Week 14 Sits and Starts
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Week 14 Sits and Starts
Week 13 wrapped up with one of the most interesting NFL games we have ever seen and one of the worst fantasy games ever as well. We hope you didn’t have Mac Jones as your fantasy quarterback as he threw three passes on Monday Night Football. Josh Allen managed 30 attempts in the swirling wind but completed just half of those for 145 yards. For week 14, there are four teams on byes including Mac Jones and the New England Patriots as well as the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and Indianapolis Colts. Let’s take a look at some of the best waiver wire pickups, players to sit and start, and compare some players for your week 14 lineups one on one.
RB’s for Week 14When hitting the waiver wire this week look to start at running back as these players always seem to be the most sought after week over week.
JaMycal Hasty can be pick up if Elijah Mitchell and Jeff Wilson Jr. are outThe first running back to look at for a pickup is whoever the running back will be for the San Francisco 49ers in week 14. At the moment it is a bit up in the air as to who that will be. As of Tuesday it looks like Elijah Mitchell will be out of the lineup with a concussion and Jeff Wilson Jr. injured his knee in week 13 and looks to be out as well. That opens up the door for the next man and that is JaMycal Hasty. Hasty doesn’t have much of a track record but is a tough runner similar to Mitchell and should be in line for close to 20 carries if not more with the 49ers other two running backs out. Even if he isn’t the most talented running back in the world the 49ers will feature their only healthy running back and he should be a good bet for at least 80 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Tevin ColemanThe next pickup is the New York Jets running back who has benefited from Michael Carter being out of the lineup and that is Tevin Coleman. Coleman has been the main beneficiary of Carter’s injury as he has gotten 16 and 11 carries for 67 and 58 yards in the last two weeks to go with five catches in that span. Coleman is still just about 40% owned in most leagues and should be a good fill in play in week 14 giving your lineup a consistent amount of touches. The Jets play the New Orleans Saints in a tough matchup but should still get Coleman his touches which he can produce with.
WR’s for Week 14Looking at wide receivers there are some really good pickups for the next man up role for some players that will be inactive due to injuries or illnesses in week 14.
Jalen Guyton can replace Keenan AllenThe first is Jalen Guyton after the news that Keenan Allen has been ruled out with Covid for the Los Angeles Chargers. Guyton already looked like a decent pickup as the third wide receiver for a Chargers team that has had seven games with over 300 passing yards this year. Now Guyton will step into that No. 2 wide receiver role and may even out target Mike Williams who is more of a deep threat player.
KJ OsbornThe next pickup is due to another player being out with Adam Thielen having an injury that will likely keep him out. KJ Osborn should step into a big role here for the Minnesota Vikings on the other side of Justin Jefferson. Jefferson has been on an absolute tear and should see double teams in this game that would free up a lot of targets for Osborn.
Fantasy owners have been waiting for Russell Gage to break outAnother player to add is Russell Gage who fantasy owners have been waiting for to break out. He finally came to play the last two weeks with 67 yards and a touchdown in week 12 and then 11 catches for 130 yards in week 13. He will look to keep that rolling in week 14.
QB’s for Week 14
Taysom HillThe best quarterback to add for week 14 is Taysom Hill who was also the best pickup for last week once it was announced he was the New Orleans Saint’s starting quarterback. Despite being the best quarterback pickup last week he is still under 40% owned on most sites. The question for Hill is always if he can throw for enough yards and touchdowns because people know he can run. He answered that in week 13 with 264 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also threw four interceptions though as the Saints were desperately trying to comeback but he will likely never throw that many again. The big bonus for Hill is his rushing ability. He normally gets rushing touchdowns but in week 13 he put up a ton of yards with 101 to complete a nice fantasy day.
TE’s for Week 14
Tyler ConklinOne tight end that should see a big boost in usage is Tyler Conklin from the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings will be without Adam Thielen who was ruled out last week after just one catch. Conklin saw a big increase in targets with a season high nine which he turned in seven catches for 56 yards. He is also under 35% owned on most sites and should make for possibly a top 10 tight end play in week 14.
