Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 14: Time to make a championship run

Here's who you should start this week

James Rapien
December 05, 2019 - 11:50 am
Nov 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH – The fantasy football playoffs start this week in most leagues, which means there is zero room for error. There are plenty of injuries and under the radar options that can help you advance.

It’s easy to overthink things this time of year, but don’t shy away from your studs. Lamar Jackson, Pat Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Saquon Barkley and other top fantasy players should all be in your lineup this week even though they have tough matchups.

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Here are the players you should start in Week 14:

Start 'Em

Baker Mayfield – Mayfield is dealing with a bruised hand, but that shouldn’t prevent him from having a big day against the Bengals. The second-year quarterback has 20 or more points in three games this year and they were all home games. He has a good shot to do it for a fourth time this Sunday. The Bengals have allowed the 9th most fantasy points to quarterbacks, which means Mayfield is a QB1 that can be trusted with your season on the line.

Carson Wentz – Wentz has been awful from a fantasy standpoint this season. The Eagles’ receivers have been inconsistent and so has Wentz. He did throw for 310 yards and three touchdowns last week. Expect that to continue against the Giants, who have allowed five quarterbacks in a row to score 20 or more fantasy points. Wentz is a QB1 and worth a look in daily leagues.

Devonta Freeman – Much like Mayfield and Wentz, Freeman has been a fantasy disappointment for most of the season. He has the 23rd most PPR points among running backs going into Week 14. If Freeman is ever going to have a big game it’s this week against Carolina. The Panthers are allowing an average of 25.3 fantasy points to running backs each week, which is the most in the NFL. Freeman is a high-end RB2 with plenty of upside.

Kareem Hunt – Hunt has been great for the Browns so far this season. He has 56 PPR points in his last four games, which gives him the 11th most fantasy points among running backs over that span. Nick Chubb is one spot ahead of him with 57 points. Hunt is a must-start this week against a Bengals defense that has given up the 7th most fantasy points to running backs this season. Chubb is also a top fantasy running back in Week 14.

DeVante Parker – Parker has the fourth most fantasy points among wide receivers in his last four games. He had seven receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Eagles. Look for that trend to continue against a weak Jets’ secondary. Parker has at least 55 yards receiving in his last seven games.

Tyler Boyd – Boyd should continue to thrive with Andy Dalton under center. Couple that with the return of speedster John Ross and Boyd could have a big day against the Browns. He has 10 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. Boyd is a high-end WR3 with plenty of upside.

Sit 'Em

Gardner Minshew – Minshew-mania is back, but that doesn’t mean he should be in your lineup. I whiffed big time on Nick Foles last week. He had a great matchup, but it didn’t pan out for the veteran. Minshew could earn his way back to fantasy relevance, but no one should start him against a tough Chargers’ defense.

Josh Allen – Allen has been great in recent weeks, posting at least 21 fantasy points in each of his last four games. That streak could end this week against the Ravens, who are allowing the 4th fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Baltimore has only allowed one quarterback to top the 20-point mark this season and Pat Mahomes did it in Week 3 before they traded for Marcus Peters. Allen has been great, but he’s hard to trust this week.

Mark Andrews – The Bills are a tough matchup for Andrews. The young tight end has played well, but he’s been inconsistent at times this season. The Bills have allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this season. Benching Andrews is tough, but it’s worth considering if you have another option on your roster.

Raheem Mostert – Mostert ran for 146 yards and one touchdown last week against the Ravens. He still has value if Matt Breida can’t play this week, but he’s tough to trust against a Saints’ defense that has been great against the run this season. Christian McCaffrey is the only running back to top the 20-point mark (PPR) against the Saints this season. Mostert could have a decent day, but he’s more of a touchdown dependent flex option with a low floor this week.

Sleepers

Sam Darnold – Darnold was a letdown against the Bengals, but he’s in prime position to bounce back against the Dolphins. Miami has allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Eight different signal-callers finished with at least 20 points against the Dolphins this season. Darnold is a borderline QB1 with plenty of appeal in daily leagues.

Ryan Tannehill – Tannehill has been on fire in recent weeks, topping the 20-point mark in five of his last six games. That streak was snapped last week, but he still threw for two touchdowns. Tannehill is averaging 9.1 yards-per-attempt since Week 6. The Raiders have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

Patrick Laird – Laird will start for the Dolphins with Kalen Ballage (leg) out for the season. He’s scored at least 11 PPR points in two of his last three games. Laird has the ability to catch out of the backfield and could be a valuable asset down the stretch. He’s a solid flex option in Week 14.

Derrius Guice – Guice has brought the juice since returning from injury a few weeks ago. He had 26 PPR points on just 12 touches last week. His workload should continue to increase on a weekly basis. The Packers have been gashed by the ground game this season, which makes Guice a fringe RB2 with plenty of upside.

Robby Anderson – Anderson has been on fire for the Jets. He has 11 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown in his last two games. The Dolphins have allowed 1.8 touchdowns per game to wide receivers this season, which is the highest in the NFL. Anderson is a great streaming option this week.

John Ross – Ross is in the lineup for the first time since suffering a clavicle injury in Week 4. He had the 15th most PPR points among wide receivers through the first four weeks of the season and was 11th in receiving yards and ninth in receiving touchdowns over that span. Ross could be on a snap count, but he’s capable of making an explosive play at any moment. He’s a WR4 with tremendous upside and a low floor this week.

Tyler Higbee – Higbee is a TE1 if Gerald Everett can’t play for the second straight game. Higbee finished with seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown last week. Seattle has given up touchdowns to tight ends in their past two games. They’re allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to tight ends this season. If Everett does play, he’ll be on the TE1 radar after gashing the Seahawks for 136 yards in Week 5.