Week 14 of the 2021 NFL Season is here, and with it comes Championship Sports Media’s Week 14 Fantasy Football Rankings!
In a somewhat rare turn of events, a tight end was the highest scoring player in all of fantasy football last week. George Kittle caught 9 passes for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns while also adding 5 yards on 1 rush attempt. Which players have a shot at finishing atop the fantasy football mountain in Week 14? Check out CSM’s Week 14 positional rankings below for some potential candidates!
This Week’s Contributing Authors:
Week 14 PPR Rankings
|1||Josh Allen (BUF)||at TB||1||2||1||2||1.5|
|2||Kyler Murray (ARI)||vs. LAR||2||7||3||5||4.3|
|3||Aaron Rodgers (GB)||vs. CHI||5||5||7||1||4.5|
|4||Dak Prescott (DAL)||at WAS||4||3||5||7||4.8|
|5||Justin Herbert (LAC)||vs. NYG||6||6||5||6||5.0|
|6||Patrick Mahomes (KC)||vs. LV||3||4||6||8||5.3|
|7||Lamar Jackson (BAL)||at CLE||8||1||8||4||5.3|
|8||Tom Brady (TB)||vs. BUF||7||8||4||3||5.5|
|9||Matthew Stafford (LAR)||at ARI||9||10||10||9||9.5|
|10||Taysom Hill (NO)||at NYJ||10||11||9||11||10.3|
|11||Kirk Cousins (MIN)||vs. PIT||12||13||12||10||11.8|
|12||Derek Carr (LV)||at KC||13||14||11||12||12.5|
|13||Russell Wilson (SEA)||at HOU||11||12||14||16||13.3|
|14||Joe Burrow (CIN)||vs. SF||14||9||18||14||13.8|
|15||Cam Newton (CAR)||vs. ATL||15||18||16||13||15.5|
|16||Taylor Heinicke (WAS)||vs. DAL||16||15||20||17||17.0|
|17||Ryan Tannehill (TEN)||vs. JAC||19||17||17||18||17.8|
|18||Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)||at MIN||17||20||15||22||18.5|
|19||Teddy Bridgewater (DEN)||vs. DET||20||21||19||19||19.8|
|20||Jimmy Garoppolo (SF)||at CIN||18||24||23||15||20.0|
|21||Matt Ryan (ATL)||at CAR||21||23||21||20||21.3|
|22||Baker Mayfield (CLE)||vs. BAL||24||19||22||21||21.5|
|23||Zach Wilson (NYJ)||vs. NO||25||25||13||NR||22.3|
|24||Justin Fields (CHI)||at GB||22||16||NR||NR||22.5|
|25||Trevor Lawrence (JAC)||at TEN||23||22||24||25||23.5|
QB Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Patrick Mahomes. Patrick Mahomes has only finished as the QB10 or higher two times since Week 5. He has been a disappointment to many managers in that time frame, but there is hope for optimism this week. He faces a Raiders’ defense that has allowed the 3rd highest average fppg to the QB position over the past 4 weeks. What’s more, Mahomes’ one QB1 finish on the year came in Week 10 against the Raiders. Since Mahomes came into the league, he has averaged 27.28 fppg over 7 starts vs the Raiders. Such a number has averaged a weekly finish of QB 4.23 so far in 2021. In what could be a shoot-out between division rivals, fire up Mahomes as a high-upside QB play. Mahomes is the QB3 in my Week 14 rankings.
Zach Milaszewski: Dak Prescott. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are taking on the Washington Football Team, who rank dead last giving up 23.5 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Zeke Elliot and the Cowboys run game has been sub par this season. Now with a fully healthy receiver room, expect Dak and the Cowboys to air the ball out.
