Fantasy Football Matchups - Week 14


The Fantasy Playoffs are upon us and no lineup decision is more important that the ones you will make this week. Can you trust that WR to not bottom out your squad? Will that RB get the volume you need to win and stay alive? Well, The Fantasy Whisperers are here to help as much as possible. That includes this column where we try to give you a perspective on every fantasy relevant player in every matchup for the week 14 slate of games. For any additional start/sit advice make sure you DM us on Twitter or Instagram and for even more in depth analysis head on over to our YouTube channel where we post daily videos to prepare you to win your week.

MIN @ TB

The Vikings look to strengthen their hold on a playoff spot while the Buccaneers are trying to keep pace in the NFC South title race. It will be interesting to see how Tampa comes out of the bye after a miserable 2 weeks going into it.


Buccaneers Preview

Through the Air

Tom Brady looks to bounce back after losing to the Rams and Chiefs the last two times out. We’re hopeful that the rumored tension in the locker room is mostly ironed out, and we’re recommending a start on Brady this week as a low-end QB1. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin should both be in the WR2 range, although keep an eye on Godwin’s status, as he’s reported to have just gotten 10 screws out of his hand and was limited in practice early in the week. He should be good to go, but it’s something that could flare up on gameday. Antonio Brown is here as well as a flex option, although his inconsistency so far this season isn’t encouraging to managers. At TE, Rob Gronkowski has finally started hitting his stride and getting consistent targets, so start him up with confidence.


On the Ground

Ronald Jones has had two top 10 RB finishes and 3 sub-40 RB finishes in his past 5 games. This is maddening inconsistency for a RB on your roster, but this is one of the weeks that should lean toward the top rather than the bottom. He’s a high-end RB2 this week. You can keep Leonard Fournette on your bench, as he’s also been inconsistent without the top-10 upside.


Vikings Preview

Through the Air

Kirk Cousins comes in off three straight 3 TD games and is a good QB2 this week. I wouldn’t suggest jumping him over a top guy, but if you’re struggling to pick someone in the QB10-20 ranking range, you could do much worse than Kirk. Both of his main targets are WR1s this week, so start up Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen if you have them. The rest of the WR crew can stay on waivers, and at TE you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.


On the Ground

Start Dalvin Cook.


Extra Points

The Buccaneers’ D/ST is ranked high this week, and I would slot them into your lineup as it is a solid matchup for them. Avoid the Vikings’ D/ST. Start Ryan Succop, and keep Dan Bailey on waivers.


AZ @ NYG

The Giants are coming off a great win against Seattle and look to start a streak against the NFC West, while the Cardinals are doing anything they can to right the ship and stay in the playoff hunt.


Giants Preview

Through the Air

Colt McCoy did a good job managing the game in the win against Seattle last week. It’s not clear if he’ll get another start or if Daniel Jones will be able to return, but either way you’re sitting the Giants’ QB. Week 1 of the fantasy playoffs is not the time for low-floor high risk plays with limited upside. I’d also keep the WRs on your bench, although Sterling Shepard may warrant flex consideration if Jones does start. Evan Engram is a tough sell as a TE2, I’d avoid him too.


On the Ground

Wayne Gallman has been solid since Devonta Freeman’s exit to IR. Roll him out as an RB2 this week. Alfred Morris has been involved, but he and Dion Lewis can both stay out of your lineup for now.


Cardinals Preview

Through the Air

Kyler Murray has been inconsistent lately, as Arizona has hit a 3-game skid and is a hail Mary away from 5 consecutive losses. Even so, he’s probably your best bet at QB, so start him up. He’ll be looking for his locked-in WR1 in Deandre Hopkins, as well as his new-found favorite target in TE Dan Arnold. Both are startable this week, unless you have one of the 3 consistent TEs ahead of Arnold. Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and Andy Isabella should probably stay on your bench this week, although Kirk is most likely to haul in a big play of that group.


On the Ground

Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds have been splitting time all season, but Drake has been getting the benefit lately in the form of TDs, with 4 in the past 3 games. Drake is a solid start as an RB2, and Edmonds is a distant flex option with that TD upside if he can swing one. He’s also been averaging around 5 targets per game, great for PPR leagues.


