We enter the playoffs on a high note. For those of you in the dance congrats. Let’s get to work! But before that a quick look back at my Week 13 Start/Sit recommendations.
What I got RIGHT in Week 13 Start/Sit
- Derek Carr LVR – QB1 Overall!!! Trust the process (32.74 pts.)
- Jared Goff LAR – QB7 Overall! Goff owns the Cardinals… (24.14 pts.)
- Carson Wentz PHI – Grab some bench (4.96 pts.)
- Jonathan Taylor IND – RB5 Overall! I’m really excited about 2021 (22.5 pts.)
- Nyheim Hines IND – Just as I anticipated. A tidy RB2 finish in a plush matchup. Question is, do we go back to the well Week 14? (12.2 pts.)
- Melvin Gordon DEN – Denver cost themselves in Week 13 getting away from the hot-hand in Gordon.. It cost fantasy owners an RB1 performance though Gordon reached his floor (15.2 pts.)
- Todd Gurley ATL – Oh Todd… (3.0 pts.)
- Brian Hill ATL – Nothing to see here… (1.8 pts.)
- Ito Smith ATL – The Saints are killer on running backs (4.4 pts.)
- Jarvis Landry CLE – Everyone got in the act torching the Titans’ secondary (20.4 pts.)
- Christian Kirk ARI – Seems like that midseason heater was FOREVER ago (1.2 pts.)
What I got Wrong in Week 13 Start/Sit
- DeVante Parker MIA – I counted at least three targets in the endzone to Parker but they all fell incomplete; the process was correct, but didn’t yield the results we were looking for (7.5 pts.)
- Jordan Akins HOU – Welp… I tried (3.0 pts.)
Strong performance in Week 13, but we’ve got more work to do. Let’s get into Week 14 Start/Sit recommendations.
Quarterback Start/Sit Recommendations
START Ryan Tannehill @ Jacksonville Jaguars
This matchup has the makings of a Derrick Henry “get-right” game; but there should be enough opportunities for Tannehill to put up a quality stat line. Jacksonville allows the fourth most fantasy points per game (22.6) to the quarterback position. Start em.
START Taysom Hill @ Philadelphia Eagles
Taysom Hill continues to pay fantasy dividends. He appears to be growing more confident as a passer. However, it is his rushing prowess that stabilizes his fantasy floor and is the reason why he is a great option in Week 14. The Philadelphia Eagles are out of sorts defensively and have a tendency to give up large rushing totals to opposing QBs. Both Lamar Jackson and Daniel Jones rushed for 90+ and a TD against Philly earlier this season. I’d be genuiniely surprised if Hill didn’t amass 75+ and TD of his own on the ground on top of his improving passing totals.
SIT Baker Mayfield vs. Baltimore Ravens
Baker Mayfield has been on fire recently but temper your expectations against the Baltimore Ravens defense. In five career games facing Baltimore, Mayfield has completed less than 60% of his passes; and has shaky 8:7 TD/INT ratio. Sit em.
START Wayne Gallman vs. Arizona Cardinals
I mentioned last week that I had a suspicion that Wayne Gallman would be on many fanasy championship rosters this year. Despite failing to score for the first time in five straight weeks Gallman has convinced me that he has league-winning potential. In Week 13, Gallman proceeded to rush for a career high 135 yards on just 16 carries. Gallman’s trademark, slashing/physical rushing style, accompanied by fresh legs is exactly what the doctor ordered as the weather changes. His Week 14 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals have allowed five rushing touchdowns in their last two games. I’d wager Gallman finds pay dirt this week. Start em.
START D’Andre Swift vs. Green Bay Packers
I must qualify this start recommendation by stating that this is contingent on Swift being active (obviously). Swift has cleared the league’s concussion protocol but is battling an undisclosed illness. However, the rookie running back was a full participant during Friday’s practice. IF, Swift is active get him in your lineup as the Green Bay Packers have proven to be completely inept at defending the running back position. In fact, the Packers allow the third most fantasy points per game (23.2) to opposing RBs. I’m not certain Swift will get a full complement of touches but he’s simply too talented and this matchup is too choice to leave him on the bench.
SIT Raheem Mostert vs. Washington Football Team
This “sit” recommendation is more of a “temper your expectations” recommendation. In Kyle Shanahan’s scheme Mostert could get only 10 carries but finish with anywhere between 25 and 200 rushing yards. All it takes is one crease. With that being said, I’m playing the odds. The Washington Football Team boasts an excellent defensive front seven that is playing at a very high level. As a matter of fact, Washington allows the 4th fewest fantasy points per game (14.5) to the running back position. Furthermore, I dont’ think Mostert is quite fully healthy. Sit em.
Wide Receivers Start/Sit Recommendations
START Robby Anderson vs. Denver Broncos
No Christian McCaffrey and no D.J. Moore the focus of the Carolina Panthers’ passing game shifts primarily to Robby Anderson. Teddy Bridgewater and Anderson have demonstrated good chemistry to date despite the latter’s midseason swoon. However, in Week 12, prior to Carolina’s bye week, Anderson turned in a 7/4/94/1 line having found the endzone for the first time since Week 1. The Broncos narrowly escaped two long touchdows to speedster Tyreek Hill last week. Anderson has the requisite speed to score from anywhere on the field as well. Start em.
START Cole Beasley vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
In two of his last three contests Beasley has managed 10+ targets, 100+ yards and scored. No John Brown due to injury has opened up a considerable amout of targets for Beasley who may face a Pittsburgh Steelers defense missing several key members of the secondary in Week 14. If you’re struggling with injuries at either the quarterback position which ultimately impacts the effectiveness of your wide receivers; or you are struggling to find healthy bodies to fill your WR postions consider Cole Beasley and his strong rapport with Josh Allen.
SIT Rashard Higgins vs. Baltimore Ravens
Higgins certainly made his presence felt last week with a 9/6/95/1 line but he’ll go as his quarterback goes. I’m sitting Baker Mayfield this week and as a result, Higgins, a shrewd play a week ago is not an option for me in Week 14. Sit em.
START Dalton Schultz @ Cincinnati Bengals
Several weeks ago I recommended a pair of tight ends against the Cincinnati Bengals. Why? The Bengals allow the 2nd most fantasy points per game (10.5) to the tight end position. Alas, those recommendations did not work out as I’d hoped. However, over the past two weeks tight ends Evan Engram and Mike Gesicki have turned in TE1 performances against those very same Bengals. I believe young Dalton Schultz gets in on the act in Week 14 so I’m going back to the well once more.
Best of luck this weekend. Remember always start your STUDS and I take ZERO responsibility if these Start/Sit recommendations are wrong. Also, if my calls are right make certain you tell a friend. Start/Sit.
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