Josh Limesand: Zach Wilson. I may as well change the name to “Dart throw of the week.” I just struggle to like a lot of the quarterbacks outside of the few consistent ones that everyone should be starting without hesitation. Enter Zach Wilson. The Saints are middle-of-the-road in terms of fantasy points scored by opposing quarterbacks. With Elijah Moore proving to be a stud, Wilson has a consistent pass catcher. I believe Wilson’s floor is rising. Further, DE Cameron Jordan entered COVID protocols for the Saints, and if he’s out, Wilson may have more time to throw. I don’t like the Saints’ offense, and if Taysom Hill turns the ball over, Wilson may have some short fields to deal with. If you need a streamer, maybe give the rookie a try!
J.D. Holler: Dak Prescott. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense is seemingly on and off regarding to in-game success. But Dallas has had two good games in a row, and play against one of the league’s worst pass defenses in Washington next week.
QB Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Matt Ryan. After 3 straight weeks of <200 passing yards, Matt Ryan threw for 297 yards vs Tampa Bay last week. However, he was unable to add any touchdowns and finished as only the QB22 on the week. This week, Matt Ryan and the Falcons travel to Carolina to take on a Panthers team that has surrendered only 15.43 fppg to QBs this season, good enough for 5th lowest average in the league. Matt Ryan was probably already off of the radar in 1 QB leagues, but he should be completely faded out of lineups, superflex leagues included, this week. There is just little to no consistency in the Atlanta offense aside from Cordarrelle Patterson. Matt Ryan checks in as the QB21 in my Week 14 rankings.
Zach Milaszewski: Ben Roethlisberger. While he is a questionable for Thursday night, Ben needs to be on your bench. His inconsistency putting up big fantasy numbers is worrisome. With the news of this potentially being his last season in the NFL, Ben is beginning to see that he is not great anymore.
Josh Limesand: Cam Newton. Getting the Falcons at home could be exactly what Cam needs to get back on track after being benched in his game before the bye week. But I’m way too scared to trust him again after that. Carolina also recently fired their OC and look to be imploding as we speak. Newton will always have the capability of putting up huge numbers, but with playoff berths and seeding on the line, I don’t need that stress in my life.
J.D. Holler: Russell Wilson. Ever since his finger injury, Wilson hasn’t been able to get Seattle’s offense in rhythm. He also hasn’t thrown for over 250+ yards in that 4-game span, and only 4 touchdowns in those four games. Although Seattle has a favorable matchup against Houston’s defense this week, I would still shy away from starting Wilson.
|1||Austin Ekeler (LAC)||vs. NYG||2||1||1||1||1.3|
|2||Joe Mixon (CIN)||vs. SF||1||2||2||2||1.8|
|3||Alexander Mattison (MIN)||vs. PIT||3||4||4||11||5.5|
|4||Najee Harris (PIT)||at MIN||5||5||7||5||5.5|
|5||Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL)||at CAR||6||10||5||8||7.3|
|6||Javonte Williams (DEN)||vs. DET||10||6||12||6||8.5|
|7||Alvin Kamara (NO)||at NYJ||4||3||3||NR||9.0|
|8||Leonard Fournette (TB)||vs. BUF||7||7||20||3||9.3|
|9||Aaron Jones (GB)||vs. CHI||11||8||8||10||9.3|
|10||Antonio Gibson (WAS)||vs. DAL||9||12||14||4||9.8|
|11||Nick Chubb (CLE)||vs. BAL||14||20||6||9||12.3|
|12||James Conner (ARI)||vs. LAR||15||18||10||7||12.5|
|13||David Montgomery (CHI)||at GB||12||16||9||14||12.8|
|14||Elijah Mitchell (SF)||at CIN||8||9||17||NR||15.0|
|15||Saquon Barkley (NYG)||at LAC||13||19||15||15||15.5|
|16||James Robinson (JAC)||at TEN||19||13||19||16||16.8|
|17||Josh Jacobs (LV)||at KC||16||11||16||NR||17.3|
