Start'EM Sit' EM Week 14
Alright folks! This is the final week of the fantasy regular season and this is the very last chance to get into the fantasy playoffs. If your fantasy team is sitting just outside of the top six in your fantasy leagues, this will be the week that decides it all and this will be just as tough to lock down with all the latest injuries to come out of Week 13. You may have some holes in your lineups because of the injuries but there are still plenty of matchups that could lend to some strong fantasy production so you'll want to get some of these guys in your teams if you have the players. So let's get right into some of the matchups that should be able to help you lock up a spot in your league's fantasy playoff picture.
Week 14 Start' Em
*Start percentages via ESPN Fantasy
Gardner Minshew vs. CIN (5.3% Start)
Gardner Minshew may not be the strongest of options for fantasy managers to have long-term but he has been solid in certain matchups this season. In Week 13, Minshew was able to finish as a top 15 quarterback after facing off against the Tennessee Titans. Minshew finished the game with 312 yards and two touchdowns with 18.7 fantasy points. Now in Week 14 he gets the Cincinnati Bengals defense that was getting cooked by Trevor Lawrence before he went down with ankle injury and was knocked out of the game. Lawrence still managed to finish as the QB5 with 254 passing yards and three total touchdowns.
Jordan Love vs. NYG (33% Start)
Jordan Love has been on a hot streak over the last couple of weeks for fantasy. Over the last three weeks, Jordan Love has produced three 20+ fantasy point weeks. From Weeks 11-13, Love was the QB4 racking in 23.7 fantasy points per game over that span. Love will look to keep the hot streak going against the New York Giants this week. The Giants are giving up just 228 passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks and have allowed 14 passing touchdowns (21st rank). The Giants are allowing the seventh most points in the league at 24.3 ppg, so Love does have an opportunity to get the Packers offense to put points on the board.
Jerome Ford vs. JAX (44.3% Start)
Ford has been the lead back for the Browns and has been a solid fantasy producer within his role. Last week, Ford was able to produce 14.2 fantasy points despite the limited production as he only had 19 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams. Ford has a slightly better matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars defense that gave up two touchdowns against the Bengals running back Joe Mixon, allowing Mixon to finish as the RB1 in Week 13. The Jaguars are allowing the most receiving yards to the running back position allowing nearly 50 yards per game through the air.
Saquon Barkley vs. GB (38.4% Start)
The last three games for Saquon Barkley have been a bit of a rollercoaster. Barkley has had to stinkers for fantasy managers, scoring under 10 fantasy points while exploding in a game where he scoring 30 fantasy points. Now Barkley gets the Green Bay Packers in Week 14. The Packers are giving up the 10th most fantasy points per game at 18.6 fantasy points. The Packers are also giving up the third-most rushing yards to running backs at 116/g.
Brandin Cooks vs. PHI (27% Start)
The Cowboys and Eagles clash for the NFC lead in Week 14 and with the Sunday Night Football spot in prime time, this could be a big scoring game for both teams. Enter Brandin Cooks. Cooks has had a resurgence as of late, averaging 13.6 fantasy points per game over the last three weeks. Cooks has also seen his targets and yardage spike recently as well, cooking the Giants just a few weeks ago. Cooks has scored touchdowns in three of his last four games and since Week 10, Cooks has been a top 10 fantasy wide receiver. Now he gets the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 14 that's allowing the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The Eagles are allowing just over 32 FPPG.
Romeo Doubs vs. NYG (7.8% Start)
The Packers face off against the Giants in Week 14 and there may be a chance that Romeo Doubs could see more work this week. With reports beginning to surface that wide receiver Christian Watson may miss the matchup and should he be unavailable (due to injury), Doubs would be in line for more work as the number one wide receiver. Doubs would be facing off against a Giants defense allowing nearly 25 FPPG to opposing wide receivers. The Giants have also allowed 11 touchdowns to wide receivers, ranking 11th most in that category.
Gerald Everett vs. DEN (8.8% Start)
I know the Chargers offense hasn't been the greatest show on the football field but there's still an opportunity for some production. Gerald Everett finds himself in such a position facing off against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are allowing the second most fantasy points to the tight end position this year at just over 16 FPPG. The Chargers offense needs to get something going after an abismal showing against the New England Patriots last week. If the Chargers want to have the hope of winning more games down the stretch for the season, this might be the way to get back on the positive side of football.
Week 14 Sit' EM
Matthew Stafford vs. BAL (12% Start)
Stafford has been cooking with gas over the last two games tossing a grand total of seven touchdowns including three against the Cleveland Browns in Week 13. Stafford has been getting it done through the air as well as he threw for 279 yards on the Browns too. But that could come to a halt in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are the best at defending the quarterback position, giving up the fewest fantasy points to the position and barely over 200 passing yards per game. Stafford could be in for a long day going up against this tough defense.
Zach Charbonnet vs. SF (27.5% Start)
Charbonnet managed to pull out a solid fantasy performance against the Dallas Cowboys. Charbonnet finished the game with 99 total yards and a touchdown in the game and while the yards per average wasn't great, Charbonnet more than made up for it in the passing game. But now the Seahawks running back is dealing with a knee injury and facing off against a Niners defense that managed to shut down a high-powdered Eagles offense to just 19 points while holding Eagles running back to just 13 rushing yards. Even if Charbonnet can play, this game could be an uphill battle on the side of a cliff.
Adam Thielen vs. NO (61.6% Start)
Thielen started off great on the season but with the Carolina Panthers likely not to make the playoffs (as the do have one of the worst W/L records in football), it seems like the Panthers are looking to see what they have in rookie wide receiver Jonathan Mingo. Over the last two games, Mingo has out-targeted Thielen 16-9. Should that trend continue, Thielen could be falling out of fantasy managers favor at the wrong time.
Juwan Johnson vs. CAR (22% Start)
I had high hopes for Juwan Johnson this season but he hasn't lived up to expectations this season. Johnson saw just three targets against the Detroit Lions, not catching a thing and then had a ball bounce off his hands, being intercepted by the Lions defense. Even in a situation where the Saints pass catchers are all beat up behind Chris Olave, Johnson was ineffective for fantasy managers. Leave Juwan Johnson on waivers where he belongs.
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