Fantasy football advice, Week 14: Who to start/sit for Falcons vs. Packers on ‘Monday Night Football’
First place vs. first place, but in name only.
Two first-place teams face off Monday in the last game of NFL Week 14. Of course, one of them is first place in name only — the Green Bay Packers are 9-3 and a solid leader in the NFC North, while the Atlanta Falcons are 5-7 and only in first place because the NFC South is a tire fire of a division.
Atlanta wide receivers Roddy White (ankle) and Harry Douglas (foot) are both listed on the week’s injury report. White is officially questionable, while Douglas is probable. The Packers, meanwhile, are basically healthy for Monday from a fantasy perspective, with none of the skill players on the injury report.
The Packers will host Monday’s game, scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. Let’s look at the fantasy considerations:
Start ‘em: Things have turned around for Julio Jones of late, with 13 fantasy points a game in his last four. He’s a WR1 option. … It’s been a hot stretch of performances for Matt Bryant; he’s a low-end starter.
Start ‘em?: There’s just so little upside to Matt Ryan‘s games these days; on the road, he looks like a mid-range QB2 at best. … Steven Jackson has back-to-back outings of 10 fantasy points, but he doesn’t have much upside beyond that. He’s a flex option.
Sit ‘em: You’d have to feel really lucky to use Roddy White; the fact that he’s a question mark coming into Monday means you could lose out on having a guy at all. … White’s questionable status makes Harry Douglas interesting, but tough to count on. … Levine Toilolo has very little upside; he’s not an option. … Considering ability and matchup, the Falcons’ defense might be the worst option in the league this week.
Start ‘em: It’s hard to think of a better fantasy option at quarterback than Aaron Rodgers; he’s as elite as it gets. … Eddie Lacy has been really great since his struggles the first few weeks. … Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are two of the league’s top-10 receivers. … Mason Crosby hasn’t had fewer than six fantasy points in a game since Week 3.
Start ‘em?: The targets have gone up for Davante Adams lately. He’s still hard to count on for fantasy, but it’s not out of the question to use him anymore. The Packers’ defense is much better at home, and could have a big game Monday, but it’s had some bad ones as well.
Start in every league: Julio Jones, Matt Bryant, Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Mason Crosby
Start if you’re desperate: Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson, Davante Adams, Green Bay defense
Bench: Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Levine Toilolo, Atlanta defense, James Starks, Andrew Quarless