Fantastic football playoffs are here in just about every league and their startups, their decisions made them more agitated than ever. SN NFL writer Vinnie Iyer is here to help with tips on who to start ahead of Week 14’s must-win matchups. It also offers DFS options and possible busts to avoid.
As always injuries are a major concern this time of year, and heading into Week 14, here are the key players to keep tabs on: Dalvin Cook (chest / shoulder), Adam Thielen (hamstring), T.Y. Junior Smith-Schuster (knee), Darrell Williams (shoulder), George Howard (shoulder), Julie Jones (shoulder), Austin Hooper (knee), Evan Engram (foot), Golden Tate (concussion), Gerald Everett, David Njoku (wrist), Greg Olsen (concussion) and Kalen Ballage (leg).
WEEK 14 MULTIPLE KIDS:
Quarterback | Running back Wide receiver Tight end D / ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks
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Patrick Mohams, Managers (at NE), Lamar Jackson, Ravens (at BUF), Deshaun Watson, Texans (vs. DEN), Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at LAR), Dak Prescott, Cowboys
Carson Wentz, Eagles (vs. NYG). The Philadelphia offense returned to successful happy ways against the Dolphins and may continue against the Giants at home on Monday night.
Tom Brady, Patriots (vs. KC). They will try to run with the Chiefs at home, but with Patrick Mahomes on the other hand, Brady will need to jog more and can easily reach 300 yards and two TDs with a short-to-intermediate pass.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings (vs. DET). They can run well in the Lions, but that should open him up to an effective, semi-productive day with multiple red zone throws.
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers (vs. IND). The TG-less day, with no fewer, 268 yards against the Jaguars was an anomaly based on punching goals and a rare big pencil. He will go back to flying well around the Colts with more receivers involved.
Baker Mayfield, Browns (vs. CIN). He’s done well in these favorable matchups, especially at home, so he’ll recover nicely with about 250 yards and two touchdowns.
Jacoby Brissett, Colts (vs. TB). The Buccaneers looked like a good match for Matt Ryan and Nick Foles, but neither did they exploit. Brissett will be assisted by a strong offensive line and will need to fly various weapons that can be opened anywhere.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (in NO). You can’t run well for the Saints, so you expect the 49ers to have to throw more to win a big playoff game. They plan to get Garoppolo to benefit from the best matchups.
Sam Darnold, Jets (vs. MIA). Here we go again. The Dolphins were bad enough to finish off a much bigger drop for Wentz, and the Jets are playing much better at home.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans (at OAK, $ 5,800 at DraftKings, $ 7,300 at FanDuel). He’s still doing the multiple TD thing, and he’ll have no trouble playing big passes playing here on the run and also doing some good running on the road.
Devlin Hodges, Steelers (at ARI, $ 5,900 for DraftKings, $ 7,000 at FanDuel). When Duck encounters the Cardinals, he’ll be aggressive and will fly down a formidable defense beyond play-action, giving you about 250 yards and two touchdowns and allowing you to stack your turn elsewhere.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins (at NYJ), Andy Dalton, Bengals (at CLE), Kyle Allen, Panthers (ATL)
WEEK 14 PPR GRADES: Running back Wide receiver Tight end
Fantasy 14th Week Soccer Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks
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Drew Brees, Saints (vs. SF). He can fight here, as he does not put enough numbers against the Falcons on the road against a much better defense over the home.
Josh Allen, Accounts (vs. BAL). He has to rely a lot on his feet to produce anything here, as the Ravens’ secondary can make this a bad offensive game for the Bills.
Kyler Murray, Cardinals (vs. PIT). The Steelers defense is on fire, and it went cold at home after goodbye.
Jared Goff, Rams (vs. SEA). This was a great game for the Cardinals, but defending the Seahawks’ downfall can be more difficult than you think Sunday night.
Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs. CAR). It has a limited ceiling with or without Julio Jones, and the Falcons may be more likely to try to take advantage of the Panthers’ defense.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars (vs. LAC). Minshew Magic can help them get a real win, but it’s hard to do anything with the Chargers all season.
Philip Rivers, Chargers (at JAX). You can’t go here to trust him on a long road trip, as this should be more about back and defense.
Derek Carr, Raiders (vs. TEN), Daniel Jones, Giants (at PHI)
Week 14 DFS LINEUPS:
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Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em: Running Back
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Mr. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (at ATL), Dalvin Cook, Vikings (whether playing or Alexander Mattison vs. DET), Saquon Barkley, Giants (at PHI), Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (vs. WAS), Derrick Henry, Titans (at OAK), Leonard Fournette, Jaguars (vs. LAC), Alvin Kamara, Saints (vs. SF), Nick Chubb, Browns (CIN) Jets (vs. MIA), Mark Ingram, Ravens (at BUF), Josh Jacobs, Raiders (vs. TEN), Todd Gurley, Rams (vs. SEA), Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler,, Seahawks (at LAR), Joe Mixon, Bengals (at CLE), Devin Singletary, Bills (vs. BAL)
Miles Sanders, Eagles (vs. NYG). We’ll see Jordan Howard (shoulder) finally return, but Sanders still has to get a lot of key touches despite a very favorable home run.
Phillip Lindsay, Broncos (at HOU). They had to run a lot to defend the Texans, which has been exposed late.
Sony Michel and James White, Patriots (at KC). Michel looked good against the Texans until the script of the game let him down, but New England should have fed him more at home. White was overturned as a key receiver in the offense last week, and we should see more of them against a Kansas City defense that gives a lot of running and receiving back.
David Montgomery, bears (vs. DAL). He had confidence in Week 13 and the Cowboys are having all kinds of back problems here without Leighton Vander Esch.
Benny Snell Jr., Steelers (at ARI). It has looked awesome, as their power back and James Conner (shoulder) is, at best, questionable to return. With 20 more transfers, Snell can eat the Cardinals’ defense.
Kareem Hunt, Browns (vs. CIN). He got more snaps from Chubb because of the game script last week and we have to see a lot of work against a poor defense as the Browns simplify their offense to win home.
Rashaad Penny, Seahawks (at LAR). This looks like the best rotation with him and Carson, and the Rams are nothing against running.
Patrick Laird, Dolphins (in NYJ). Jets are good against running, but they are Miami’s best choice, and New York is relinquishing a ton of production output on the spot.
Derrius Guice, Redskins (in GB, $ 4,900 for DraftKings, $ 6,300 for FanDuel). He has proven a gameplay scenario with his explosive running and shooting, which doesn’t require a lot of touches or drills to produce, and should be busy here in some form against the weak Packers in front of seven.
Devonta Freeman, Falcons (for CAR, $ 5,400 for DraftKings, $ 6,000 for FanDuel). Start your backs with the Panthers. Freeman looked good on his return on Thanksgiving and had to be at full speed ahead with a showdown in a big matchup at home.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Sit ‘Em: Running Back
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Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida (if playing), 49ers (in NO). Coleman has done almost nothing since the Panthers explosion. Mostert looked the best, but Breida could return from an ankle injury this week. All that is said is an unforeseen commission and the defense of the Saints is very difficult.
Kenyan Drake and David Johnson, Cardinals (vs. PIT). It was Kliff Kingsburied in terms of fantastic value, and defending the Steelers won’t help a lick.
LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson, Managers (at NE). Darrell Williams (hamstring) joins Damien Williams (ribs) on the shelf, leaving the Veterans Chiefs to work against a tough Patriots defense. We’ll go through both, as KC will be happy with his QB here.
Bo Scarbrough, Lions (at MIN). The Vikings defense that appeared in Seattle will not be the one to succeed at home again.