|18||Jamaal Williams (DET)||at DEN||17||21||13||24||18.8|
|19||Darrell Henderson Jr. (LAR)||at ARI||21||14||18||22||18.8|
|20||Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)||vs. LV||18||23||23||13||19.3|
|21||Chuba Hubbard (CAR)||vs. ATL||22||17||21||20||20.0|
|22||Tony Pollard (DAL)||at WAS||24||25||11||21||20.3|
|23||Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||at WAS||23||15||NR||18||20.5|
|24||A.J. Dillon (GB)||vs. CHI||20||NR||NR||23||23.8|
|25||Mark Ingram (NO)||at NYJ||NR||NR||NR||17||23.8|
RB Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Alvin Kamara. Alvin Kamara has been inactive since Week 6, and he could not have returned for a better matchup. This week, Kamara and the Saints take on a Jets team that has allowed the highest fppg to the RB position this season. While Kamara’s rushing upside may be a bit capped with Taysom Hill under center, he should see enough work through the air to have a highly productive day. The Jets have allowed the 2nd most receiving yards, 4th most receiving touchdowns, and 5th most catches to the RB position this season, so there really isn’t any reason to believe that Kamara can’t see success both on the ground and in the air in this one. What’s more, the Saints may choose to limit Hill’s rushing a bit due to his recent injuries. Kamara is the RB4 in my Week 14 rankings.
Zach Milaszewski: Javonte Williams. Coming off his career best game, Williams put up just under 30 points. He now has back to back 20+ point games. Williams is a threat on the ground and through the air. Facing the 29th ranked defense against running backs in fantasy, the Detroit Lions. With Melvin Gordon dealing with a hip and shoulder issue, Williams should have another big workload ahead of him.
Josh Limesand: Tony Pollard. Zeke looked injured last week against the Saints, and Pollard looked explosive. I have to believe Dallas will look Pollard’s way even more than they already do. In a pivotal division matchup, the Cowboys need to give the ball to the players who can help them win; Pollard is the better player right now. I expect an increased workload and a big RB1-worthy fantasy day.
J.D. Holler: Javonte Williams. Williams proved he was the main focal point in the Broncos offense Sunday night against the Chiefs. Expect to do it again, and possibly churn for more against an unsteady Lions defense.
RB Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: James Robinson. James Robinson has finished in the top 10 RBs since Week 5, and this week he has a tough matchup versus a Titans defense that has allowed the lowest average fppg to RBs over the past 4 weeks. To make matters worse, Robinson has been the victim of some inconsistent and puzzling usage by his head coach, Urban Meyer. After fumbling early in the game last week, he didn’t see any action for multiple drives. Given the difficult mathchup combined with the possibility that Robinson could be thrown into the dog house by Meyer on a whim at any point throughout the game, Robinson should be faded this week. He is the RB19 in my Week 14 rankings.
Zach Milaszewski: James Robinson. Plagued with injuries the past few weeks, Robinson has not been able to be a workhorse for the Jaguars. Last week he scored just 2.5 fantasy points. Now this week, the Jags are playing the 5th stingiest fantasy defense against running backs.
Josh Limesand: Devin Singletary. Singletary paced the Bills’ backfield with 10 carries for 36 yards in Monday night’s loss to the Pats. That’s awful in-and-of-itself, but when you factor in that Zack Moss had 8 carries, and that Matt Breida is also lurking around trying to vulture fantasy points, I’m staying away from this whole backfield. While I expect better production from the Bills offense overall this week, I’m not even FLEXing Singletary unless I absolutely have to.