Extra Points

Zane Gonzalez and Graham Gano can both stay out of your lineup this week. The Cardinals are a good D/ST option this week, because they either get a backup QB, or the most prolific turnover machine QB in Daniel Jones. The Giants are a sneaky good play as well if you’ve got limited options on the wire, as they showed last week (and throughout the season) that they can reign in good offenses.


KC @ MIA

The Chiefs attempt to keep pace in the bye week race, while Miami is trying to solidify their playoff position. A great offense meets a great defense in this battle, plus we get to see two great young QBs face off.


Dolphins Preview

Through the Air

Tua Tagovailoa has not been a prolific passer as yet this season, but he has a good opportunity to get some stats against the middling KC defense. He’s not a great start, but good if you’re desperate and can’t find a QB1. Devante Parker is the only WR here worth a start as a solid WR2, and you can do worse than Mike Gesicki at TE. Slot them both in your lineup, fade the rest.


On the Ground

Myles Gaskin had a great start to the season, and got right back on track in his return from IR. This offense relies on him a ton, and he’ll be a RB2 on volume alone, with RB1 upside if he can find the endzone. He also gets plenty of targets, so he’s solid in PPR. He’s a great sneaky play this week.


Chiefs Preview

Through the Air

The Dolphins have been great on defense this season, and Kansas City’s offense has looked mortal several times so far this year. But you can still trust Patrick Mahomes to put up stats in this matchup. You weren’t considering benching him anyways, regardless of what I wrote here. Tyreek Hill at WR and Travis Kelce at TE are obvious starts as well. This may be a bad week for speculative starts on Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Sammy Watkins as the upside may be limited a bit, but Watkins may start being involved more following his return from injury. Keep an eye on his usage if you have him.


On the Ground

Ouch. It’s gonna be hard to rebuild the trust you lost if you started Clyde Edwards-Helaire last week following his ‘active’ status pregame. He’s a RB2 this week, but if you’ve got another option, I wouldn’t blame you for going elsewhere. Leveon Bell hasn’t made a mark on this offense since being signed, so I wouldn’t expect that to change regardless of CEH’s status. KC loves the pass game, so stick to that group this week.


Extra Points

Chiefs D/ST has decent upside this week, while the Dolphins’ group is likely to have a let-down week compared to their recent scores. Also, start up Harrison Butker at Kicker.



TEN @ JAX

Both of these teams are coming off tough loses last week, both teams are looking to bounce back. This should be a big hill for the Jaguars to climb as the Titans are favored by 7.5 points in this matchup. Regardless of outcome there should be plenty of fantasy production for week 1 of the playoffs.


Titans Preview

Through the Air

The Titans offense struggled early last week and was forced to play catchup to the Browns majority of the game. Gamescript forced them to rely on Ryan Tannehill’s arm which translated into 45 passing attempts (season high), 389 yards and 3 TDs. This week you should expect this type of production from Tannehill because they will look to establish the run with Henry first against the struggling Jags defense. His receiving core lead by A.J Brown and Corey Davis have been very productive as of late and this should continue for both this week. Jonnu Smith is banged up and is at risk of missing a second game, this opens things up Anthony Firsker to lead the team in TE snaps. for Tannehill is a low end QB1, Brown WR2, Davis WR3 with upside, Firsker solid streaming TE2.


On the Ground

You are starting Derrick Henry every week especially this week against the Jags. look for the titans to come out early and establish the run game.


Jaguars Preview

Through the Air

Mike Glennon is still under center for the Jags this week. This is a good matchup on paper given the Titans have let up 27 passing TDs on the season (most in NFL) but I’m sure you can do better especially if you are a team that made the playoffs this week. D.J Chark got out to a hot start with Glennon but it seems Glennon has stronger connections with Collin Johnson as of late. Also on the roster competing for targets in Keelan Cole. The matchup for all of these guys so they can provide some good return for your lineups. D.J Chark is a risky WR3 with the emergence of Colin Johnson as of late and lack of TD production from Glennon.


