game as he will face a struggling Lions defense that just gave up four passing touchdowns to the Texans last week.
After struggling with Dalvin Cook getting a workload, Thielen was able to strike back and caught four touchdowns in two games. Thielen was playing amazing with Kirk throwing the ball and then received the news that he was on the reserve COVID-list. Right when he had been heating back up, he had to miss a game. Well, this week Theilen is expected to be back. He will have a very favorable matchup against the Jaguars who rank 27th in points allowed to wide receivers. Start Theilen this week with confidence.
Brandin Cooks has had a solid year all around. He has been a very solid second wide receiver next to Will Fuller for Deshaun Watson and has proved to be good for fantasy. This week, Will Fuller was suspended for six games. This means that Cooks now becomes the number one wide receiver on the team, and will be much more leaned on by the offense. This will be great for Cooks for the rest of the year, but not this week. Being the main receiver means that you get the best cornerback on you. This will be tough for Cooks this week as his first game as the number one will be against the Indianapolis Colts who rank top ten against receivers. Cooks isn’t a great start this week.
When Ryan Fitzpatrick has been quarterback, DeVante Parker has been able to post many good games. However, when Tua Tagavailoa is under center, Parker has not proved to be the same fantasy player. He doesn’t get as many targets or deep shots as Fitzpatrick gives him. This week, Parker has a fine matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals but Tua is expected to start. Parker won’t be able to put up a big game or get the targets he needs and should be benched this week unless Ryan Fitzpatrick is named the starter.
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Usually, Darren Waller would not be eligible for the love list due to him being an auto-start every week, but this week he is more of a love. Waller has been amazing all season, ranking second amongst tight ends. He has been the clear target for Derek Carr, and the player opposing defense lookout for. In Week 13, Waller has a chance to finish as the number one tight end. He will have a very favorable matchup against the Jets awful defense who has surrendered the fifth-most points to tight ends. Waller will have a big game this week.
Last week, Logan Thomas was able to put up a good fantasy game on Thanksgiving. Thomas found the end zone and posted 11 fantasy points. Seeing this, managers may think he is a good stream this week. Well, he is not. Touchdowns can not be counted on a weekly, and Thomas has a very tough matchup. He will be facing the Steelers defense which is the best in the league against tight ends. In which shouldn’t be a very close game, the Washington Redskins will struggle and Logan Thomas isn’t worth a start. Keep him on the waivers or the bench this week.
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When Josh Jacobs was healthy, Devontae Booker had been getting quite a few carries and racking up some good games with them. He had been able to find the endzone and was a great secondary for the Raiders. After getting injured in Week 12, Josh Jacobs is expected to miss Week 13. This opens up the opportunity for Booker. Booker should be able to have a great week this week. He will be getting the whole workload and has a perfect matchup against the New York Jets. The Jets rank 23rd against the run, and I expect a big game from Booker.
There have been many times this season where Jerry Jeudy has been able to put up nice games, but he has not been able to stay consistent. Most of the time, it has ranged on the matchup. This week, his matchup will not be great. The Denver Broncos will face the Kansas City Chiefs on primetime. The Chiefs have been great against the pass all year, ranking 5th in the league. I don’t like Jeudy or the Broncos offense this week, and I would keep them on the bench.