J.D. Holler: Saquon Barkley. Barkley just hasn’t received the same input since returning from his injury. Saquon only has 30 rushes, for 120 yards with no touchdowns in his last 3 games. Making it hard to give him a valuable starting RB spot in your lineup.
|1||Cooper Kupp (LAR)||at ARI||1||1||1||2||1.3|
|2||Justin Jefferson (MIN)||vs. PIT||2||2||3||1||2.0|
|3||Davante Adams (GB)||vs. CHI||3||3||4||3||3.3|
|4||Diontae Johnson (PIT)||at MIN||4||6||6||5||5.3|
|5||CeeDee Lamb (DAL)||at WAS||7||10||2||4||5.8|
|6||Tyreek Hill (KC)||vs. LV||5||5||7||7||6.0|
|7||Stefon Diggs (BUF)||at TB||6||7||5||9||6.8|
|8||Chris Godwin (TB)||vs. BUF||10||9||8||8||8.8|
|9||Ja’Marr Chase (CIN)||vs. SF||8||11||9||21||12.3|
|10||Mike Evans (TB)||vs. BUF||11||23||10||6||12.5|
|11||DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)||vs. LAR||13||12||15||15||13.8|
|12||Terry McLaurin (WAS)||vs. DAL||12||13||20||12||14.3|
|13||Hunter Renfrow (LV)||at KC||14||21||12||11||14.5|
|14||Amari Cooper (DAL)||at WAS||18||18||13||17||16.5|
|15||Tee Higgins (CIN)||vs. SF||19||16||16||18||17.3|
|16||Elijah Moore (NYJ)||vs. NO||22||17||14||16||17.3|
|17||Keenan Allen (LAC)||vs. NYG||9||NR||NR||10||17.8|
|18||D.J. Moore (CAR)||vs. ATL||15||14||19||24||18.0|
|19||D.K. Metcalf (SEA)||at HOU||16||20||11||NR||18.3|
|20||Mike Williams (LAC)||vs. NYG||24||8||22||19||18.3|
|21||Marquise Brown (BAL)||at CLE||23||15||NR||13||19.3|
|22||Tyler Lockett (SEA)||at HOU||20||19||17||NR||20.5|
|23||Deebo Samuel (SF)||at CIN||NR||4||NR||NR||20.5|
|24||Van Jefferson (LAR)||at ARI||NR||NR||18||14||21.0|
|T25||Brandon Aiyuk (SF)||at CIN||17||25||NR||NR||23.5|
|T25||Odell Beckham Jr. (LAR)||at ARI||NR||22||24||22||23.5|
WR Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Los Angeles Chargers Receivers. The Chargers receivers have a matchup against a Giants defense that has surrendered the 4th highest fppg to the WR position over the past 4 weeks. QB Justin Herbert has been moving the ball well recently, averaging 334.33 passing yards and 2.67 passing touchdowns per game over the past 3 weeks. The Giants are tied for the second most receiving touchdowns allowed to WRs over the past 4 weeks. It is worth noting that the statuses of both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are up in the air, but they can be fired up with confidence if active. Allen and Williams are the WR9 and WR24, respectively, in my Week 14 rankings, with the chance for either to shoot up the board should the other be inactive on Sunday.
Zach Milaszewski: Mike Williams. With Keenan Allen out due to Covid protocols, Mike Williams could be stepping into the Chargers #1 receiver spot. Playing the Giants, who have the 23rd worst defense against receivers in fantasy, Williams is set up for a big game in the air.
Josh Limesand: Jarvis Landry. I typically don’t like the Browns to put up a lot in the air; Baker Mayfield has been frustrating and inconsistent. But Landry commands volume. The Ravens have lost safety Marlon Humphrey for the year, and I like Landry to have a lot of targets and receptions. Additionally, I believe Chubb and Hunt will get the ground game going, and the Ravens are going to have to devote a lot to stop them, leaving some space in the passing game for Cleveland.
J.D. Holler: CeeDee Lamb. Coming off a 13 target game, CeeDee Lamb is poised to put points on the board for your lineup. The Cowboys match up with a struggling WFT Pass defense, and is a huge opportunity for Lamb to have a breakout game.