On the Ground

League winner James Robinson has seen no impact to his RB1 production with the change behind center and I don’t expect any of that to change this week either. The Jags offense begins and ends with James Robinson. Lock him into your lineups ROS.


Extra Points

The Titans D/ST is worth a look if you are scrambling for a defense this week. Glennon’s lack of passing TDs and potential INTs may open up some opportunities for the Titans Defense.


DAL @ CIN

REVENGE GAME!!! Andy Dalton and the Cowboys roll into Cincinnati this week hoping to get some payback on the Bengals while trying to keep his teams playoff hopes alive.


Cowboys Preview

Though the Air

This is an Andy Dalton revenge game and he has been playing much better as of late but don’t get too cute in the playoffs. If you are a playoff team you should have a better option at QB. Dallas’ 3-headed receiver monster of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb has not lived up to the offseason expectations without Dak. Despite the sub par QB performance Amari Cooper has found ways to produce and is an every week WR2. CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup on the other hand are not reliable for weekly production. Lamb could be a good flex option given the good matchup, don’t buy into the Gallup performance last week.


On the Ground

Probably more frustrating than the WR production is the production we have seen from Ezekial Elliot this season without Dak. Zeke hasn't scored a rushing TD since week 5 and this could be the week he finally scores against the Bengals. This matchup is too good to pass up on paper and he is locked in as a low-end RB1. Tony Pollard should stay on the benches if Zeke is out there. Zeke is dealing with a calf injury but all signs are pointing to him being out there. If Zeke were to sit this vaults Pollard into a no brainer start.


Bengals Preview

Much like Dallas the bengals lost their star QB to injury. Now leading the offense is Brandon Allen and that is all you need to know about that. Don’t start him. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins are the lead receivers in this offense and have been doing a lot with a litte. Tee Higgins is dealing with a hamstring injury and is at risk of missing or having a limited role this week. This is good news for Tyler Boyd as he should continue to command the lion share of targets in a great matchup. Regardless of Tee Higgins status Boyd is a WR2 and if Higgins is out there he is a WR3 this week. A.J Green should be on the waivers as he has not caught a pass in a couple weeks, he is clearly on his way out this off season.


On the Ground

Joe Mixon has already been ruled out for this one so Gio Bernard gets the start once again. Managers that scooped Gio up on the waivers probably thought they were getting a potential league winning RB2/3 but without Burrow this running game has been completely derailed. Gio does get a cake matchup against the Cowboys who give up 5yards per carry to opposing running backs giving this run game a shot to get back on track. That being said Gio is a low end RB2/3 this week


HOU @ CHI

That last play last week was brutal to watch for Houston and DeSean Watson. This week is no easy test as they travel to Chicago to face the Bears in freezing cold temperatures.


Texans Preview

Through the Air

Not to start a panic because you are starting DeSean Watson but this will be Watsons first game in sub 40 temps. Watson is still a QB1 this week as he can produce with his elite scramble ability. With Will Fuller suspended for 6 games we all thought this would vault Brandin Cooks into a every week WR1 spot but like many fantasy expectations isn’t looking like that will be the case. KeKe Coutee seems to have benefited the most from Fuller’s absence. Both of they guys look like WR3s with Keke offering more upside especially in ppr formats.


On the Ground

David Johnson (personal) doesn’t look to be traveling with the team to Chicago. This puts Duke Johnson as the starter and lead ball carrier for the Texans. This is very tough matchup for any running back and I would stay away from David and Duke this week.


Bears Preview

Through the Air

The Bears offense has been better with Mitch Trubisky behind center but he is still not worth a start. He is still on a very short leash and is in danger of being benched at any given moment. The only receiver I am looking at this week from the Bears is Allen Robinson who has been able to produce semi-regularly despite the sub par QB play. This week he gets a choice matchup against a Texan secondary who allowed a WR1 performance from TY Hilton.


On the Ground

FINALLY!! We are seeing David Montgomery produce in this offense. Look to the Bears to continue to feed Monty and run the offense through him. Lock him in as a potential league winning RB2 with RB1 upside.