Jamaal Williams, Packers (vs. WAS). The Redskins have made a number on Christian McCaffrey and it is hard to trust the Packers back in any given week, especially Williams due to limited TD opportunities.
Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson Jr. Texans (vs. DEN). Use here is weird from week to week, making both backs inappropriate in a difficult spot against the Broncos front.
All Colts (at TB) and all Buccaneers (vs. IND). Your guess is as bad as ours, where Frank Reich and Bruce Arians will go with their committees, with the dreaded “cold-hand” approach.
Latavius Murray, Saints (vs. SF). It suddenly seems to be Taysom Hill SZN, and that kills the value of the red zone pop behind Alvin Kamara, especially in a bad matchup.
Fantastic Football Week 14 Start ‘Em: Wide Receivers
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DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (vs. DEN), Michael Thomas, Saints (vs. SF), Tyreek Hill, Managers (NE), Davande Adams, Packers (vs. WAS), Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Buccaneers), Julio Jones (if playing) ) and Calvin Ridley, the Falcons (against CAR), Keenan Allen, the Chargers (at JAX), Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, the Vikings Lambert, Seahawks (at LAR), Kenny Golladay, Lions (at MIN) , Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, Cowboys (at CHI), Jarvis Landry, Browns (vs. CIN), Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp,), Allen Robinson, Bears (vs. DAL), DJ Moore, Panthers (ATL), Julian Edelman, Patriots (vs. KO), DJ Chark, Jaguars (vs. LAC), DeVante Parker, Dolphins (in NYJ), Courtland Sutton, Broncos (vs. LAC), T.Y. Hilton, Colts (if playing, on TB), John Brown, accounts (at DAL), Alshon Jeffery, Eagles (vs. NYG)
Marvin Jones Jr., Lions (at MIN). The Vikings continue to deliver plenty to wide receivers and there is a good chance to score again in the trash.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers (at ATL). He got hot with Kyle Allen at a favorable point and should continue to go here at the Atlanta Speedway in a very favorable downfield coverage.
Tyler Bond, Bengals (at CLE). Boyd has been back in business for the past two weeks, and Andy Dalton’s comeback has helped him against secondary education.
DK Metcalf, Seahawks (at LAR). It has solid when not confusing and should avoid Jalen Ramsey’s shadow from Lockett.
Mike Williams, Chargers (vs. JAX). It is based on big plays, but came out against the Broncos and the Jacksonville secondary is no longer scary.
Zach Pascal, Colts (at TB). It’s the best choice in a great matchup should T.Y. The Hilton must lose another game.
Robby Anderson, Jets (vs. MIA). He’s suddenly red hot with Sam Darnold as he was late in 2018, and the dolphins can’t keep him anywhere.
Allen Lazard, Packers (vs. WAS). He appeared as Rodgers’ top second receiver after Devante Adams.
Sterling Shepard, Giants (vs. PHI). It’s the best bet to do them outside for Daniel Jones.
Odell Beckham Jr., Browns (vs. CIN, $ 6,300 for DraftKings, $ 6,800 for FanDuel). Here we are with him. You have to start it on a seasonal basis, but it’s optional in DFS. Its value has fallen far short, but the Bengals are leaving a ton of great games at speed, except for the 1st.
James Washington, Steelers (at ARI, $ 6,000 at DraftKings, $ 6,700 at FanDuel). Washington has a great relationship with Devlin Hodges and is a treacherous stack of Tournament QB champions after two great games. The Cardinals can’t keep up with him, despite JuJu Smith-Schuster’s miserable status.
Deebo Samuel, 49ers (at NO, $ 5,600 for DraftKings, $ 6.00 for FanDuel). They are doing a great job of designing the rookie all over the field and must avoid a Marshon Lattimore shadow. It is very good and the volume it passes says it will be a product.
Anthony Miller, Bears (vs. DAL), A.J. Cafe, Titans (at OAS)
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Fantastic Sit ‘Em Football Week 14: Wide Receivers
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Emmanuel Sanders, 49ers (in NO). He does not appear to be at full speed and may receive Lattimore’s treatment.
Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (vs. PIT). This defense is very good, from rushing to cover.
Brandin Cooks, Rams (vs. SEA). It’s likely to be bottled under the ground like Stefon Diggs.
Dede Westbrook, Jaguars (vs. LAC). They have the secondary to slow it down into the slot.
Will Fuller, Texans (vs. DEN). The Broncos gave Mike Williams a deep ball, but will contain Fuller here.
Jamison Crowder, Jets (vs. MIA). Suddenly he fell out of favor with so many weapons being used around Sam Darnold.
Tyrell Williams, Raiders (vs. OAK). We think Derek Carr has forgotten about him and this matchup is not great.
Terry McLaurin, Redskins (in GB). He’ll probably get Jaire Alexander on cover and the chemistry isn’t there with Dwayne Haskins, shockingly.
Cole Beasley, Accounts (vs. BAL). It will be deleted by Marlon Humphrey as Cooper Kupp.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Start ‘Em: Tight ends
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George Kittlitz, 49ers (to the SE), Travis Kelce, Managers (NE), Darren Wheeler, Reuters (vs. TEN), Zach Ertz, Chargers (at JAX), Austin Hooper, Falcons (if returning, vs. CAR)
Jack Doyle, Colts (at TB). Doyle still lives big without Eric Ebron (ankle) and maybe more without T.Y. Hilton (calf). The matchup is also fun.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (vs. DET). We’ll see Adam Thielen (hamstring), but he’s still a red zone machine for Kirk Cousins and the Lions can’t cover him near the finish line.
Tyler Higbee, Rams (vs. SEA). We’ll see about Gerald Everett (knee), but if Higbee brings solo here again, he’ll remain third in the class of Robert Woods and Coopeor Kupp in a very good beatup.
Greg Olsen or Ian Thomas, Panthers (ATL). Olsen is battling a concussion and may not be here, so Thomas would be a sneaky plug-and-play.
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (at NYJ). This paper race is bad, but there is a good chance that Jamaal Adams will not have a foot, creating a huge hole in the middle of the race.
Vance McDonald, Steelers (at ARI, $ 4,300 for DraftKings, $ 5,800 for FanDuel). Higbee has shown that every tight end of the note can burn the Cardinals for fantasy production, even when they haven’t done much before. McDonald’s should be the last visitor to the end zone against a historically poor defense against the post.
Fantastic Week 14 Soccer Sit ‘Em: Tight Ends
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Mark Andrews, Ravens (at BUF). He got his TD against the 49ers at a difficult point, but the bills may be tougher here on the road.
Dallas Goedert, Eagles (vs. NYG). The Giants are better than you think against the tight end and Zach Ertz needs to be healthier to do more here.
Jacob Hollister, Seahawks (at LAR). The Rams and linebackers are decent in coverage, so they can contain it.
O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (vs. IND). He made a note against the Jaguars, but you can’t trust him here.
Kaden Smith, Giants (at PHI). It was a good supersub, but the Eagles usually give more overseas production on platforms.
Fantasy Football Week 14 Get Started: Defending
Vikings (vs. DET), Packers (vs. WAS), Steelers (vs. ARI), Ravens (vs. BUF), Texans (vs. DEN), Eagles (vs. NYG), Browns (vs. CIN), Falcons (vs. CAR)
Titans (at OAK, $ 2,600 at DraftKings, $ 4,400 at FanDuel)
Fantasy 14th Week Soccer Sit ‘Em: Defense
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49ers (vs. OH), Saints (vs. SF), Patriots (vs. KC), Bills (vs. BAL), Cowboys (vs. CHI), Bears (vs. DAL), Chiefs (vs. NE) SEA), Chargers (vs. JAX), Colts (at TB), Jets (vs. MIA), Dolphins (at NYJ)