Starts of the Week: Week 14



The age o'l question, "Whom shall I Start? & Whom shall I Sit?" Start Patrick Mahomes? Seems too obvious, so you won't see that here. Instead here are some of the most-pressing questions this week. And, if you can't find a player you are looking for, please check out the latest rankings right here.

Quarterbacks


Start of the Week:

Taysom Hill (NO) I try not to double-up on players in the start category week-to-week, but there are limited QB options, and Hill’s four interceptions and finger injury could scare off potential suitors. He was also last week’s QB4 despite those errors, and now he faces the Jets in Week 14. I’d be wary of starting him against the Buccaneers in Week 15, but he could easily be your best option. Just monitor that finger injury.


Stream of the Week:

Kirk Cousins (MIN) The awkward Steelers matchup and Adam Thielen’s ankle injury could lead managers to fade Cousins, but I still like him this week. The Vikings quarterback has finished seven out of 12 weeks as a top-nine scoring quarterback with another pair of QB13 finishes. That makes him QB8 this season, and his consistency is most exciting if you have a solid team challenging for the top spot.



Running Backs


Start of the Week:

Josh Jacobs (LV) With Kenyan Drake’s brutal ankle injury knocking him out for the season, it’s Jacobs SZN in Vegas. Expect the Raiders to use more of Peyton Barber, Jalen Richard (if he’s activated from the COVID list), or a new signing, but it’ll be Jacobs on most snaps.


Co-start of the Week:

Javonte Williams & Melvin Gordon (DEN) You’re starting Williams after Sunday night’s huge breakout. If he’s healthy, and that’s a big if, I’m also starting Flash Gordon. The Lions are very generous to opposing running backs, and even though the rookie impressed when given the reins, I can’t see the Broncos shutting Gordon out entirely.


Fade of the Week:

Sony Michel & Darrell Henderson (LAR) Michel was fantastic last week, but I have no idea what the Rams will do this week if Henderson returns to the field. Their backfield distribution could go heavily in either direction or be a full-blown committee. That’s not an ideal scenario for your fantasy matchup.



Wide Receivers


Start of the Week:

Elijah Moore (NYJ) With Corey Davis out for the season, Elijah Moore is a comfortable weekly fantasy starter. Although the rookie remains a riskier option, the Jets will trail most games. Expect plenty of garbage-time production.


Stream of the Week:

Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB) The Bears have struggled against the pass this season, making MVS a high-risk/high–reward option. It’s one of the better WR3 matchups, though, so I’d rather take the chance of him over other wideouts you may find on waivers in this range.


Fade of the Week:

Odell Beckham Jr (LAR) The Rams’ passing game could struggle against a strong Cardinals defense. That makes OBJ particularly risky, as he’s oddly splitting snaps with rookie Ben Skowronek.


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Tight Ends


Start of the Week:

Dawson Knox (BUF) Don’t get put off by the unsurprising dud against the Patriots. You can still start Knox, especially this week against Tampa Bay.


Fade of the Week:

Tyler Higbee (LAR) Don’t get overly excited by a rare good game. Higbee isn’t a viable Week 14 starter in a tough matchup against the Cardinals.



Playoff Stashes

'Pick up & bench, if you have an available roster spot'


Tua Tagovailoa (QB - MIA) I ordinarily loathe stashing quarterbacks, but there are some valid reasons to do so late in the season. Tagovailoa has a great playoff schedule, starting with the Jets in Week 15. He’s also impressed recently, so I’d stash him if you want a playoff streamer or a strong backup.


Carlos Hyde (RB - JAC) I’m not convinced James Robinson is healthy. Something smells fishy in Jacksonville, and it’s not just the swamps. I’d stash Hyde until we see what’s what.


JaMycal Hasty (RB - SF) The 49ers’ running back room resembles a hospital ward at the moment, with Elijah Mitchell and Jeff Wilson question marks for the weekend and Trey Sermon on the IR. That leaves Hasty as the only healthy guy. They’re trying out other options, but I don’t see anybody that will threaten Hasty.


Backup Running Backs

For the first week in a while, the were no major running back injury last weekend. Here’s my updated list of backups to roster, outside of the obvious players already starting. In order, I’d stash: Tony Pollard, AJ Dillon, Mark Ingram, Devontae Booker, Rhamondre Stevenson, Darrel Williams, Khalil Herbert, Peyton Barber, Jeff Wilson, Nyheim Hines, Ronald Jones, Samaje Perine, and Latavius Murray.


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