Extra Points

I would caution starting the Bears D/ST against a DeSean Watson led offense. I would also caution starting Ka'imi Fairbairn this week. The freezing temps make is not favorable for kicking field goals,


DEN @ CAR

Panthers are home favorites in a must win for both teams to keep their outside chance of making the playoffs alive.


Broncos Preview

Through the Air

Starting Drew Lock is like a roller coaster ride. While roller coasters are fun in real life they are however not fun when it comes to fantasy football. Please don’t leave your championship hopes in the hands of Drew Lock. Roller coaster QB performances don’t always translate to roller coaster receiver performances and that's the case for Tim Patrick aka “Timmy Toe Tap” who seems to be Locks favorite target. Jerry Juedy however seems to be riding the same roller coaster ride as Lock and has been up and down all season and shouldn’t be trusted in this matchup. Noah Fant typically wont wow you with his stat line but his talent and lack of competition make him an every week TE2.


On the Ground

Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay have been frustrating to watch much like the rest of the Broncos offense this season. Early in the season this would be a matchup you would look to exploit with either of these guys but the Panthers have improved against the run as the weeks have gone on and now doesn’t look to be as exploitable as they once were. In this one Gordon is the preferred option, offering RB3 value with RB2 upside given this is still a good matchup. Philip Lindsay is a fade this week.


Panther Preview

Through the Air

Teddy Bridgewater continued to play good football coming back from injury in week 12 and should be healthier after his bye last week. Despite playing good football Teddy is stuck as a QB2 for fantasy football given his lack of TD production in games. As a streamer you could do worse but you could certainly do better. D.J Moore is still on the COVID list and might not be off in time for Sunday’s game. This opens up the targets for Curtis Samual and Robby Anderson. Curtis Samuel would be my pick in PPR formats as he should see double digit touches (targets/rushing). Any time Robby Anderson is on the field he has the potential to blow the top off of any defense so I would start him this week as a WR3 with upside.


On the Ground

Just when we thought Christian McCaffrey would be back after the bye week he goes and injures his quad in practice and is now doubtful. This paves the way for another Mike Davis start at RB who has struggled in recent weeks. As mentioned earlier the Panthers run defense has been improving as of late but the Broncos run defense has been trending in the opposite direction. This could be a good game for Davis to get back on track and a RB2.


Extra Points

Neither D/ST should be trusted this week. Brandon McManus is a solid kicking option since Denver has struggled to score TDs in the redzone.




NYJ @ SEA

The Giants’ hot-streak collided with a Russell Wilson downturn for a bad week 13 loss for Seattle. But the Hawks will not lose to two losing teams from New York in the same week - no way. And it seems at this point, the Jets are desperate to continue losing at all costs to secure any chance at a future. The biggest question marks in this matchup are how to place our expectations on Russell Wilson - especially as we head into the playoff stretch for fantasy!


New York Jets

Through the Air

Sam Darnold has thrown more picks than touchdowns over the last two games and now stands to lose his number one wide receiver to a calf injury. Breshard Perrimen may be in line for a good fantasy day if Crowder is sidelined through Sunday.


On the Ground

The Seahawks surrendered 135 yards on the ground to the Giants last week so there are likely yards to be had for the Jets RB this week. Frank Gore is working his way through NFL concussion protocol which means the lead role could get handed to TY Johnson this week. Keep an eye on the situation because the lead RB stands to grab some yardage.


Seattle Seahawks

Through the Air

Russell Wilson has had his three worst games of the season in the last three weeks. This trend puts a pit in the stomach of fantasy hopefuls as we enter Week 14 of the season, where many leagues playoffs will begin. Fortunately, this is the perfect week to break the slump as the 0-12 Jets have let up an average of 300+ yards to quarterbacks every week.


On the Ground

Chris Carson is nursing another injury this week and a muddled backfield is situated behind him should he not fill the starting role. Carlos Hyde, Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas are all chomping at the bit and adding more chaos to the mix is Rashaad Penny coming back from the IR. The Jets Defense doesn’t pose much threat against the run - or any part of any offense for that matter.