WR Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Brandin Cooks. Brandin Cooks’ floor is probably a bit lower with the Texans moving back to Davis Mills under center. During Mills’ stretch as the starter from Weeks 3 through 8, Cooks averaged a weekly finish of WR36. To make matters worse, the Seahawks have not been a great fantasy matchup for WRs. Seattle has allowed the 9th lowest average fppg to the WR position on the season, and the 7th lowest average fppg to WRs over the past 4 weeks. With the overall lackluster nature of the Houston passing attack combined with a less than ideal matchup this week, Cooks should be faded a bit. He did not crack the top 25 WRs in my Week 14 rankings.
Zach Milaszewski: Mike Evans. Evans and the Bucs offense will be taking on the best fantasy defense covering the wide receiver. Brady has also grown more fond of Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski when he needs a first down. The entire offense will have to fight to stay in this game against Buffalo. I wouldn’t trust Evans to be the guy who plays best for Tampa.
Josh Limesand: Chase Claypool. Against Minnesota, I initially thought this could be a great week for Claypool. However, his target share is so much less than Diontae Johnson’s, that he is just not reliable. He only had 2 catches on 3 targets against Baltimore. You can expect a bit more against the Vikings, but his ceiling is capped because I believe Roethlisberger targets him after Johnson, Freiermuth, and Harris. I’m not playing Claypool if I’m trying to get into the playoffs this week.
J.D. Holler: DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins is still fresh off the IR, but in my eyes is still not a really reliable option at WR. D-Hop brought in all 2 of his targets for 32 yards and a score last week, in his return game against Chicago. Arizona is also starting to move the ball around more to guys like Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk, which gives Hopkins less opportunities to bring in points.
|1||Travis Kelce (KC)||vs. LV||1||1||2||2||1.5|
|2||George Kittle (SF)||at CIN||2||4||1||1||2.0|
|3||Mark Andrews (BAL)||at CLE||4||5||6||3||4.5|
|4||Dawson Knox (BUF)||at TB||7||3||4||6||5.0|
|5||Rob Gronkowski (TB)||vs. BUF||3||6||8||4||5.3|
|6||T.J. Hockenson (DET)||at DEN||5||9||3||7||6.0|
|7||Pat Freiermuth (PIT)||at MIN||9||10||5||5||7.3|
|8||Dalton Schultz (DAL)||at WAS||8||7||10||8||8.3|
|9||Kyle Pitts (ATL)||at CAR||6||8||11||10||8.8|
|10||Zach Ertz (ARI)||vs. LAR||13||14||7||11||11.3|
|11||Tyler Conklin (MIN)||vs. PIT||10||12||17||9||12.0|
|12||Tyler Higbee (LAR)||at ARI||14||11||12||15||13.0|
|13||Noah Fant (DEN)||vs. DET||11||13||16||13||13.3|
|14||Ricky Seals-Jones (WAS)||vs. DAL||12||15||15||16||14.5|
|15||Cole Kmet (CHI)||at GB||17||19||14||12||15.5|
|16||Darren Waller (LV)||at KC||NR||2||9||NR||15.8|
|17||Evan Engram (NYG)||at LAC||15||17||18||19||17.3|
|18||Austin Hooper (CLE)||vs. BAL||23||16||13||18||17.5|
|19||Jared Cook (LAC)||vs. NYG||21||18||22||14||18.8|
|20||Gerald Everett (SEA)||at HOU||16||24||20||17||19.3|
|21||C.J. Uzomah (CIN)||vs. SF||20||20||19||NR||21.3|
|22||Foster Moreau (LV)||at KC||18||NR||NR||21||22.8|
|23||Ryan Griffin (NYJ)||vs. NO||25||21||21||24||22.8|
|24||James O’Shaughnessy (JAC)||at TEN||19||25||24||NR||23.5|
|25||Anthony Firkser (TEN)||vs. JAC||NR||NR||NR||25||24.5|
TE Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Travis Kelce. It almost feels like cheating to pick the TE1 on the season as my TE Start of the Week, but his matchup is just too good. The Raiders have allowed the second highest fppg to the TE position this year. They have allowed the second most TDs to tight ends, and Kelce is tied for the second most TDs scored for tight ends. In what could be a shootout between division rivals, Kelce should see plenty of work this week. Obviously, you were not considering benching Kelce anyways, but this could be one of those weeks that justifies his high draft price. Fire him up with confidence and enjoy a distinct positional advantage as a result. Kelce checks in as the overall TE1 in my Week 14 rankings.
