Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 14
This is what owners have been preparing for all year. The fantasy playoffs start this week for most leagues. Let’s break down some matchups heading into Week 14.
Week 14 marks the beginning of the fantasy football playoffs for the majority of leagues. Some leagues kick off playoff matchups next week, but either way, this will be one of the most crucial matchups for everyone.
If you’re struggling to set your lineup, looking at consistency can be key to playoff wins. You’ll see Vincent Jackson on the sit list below. He’s a guy who could go off at any time, but given his recent play, he’s not someone you want to invest in.
Here are the recommended starts and sits for Week 14.
QB Matthew Stafford vs. Buccaneers: After two weeks without scoring, Stafford threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears. Six quarterbacks have scored 20-plus fantasy points on the Buccaneers in 2014. Tampa’s numbers look better after facing a string of struggling passers, so don’t be fooled by the matchup. Stafford finished his last three home games with two touchdowns.
QB Russell Wilson at Eagles: Philadelphia gives up the third-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Given the Eagles score the fourth-most points per game, we’re likely to see a close matchup between these two teams. Wilson only attempted 22 passes in each of his last two games, as Seattle easily rolled to 19-3 wins in both. He’ll be throwing more often against a weak Eagles secondary. Plus, the rushing yards always help.
RB Andre Williams at Titans: Tennessee is terrible against the run. This defense allows 141.5 rush yards per game. Six running backs have topped the 100-yard mark against the Titans. Rashad Jennings still isn’t practicing, leaving his status for Week 14 in doubt. Williams hasn’t done much as a starter, but he will not face a worse run defense than this.
RB Dan Herron at Browns: Picking up right where Ahmad Bradshaw left off, Herron is proving his role will always be valuable in the Colts backfield. He rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries against Washington. He needs to cut back on the fumbles, but Chuck Pagano isn’t sitting him. Running backs are averaging 4.3 yards per carry against Cleveland. Keep plugging Herron in.
WR Mike Wallace vs. Ravens: The Ravens allow the most fantasy points to wide receivers, giving up 29.3 per game in standard scoring. Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal, Marques Colston and Kenny Stills have all put up solid numbers against this secondary in the last two weeks. Although he can be touchdown-dependent, Wallace’s matchup is too good to pass up.
WR Kenny Stills vs. Panthers: According to Rich Hribar of XN Sports, Stills has been targeted on 25.9 percent of his routes in two games without Brandin Cooks. He just torched the Ravens for 162 yards and a touchdown. Now he heads back to the Superdome to face a Panthers defense that has allowed 16 touchdowns to wide receivers. He’s a must-start in almost all formats.
TE Jordan Reed vs. Rams: In three games with Colt McCoy, Reed is averaging seven receptions for 72.33 yards per game. In four games without McCoy, the tight end is seeing half as many targets and just three catches per game. McCoy loves throwing the ball underneath, making Reed a promising option in most formats.
QB Mark Sanchez vs. Seahawks: Although I said I expect the Eagles to keep it competitive, I don’t plan on witnessing a career day from Sanchez. The Seahawks give up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. LeSean McCoy and the Eagles run game should be the focus of the offense for Week 14. Sanchez is a middling QB2.
QB Joe Flacco at Dolphins: Now we look at the defense giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Only four quarterbacks have two-plus passing touchdowns against Miami, with Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning included in that figure.
RB Latavius Murray vs. 49ers: We were all enamored by Murray’s 112-yard performance on four touches against the Chiefs. Then the concussion struck. Murray is ready to get back to work this week, but all the talk surrounding the rookie suggests he won’t be a workhorse against San Francisco. The 49ers have given up one rushing touchdown to a running back in the past five games.
RB Doug Martin at Lions: Only one running back has topped 80 rushing yards against the Lions in 2014. Only one running back has scored a touchdown on this defense. That’s all the evidence you need in deciding what to do with Martin. He finally managed to score in Week 13, but Martin is averaging 2.9 yards per carry on the year.
WR Martavis Bryant at Bengals: After catching six touchdowns in a span of four games, Bryant’s stock has come crashing down. He caught three passes for 34 yards over his last two matchups. Lance Moore played more snaps than Bryant in Week 13, which is not what you want to see heading into the fantasy playoffs. Bryant is too risky, plus the Bengals allow the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.
WR Vincent Jackson at Lions: A boom-or-bust option against the third-toughest fantasy defense to face for wide receivers? That’s not the matchup I’m looking for. Jackson has not scored since Week 4, giving us even less confidence in starting him for the fantasy playoffs.
TE Owen Daniels at Dolphins: At least he’s consistent? That’s about as much as you can say for Daniels. He has two catches in each of his last three games. Miami allows the fewest fantasy points to this position. A tight end hasn’t scored on the Dolphins since Week 6. Stream a different tight end.