Running Backs to start in Week 14
Alexander MattisonThe first running back to start in week 14 is Alexander Mattison for the Minnesota Vikings. He did a great job filling in for Dalvin Cook in week 13 and it seems that he offers almost the same production as Cook when given the same amount of touches that Cook is accustomed to. Mattison managed to get 22 carries on his way to 90 yards and a touchdown and added three catches for 34 yards. This was in a losing effort for the Vikings against the Lions but it is good to see that Mattison was still able to get 25 total touches from the running back spot in a game where the Vikings could have been tempted to go pass heavy. In week 14, Mattison and the Vikings get a difficult matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers but Mattison appears to be fairly matchup proof.
D’Onta ForemanAnother running back to start is D’Onta Foreman from the Tennessee Titans. The Titans had a bye in week 12 but with Henry out of the lineup they have been looking for a solid replacement. Foreman was that in week 12 when he got 19 carries for 109 yards against the New England Patriots. In week 14 he gets to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in a juicy matchup for him. All of the Buffalo Bills running backs look like they should be sits in week 14. The Buffalo Bills rely so heavily on their passing game that they even threw 30 passes in the windiest NFL game in years last week.
Running Backs to sit in Week 14The Bills also have three running backs that all got the same amount of work last week and none of them will get many more than 12 touches per week. They all could be sat on your bench in week 14.
Wide Receivers to start in Week 14
Mike WilliamsThe first wide receiver to start who will see a big bump in usage is Mike Williams for the Los Angeles Chargers. With Keenan Allen out of the lineup due to Covid, Williams should see an increase in targets and probably will run more intermediate routes to get him more involved in Allen’s usual role. That is good news for Williams in ppr formats and a big game is expected from him here against the New York Giants. The Chargers may be able to score 30 to 45 points in this game against a depleted Giants team and Williams should be heavily involved.
Terry MclaurinA wide receiver who had his worst performance of the year last week is Terry Mclaurin but he is a player to start in week 14. Mclaurin has had some massive games this year with four 100 yard receiving games and this week could be another. The Washington Football Team and Terry Mclaurin face the Dallas Cowboys who have been giving up the 29th most points to wide receivers so far this season. It should be a shootout and Mclaurin would be heavily involved if that is the case.
Wide Receivers to sit in Week 14Marvin Jones is a player that can be sat for owners in week 14. He seemed like he was brought in to Jacksonville to be Trevor Lawrence’s favorite target and he was drafted as such. Early in the year he was good with two touchdowns in the first two games and 17 catches in the first three games. However, he hasn’t had more than 52 yards since week eight and Laquon Treadwell has surpassed him as the No. 1 receiver after he was essentially out of the league.
Quarter Backs to start in Week 14
Taysom HillTaysom Hill is not only the best waiver wire pickup at quarterback but maybe of all positions this week and he is also a great week 14 play. Throwing for 264 yards and running for 101 is insane. Now Hill and the New Orleans Saints play the New York Jets who just gave up 33 points to the Gardner Minshew led Philadelphia Eagles. Hill should be dominant in this matchup and is definitely a quarterback to start in week 14 unless you have a stud quarterback on your roster as well.
Quarter Backs to sit in Week 14Joe Burrow looks like a quarterback to sit in week 14. He has a finger injury that looked to bother him and he faces the 49ers.
Tight Ends to start in Week 14
T.J. HockensonT.J. Hockenson is back? After a strong start to the year the Detroit Lions struggled massively and so did Hockenson but the Lions finally have gone back to him as he has had back to back games with a touchdown. He should continue to be used heavily this week. Foster Moreau seemed like a good play last week but he was barely targeted and the Raiders struggled. In week 14 he also faces a recently tough Chiefs defense.
Comparison of the players for Week 14For the last section we are going to look at some players for your week 14 lineups and compare them to other similarly ranked players for the week to see who is the better play.
RB’s comparison for Week 14
Chuba Hubbard will be the featured back for the Carolina PanthersStarting off at running back, Chuba Hubbard will be the featured back for the Carolina Panthers in week 14 and for at least a few weeks going forward. He wasn’t as good as expected filling in for Christian McCaffrey as people thought but should make a good play this week against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s a juicy matchup for the Carolina Panthers and Hubbard making him a better play than some other starting running backs in the league. Hubbard should be a better play than Tevin Coleman due to the matchup and the Panthers should be ahead in this game. He also looks better than Darrell Henderson who is coming back from injury and Sony Michel played well enough in week 13 to take some of his carries.