Zach Milaszewski: Travis Kelce. The number one tight end in fantasy going up against the second worst fantasy defense against tight ends. This one feels too easy. In a divisional matchup, expect Travis Kelce to take his game up a level. After a poor fantasy performance last week, Kelce will look to bounce back in a big way.
Josh Limesand: Austin Hooper. Hooper had 4 catches in consecutive games before a dud in the pre-bye game against the Ravens. I think the Browns’ passing game takes a step forward when they host the Ravens again this week, and Baker Mayfield will need to use his TEs. Also, David Njoku was put on the COVID/Reserve list, so if he doesn’t play, I like the potential target share for Hooper.
J.D. Holler: George Kittle. Kittle finally had his huge game of the year last week, tallying 9 catches, 181 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Look for Kittle to continue this type of play against Cincinnati this week, in another possible high-scoring shootout.
TE Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: C.J. Uzomah. C.J. Uzomah has enjoyed two TE1 finishes so far this year. However, he has been incredibly touchdown dependent, failing to finish with more than 7 fantasy points or higher than TE17 in weeks where he not caught a touchdown. Speaking of catching a touchdown, that is something that Uzomah has not done in his past 5 games. His chances of breaking that draught this week don’t look too promising, as the 49ers have only allowed 4 touchdowns to tight ends all season. What’s more, the 49ers have allowed the fewest fppg to the TE position in the past 4 weeks, holding TEs to an average of 5.03 fppg over that span. If you need a TE streamer this week, you may want to look into someone other than Uzomah. He is the TE20 in my Week 14 rankings.
Josh Limesand: C.J. Uzomah. The 49ers are in the top 5 when it comes to points allowed to opposing TEs. The Bengals offense hasn’t been quite as explosive lately, and since TEs are typically quite touchdown-dependent, I’m avoiding Uzomah here. Even with 6 targets against the Chargers, he only mustered 3 catches for 20 yards. This is not going to get you into the playoffs.
J.D. Holler: Kyle Pitts. Kyle Pitts is beginning his mid to late-season cooldown, and is not as dominant as he was early on in the season. Pitts has only scored 1 touchdown this season, coming in the London game against the Jets in week 5. This is really concerning for Pitts fantasy status, especially if the Falcons decide not to feed him the ball as much.
|1||Cooper Kupp (LAR)||at ARI||WR1||1||1||2||3||1.8|
|2||Austin Ekeler (LAC)||vs. NYG||RB1||3||2||1||2||2.0|
|3||Justin Jefferson (MIN)||vs. PIT||WR2||5||3||7||1||4.0|
|4||Davante Adams (GB)||vs. CHI||WR3||9||4||8||4||6.3|
|5||Joe Mixon (CIN)||vs. SF||RB2||2||5||18||6||7.8|
|6||CeeDee Lamb (DAL)||at WAS||WR4||16||17||3||5||10.3|
|7||Alexander Mattison (MIN)||vs. PIT||RB3||4||7||5||NR||10.5|
|8||Diontae Johnson (PIT)||at MIN||WR5||10||11||12||9||10.5|
|9||Najee Harris (PIT)||at MIN||RB4||7||10||19||16||13.0|
|10||Stefon Diggs (BUF)||at TB||WR6||15||12||9||18||13.5|
|11||Tyreek Hill (KC)||vs. LV||WR7||11||9||21||14||13.8|
|12||Travis Kelce (KC)||vs. LV||TE1||14||18||17||10||14.8|
|13||Leonard Fournette (TB)||vs. BUF||RB5||12||14||NR||8||15.0|
|14||Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL)||at CAR||RB6||8||22||6||25||15.3|
|15||Alvin Kamara (NO)||at NYJ||RB7||6||6||NR||NR||16.0|