IND @ LV

These two teams are both number two in their respective division with the Raiders in the 8th seed spot just behind the Colts. The winner of this team will stay in the playoff hunt and the other will remain just on the cusp. Who will push harder?


Indianapolis Colts

Through the Air

Philip Rivers has played well the past few weeks and faces the Raiders who have allowed 20 touchdown passes and the ninth-most passing yards this season. If you are in a playoff matchup this week and still streaming your quarterback (first of all, you are not alone), Phillip Rivers might be a good option for you. TY Hilton was a highly targeted waiver add this week as the Raiders have let up massive yardage to opposing WRs in back to back weeks. His huge performance last week of 110 yards and a touchdown could be repeated - or topped.

On the Ground

Jonathan Taylor had a breakout game against Green Bay a few weeks ago but disappeared to the COVID list for a few weeks. In his absence, Nyheim Hines took the role. Now with Taylor back, the question is - who will have the lead role? Nyheim Hines is very elusive and often gets goal-line carries, but the matchup favors Jonathan Taylor. And even better news. game script will favor Indianapolis so the running back will have time to run.


Las Vegas Raiders

Through the Air

The Colts defense is so good, the Raiders will truly struggle in this matchup if they aren’t well prepared. Derek Carr will have to be totally in-sync with his receiving options for this game to work without the same strength available at RB. While Darren Waller has put up strong numbers as of late, temper expectations against this strong Colts defense. And of the wide-receivers, they all face tough corner matchups with just one exception - Nelson Agholor. He’s worth a look this week.


On the Ground

Josh Jacob’s availability is very much up in the air as he tends to an ankle injury and Devontae Booker is in line to start if he doesn’t. His fantasy output will really depend on the opportunities he gets this week and the Raiders will be looking to every option to penetrate the Colts, including the run. Booker will have a chance to see what he’s made of.


Extra Points

The Colts Defense is a start, as they have been all season. And on the note of enduring all-stars - you always want to play Rodrigo Blakenship.


WAS @ SF

Alex Smith will be starting against his former team as his comeback journey continues in a game the home team must play in another state due to a global health pandemic. This certainly makes for great storylines - but no one cares about storylines unless they mean something for fantasy football!


Washington Football Team

Through the Air

The Washington offense has come alive since Alex Smith took over and they are coming off a big win against the formerly undefeated Steelers. The Bills tore into the 49ers defense last week so Washington’s chances could be good if they can bring a healthy squad to the field. Tight-end Logan Thomas went off last week against the Steelers completing all 9 passes that came his way for 98 yards and a touchdown and could be in line for another big performance this week if not for the 49ers D. And Terry McLaurin returned to practice Thursday after missing time with an ankle injury which bodes well for his Sunday outlook but he is lined up against a tough corner this week.


On the Ground

Antonio Gibson is dealing with the dreaded turf toe and Coach Ron Rivera does not sound optimistic about his chances on Sunday. J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber are in line behind him should he not play.


San Francisco 49ers

Through the Air

Washington’s defense has held out against tough teams the past three weeks so 49ers will have to come prepared to make an impact.Deebo Samuel is back from injury and him and Brandon Aiyuk have a tough matchup against the 49ers defense but their recent success prove they are both must starts regardless. Jordan Reed has been splitting the traditional tight-end load given to Kittle with the other tight-end so his streaming opportunity this week is stunted. He’s a touchdown dependent option for sure.

On the Ground

Raheem Mostert is back from injury but his workload last week was pitiful and brings up questions for this week. Worth noting that Jeff Wilson was in last week and more effective than Mostert. And to make matters worse - the Washington Football Team has a strong defense against the run so any option this week isn’t the best.


Extra Points

Both teams' defenses have been playing very well recently and should be considered for this week.


NO @ PHI


New Orleans

Through the Air

Taysom Hill has been a fine streamable option the past few weeks and that’s no different this week against Philadelphia. He’s been moving the ball through the air well and running carries across the field and goalline himself (with exception to last week). He’s actually the number 2 quarterback in the NFL in terms of adjusted completion percentage.