Jamaal Williams better than Hubbard?A player who looks better than Hubbard is Jamaal Williams who had 17 carries last week and should be able to be the main ball carrier in week 14.
Ezekiel Elliott is a better play than Tony PollardEzekiel Elliott is another interesting running back to look at in week 14. He doesn’t look fast or explosive and hasn’t put together many yards in a game since early in the season. Still he is barely a better play than Tony Pollard who Elliott has gotten more carries than in almost every game this season. Pollard may be a better running back at this point but Elliott will still get more goal line carries and short catches to make him a better fantasy play.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire looks like a better play than ElliottClyde Edwards-Helaire looks like a better play than Elliott as he is more explosive both in the run and pass game and has a nice matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.
WR’s comparison for Week 14
Odell Beckham Jr.Odell Beckham Jr. is a borderline player you want in your lineups for week 14. Beckham has stepped into the No. 2 role for the Los Angeles Rams with Robert Woods out of the lineup but he looks like he is definitely not 100%. He has been suffering from a knee injury and most recently a back injury where it seems he is constantly holding his back or limping on the sideline.
Van JeffersonAlso Van Jefferson has emerged as a contender for the No. 2 wide receiver for the rest of the year for the Rams with back to back solid performances with eight and nine targets the last two games. Jefferson seems like a better play in week 14 than Beckham due to the number of targets he is seeing and the fact OBJ has been hampered by his lingering injuries. It could be a tough matchup for the Rams against the Cardinals but Jefferson should be in line again for more work.
OBJ looks a better play than Jarvis LandryOBJ still looks like a better play than Jarvis Landry who had a big game his last time out but could have a tougher time out against the same team in the Baltimore Ravens. Don’t expect another 100+ yard performance from Landry.
Michael GallupMichael Gallup is the third wide receiver in Dallas but is an intriguing player to look at because he is a candidate to have a huge game any week. He has 10, eight, and nine targets the last three weeks and five catches in each game.
Gallup looks or Cole BeasleyGallup looks like a better play than another third wide receiver in Cole Beasley from the Buffalo Bills. Beasley has struggled to find the end zone and doesn’t have that big play ability that Gallup has.
Tyler BoydAnother third wide receiver in Tyler Boyd has been good but Burrow is banged up and the Bengals have a tougher matchup against the 49ers. Gallup looks better than him in week 14 with a matchup that could potentially be one of the highest scoring on the week against Washington.
QB’s comparison for Week 14
Dak Prescott vs Lamar JacksonDak Prescott has been hit or miss this year but this week seems like it could be lining up for a big hit for him. This game should have one of the highest points totals with Dallas being one of the highest implied points total teams. He now has all of weapons healthy and has a good matchup against a beatable team in Washington. Dak looks like he could be a better play than Lamar Jackson this week which is a surprising call. Jackson hasn’t had a rushing touchdown since week two and hasn’t had more than 68 rushing yards or two touchdowns since week 9. This kind of production won’t get it done and he doesn’t appear to be in a huge spot against Cleveland to break out of this slump.
Is Justin Herbert better play than Dak?A quarterback who looks like a better play than Dak is Justin Herbert for the Los Angeles Chargers. He has been absolutely rolling recently with three straight games of over 300 passing yards and he should make it four after week 14. It’s also a great matchup for the Chargers against the Giants.
One on one comparison of TE’sWith Dallas Goedert and Mike Gesicki on byes this week you may have to look elsewhere for tight ends. One possibility is Dawson Knox who has been a nice red zone target for Josh Allen in Buffalo.
Knox looks vs T.J. HockensonKnox looks like one of the best options this week but T.J. Hockenson looks like he could be better. Knox doesn’t get the volume or the amount of catches that Hockenson gets and Hockenson looks like he is getting more involved again for the Detroit Lions. Knox is averaging just 3.3 catches per game while Hockenson is averaging over 5. Still this week Knox looks like he makes a better play than Dalton Schultz as Dallas has all of their receiving weapons back and Schultz could see a decrease in his usage. These are three good plays but Hockenson seems the best followed by Knox and then Schultz. Tight ends are hard to come by for replacements on your starters bye week so look to one of these tight ends or Gerald Everett or Tyler Conklin who could be available to pick up.
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Week 14 Sits and Starts