|16||Javonte Williams (DEN)||vs. DET||RB8||22||13||16||13||16.0|
|17||George Kittle (SF)||at CIN||TE2||20||NR||13||7||16.5|
|18||Chris Godwin (TB)||vs. BUF||WR8||19||16||23||15||18.3|
|19||Antonio Gibson (WAS)||vs. DAL||RB9||21||NR||20||11||19.5|
|20||Aaron Jones (GB)||vs. CHI||RB10||23||20||11||NR||20.0|
|21||David Montgomery (CHI)||at GB||RB11||25||NR||4||NR||20.3|
|22||Elijah Mitchell (SF)||at CIN||RB12||13||21||NR||NR||21.5|
|23||Ja’Marr Chase (CIN)||vs. SF||WR9||17||19||24||NR||21.5|
|24||Keenan Allen (LAC)||vs. NYG||WR10||18||NR||22||20||21.5|
|T25||Nick Chubb (CLE)||vs. BAL||RB13||NR||NR||10||NR||22.0|
|T25||Mike Evans (TB)||vs. BUF||WR11||24||NR||NR||12||22.0|
FLEX Start of the Week:
Josh Limesand: DeAndre Hopkins. This may be an obvious start, or it may be that you’re scared to stand by him. He is my WR15 this week, and I like him as a WR2 or a FLEX. He returned from injury to record 2 catches for 32 yards and a touchdown. While this doesn’t exactly announce his return in a big way, Murray only threw 15 times against the Bears. I expect a lot more passing in a divisional matchup with the Rams, and that will lead to big points for Hopkins.
FLEX Fade of the Week:
Josh Limesand: Josh Jacobs. This is a weird one for me. You are probably starting him as your RB2 this week, but in case you aren’t, I would actually leave him on the bench and start a player with more upside. Kansas City’s defense is playing really well, and although Javonte Williams just had a big game, I feel like the Raiders are going to have to pass a lot, but not be successful. I don’t think he gets going with the production we’ve come to expect. And again, it’s weird, because you are probably starting him, but if you have the depth, I would look elsewhere.
|1||Green Bay Packers||vs. CHI||3||3||1||4||2.8|
|2||Log Angeles Chargers||vs. NYG||4||4||4||1||3.3|
|3||Denver Broncos||vs. DET||1||7||2||5||3.8|
|4||New Orleans Saints||at NYJ||2||1||12||2||4.3|
|5||Tennessee Titans||vs. JAC||5||6||3||3||4.3|
|6||Dallas Cowboys||at WAS||6||10||5||6||6.8|
|7||Seattle Seahawks||at HOU||7||2||9||10||7.0|
|8||Carolina Panthers||vs. ATL||8||5||NR||7||9.0|
|9||San Francisco 49ers||at CIN||NR||8||6||14||11.0|
|10||Kansas City Chiefs||vs. LV||15||14||8||8||11.3|
|11||Arizona Cardinals||vs. LAR||12||NR||7||12||11.8|
|12||Minnesota Vikings||vs. PIT||9||15||15||9||12.0|
|13||Cleveland Browns||vs. BAL||10||12||10||NR||12.0|
|14||Baltimore Ravens||at C:E||14||9||NR||11||12.5|
|15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||vs. BUF||11||NR||11||NR||13.5|
D/ST Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: New Orleans Saints. The New York Jets might be missing quite a few key offensive pieces in Week 14, including 2 of their top running backs, their 2 top receivers, 2 tight ends, and a starting tackle. They already surrender an average of 8.92 fppg to opposing fantasy defenses, which makes them the 4th most friendly matchup for opposing D/ST’s. The Saints haven’t finished higher than D/ST18 in their past 5 games, but this should serve as a get right game for them. They slot in as the second ranked defense in my Week 14 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Green Bay Packers. Chicago may be rolling out Andy Dalton again at QB. They play at Lambeau. I do not like where this is going. Even if the Bears keep it close (which I actually believe is possible), I sense at least a couple of takeaways for the Packers, and maybe even a touchdown.