On the Ground

Alvin Kamara is facing a tough matchup against Philly and hasn’t quite found his groove with Taysom Hill so this week is a little shaky in terms of expectations. Philadelphia has given up the 5th most rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs and Kamara has out-touched Murray for red-zone touches in recent games so the opportunity is there for Kamara. Trust in your studs this week.


Philadelphia Eagles

Through the Air

Carson Wentz was benched for his last time as starting quarterback for the Eagles and Jalen Hurts is set to take over the lead role. It’s a hard week to trust anyone in this offense this week - Hurts saw his first real action on the field last week and it wasn’t the most exciting opening performance. With that, it’s hard to rely on his receiving corps. The Saints are strong defenders against receivers and Alshon Jeffrey is the only WR with a good matchup at all. Stay away.


On the Ground

Is it worth… benching Miles Sanders this week? He’s continued to struggle, not reaching 100 yards since week 6. And after a juicy matchup potential against Green Bay, we are all left scratching our heads with his potential left on the field. New Orleans is also the worst possible matchup for running backs - they’ve only allowed 5 touchdowns all year. As much of a bummer as it may be to bench this guy, it’d be a bigger bummer to be let down when you need him the most.


Extra Points

The Saints Defense may be the biggest rainmakers of all this week.




ATL @ LAC

The good news for both of these teams is that someone is likely to win. I mean I guess they could tie. That would honestly be the most Chargers vs. Falcons outcome ever.


Falcons Preview

Through the Air

Matt Ryan and the Falcons will be without their top WR Julio Jones this week who is hampered by a hamstring injury. The bad news for Ryan is that his completion percentage with Julio in has been 71% this season and that number drops to 54% when Julio is out of the lineup. The good news for GMs with Ryan on their roster is that he faces the Chargers who are allowing the 5th most points to QBs on the season. We also have a track record of Ryan feasting on bottom 10 defenses, averaging 361 yards and 3 TDs in those spots. Ryan’s success will of course begin and likely end with Calvin Ridley. The WR6 in standard scoring now has 3 straight games with 9 or more targets and has only dipped below 14 fantasy points in two games this season. Ridley is an auto start this week and with the Julio absence we can look to FLEX Russell Gage who has been targeted in the end zone in all but 4 games this season. The Hayden Hurst rollercoaster has seen him post the following yardage totals: 62, 0, 48, and 9 yards. Given the Chargers porous defense you could do worse streaming.


On the Ground

Todd Gurley was a disappearing act last week only playing on 33% of snaps and carrying the ball a measly 8 times. If you are looking for some confidence in starting him this week look no further than Falcons HC Raheem Morris who beat writers have quoted saying that if Gurley plays he will get a full workload. It will be Gurley’s return to LA but not facing the Rams, instead facing a Chargers defense surrendering the 8th most rushing yards to enemy running backs. You could do worse at RB2 than Gurley this week even though starting him is not for the faint at heart. Monitor the status of his knee as he has been logging only limited practices this week.


Chargers Preview

Through the Air

Rookie phenom Justin Herbert was looking more rookie than phenom last week and will head into an absolutely pristine “get right” spot against the Falcons league worst defense against fantasy quarterbacks. You have to trust not only Herbert in this prime spot but his plethora of talented pass catchers. Keenan Allen who is an auto start will now face one of the most underperforming cornerbacks in all of football in Isiah Oliver. Even Boom or Bust Mike Williams is looking like a solid FLEX play this week given his likely matchup with Falcons CB Darqueze Dannard. Both Oliver and Dannard are allowing a healthy .37 and .32 fantasy points per route run this season and these talented Charger receivers should feast. The good times don’t stop there as Hunter Henry should recoup nicely this week after an underwhelming performance last week. Henry will face a Falcons defense that has given up 9 tight end touchdowns this season and allows 10.2 points per game to the position.


