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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 14

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterbacks

Start

Lamar Jackson, Ravens (vs. Browns): Despite the presence of Myles Garrett, the Browns have actually been a favorable matchup for fantasy quarterbacks; they are allowing the tenth-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Ryan Tannehill put up 27.56 fantasy points against the Browns last week. More importantly, Jackson had a season-high 275 passing yards and a season-high three passing touchdowns against the Browns in Week 1.

Ryan Tannehill, Titans (vs. Jaguars): Speaking of Tannehill, he should keep the positive momentum going this week against the Jaguars, who are allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Tannehill faced the Jaguars earlier this season and recorded four passing touchdowns.

Sleeper: Mike Glennon, Jaguars (vs. Titans)

Sit

Cam Newton, Patriots (vs. Rams): Newton was the QB9 last week; that was, in large part, due to his two rushing touchdowns. Newton now has four games this season with two rushing touchdowns. In those four games, he is averaging 27.1 fantasy points per game. However, he is averaging just 12.5 fantasy points across his other seven games. Essentially, Newton needs multiple rushing touchdowns to have a good fantasy outing. That will be a tall task against a Rams defense that has allowed the third-fewest rushing yards this season.

Derek Carr, Raiders (vs. Colts): It has been difficult to project Carr’s performance this season. Two weeks ago, he had 0.6 fantasy points against the Falcons, who have given up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Then, he bounced back with a whopping 31.74 fantasy points against the Jets last week. The Colts have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. As a result, it is difficult to trust Carr in this matchup.

Running backs

Start

David Montgomery, Bears (vs. Texans): I listed Montgomery as a start last week, and he finished as the week’s highest-scoring fantasy running back. Over the past two games, he now has a total of 52.4 fantasy points. He is a must-start against the Texans, who are allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

Giovani Bernard, Bengals (vs. Cowboys): Bernard has not scored double-digit fantasy points in any of his past four games. Nevertheless, this matchup is too good to pass up. The Cowboys have allowed the most rushing yards in the NFL, and they gave up 294 rushing yards to the Ravens in their last game. I would not expect Bernard and the Bengals to come anywhere close to that total. Still, he has a good chance to top 100 scrimmage yards.

Sleeper: Adrian Peterson, Lions (vs. Packers)

Sit

Miles Sanders, Eagles (vs. Saints): Sanders is in the midst of a mini-slump. He has a total of 53 scrimmage yards across his last two games, and he has not scored a touchdown since Week 5. To make matters worse, those two games were against the Packers and Seahawks, and those two teams are both favorable fantasy matchups on paper. Now, Sanders will take on the Saints on Sunday, who are allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to running backs this season.

Kareem Hunt, Browns (vs. Ravens): Over the last three games, Hunt is averaging 8 fantasy points per game. Part of that regression can be attributed to the return of Nick Chubb, who is averaging 116 rushing yards per game since his Week 10 return. Hunt should be benched against the stout Ravens defense.

Wide receivers

Start

Jamison Crowder, Jets (vs. Seahawks): Crowder had two receiving touchdowns against the Raiders last week, and I would not consider it to be a fluke. For the season, Crowder has 40 receptions for 503 yards and five touchdowns in only eight games. He has an excellent chance of producing another big game this week against the Seahawks, who are giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

Keke Coutee, Texans (vs. Bears): For various reasons, the Texans are now without Will Fuller V, Randall Cobb, and Kenny Stills. Someone has to catch Deshaun Watson’s passes, and last week, it was Coutee. He had a monster game against the Colts with eight receptions for 141 yards. Technically, the Bears are not a great matchup. However, Coutee already proved that he can produce against top-tier defenses by having a big game against the Colts.

Sleeper: Mike Williams, Chargers (vs. Falcons)

Sit

Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (vs. Rams): This season, the Patriots have thrown a league-low eight passing touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Rams defense is holding opponents to both the fewest passing yards and passing touchdowns this season. I would not start any Patriots’ wide receiver in this matchup.

DeVante Parker, Dolphins (vs. Chiefs): Tua Tagovailoa ended up returning as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback last Sunday against the Bengals, and as expected, Parker’s production dropped. He finished with four receptions for 35 yards. In the week prior, he had eight receptions for 119 yards with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter. He is a risky play against the Chiefs.

Tight ends

Start

Eric Ebron, Steelers (vs. Bills): Ebron has received 11 targets in back-to-back games. In addition, he has posted six double-digit fantasy point performances in his last seven games. He is a safe start against the Bills this week.

Sleeper: Jordan Akins, Texans (vs. Bears)

Sit

Zach Ertz, Eagles (vs. Saints): Dallas Goedert has led the Eagles in receptions and receiving yards for three consecutive games. On the other hand, Ertz had only two receptions in his return against the Packers last week. It’s clear that Goedert is the only reliable fantasy tight end on the Eagles right now.