D/ST Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Buffalo Bills. The Bills’ defense has had a relatively successful fantasy season thus far, as they currently sit as the 3rd highest scoring D/ST on the year. This week, however, they take on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The Bucs have been the second worst matchup for opposing fantasy defense this season, allowing only 3.42 fppg to D/ST’s. While the Bills have been one of the few “set and forget” defenses, this year, you may want to remember to switch them out this week. If you have a spot in the playoffs locked up, you may want to hold onto them, though, as their playoff schedule is not too formidable and they have been reliable for the better part of the season. That being said, I am fading them this week. The Bills did not make the top 15 defenses in my Week 14 rankings.
Josh Limesand: New Orleans Saints. I’m assuming a lot of people are going to hop on this matchup since it’s against the Jets. But I actually feel like the Jets will compete in this one. I don’t trust Taysom Hill’s ability to protect the ball, and I think the Jets will get some short-field opportunities. I don’t think they’ll run all over the Saints or anything, but I’m not feeling a big, productive day for the Saints D either.
|1||Justin Tucker (BAL)||at CLE||3||4||1||1||2.3|
|2||Matt Gay (LAR)||at ARI||4||5||2||6||4.3|
|3||Harrison Butker (KC)||vs. LV||8||3||3||3||4.3|
|4||Daniel Carlson (LV)||at KC||1||6||8||5||5.0|
|5||Tyler Bass (BUF)||at TB||2||15||7||2||6.5|
|6||Matt Prater (ARI)||vs. LAR||6||9||6||8||7.3|
|7||Chris Boswell (PIT)||at MIN||5||NR||5||9||8.8|
|8||Greg Joseph (MIN)||vs. PIT||9||1||11||15||9.0|
|9||Brandon McManus (DEN)||vs. DET||7||11||4||NR||9.5|
|10||Ryan Succop (TB)||vs. BUF||11||10||13||7||10.3|
|11||Evan McPherson (CIN)||vs. SF||14||14||10||4||10.5|
|12||Greg Zuerlein (DAL)||at WAS||10||NR||9||10||11.3|
|13||Mason Crosby (GB)||vs. CHI||NR||2||NR||NR||12.5|
|14||Graham Gano (NYG)||at LAC||NR||8||NR||14||13.5|
|15||Brian Johnson (WAS)||vs. DAL||NR||7||NR||NR||13.8|
Kicker Start of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Daniel Carlson. With my usual pick (Nick Folk) on a BYE this week, I am forced to pivot elsewhere. Thankfully, the second highest scoring kicker on the season has the chance to play in a possible shootout this week. Daniel Carlson’s upside is as high as anyone’s in Week 14. Fire him up in a game where points could come early and often on both sides. Carlson checks in as the number 1 ranked kicker in my Week 14 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Brandon McManus. McManus and Broncos host Detroit this week. Even though the Lions finally got a win, I like Denver to put up points. I’m also feeling a long FG make as the clock runs down in the first half. Not sure why, but why not?
Kicker Fade of the Week:
C.J. Brighton: Younghoe Koo. Last year’s highest scoring kicker by average fppg, Younghoe Koo has only finished in the top 10 three times this season and has failed to do so since Week 8. This week, the Falcons may struggle to move the ball against the Panthers. Fading Koo is less an indictment of Koo and more a comment on how untrustworthy the Atlanta offense is as a whole. Koo is the 15th ranked kicker in my Week 14 rankings.
Josh Limesand: Mason Crosby. The Packers will probably win pretty handily this weekend, and I am predicting mainly extra points for Crosby. I’m predicting a miss or two, which means I’m not starting him.
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