On the Ground

For as laughable as the Falcons defense has been this year, it has been quite impressive against the run. Likely due to the fact that they are such a pass funnel defense, Atlanta is allowing the fourth fewest points per game at 14.5, the second fewest rushing yards per game with 67, and have only allowed 5 rushing touchdowns all season. Even with all their success against rushers this season, Austin Ekeler remains an elite fantasy option at the position. GM’s with Ekeler on their roster can seek refuge in the fact that Atlanta has surrendered the 3rd most receiving touchdowns to running backs this season.


Extra Points

This game has sneaky shootout potential so I wouldn’t advise starting either defense. Younghoe Koo has been the best kicker in fantasy this season.


GB @ DET

Fireworks could be in store for this divisional showdown between two of the league's best “throwers of the football” Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers.


Packers Preview

Through the Air

I really don’t have to convince you to start Aaron Rodgers do I? The story goes a little something like this: Rodgers has 3 total TDs or more in 7 straight starts. He hasn’t had less than 27 FPs since his letdown vs the Buccaneers way back in week 6. Davante Adams is an extension of his elite QB and has now scored a touchdown in 7 straight starts. His lowest yardage total in that time is 53 yards and remains the best fantasy WR option week in and week out. The questions arise in the weapons beyond Adams and if we can trust starting an Allen Lazard or Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Lazard is the only other WR worth considering given his conversion in the red zone. He’s scored 5 times in 6 opportunities. The problem is the volume for Lazard as now even Robert Tonyan has out targeted him over the last 3 weeks. I would suggest fading Lazard as this offense seems to run through the run game, Adams and Tonyan who even in a tough matchup against Detroit deserves to be in your lineup with touchdowns in 3 straight games.


On the Ground

Aaron Jones is heating up just in time for his best “on paper” matchup of 2020. Jones has seen his snap share increase each game over the last three weeks and now has 19 targets in his 5 games back from injury. He now gets a feastable Lions defense that has given up 23 total touchdowns to RBs this season including three to Jones himself earlier this season.


Lions Preview

Through the Air

Without Kenny Golladay, Matthew Stafford has been hard to trust. The glimmer of hope for Stafford is that he just cashed in a three touchdown performance against a very stingy Chicago defense last week. He will need to outperform two weeks in a row as the Packers are a very tough defense against QBs allowing the 8th fewest points to the position. Marvin Jones is close to a locked in start for fantasy GMs these days given upside alone. Since Golladay went down in week 8, Jones has been the WR6 in most formats. Jones is likely to see a good dose of Packers shutdown corner Jaire Alexander this week but can still be trusted to capitalize on Stafford’s big arm. The only other pass catcher worth trusting in the fantasy playoffs would be the super solid T.J. Hockenson. Hock now has 7 or more targets in 5 of his last 6 games and has 68 or more receiving yards in his last three games.


On the Ground

You should feel confident to start whichever running back gets the start for Detroit in this matchup. Green Bay has posted bottom-six numbers in fantasy points allowed and total touchdowns allowed to the RB position this year. Whether or not D’Andre Swift can make it back from his post concussion illness remains to be seen. Prior to his absence, Swift had back to back weeks with 16 touches and has 11 or more fantasy points in four of his last five games. Should Swift miss another game, Adrian Peterson could be started with some pretty good confidence given the matchup and his success over the last two weeks. Over the last two contests, Peterson has 31 carries, 112 yards, and four touchdowns. Peterson has made a hall of fame career on eating the Packers’ lunch.


Extra Points

Both kickers are streamable in this matchup and both defenses should be avoided if possible.


PIT @ BUF

In one of the marquee matchups of the week 14 slate, two of the AFC’s top teams will face off as the Steelers travel to Buffalo to face the Bills.


Steelers Preview

Through the Air

Although one could look at the defenses in this matchup and believe this game will be a defensive slugfest, Vegas believes this game has sneaky-shootout upside. This could make for a very profitable fantasy outlook for Big Ben who has not thrown for less than 250 yards since week 8 and now has thrown for two or more touchdowns in all but two games this season. This matchup sets up nicely for Ben and the aerial attack for the Steelers as Buffalo is giving up the 7th most fantasy points to QBs this season. Ben has the privilege of throwing to maybe the most talented WR trio in the NFL: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool. Johnson is the most sure-fired start of the bunch amassing 52 targets over the last month. JuJu would be the next best option given his safe floor. Claypool is your typical boom or bust rookie WR who has week-winning upside. Eric Ebron and his 11 targets over the last two weeks and belongs in your lineup.


On the Ground

Fantasy GM’s rejoice! James Conner returns just in time for his matchup against the 9th worst defense against fantasy RBs. Buffalo has surrendered 140 scrimmage yards and just under one touchdown per game to enemy backs. This bodes well for Conner who prior to his absence was averaging 17 touches per game and has only dipped below 12 fantasy points in 2 of his last 7 games played.


Bills Preview

Through the Air

Fresh off one of his better performances of the year and a four touchdown effort against a tough San Francisco defense, Allen will face his toughest test yet in Pittsburgh’s #1 ranked defense. The Steelers have yet to give up a rushing TD to QBs and your expectations should be tempered for Allen but his rushing floor keeps him in your lineup. Allen now has 30 or more rushing yards in four of his last seven games. You will be starting Allen’s main weapon Stefon Diggs but Pittsburgh’s handling of Terry McLaurin(2 catches on 6 targets for 14 receiving yards) does give us pause. The WR I am even more confident in is actually Cole Beasley. Pittsburgh’s inability to stop slot receivers has been well documented and Beasley has 28 targets over his last three weeks. Against this tough Pittsburgh defense every yard will count and Beasley projects to be a main way that Allen and the offense could move the sticks.


On the Ground

Both the fumbling Zack Moss and the undersized Devin Singletary should be benched against the best run stopping unit in football this week.


Extra Points

Pittsburgh D/ST is an auto start.


CLE @ BAL

In a week one AFC North rematch the Ravens top 10 ranked rush defense will do battle with the run game juggernaut Cleveland Browns in a match of strengths.


Browns Preview

Through the Air

Much to my chagrin it is tough to find a hotter QB than Baker Mayfield who has over 600 yards passing and 6 touchdowns over the last two weeks. Even so, the Baltimore defense is not one to be trifled with. The Ravens are a bottom 12 matchup in points allowed to QBs. Given Baker’s inconsistencies and the matchup I would fade Baker in most single QB formats. Jarvis Landry is worth consideration given his nearly 50 PPR fantasy points over the last two weeks. That ceiling is likely not in the cards for Landry this week against Ravens lockdown corner Marlon Humphrey but Landry’s floor as the top option in this offense keeps him in your lineup.


On the Ground

Nick Chubb has not missed a beat as an elite option at the position, averaging 20 touches and over 100 all purpose yards in every week since his return. You know you are starting him even in a tough matchup. The concern comes in with his RB running mate Kareem Hunt who has been slightly underperforming in recent weeks. Hunt has not exceeded 10 PPR fantasy points in three straight weeks and will now face a Baltimore Defense that is top 10 against the run. Hunt can still be FLEX’d in your lineups however because of his work in the passing game and the fact that Baltimore has given up the 11th most receptions to RBs this season.


Ravens Preview

Through the Air

Lamar Jackson has not been the ceiling play we would have hoped for this season but after four straight weeks under 25 fantasy points, Lamar cashed in against a poor Dallas defense last week. Jackson sets up nicely again against a Cleveland defense allowing the 8th most points to opposing signal callers this year. That same secondary has allowed the fourth most WR touchdowns in 2020, and gives us faith in Marquise Brown who now has back to back games with 8 targets and a touchdown. Fantasy GMs will get Mark Andrews back this week just in time for the Browns who give up the 2nd most points to TEs in the NFL.


On the Ground

As much as we as a fantasy football community want J.K. Dobbins to be the guy, the fact is we cannot project enough usage to warrant starting him as more than a FLEX this week. Gus Edwards has been efficient on low volume and Mark Ingram has been the opposite. Only Dobbins is worth consideration this week.


Extra Points

Baltimore’s D has been startable usually regardless of matchup and I would continue to trust them in this one given Baker’s disappearances against tough defenses in the past.

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